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Thursday, May 2, 2019

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Thai Immigration & Visa Bureau Information

For expats (and tourists) I've developed a system mapping all the (known) Thai Immigration Bureau Division locations in Thailand - see here

Please use this blog for feedback etc

Thank You

Monday, March 4, 2019

Thai Supermodel Contest 2019

My daughter Arabella (16) is in the Thai Super Model Contest 2019 so please vote for her by doing a "Like" on TSM 02 on here - please share too! You can vote until March 26th I think and the final is March 29th!
Thank You!

*** She won the Miss Photogenic part of the competition - see here - congratulations!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Blogger Share Buttons

For those interested in outting "share" buttons in their Blogger/Blogspot blog, this is what I do, the code below being inserted after the "<body..." tag:-

<a class='xosocial' href='https://jagjag.biz'><img ALT='JAGeZe' border='0' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/JAG.gif' width='22'/></a>
Share with:
<a class='xosocial' expr:href='&quot;https://twitter.com/share?url=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' rel='nofollow' target='_blank' title='Tweet This'><img alt='Twitter' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/SWtwitter.png' width='22'/></a>
<a class='xosocial' href='javascript:void((function()%7Bvar%20e=document.createElement(&apos;script&apos;);e.setAttribute(&apos;type&apos;,&apos;text/javascript&apos;);e.setAttribute(&apos;charset&apos;,&apos;UTF-8&apos;);e.setAttribute(&apos;src&apos;,&apos;http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r=&apos;+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)%7D)());'><img alt='Pinterest' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/SWpinterest.png' width='22'/></a>
<a class='xosocial' expr:href='&quot;mailto:?subject=&quot; + data:post.title + &quot;&amp;body=&quot; + data:post.url'><img alt='Email' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/SWemail.png' width='22'/></a>
<a class='xosocial' expr:href='&quot;http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&amp;url=&quot;  + data:post.url' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'><img alt='LinkedIn' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/SWlinkedin.png' width='22'/></a>
<a class='xosocial' expr:href='&quot;http://digg.com/submit?phase=2&amp;url=&quot;  + data:post.url' rel='nofollow' target='_blank' title='Digg This'><img alt='Digg' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/SWdiggit.png' width='22'/></a>
<a class='xosocial' expr:href='&quot;http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit?url=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' rel='nofollow' target='_blank' title='Stumble this'><img alt='StumbleUpon' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/SWstumbleupon.png' width='22'/></a>
<script src='http://static.addtoany.com/menu/page.js' type='text/javascript'/>
<a href='javascript:;' onclick='window.print()'><img alt='Print' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/SWprint.png' width='22'/></a>
<a class='xosocial' expr:href='&quot;https://bufferapp.com/add?url=&quot;  + data:post.url' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'><img alt='Bufferapp' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/SWbuffer.png' width='22'/></a>
<a class='xosocial' expr:href='&quot;http://reddit.com/submit?url=&quot;  + data:post.url' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'><img alt='LinkedIn' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/SWreddit.png' width='22'/></a>
<a class='xosocial' expr:href='&quot;http://www.tumblr.com/share/link?url=&quot;  + data:post.url' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'><img alt='LinkedIn' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/SWtumblr.png' width='22'/></a>
<a class='xosocial' expr:href='&quot;http://vkontakte.ru/share.php?url=&quot;  + data:post.url' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'><img alt='LinkedIn' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/SWvk.png' width='22'/></a>
<a class='xosocial' expr:href='&quot;http://www.yummly.com/urb/verify?url=&quot;  + data:post.url' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'><img alt='LinkedIn' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/SWyummly.png' width='22'/></a>
<a class='xosocial' expr:href='&quot;https://wa.me?text==Check Out  + data:post.url + &quot;' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'><img alt='WhatsApp' height='22' src='https://jagjag.biz/SWWhatsApp.png' width='22'/></a>
<b:if cond='data:post.isFirstPost'>
  var js, id = &#39;facebook-jssdk&#39;; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;}
  js = d.createElement(&#39;script&#39;); js.id = id; js.async = true;
  js.src = &quot;//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1&quot;;
<fb:like action='like' colorscheme='light' expr:href='data:post.canonicalUrl' font='arial' layout='standard' send='true' show_faces='false'/>

This is probably not the best way to achieve this but it works for me and should work in other blogs as long as there is a method to allow for insertion of HTML! You are welcome to use this if you find it useful but I do ask that you copy the img *.png files to your owb server!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Bangkok Pollution - Jan 2019

It appears to be desperate now with the smog in Bangkok with the schools being closed and other desperate measures being thought up!
Something to be considered here? 
I sent this to several large haulage firms but unfortunately no interset which was a surprise as vehicle emissions would be reduced considerably plus fuel consumption would be reduced resulting in huge savings! A win-win both economically and environmentally!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Medical Insurance (in Thailand)

