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  1. My 10Cents, for what its worth... As already...

    My 10Cents, for what its worth...

    As already mentioned, the flooding potential, the neighbourhood potential (animals, unruly neighbours, disco next door, etc) and the good insulation all very...
  2. Post Script. To 'seal the deal', as it were, I...

    Post Script.

    To 'seal the deal', as it were, I needed to convert that temp visa into something more 'permanent'

    Yes... my visa was 12-month, but thats not 12 continuous months with 90-day...
  3. Day 15 13th August Not surprisingly, I was...

    Day 15 13th August

    Not surprisingly, I was awake and up early, even though they were not coming until 9am

    I passed on the breakfast, because we were heading to Khoonsin restaurant as soon as...
  4. Day 13 - 14 11 and 12th August Now it was...

    Day 13 - 14 11 and 12th August

    Now it was just a case of staying out of trouble and waiting...watching the clock tick down.

    Yeah, I had the countdown timer on my phone!

    The revised...
  5. Good news!!! So...thats me n You sorted out. ...

    Good news!!!

    So...thats me n You sorted out.

    I wonder how many other members have made the trip back, or...are in process of doing so?
  6. 1. build kitchen - ongoing 2. buid master...

    1. build kitchen - ongoing
    2. buid master bedroom closet - not even started
    3. purchase car - ordered awaiting delivery
    4. concrete the drive - easy...employ k Pot
    5. construct the car port -...
  7. Lol I agree about the food temperature but in the...

    Lol I agree about the food temperature but in the SM, it was remedied with one phone call, and all my meals came piping hot after that.

    The Dubai Consulate-General went above and beyond to help me...
  8. Hey OhOh! thats fantastic! Its such a sense of...

    Hey OhOh! thats fantastic!

    Its such a sense of relief when all you have to do is wait for the release date.

    Overall, how did you rate your ASQ?

    for me, the SM was an 8 out of 10 (as an ASQ)....
  9. Day 11 9th August Once again, I was awake...

    Day 11 9th August
    Once again, I was awake early and pre-occupied with the COVID19 testing.

    Again it was scheduled for 1000 but this time there was no doubt – I knew exactly what to expect.
    ...
  10. At the start of all those repat flights, THAI...

    At the start of all those repat flights, THAI were 'taking the lead' as the flights were being organised through the Thai embassies / Consulates, but the carriers of those countries were also looking...
  11. Afternoon! You were too quick for me there - I...

    Afternoon!

    You were too quick for me there - I edited and removed that last line, since its a 'sure thing', LOL.

    ...and here's me thinking everyone would be on a sleepy Sunday afternoon until...
  12. Our outlook – Suvarnabhumi Airport Some look out...

    Our outlook – Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Some look out on the hustle-bustle of central Bangkok, some (the uber-rich) get swaying palms and a private pool (and a 500,000 THB bill), some get a room with NO...
  13. Day 8, 9 and 10 6th/7th/8th August The next...

    Day 8, 9 and 10 6th/7th/8th August
    The next three days basically followed the routine.

    The only difference, with the coffee shop (and gym) still closed was that we were making use of our time...
  14. When i did the 'why i need to come..''...

    When i did the 'why i need to come..'' submission, i broke it into 3 areas - 1. economic - what i will be spending - new car etc, 2- medical - the (potential) need for me to attend hospital with...
  15. Good luck with that - you're nearly there! how...

    Good luck with that - you're nearly there!

    how are YOU finding the incarceration?
  16. Yeah OhOh, the ubiquitous knock on the door +...

    Yeah OhOh, the ubiquitous knock on the door + 'cleaning!' signaling my requirement, if I wanted them to clean the room, to vacate the property and head to the garden. I needed no second instruction -...
  17. My ASQ Pris...room I guess it might help to...

    My ASQ Pris...room

    I guess it might help to paint the picture if I include some shots of the room I was holidaying in. Here it is:

    https://teakdoor.com/images/imported/2020/10/205.jpg
    Luxury...
  18. Day 7 5th August Same routine as previous, I...

    Day 7 5th August
    Same routine as previous, I was well settled in to it, and at the end of today, I would be about 50% through.

    https://teakdoor.com/images/imported/2020/10/195.jpg
    ...
  19. Day 6 4th August Just when the routine was...

    Day 6 4th August
    Just when the routine was established the hotel / ministry set out to change it! Due to ‘some undefined issues’ with BKK ASQ’s, ALL coffee shop and gym access was suspended. Great....
  20. Day 5 3rd August I spoke to Martin via...

    Day 5 3rd August

    I spoke to Martin via messenger and we agreed to meet in the coffee shop at 1000. I booked my slot and arrived under escort at a couple of minutes past. He was there plus 1...
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    Theres a helluva band from the last 20 years or...

    Theres a helluva band from the last 20 years or so 'upstairs' though... Eddie and Gary Moore on the axes, Neil Peart and Bonham on drums, John Entwisle covering the Bass, Rick Wright and Jon Lord on...
  22. yeah, Chitty... its gone already! I never saw...

    yeah, Chitty... its gone already!

    I never saw dandelion n burdock for sale here....anyone know different?
  23. Thanks for the input, and congrats on making it...

    Thanks for the input, and congrats on making it back.

    If the process has become easier, i am glad to hear it.

    With regards to the new 'opening criteria, the point i was making is that a few...
  24. Lol quit griping n get on with it - they're...

    Lol quit griping n get on with it - they're paying you, aren't they!!??

    Joking of course... that mini press looks the business, except for the weight... really.

    When i came back the measly...
  25. My Daily Coffee Like a lot of people, I depend...

