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  1. It hardly means that. At any point in the process of making those 6-7 phone calls, the guy might call it quits and pay for an extra night if that is what the hotel staff demand on the phone there and then. If you are staying at an expensive hotel, up to 6,000 as the op indicated, spending a few minutes on the phone for a fairly good chance to save up to 6,000 would be worth it for many. So worst case scenario is that the op ends up doing what seems to be your fairly worthless suggestion to this thread: pay for an extra night. Best case: saves the price of the extra night. And that is by the way, at least one phone call, not at least 6-7 phone calls. Obviously the guy can get lucky on the first call.
  2. Auto Air repair in CM.......where to go?

    Yep, that's what I do. Mr. Ton and Pro Auto is a gem of a shop here in CM. But there's a special kind of satisfaction in getting your hands dirty and working on something like this yourself, a satisfaction that is not related to saving time or money. Cheers to Mr. Cheeryble.
  3. But it does provide a quite good explanation to the OP regarding what has quite likely happened. Thanks to 007 Red for that. It was interesting to read. It would also indicate that trying again, possibly with another airline, will not help, unless there has been so many complaints since the OP's last denied boarding that Thai immigration have become aware of a systemic problem and started to recheck all old entries for correctness by themselves. I suspect 007 Red's suggestion of turning up at immigration in Thailand may be the best way of getting the problem fixed, after entering through a land border where there will presumably be a human who will examine the records of his ban, and not an automated computer system rejecting him. I also like UbonJoe's idea of contacting the local Thai airways office for help as a first try, showing them the old passport too. Would not expect the OP being able to make the local Thai embassy take any interest in such a problem.
  4. No. Yes. Possibly you can ask the court to put your child on the "no exit" list, if you can convince the family court you have good reason to suspect mother will take your daughter away from Thailand and not bring her back. The child should then be blocked from leaving Thailand. Unless you have some strong evidence, I don't think this will happen however. But if you have her passports, this is hopefully not necessary anyway. Not sure what would happen if you turn up in Sweden. You would not be registered there as a father with shared custody, at least not initially, so don't see how you would have any rights to your daughter in Sweden. How would you even prove you are her father? The Hague treaty is the way to handle this I think. If you were Thai, you would open a Hague case from Thailand (not Sweden) citing that the child was domiciled in Thailand until the mother without permission abducted the child to another country. The Swedish authorities should reasonably quickly (in two-three months?) return the child to you in Thailand, by force if mother refuses. They would say mother should bring a case against you in Thailand if she wants full custody and move with the child to Sweden without your permission, and mother may get some legal problems in Sweden due to her actions too (taking the child away to Sweden without permission). But you are not Thai, only your daughter is. I'm not sure if the Thai authorities would help you the same way they would help a Thai parent in this case. Maybe they would, but I'm not sure.
  5. Indeed. A doctor friend of mine says what "really" happened was that this doctor noticed he had forgot the bag on the bus when he got off, started to follow the bus and also called the bus company to alert them that he had forgotten something on the bus and please call the the driver off the bus, ask him to find the bag and take care of it until the passenger has caught up with the bus. For some reason, the driver then opened the backpack to examine the contents. If this story is true, I can't say I would blame the doctor all that much for giving the driver a candybar or two. Rather I'd wonder why the bus driver thought it necessary to examine the bag the passengers bag after being told the passenger was coming to collect it. Did the bus driver even find it necessary to count the money? Doesn't match the story printed her too well, which said the passenger got the bag back at the police station, so I don't know what is true either.
  6. Try salsa kitchen on huay kaew road, opposite the shell station that is 200m up from kad suan kaew in the direction of MAYA. Sometimes they have, sometimes they don't.
  7. Western Boxing in Chiang Mai??

