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  1. A few hours ago, I posted a PSA on the Chiang Mai TV forum to let the locals know that 'Tis the Season for POTY Nominations. As Folkguitar rightly noted: this "honor" is like being invited to sit at the "cool kids" table in the cafeteria of a mental hospital. You can give it a prominent place on your CV. Absolutely right and I hereby nominate Folkguitar, along with the several others who responded to the thread in a thinly disguised attempt of self-promotion: hyku1147, Bill97, eyecatcher, sharktooth and orang37 (believe me the entire TV-universe needs to puzzle through his posts, not just us northerners) Also, on a serious note, I'd like to nominate CMBob for his fine work in keeping everyone informed on the goings-on at CM Immigration, a post I had to give up since becoming persona-non-grata back when the Immigration office was at Promenada Mall and they didn't like me hanging around. Bob looks more like your basic CM expat retiree than me, so he probably blends in better than I did.
  2. I know there are many members of the Chiang Mai Thai Visa community who don't often venture far from the Chiang Mai forum, or perhaps just look at other specialized forums and don't visit the "General" forum. So this is a "heads-up" that it's the time of year to nominate candidates for the "Thai Visa Poster of the Year" I was "honored" to receive this "recognition" in 2015 (and thus cannot run again) so I want to make sure that other Chiang Mai members have an opportunity to participate in the fun.
  3. NancyL

    TM30 time expires?

    In Chiang Mai, there's a chance that you'll be fined 1600 baht when you go for an annual extension if you haven't updated your TM30 to reflect the your current TM6 card number. Doesn't happen consistently, but it happens. Also, it's been reported that this is one reason that online 90 day reporting doesn't work for some people -- that they haven't "updated" their TM6 number because they failed to update their TM6 upon returning. But, you're right, Sheryl, you'd think that it would already be updated in "the system" by the Imm. officer who welcomes you at the border when you return.
  4. NancyL

    TM30 time expires?

    You're right -- the online 90 day report system doesn't need TM30 info, but it does ask for your TM6 number, which changes each time you re-enter. The TM6 is needed to input a TM30. Recently I returned from an overseas trips and the condo input my TM30, giving me a "print screen" of their input as a receipt. There definitely is a field where they input the TM6 number.
  5. NancyL

    Damaged roof

    Read the entire thread. It's entertaining.
  6. NancyL

    Damaged roof

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm having fun with this thread. I can't believe someone getting so cranked about 7200 baht for roof repair. Heck, we redid the roof on our heritage barn in the U.S. for a mere $60,000. We did get a nice plaque from National Geographic when it was featured in their "Barns Alive" story, however.
  7. NancyL

    TM30 time expires?

    Your TM30 includes your TM6 or Arrival Card number, so it should be updated each time you return to the country from an overseas trip. Otherwise online 90 day reporting isn't going to work.
  8. NancyL

    Damaged roof

    OK, Kevin if you want to consult a Thai law firm there is one in Chiang Mai with English speaking lawyers as partners -- Lanna Lawyers. Use Google. They charge 4000 baht an hour if you need to use their native English speaking lawyers. It's time to get real. The only time you'd hire them is for something serious like to do your Final Will or Power of Attorney, not to get your landlord to pay 1500 baht to trim the tree.
  9. NancyL

    Damaged roof

    Your "newish" condos may actually have been covered under some sort of warranty from the builder or developer. Some of my friends have purchased condos in new buildings and repairs are carried out by the building developer during the first year or so. It's really more common for tenants to take on the repair of minor things, especially if under 1000 baht. The OP is going to spend more than that in consulting a lawyer about his "rights". Frankly, I don't have the time or energy to hassle my owner with every little repair, like replacing a leaking faucet or blowing out the drain line of a dripping aircon unit, especially since I use autopay to transfer the rent payment from my account to his every month. He gave us a good rate and long lease, so I know we're getting a good deal.
  10. NancyL

    Goodbye 20 Baht Store! (Kad Suen Kaew)

    KSK does well, especially on the week-ends. Why else would they have put money into redoing the basement? There is talk of redoing the upper floors, even trying to get Bangkok Bank to move to an upper level since it's a big draw in the mall. On the second floor, Black Canyon Coffee, Swensen's and the pizza restaurant next to Swensen's do well, even during the week and there's a small hot pot restaurant next to Black Canyon coffee that is always packed with young Thai people, often with people waiting. But the back part of the second floor and the third floor definitely do seem to be under utilized.
  11. The bulbs are refrigerated to simulate winter-dormancy and then grown in cooled greenhouses. They are only good for one bloom cycle and I hope we don't have too many hot days between Christmas 10 January if they plant them in outdoor gardens.
  12. NancyL

    Damaged roof

    This is why it's a good idea for newcomers to rent condos in well-managed buildings where they can simply go to the building office when something breaks and the office staff will arrange for a plumber, aircon contractor, electrician or whomever to come to their unit, often the same day to make the needed repair. They will still have to pay for the repair as the renter, because after all this is Thailand and everyone knows that tenants pay for repairs if something in the condo breaks during their residency, but at least there is someone English-speaking in the condo office who can arrange for a good repair person to come quickly, charge a fair price and serve as a translator, if needed. Also to try to explain to the tenant why they have to pay for the repair and maybe help them to manage the owner if the owner objects to deductions from the rent for minor repairs. Meanwhile, while living in that first condo, the newcomer will have an opportunity to study Thai and learn about Thai culture with other newcomers who are going through these same type of eye-opening learning experiences discovering that they aren't in Oz, Kansas or Manchester anymore.
  13. As usual, Pib is on-the-mark with info about this type of subject. When the U.S. Embassy/Consulate had their recent meeting about Income Letters, etc recently here in Chiang Mai this new "enhancement" about how we can have our U.S. SS and VA payments direct deposited into ANY Thai bank sometime next year was mentioned with the news to "stay tuned" more info will come. Unlike Pib, they didn't go into the technical details about why or how.
  14. NancyL

    Damaged roof

    Kevin, you've got a bargain and you're smart to make it want you want. I just hope you signed a long lease so that your owner doesn't come in at the end of the lease, see how nice you've made it and then decide it's worth more than 3500/month. This is exactly what we've done with a couple of places -- sign a long lease at a good rate and put money into making it what we want, knowing full well we'll have to leave the improvements behind when we leave. Life is too short to put up with a substandard kitchen, lack of storage, no hot water, etc.
  15. NancyL

    Damaged roof

    It's pretty standard here for tenants to be responsible for repairs. The OP is fortunate that the owner didn't say or do anything when he deducted the cost of the tree trimming from his rent. He should simply go about keeping the place habitable and continue the practice of deducting the cost of repairs. Don't expect the owner to compensate for his time or aggravation however.