    My Daily Coffee

    Like a lot of people, I depend on coffee. Well… I’m not an addict or anything, that was some time ago and 12 cups a day. Nowadays, 1-2 a day, occasionally 3, but not Nescafe or...
  26. That non returning, its the general consensus and...

    That non returning, its the general consensus and I agree - too many hoops to jump through and far too much cost involved (its more now than when I did it)

    I remember hearing waaaay back in May...
  27. Welcome bowie... I was a bit behind today - ...

    Welcome bowie...

    I was a bit behind today -

    I got down to kitchen...

    https://teakdoor.com/images/imported/2020/10/126.jpg

    https://teakdoor.com/images/imported/2020/10/127.jpg
  28. Day 4 2nd August Freeeeedom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...

    Day 4 2nd August

    Freeeeedom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yessss…. Results came back negative, in fact we were supposed to get the results from the hotel reception at 0900 but the nurse told me the good...
  29. Day 3 1st August ...

    Day 3 1st August

    https://teakdoor.com/images/imported/2020/10/113.jpg

    https://teakdoor.com/images/imported/2020/10/114.jpg

    https://teakdoor.com/images/imported/2020/10/115.jpg
    ...
  30. Total time about 8 weeks. That's from the initial...

    Total time about 8 weeks. That's from the initial contact with the Consulate to flying out of Dubai International.

    Definitely a plus if your employer will cover those repat costs

    A legit...
  31. I concur. The highs - getting the 1st...

    I concur.

    The highs - getting the 1st negative result, getting that hours freedom, going to the coffeeshop were definitely outweighed by hours of abject boredom in a tiny hotel room.
  32. Hey Armstrong, hope all is well with you... ...

    Hey Armstrong, hope all is well with you...

    Nope not a chance AFTER the government crackdown on some ASQ hotels trying to make the stay good for the 'guests'.

    In the first few days after...
  33. Day 2 31st July Woke up too damn early again....

    Day 2 31st July
    Woke up too damn early again. The routine was monotonous even though it was only my second day it felt like i had done a week already.

    As mentioned, I was on the 3rd floor, the...
  34. Lol the choices were limited by tasty and the...

    Lol the choices were limited by tasty and the menus were unique for the whole duration

    We could also order from the house menus - cafe, room service, pasta/pizza, alacarte, desert and all with...
  35. Day 1 30th July Despite the 3 hour time...

    Day 1 30th July
    Despite the 3 hour time difference I woke up at 0455 (0155 Dubai-time). I could not get back to sleep and ended up watching random YouTube videos until the tap on the door, this time...
  36. Damn! sorry all...i forgot to re-size the photos....

    Damn! sorry all...i forgot to re-size the photos. will do for day 1 onwards
  37. So… I flew on the evening of the28th July,...

    So… I flew on the evening of the28th July, arriving at around 7am on 29th. After the uneventful flight and whizzing through Suvarnabhumi airport, at last, the ASQ senten….adventure was about to...
  38. , I am but its took a long time to come...

    ,


    I am but its took a long time to come down from the work ethic. You cannot just work n work day after day for decades, then suddenly switch it off on the first day of retirement and expect to...
  39. Glad it was on some help and, good luck The...

    Glad it was on some help and, good luck

    The Facebook forum i listed previously was a godsend to me - real support and advice. I chipped in a bit and i got a lot out of others experiences

    Teya's...
  40. People will pay it though and the government...

    People will pay it though and the government knows it. ASQ and the whole quarantine process will not be going away any time soon.
  41. Lol... sounds like you had a good time. if you...

    Lol... sounds like you had a good time.

    if you are with someone I'm sure its easier, but for me, traveling back alone, the novelty of 'me time' soon wore off.
  42. yeh... i wonder what the future will hold now for...

    yeh... i wonder what the future will hold now for long stay visa holders.

    Its very obvious the government do not want us here but they do want the money we spend. You only got to see how they are...
  43. thats exactly right - when you are away from home...

    thats exactly right - when you are away from home and family, and its out of your control to return, increasingly, you will do anything to get back. the government knows this which is why we are...
  44. Hey there, JPPR2, yep sounds similar to my...

    Hey there, JPPR2,

    yep sounds similar to my hotel experience - im just drafting out the tale now.

    I came back on Marriage approval, they on Business approval, but broadly similar. For my...
  45. Hi Katie, and thanks. At the very start, the...

    Hi Katie, and thanks.

    At the very start, the Thai government approved 'home quarantine', when it was just the Thai nationals repatriating. Of course, a great number of them flew home then totally...
  46. Cheers, Looper Good to be back, lol, even if I...

    Cheers, Looper

    Good to be back, lol, even if I am one of the 'dirty Farang' contaminating those pure oriental types....
  47. Here is the link to the ASQ Hotel 5-stars...

    Here is the link to the ASQ Hotel


    5-stars hotel in Samut Prakarn


    Siam Mandarina Hotel
  48. Greeting AO, hope all is well with you, part...

    Greeting AO, hope all is well with you,

    part 2, hopefully coming today will tell all, including some photos.

    Room - OK
    Internet speed - v good, certainly enough to stream movies, football,...
  49. Given that the Thailand hotels can virtually...

    Given that the Thailand hotels can virtually self-assess, that star rating is somewhat 'wishful-thinking!

    I would give Siam Mandarina 3 - 3.5 stars maximum.

    I think i mentioned before...
  50. Hi Mendip... yes.. it is definitely worth...

    Hi Mendip...

    yes.. it is definitely worth trying. make contact with the Thai embassy immediately.

    I'm assuming you are legitimately married? if so, or if your name is on the birth certificate...
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