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    In Feb 2017 I lost a FEDEX letter sent to Chiang Mai from the US, just a document no particular value. Received refund and written apology. Then the letter arrived without explanation in December, 10 months late! Something wonderful about this place.
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    Smoke, Smog, Dust 2016-2017 Chiang Mai

    Just flew in yesterday. On the plane about 5 minutes before landing in daylight a large agricultural burn could be seen. Huge smoke, open flames. One would figure the Army would go arrest the burners.
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    The cheapest farang in town!

    You can see them every afternoon at the food court at Kad Suan Kaew mall in Chiang Mai listening to the the Philipino band drinking beer and snack food they brought in from outside. The cheapest guy in America I knew was making about US $180k per year and hardly spent a dime of it. He owned multiple rental properties. A Surfer, lived in a small car, took free meals at churches and homeless outreach points and showered at the beach. Supposedly he rented a car to exchange the tires with his worn ones which surely is criminal. Something always not right about these guys
  4. Somebody please offer Benjamin some Schweinshaxe to test his faith!
  5. Some people can't understand everyone who applied is was yet 50. I applied online was approved in about 2 days, paid by bank wire from abroad, and a few days later was at Suvaranabhumi airport getting the visa. Thailand Elite said it would take 3 hours to get the visa at Suvaranbhumi it actually was done in about 10 minutes. A brilliant service I am very pleased with the whole program. No agent required nor have I ever been to their office or Chang Wattana either.
  6. An does he not always play an egomaniacal freak? So as like Kevin Spacey turns out to be his true nature.
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    FBAR Time Again

    Did they change the FBAR reporting date to April 15?
  8. I don't know anything about taxes I have always used a preparation service/bookkeeper. I work for a large US firm, there is an issue about how my company reports for overseas employees certain medicare or medical insurance taxes or something. Filed taxes on time for 2016, soon some bills saying I was about $800 short. Called accountant, he said he would deal with it back in May, they have higher level contacts to call. (Me calling does nothing, you just get a customer service agent with no ability to do anything). No letters for more than 6 months thought it was dealt with. I now suddenly I get a letter that says I still owe this for 2016, and with interest and penalties it is now over $900. Would re-filing help? My accountant is on vacation. Any suggestions, getting a real tax attorney will cost me more than $900. Same thing happened a few years ago but I just paid after a while, they only said I was $300 short.
  9. I witnessed Tongans car surfing in Waikiki on November 23. There were dozens of cars, women and men waving flags completely unsecured standing on MOVING vehicle roofs, sitting on hoods, screaming. I had never heard of such a thing. The normally ubiquitous 5-O cruisers nowhere to be seen...
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    Nationwide e-payments to push cashless society goal

    I have something like that too, called SUICA, very convenient. I also use the SUICA app. When using the actual card one must touch it to the reader, the APP is faster and does not require contact. The SUICA APP can be funded by my bank account. Using the card only requires one to go to a ticket machine in the Train station and load cash money onto it. That is time consuming and inefficient. Many vendors do not yet accept credit card payments but they do accept such digital money cards. Any contactless card system, digital money touch card ¥ device or mobile payment APP is better than waiting for a girl to count out paper bills, possibly shortchanging you at the mini-mart, then stack "metallic tender discs" precariously on top with another useless bit of receipt paper that nobody really needs. Such a system is already used in Thailand (7/11 cards) and could be a basis for a universal payments network for Thailand (preferably when cash is banned.) One does not even need a bank account. All transactions tracked, VAT applied and all income taxes paid. I would prefer to not carry a wallet at all in the future as all daily functions could be contained in APPS on my mobile phone. I don't carry a house key, or wristwatch I find them anachronistic. The key to my Honda is a fob that never leaves my pocket or bag. I know some people cling to outdated technologies but I find them to be liberating.
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    Nationwide e-payments to push cashless society goal

    You have no idea what you are talking about. All I have to do is touch home button on my iPhone, the wallet app is thus activated and transaction approved, just being in proximity of the POS device. Moments later I get an email from AMEX or VISA notifying me of the sale. (A separate function). It works so fast I can go through a turnstile in a Japanese subway station pass the mobile over the sensor not even breaking stride (about two steps), directly following somebody in front. Any problem the gate would close. If people think this is a gimmick that is fine but is much faster than "faffing about" with a plastic cards and physical wallets. I can't explain the technology but mobile payments according to what I have read are somehow more secure than chipped cards and the credit card companies and banks are embracing the technology quickly.
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    Australian child sex abusers on notice in Thailand

    I wish I had not seen that. An demon, should be in a psychiatric ward chained to a gurney not walking around freely. I feel sorry for his dog.
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    Nationwide e-payments to push cashless society goal

    There is no pfaffing about. Much faster than pulling a card out of a wallet or purse, sticking it in a slot, entering a PIN then having to wait for authorization, prior to putting the card away again securely before leaving the register. As is it seems many people walk around with a mobile in their hands already these days...
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    Australian child sex abusers on notice in Thailand

    Why is there always so much sympathy for child abusers on these threads?
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    Australian child sex abusers on notice in Thailand

    US, Australia, EU and like should all pass legislation to target international child abusers. In addition to what ever other jail sentence is due their passports should be permanently cancelled and seized so they can never again menace children abroad.