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About TerraplaneGuy

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  1. Has anyone actually been refused an extension because there was not enough (or any) activity showing in the bank account holding the 800K?
  2. So the wood combination is the same as a Les Paul. Since it's so heavy I guess he didn't do any kind of weight relief (chambering etc.)? I'm curious cause I just bought a 2013 LP Standard with "modern weight relief". Still fairly heavy but not like the old ones. Sounds like you have a great collection!
  3. That is an amazingly beautiful guitar! What kind of wood is it? And how about the pickups, what are they?
  4. Hi does Aliceia also sell amplifiers?
  5. I'm not disputing that there may have been some fines, given the inconsistency between offices in interpreting the rules, and the thousands of expats coming and going. But I don't believe I've seen any actual reports by people who've been fined. Without direct reports it's hard to get a picture of how significant a problem this is. I'd like to hear from expats who themselves have been fined for not filing a TM30 and what the circumstances were: which office, how much was the fine, was it on re-entry, on extension of stay, etc. Anybody care to report a direct experience? Thanks, TG
  6. I think some expats are creating problems for themselves by over-zealous attempts to comply with "requirements" that may not even be requirements. If you are not expressly asked for a TM30 why submit it? We've seen in this thread that the law on this point is open to interpretation, but the fact is Chaeng Wattana and at least some other offices continue not to require a TM30 from expats, either on extending a stay or on re-entry. If your local office has said they need one, OK file it (although better to first escalate a notch and see if the supervisor insists or not). But don't volunteer it if you're not asked. It's just likely to cause further confusion and headaches. Yes, there have been one or two isolated reports of expats being threatened with fines if they don't file a TM30. But I don't think I've yet seen a single report of someone actually being fined.
  7. I went to Chaeng Wattana yesterday for my annual extension of stay and new multiple re-entry permit. Same paperwork as always, nobody asked me for a TM30. I'm now into my 6th year in Thailand, with multiple trips outside the country every year, and have never been asked for that form. I only hope this continues and that other offices back off on their unnecessary demands for these forms.
  8. I don't think the situation should be different as between hotels and private dwellings. I can't say I've canvassed them but I'd be very surprised if most hotels file a fresh TM30 every time an expat guest leaves and re-enters the country, if he has maintained his hotel room throughout the period. Say he rents the room in Bangkok for a month and during that month he jets to KL for a weekend and returns. The hotel probably wouldn't even know the guest has come and gone. Surely they'd only file a new TM30 if he checked out when he left, and then re-registered afresh at the hotel on re-entry. I think that's the most that is required of them and it's consistent with what I think is required for a private rental situation. Say the expat rents a condo for a year. If he leaves the country during that time and returns, without giving up his tenancy, the landlord (who might not even know he was gone) should not be required to file a fresh TM30. So I'd treat hotels and private rentals the same.
  9. Well we've been through this, I think, and it's a question of interpretation as to when the TM30 is required. It seems to me at the very least that if an expat has a visa or extension allowing him to reside for a year, then if he goes and returns within that year and does not change his residence, there's no need for anybody to file an additional TM30 (leaving aside unreasonable requests from a particular office). If you read the phrase "within 24 hours of the time of arrival" in s. 38 of the Act so strictly as to require a TM30 every time the expat returns to the residence, and note that the Act does not say "arrival from abroad", one could wonder why you wouldn't require a TM30 every time the expat goes out of town, even within Thailand, and returns. How about every time he goes out to the 7-11 down the street? Of course I'm exaggerating but the point is that surely s. 38 was meant to require a TM30 when a foreigner first takes up residence somewhere, and is not required after that unless he terminates his residence there and later returns. If his residence is continuous, and say he goes abroad for a few weeks and returns, there shouldn't be a requirement. The Act nowhere says that on a re-entry and return to the same residence, a new TM30 is required. Note that the requirement is triggered not by "re-entry" but by "receiving permission to stay". That permission is given when you get your annual extension of stay. So if you leave and return within an extension, you are not being given a new "permission to stay" and therefore the housemaster is not, under s. 38, required to file a new TM30. Again I do recognize that some offices are going overboard with their demands on this but if you are talking about common sense, I don't think it entails these multiple filings.
  10. Why did you go in? I never go back to Immigration after returning from a trip abroad. I just give them my TM6 on re-entry and get stamped in.
  11. I'd add this: If you haven't changed your place of residence in the interim, and especially if you or your landlord have already in the past filed a TM30 for that residence, I think it's pretty clear the Act does not require an additional TM30 on an ordinary-course re-entry (or extension, for that matter). However, as dentonian wrote above, some offices have recently started asking for them anyway. Most of the technical discussion on interpreting the Act in this thread has been as to whether, in any circumstances at all, even when taking up a new residence, an expat tenant (rather than his landlord) can or must file a TM30. There are different views on that, but your question is more focused. If you haven't changed your residence since your last extension and they've got a TM30 already, the answer is you don't have to go back and file another one every time you return.
  12. I agree with dentonian's answer. I'd only add once again that I hope people will push back against these superfluous requests for TM30s and TM28s. I suggest people ask to speak to the boss before giving in. It usually only takes a few extra minutes and it may succeed. Let's not help legitimize this nonsense.
  13. Maestro, thanks. I wish I knew Thai as well as you do. This is a reminder that we can't rely too much on our own reading of the statutes, especially if we aren't fluent in Thai. Not only can we expect that the original drafting is sloppy, but the translation messes it up even more. As was shown by a recent international ranking, Thailand continues to lag far behind much of the world in education. Young Thais (including law students and future government officials) simply don't get the kind of training they would in developed countries. We can only hope that in time things will improve.
  14. Just to add: I know you it seems obvious you're a foreigner if you're applying for an extension, but your username and pic just suggest you could be a Thai national
  15. Thanks for your post. To help us answer, please tell us: Are you a foreigner? What office do you go to? What kind of extension are you renewing?