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sailingbill

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  1. 2 hours ago, forcebwithu said:

    It was getting close to the time I needed to transfer more funds over, so initiated a SWIFT transfer from Schwab to Bangkok Bank yesterday. Funds just hit my account, and after backing out the 500B receiving fee the rate I got was 33.17. 

    I check the rate I get against the rate quoted on Xe and usually I loose about 0.15, but for some reason on this transfer there was no loss. On the send side though Schwab charged me a $15 wire transfer fee and an "other fee" of $18.82 when in the past there have been no fees. I've sent a message off to Schwab asking for explanation on the fees.

    I would recommend a follow up call with Bangkok Bank for the reason why you received such a low exchange rate.

    While i rarely worry on the small stuff ,this difference is = to 4 short times. I have friends paying 10k-12k in rent so a difference of 8842 in 1 month is far beyond small stuff.  Another inconvenience is the deposit must go to a Non Atm account and you cannot transfer it online. So i will be at BB February 3rd to transfer 3 months of deposits to my atm account.. I will redo the math then on the Feb. deposit. If i didn't screw the math up Ill ask for an accounting of rates and fees.

    JONPAT i'm weary with the math at the moment but maybe you can take a look. SS/OPM sent $4421. Between Jan 1-3. My deposits totaled 136748.THB.  the rate difference between Jan1 and Jan 3 was not significant. I do feel i am missing something in my calcs as this is to great a difference.   Actually the difference is 9943 and the BB effective rate was 30.93. I will look closely at the next transfer/deposit in 3 weeks. If i made an error  would rather find it here than while sitting with the Bank Manager . 

     

  2. a lot of activity, 

    1 hour ago, jacko said:

    We get a lot of complaints here when anyone tries to get  bargains from the girls in these hard times, but here we see they do it to their own. I mean, 3000 baht/month, and so many hours. 

    I also had a chat to an MPG recently, who was unusually stern and wanted to predefine prices in advance, which was unusual.... transpires she had been poorly paid the day before when she failed to do that. 

    Hard times....

    Saw a few suitcases on wheels being dragged about yesterday... people are arriving in town. 

    A lot of activity, im happy but hate those fume belching tour buses are on the roads again.  I dont understand the guys that want to bargain down at this point but their money. To me easy, a Sweet Soi 6 , MP girl or a lovely at Kittens or Classroom for 1-2k all in. Maybe a phone number for later.  Even a Boomerang stunner or Kinks girl 2k. ST. Ive been here awhile but not so long as i forget the price and attitude that awaits me in Vegas.

     

    40 minutes ago, forcebwithu said:

    Posted on another forum was a picture of PBG with the shutters half up and workers on site. No info on what they were doing, but hoping they're the cleaning crew getting the place ready to reopen.

     Thanks for that, i hope no regrets but im bringing the girl back from the farm.

  3. Really hopeful and good news. Have you heard from Pete? I don't know him.  A waitress i keep in touch with had to leave Pattaya, no money. She has a friend here and likes her job at the BG. Likes the beach.  Now working on a farm up north with little money and hard work. I have never sponsored before but she only needs 3.5k for the room and 3k living expenses. I'm thinking to do it with the understanding when BG opens the support ends.

    Edit   To give an idea of what the non gogo girls have as options.  My GF's bar called to offer her job back. Mainly cleaning, easy waitress job. She wants to work but 3,000 month  0800-8pm  7days a week. I told her up to her but pass. Previous going option was 7k a month, 8 hour days and 6 days a week.

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  4. Force i was surprised at this also, just there for the extension.   I heard Kittens was open and i have 2 girls there. The launch sequence was initiated so i told the guy i'll come back next week,no time today. He said 1000 baht more they will do the bank  . Next year i will do it myself but that day i was on a mission.

