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  1. True TV

    We are on the platinum package & initially weren't impressed with loosing the HBO channels, but are now more than happy with most of the replacement channels as they offer a good selection of current & older programs. Not happy with the loss of BBC entertainment. CANDA
  2. Conway defends Trump over hacking statements

    trump & Intelligence is an Oxymoron, Speaking of oxymoron s... he's kind of like the male version of the super - smart ('PLEASE EXPLAIN') Pauline Hanson of Australian politics..... CANDA
  3. 23 die in fiery Chonburi wreck

    Seriously.... Illegally overcrowded is an understatement ! A single cab pick - up should accommodate 2 to 3 passengers SITTING INSIDE THE CAB IN SEAT BELTS. The report states there were possibly 10 to 13 people ( & possibly more) traveling in the pick - up. In most countries it would be an offense for anyone traveling in the tray area, it's a cargo area for God sake ! For some reason, the people who are supposedly trying to reduce the shocking road toll here appear to 'turn a blind eye' to this insane method of transport... Subsequently low death accidents become double digit fatalities, Unfortunately & sadly, things never seem to change. CANDA.
  4. Slightly off topic...Just wondering if this type of vessel might be the type considered for the 7 day a week 365 days a year round trip service being proposed for the Phuket International Airport to Patong Bay route that 'certain intelligent people' in the know are currently planning ? This idea was 'floated' a while back as an easy transfer for tourist arrivals into Phuket to alleviate the supposed traffic delays on the island.... Considering the west coast of Phuket can be under a strong monsoon influence during almost half the year & even in the tradewinds season the sea conditions in the Andaman can be whipped up as has happened over the last couple of days here. An unsuspecting tourist's nightmare.....I couldn't think of a worse transfer option, arriving from a long haul flight to join the long queue at immigration to then have to haul one's luggage down a wharf & onto a catamaran pitching about in the sea, a hour in rough seas to then having to alight & try to then sort transport to your hotel.... We are long term residents here & make several trips a year from Phuket, we know what will work & what will not, we either use one of our own vehicles or if we are heading away for a longer trip we use our driver... but as mentioned, we aren't gullible tourist who, in the near future, might be sold on the 'ease' of such a transfer... CANDA
  5. The above conjures up some rather worrying scenarios, I can think of a number of unstable, current world leaders.... Philippine, Syrian.. etc,. who would jump at the opportunity to annihilate huge numbers of their own population without needing to think twice, let alone using these concoctions against their enemies.......SCARY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CANDA
  6. Go into any department store & you will discover why the unemployment rate is so low.... wall to wall assistants everywhere, bare in mind the guys are usually chatting to each other whilst the girls are mostly reapplying their make-up most of the time... When you actually take an item, like a shirt, to the counter you will often find several helpers at the register, one takes the item from you & checks the label, passing it to the next, who removes the coat - hanger & you guessed it, passes it to someone else who checks the scanning code before it's passed on to the actual check out person who scans the label & either asks for the amount or puts the figure on an oversized calculator ( which may be used later in the transaction to ensure the correct change is given ????) then a further helper will fold the shirt & bag it before handing it to you...... so 5 or 6 people are gainfully employed for each transaction ! Now, think of the number of stores throughout Thailand....BINGO !!!!!! CANDA.
  7. 60th birthday

    I'm with you Seajae, About to celebrate my, as i call it 59 + 1 birthday, in a couple of months, and definitely in the 'not acting one's age group,' My partner has organised a special present for us to celebrate together, we will be flying to Northern Europe & spending 4 nights in one of our favourite hotels before we go onboard a cruise ship for a 2 week cruise down the Iberian Peninsula then a further 4 nights in the Eternal city before we head home, a special dinner has been suggested for the day. I'm very much looking forward to the celebration & seeing new destinations through my special someones eyes will make it all the more memorable. Regards, CANDA. I suppose it's nice for some folks to show off with lavish occasions but personally with a couple of real friends and family and a few bottles I had a great laugh for my 70th and80th. Roll on next year Thanks SO MUCH for your enthusiasm....enjoy your next 'whatever' birthday, I presume as memorable as all your other ones I reckon................ Regards, CANDA.xx
  8. 60th birthday

