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  1. It's a new "Bangkok-rule" from March or April, this year – whatever done before, don't count...
  2. I'll presumable try with one more Red Bull, and if that don't work, I'll change to Shark... For Backup, my lovely girlfriend has promised to take care of me when I get old – however, she begin to talk about, that she might get old before me... So, so far I need to plan on my genes shall provide me good health – and longevity, so I can take care of my lovely girlfriend...
  3. Been here since end of 2005. – oops that's 11½ year now... Thailand is changing – it's same place, but different from the past; so don't "live in the past" – in general summin up it's changing to the better, IMHO; and especially compared to what my home country seem to change to, and what my friends back home says. This must mean "improve" The part of LoS I've settled in – because something may be quite local – improve to the better in most ways; however traffic get more intense, so that shall count for negative, i.e. "worsen". Thai inflation has been low recently, so that's positive, and money still lasts; however currency exchange rate has worsen, so that's at present negative, as retirement pension saving and government pension comes from abroad, and cannot be "just moved to" local currency – has moved little of the saving into Thai baht, so that counts positive; actually interest is not bad compared to "home" – so status quo or "little worsen"... Political situation is as it is, and my opinion really don't count at all, and the future is unknown. However, the situation seems fairly stable at the moment, so shall also be counted in the positive points, whilst future is like it is, unknown. As I'm not that good in fortune telling. it'll be neither, nor... Health is still Okay, and I'm able to move around – can walk the soi-dogs that stick around the house, which in my case are beach-dogs – don't forget too much (had to re-read opening post twice only while writing my answer...), and still get out for an exercise-dance a few evenings a week; so that sums up to count positive also. As I still feel strong and especially young – at least after one Red Bull gives me wings – I'll count it as "improve"... In general extremely happy with my choice – have no desire for returning to where I came from, and don't even miss it for a short holiday trip – and I also have my family here; and that's probably the most positive and improving part...
  4. Good old-fashioned cast iron should be safe – stainless steel probably also – however non-stick granite and marble are supposed to be Okay. I also brought frying pan from Europe, non-stick "safe" granite – and found that in later years similar products, granite and marble, are available i Thailand; in both Markro and supermarkets like BigC, and Tesco-Lotus, and even HomePro. Avoid use metal tools, even granite-makers claim their product can stand it; presumably wood is better (more safe?) than plastic. Probably most important is, that when the non-stick pan begins to look used – i.e. the non-stick surface got scratches or begin to peel – get rid of it, and replace with a new; they are relative affordable. May be similar with teflon coating, I by old-fashioned warning try to avoid, but I'm not religious, so I also have a tiny teflon-pan we often use for making scrambled eggs for one...
  5. Why not try ThaiVisa Property..?
  6. We often hear that a Thai man can claim divorce if his wife commits adultery, but not the other way round... According to "Thai Law for Foreigners" (ISBN 978-1-887521-57-4, Paiboon Publishing), page 76, says in "Grounds for Divorce": The husband has treated or honored another woman as his own wife, or the wife has committed adultery. Another ground is: One spouse has deserted the other for one year or more. OP, a foreigner can own a house, but not the land under it. Was the house build before the marriage, or during the marriage..? Did you make a Prenuptial Agreement..? If you had the funds for the house before the marriage, and can prove this, and that the house was build for that specific funds, you may be able to claim ownership, as only property acquired during the marriage is subject to division, with half going to each spouse. The book also states, that Divorce Registration with mutual consent is a simple process, whilst petitioning the court for divorce is complicated, so you will need to hire a lawyer. Concerning the Usufruct, we often her posters saying that a contract between a married couple can be declared void (as happylarry quoted above also say); meaning, if the Usufruct is granted by your wife as owner of the land, it can be cancelled. However, Usufruct may also have other problems, looked at in worst scenario, if you manage to keep the Usufruct and can continue the right to use the land under "your house". If the land is family land, the family may make life so difficult for you, that you don't want to live there. And even worse, if the Usufruct is granted for life – you may be worth more dead, than alive. IMHO it's really worth to seek legal advice, and check the possibilities of a mutual settlement, compared with your alternative options like half the house (and land, if that's acquired during marriage and registered in your wife's name), and other possibilities for a Visa-extension, if you wish to continue to stay in Thailand.
