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  1. So I had my renewal appointment today. My appointment was scheduled for 2:30pm, I arrived around 2:15pm. I went inside and they told me to go to the desk outside in the parking lot. From the entrance, I can see where the Foreigner check in table. They checked my documents, had me sign a couple of things gave me a plastic laminated queue number and told me to go inside to the second floor at 2:30 at station 14. Station 14 is the reaction test and color blindness testing station. They had all ten for the 2:30 appointment do the test, then wait a bit to pay. After paying 760 baht for both re
  2. No worries. For me, it was a coin flip trying to decide if morning is better than afternoon. I think your suggestion of 10am is a good one. I know some people like to queue up at places before they open "so they don't have to wait too long"...somehow they neglect to count the time they are waiting before the places opens. I think 10am is a good time since it is after all the people who pre-loaded the queue, and far enough before lunch that you might get your stuff done before immigration takes a break. I honestly don't remember my experience last time, but I suspect it was similar, but th
  3. 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 ce
  4. So I got my residence certificates today and it was a pain in the ass. I really think things a worse now because of the Covid social distancings. I arrived this morning (Wednesday) around 10:10. The outdoor queue was about 15 minutes. When I got to the information desk, he handed me a form to fill out and said "come back at 1". Around 1:10, the queue was much longer...at least 30 minutes to get back to the information desk where he handed me a queue number and told me to wait outside for 30 minutes. The queue number I had was 9A080 (Queue 9, number 80). They were just working on
  5. Thanks. I wasn't sure if late morning or early afternoon was best. In case anyone is curious, because of Covid, you now need an appointment to renew your DL. I went to the DLT yesterday Nov 22 and the first available appointment was Dec 3. Because I am renewing my five year, I had to watch a video online at www.dlt-elearning.com. The video is one hour long, mostly in Thai language with English subtitles and a bit of spoken English. It pauses every 15 minutes to make sure you are there and will pause if the focus is taken away from the browser playing it. There really isn't anything i
  6. Does anyone know the best day and time to get residence certificate from Jomtien immigration? Also, the Land Transport Office needs two certificates, is it sufficient to simply copy them or do they include a picture on it so it needs to be an original?
  7. I have seen this before and ignored it (when I had my restaurant). I don't recall what I did about it, to be honest. But I kept getting them and kept ignoring them because the bill had a past due for many years. Now, here's the thing. Exactly what waste water are they talking about? Houses/condos in Pattaya don't have sewage city sewer systems. They simply drain into a septic type system at their house. So I'm not sure what this bill is for.
  8. That's kind of a pointless statement. The "or will go down" part is impossible to refute. Driving a bike is not a passive act. Riding on the back of a baht bus or motorbike taxi IS, however, a passive act. When doing those activities, you are giving your control over to someone else. I think like many things, people have to do their own risk/reward analysis and determine if the rewards outweigh the risks. For me, the rewards far outweigh the risks.
  9. While I have made proper hog casing sausage, in this case, I am referring to what is called "Jimmy Deal Style" sausage. Basically, breakfast sausage patties. Even the last time I made Italian sausage, I just wrapped them in plastic wrap to avoid stuffing the casings. I make sausages because I want to avoid as many carbohydrates as possible. Way too many processed goods you can buy include some kind of filler (flour) or even sugar.
  10. If you live in Pattaya or even Jomtien between second road and beach road, you probably don't need a motorbike to get around. Pattaya is so much larger once you have a motorbike though. I live on the much cheaper darkside and no way would I be able to do so without some form of transportation. If you like to cook, I would say it is MUCH easier to gather ingredients if you have your own transportation. Sure, you could just do a motorbike taxi or Bolt taxi, but the cost of those add up and will impact your buying decisions. For example, I am out of thyme. I will make a special trip to go
  11. While there might not be new rules for UK arrivals, there is a new rule that is currently unclear. When someone comes to Thailand, they must stay in an ASQ hotel in Bangkok. Once they finish that stay, it appears that they must get some kind of inter-province travel approval document because both Bangkok and Chonburi are red zone provinces. It was just announced, so there is very little information on what someone in quarantine can do to get such a document.
  12. I think they were okay with Grab drivers, it was Uber they chased down. I've seen regular taxis with Grab stickers in their windows. I used Bolt a couple of times so far and so far so good. I do wonder when the prices will go up as I am very sure they will.
  13. Not sure why the Thai government would support Bolt over Grab. Neither are Thai companies. Bolt is headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia, while Grab is in Singapore.
  14. The southern end of Jomtien doesn't have much of a beach. It's basically road then water. I suspect they want to make a beach there so the real estate in that area will be more valuable.
