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Gary

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  1. Just another moron junky. The so called entertainment industry is packed with the same types.
  2. Most condo complexes have a condo office. The staff, normally ladies, usually know which units are for sale and have a close estimate of the prices. Some owners are way behind on their maintenance dues and they know that too. That's how I found my unit. I found a complex that I liked, found the office and got my information from the office ladies. Be polite and tell them that you like the complex and are interested in living there. Make sure that they know you are not an agent looking for listings.
  3. Yes indeed. Absolutely depressing. People who put their hearts and souls into building a successful business only to have their dreams totally destroyed. I would guess that most will not have the funds to start over. The few who managed to reopen are struggling to break even.
  4. I don't care how they pronounce Pattaya as long as I know what they are talking about. A good friend of mine from the US loved the Milk Bar. That was always his first stop. He was a tit man. What was the name of that bar on Walking Street? That was a long time ago. I was thinking it was Electric Blue.
  5. Toddlers are patient and more clever than we credit them. If they want to get somewhere, they will work at until they figure out a way and a balcony is like a magnet. Scary indeed.
  6. Jacko hit on the big one. Make sure you get approval from the condo committee before making any changes. You may find yourself tearing your safety precautions back out. My condo committee is of the opinion that it is best to keep kids off the balcony. Putting a secure lock on the sliding doors to the balcony is the only option.
  7. The difference is that the Thais pay the same amount of sin taxes that I pay. The old rule applies, the only two sure things are taxes and death.
  8. Years ago I took a car load of Thais to a national park. At the gate, me being a bullheaded old fart, refused to pay the farang price. There was a line or cars behind me. The Thais in my car were throwing a fit and yelling. There was no way for me to turn the car around. Finally the gate attendant relented and we went in. We have the option to pay the farang tax on not. We are not Thai citizens and we pay no taxes, that is most of us don't. I can live with it. My wife was embarrassed and from then on she spoke in Thai to the ticket booth attendants. I'm sure that she paid the farang price for me but kept her mouth shut and refused to tell me.
  9. My wife drives my pickup once in a while. The only complaint she has about her Ford is that the Isuzu has a lot more power than the car. I find it amazing at how much power they are able to get from a 3.0 liter turbo diesel. The Isuzu also goes further on a liter of diesel than the gasoline powered car. The car can use E85 but the fuel economy suffers. She now uses E20 for better fuel economy even though it does cost more.
  10. My wife has a fully loaded automatic transmission with all the bells and whistles Ford Ecosport. It drives nicer and rides smoother than my Isuzu 4X4. I would rather drive my manual transmission pickup. Why? I have no idea, I simply love my truck and the comfortable way it feels. A friend of mine drives a Mitsubishi Pajero. He seriously wrecked his Pajero. He also has a 4X4 Toyota pickup. The Pajero was in the body shop for four months being repaired (In most countries, it would have been a totaled wreck). He bitched about the rough riding Toyota truck every time I saw him. Different strokes for different folks.
  11. For what many of those cars cost, I could buy many new pickup trucks not to mention many domestically built cars. It's an attempt to show that you have big money, thus a big face.
  12. So, you're saying that my 4X4 pickup truck would look out of place?
  13. I enjoyed my job for the most part and the pay was quite good. The main problem was that I hated Kalifornia. I had carefully planned my retirement. I was able to retire at age 59 and sitting on the LAX runway with a one way ticket to Thailand was probably the happiest day of my life. I had over estimated my Thailand living expenses and still enjoy a decent surplus from my pensions. No regrets here. You don't have to be wealthy to enjoy retirement in Thailand, I'm certainly not, but living on a budget would be a bummer. Sometimes plans turn to shit but my plans have worked out well.
  14. I was interested in the Thai Elite Visa. That didn't take me long. As soon as I saw the 500,000 baht price I immediately forgot about it. I did read far enough to see that you still have to do 90 day reports. I can do many years paying the 1,900 baht per year and no way live long enough to get the money back.
  15. I don't have any idea how they can legally get around the money requirements and that's the part that seems to be very clear. Obviously that is the main reason people are using an agent. Either you have the money in the bank or you don't. Using an agent, you don't have the money in the bank. As far as the lady, the last one I lived with was able to keep up her act going for three months before she ran out of patience. Three good months getting along great then six months trying to get her to leave. Actually she never did leave. She's the main reason I pulled the trigger and bought my condo. I left some money on the apartment kitchen table, loaded my personal items in my pickup truck and left while she was in her English class. Someone told her where my condo was but condo security wouldn't let her through the gate. She didn't know which unit I was in. I blocked her phone calls and never heard from her again.
