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  1. I found the largest selection with the best prices at PowerBuy on the north-west side of the moat. I found the most expensive ones at Siam TV and they only had a couple of models from which to chose. Good quality, but I didn't want to spend $100 to toast bread.
  2. Khontiem Flower Market, next to Tesco Lotus. On the 'main' street leading away from Lotus heading into the market, there is a large shop on the right hand side with huge rolls of plastic sheeting in all different gauges.
  3. Amazon is your friend.... or....
  4. I use headphones for the TV for the same reason... I have wireless headphones that have their own amplifier and volume control, so I can turn it up a high as I want, while my wife can watch using the speakers at a much lower level. Do an Amazon search for 'TV Headphones' and you'll see several to choose from.
  5. It is called "sarchasm," that abyss into which people oblivious to sarcasm fall. Shall we send down a ladder for you?
  6. Whether you agree or not is moot. Do not like the posts ? The ignore function works perfectly well. And saves the rest of us for having to read such as yours. And posts by others in the same vein.
  7. Ahhh.... It's the "Someone said" defense! Certainly proof positive. So actually, you aren't upset with the practice, only that Chiang Mai charges more for it. I see. It's like the punch line from the old joke; "I know what you are. We are just negotiating a price." Yes, or they can hire a local high school kid to do it for them... as many of us do. It's 300 baht well spent. No more needing to buy Calamine lotion for the bug bites.
  8. Very kind of them to state that. Not required to state it, but certainly nice of them to let us know. Very kind of them to state that. Not required to state it, but certainly nice of them to let us know. And, certainly accurate. No fee is required for a Residence certificate. None at all. I suppose it would be nice if they also let us know that an expedited service is available, but certainly they are not under any obligation to do so. Not at all. They are all accurate, and in no way at odds to what we've been saying. Thanks for validating them.
  9. Lets start with some facts... 1. No one is required to pay for a Residence Certificate. No one... Free certificates are available. We do so for expedited service. We do it for our own convenience. 2. No one is required to pay for the services of a Visa Agent. It's easy to take care of it yourself. We do so for expedited service. We do it for our own convenience. 3. No one is required to pay for Immigration service above the stated fees for which we get receipts. We do so for expedited service. We do it for our own convenience. There is no law prohibiting the use of expedited service, nor are there any rules or regulations against the use of expedited service. To assume that this is aiding and abetting corruption is just that, an assumption... personal views of how things 'should' be. Unless, of course, you have proof that you can show, that laws are being broken. To date, no one has shown such proof. No one. If a person does not want to pay for expedited service, they are not required to do so. It just takes a little more planning on their part.
  10. Go to room #7 just next to the copy shop with all your documents, turn them in and pay 500 baht. 3-4 minutes at most. Come back the next afternoon to pick up your RC. Less than one minute. I believe that the person who must sign the RC is not on the property, which is the reason for any delay.
  11. How is it that you moved to a country you find so corrupt? And then spend so much time fighting about it? That makes no sense to me. At all.
  12. There is always the option of moving to Malaysia... No problems with corruption in Malaysia, as long as you're rich enough to pay for the expedited service. $50,000 US dollars, if I remember correctly. But you get a receipt.
  13. $15 and I don't require a receipt. I'll use the other $35 for a better purpose than funding Trump's insanities. Yes, you can get an appointment on line at the Consulate. I didn't have to make an appointment today. Easier. You prefer to fund Trump. I prefer to fund the Thais. I didn't walk into Thailand blind. I knew how things worked before I came, and once here, I don't try to change the way the Thais do things. It's their country. I just co-exist with it. I'll applaud any positive (in my mind, anyway) changes that they make, but I won't try to impose my western values on them. But you may wish to review your Bible... John 8:7
  14. Haven't done one in a year, but I'd heard things have changed. Everything is at Promenada now? Yes, One-stop shopping? Well.... Not quite. We went to the downstairs area looking for the new office for Residence certificates, only to be told that THAT office is now on the second floor. OK, no problem. We took the escalators up to the second floor and looked for a sign. No sign. Not even a sign from God. So we walked. And walked. We eventually found it, tucked into one of the corners, with a great big blue sign over the door that could only be seen if you were standing in front of it. So we went in. Empty chairs everywhere. A few staff behind some desks, but no customers. We asked, and were directed to the desk for Residence certificates. No one behind that desk, but after a moment, a smiling young woman came, sat down, and said; "Please let me tell you our procedure." That worried me. How much 'procedure' is needed to hand in papers and get some back? I told her that my wife required two certificates and I needed one. She began; " We now have a queue system for application for Residence Certificates." She pulled out a ledger book, flipped some pages to the next blank spot and said; "The next available opening is on the 27th in the afternoon. But you can only submit one application at a time, so you will need three queue numbers. I can give you one on the 27th, and the next two on the 28th." And then she smiled and continued; "After you submit your applications, you must wait two weeks for them to be processed, so you must plan to return twice to get your certificates." I smiled. I asked; "What is the cost for these?" to which she replied; "Oh, they are free." How nice. My next question was, as this is Thailand; "What if I wanted to pay for them? Could I get them more quickly?" She smiled. "Oh, of course. Please go downstairs to room #7 right next to the copy shop." So we did. Handed in our passport copies and papers from the condo, handed over some money, and out the door. Start to finish in room #7... 4 minutes. We'll pick up the certificates tomorrow. I love Thailand.
  15. Listen, guys... I'm sorry that I've never seen this behavior. But that's the facts. I've never seen it. That so many of you have gotten angry because I've never seen this is a testament to what makes you upset. It's really not my problem. I enjoy Songkran. I don't feel the need to leave town, and usually spend one or two days around the moat with friend enjoying the festivities.