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Re: Thailand to England move

Post by Vital Spark » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:49 am

A bit of an update on preparations for the move.

As we're not taking any large items back with us, I did an inventory of furniture and electrical stuff that we needed to sell on an Excel document. All at bargain prices, of course. I've initially sent this to my Western colleagues to give them first option on anything, as I can explain to them which things they can take now and which things they can take at the end of July. The nice part about dealing with them is that if they say they want it, they won't go back on their word (or try to reduce the already bargain prices). The result is that 75% of the big stuff is already sold. :)

Books. Boy, do we have a lot of books! We're only taking those with sentimental value back to the UK, so we're left with quite a lot to find new homes for. A couple of weeks ago I set up a table outside my office and piled the first consignment of books on it. Some of them look a tad tired, but some of them are in perfect condition. I decided that a blanket price would be the easiest option. 30 baht each or 4 for 100 baht. Knowing my students' attitude towards reading anything in English that didn't involve a grade, I wasn't that hopeful that I would sell any. I was wrong. When I turn up with a new box of books, word soon gets round and they're like bees round a honey pot. I'm really pleased that they want to buy books written in English, and I'm making quite a lot of money out of it. A win-win situation.

There's one item that we need to sell, and nobody here seems interested in it. It's breaking my heart. It's a mountain bike tandem with lots of gears (can't remember how many). We bought it about 15 years ago, and have had endless hours of fun riding it. Mr.VS does all the power work up front, and I sit on the back with my feet on the frame. ;) It cost us over 20k new, but we'd love it to find a new home. Some of the chrome work on the handle bars has pitted (typical Thai chrome), so it doesn't look perfect, but that's just cosmetic. Yours for 6,000 baht ono.

That's all for now folks....
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Re: Thailand to England move

Post by dtaai-maai » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:59 am

Dear God, have you still got that tandem?? :shock: :laugh:

Have you decided on where you're going to settle?
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Re: Thailand to England move

Post by Vital Spark » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:21 am

Yes, our lovely tandem's still with us. The landlord came round on Saturday and apart from begging us to stay and saying how much he'll miss us showed a bit of interest in it. We'll hopefully find a home for it.

We're planning on settling in Northumberland, if we can find the right place. Our ideal rental would be a cosy stone cottage in a nice village/town with a pub within walking distance. Sister-in-law happens to have a self-contained annex to her house in Hexham, which we can use as a base to explore the area. Apart from the fact that we can stay for as long as we want free of charge (which is very nice of her), it means we have time to find the right place. We may buy a property in a year or so, but need to get a feel for the area first.

Our next 'little' project while we're still in Thailand is to get a police clearance certificate. I want to get a job in the UK (invigilating exams pays quite nicely, and we have a lot of experience of that), but it looks like any job that involves the tiniest contact with people requires a DBS check. I've had a look at the UK Government website and it has a link to the Royal Thai Police's crappy website. The links don't even work!! Rather than miss out on a job through lack of paperwork, we'll try and get the relevant bits a pieces while we're here. It'd be nice if we could do it here in Nakhon Pathom, so we'll try doing it locally first. I work with some lovely Thai colleagues, so I'll drag one of them down to the local cop shop to help out. I have a feeling this isn't going to be an easy process - I'll keep you all posted.

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Re: Thailand to England move

Post by dtaai-maai » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:47 am

PM Barrys about the police certificate, he may have some info.
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Re: Thailand to England move

Post by Big Boy » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:04 am

Vital Spark wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:21 am
it looks like any job that involves the tiniest contact with people requires a DBS check. I've had a look at the UK Government website and it has a link to the Royal Thai Police's crappy website. The links don't even work!! Rather than miss out on a job through lack of paperwork, we'll try and get the relevant bits a pieces while we're here.
Are you sure you can't get a UK DBS check now? My son does some work at a local Hua Hin school, and he had to apply to the UK for DBS check, which I thought was bonkers, but his certificate was issued no problem.

If you'd like more detail, we can continue by PM.
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Re: Thailand to England move

Post by Vital Spark » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:09 pm

Thanks DM. Barry contacted.

BB: We don't have a problem with the UK DBS check, we can do that when we're there and have a UK address. The fact we've been non-residents for over 20 years means that any future employer will need some kind of certification from the police here in Thailand. We can, hopefully, do it while we're here much easier than them trying to do it from the UK. We're so used to jumping through their moving hoops we're almost gymnasts. :wink:

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Re: Thailand to England move

Post by Vital Spark » Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:00 am

The Police Clearance thing aside (but I'm working on it), I've had a wonderful time selling bits and pieces on a couple of tables outside my office. Bookshelves at home are now empty, and I've reduced the price of books on my table at work to 10 baht each. Every day someone leaves money on my desk and a few more books find new homes.

This week was spent clearing out some crockery. I was thinking that Thais don't do dinner parties or such like, so some lovely dishes and plates wouldn't be on their 'to buy' list. I was wrong. When I turn up with a box of stuff, it's sold before I can display it on the table! We're not making huge amounts of money, but 20 baht for this, or 10 baht for that adds up. They're getting some pretty good stuff at a fraction of what it would cost if they bought it new, and we get to empty out cupboards. Win-win.

It's a kind of balancing act to sell as much as we can when we can, and making sure that we still have enough essentials to live our normal life here for the next 4 months.

One good piece of news is that we've found a tenant for the house. He's a guy who's just starting working with Mr.VS and is desperate to find somewhere reasonably quiet (a rarity in Thailand). He stayed the night at our place, and has made friends with Pickatable (resident dog). It's a huge weight off our minds to know that Mrs. P. (the dog) will be taken care of.

Feeling hugely positive...
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Re: Thailand to England move

Post by Vital Spark » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:51 pm

A kind of mini-update on our move.

Sold the tandem yesterday to a lovely Thai couple who are going to use it to ride around their orchard in Chantaburi. I thought that the tandem would be the most difficult item to sell because it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I'm relieved that it's gone. Still have the sports bike and Zafira to sell, but (ever the optimist) I think they'll both be gone by the end of the month. Our lovely Nissan Cefiro has been sold to the guy who's renting the house, so we can keep the car until the day we leave - we still need wheels.

We've decided to go for a medium-sized cube from Seven Seas for bits and pieces to ship back. We checked on their site today and they don't list Nakhon Pathom as a drop off or pick up destination. I'm hoping it's a glitch in their website. What we did, however, find out is that we need to get a ToR1 (Application for Transfer of Residence) form completed before the cube gets popped into a container and leaves Thailand so that we don't pay import tax on the contents. We can fill in in on line and the UK Customs will give us a clearance number. Seven Seas will need this before they put the cube on a ship. There are discussion forums just talking about filling in this slightly scary form, but I think we'll be OK as we have an address in the UK (Mr.VS's sister), and we're not shipping anything really valuable - just sentimental stuff.

We've both finished teaching and the grades are all in. I've just got a presentation to do at a conference later on this month and then I'm done. :D We'll just have goodbyes and tidying up to do in July.

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