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by Scout
Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: Digital Realm
Topic: Adobe Pro
Replies: 11
Views: 4444

Re: Adobe Pro

Newer versions of Microsoft Word include functionality to open and save as PDFs. I used this for my immigration forms and had no problems. Previously, I was an avid user of Adobe Acrobat Pro, but since Microsoft started including PDF file format functionality in their Office products I have stopped ...
by Scout
Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Speaking Thai
Topic: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?
Replies: 121
Views: 20854

Re: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?

Excellent books Sid, I have all 3 myself. I've studied the two you show above extensively, in fact, we just finished a year of studying the purple book in class at Sirada. I've started on the 3rd book, it's green colored and titled "Thai for advanced readers", but haven't spent much time with it. I ...
by Scout
Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: Speaking Thai
Topic: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?
Replies: 121
Views: 20854

Re: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?

Written words still have sound, even if only heard in your head. In my case, I have severe tinnitus which prevents me from hearing the tones necessary to attach meaning or inflection. I think most, maybe all, farang struggle with the tones, both speaking them properly and hearing them properly. I k...
by Scout
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Speaking Thai
Topic: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?
Replies: 121
Views: 20854

Re: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?

So why do cars have stickers saying the color of that car is some color other than the true color? It's a superstition thing. Thais believe that some things bring good luck, some bring bad. For individual people, being born on a particular day of the week, or certain numbers bring good luck. Same w...
by Scout
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Speaking Thai
Topic: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?
Replies: 121
Views: 20854

Re: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?

An added benefit of the formal classes is a much deeper understanding of cultural, travel, current news, and political events as well as timely notification of upcoming festivals, concerts and seasonal recreational opportunities as these often come up as classroom topics. Things like the recent bomb...
by Scout
Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: Speaking Thai
Topic: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?
Replies: 121
Views: 20854

Re: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?

I see that Sirada's Thai language courses are in 20 hour (10 x 2 hour lessons @ 2 lessons/week = 5 weeks of study) segments, so approximately how many courses have you enrolled in over the 3.5 years you have been studying I was keeping accurate track of this until sometime last winter. I last docum...
by Scout
Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: The Beach Bar
Topic: A lot of BIG Jellyfish at the moment
Replies: 71
Views: 20683

Re: A lot of BIG Jellyfish at the moment

2 days ago, one of the beach boys at KBA kite school received a nasty jellyfish sting while wading in 1 foot of water at Soi 75/1. Extremely painful, even after prompt treatment with vinegar to alleviate the chemical burn. I've personally experienced the same thing at this same spot in years past an...
by Scout
Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:11 am
Forum: Speaking Thai
Topic: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?
Replies: 121
Views: 20854

Re: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?

I agree with the concept that some people seem to have an easier time "mastering" the Thai language. But I don't think one has to "master" the language to get a tremendous benefit while living in Thailand. Simply developing a low to mid-level of proficiency has really enhanced my experience living i...
by Scout
Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:38 am
Forum: Motoring
Topic: Drivers License Dec. 7 2016
Replies: 87
Views: 12941

Re: Drivers License Dec. 7 2016

The medical certificate costs 50 baht at the walk-in clinic in Pranburi (continue south from Tesco Pranburi, turn left at the next traffic light, clinic is on the right about 50 meters from the traffic light). Since you were actually getting 2 licenses (car and motorcycle) I suspect you need 2 medic...
by Scout
Sat Nov 19, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Ask The Expats
Topic: Patio furniture covers
Replies: 4
Views: 2498

Re: Patio furniture covers

We used a lady named Pat, she did a great job making new patio furniture cushions for us. I'm sure she can make the covers you describe. Her number is 085-664-0955. She has a website, www.patdesigncurtain.com and email patcurtain@hotmail.com
by Scout
Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Ask The Expats
Topic: Electric gate question
Replies: 5
Views: 1966

Re: Electric gate question

Or install a man-door in the electric gate, then give the gardener a key to the man-door. I think this is the most common solution.
by Scout
Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Ask The Expats
Topic: Electric Gate Repair
Replies: 6
Views: 1904

Re: Electric Gate Repair

My gate works fine, BUT when it is traveling in the closing direction there is no safety mechanism to either stop or reverse the gate if someone or something gets in the way of the closing gate. The torque is so strong that I'm sure it would scissor a person or animal in two or at least crush them v...
by Scout
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Motoring
Topic: Buying tires in Hua Hin
Replies: 25
Views: 4354

Re: Buying tires in Hua Hin

Yes that was me. After the first visit I went to the parking lot to do some internet research on my iPad, then came back a 2nd time to clarify a couple of details. I noticed you sitting there, wish I'd have known it was you so I could have introduced myself, I'd like to meet you :) The girl at the f...
by Scout
Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Motoring
Topic: Buying tires in Hua Hin
Replies: 25
Views: 4354

Re: Buying tires in Hua Hin

Today I decided to buy 4 new tires for my Pajero. I shopped at both B-quik and Kosol. Neither place had an exact match for the size that came new on the car, 245/65R17, but both places had size 265/65R17 in several brands (Michelin, Bridgestone, etc). After some quick internet research I confirmed t...
by Scout
Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Feeding Time
Topic: The Quacking Oats? - Contaminated Oats Chips
Replies: 13
Views: 3638

Re: The Quacking Oats?

Why do I feel I should not have posted about this at all? I really can't answer that question for you, but I hope that in future posts you'll try to use a subject title that is a bit more informative and to the point. "The quacking oats ?", while probably a bit cute, really doesn't convey much info...