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  1. High quality sticker printer needed...

    There are 2-3 American outfits who do just this and ship cheaply. Can't remember their names--just Google it up. You can see a final edit on their sites. One Thai online company I looked at wouldn't work with me on final edit until I paid. No thanks (!) BTW, if you DO find. a local option--please post. I am looking to print smallish quantities of 25mm round and 30x40mm oval stickers myself.
  2. Hi all, I just know some TV member will know EXACTLY where I need to go to procure tall (~ 5-6 foot or 152.4--182.8 cms) garden stakes. They are lightweight, hollow, with a steel core and heavy PVC coating. Plase see image: I know they are available locally, but before I go traipsing to various garden centers, I thought I'd inquire if anyone has had a "positive sighting" of the above. I can order them online, but nobody ships for free or a modest fee: in other words, it costs more to ship than buy these guys. So, a local source needs to be my go-to. BTW, I do not want bamboo or any alternative material. In fact, it turns to out these stakes are PERFECT for making hiking/trekking poles! I have a bad knee, use a cane, and have been having back pain from "cane posture.". I wanted to try out using a Nordic-type pole (or pair of poles) as an alternative. I went looking for them in a couple of sport shops last week, but to no avail . (They may be available here in a climbing shop or two, but I wanted to avoid a high-end purchase). Serendipitiously, I found a piece of this PVC stake in my yard, and realized it would make a perfect tall walking stick--and it did. See image below (hard to accurately portray in pics, but what the heck...) So if anyone know where to pick up these stakes, please let me know! Oh, BTW, my back pain has steadily improved using a tall stick versus a standard cane. If anyone is interested to know how I made mine, PM me. Wishing all a good day!
  3. Skin tag removal - eyelid

    I agree with the last poster. Skins tags on other parts of the body may be more easily removed (although they may be more vascular than you think--resulting in more bleeding than you think!) But the eye? Go to a doctor--it's cheap enough.
  4. Large Size Prints

    I wanted to mention once again: WALL DECALS. They can be bought from Amazon, eBay, etsy, Lazada--you name it. They are a good bargain when addressing large wall spaces, can be easily installed (use two people and a good leveler), don't damage walls, and can be removed, and reused. The can also be totally customized via several online companies. This could be a great option for you!
  5. Large Size Prints

    Another, slightly outa the box option is to online search "custom printed shower curtains." You can upload ANY print/s from the 'Net and have it transferred to fabric. I did this: (got three LARGE images on one curtain --I used a "photo collage" app to get them all on the same one curtain), had it shipped here, cut them out, and took them to a framing place to be stretched and glued-stapled onto internal frames. They look great, and folks always want to know how/ where I got them! Also, check out eBay (I filter with "free international shipping"), and have found massive prints/wall decals at a good price. Hooe this helps.
  6. Skin tag removal - eyelid

    Find a good ophthalmologist in a gvmt or private hospital. I am an old Eye Nurse, so I can tell you this should not be a big deal. FYI: I once removed my own upper eyelid tag, but I had the right tools ("tissue scissors") that I "borrowed" from the clinic. If you don't have the right tools (and you won't find these German/Japanese ultra-expensive surgical scissors online or in any store), then just go to an ophthalmologist. Luckily, it's not a big deal.
  7. Looking for dress maker

    PM me--I may have a trusted source in Worowot. I haven't used her yet, but I scratched hard to find this contact!
  8. dysphagia test

    You need a barium swallow test. You drink a barium solution, and it's viewed and recorded on video. I imagine you could easily have it in CM or BKK. You need a gasteroentologist to order this test.
  9. I have had zero problem buying Tramadol at reasonable prices here in CM. It might be difficult inside the Old City, or in the malls --I don't know. But it WILL contain paracetamol (325 msg) per dose. Straight Tramadol, according to my newest pharmacist, has been unavailable OTC for 3-4 years. Granted, I am older, well-dressed, not seeking large quantities, and usually buy other meds (like ibuprofen) while I'm there. In other words, it might be sold "by discretion" by some pharmacies. Just cover up those biker tats! IMO, it just doesn't work very well...but is better than nothing (or going to the hospital for stronger meds).
  10. "Don's Life In Thailand"

