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  1. The same bank (for example Bangkok Bank) in each province seems to have, at least to some extent, its own rules and regulations. When I first arrived in Thailand I opened an account witn BB in Bangkok but when I moved to Nakhon Sawan province, I was able to use a local branch there for withdrawals and inputs. However, when my pass book was full and I needed a new one, I was told that I would have to travel to Bangkok to get one. Needless to say, I withdrew the entire balance from the Bangkok account and opened up a new one with the local BB bank. It just seems that they go out of their way to present the customer with problems.
  2. I have been with my bank in Thailand for 13 years and have never had any major problems and generally have received polite and helpful service. However, for the past 5 years, I have made regular monthly transfers to my ex-wife's Thai account with another bank for maintenance payments for our son. Recently, I needed proof of the monthly maintenance payments for the UK authorities, so I asked my bank to confirm the account number to which the monthly payments had been transferred, as my pass book showed the payments but no other details. The people I saw at the bank claimed that they could not provide any record of the required bank account number, which is ridiculous as that would mean that for the past 5 years they had been transferring monthly amounts to an unknown account. I finally gave up but managed, as it happens, to get by without that evidence. By the way, any evidence I could have obtained from my ex-wife's account would not have been willingly forthcoming, so I did not bother going along that route. I believe it is just a question of the staff not being sufficiently and adequately trained.
  3. Will these academics be called in for ECONOMIC adjustment ?
  4. Charliek said: "In reality I don't see the UK leaving, This is all a charade that will keep the UK in the protectionist EU, any bets the UK will adopt the Euro as it's currency?" What on earth have you been drinking? We are leaving and the Euro is dead in the water, at least as far as the UK is concerned and always was whether we had stayed in or not. Edited 17 hours ago by CharlieK
  5. You seem convinced that everything that the EU says is correct and proper, whereas the UK is always wrong. I suggest that you should give "this damned woman" a chance since negotiation have only just started and yet you seem to want her to concede to all the EU's wishes on day one. You will eventually be obliged to concede that, contrary to your firmly held belief, the UK does indeed have a strong negotiating position and will achieve many of its aims, although as is the case with all types of negotiations, neither side will obtain all that it wants or deems desirable. I fully expect the usual lengthy response from you along with the usual condescending comments about anyone who voted in favour of Brexit. Millions of people voted for an exit from the EU, many of whom fully appreciated that there would be at least a temporary and possibly substantial initial economic cost, but some people feel that it is not all about money and nor is it all about immigration. Many would just like to control their own country and not constantly have to listen to the leaders of France and particularly Germany making decisions on our behalf, often with apparently very little consultation with the other 25 members, including ourselves. Whether you agree with the Brexiteers or not, you cannot automatically assume that your own views are the only valid ones and that anyone who holds differing opinions are morons.
  6. Meanwhile, the EU's own demands for a 60 to 100 billion "exit fee" to be agreed before trade talks can begin is no doubt considered entirely reasonable. I always put a wad of cash on the shop counter prior to knowing what I am being offered.
  7. I appreciate your comment, Dave. As I had lost my business, which was my only source of income just a few years from retirement, I decided to retire to Thailand 13 years ago and, as luck would have it, I have never regretted my decision. Sadly, my ex-wife died of cancer 7 years ago, so her new husband benefitted from a substantial portion of the earnings from my 45 years of working life, as for some unknown reason, she failed to leave her assets to her two sons as promised. Your experience of living near the sea, which is similar to mine, (living in Hua Hin), reminds me of an aunt of mine who had a beautiful cottage in South Devon in the UK about one km across fields from the sea. After the first couple of years there, I do not think she saw the beach for the next 25 years, although she did enjoy the revolving light from the nearby lighthouse.
  8. No good, as the cuff would be too tight!
  9. As your wife appears to be the main bread-winner with a good career and would clearly miss her family if you moved away "to the sea", I think you should stay where you are. Your family could be worse off if your wife could not find such a well-paid position and she would undoubtedly, as a poster suggested, want to visit her family often, either with you or alone, in addition to which they might want to stay with you occasionally, which could present accommodation problems. Living near the sea always sounds great but many people who do so, rarely visit the beach after the initial attraction wears off and most would not want to swim in the heavily polluted waters in some locations. I would advise that you confine yourself to occasional visits to beach resorts for holidays etc. and keep your wife happily living close to her family and present job. If she were to end up by moving to a less satisfying job and to missing her family terribly, she would always tend to blame you for what she might consider as your selfish action in "making" her move. I developed a good career in the UK and my wife, two kids and I enjoyed a pretty good relationship and lifestyle, but that did not prevent her going off with a guy she had only known for a few months after 37 years of marriage, with the excuse that I "worked too hard", even though for the last 22 years I worked from home. It was no consolation to me at all, when after two years, the divorce and the equal division of the proceeds of all our assets, including our home and my business and future pensions, she wanted to return as she had "made a terrible mistake". This is, of course, nothing like your own position, but it does illustrate how easily you can be blamed for trying to do what you believe is best for your family.
  10. At your age, Colin, I don't think you are missing much action anyway. There's more excitement with the book, even if it is a documentary. I know what I am talking about.
  11. Possibly, but a young cousin of mine was arrested when he arrived at a friend's condo as they were cooking up some "recreational leaves". of which I suspect he might have been aware. He spent 6 weeks in jail because his family could not raise the 150,000 bail money and when the court hearing finally took place his "compensation" at so many bahts per day for the time spent in jail outweighed the court's 10,000 baht fine. As a result of this episode, he also lost his job. Meanwhile, high-profile criminals ........................................................
  12. Sorry, but I saw no "evidence", only a lot of words, as usual. Still, it was good to hear that the project was going ahead for NATIONAL and NOT PERSONAL reasons. Just the same as the tank, personnel carrier and submarine orders then?
  13. It seems that Trump's demands that Europe bears a fairer share of the defence burden has had dramatic results, at least as far as promises are concerned. The only disturbing element is who is apparently trying to lead the charge, and I am not referring to monetary considerations.
  14. Rubbish. She will be in charge of the Brexit negotiations until completion. Who else do you think would like to take on the thankless charge at this stage, when they can merely sit back and criticise and, perhaps secretly and unpatriotically hoping that she fails?? It is about time that all the politicians accepted that we are leaving the EU and offered constructive criticism instead of the pointless and continual carping, particularly about the lack of detail of May's negotiating position. The people in charge of the negotiations on our side of the Channel are well aware of our intentions but it makes sense at this stage NOT to place all our cards on the EU table. The EU may think that they will get everything they want from the UK, but if that is the case, they are in for a rude awakening. The UK has shown many times in the past that it can be tough when needs be, as the "Managing Director" of the EU is personally well aware, and things will be no different this time around. When all the talking is over and we are out of Mrs Merkel's and now also Monsieur Macron's "utopian" club, the UK will undoubtedly suffer some economic consequences for a fairly short period before we rediscover that we can in fact do business with not only the EU but the rest of the world also, without having to ask the former's permission.
  15. I have seen almost identical performances, with possibly less talented singers, at many shows held at temples around Thailand on occasions of weddings and other celebrations. Hypocrisy here knows no bounds.