Medical Insurance (in Thailand)

I've lived in Thailand more than 5 years now and am British though I've lived in both Germany and the Netherlands so I'm used to having to have medical insurance.
My first attempt at medical insurance, part of a family policy failed - blood pressure too high - it usually is if I even enter a hospital especially for a test! Sometimes I think it down but this doesn't always work!
I was later accepted by BUPA (a reputable British company or so I thought) but after being attacked in a bus and eventually falling heavily on my chest and head on the inner engine cowling on the bus I was taken to a hospital for checks and admitted but of course BUPA refused to pay quoting "forensic tests", as if I was dead? I canceled the BUPA policy not long after and heard from others too of BUPA's refusal for whatever reason to pay out on claims! After canceling the BUPA policy I took out an insurance policy with AIA, also declaring all pre-existing conditions and medical history. Both the BUPA and AIA policies for myself were considerably more expensive than what we had paid for a policy for the whole family in the Netherlands, and then on top of that the costs for insurance for the rest of the family!

I'd developed an  inguinal hernia (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inguinal_hernia) in my right groin in September last year (2018) and after consulting the AIA agent as to whether treatment was covered and which hospitals had a contract with AIA, I went to Lad Phrao General Hospital in Bangkok for a consultation and eventual treatment in October. After examination by the surgeon I was admitted to hospital that same day and after extensive pre-surgery checks I was operated on that same day!
After a 2 bight stop I was to be release on the third day but imagine my horror on finding out that AIA would not pay for the treatment saying I had signed that they would not pay for hernia treatment - I had declared that I had had prior treatment more than 20 years ago for a hiatus hernia (a breach in the abdomen around the navel), a totally unrelated condition to an inguinal hernia. The hospital admin people could have helped here but all they cared about was getting their money whereas being the "experts", they could have persuaded AIA to "cough-up"! The bill was eventually paid with us having to borrow money!
After almost 3 months, a letter from myself and one from the surgeeon statting that a hiatus hernia had nothing to do with an inguinal hernia, AIA paid up yet with not so much as an apology from the company! Disgusting behaviour! In my opinion AIA use incompetent claims adjusters and maybe they are even acting fraudulently!

It would appear that a lot of medical insurance companies, both Thai and foreign play on Thai culture where few dare to complain for fear of conflict so this could perhaps be seen as deliberate fraud. It would appear they treat Thailand (and probably other countries in the region) as a milk cow/gravy train - totally unacceptable in my opinion!

From this in the Bangkok Post - https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1601170/price-controls-may-be-placed-on-soaring-medical-costs it would appear the government may take a look at treatment and bed charges in private hospitals! They should also take a look at medical insurance premiums and also the insurance company behavious too! Also bear in mind that treatment costs in Thailand are still considerably lower than in Europe for example!

A link to this article will be sent to Consumer Protection, relevant Ombudsman etc!

Monday, December 24, 2018

WARNING - BitCoinWallet.com a scam?

I have been using BitCoinWallet.com to store my BitCoins since April 2017 to hold BitCoins I have earned from several places. All appeared to be above board (being the trusting soul that I am and all the security BitCoinWallet claimed to have, I hadn't logged in for quite some time) until a couple of weeks ago when I attempted to sign in with:-

After entering username and password:-

But no email is received with the code to proceed! I've checked out everuything and I'm convinced no email is ever sent so is this:-
A technical problem with bitcoinwallet.com?
Has bitcoinwallet.com been hacked?
Is bitcoinwallet.com a scam?

Using https://bitcoinwhoswho.com/ on my Public address 1cXzsWU34hc4vhDUbT1eCTEc3KKVCkYit I see this:-

It can be seen that attempts have been mad to withdraw more than the balance! Not - I have NEVER withdrawn any amount from this wallet!
BTC 0.00392546 - is missing, stolen --- around $15... Not much one might think but imagine how many thousands of accounts there might be thus the total amount pludered could be massive!

A link to this blog has been sent to Interpol and the FBI...

More info about them on https://bitcoinwallet.com/about.php mentioning in particular Price Givens and Alex Charfen! I have tried contacting them on admin@bitcoinwallet.com but no surprise, no answer! Interestingly I was advised to use this wallet by site https://file.army and there is no response from these people either!

My conclusion here: either the site has been hacked and the system compromised OR the whole thing is a scam run by criminals!

This is what BitCoin Wallet say about themselves:-
BitcoinWallet.com was founded by Price Givens and Alex Charfen with the vision of making bitcoin easier to use. Mr. Charfen and Mr. Givens started their first business together managing customer funds in 1993 while attending California State University.

In the years since, Mr. Charfen and Mr. Givens have collectively acted as officers of public and private businesses with revenues exceeding $1 billion.