    I disagree with that. Most Muay Thai guys are pretty bad boxers, which is no wonder as they spend 80+ percent of the training time on other things than throwing punches with their hands. The stance of Muay Thai is also very different from boxing. So I don't think attempting to train boxing with muay thai guys is a good idea. I've seen the occasional advertisement for western boxing here in Chiang Mai, but can unfortunately not remember any off-hand at the moment. Possibly it was at Chiang Mai university or at the big 700 years sport centre?
  8. No recommendations for dealers, but I bought an old car (Toyota) some years ago from the owner for about 100,000. I took it to Pro Auto as they had been recommended here (Ton there speaks fluent english and is nice to deal with) and asked them to check things out. Paid a little money for it, which I think they said they would refund me if I later brought the car back to them to fix things. Which I did. Been happy with the service ever since. If I were to buy a second hand car again, from dealer or not dealer, I'd take it to Pro Auto again. Actually now that I think about it I do have a non-firsthand recommendation for dealer: Toyota Sure. These shops sell not too old Toyota cars and at least one mechanic recommended me to go there if I wanted to get a good second hand car, as he thought they did a decent job of checking things out before taking a car in for sale. Since they honour their warranty he said, it'd be in their very best interest to check things properly too of course. I don't think you'll find 100,000B cars there, but maybe you can find a 250,000B car there? I'd take it to Pro Auto too though, just in case. It does not cost much to have them check it and you'll get an independent opinion, assuming Toyota Sure does not mind.
  9. Lost Marriage Cert

    I believe there are two certificates you can get. One is "kor sam" (kor 3), which is the original, fancy one. As far as I know, you cannot get a replacement for this. That is at least what I was told. The second one is "kor song" (kor 2). This you can get at any (?) amphur just by turning up with your passport and asking for it. Some immigration offices ask for this, to show that the marriage is still current, as kor song is provided with the date you ask for it, so should be easy to get. Somebody can get this on your behalf too I think, because somebody offered to get it on my behalf. They asked for my passport (original) in order to get it, but perhaps it's possible without handing out your passport to somebody too. Perhaps the Thai embassy where you are could help too. I'm not aware of any police reports required, and it was certainly not required for "kor song". Will you get a new "kor sam", the fancy one, if you turn up at the amphur with a police report?
  10. Mobile Phone Service Provider

    One thing to note is that when I switched, AIS gave me the opportunity to buy any of several "packages" at half price for the first year. I said I'd think about it later (thought I'd just continue with prepaid, as I used on DTAC) but the AIS staff said the half price offer was only available now when I switched. Buying it later would require paying the standard rate. At that rate, the deal is much better than what I had at DTAC. Maybe DTAC will also offer me to pay half the rate if I switch back to them in a year, when my half-price deal at AIS runs out?
  11. Can anyone recommend a shop designing business cards and company paper?
  12. Open Mic - Nimman Chiang Mai

