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  1. This project is flying along! (In comparison to the Chalong Underpass!)
  2. We have a couple of battery powered lanterns (Osram) for blackouts. Work well, but I need the flashlight to find where the wife has hidden them after their previous use. She puts them somewhere different every time. Some good suggestions coming in, thanks. Gary, from my research Fenix is the best, but as you say expensive.
  3. Can I ask the brand and model of these?
  4. Thanks for the replies, people. So rechargeable seems to be the way to go? Lazada has a number of these advertised, perhaps I'll buy the best credentialed one and see how it goes. I want to get two flashlights, so I'll check out how the first one goes before getting the second.
  5. Perhaps Broome Pearls don't make crowns.
  6. Burmese work in all sorts of jobs here, whether legally allowed or not. I've seen them in shops, plant nurseries, et al. And I recall a few years back a Burmese man working in a beach sunbed hire business kicking sand in a tourists face and ordering her off "his" beach.
  7. The good thing is I don't have to worry about this subject until the middle of next year. I'm sure the paperwork they will then require will be different from today!
  8. I need to get a new flashlight to keep bedside for security, and for use when the frequent blackouts occur. By checking Lazada, I'm a little overwhelmed by available choice and current technology. They used to be called torches, and you would buy a cheap plastic case, toss in a couple of D batteries to illuminate the small bulb, and get a light source just adequate enough to ensure you wouldn't walk on snakes and dog poop when heading to the outhouse in the middle of the night. They were bright enough to see the redbacks under the seat when you got there. They would last for at least a week or two before new batteries were required. Now, apparently, they are made with aircraft grade aluminum, suitable for tactical military use, have zoomable LED light arrays akin to aircraft landing lights, pulse functions designed to blind burglars, and even a built in Taser (legal?). They also put out several million candle power that can melt the tires on the fleeing crook's pickup. And what the hell is a 18650 battery? My question is, what's the recommendations for the best buy for a reliable, fully equipped device? (I can do without the taser as I can only envisage bad things happening there!) These days I like to buy the best at a reasonable price. [Disclaimer: Parts of this post were written tongue-in-cheek, I'm not really 105 years old)
  9. He doesn't want to be deported. He faces some serious drug charges back home. He skipped the country rather than front court. Has been living it up illegally in Bali for a year. There's a bit more to his story than finding a passport in a hotel and using it inadvertently. That passport was reported stolen in 2013.
  10. https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/983893-kodi®-for-dummies/
  11. After my wife obtained her license, I sat with her for one circuit of Nai Han lake which elicited cries of alarm and horror, from me! She then went to a proper driver training facility to actually learn how to drive. The main skill of the first woman who "trained" her was having a contact at the MDL department.
  12. It's a pity the Gazette can't tell the difference between an Austrian and an Australian.
  13. i·ro·ny noun: irony the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
  14. There is a distinction between travel insurance for visitors and health coverage for expats. I had top private health coverage in Australia, and always purchased travel insurance when touring. However, travel insurance is not available for long term stay in Thailand, and health insurance rules itself out for someone my age. It's not so much the cost of the premiums, but the exclusions that deny claims for anything pre-existing. I'm 69 and an expat here for the long term. I've researched health insurance options here, but found them to be non-existent for my circumstances. Ongoing medical issues require I see several specialists on a regular basis. I pay to attend a private hospital, and have no interest in going to a government establishment to share waiting rooms and wards with the 30 baht hoards. (What can I say, I like the violins in the foyer, and a decent coffee and croissant at the café while waiting for blood tests!) I pay my way, and would be extremely pissed off if forced to buy a useless insurance plan only good for a public hospital.
  15. For me a good cartoonist has a message not just a commentary.