federicoP

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  1. I would not trust too much an article that suggests to make the fridge test to verify the oil genuinity, that makes confusion between oils with organoleptic defcts and "fake oils", and reports 14 brands as the 70% of 124 brands
  2. I do not know these kind of bottles but I would be careful about the small, fancy, “organic” productions. Unless I know very well the producer, I prefer to go with the big names (Bertolli, Carapelli, Berio, etc....) , I am sure that their production is regularly kept under control by the government organization, and suppose that their export is made correctly, with true samples and true analysis. Moreover the oil does not last well if kept in small quantity, i.e. small bottle. Better a one liter bottle kept in the dark and, possibly, in a place not too hot. When I go out of Phuket for a long time, I prefer to keep the bottle inside the refrigerator instead of leaving it in a cupboard at more 30 degrees for a few months, just to trhow it away when I return. But beyond the genuinity the most important thing for an oil is its own flavor and the fact that if you may like or not like its flavor. Many people seem to forget this aspect. The oil is like the wine, once you reasonably trust its genuinity and you think that there is nothing harmful inside, buy what fits better your taste :-)
  3. The fridge test seems to be a very naif and unreliable one. All the edible oil are composed by a mix of different fatty acids, depending not omly from the type of oil, but also from their geographic origin, frome the year of production and so on, and their phisical behaviour depends from this composition. So, for instance, a olive oil from Spain will last longer at low temperature, while an olive oil from Tunisia will solidify well before because of its high content of Linolenic acid. (but this, of course, does not mean that the oil from Tunisia is better or more genuine that the other one). And, if you mix a bit of palm oil with soybean oil, from the point of view of this test you could have a very good and genuine "olive oil" !!! I worked for 20 years in a Company that was treating, analyzing, refining, mixing, packing and selling olive oil in Europe and abroad, we had a chemical lab for quality control with 5 full time employees, but never we had perforeme this test, even as a first test to give a quick idea about the sample genuinity. Many other tests are available to detect the genuinity of an oil, in primis the fatty acids composition, but many other too, very sophisticated, and they are currently performed not only by the producers, but also by the custom laboratories when the product is exported. When I have to buy a bottle of virgin olive oil in Phuket for my own, I choose a well known and reputable brand, I go in a shop were the oil is kept in a room with a/c and that give me the idea that (hopefully) the bottle during its life has not been left too long at high room temperature, and check the date of production/expiring. The best test would be to unscrew tha cap ant to smell the flavour, but this step is a bit more difficult......
  4. It appears to me that now this is becoming a void discussion about nothing. The OP simply asked a "good lawyer" , and possibly "one that you've used in the past and find to be trustworthy, competent and not excessively priced". May I suggest, without mentioning a specific name, to contact the International Law Office ( http://www.ilo-phuket.com/companylawyers.html ) where I had, and have, very good personal experience ?
  5. Me too I suggest Sam Fauma. I had, and have, personal and good experience with his office. In my opinion they are not cheap but, if you plan to buy a property in Thailand, it is really worth to spend some money to have a good and trustworthy lawyer here. I have friends that chose a cheap lawyer : he "forgot" to register their leasing contract within the first three years, and now they have lost what they thought to have bought
  6. I do not know which problem Osmar has, but for skin problems (cancer control and keratosis removal) I usally go to Phuket International Hospital, Doctor Sithiporn, and I am satisfied. I think that at present Phuket International Hospital, in the new wing, is better equipped, from dermatology problems, that Bangkok Hospital, that I frequent for other kind of problems. They belongs to the same company and I have the feeling that they are trying to dedicate especially the Phuket International to dermatology and plastic surgery.