  5. The 800,000 can be legally lent to you for 1 day. The "seasoning " requirement can be waived if the I/O has a certain high rank. So a spirit vs letter of the law conversation. No need to ever go to immigration as you drop the passport off at the agent and they will do your 90 day. Or when it works just do it online.  We were at dinner last week and laughing that none of us uses our good friend. An agent who charges at least 30k and 1,000 for a 90 day.  In fairness i have sat in the corner while he meets with clients and they sometimes require a lot of hand holding.  I remember one guy asking if he had access to the 800k.  I damn near spit my drink.  Forcebewithu referred me to Manareet on Soi Post office. I can also recommend.Not a lot of hand holding but 12,500 extension, no fee to do the 90 day.  

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  6. I gauge air quality by how well i see Ko Larn on my morning swim. A gradient from the beach is clear to barely make out the Island. Hardly scientific. Last week it was so cold i used a diving vest in the pool. Next time i'm home i'll bring my Cape Pond Ice hoodie back.   I think the current situation is blamed on an inversion from a weather system from China. Damn Chinese just give and give.

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  7. 3 hours ago, BeerBelly said:

    When I talked with Tik Tok, she quoted me 5,000. Further, I got the feeling it wasn't actually her doing it. I think she is simply a middle man. Another place quoted me the same price. Tik Tok told me they go every Mon-Friday as a group. She told me they would send the driver the next day to bring me to make the appointment at the Land Transport Office. Personally, I hate being stuck in a van that drives around the city picking people up. That's when I decided to do it myself. 

    Edit: The 5,000 is broken down to 3,500 for one license, +500 for the second license, +1000 for the residence certificate. Not sure if the 3500 includes the photos, but it does include transportation, medical certificate(s) and Land Transport Office fees and probably a shit ton of passport photocopying. 

    Beer Belly you are accurate except no vans,several individual cars but yes you see they have others to attend to. At 3k no contest. For 5k I'll give my LT  Nam's driver 3K to do the Thai stuff at the office  and get my own residence cert. 

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  8. 2 hours ago, jacko said:

     

    I have 2 jobs I will be needing to do there in December and I certainly do not look forward to it.. even tempted to get an agent myself.

    I use tic toc. at 3k it is very expensive compared to the actual fee. But im not riding my little 150cc out there. They pick me up at the Condo, Tell me to sit over there and they will call you for your photo. They stand in line and obtain the medical and Residence Certs., pay the fees.  Considering every 5 years well worth it.  Though i turn 70y/o next year and may hang up my helmet in 4 years.

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  9. 4 hours ago, Shooter said:

    Nice.  Love the 380.  I am flying QATAR US-Doha-BKK in January and pretty sure I'm on A330.  Also a fine jet and in business with a pod so I don't have to wear a mask the whole way.  but a 380 would be better.  Flew them twice and smooth and quiet.  Love them.

     

    Good to hear. My Airline of 15 years ANA has changed routing unfavorably, the plane now a 789 not the 777 and a layover of 8 hours. If that holds when i book i'll change to Emirates first class on the 380 for what i hope is my last trip back to the States.  I told my kids they know where i live and i'll pay their airfare over when they visit.  I asked please no elaborate weddings i have to return for and encouraged the $399. Elvis Chapel Wedding in Vegas.  

  10. Good to see the Hat out and about. Appreciate the update as ill be back this week. I may try the Sofitel if Thermae is open.I suspect we may be handsome men even to the China Dolls on the left until the Japanese return. You do get the best girls and 2 weeks ago i did ok at the Massage Parlors on 23. If you run that gauntlet on 23 the Barcelona Gaudi Restaurant is worth a stop.  The Tavern is open so ill be there if your still around. I'm waiting to hear from Serge as Le Buchon is moving to a new location.  All the best RT.

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  11. 2 hours ago, jacko said:

    I think the way you do things now is good......

    I am expecting changes to the retirement extensions based on a Non-Imm-O entry in the future, to require insurance or monetary guarantee for medical cover....  just an inkling. 

    My agent friend in Bangkok has the same inkling. Lining up possible insurance companies if it happens. I quickly add he has no inside information this is coming or even being discussed.  What a bitch if i paid for an O only to have insurance be a requirement later.  Now with everything opening here i'll be spending prolifically and not have money to travel anyway.   Will wait and combine a US trip with a later PI trip end of next year. Watching the World Series  this morning but can only get a Spanish channel.

