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    Flow Hive/Bee keeping

    Yes, I've heard of of conflicting thought regarding those things. I really just want a beekeeping hobby, and really don't want more than one or maybe two hives, that is... if I even do it at all. I'll so more research though, and even if they prove to be "ok", I'm not sure the import tax would be worth it. It's just a thought at this point.
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    Pigs 101 (A Start)

    Thanks... now they are talking about buying a machine from the person who was supplying their rice hull. I'm not paying for it outright, but if it was worth it, I might chip in. Personally, I think they should get out of the whole things seeing as how they make very little profit, if any. But like everyone else, if there was a way to cut the cost of feed, then maybe it would be worth it to them. They seem to enjoy it.
  3. I'm thinking of buying one of those Flow Hives that are being promoted by that Australian company. Has anyone bought one here in Thailand, I'm curious as to what the duty/tax was on something like that. Also, just wondering if anyone could share any links that relate to beekeeping in Thailand. Not sure I want to do this, but it is something I've thought about for a very long time. Just as a hobby though, nothing more.
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    Pigs 101 (A Start)

    Does anyone mill their own rice hull to use as a feed supplement? My wife and her mother are contemplating purchasing a mill/grinder (not sure what they are called). If anyone does this, can you recommend a brand or place to buy? I'd be interested in learning more, independently of what they do.
  5. If it was April 1st, I'd think it was a joke.
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    Termite Beasts - Will This Work?

    I know this thread has kind of died out, but I'm trying to find something for those stinging red ants that leave trails on the soil. Do you think this stuff would work on them as well? I used to use fipronil on ants back in the states and it worked better than anything I have ever used. I'd use it again if I could find it here in Chiang Rai. But with that said, maybe the Beger/Bayer stuff would do just as good of a job.
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    Pigs 101 (A Start)

    You guys are huge operations compared to my wife's struggling mom. They try to raise 20-30 piglets from birth (she has 4 sows) at any given time (2-3 times per year). The feed costs are sinking them faster than a canoe full of lead. I wish I knew more, or could find an inexpensive way to supplement the feed cost. That is what is killing them with the falling price or pork up here in CR.
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    Growing avocado in Thailand

    Thanks grollies. Look forward to finding some one of these days, haha.
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    Growing avocado in Thailand

    Any new information on buying grafted avocados here in Thailand? Any sources? Or names of nurseries that might ship to Thailand?
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    America

    I believe your Thai wife will need to get a tourist visa to enter the U.S. In order to get that, you need to fill out the DS-160 form online, pay the fee at a the gov't bank (5,600 baht), then make an appointment for an interview at the nearest consulate that gives visas. My wife and I are legally married too, and have all the supporting documents... but with that said, her being married to you really doesn't get her a pass into the states until she has a visa. Getting the visa all depends on the interview at the consulate. My wife passed on the first try, simply because she could answer all the guys questions about me (my middle name, b-day, brothers names, where I worked, where my mother lived, etc)... which proved that she really knew me and wasn't some sort of convenience marriage. I know others who didn't pass, but passed on the second interview.... and others who didn't pass until the 5th interview. If she is declined, they don't say why, you don't get a refund, and the only recourse you have is to apply again and pay another fee. It sucks that it is that way. Oh, the interview was only about 10 minutes long, was in either English or Thai, or a little bit of both. My wife interviewed on a Monday morning and received her passport with the visa in it via mail 4 days later on Thursday. As far as your daughter goes, I don't know about that. I assume that if she was born in Thailand, your wife could take her to the gov't office that processes passports and just apply for a one. In our case, that was in Chiang Rai. That was a real simple process and takes about a week. If I remember right, it costs about 1,100 baht. Since she has a U.S. passport, there is no problem getting into the states, but there would be a problem returning to Thailand, which I guess is why you need the Thai PP.
  11. I questioned that as well when we went to the states last April... after arriving on Korean Air at LAX with about 400 Koreans, we got to immigration. I wondered if she would have to go to the Non-U.S. Passport holders side, or could go with me. I was told that families should stay together, so she followed me. Checked in with no problem. On the return flight, we landed at Suvarnabhumi in BKK... needles to say, the lines were the same as it related to Thais vs foreigners... with virtually all of the passengers going to the non-Thai passport holder side, while the Thai side had only one person in line, with two lines open. My wife asked if families stay together (even if it is just a husband and wife), and the immigration guy said yes. I checked through on the Thai side with no problems, other than it taking the guy 5 minutes to find my extension and multiple entry stamp. So yes, for the commenters who question whether or not someone can read, or whether or not they understand what a Thai Passport line is versus all others... it doesn't hurt to ask. If you were travelling with your spouse, it is just nice to use the same line, that's all...whether or not you are a citizen of that country. But as Stocky in a couple posts above mentioned... I guess it may not be possible anymore, on the Thai side at least, for non-Thais to use the Thai line when accompanied by their wife or children. Not big deal, it's just that short lines are nice, especially in airports.
  12. It isn't any better up here in Chiang Rai. Speed test shows I have a pretty good connection, but trying to stream a movie from an "out of Thailand" site is virtually impossible now. This has been going on for about 1-2 weeks now. Everything else seems to be working fine.
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    The Infamous Dowry

    Don't forget to buy the 10 baht gold too! There really isn't a way of getting out of the sin sod (in my opinion) provided you are having a traditional wedding. It is for show, and you may or may not get it all back. I gave 400K, my wife suggested we give her mom 100K of it after the wedding. I was fine with that, as her mom is widowed and works incredibly hard in the rice fields and is just a really nice woman who could use the money. I got 300K back as agreed. Now if you are marrying someone in their 50's, who has had kids, was already married once or twice... you may get out of it completely. At least that was the case with one of my friends. Our donations accounted for about 80% of the wedding costs (275 guests), which covered the rental for the wedding, catering, and booze (which I severely underestimated, lol).
  14. Congratulations to you and your girlfriend! Yeah, that was our experience. We had everything we could think of, and nothing was looked at. I really think if the application is spot on, and she can answer questions about the information on it, it is a go. Well, that and not trying to bs your way through the interview. As stated somewhere on the gov't site, the main reason people are denied is because they screwed up on the application somehow, was improperly filled out, or had blank spaces. What a relief to get that 10 year visa on the first try. I think it wore on my nerves more than it did my wife's, and you are right... there are way too many tales of woe. And although I can't back up this statement with irrefutable proof, I still think given the same application and interview process in BKK vs CM, more are approved in CM. BTW, we just came back from her first trip to the U.S., and although the wallet is significantly thinner, it was worth it. Amazing how quickly a month can go by. Congrats again.
  15. *Edited posts removed* If I remember right, there was an option to either have the PP mailed, or you could pick it up at the consulate. We opted to have it mailed since we couldn't stay in Chiang Mai, she had to go to work on Tuesday. But with that said, if your gf is granted a visa, maybe she can ask when she can pick up her PP at the consulate... it might be faster than mailing it.
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