  7. Some considerations : The beach for sure is nicer without beach chairs and umbrellas, but many people do need them. When I was young I used to spend happily whole days on the sand, without any protection or chair. Now I am older and I do need a chair and a protection: should I be forbidden to go to the beach ? Also many young families with small children need an umbrella for their babies, the strong sun can be very dangerous for them. Should they spend inside an hotel room the main part of the day ? For sure in some area there is the chairs mafia : the solution is to prohibit the chairs or to regulate and survey the vendors activity? For the taxi too that there is mafia: should the taxi service be abolished for this reason ? The chairs guys, at least in Nai Harn, where keeping the beach clean in their area, now where there are no chairs the garbage situation is becoming worse and worse. Again in Nai Harn the restaurants table had been removed from the inside area under the trees, now this area is full of parked car (in spite of the availability of a big parking lot near the temple, just one hundred meters from the beach). Is it better a parking lot overlooking the beach, or some bar tables where enjoy a drink or some food ? My opinion is just to leave some area free and some area with chairs, to survey about any abuse, and to require the chair boys to keep clean their areas. It looks me so simple.....
  8. Yes, I understand that. But there's no reason why a company can't own a house - and the company ownership would have been discovered in the land office when it was time to sign the standard "sale of a structure document" - which is signed 30 days before the completion. I do not know in Thailand, but in other countries if you buy a company that owns a immovable property, you do not need to go to the land office, you just buy the company shares.
  9. Sure. this is why it seems strange to me that a company was the owner of the house only
  10. Did you understand the reason why they put the property of the house in the name of a company, if the land was already a separate property owned by thai people ? Maybe just looking for a person believing to buy both house and land ?
  11. Hello, I am looking for a physiotherapist for a pain in the shoulder (bicipital tendinitis). Does anybody know a good and reliable physiotherapist in Rawai area ? I found a person satisfied with Andaman Physical Therapy near Chalong circle in this forum, but I'd like to see other opinions and maybe (due to present traffic congestion) something closer to Rawai. Many thanks Federico
  12. Paul944: I have been in the situation to stay less than 181 in any country several times, but it is not so easy to cancel a fiscal residence without having a new one, your native country would be not so happy ! chiang mai : The country requiring this certificate is Italy, but in this case it does not matter how Italy would count the days, they are just asking a Fiscal Residence Certificate issued by a country with which there is an agreement against double taxation.
  13. Of course my plans were different, but I had to change them because of an unexpected and extremely serious health problem that forced me and my wife to go back abruptly to Europe. This is the reason I made me "so compicated"...... Your interpretation is acceptable, but I think that also mine is acceptable. My main point is that the Immigration Departmente applies a criteria different from that applied by the Revenue Department. Both are Government Department, so one of the two must be wrong !
  14. I need to get a "Fiscal Residence Certificate" (R.O. 22) from the Revenue department. To get this certificate, I need to demonstrate that I have been "residing in Thailand for a period or periods aggregating more than 180 days in any tax (calendar) year ". I have presented my passport with all the entrance and exit stamps, together with a count that, for me, arrives at 182 days, because I entered and exit from Thailand four times, and I have counted both the days of entrance and the days of exit. And this is the criteria usually adopted by the immigration Department. But the Revenue Department told me that they count only one of the entrance and exit days so, in their opinion, I have been residing in Thailand ony for 178 days and I am not entitled to get the Fiscal Residence Certificate. Following the Revenue criteria if you arrive and leave in the same day they count one day, if you arrive today and leave tomorrow would be always one day.... Now I want to make an opposition to their decision, that is in contrast to the criteria applied by the Immigration Department and to my opinion. I was thinking to go first to the Immigration Department and to ask for a declaration about the number of days that I spent in Thailand (they should declare 182). Does anybody knows if they could issue such a declaration ? Has somebody any suggestion, or personal experience, about how to deal with this kind of problem ? Federico
  15. Going to Mee Sapam subject, it is not vegetarian. Noodles with seafood are excellent, as well as many other plates like fresh spring rolls with crab Suppose they are closed for the evening, here it is: https://th-th.facebook.com/meesapam/ Enjoy your noodles :-)