    I believe Don passed away. This, I recall, happened in late 2014. It was just before I moved here, and I remember trying to send an email his way. It was then, if memory serves, that I saw his obit on the website.
  11. I hope I'm wrong, but I was passing by Absolute Hair Salon on Haew Kaew Road (near KSK Mall) recently, and it looked like the salon was empty. I was driving past pretty quickly--on the far side--from the salon, so I can't be sure. I've tried to call the salon twice now, with no answer. Does anyone's know if they have closed? Thanks!
  12. Electricity Scam?

    Thanks to all. This must be some sort of a ""tapping in" scheme. Tomorrow I will test this thesis. Today, I negotiated for another apartment in the complex that's being refurbished --at a handsome rate. It will be ready in a month or less. At this point, do I call out tampering (assuming it exists--and it must--presumably at the hands of the owners) , or wait and see if it happens again? I know it's a tough call. Complaining too early may result in losing a prime apartment ; on the other hand, moving to another apartment (while paying exorbitant electricity rates at the old unit) may signal complacency. What to do?
  13. Electricity Scam?

    I ask senior members to help me unravel this thorny question. When I initially moved here, I took a serviced apt for a few months. The electricity rate was 7 baht/unit. When I was at the serviced apartment, my highest rate was 3200 baht for usage. When I moved into a twice-sized townhouse with same usage (A/C running in bedroom most times) my bill was reduced: no more than 2500 baht a month for a property twice the size. (Granted, this was on "government "rates--4.85/unit, I believe). I have recently moved into a pleasant, lovely apartment complex that charges 7 baht for unit--just like the first apartment I lived in. I am using electricity at a similar rate: I run the A/C most times in the bedroom. The first month's electricity bill was 5400 baht. I spoke with the owners, and they suggested that I monitor my daily/ weekly usage. And this came with the admonishment (and I've heard this in Thailand and other countries, BTW), that I am using "too much electricity." As an aside, I refuse to apologize for my A/C usage. I know what it has costed me historically: at both 7 baht and "government" rates per unit, and I simply want to understand why I am paying so much more presently. So, in the next month at my new abode, I was sure to keep my A/C at "smart-saver" settings, as well as reduce hot baths. I expected a bill lower than 5400 baht. This month, my electricity bill is 7900 baht! I have again been told that I use "too much" electricity, and been told to monitor my meter. But why should I monitor my meter? My usage will not decline, and what if the electricity meter is rigged? Has anyone had a similar problem? Is there any advantage to "monitoring my meter," if in fact it is set high? I like my new place a lot,, but when my electricity is almost as high as my rent, I must take some kind of action. Any suggestions?
  14. I guess I'm in a DIY mood today (see grey hair tint). But this is a decent "bra hack" for those with ample bosoms: Buy two (one or two size smaller) T-back (also called razor-back) sleeveless t-shirts. It's best if they have a bit of spandex in them. Put the first on backwards. Now it will look slightly obscene ('cause your breasts will protrude from either side), but just take a breath...and put the other one on the "right" way. What you get is an undergarment that not only comes up high in the front (covering the dreaded cleavage area), but provides some degree of support all-round. Great for wearing under blouses and shirts. I call it "poor-woman's" shape wear! Ladies, give it a try. It won't work for every fashion, but it's a decent go-to when you're going for some degree of modesty and support.
  15. Another thing (and it's been discussed here before): Bras that fit. If you have an unusual size (like 34 F)--forget it. All you can do is order online and hope for the best. If they don't fit, they are hard even to give away. This is worse than even having a large (or wide-narrow) foot size! Also, swimsuits for western bodies. Very difficult, even for an "average" body. Not to mention Sudafed, and some OTC eye drops that could be picked up anywhere but here. Not that I'm complaining...I just make sure that I have friends willing to schlep these things back yearly. Oh, and Brillo Pads. Miss those guys. And also, good electric toothbrushes (like Sonicare). Available online, but impossible to find in a brick-and-mortar shop. Not that I'm complaining, just sayin'.