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Old Guy

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  1. Bangkok Land Values

    Can someone advise on Bangkok land values. We may have to sell our house as it is in a bad state and we do not have the funds to repair. We may have to sell and buy anew. However the land itself is in a very quiet and desirable position in Bang Na. We bought in 2005 at a cost of 3.5 million baht. We would very much like to have an idea on how much values in this area have increased in the past 12 years. Any ideas ?
  2. So I wonder if this means that the drivers of motor-cycle taxis will now have to buy helmets for customers ? Because its the drivers who will get fined, not the helmet-less customer who will be virtually untraceable. None of the drivers I use have 'spare' helmets.
  3. My Funeral

    Mr. Cyber Farang Why do you say the house has not been legally purchased ? It has. I brought cash over from the U. K. and gave it to my (Thai) wife and she immediately paid for the house. In fact she even got a small loan based on the surety last year. So she would not be homeless. She would also get a pension from my former Company, albeit small. And, yes, I have written out full instructions. I need not declare my income to the Thai authorities because I splashed out on Permanent Residence a few years back. Biggest problem is, as you say, severe illness. I have no insurance, but who else over 80 does have ? Just hope my death is quick, that's all ! And very many thanks to all of you for all the other inputs. I think the donation of the body idea is well worth following up.
  4. My Funeral

    Mr. Cyber Farang Why do you say the house has not been legally purchased ? It has. I brought cash over from the U. K. and gave it to my (Thai) wife and she immediately paid for the house. In fact she even got a small loan based on the surety last year. So she would not be homeless. She would also get a pension from my former Company, albeit small. And, yes, I have written out full instructions. I need not declare my income to the Thai authorities because I splashed out on Permanent Residence a few years back. Biggest problem is, as you say, severe illness. I have no insurance, but who else over 80 does have ? Just hope my death is quick, that's all !
  5. My Funeral

    To Mr. Cyber Farang. Yes you are right -- I also am worried about a serious illness. The only asset we have is the house which is (by law) in my wife's name but fully paid for. So it would have to be sold, whether for death or serious illness. I am sure I am not the only farang which lives hand-to mouth (I am on a U.K. pension which has been frozen). Your suggestion re 10,000 baht to the monks and then the rubber tyre is fine by me -- as I said earlier the disposal method has no bearing on any future after-life. But I appreciate Oldgent's sympathy. So I am now saving 1,000 each month from my income and putting it safely into an envelope ! Thanks everybody for your input.
  6. My Funeral

    As you see from my on-line name I am getting on in years and my wife has asked me for some money to put aside for my funeral. I would like to know how much is the cheapest, as both she and I do not have substantial savings. To me it matters not one iota how lavish or pauper-like it is; it makes no difference whatever to your future in the after-life if there is one -- that depends on how you have lived your life. St. Peter does not want to look at your bank book ! And I have no desire to be remembered as a person of any importance, as I am not. So can someone let me know what is the cheapest cremation around ? A few notices on the Internet are not really that helpful. Thanks.
  7. Thaivisions again !

    My typing error ! I did call Truevisions. Await replies.
  8. Thaivisions again !

    Can anyone advise if Thaivisions have stopped issuing their Premiere TV Guide ? Its now 5th January and nothing received. Calls to their head office lead nowhere -- you hold on for ages and then they don't seem to know what you are talking about !
  9. It seems that U.K. banks can no longer send funds abroad in sterling. My bank (Barclays) states you cannot send funds in the currency of your account with them. It has to be 'bought' in a separate 'deal'. As you say the rate is much worse. I have contacted Barclays and am awaiting their reply as of this moment.
  10. One of the most romantic outdoor restaurants in Bangkok was Lake House, somewhere around the middle of Sukhumvit Soi 39. Sadly it closed a couple of years ago. It was really beautiful -- set in a garden full of trees and bushes and with a big lake in the middle. Does anyone know of a similar garden-type establishment in the capital ?
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