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wordchild

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  1. I used to be on an owners committee, not any more thank God! We did have a couple of late paying owners, and, as far as I remember, the advice we had was that we could publish the unit numbers of the late payers but not the actual owner names. After 6 months or so of warnings we did put the unit numbers, of the late payers , in an update letter to the co-owners. Funnily enough the outstanding balances were settled pretty quickly!
  2. My local branch told me that MasterCard would be introduced alongside Union Pay, in the near future. No idea if that’s true, but that is what she said.
  3. Not the case, (according to my wife). we are in Hua Hin quite often and there are one or two good places for sure, but you dont get the same consistent quality that you find on the other side of the Gulf.
  4. My wife is a bit of a foodie. We live in Bangkok but often come to Chonburi/Pattaya. We have eaten seafood all over Thailand but , in her opinion, and I would not doubt her judgement, the Eastern seaboard ie from Chonburi down has , by a long way , the best seafood in Thailand.
  5. Sorry, that is sweet and wishful thinking, not really in line with the FACTS of Thailand’s various DTA treaties , in particular the one with the U.K. which does not cover most types of pensions income. As is stated above there is , at least a theoretical risk, of being taxed again, in Thailand , on pension income , brought into the country.
  6. wordchild

    Most Dangerous Area(s) of Bangkok

    I think , on the whole, Bangkok is a pretty safe city as far as street robbery is concerned: road traffic accident risk is another story! i have lived here for a decade or so and never found myself in a threatening situation, or ever felt any concern walking around . I have heard however, that some of the more remote areas of the city eg deep in the sois off Rama 2 (other side of the river) can be somewhat risky.
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    Urologist

    I had a high PSA level, and also a low free PSA level (not normally a good combination), I had an MRI which was inconclusive but suggested a reasonable possibility of cancer (3/4 out of 5) . Another doctor (different hospital) wanted to go straight to biopsy. Viroj looked at my history and age , stuck his finger in and had a really good feel, about 3 minutes, (never had a finger in there for that long before!) His conclusion was , don’t rush, wait 2 months and test again, and he strongly advised against rushing to a biopsy. (Which in my initial panic I wanted to do). In the end, to my relief, he was proved right, after 2 months my PSA level was considerably lowered and after another 3 months it was normal. The PSA is without doubt a lifesaving test for many men but it needs careful interpretation by an experienced doctor, he is one , and I would say to anyone with a similar issue go see him.
  8. wordchild

    Urologist

    As others have said , very experienced, pragmatic doctor. I have seen him, in the past, and I have complete confidence in his judgement.
  9. wordchild

    Urologist

    Dr Viroj at Bumrungrad
  10. In the condo where we live (Bangkok) the rules were just updated at the last AGM with the , pretty much, unanimous support of the owners who voted. From now, any owner found to be renting their unit for a period of less than 1 month will be fined on a daily (escalating) basis. From what I have seen , if properly enforced, it should make short term rentals completely uneconomic. I believe we had just a couple of units (out of 100 plus) let out in this way, but the Juristic office now say that they are determined to stamp it out completely, and the vast majority of owners here agree with that. In those condo developments where owners actually live there, at least some of the time, it’s a no brainier. This practice seriously diminishes quality of life. I was informed by our Juristic office that a number of other Bangkok condos will also adopt similar rules, good for them, in my opinion!
  11. You do not need to leave the country every year with a TE visa. but what you do need to do is follow the correct procedure ie apply for an extension of stay in country.
  12. If what the OP says is true, then his best bet would seem to be to escalate this issue within the TE structure. That is certainly what I would do in the same situation.
  13. I have been a TE member from the very early days , (one of the very first members, so I am told) and I know them pretty well now. I also have a good friend who is a member and had some issues with immigration a couple of years ago. In his particular case the Elite staff worked smoothly and efficiently to resolve his issues and ,as others have pointed out, they seem to have excellent relationships with Thai Immigration : what could have been a big problem , for him, was resolved very quickly, without further issues. From what I have seen it is not their practice to abandon their members in the way the OP is suggesting happened to him . Also the language and tone of their alleged emails does not ring true, and is certainly not like anything I have seen from them, in the past. In my opinion his story does not pass my basic smell test of being a true , full , and accurate account , and I have serious doubts about it’s veracity. Sorry, but that is my opinion.
  14. yes i agree with this. The OP has not told the FULL story here.
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