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  1. And I was thinking it was maybe "cuckoo birds!" Ya gotta love the Tinglish pronunciations.
  2. All of us somehow learn how to pronounce letters before we even attend school, sort of a muscle/mouth/breathing control that seems to get locked in and oftentimes is very difficult or impossible to change once we're older. Say the "v" sound and you'll notice how you automatically form that sound without even thinking about it. Given Thai has no "v" sound in their alphabet, it's generally impossible for Thais to pronounce. David becomes "Dawit" (the Thai "d" at the end of a word or syllable is pronounced like a "t") and, of course, tv becomes "tee wee." As for the "b's" in Bob, the Thai alphabet has a "b" (บ) which sounds exactly like an English "b" at the beginning of a word or syllable but it's always pronounced like a "p" at the end of a word or syllable; thus, I am forever "Bop" here. That same anomaly is why you oftentimes see "crab" both pronounced and written in Thai menus as "crap." Like Joshhb, I simply have never been able to pronounce the "ng" (ง)Thai consonant which is the initial consonant for Thai words such as snake (ngoo) or money (ngern). I've tried for almost 20 years to pronounce it right but just can't seem to do it. Whenever I do try to pronounce that damn consonant, usually Thais either badly attempt to hide a laugh at my attempt or, after a short tee hee, they actually try to help me pronounce it (without any real success so far).
  3. I don't have any idea or memory as to what happened with Kjun. Perhaps asked the administrator (whoever that was) that supposedly banned him? Back to the thread topic, I have no problem gaining access to the site by logging in each time I visit; however, being a lazy ass, I do appreciate the sites (e.g., Gaybutton's site and Sawatdee) that keep you logged in so long as you've hit the "remember me" feature that most sites/message boards have. Could you possible add that feature here (I've asked before but you didn't respond)? [I've tried the suggestion mentioned by Anddy but it didn't work for me]
  4. No, I don't think it does (I just logged in with Firefox). What you're seeing is a separate "save password" function internal to the Firefox browser. Michael, is it really that hard to add a "remember me" function on this board (like almost all the other message boards have)?
  5. Nor do I. If there truly is one of those options anywhere, would appreciate somebody indicating where it is located.
  6. Agree about the foolishness part. And feel sympathetic toward those who can't afford reasonable coverage (or have so many pre-existing conditions that having health insurance which excludes pre-existing conditions is pretty much a waste of time and money). As to the alleged new medical insurance requirement: (1) Since the new policy wasn't announced until after you renewed last Friday, not surprising that the Immigration officer didn't say anything about it. (2) Ubonjoe (typically very accurate) indicates the new medical insurance requirement at the moment (things could change) only applies to those applying for an 0-A visa in their home country (which, of course, is the only place you can get an 0-A visa based on retirement).
  7. Once you do investigate, the US embassy/consulate will be notified by the hospital and/or police of any US citizen death. The embassy/consulate will want to take possession of your passport and they would typically prepare a death certificate that would work in the US (e.g., if you have an IRA there, there'll need to be an official (US) death certificate for anyone to access it). And your remains for disposition will be released once the cops, embassy/consulate, and hospital approve the release. But as long as you have a valid Will as you note (leaving your Vietamese assets to your partner and providing other necessary appointments and powers, then your partner can short-circuit the embassy's/consulate's next-of-kin search by showing them that document (they will, of course, want to see one in English or a certified translation of one that is in another language). With that Will, the release by the embassy/consulate should promptly occur. Presuming there is no issue of foul play or delay because of a autopsy request by the cops, the cops will give the okay. And once your partner pays the hospital bills, your good to go (so to speak).
  8. Bob, nobody is trying to argue with you. Perhaps you might explain just how your partner is going to handle disposition of your remains (which, no doubt, will end up in a hospital morgue) without a release from the embassy/consulate (along with police release and payment of the hospital charges) and without a valid Will that gives your partner authority to make those decisions.
