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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2
    Well that is where the problem lies sometime. I told her when we met I am a super hyper type and a hardcore non conformer.
    They're not usually traits a Thai lady usually looks for are they?
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    Btw, I saw some awesome water features in Ayutthaya at a few places that I took pics of. Had loads of Koi fish. They were more natural looking set ups using rock and waterfall with hidden lights.
    Yeah JP, I like those a lot too. The idea at my house was to be able to sit on my deck and watch the koi from there. But, as I pointed out some time back, with the "high" sides relative to the deck and the water level, that is not possible without sitting right on the edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terp80
    They're not usually traits a Thai lady usually looks for are they?
    I have no idea what specific traits a Thai lady is looking for in any man. I guess it would be the same as here(or I would think it would be) Financial security and a respectful polite gentleman.

    Quote Originally Posted by terp80
    But, as I pointed out some time back, with the "high" sides relative to the deck and the water level, that is not possible without sitting right on the edge.
    I do remember that. I am trying to figure out how I want to build mine and where. I am thinking I want it facing the Sala off to the side. Being the Sala is upstairs the water feature can be looked at from above. It will need some lights but I definitely want a waterfall. I am looking at ideas and have some time to really plan it out.

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    You guys are giving me ideas, I've seen some really nice ponds with waterfalls around Thailand, maybe in my front yard??Hmmm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatOne
    You guys are giving me ideas, I've seen some really nice ponds with waterfalls around Thailand, maybe in my front yard??Hmmm!
    That's great Marty (FO). Just plan and then plan some more in greater detail. And then wait and get feed back on your plan from the others on TD who have experience with fish ponds. And then plan some more.

    And then choke dee.

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    Yep, and you forgot--Save!!

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    yes in the front,, funny how in thailand everything is in the front,,,back home back yard was for bbq, swimming pools etc,,,

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    Its in front because of "show-off" effect :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdjustice
    yes in the front,, funny how in thailand everything is in the front,,,back home back yard was for bbq, swimming pools etc,,,
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    Its in front because of "show-off" effect :-)
    True. Seems like they want the house in the back corner of the land versus the states where the land is centered on the plot to allow for a backyard. I chocked that up to the fact that Thai folk do not have typical western type BBQ, house, swimming pool parties etc where they need or want a big back yard. With that said having the house as far off the street is more desirable. Just like in the states people do not have huge posh SST gates. just a small driveway into a 2 car garage. I guess its all in what you want to make of it. We placed our house back to offer a modest "Backyard" but have huge side plots of land to do what we want. Of course our place is at the end of a soi in a an older mooban so no one sees our place anyway (which I quite like)

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    Well, it's been a while since I posted. So for all you (my mom) who are dying to know what I've been up to . . . I came back to the U.S. (Maryland) to get my townhouse ready to rent. A big job because I have amassed a lot of personal and old family effects over many years, and I had to go through it all to see what to keep, trash, or store away. I also had to sell or otherwise get rid of all my furniture, which was an eclectic amalgam gathered over a long time (I'm old). Once I had most of my stuff gone, I had the whole interior of the house painted - top to bottom - and then kitchen remodeled, the old carpet/padding replaced, and new window treatments installed. Looks great!

    But, a couple weeks before I was to fly back to Thailand, I started looking for my passport. Well, you can see where this is going. Long story, short, I could not find it anywhere.

    Once that realization sank in, I began the process of getting things together to get a replacement. The trouble was that the earliest expedited appointment at the Passport Office was the day before my scheduled flight aboard Korean Airlines. So I called Korean Air and - lo and behold - they said "no problem" to moving the date two weeks. But once I got the new passport I still needed to get another Thai O-A Visa. I had started to request my criminal record. The Visa Medical Form I wasn't too worried about because last time my treating CNP just signed it, knowing that I definitely did not have Leprosy, Elephantiasis, Tuberculosis, etc. But this time, she had retired and the office refused to sign it without actually having me tested for all that (something about losing their license). Then they said they could not even do those particular tests, and referred me to a separate medical facility that specializes in "travel medicine." I had that visit today ($379.00 US), but I may not get the results until it's too late to allow the Thai Embassy to process the Visa before my scheduled flight on Tuesday. So I'm going to call Korean Air again, hoping and praying (to any god that will listen) that they will again move my flight date. Moral of the story: Never, ever, ever lose your passport. Wish me luck.

