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  1. i need a real estate document notarized at the us embassy in bkk. i have a uk passport and a green card. how early should i arrive at the embassy before my 10.15am appointment? I have been told to allow several hours in line! is that right?
  2. There are alternatives besides Western medicine. I had an attack of shingles around 2000 before the shingles vaccine existed. There was nothing the hospital could offer. I was in California and went to an acupuncturist for treatment. Dr Ou (of Grand Ave, Oakland) put me on a bizarre diet (no flowering vegetables, no spicy food, no wine...) and gave me acupuncture. The symptoms (a stabbing pain from inside) went down daily. I even gave it a test, after about 6 days and ate a chorizo (spicy sausage): the stabbing pains came back within an hour. Eventually after 10 days and about 4 acupuncture sessions I was symptom free. I think its best to keep your options open, Western and Eastern medicine.
  3. many, many thanx for all your answers. the picture is getting clearer. have booked an interview at the us embassy. will let you know if i learn anything further than what has been said (which is largely consistent with "NO" you can't renew your green card from outside the US.
  4. I am a British citizen but have lived in the USA for over 40 years. I married an American -- that's how I qualified for a Green Card (aka Permanent Resident Card). Now divorced but with children, grandchildren, property and taxes in the US. I am in Thailand now and would like to stay until the summer however my Green Card expires in April. Can it be renewed from Thailand? Does anyone know or have experience with this question. Thanks.
  5. How much time took you to learn Thai?

    having spent 6 months in school and studying on my own, i have to admit that there was a certain shock when i realized there was no magic bullet, no moment at which thai would suddenly become easy. nevertheless: does anyone have any recommendations? what did make a difference? or do you just have to put an awful lot of time in? for most of us, it's clearly a far harder slog than any european language and, the 64K question: is there a best way to learn the tones?
  6. Semi Retirement

    1. I am a legal US resident, I have a green card (permanent resident) and am over 60. I can prove adequate income to qualify. 2. I presume, not absolutely certain, that I am talking about a " Non-Immigrant O-A Retirement/Long-Stay Visa" 3. I will be in Los Angeles (where there is a consulate) 4. I also am presuming that if I come back to Thailand on a tourist visa and apply for an O-A here, that I would again have to leave the LOS to get the O-A visa? Do I save myself a trip if I get this all done in the US? 5. Are there any other factors I should take into consideration? Thanx to everyone
  7. Semi Retirement

    I qualify for a thai retirement visa. I have UK citizenship but I have to go to the US for the summer and I have more than enough US income to qualify for a retirement visa. I lived in the US for many years. Can I apply for a retirement visa in the US given that I am not a US citizen?
  8. CPAP machines

    many thanx for the comments so far is there a sleep clinic/doctor (ideally us licensed) in chiang mai or bangkok?
  9. CPAP machines

    does anyone have any experience of using/importing a cpap machine in thailand? i'm in Chiang Mai i am hearing great things about them