replied to the thread Tabien Ban, What are the advantages?
on the Thailand forum on July 03, 2015:
I just recently heard about a yellow Tabien Ban book and everything I see about the advantages seems to pertain to home ownership vs Condo
As I have a Condo and apparently cannot change the condo electric feed I cant see any advantage to going through the paperwork necessary
Are there other advantages I'm not aware of such as health care, insurance etc etc
I learn something new every day. After almost 40 years in Thailand, I had never heard of the Yellow House Registration Book before, and after reading about it, I see nothing I ever needed it for either, but I can also see that it might have some features useful to others.
Some District Offices (Amphurs) might issue them, others may refuse, but politely showing them the law might change some minds. No guarantee.
So rather than try to go into a detailed explanation, I recommend you to the following thread:
http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/315107-the-famous-yellow-ta-bian-ban-or-house-book/ which has a long discussion on blue and yellow house registration books.
replied to the thread Moving to Thailand
on the Thailand forum on July 03, 2015:
Hi all, I will be moving to Thailand in the next month or two, but I haven't found a place to stay yet. Bangkok is too big and expensive for me; I took a look at Chiang Mai, but I think it's also a bit too big for me. I think what I'm looking for is a smaller, quieter city that still has a network of expats that I can connect with.
I'd like to live up north, but living south near some beaches sounds cool too. I wouldn't mind living in a small town or city, as long as there are some expats living there with whom I can communicate with, because I barely know any Thai right now. My rental price range is 100-200, with an emphasis on price and affordability. I can lease a two bedroom and sublet the other room to save on costs.
Anyone have any ideas for me to get started on my search? Thanks in advance for any help. It's much appreciated.
Bangkok does not have to be very expensive, since it is possible to rent within your budget, but a two bedroom is unlikely.
From my experience the smaller and quieter places do not have large volumes of expats, although things might have changed.
My suggestion is that you go to the forums at www.thaivisa.com and post there, as there are people from all over the country on that forum and there are even forums by location in Thailand, although not for every province.
posted Nannies for tourist and expat parents
on the Thailand forum on June 25, 2015:
I found a thread from July, last year, about someone who was looking for the same thing, but the suggestions he got, back then, were mostly about moving to Thailand and then start looking.
Few years ago I tried it for two weeks (I know it's not long enough) to no avail.
I'm in Thailand every few months, going to conferences and trying to ask around, but to no avail.
I have an experience with the capital markets and various financial systems.
Does anyone here has other tips?
Right now, the Thai economy, like many others, is not very good, which is likely to make companies reluctant to take on many more expats, unless the expat has some special skills, abilities or contacts to offer that the companies think will benefit them.
One of the reasons to spend some time here is that you want a local company to believe that you are committed to staying here so the money they invest in you will not get wasted. If you are unable to do that, then you will just have to keep applying, preferably with a finely tuned and customized resume' to various companies in the financial industry. You don't necessarily need to be here to find companies looking to hire, as they often place classifieds on their web sites. You might also find openings by doing web searches for expat jobs in Thailand. Some recruiting companies might be looking for expats, although most of the executive recruiters only want Thai applicants. However, this may change as Thailand will be joining the ASEAN Economic Cooperation at the end of this year, The AEC is likely to give preferences to people from ASEAN countries. Thus an expat from, say, Singapore, is likely to get preference over someone not from an ASEAN country, unless the latter can fill company needs.
replied to the thread sponsor for a magician
on the Thailand forum:
my name is Luc, I am a 29 years old french magician and I am looking for a sponsor
replied most recently with:
I need a sponsor cause I want to produce my own shows
excellent response...what do you want?
replied to the thread Thail language learning advice
on the Thailand forum:
Hi all, I'd like to ask about your opinion on learning Thai.
First, I must confess I've already lived in Thailand a few years but my Thai is pretty average...to the point I'm a little ashamed of it! ^ ^ So time to take action and work on that.
I can actually read and write, as I've taught myself using a book. I just have no idea what I'm reading most of the time.
The biggest problem is lack of practice. My comprehension is pretty high but most of my practice come from chatting with taxi drivers about Buriram Utd or ordering food in restaurants. I work in a very international environment and we usually use English, since most employees come from all around the world.
