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Energy & Environment / Re: North, Northeast face storm threat
« Last post by Johnnie F. on August 28, 2017, 02:50:05 PM »
Storm Pakhar to bring rain to North, Northeast

Water continues to release stored water ahead tropical storm Pakhar. (Photo by Pratuan Kajonvuthinun)

Water continues to be discharged from a major reservoir in Sakon Nakhon and a flood watch has been ordered in parts of the North, Northeast and Central Plain with heavy rain expected over the region, brought by tropical storm Pakhar. The Nam Phung reservoir is holding 170 million cubic metres of water, about 3% over its usual holding capacity of 165 million cubic metres.

Management has opened the gates, releasing water into the reservoir’s spillway to reduce the level following the storm warning from the Meteorological Department.

More at: Bangkok Post
Yes. Thaiga.  I just checked and saw it dropped below 43 on 14 August.  My pension slowly going down the pan!
General Discussions / Re: Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Last post by thaiga on August 28, 2017, 01:16:55 PM »
Seeing as you put it like that t/t we are extremely well/better off here in thailand than the uk.
Even @ 42 to the pound :-[

If homesickness is the curse of life as an expat, then millions of Britons abroad are bearing up manfully.

This guy has reached the same conclusion as me but coming at it from a different angle.
Just a few comparisons between the UK and Thailand:-

Garbage Disposal
Thailand:    Daily
UK:      One a fortnight, only provided you use the correct coloured bin

See a Doctor
Thailand:    Same day
UK:      Make an appointment and come back in a few weeks

Thailand:    Not very much
UK:      Employers N.I., Employees N.I., Income Tax, VAT, Air Passenger Duty etc, etc,

Thailand:    Even in our small Soi we have a fibre optic connection.  Also, Daily Mail is blocked which is a big plus.
UK:      BT slow to upgrade its elderly copper network.

Old Folks Homes
Thailand:    Family take care. 
UK:      Lots of them. Expensive, depressing places

Local Transport
Thailand:    Songtel into Korat. 8 Baht 
UK:      Single fare, London Underground Zone 1,  210 Baht

Long Distance Transport
Thailand:    Bus Korat – Bangkok, 190 Baht
UK:      Train Manchester – London, cheapest 950 Baht

Thailand:    Some days it is almost too cold to eat out of doors
UK:      Grim, most of the time.
General Discussions / Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Last post by thaiga on August 27, 2017, 08:36:35 PM »
Nice to hear a good story for a change and how some of us are lucky enough to have caring thai families. An article from Thailand has so much more to offer than cheap thrills but you need patience and understanding, plus time to adapt to really understand some of the thai ways.   HERE have a read ...

Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?

I took the choice a few years ago, stick or twist?…. good business, social standing, friends and security. I gave it up and left.. why? well that is personal but it I was unhappy, with many aspects, the UK was changing and as we see today its not the place it once was… the “Grand Old Lady” is not well… there is an under current of something nasty, so with its beating heart being ripped apart by successive governments looking after them selves and ignoring many like the old, the young, those that need assistance, you can see a country fragmenting… Brit-exit a clear indication of a nation becoming more introverted. The then government got it wrong, they either ignored the mood of many people or just did not care, it cost a PM his job, and since its lurched from one problem to another the current PM has also shown a complete lack of understanding….. the gap is becoming wider.

Thus, watching from Thailand, I made the right decision back then. Thailand has much to offer and that is nothing to do with the “sexpat” image, Thailand has so much more to offer than cheap thrills. I can’t say its been easy, in an emerging nation there is a wide range services and quality, you need patience and understanding, plus time to adapt. It’s important to mix with the locals, get yourself involved, learn from them, and on the whole your everyday Thai is very engaging, helpful, friendly, generous and want you to be happy.

Cashing in my chips back home and starting again, I’ve lived in a room which you could not swing a cat in, at home you’d call it a slum, but they never had a swimming pool for residents, several shops in the basement who would serve 24/7 and deliver to your room, there were launderettes which worked, no vandalism , no elevators smelling of piss, no dark zones where you could be ambushed by some toe rag with a knife, for the most part neighbours were quiet… socially is a million miles apart from what is the UK. I would say Thai’s respect for each other is on a much higher level, sure there are issues and problems, but you can walk the streets at night in safety.

Over the years life improved and I’m  better off now than what I ever was in the UK, not just in terms of a place to live, but a quality of life. I’m living in a country where there is so much to do and explore, a rich culture, great islands, amazing national parks, 21st century facilities in Bankok to rival anywhere in the world, I can get everything and more here. Some aspects are way below a desired standard, but allow an emerging nation to learn in a few years what took decades in the west.

So what happens if it all goes wrong?……. Well if you are being a bar monster and show little or no respect, then your going to have a wake up call at some point, try lording on someone elses patch trouble will find you out quick. I can only say integration is the key word, listen and learn fit it with society, its a bit like visiting someone elses home, respect it ( even if you don’t understand it).

I’m a farang, I will always be a farang, absolutely nothing wrong with that, I like it, I have no responsibility other than to fit in… simple really.
However…. recently I got sick, it started with a fever ( and in the tropics it can be a serious issue). The net result was an extended stay in hospital with a few health problems to resolve. Let me say what every your position, what ever you earn or have to live on, get or have medical insurance, without it your going to be deep in shit … being ill and no money is a monumental problem. Thai’s  mostly manage with something or help of family or friends….. we as a rule don’t have that luxury.