  16. I had thought the most recent changes would put the agents out of business. It is obviously not legal but now more people than ever seem to be using agents. The law seems to be quite clear, at least to me. I am by no means a rich man but if you cannot afford to keep 800.000 baht in a Thai bank account, you can't afford to live here. I am legally married to a Thai woman and could base my extensions on marriage. That would mean 400,000 in the bank. I like things as simple as possible and keep the retirement option. I live on my Thai bank account and rarely does it drop below the 800,000. I make sure it is topped up at least three months before my extension is due. I give my wife 30,000 baht a month. She pays all the household expenses and I pay for the big ticket items. I hate shopping so I buy many things off the Internet using my US credit card. Simple thing for a simple minded man. I'm happy to say that my Social Security along with a small company pension have a fairly healthy surplus every month. Life here is good.
  17. I bought my Jomtien condo many years ago. It took me a long time to find what I wanted. I hate high rises with dark and narrow hallways and worry about fires. My building is five stories built in a rectangle and open in the middle with plants. I have a corner unit on the third floor. I also wanted a separate bedroom. It is 60 square meters and very livable with lots of storage and a place for a washing machine. My friends were buying shoe boxes and told me I was paying too much and would never get my money back. I didn't buy it to resell, I bought it to live in. No way could I be happy living in a 26 square meter shoe box. I was living alone at the time and knew I would eventually have a live in. She would want Thai TV and I wanted English TV. That meant that I needed a separate bedroom.
  18. I wouldn't know a good wine from a bad wine. That said I never drink wine when out and about. Once in a while, rarely, if I see boxes of wine, I will buy a box to keep at home. I usually buy red wine but white wine is OK too. I usually put a few ice cubes in the wine. I know that would horrify knowledgeable wine drinkers.
  19. Pattaya isn't the only area with lack of water. We have been living in the boonies of Loei province for about 12 years or longer. One of our farm ponds has never dried up until this year. It is totally dry. I did take the opportunity to hire an excavator to deepen and enlarge the pond. As of today it is still dry. My wife was expecting 150 bags of rice from one of her farms. She got 90 bags even after drilling a bore hole and pumping water 24/7 for irrigation. That took a lot of diesel fuel. That farm also has a pond. The pond was pumped dry before she had the new borehole drilled. Fortunately I don't depend on farming money to live but a lot of the farmers are badly hurt. She also has a lot of fruit trees of which many have died. She had planted 450 banana trees. They have all shriveled up and are totally lost. A couple years ago the government enlarged and deepened the local reservoir. It is now much deeper and probably about a kilometer long and about 3/4 kilometer wide wide. It too is nearly empty. This entire area has one rice crop a year because of lack of rain. Some dumb ass farmers decided to double crop because of the irrigation from the huge reservoir. That second crop was totally lost.
  20. You certainly have a wide choice of condos in your price range of 12 to 14 thousand a month. A couple things to look at is that if the electric bill comes directly from the government. Then look at the monthly maintenance fees. They vary widely. Anywhere from 10 baht per square meter per month up to 50 baht per square meter per month. You may say that the landlord takes care of that but you can bet it is added to your rent. As for myself, I'm somewhat sensitive to noise and would avoid any complex that is beside a busy road. Is the complex well maintained? The swimming pool should be pristine. That seems to be the first area that is neglected.
  21. It's none of my business, but, In my opinion the only person making money is the landlord. Maybe a Thai person who owns the property and runs the bar could make a go of it. Paying rent of 81,000 baht a month and with key money on top of that is a LOT of beer. Can't be done with a lease.
  22. The new owners appear to me to be Thai. I'm not sure except to say that food prices are even higher than what Eddie charged and what little food that I have had there has been nothing to brag about. As far as customers, there are very few. Myself and my friends eat and drink across the street at the Aussie bar and very seldom see any customers at RMPM. I really don't know how long they can stay in business. The room service is worse than pathetic and the food certainly is nothing special. My friends stayed there five nights and in the mornings even started getting their coffee and snacks from 7-11. Needless to say my friends will not stay there again.
  23. Two of my friends stayed there in the past couple of weeks and both told me the same thing. The service was totally non existent and never will they stay there again.
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