I'm thinking of going to a Thai language school, but there are so many of them. Which would you recommend? I'm not interested in those large classes where people mostly go to so as to have an Ed visa; I have my non-B. I actually want to learn Thai, including reading and writing.
What school did you go to? Was it any good? Professional teachers? A place you'd like to recommend? (I live in the Huai-Khwang area).
I've found these two schools online, and both are near my place:
My Thai Language School and Modulo Language School.
Problem is, the first one has less than stellar reviews and the second one seems to have great feedback, but always about learning English, Chinese or French...nothing about Thai.
Anyone's studied in one of these? Should I travel further away from my place to a great school?
Please share! Thanks
That's great advice, thank you so much!
As mentioned in my original post, I can already read and write. I have, just like you, taught myself using a different book: the very common Thai for Beginners from Boonjawan Poomsan- Becker.
I feel like my Thai is stagnating, though, hence the desire to find a language school to be able to practice with someone that can explain things professionally.
I will take a look at NISA as they have a second branch near my office downtown.
FYI, I have visited Modulo at their Central Rama 9 branch and the school looks great. The teacher was very nice also! ...but it's definitely a "premium" school, and quite expensive. I'll check NISA out before deciding.
From my experience, people learn in different ways. I can only tell you my experience. When I first came to Thailand about 40 years ago, I tried using Robertson's English-Thai Dictionary because the transliteration was easy to use. It helped for learning words, but that's about all. I finally broke down and hired a tutor and told him I wanted to learn to read and write first. I thought that that if I could read and write I would be able to pronounce words correctly. The tutor was good (although he is no longer among us). He made me buy 1st grade writing books and practice writing the letters. Then he showed me how to make words, and then sentences. I took 1 2-hour lesson a week for about 3 months and then my work precluded me from taking any more. But I was able to read and write, although to this day I tend to butcher the speaking.
A few years later I tried studying at the YWCA's NISA Language school www.nisathailanguageschool.com/, now on Soi Yen Akard, Thung Mahamek, Yannawa area, where they have one-on-one instruction. The instructors were good, but at that time I got tied up with work again, so I only studied a few weeks and then stopped. This was a long time ago, so I am not certain how good it is or is not at this time. You can contact them for more information at http://www.nisathailanguageschool.com/?ContentID=ContentID-080617115713466 , and they claim to offer home and at-work instruction as well.
You might also find courses by searching for - craig's list thailand language instruction -
You could of course try to get invited to join a Rotary Club or similar where the meetings are hold in Thai and you will be forced to improve your Thai :)
Perhaps the first thing is to decide what you want to learn specifically. As you probabkly knwo there are a number of levels in the language, including the royal language (Rajasap), the high level Thai that you will find Rotary Clubs using, and that is used in business, the daily level and the market level: Phasa Talad
I found that in my case, writing Thai a lot helps, as do two-way translations - frequently.
I would also recommend getting a good dictionary, like the Mary Haas Thai-English Dictionary - google mary haas thai english dictionary, and/or George McFarland's Thai-English Dictionary: http://www.amazon.com/Thai-English-Dictionary-George-McFarland/dp/0804703833. I am not sure if either are available in Thailand, as neither Chulabook.com nor se-ed.com has either one.
You might want to check out this website - especially the comments http://womenlearnthai.com/index.php/review-thai-language-schools-in-bangkok/, and you might also get some ideas at the language forum at www.thaivisa.com
You can also post your question at www.ajarn.com, although it is mainly a site for English teachers (some of them have learned Thai).
replied to the thread Expats living in Phayao
on the Thailand forum:
Arizona guy here thinking about living in Phayao with Thai Girlfriend..
Do not have a clue about expats living here...would love to connect with someone who can tell me about activities here within the expat community
There are some foreigners living in Phayao, but probably not many. See the discussion at the above link.
You can also search the Chiangrai Forum at the thaivisa.com website http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/forum/69-chiang-rai-forum/?prune_day=100&sort_by=Z-A&sort_key=last_post&topicfilter=all for more on Phayao.
From what I have read and heard there is not much in the way of nightlife there.
In any event you might find someone actually living there on that forum.