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    Good luck Twerp ,, not a good idea to loose it , BTW if you have managed to loose it at home your gonna have problems in tieland what with having to carry it on you all the time etc , so I wish you good luck on that one .

    I always but always keep ours in the safe at home in the UK and in my left hand side lower pocket in my shorts in tieland , constantly checking its still there
    I'm proud of my 38" waist , also proud I have never done drugs

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    ^It is an often quoted "urban myth" that foreigners must carry their passports all the time in Thailand.. However, there is actually NO law or rule on the record stating this.. The thai version says "valid identification" and that a passport can be asked to be seen, not that it hasta be on your person 24/7.

    In fact a while back that wingnut in Phuket who runs the Southern Division of Immigrations came out with the statement that in his area foreigners needed to all carry their passports.. It didn't even take a full day before the head of Immigrations in Bangkok came out with a retraction, saying that no, foreigners most definitely didn't need to carry their passports on their person.

    A copy of it, is certainly good enough for most of the b/s reasons you're likely to be asked for it. If it doesn't suffice, they (who ever wants to see the real thing) can lug you back to your room, hotel or where ever you stay to see it.

    Conversely the terp80, could have just winged his way here once he got his new passport, garnered a 30 day visa exempt stamp, applied in Bangkok for a single entry 90 day Non-O visa, two weeks later went back and got it stamped into his passport and then 45 days after that applied for a yearly extension of stay based on being over 50..

    Still that year long multi-entry Non-Immigrant Type-OA is valuable to have as it gives a year's permission to stay until stamps on every entry for the validity of the visa itself. Playing the dates right you can get almost 2 years in country..

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan
    Good luck Twerp ,, not a good idea to loose it , BTW if you have managed to loose it at home your gonna have problems in tieland what with having to carry it on you all the time etc , so I wish you good luck on that one .
    I always but always keep ours in the safe at home in the UK and in my left hand side lower pocket in my shorts in tieland , constantly checking its still there
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    Thanks Nigel. In Thailand, I did not always carry it with me. I had colo[u]r copies in the glove box of my car. And here in the US, I usually kept it my bank safety deposit box. I went to the bank at the beginning of my search, but it was not there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddaniels View Post
    ^It is an often quoted "urban myth" that foreigners must carry their passports all the time in Thailand.. However, there is actually NO law or rule on the record stating this.. The thai version says "valid identification" and that a passport can be asked to be seen, not that it hasta be on your person 24/7.

    In fact a while back that wingnut in Phuket who runs the Southern Division of Immigrations came out with the statement that in his area foreigners needed to all carry their passports.. It didn't even take a full day before the head of Immigrations in Bangkok came out with a retraction, saying that no, foreigners most definitely didn't need to carry their passports on their person.

    A copy of it, is certainly good enough for most of the b/s reasons you're likely to be asked for it. If it doesn't suffice, they (who ever wants to see the real thing) can lug you back to your room, hotel or where ever you stay to see it.

    Conversely the terp80, could have just winged his way here once he got his new passport, garnered a 30 day visa exempt stamp, applied in Bangkok for a single entry 90 day Non-O visa, two weeks later went back and got it stamped into his passport and then 45 days after that applied for a yearly extension of stay based on being over 50..

    Still that year long multi-entry Non-Immigrant Type-OA is valuable to have as it gives a year's permission to stay until stamps on every entry for the validity of the visa itself. Playing the dates right you can get almost 2 years in country..
    Yeah, I have a Thai driver's license which seems to be fine for a valid ID.

    Your alternative way to get my O-A Visa is something I'll try to remember for (god forbid) future reference. Too late now, so I'll just get the 1 (2) year multiple entry O-A visa this time. Thanks!

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    Hey Terp, Long time no chat. Glad to hear you are all well. How long you been in the states? Sorry to hear on your passport mishap. It sucks losing one.

    Tod is right in regards to having your Passport on you at all times. Its a myth. I use my Thai drivers license. I do not even keep copy of my passport anymore. It stays at home in our safe. I only carry my passport when I leave Thailand.

