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  1. Yes, I think the fact that my 800,000 baht is untouched from year-to-year is what causes Immigration to ask what I use to support myself. It's probably more common for people to use that money each year.
  2. It's been my experience that Immigration just wants to hear a believable story. I have an 800,000 baht account here in Thailand that I haven't touched for years, except to update annually to reflect accrued interest ahead of getting my verification bank letter for Immigration for the annual retirement extension. A couple times, Immigration has noted the lack of account activity and asked how it is that I have funds to live? Do I work? No, I say that my husbands pensions are adequate to support us both, would he like to see, and pull out our joint Bangkok Bank account bank book with an open page, which I'm careful to keep updated. It shows a very active stream of money coming in internationally each month and going out almost as fast as it comes in. No, no they don't want to look at that level of detail. Sometimes I'm asked what I do with my time in Thailand. I reply with activities that I think they expect retired ladies to do -- meet with friends for lunch, go shopping, go to the spa and nail salon, travel around Thailand with my husband. Take Thai language lessons. It helped that I replied to this question in my flawless (yeah, right!) Thai. The first couple years here, Hubby and I lived off our savings, because he was too young to draw a pension. That's basically what the OP is doing, only he's turned over all his savings to his Thai wife. Immigration will love that.
  3. Much ado about nothing. They'll send a second notice if they don't receive your letter.
  4. Reports of my exit are a little premature. We discovered that it takes about 12 weeks to get an FBI criminal check (still haven't received it yet, incidentally). At this time we're planning to go to Kota Kinabalu in late August to submit the documents to apply for the Malaysia My Second Home 10 year retirement visa and see what kind of reception we get a Sabah state Immigration. I wonder if they check with CM Immigration? After that, there are additional steps involved in opening bank account, transferring in money, etc, etc. It's a more involved process that getting a Thai retirement visa, but once you have it, you're done with interacting with Malaysia Immigration. Plus you can own a home AND land in your name, plus buy a car tax and duty free during the first year, plus some other goodies. So, you're stuck with me for a while longer.
  5. This is the appeal of a beer tower. The beer is around a central ice core, but doesn't get diluted. Another good idea -- when we visited Siem Reip, I asked for ice for my beer and after a moment of puzzlement, the waitress brought an ice bucket and put the bottle of Angkor on ice like it was a bottle of champagne. The French taught them something, I suppose.
  6. Maybe you should start three topics. I'll take on the topic of lawyers. For the other two, you may want to post in the appropriate Thai Visa sub forums that deal with electrical and home improvement topics. Are you sure you need lightening arrester equipment on a home here? We had a farm in Michigan and had it installed just on our tallest structure, an 1890s midwest U.S. barn that we spent major money on repairs. We had several trees hit by lightening, including a majestic hickory that was sitting alone in a otherwise empty field (it felt like we'd lost a friend). As for lawyers, you could contact Lanna Lawyers and Assist Thai Visa also has does legal work:
  7. Ah yes, but you don't have a business to promote or a boo-boo that's already been all over Facebook, meaning everyone in Thailand has seen it. I, for one, am going to search out her nail salon to see if she can do nails any better than she can park a car.
  8. Judging by the PM I received from the OP, I don't think this is troll post. I think there are a couple of mis-informed cynics contributing to this thread. As I said, I know of several Thai law firms that legally employ foreign lawyers -- not to practice law, but to serve as "customer service reps" for their foreign clients and to communicate with overseas law firms. And at least one NGO that gets legit volunteer visas for western lawyers. One of the main functions of this NGO is to train Thai lawyers. Training isn't "practicing law". What makes this so difficult to understand? Just because someone has a law degree doesn't mean they're practicing law in Thailand when they work or volunteer. Someone can't read -- the title of the thread is "Legal Work" and he opens with "Consulting work - legal field" not "I want to practice law in Chiang Mai" or "I want to litigate cases in Chiang Mai". The latter two would clearly be prohibited.
  9. That photo wasn't me. It is a friend. We shared. She just thought there was no point in putting the beer in a glass. (who says we old gals don't have fun?)
  10. Just off the top of my head, I can think of six or seven Thai law firms that legally employ foreign-trained lawyers -- not to act as lawyers in Thailand, but to act as associates to help their Thai lawyers communicate with foreign clients and to communicate with law firms overseas.
  11. You may wish to contact Babseacle Foundation, a NGO engaged in pro bono legal aid work. They arrange for qualified foreign volunteers to participate legally in their organization. Some of the pro bono work they do is for low-income resident foreigners who do indeed need the services of lawyers from their home countries.
  12. Some of the guys in our condo building do this in front of the little Thai-style store next to the condo. They chat with passers-by, invite others to join them and, in general, have a good, cheap time.
  13. The bands are pretty good and the food from the cook-to-order place near the stairs to the back end of KSK is really very good. Nice big plate of khao phat moo with a fresh-cooked egg on top for 45 baht. Not one of those rubber eggs cooked hours ago. Why not order a beer tower while you're grooving to the Elvis band at Kad Suan Kaew? Life doesn't get any better than this in Chiang Mai. P.S. KKK will check in soon to report on places with cheaper prices and younger eye-candy, but you can't beat the quality of the bands and general atmosphere of early evening fun at the Food Factory. Great way to start your weekend.
  14. Please tell his son how much we respected and admired him. He was one of the true gentlemen of Thai Visa. I really regret not meeting him, or if I did, not being able to "match a face with a TV name" as often happens.
  15. I just sent Hubby's by regular post. If SSA doesn't receive it, they'll send him another letter in 60 days. Then I'll get more proactive about how it's returned. This strategy has worked OK in previous years and he's never received a second notice. Only time he had a problem was when we moved across town, I emailed SSA Manila with change of address, they acknowledged receipt of the email and then failed to update his address. Ever since then, I've been very careful to note when everyone else in Chiang Mai receives their "are you still alive" letters to be sure Hubby receives his.