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  1. If you are referring to renewing your Thai drivers license - I have not had a problem with that and renewed a couple of years ago for both the automobile and motorcycle. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  2. The non imm o-a multi entry visa that you obtain in your home country does not require one to leave the country every 90 days. I just received my sixth o-a visa - my passport arrived in the mail today from the Thai Consulate in Los Angeles for our annual six month stay over the winter in Thailand. I report, with the house owner, within 24 hours of arriving and, depending on the exact timing of my stay, perform one or two 90 day reports. I find the visa easy to obtain and I have no need to keep large amounts of money in Thailand, or go the alternate route and visit the American Embassy. I like this visa in that I have little interaction with immigration, and can concentrate on my priority in life - ensuring my wife and I enjoy our six months in Thailand. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  3. I would be interested in knowing how she can get a 10-15 year Thai passport. I may be mistaken but have only ever seen five year Thai passports. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  4. You can deduct your mortgage interest provided your total tax deduction amount exceeds the standard deduction. I was a tax preparer for a few years and many have worked down that mortgage so that the resulting interest to too low to meet the minimums. As for us, we maintain a paid off home and have stayed debt free for the past twenty years or so, and as a result claim the standard deduction each year. You can keep those high interest payments and the resulting tax deduction that so many seem over enamored about. Debt = slavery, IMO of course. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  5. The goal is not to hit your max heart rate every time you run. You should shoot for a percentage of that rate, for example, keeping your heart rate at 70% of your max is sufficient for most runs. Perhaps once a week, if you are physically able, mix in some faster, shorter intervals to bring your heart rate up to 80% or so. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  6. a/c versus fans

    We use the a/c for a few hours each evening to cool things down. We really like ceiling fans but have been unable to find good quality fans in Thailand that move air sufficiently.
  7. While there seems to be more and more robust, scientific discussion on the effectiveness of this method of calculating one's max heart rate, here is the simple formula. Subtract your age from 220 to get your maximum heart rate. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  8. Thai or US passport

    My wife obtained a Thai passport after entering Thailand on a US passport and departing in the same manner. When we returned six months later and she entered on her fresh, unused Thai passport the official attempted to give her a bit of a hard time because of a perceived birthdate issue. She stood her ground and was allowed to pass. Never have had a problem since. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  9. Thai or US passport

    One can obtain a visa from the LA Thai Consulate via mail - I do it every year. Can't you do the same to renew a Thai passport? Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  10. "Old cyclists never die, they just use smaller gears." Nailed it! Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  11. If one is overweight I would suggest starting off walking and then as you progress perhaps add a couple minutes at a time of jogging into the mix. If any problems begin to arise, back off to strictly walking. Be very careful in beginning any exercise regime, especially if you are older. And watch out for the heat - it is a killer - drink plenty of fluids. You should probably also talk to your doctor first before starting. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  12. Fortunately there is no data concerning your points on the increased degeneration and injuries resulting from distance running. And actually scientific studies are reaching the exact opposite conclusion. While swimming is wonderful, especially for those with skeletal and joint problems, it does not provide the high impact that one needs to maintain healthy joints. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  13. While I love swimming it is a tough sport, for me at least, to master. It really is so technique driven - one cannot bludgeon one's way through the water with much success or speed. I am continually working on refining my technique. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  14. Studies are showing that running and other high impact sports are actually good for one's joints. I've got 40+ years of distance running in these old bones with no problems yet. I just returned from my weekly speed workout on the track and will do the other three runs per week on blacktop surfaces. I also ride and swim four times each week. 66, almost 67 years old. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  15. It was a magnificent Tour. Love him or hate him, Froome is an amazing rider. I look forward to watching the Tour and the amazing scenery every year. Wouldn't miss it! Sent from my iPad using Thaivisa Connect
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