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  1. On completing all the forms I was told I can make...

    On completing all the forms I was told I can make the cheaper Class 2 contributions.
    Eligibility for Class 2 or Class 3 is given at this HMRC webpage.


    Voluntary National Insurance: Eligibility...
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    I had never heard of that before, but after a bit...

    I had never heard of that before, but after a bit of Googling it appears that yes I will be working for BOI company
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    That's a good one, thanks! Pretty much halfway...

    That's a good one, thanks! Pretty much halfway between the office and the BTS station.
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    I've already got my work permit but there is no...

    I've already got my work permit but there is no address in it - or even a space where an address should be......
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    Leaving Singers next week for a few days family...

    Leaving Singers next week for a few days family time in Kanchanaburi before starting work in Bangkok on 11th Feb.

    Does anyone have any tips on renting in Bangkok?
    I'll be looking at a 1 or 2...
  6. Indeed, and despite another poster on TD...

    Indeed, and despite another poster on TD commenting that an individual could only make missed payments for the last 6 years, I have made up missed payments for the last 13 years and this is now...
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    I did a recce around my new office area last...

    I did a recce around my new office area last weekend and I reckon living around Saphan Kwai BTS will be the best bet.
    There seem to be quite a few apartments / condos in the area (most within my...
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    Yes, I'm coming - but I've got a couple of...

    Yes, I'm coming - but I've got a couple of months more notice period with my current employer to complete first!
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    I'll be working in Phaya Thai district. Around...

    I'll be working in Phaya Thai district. Around 2km walk (according to Google Maps) to the nearest BTS station (Ari).
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    Thanks for all the input. As I said before...

    Thanks for all the input.

    As I said before I'm going to give it a good go.
    It's not an expat package but the salary (similar to my Singapore salary, where I am also on a local, not expat...
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    Thanks! Not sure if I will be allowed to go to...

    Thanks! Not sure if I will be allowed to go to Pattaya, but you never know.......

    The salary is slightly less than what I am on in Singapore, but I think it's worth a try.
    At least I will be...
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    Thanks! It's a permanent job, no contract length...

    Thanks!
    It's a permanent job, no contract length specified
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    No I haven't worked in Thailand before but am not...

    No I haven't worked in Thailand before but am not a complete newbie to all things Thai.

    I've worked in Singapore since 2003, and have permanent residency status, so if it doesn't work out I can...
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    I've gone past that stage already! See you for a...

    I've gone past that stage already! See you for a beer
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    Hmmm... Well at least I can go back to see my...

    Hmmm...
    Well at least I can go back to see my wife and daughter in Kanchanaburi every weekend, plus my expenses will be a lot less than in Singapore!
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    I've been offered a job in Bangkok

    That's quite nice isn't it? I mean it's a real job with money in my direction, not a hand/blow job.

    I'm quite excited.

    I will probably ask some other related questions on this here thread....
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    1. No 2. I don't understand the question

    1. No
    2. I don't understand the question
  18. https://www.gov.uk/voluntary-national-insurance-co...

    https://www.gov.uk/voluntary-national-insurance-contributions/deadlines

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    You can sometimes pay for gaps from more than 6 years ago, depending on your age.

    You’re a man born before 6 April...
  19. The HMRC have kindly allowed me to contribute the...

    The HMRC have kindly allowed me to contribute the last 13 years Class 2 contributions at a total of £1850, so it looks like I'm back in the system.
    Now all I have to do is keep paying them £3 a week...
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    Sticky: I clocked 19,000 steps on Saturday - followed by...

    I clocked 19,000 steps on Saturday - followed by an eat all you can BBQ buffet washed down with 3 pints of Asahi.
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    Sticky: Whatever works for you. I was getting into a...

    Whatever works for you.
    I was getting into a habit of drinking more and more every evening after work, and stopping that was the main reason I've been getting other bits of my life together - like...
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    Sticky: My wife and daughter have moved back to Thailand...

    My wife and daughter have moved back to Thailand so I'm by myself most of the time.
    That helps with eating within the calorie limits set on the MyFitnessPal app. Normally I'd end up having to finish...
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    Sticky: 38123 I've managed to go down from 95kg to 82...

    38123

    I've managed to go down from 95kg to 82 kg since the beginning of the year but I've been stuck at that weight for the past few months.