Now down to treatment and facilities, my Thai partner, got me into a very good Thai hospital, checking in was more time consuming than getting a table at a 3 star Michelin restaurant, plenty of tests and examinations, but in the end I was checked in.

The room was more like a self contained apartment than a hospital, Yes I had the best available and could afford it, but again that is why you have insurance. I had been in the room no longer than 10 minutes when the first set of medical staff were in attendance, medication was applied in every way possible and the road to recovery was underway. There is a growing reputation of quality health care at affordable prices, I can add its well deserved, but like every service, get local advise, some are better than others.. Now I’m back home and will still have a time before I’m 100%, health is not a side issue or something you can put back or ignore, its priority number 1. I have a Thai partner, who has looked after me a thousand times better than my ex-wife would have, her devotion to taking care is on another level, and that is what Thai culture is about, its something us farangs could learn much from.

I had a few visitors from my Thai extended family, there was genuine care and concern for my health, not just because of my considered wealth, but because I was one of their family. My home has been looked after and kept just as if I was there everyday, I was not in a hospital local to them, a journey was close to an hour each way, time consuming and at an additional expense, but they were there giving me care Thai style, and when your feeling really crap, a smiling face, a hug and moral support is a very important factor.
Half as serious and less / Re: Being a Fat A*s in Thailand: What to Expect?
« Last post by thaiga on August 27, 2017, 01:57:56 PM »
Yeah, but you can't make a profit when you're eating all the inventory.
                        :lol :lol :lol
Energy & Environment / North, Northeast face storm threat
« Last post by Johnnie F. on August 27, 2017, 12:55:25 PM »

PEOPLE in various parts of the country are being warned to prepare for heavy rain and storms tomorrow as tropical Storm Pakhar reaches Thailand.

Meteorologists expect the storm to make landfall in North Vietnam today before going on to cause flash floods and slides in Northern and North eastern parts of Thailand.

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department warns that the North, Northeastern and Southern regions will be affected by the storm, but the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) is confident the authorities are fully prepared. The Meteorological Department originally thought the impact of Storm Pakhar would only be felt in the Philippines and Vietnam, but yesterday updated their warning to say it could also cause heavy rain in Thailand’s North and Northeast from tomorrow.

Kobchai Boonyaorana, deputy director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, said the authorities had already prepared fully for the storm and sent out a warning to every province likely to be affected by it.

“We have warned the local authorities about this storm and focused on places vulnerable for flash floods and landslides, such as low-lying areas and mountainside slopes,” Kobchai said.

“We have also prioritised our monitoring in Nan and Chiang Rai, where the storm is expected to hit directly, as well as Loei and Nong Khai, because the storm will enter Thailand via Northern Laos.”

He was confident the disaster warning system was ready for the upcoming threat and said local authorities know precisely what to do when the threat became imminent.

RID deputy director-general Thongplew Kongchan said people need not worry because even if the storm hit Thailand directly, the reservoirs in the North and Northeast would be able to handle the incoming flow of water.

“Right now the major dams in the Northern Region such as Bhumibol Dam and Sirikit Dam only have half their storage capacity so they can store a lot more water,” Thongplew said. “The department has already prepared the waterways to boost water drainage in the event of storms.”

According to RID, eight provinces are still suffering from previous flooding – Kalasin, Roi Et, Yasothon, Ubon Ratchathani, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Panom, Ayutthaya and Chiang Rai. Yom River at Phitsanulok and Chao Phraya River in Ayutthaya were also overflowing.

The threat of severe flooding by Storm Pakhar was low in the North but greater in the Northeast, according Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute director Royon Jitdon.

“Even if the North is directly impacted by this storm, the geographical features of the region means the floodwater can drain out rapidly, unlike the flat plain of the North East, which is still soaked from the previous flood,” Royon said.

He also warned about possible problems in the Central Region, since the current monsoons were strong and 70 per cent of the area in Central Region and Bangkok Metropolitan area were likely to have heavy rain.

The Nation
Half as serious and less / Re: Being a Fat A*s in Thailand: What to Expect?
« Last post by Baby Farts on August 27, 2017, 11:08:49 AM »
he might end up selling farang food ;)

Yeah, but you can't make a profit when you're eating all the inventory.
General Discussions / Re: elth 'n safety
« Last post by Baby Farts on August 27, 2017, 11:07:58 AM »
thanks for taking time out for the picy mr tamun tum.

not a buffalo .. i'm beginning to wonder .. what kind of reply is that .. very childish

None!  Because This is Thailand!!  ha ha ha

so many people who decide and make the choice that this is the country to retire and live here,then run it in to the ground,who was it that once posted,it's like pooping in your own nest ;D

ps:would it be ha ha ha if a billboard fell on your head

That actually happened.  Several months ago a billboard fell on a bunch of Thais near Saveone. A new one has already been constructed.  Let's hope it wasn't as poorly constructed at the last one.  ;D
General Discussions / Re: elth 'n safety
« Last post by Taman Tun on August 26, 2017, 02:18:56 PM »
I am going to Dubai on Friday so I will convey best wishes from all at KF.
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