    And Again Tod comment on the other route to get an A-O is an option.

    Welcome back Terp

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2
    Hey Terp, Long time no chat. Glad to hear you are all well. How long you been in the states? Sorry to hear on your passport mishap. It sucks losing one.
    Tod is right in regards to having your Passport on you at all times. Its a myth. I use my Thai drivers license. I do not even keep copy of my passport anymore. It stays at home in our safe. I only carry my passport when I leave Thailand.
    And Again Tod comment on the other route to get an A-O is an option.
    Welcome back Terp
    Hi JP: Thanks. Looks like I'll be back in BKK on July 28. Once again, Korean Air came through and changed my flight at no cost! I had originally booked my flight through CheapTickets.com, and they told me it would cost $375.00 in fees to change. They said Korean Air charged $300.00 and that their own fee was $75.00. Total BS! Obviously, I will not use them again.

    I'm sure everyone will be happy to know that I do NOT have any of those five dreaded medical conditions. So, I will go to the Thai Embassy on Monday with my Visa App and documents, etc. Hopefully I will have my Visa by Friday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    Good luck Twerp ,, not a good idea to loose it , BTW if you have managed to loose it at home your gonna have problems in tieland what with having to carry it on you all the time etc , so I wish you good luck on that one .

    I always but always keep ours in the safe at home in the UK and in my left hand side lower pocket in my shorts in tieland , constantly checking its still there
    Why do you carry your passport in Thailand, I never carry mine and have never been asked, a Thailand drivers license works just fine.

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    Sorry I gave duff info about carrying your passport at all times , I had gleaned my info years ago from the official UK Government website where it clearly states its the law in Thailand , says that foreigners must carry they're passports all the time .

    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-ad...ws-and-customs

    Yeah and for what its worth I to have a Thai drivers licence

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPETER65
    Why do you carry your passport in Thailand, I never carry mine and have never been asked, a Thailand drivers license works just fine.
    I'm not going to in future mate , next time the old bill stop me in one of they're fake scam set ups , I am going to refer them to this page on TD

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    I'm back home in CM now - finally! - and bought bedroom furniture last week. I had planned to have built-in closets made by the same outfit (In-Home Furniture) that did the kitchen. But I changed my mind. I liked the look of the solid wood armoires they had in the showroom better. I scheduled delivery this afternoon at 2p and they actually showed up at 1:30p! The pieces are solid wood (not sure of the types), and they are from different manufacturers. [The staff were surprised I didn't want a complete matching set.] It's nice to finally get the bed off the floor - although it did bring back fond memories of the 60's and 70's - if you know what I mean.





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    The armoires are not as different in height as the above photos seem to show. Mine is a bit taller because it has ball feet and hers is flat on the floor. These photos give you a better idea of what they're like. Total price for all five pieces was 105,000 THB and change (about $3,000 US). Not bad all things considered.



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    Looks really nice mate ,, your colours of the walls / furniture and your beautiful looking wood floor , very nice .

    The one thing I would have done is to have that plastic / wood look alike coving fitted to the wall/ceiling joint like I had done in our place , it would go really nice with your floor / furniture ,, finished the room off

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    Welcome home Terp. Nice look at the place.

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    Thanks Nigel. Yeah, I have thought about crown molding, but since the doors and base moldings are white, I would go with white. I know it's not the look a lot of guys prefer, but . . . . Anyway, right now I'll wait.

    The next piece of furniture in the bedroom will be a low table in the middle of the room for a TV, and after that, a love seat to go against that back wall under the window.

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    Welcome home Terp. Nice look at the place.
    Thanks JP. It's nice to be back. Slept in the new bed last night. No different feeling really (same mattress), except it's easier to get out of bed in the morning. But, on second thought, rising from the squat position was good exercise.

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    Hi Terp,
    I live in Maerim. I read through your thread with great interest and enormous respect for all the work you put into creating your lovely home. You have taught me a great deal. Thank you!

    Am about to build a single storey 280 m2 house. Just received the BOQ and Plan from my architect/engineer and am now looking for a builder/overseer. Do you think your team may be interested to talk to me? I tried to PM you but this is my first post and can't do that! Could you perhaps PM me instead with an email address? Would love to meet you too if possible.

    Many thanks


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