    I'm working quite hard just to maintain that weight!
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    Chamomile tea. ROCK AND ROLL!

    Chamomile tea.



    ROCK AND ROLL!
  25. Singapore and sometimes Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi

    Singapore and sometimes Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi
  26. The musical artiste Fatboyslim was quite popular...

    The musical artiste Fatboyslim was quite popular at the time I discovered the existence of internet forums so I cleverly twisted the name to make another one - slimboyfat.

    And I used a pic of CJ...
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    It was all pretty much as petercallen said....

    It was all pretty much as petercallen said.
    Quite a small passport office but the queue moved quickly. Hours are 0830 to 1630 Monday to Friday.
    Photos done on the spot, just bring the documents,...
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    Thanks, gents!

    Thanks, gents!
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    Passport office in Phuket?

    Hi,

    My wife and daughter's Thai passports are due for renewal.
    We will be in Phuket for a week's holiday and I wondered if anyone here knows if Thai passports can be renewed there, where the...
  30. I was 46 last week. Yes, if and when I get the...

    I was 46 last week.
    Yes, if and when I get the chance I will be overpaying on the mortgage!
  31. I got divorced from a Singaporean. I don't have...

    I got divorced from a Singaporean. I don't have much cash left, and I am still paying a big wedge of my salary every month to her too!
  32. Yes it's a concern if you have a number of...

    Yes it's a concern if you have a number of properties and another income in UK (from employment etc).
    I am not resident in UK, my main income is from my employment in Singapore which has a double...
  33. 20 years - it was only ever a plan for my old age!

    20 years - it was only ever a plan for my old age!
  34. After monthly mortgage payments, landlord...

    After monthly mortgage payments, landlord insurance and letting agent fees I am making GBP 100 a month on the terraced house that I bought in Plymouth last year and am now renting out.

    Would need...
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    I finally quit smoking 6 years ago after many,...

    I finally quit smoking 6 years ago after many, many attempts.

    The information in Allen Carr's book was a big help but a free iPhone app called LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach finally worked for me....
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    If only I could get my hands on $600 a month...

    If only I could get my hands on $600 a month...
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    Just got back from Phuket. Once I compared...

    Just got back from Phuket.

    Once I compared the prices, I didn't use Grab.

    I used these guys for airport pickup/return and a couple of tours.

    https://www.vecayphuket.com/

    Couldn't fault...
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    Yes almost exactly that. I will use Grab then,...

    Yes almost exactly that.
    I will use Grab then, thanks!
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    You'd be surprised. It is the only UK Marine and...

    You'd be surprised. It is the only UK Marine and Coastguard Agency approved training centre in SE Asia
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    Getting around in Phuket

    I will be in Phuket next week for some maritime related safety courses in the north of the island, and will be staying in a hotel in the Mai Khao area as it is near the training facility.

    Do Uber...
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    I slept on the right side of the bed with my...

    I slept on the right side of the bed with my ex-wife.
    Hoping for a better result I now sleep on the left side of the bed with my current (and hopefully last) wife
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    How the mighty have fallen. I now live in Jurong...

    How the mighty have fallen. I now live in Jurong East.
  43. I'm not a complete stranger to Sunderland. The...

    I'm not a complete stranger to Sunderland. The marine services company I used to work for had an office there and I spent almost a month there on induction training in 2010-ish. They put me up in a...
  44. The north east is still pretty much a mystery to...

    The north east is still pretty much a mystery to me though (I am from the south west) so I would struggle to know the right places etc. Probably using a property sourcing company would be the answer...
  45. Which area is that? I have one buy to let now...

    Which area is that?
    I have one buy to let now and looking for another. Cheers
  46. Singapore for Christmas and Kanchanaburi for the...

    Singapore for Christmas and Kanchanaburi for the New Year (youngest daughter's birthday is on 1st January too)

    Oh and I will be in Phuket from 10th to 15th December for some training courses.
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    Grad you rike it sir

    Grad you rike it sir
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS_dv9LbOrM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS_dv9LbOrM
  49. Thread: GHOSTS

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    It's not just Thais. Even many well educated...

    It's not just Thais. Even many well educated Singaporeans believe all that stuff.

    Having said that, I did catch myself saying sorry as I stepped over some roadside offerings - joss sticks etc...
  50. changing mine to password2 now

    changing mine to password2 now
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