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About Whitson

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  • Birthday 02/11/1943

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  1. I am probably not typical but here is my monthly budget. I am 75 years old and have a live in girfriend plus I own my own small condo. Have a motor bike and a car. Condo maintenance 1300B Electric and water 1000B Eat out 2-3 times a week at local thai restaurants 3000B Food shopping 8000B Internet 400B Bar 2-3 times a week 6000B Girlfriend who does laundry, cooks, cleans and service 6000B (she also has a full time job). Car/ Motor bike tax, insurance, servicing and fuel 1000B Repairs, a/c service and other small bills 1000B So round about 27000 a month. I realise that others may have to pay rent. My lifestyle is fine. Rarely go on holiday and dont use lady bars or drink to excess. I dont smoke. Frankly I consider that I have an excellent life here compared to the UK, where I paid £5 pounds 74 for a pint of lager and a pineapple juice. Forty thousand a month would be nice so I could save more for the rainy day or whatever. More than that might be problematic... what would I spend it on...answers on a postcard to.......
  2. Hmmmmm. Some advice please from those that know. Can a motor cycle plate be bought and sold?
  3. In and out of Swampy in the last two weeks. The prices on the third floor eateries are eye watering. BUT, there is a Thai food court at gate 8 on the ground (first floor). Uses coupons and prices are near normal. Beer Chang in a can 45B, Massuman around 60B (180B on level 3). Now you know!
  4. An impending holiday to India made me shop around for a reasonable policy for myself and my partner. I am seventy five and it was difficult to find decent medical cover. I finally found an American company offering exceptional cover for a very reasonable price. You can opt to pay a deductable to reduce the price but that would not make sense for a short holiday. The company can be found on the internet at www.internationalinsurance.com and offers worldwide cover to citizens of most countries. My quote was 110 dollars for two weeks in India. Check it out if you travel outside Thailand.
  5. Whitson

    Eight Months Smoke Free!!!

    Smoking does nobody any favours. How people in the UK afford cigarettes at more than 450 baht for 20 escapes me. It is an extremely addictive habit and so hard to break. I laud all those who are trying. The end justifies the agony. I stopped at age 32 when I was smokind 40 Capstan full strength a day...no filters. That was 44 years ago. Best thing I ever did!
  6. Those small safes can easily be opened (checkout u tube). I live on the 9th floor and have a safe. It weighs 260 kilos and it took five men to put it in my office! Whats in it? Nothing other than some simple items. Like to see someone try it on with that! Moral is...take care where you store your valuables..
  7. YES...dont get involved. It is so much in the western culture to do so. In my 20 years in Thailand I have seen many altercations and have tried to keep my distance and cool at all times. Yes, like others I will lend a helping hand if needed, but in the heat of a situation it is usually best to 'wait and see the outcome'
  8. Whitson

    Pigeon feeding Tha Phae gate

    The pigeons themseves are not generally diseased. It is the guano that poses a health problem when allowed to build in significant quantities. When dry the pathogen spores become airborne and pose a significant health hazard. Histoplasmosis Candidiasis Crypytococcosis Psitticosis To mention but a few, try googling bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com or Panther Pest Control or Rentokil. Indeed a simple seach for 'diseases cause by pigeon poo' seems to evidence that it is the guano that is the problem. One breeding pair of pidgeons can gecome 18 bird in a year in good conditions. They make a terrible mess and quite frankly I would not want my children to be exposed to the possible dangers. Pidgeons in the wild..ok! Pidgeons in cities and towns roosting in buildings..no. I wish the animals no harm but they simply dont co-exist well with humans in built up areas.
  9. I guess there are a number of reasons why people use agencies. Maybe they lack the confidence or perhaps the competance to fill in the requested documents. However, having used this service it is quick and simple if you follow the instructions correctly. I used the passport service too...took two trips to Trendy but saved a fortune in that certain visa agents fees!
  10. What does not make sense is the amount they charge compared to other countries! Hugely inflated price for a simple service. Even more so if one uses a well-known local visa agent...ahem!
  11. Can you explore futher into the province taking the offer of a two week stay? Motor bikes for hire? If in retirement extension does one need a re entry visa?
  12. Wonder how much this extravaganza is costing the taxpayers of UK?
  13. Whitson

    Vietnam Places & Things to see & do

    Try Mui Nee a small seaside town not far from HCMC..great little place. Go carting on the sand dunes..great fun. Take a bus down into the Mekong delta. Lots to see and do down there. You could also try Dalat mountain resort..nice and cool. Hoi An is a fabulous visit. Stayed in GH for $15 bedt and cleanest. Take s bicycle and pedal around. Lastly a visit to Mee Lai (google why) and the DMZ .. see the Rockpile and other battle sights plus a visit to Khe San. Vietnam .... fabulous but more expensive now and highly touristy now. ps dont forget to see the water puppet show.