    I'm with you Seajae, About to celebrate my, as i call it 59 + 1 birthday, in a couple of months, and definitely in the 'not acting one's age group,' My partner has organised a special present for us to celebrate together, we will be flying to Northern Europe & spending 4 nights in one of our favourite hotels before we go onboard a cruise ship for a 2 week cruise down the Iberian Peninsula then a further 4 nights in the Eternal city before we head home, a special dinner has been suggested for the day. I'm very much looking forward to the celebration & seeing new destinations through my special someones eyes will make it all the more memorable. Regards, CANDA.
  9. Valid points, but not sure many Thai people actually celebrate a Merry Christmas....Not really a Buddhist thing is it ! CANDA.
  10. Have you actually read the Poster's original request for advise ? It clearly states that they have rented for a couple of years & are sick of wasting money on dead rent. Possibly an oversight on your behalf, but as this is a Thai forum could you use Thai Baht rather than $$$$... I, like many would very much like to know your investment strategy for making 6% p.a on that amount ??? It would appear that even though you are espousing owning / leasing out a condo, you are happy to pay your landlord for the privilege of having a roof over your head, thus paying his overheads & giving a nice little monthly income. You make a really good argument for actually buying property other than a condo, high maintenance fees, poor construction, poor lifespan, bad management & overall rapid depreciation. You might consider that buying might tie up some principal, but it is an asset & it is yours, pride of ownership for those that can own, rather than borrow, is a rather tangible attraction. CANDA.
  11. Really, if you do a little research you might just realize that that's not quite correct, certain countries have leasehold & freehold land titles available for certain areas, counties, parishes etc,. Actually, there is currently 23,000 leasehold lots covering all of Canberra ACT in Australia. I'd doubt anyone involved would consider themselves stupid. CANDA.
  12. Do you seriously think that people that are considering moving to this country can't organise their own lives when it comes to staying here on a long-term basis ? Your bet re the1 in 10 foreigners investing here is based on what criteria ? Sure, there are winners & losers in all aspects of life, if one is careful and uses caution & a little brain power they might just remain on the winners side. In regard to 'having a clue about what life is like in a Mooban' could you explain the advantages other than the fact they are cheap ? CANDA. I understand this argument, but at the same time, if you are paying rent every month, say $B30,000 a month, you have spent $B1.8 million over 5 years, with no return whatsoever. My case may be different, but from my perspective, my Thai wife is younger than me, and will most likely outlive me. I am comfortable with owning a house because I will know she always has a roof over her head in her name. She can sell it if she wants. That is her choice. If by some chance our marriage fails, and I do nto see that happening, the amount spent on the house is nothing in the scheme of life, and I could walk away and move on. What part of "WESTERN COUPLE" do you not understand? Neither of them have the right of domicile in Thailand, whereas, those with successful marriages to Thai nationals do. Get it? In any case, for every foreigner who bought a house in Thailand, and has had a happy and contented life, I'm willing to bet there are 10 or more who have wished they never invested their hard-earned in such an unstable place. Add that neither of them apparently speak Thai, or have a clue about what life in a mooban is like, what chance have they of running this ever-tightening gauntlet? Always rent first. Never buy in Thailand, but especially now.
  13. Hi br0wmdog23, We have been residing here in Phuket for 10 years now, having relocated from our home country for business reasons & have fortunately, enjoyed great success. We have several contemporary villa properties which we lease out on a long term basis & with due diligence by ourselves & our legal representatives have achieved an extremely comfortable & for filling lifestyle. We encourage the naysayers here to discourage people from buying but to rent, the more the merrier as ours & other landlords customer bases stay constant, lets face it what the renter losses financially is the landlords gain. What we have is what the tenant needs, we are happy to oblige by lending our properties to these folk. To the poster, I wouldn't be too concerned with the legal aspects re 30 yr land leasing of villa ownership here, if you want to be in a box with neighbours surrounding your every move consider a condo, lots do, another suggestion would be to steer clear of the moo bahn style of development unless you want ghetto style noisy neighbours, robberies, dog noise, etc etc...Consider your long term comfort & happiness above anything else ! CANDA.
  14. Where to Buy Stevia?

    Hi DivedendGuy, I'm in Phuket & buy FITNE brand Stevia from Villa Market here, a pack contains 40 sachets. Occasionally, I can buy it at Carrfour / Big C & Tops here, so if you can locate these in Bangkok you might find them there. I have used Fitne for a year of two now after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, it is very sweet compared to sugar & has no calories, I use a very, very small amount in coffee or tea, unlike the previous poster I don't find it has any aftertaste whatsoever, perhaps he might be confusing other artificial sweeteners that contain Aspartame, etc. I have recently returned from a couple of trips to Australia, I noted many supermarket products there that use Stevia instead of sugar, these appear to be slow arriving here in Thailand, but would imagine the market will pick it up quickly once it is known. Good luck sourcing your need. CANDA.
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