  7. Not one reply? It seems to me that Samui pages on this website are rapidly getting to the point where they are no longer fit for purpose –Or maybe none of us Samui-expats posting in ThaiVisa Forum has renewed extension since April 1st..? I'm pretty sure that the various Extension based on Retirement or Marriage-treads will be updated by regular posters, if facts has changed...
  8. Basically as quoted by "seancbk" in post #2, but expect more likely 50,000+ baht in set-up and registration costs. You OP, as foreigner, can however not work in the company – apart of being director, i.e. Board-member only – without having a Work Permit. That'll require 4 Thai employees for each WP for a foreigner, and 2 million baht shareholder capital for the first WP, and additional 1 million baht shareholder capital for each following foreign WP. You can make preferred shares. There're to my knowledge two options: 1) You, as foreigner, owns some preferred shares, for example 100,000 baht nominal value, with 10 votes for each 1,000 baht nominal share, whilst other shares has 1 vote for 1,000 baht nominal capital. Some lawyers do this, but it's not the intention of the Law; however not yet (to my knowledge) tested by a Thai Court. 2) Issue shares with no voting rights (to Thai shareholders) in return of a guaranteed dividend of for example 4% annually of the nominal shareholder capital of the preferred shares. Operation via a Holding Company Limited is also a possibility; i.e. you'll need two (or more) companies. The company can open bank account(s), but such an action require a so-called Meeting Report, signed by one or more of the directors, depending of signing rules (i.e. one Director can sign alone, or two or more Directors shall sign together). A Director can be a shareholder, but can also be one appointed and without owning any shares. If rules has not changed, a company cannot have plastic cards (credit cards or ATM cash cards). Operating a Thai company limited may be little different , or more complicated, than running a limited company in your home country, depending of from where you originate. Some work positions are reserved for Thais, so foreigners can mainly work in management or jobs, where special skills are required. Depending of where your Thai company shall be located, the local authorities may be checking a lot, or less. You'll ned an accountant, normally external, for your books; the accountant will take care of monthly service like tax and Social Security for employees, company tax, annual statements, and external audit. Furthermore the accountant can help with a number of daily issues, like writing required Meeting Reports (in Thai) needed for various reasons; like bank business, car registration, rental agreements, etc. Depending of the size of your business, and amount of book-keeping, the service fees and auditing can annually cost from 30,000 baht and up. Wish you good luck with your plans...
  9. I have uPVC, 7-year old now, rollers (in slide doors) and all metal parts corrode badly. I have one aluminium door (changed from uPVC 3-year ago, gave up finding parts) which looks like it lasts batter. Seem like it's not so much a question of uPVC, aluminium or hard wood, but merely that metal parts that can corrode – weather conditions are hard in Thailand, and I furthermore live by the sea. A little remark about my experience with uPVC. Choose a supplier that can service the doors/windows, as some parts may be quite special and difficult to find – talk from bad experience – so it's a benefit if it's supplied by a company with good local representation. My experience is, that next time I'll chose another uPVC brand than the one I did, but probably change to aluminum instead, as it's easy to find numerous local workshops doing aluminium doors/windows, and storing spare parts.
  10. Never had problems with my (7) Mitsubishi aircons installed in 2011; however one – the one most used, which is every day since August 2011 – had it's filter cleaned last year...
  11. That I also noticed some time – I've mentioned it before, and said that "reloading the page" often solve this. It's like an external script has not been fully read and combined into the page-script... This also sometimes (sometime even quite often) happens at many other Internet pages; in some cases an external advertisement file blocking a whole page or browser... But indeed a problem your tech-staff should like into and check, if can be improved...
  12. Jimmy, you'll see a "broken image" icon in the editing box, when inserting image with URL-method (at least from unsecured sites), but try to click the preview icon (normally in second line/row at top of editing box, next to Font Size), as URL-images are loaded through another PHP-page, that work as secured-proxy; in the preview you should see the picture you have inserted...
  13. Presume you had it, OP, but just in case not – your 30-year lease need to be registered on the back of the land title deed at the Land Office, as any lease longer than 3-year and not registered (and tax paid) is void. If registered, you can stay during the agreed and registered contract period, even if the land is transferred or sold. A Yellow House Book (as also mentioned above) can normally be used as proof of address at Immigration, and Land Transport Office (works for me).
  14. I PM you a phone-number – she call herself "Best Nanny", stay in Maenam, close to Bo Phut part of Ring Road...
  15. Fahthaweeporn "Decor" in Bo Phut, next to the TPP gasoline station...