    If I remember correctly somebody here said the problem was that someone in the group jamming was bragging on facebook or whatever how he got free meals/beer or something in return. True or not I have no idea, but I've seen at least one restaurant/bar regularly having a farang trio playing/jamming there. If the OP (and only the OP please) wants to know the name of restaurant in order to ask the owner about it, she can message me. The owner seems a friendly enough guy, but no idea of whether he, like the OP, just assumes it's ok, or has actually checked it with someone. The restaurant is in a busy area though, so if somebody were to complain they possibly would have done so already.
  13. MikeyIdea, many thanks for your thoughts and realism. Especially about trying hard to get in writing some way to guarantee that any final ruling will be adhered to by HP. Admittedly, you have now shattered all my hope of a quick improvement to the current, horrible, day to day life situation, but it is better to expect the worst. Based on what you say, especially about not boring the judge/mediator with stories on HP's behaviour, I then think my best course of action might be to concentrate on how the children suffer now. How terrible the living environment for them is, living in constant worry that that their mother will start screaming and attacking their father. How will seeing all this violence affect my children? Mention I have recordings of this on my phone, here, now, in the faint hope the mediator will ask to see it. Mention shortly how I alone have supported HP and her daughter from a previous relationship for 10 years, up until recently, and then talk about how much I have cared about my own children regarding education and upbringing. That their mother is now doing her best to prevent the children from spending time with their father, and give some examples of this. Mention I have recordings of this too. Talk about the children's education needs. How it's only their father (sans an external tutor) who can help them with school and homework. That it is better for the children to stay with their father, at least for half the week. That the children have both a father and mother, and need to spend time with both of them without having to worry one parent will start screaming or attacking the other parent. Go in with the mindset initially that all assets must be sold and shared equally. That I am willing to continue to pay alone for a good school for my children as long as I am the one who decides what school they will go to. The cost of HP and her own daughter is fully on HP, though HP must share with me the other costs of bringing up our mutual children, except the school fees. Pay for her own apartment/house, whatever. My worry about this is that she will say something like "fine, but then she will move to her rural family village and send the children to a temple school there.", as she has threatened to do before. Will need a way to prevent that. If I am the one who decides where the children will go to school, and somehow that can be enforced, she cannot do that I guess, but not sure how to make that the reality. And yes, based on what you've written I will attend with my own interpreter. Unfortunately my own lawyer just now, after I informed him HP's own lawyer seems to have told HP I do not have grounds for divorce, says my chance of divorce is only fifty-fifty due to the lack of witnesses willing to testify. According to Thai law, he says, my own video recordings of violence are only of some, but limited, interest, and can not compare with an eye witness. I was much shocked and saddened to hear that. With kind regards, Awk.
  14. Thank you for the information. I cannot imagine HP would offer me anything more than the children staying with me half the time, and even that only if her lawyer convinces her that is what I will get as a minimum when the judge rules anyway. In that case I am starting to wonder whether, unless HP should, after a year of terror, suddenly get a change of heart and want to maintain a normal, polite, relationship with her children's father, a ruling by the judge would be in both the children's and my own best interest then. Extra money/assets I would otherwise have to offer HP, to support HP and her own daughter in exchange for a mutual agreement I could then instead save for my own children. My lawyer has warned me that a ruling from the judge would not be good for anyone. There would be no room for HP and me to adapt it to what we felt would be better for both of us, and that more worrying, in cases where there are two children, the judge will often rule that one child will stay with each parent. The latter would be horrible for the children, and I was very surprised and saddened to hear that. I am not sure if that is true or not however. Hopefully not. I'm wondering what the risk would be that the judge would not rule that the children will stay with me (a normal man with a respectable job and no adverse history/record of any kind) at least half the week? Before I thought that I may risk ending up with just visitation rights (horrible), or with just one of my daughters "all" of the time, and depend on HP for seeing my other daughter even just sometimes, but perhaps my fear is unfounded?
  15. At the moment her financial status is quite good I think, due to her (illegally?) refinancing the car, which is part of our shared property. My lawyer says she will be forced to pay me back half of the money she got at the end of the case, but I doubt that will happen in practice. It's enough money for her daughter's school fees, lawyer, etc. I of course no longer pay of the car (but have not told her exactly why), so she will either have to start paying of that herself with the money she stole in the refinancing deal, or they will take the car I guess. Unfortunately, she says she will then drive my two children to school on her small motorbike. So I am not sure what to do. If I again start paying of the (now much larger car loan), she can of course refinance it again in some months, and get new cash. I hope the judge/mediator can help me. If HP is forced to return the money she got via refinance now, I could pay of the rest of the car loan (not much was left, but it was an interest-free loan sponsored by the car company) and have the book transferred to my name. But I cannot force this. :-/ At the moment I pay 3,000 per week, transferred to her account. She constantly complains that is too little, and the first month I was taking the children to the grocery store every second day after school to buy whatever was needed for food and household items (yes, I kept the receipts thank you), before going to the house and cooking dinner for everyone (HP and her daughter too). Now HP no longer "allows" me to pick up the children however, so I no longer do that, though sometimes I have to join her to buy food and things for the children at the cheaper Thai markets where no receipt is usually given. That does not happen after she secured her horde of cash via the refinancing almost two months ago however. Unfortunately the debt on the house is in farangland (a neighbouring country of yours, as it happens), so my lawyer tells me it will not be of any interest to the judges here in Thailand. It is mine alone. If the final verdict is that the children are to stay with HP half the week, I would for the children's sake prefer they stay at the house I bought, to be safe and have a pleasant environment to live in. More pleasant than I can offer with my apartment unfortunately (though that is also decent enough), but if the children stay with me on weekdays mostly, they will be in school and kindergarten most of the day anyway. Thank you very much. Looking forward to it.