  12. 49 minutes ago, forcebwithu said:

    From what I've read there is now a insurance certificate letter that needs to be completed by the foreign insurance company. Wonder if anyone has been successful getting an insurance company to sign off on the form.

    https://longstay.tgia.org/document/overseas_insurance_certificate.pdf

    The letter is available on the Consulate Website Washington but it cannot be completed by BCBS though i have not tried. My agent takes care of the insurance signoff for my extension but said if i leave the country ill need insurance. Thought id like to visit The PI but not worth buying a $1000 policy i dont need. 

  13. I have one since i live on Wongamat Beach with no BB service. I still do a of cooking at times and got tired of dragging the grocery bags on Baht buses. Then walk or get a taxi down Soi 18. I like having a bike to go to Foodland and Villa in the early morning. But if cheap Bolts had been available i may not have got one. At the time the taxi mafia ruled since the tourists were here and was usually quoted 300 baht coming out of Central. 

  14. Ill turn 70 y/o next year and  higher insurance cost so changing to an o is a priority. I just want to go to the PI and later one more trip to the states. I'll look in to this.  Currently i pay 12,500 for the extension. No money in the bank and she takes care of the O-A insurance but i dont have a policy. Contrary to common belief the agents can be legal.    I talk with friends and a conversation that comes up is if go tits up here where would we go?  None of us want to go to the PI or Cambodia.Thailand is our home. So unfortunately immigration is still an active issue.

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  15. I gave up on going back to the states but would like to go to Angeles in Feb. If anyone knows a cheap o-a insurance please contact me.  As Jacko has said they are poor but needed for travel.  I have insurance but the Thais dont accept it.  I called Bumrungrad yesterday to schedule a CTA. Quoted 60- 90,000 baht. I said that is a bit high but she said no problem i will call America , they will pay. She already knew my company. If Bumrungrad can figure it out why cant Immigration?. TIT

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  16. Good advice all. Best thing is to ask reception for the maid . I paid 400 baht a cleaning. If i wasn't home the staff let her in. They came with 4 people outstanding and honest. Agree dont fuck the help but you know that. I have to many waitress stories. Give a yell when you arrive, the Tavern in Bangkok is a good place to meet like minded Americans and Brits.

  17. 2 hours ago, forcebwithu said:

    I call BS on this. If it were a mass sickout by ATC it would affect more than one airline.

    I really wish people would do at least a rudimentary search when an article like the one the OP quoted relies on twatter posts for their news reporting. A simple search comes up with multiple news articles about Southwest canceling flights for dubious reasons. One such article...

    Southwest Cancels More Than 1,000 Flights—Pilots Say It’s Not A Protest Over Covid Vaccine Mandate

    Yes force, My ANA flights Nov/dec. cancelled "covid".  BS.  They didn't want to land Dulles. Dump me with United out of SFO to Dulles on a smaller plane after i pay for business.  1k plus  add for each of my tickets if i bite.. After 15 years with ANA i'm with Emerites.  Called SWA for a domestic trip cancel. . For a credit no problem, online , for a refund you have to call.  Wait time 61 minutes.  I was going to cx my Amex since i dont need points or a fee. My son advised Dad keep it, they answer the phone and brought your card in a taxi when you left it in a bar in Stockholm. Customer service. Now my brother doesnt care. Air China 700usd to get here. More Baht for pussy to him.

  18. On 7/19/2021 at 6:13 AM, chippendalesam said:

    I just had an IOL put in my right eye(cataracts) I  highly recommend getting it done asap. Changed my life in a positive manner. Good luck to you, as I  am envious of you being in Thailand. I plan to be there within the next 2 months. Cross your fingers for me, lol lol lol.

    2 weeks out now and very happy. After 65 years of having my glasses at exactly the same position on the bedside table i still reach for them in the morning. Told the Dr. i was hoping to have a cataract by this age as insurance would pay. "You have a small cataract" Insurance paid. For the first time i'm able to see my face w/o glasses. Not pretty. Next stop Blepharoplasty.     Looking more encouraging for your return if November works.

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