  15. I have a friend who recommended it. I've yet to use it myself, but have downloaded it and checked out how much it would cost to get a ride from my place to Le Pub on Walking Street. This was during the afternoon, so not sure if they raise prices in the evening, but it was 78 baht. For comparison, motorbike taxis charge me 120 baht and Grab Taxi about 240 baht. I'm sure these are just promotional rates, and I suspect they are the same drivers as Grab.
  16. December 1, 2020 Status (136 Days In) Well, things are still going fairly well. I lost 6.15 kg (13.5 lbs) in the month of November, down to 87.75 kg Dec 1st. I created a spreadsheet to track everything by week and by month. In it, you can see November was pretty good with an average of 205g loss each day. Still not sure if this is from diet or exercise. My average daily caloric intake in November was really low, but my exercise was high(er). Looking at the weekly stats, it doesn't really clarify things. So maybe it is a combination of diet and exercise, not just one.
  17. (393-184)/23 = 9 lbs/month (4 kg/month). That's a really good weight loss rate! Well done. I drink plenty of Coke Light (4-6 cans/day), so I don't ascribe to the believe that diet beverages are bad. But drinking lots of water is always good for you. I'm focused on my fasting glucose numbers because of my T2DM. Coke Light doesn't seem to affect it at all, but recently I found a very surprising food that did affect it, when it really should not. I'll talk about it in my Dec 1st update along with the data to support my thoughts.
  18. Thanks for your information. Regarding the wisdom of quick weight loss, I have found a lot of "common knowledge" to be more nuanced. For example, they claim you should not drink Diet Beverages as it will "raise your blood insulin". I have not found this to be particularly true. I drink 4-6 Coke Lights each day. I did find there is something called cephalic phase insulin release (CPIR ). Basically, this is when your brain triggers insulin release in anticipation of eating/drinking something sweet. This is similar to salivating when you smell something savory. But a bigger issue, claimed by so
  19. First of all congratulations on your weight loss! Second, may I ask how long it took for you to lose those 45 pounds, and how long it's been since you achieved a 165 pound weight? I am in that range now and just doing some predictions to see if I maintain my current weight lose how long it will take. Note, that I do not think I can maintain my current weight lose, as the more you lose, the longer it takes to lose the next pound. My next goal is 90 kg which would be 198 lbs. My current four week trend predicts it will be sometime on the 23rd, so the 24th should have a weigh in less th
  20. Recently I read a paper about Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in the Eskimo diet. Then there is the French Paradox. Both of these go in the face of "common knowledge" at the time. We are all built on the same biochemical engines, but that doesn't always mean what works for one person would work for every person. It's up to the individual to find what works for them.
  21. Finding a good doctor is like finding a good handyman in Thailand. They exists, but you have to go through many before you find the good one. I had a couple of bad experiences with doctors that kind of put me off of them. Back in the States, I got kidney stones quite often. When they happened, my urologist would recommend a procedure to remove them, which I did about 5-6 times. These are not pleasant experiences. Though they are done under general anesthesia, the recovery is quite painful. One time in Ubon at MM's wedding, I had some major kidney stone related issues. Pissing blood l
  22. Thanks! I am increasing my duration and frequency of walking and I'm hoping if I continue to lose weight, things can only get better. Just got back from a just under 6 km walk from Le Pub down Beach Road and back. I'm working on my tracking spreadsheets and I do plan to have some kind of chart to plot distance walked per week, or some such metric that is easy to see. The fitness app is okay, but I like to make my own charts. Speaking of "adding years to your life", my scale is one of those smart scales and one of the things it does is tell me my "body age". Of course, it's just some
  23. Not sure why I didn't get a notification from your post. I would say that there are frequent times in which I am tired/sleepy. Though, I can't say it is from lack of glucose in my diet, lack of calories, or lack of sleep. What I have noticed is that when I am sleepy, it quickly goes away when I go for a walk and my energy generally stays up after the walk. Last night, for example, I walked to Tops (2.7 km round trip). I was sleepy enough prior to the walk that I could have napped, but when I got back, I was all good. I do not typically have trouble getting to sleep even though I go t
  24. Blood Work So yesterday (and today), I got some blood work done to see how things are moving along. The reason I needed to go two days was because I was supposed to fast for a lipid profile, which I did not. The lab I went to was MT Inter Lab which is on Third Road next to Tony's fitness and down just a bit. I used to go to LifeCare, but during my last visit, I got some very strange results and they never responded to my question in email, so I moved on to this lab. Glycated Hemoglobin Yesterday, I tested my Glycated Hemoglobin. This is better known as HbA1C. This a measure of
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