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  1. Fresh Sato can be very tasty but it can have a fairly high alcohol content so it is wise to not drink too much. Unfortunately the filtered and pasteurized bottled version sold in stores (7-11 for one) tastes only a little like the fresh stuff and one bottle is enough to give you a hangover headache. Now if I could only find a fresh Sato vendor in Pattaya to include me in their regular customers....
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    Safe or not?

    In the West those two wires would indeed be hot and neutral, just not in SEA. Here they are both hot because the "ground" wire is not grounded but floating. I have tested this in a number of different places in SEA and both wires are hot. Typically one will be around 180-200V, the other the rest of 220V. Either will give you a potentially damaging/deadly shock.
  3. It happened to me once at the Cham Yeam land entry. I didn't notice it until after the 30 days. I went to Immigration and they told me to go back to the border and get it fixed. I asked if there was any other way to fix the problem and the officer told me to sit down for 20 minutes. 20 minutes, a phone call by the officer, and 500 Bt later it was fixed. What I wasn't told is that they noted it as an overstay. An overstay once isn't a problem but more than one and it can get very serious, including the loss of your Non-O visa. Now I have a brightly colored plastic tabs (Amazon.com - Scotch Restickable Mini Tabs) stuck in my passport to mark my Non-O visa stamp and any re-entry permit. I always show those to the immigration officer when entering Thailand then double check that they put in the right date (that for my Non-O visa).
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    Samut Sakhon pub raided, 123 test positive for drugs

    Remember the Santika Club fire in Bangkok on January 1, 2009? I see two small doors at the far end of the room, one on each side. Can you image what would happen if there was a fire and 800 people tried to get out those two small doors? Damn good thing is being closed, but of course the building will be sold to someone with connections and be opened again in 6 months.
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    Kitchen food processors in Thailand

    For coleslaw all you need is a Vegetable Shredder Rotary Grater Slicer like the one in the link below. I have one and it works very well. Slicer blade for cabbage, large shredder blade for carrots. The fine grater blade is great for cheese or nuts. Lazada will deliver to your door. Pay by credit card or COD. Lazada - leegoal Vegetable Chopper 3-Blades Spiral Slicer, Vegetable Fruit Cutter Cheese Shredder Rotary Mixer WARNING! Keep your fingers out of the feeder tube - use the pusher or you may come up a bit short.
  6. " As happens after every serious marine accident nationwide, the Marine Department and municipal police checked licenses, boat seaworthiness and life-jacket use at Bali Hai Pier. " I wonder if they checked the gaggle of boats moored off of Pattaya Beach? Wait, they can't be moored off of Pattaya Beach, the city banned that a few months ago. Must have been hallucinating when I saw at least thirty boats moored off Pattaya Beach a couple of days ago.
  7. This isn't simple in Thailand. If you own property or have a bank account you need a will and you need an executor. There can then be two or three visits to a Thai court over up to a year's time before the estate is settled. If you want a foreign relative or someone else to be your executor think about the cost of them traveling to Thailand for up to three visits. Frankly it can be less costly to just abandon what money you have in a Thai bank account or even the value of a condo. Having a Thai executor is obviously best, but they need some incentive such as payment for making the court visits. The bottom line is you need to find a trustworthy Thai lawyer (a Thai reserved occupation) with a foreign advisor that will help you prepare a will. Don't forget about what happens to your body when you die. Without a will the body may be held in storage while your embassy tries to find your legal next of kin and asks what to do with the body. Your government may well force your next of kin to pay for this. If the government sends the body back to your country in a sealed coffin this can be very expensive. I think Thai law requires an autopsy to be performed in Bangkok if you die outside a hospital, and the cost for that is charged to your estate (check with your lawyer about this). Specify in your will what is to be done with your body by your executor and how they are to how to pay for all expenses. I you do die outside a hospital I strongly suggest that your executor get the layer there before the death is reported to the police. Once the lawyer is there with a copy of the will they can call the police then make sure that the police don't confiscate anything. The lawyer and/or executor should also take care of calling for transportation of the body. Make sure the lawyer keeps a copy of your will, make sure the executor has a copy of your will, make sure your next of kin has a copy if you have a Thai executor, and finally see if you can file a copy with your embassy.
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    AIS 1 yr data subscripotion only 1200 baht

    Am I the only one who bothered to read the AIS ad on their web page? This is a promotion for "New SIM Activation". If you are already a customer you are left out.
  9. Darwin award failure.
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    DLT introduces electronic driving test

    If the test subject passes this test with flying colors I hope they only get a license to drive the electronic test machine. Driving a real car with other real cars and motorcycles doing stupid illegal things all around you is NOT the same as driving a computer. Giving them a license to drive a real car is a sure recipe for disaster.
  11. I would say confiscate the driving license and the registration until they bring the bike to the police station with a proper muffler but that wouldn't stop them - most of the drivers probably don't have a license and the bikes aren't registered to begin with. Just confiscate the bike and run over it with a road paving steel wheeled roller.
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    Black water empties onto Phuket beach, stuns tourists

    I think you mistyped that. You meant, "But most islands release untreated sewage into the sea". Releasing untreated waste water into the ocean is an old and continuing practice. Run a pipe out into the ocean and pump anything out of it and out of sight, out of mind. Problem solved! It was only a couple of decades ago that Boston, USA was forced to stop pumping untreated mixed rain water and sewage out to sea when it rained. Pattaya only treats about 20% of its sewage, releasing both treated and untreated into the ocean. It still happens in almost any community near the sea anywhere in the world. Why anyone would think that any seaside community in Thailand is only releasing treated waste water into the ocean is beyond me.
  13. Good thing the Thai cops weren't around in the '60's. If they had been things would have been a lot less fun.
  14. When I went to the DLT outside of Pattaya to take my test for my motorcycle license I saw a Thai in a uniform arrive on his motorcycle wearing a cowboy hat, not a helmet. I'll give you one guess at who I saw wearing a helmet later on when demonstrating how to take the driving test.
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    Rules for Thai Driving license

    There is an English language training video available. You also need to know the road signs and markings on the streets and curbs. The Land Transport Office where you take the test will probably have a poster showing them but you can find them at Wikipedia. Road signs in Thailand Thailand Road Markings and Traffic Lights You can take the written test in English but be sure to wear conservative clothing. When I took the test for my motorcycle license one woman was in shorts and she was forced to go out and buy long pants before they would let her take the test. Men seem to be able to get away with shorts but I wouldn't push it by wearing short cutoff jeans or a tank top. Check YouTube for videos of the "Thailand Driving Test" for car and motorcycle. For motorcycle anyone should be able to weave through the cones (some can't) so the only hard part is the "plank" test. You have to drive slowly down a 10" wide by 60' long "plank" without falling off. Here in Pattaya the plank is made of concrete. Tuck your knees in tight, look at least 20' down the road (NOT right in front of the motorcycle), apply a bit of rear break and rev the engine enough to overcome the small amount of rear breaking (the rear breaking helps stabilize the bike at slow speeds). Don't slow down once you start since slowing will probably make you weave. Practice driving slowly in a straight line lots before the test.