  9. Here is the url to the US Embassy website section which deals with the death of a US citizen in Vietnam: https://vn.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/death-of-a-u-s-citizen/ This section doesn't even mention personal property of a deceased so I'm wondering if you might provide a link to any other section that states or even suggests that embassy personnel would take possession of, store, and/or transport any property of a deceased US citizen. Again, absent a secret death and burial (one without a police report or involvement of a hospital) of a US citizen, the embassy will be notified. Standard procedure and that's when the embassy will start their "next-of-kin" search for notification of the death and issuance of a death certificate for use back in the states.
  10. Absent some secret burial or cremation, the US embassy/consulate will most definitely be promptly notified of your demise. You can, however, avoid the embassy/consulate's "next-of-kin" search by having your partner show up with a valid Will that appoints him as executor and the person who has power to make cremation/burial arrangements. Without that valid Will, your partner will have zero say in the process. And, no, the embassy/consulate people will have nothing to do with your personal belongings (they will not take possession of any belongings other than your passport).
  11. I've always used prepaid (AIS) and think it's incredibly cheap. Recently (I was at the AIS shop for some other issue), I switched to a six-month paid-in-advance data package which was 20-30% cheaper than the prior monthly data cost of about 200 baht per month and also provided another gig or two of data (I don't need a lot of gigs as I'm usually home and the True wifi we have here is rather speedy).
  12. I've no suggestions as I have no problem logging in anymore and, lo and behold, clicking on the bookmark brings me directly to the forum. Cool.
  13. A rather incredible comment but, in spite of that, I wouldn't wish him on your country. I still consider Trump's election to be an indictment of the US education system. [post-election studies do reflect an almost perfect bell curve with respect to the education level of the voters (i.e., as the education level went up, his support went to near zero)]
  14. A bit confused as to why you're asking that question (given you obviously know how to re-size photos as you had some kind of photo editor on your prior pc). Your chromebook laptop does have a basic image editor (look in the Files app) but other apps have to be available somewhere.
  15. What is known is: (1) The British have indeed stated that they won't issue income affidavits beginning January 1, 2019, and are recommending that Brits maintain the 800k bank accounts to support retirement visas/extensions. Unless this new declared policy is changed, the new policy will obviously affect the Brits who have relied on the income affidavits to stay here long term. (2) The British authorities for some reason made a comment that they know that the same change is coming for US citizens too. While the Brits had no real business talking about what the US policy will be, I'm also doubtful that the Brits would have said that without knowing something about it (i.e., one typically can rely on what British officials say). (3) Everyone has known for years that the US embassy/consulate has been issuing the income affidavits to its citizens without any requirement that the applicant show any proof of income. But, on the other hand, I've always wondered why other countries have required the proof of income before notarizing the affidavits because the form the embassy/consulate officials sign is simply verifying the identity (and not the income amount) of the signer of the form. (4) In Chiangmai, there have been some credible reports for the last two months or so that CM Immigration officers are occasionally asking a US citizen with an income affidavit to provide some proof of that income. So far, it's been hit and miss for that activity (but there were no prior reports of this occurring so something different is afoot). What's unknown is why this is happening now. Some have suggested (and it's inferred in some of the British statements) that the changes are occurring because of demands by Thai immigration (i.e., Thai Immigration has told the Brits that they must verify the income before issuing the affidavits and the Brits have determined that they have neither the ability or desire to spend the time/effort to verify income from various sources around the world). While I disagree with Scooby's blanket comment that it's all "completely useless information", he's right that only god/buddha knows what the immigration rules (or application of those rules) will be next month let alone the in the coming years. [OP - you plainly assert that the Thai Immigration Chief - Big Joke or whoever - made some declaration that Thai Immigration would no longer accept the British Income affidavits. Where exactly did you find that the Thai Immigration chief said any such thing? The only statements I've seen so far are by British officials]
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