Blood donors take note
My wife and I were in Carrefour yesterday lunch time,
trying to avoid buying anything, and found the Thai Red Cross there with a
temporary blood-sucking clinic. Sorry, ‘donor’.
I was about to lie down until we came across a golden
rule: NO donors over the age of 60.
There is an English language form now, so here are some
of the major requirements they state:
1. You must be 17 to 60 years old and in good health.
2. You must not eat or drink anything during the hour
3. You must not drink alcohol within the 24 hours before
giving. And avoid smoking at least 1 hour before AND after giving.
The questionnaire/registration forms are available from
Red Cross HQ at 196 Rachapakinai Rd. This is very slightly north of the
cross roads with Rachawitee, just round the corner from the Irish Pub, or
wherever you see these mobile donor clinics in action. They can sometimes be
found at Big C on Hang Dong Rd.
You never know when it may be needed.
Maybe by you........!
Chiang Rai edition of
the newspaper a possibility?
I write just to say that I really enjoy reading both the
Pattaya and Chiang Mai editions, especially when I am working away and not
lucky enough to be physically in Thailand.
My lovely Thai wife and I have taken a step back (or
perhaps it’s forward) and moved our base from the hustle and bustle of Fun
City Pattaya to the tranquility and laid back life of Chiang Rai (don’t tell
everyone – we want to keep Chiang Rai Provence that way! ).
Don’t worry Pattaya & Jomtien, we will still visit Fun
City every year as it has so much to offer, so to the city fathers I say
“keep up the good work”, there are so many good initiatives going on and yes
the cleaner beaches and public areas are certainly appreciated.
In true Thai style, I have been far around the garden and
so I now get to the point – any plans for a Chiang Rai Mail edition or even
a Chiang Rai supplement in the Chiang Mai edition?
Many thanks for brightening our rather dull lives in
Norway while we are working away in order to save enough for our next
Insurance questions answered
Unfortunately you are correct in surmising your travel
insurance from the UK will be invalid – unless a rider specifically states
that one will be covered in these circumstances.
However help is at hand. Friends from the UK have
recently bought Travel Insurance from a brokerage in Thailand called AA
Insurance Brokers. They have offices throughout Thailand including Chiang
Mai but cover can be arranged over the internet. The web site is :
www.aainsure.net and the local phone numbers are 053 230127 and 086 181
In Chiang Mai
Bored expats need hobbies
I have found among my social circle of expats that many
who are retired or housewives are bored beyond belief & as a result can
become nitpicky & petty over the most minor things. People who, in their
home country, would have had full & active social lives now find that the
most interesting aspect of their day is complaining about the gardener’s
lack of watering ability or how a stamp didn’t stick down properly & this is
the fault of the Thai population at large.
I myself try to keep active & have several hobbies,
including jewelery making, amateur photography & online blogging so find
their focus on such minor & trivial issues to be a very unproductive use of
their time. It is also affecting my desire to socialize with them as such
pettiness & negativity can be tiring to someone of my advanced age.
How can I encourage my friends to let go of their petty
issues & embrace the more active social life that CM has to offer & do you
have any additional suggestions of social or hobby groups for me to suggest
Sick of bored whingers.
In our community calendar page you will find a daily
listing of all the clubs that meet weekly the Bridge Club, the Chess Club,
Karate and onto quiz nights, musical events, art exhibitions and more. Since
many of the clubs meet on a regular basis it is an easy enough thing to
schedule it into one’s calendar.
Best of luck,
In response to, Need Legal Advice
I am a beat up old American Falangatang Geezer hanging
out in Chiang Mai while I morph into a skeleton. Like many retirees, the
endless devaluation of the US$. Caused by artificially low interest rates
set by “Helicopter Ben and Out of Touch Allen” to make more “easy money” for
our untouchable upper crust criminal class, has left me a bit short of
funds. In order to avoid the boredom of too much time, not enough money and
being too well insured to just be allowed to croak. I have helped numerous
young ladies email their lonely hearted twenty something year old, soon to
married to Falangatangs boyfriends who had to return home. The girls have 3
or 4 different story lines that often work. My favorite girlfriend to
wrestle with, the ever so lovely Miss Horney Pie, usually has 3 or 4 guys in
the works and 1 or 2 sending money every month.
Please don’t wait until the buffalo dies, again or
grandma needs another operation to send more money, send it now and be
generous! She gets so excited when money starts pouring out ATM’s. She hops
on her motorcycle and races over to my place for some wrestling.
PS Anyone who still doesn’t understand the financial
meltdown should go to youtube.com. Watch the 2 minute slideshow “The $700
Billion Capital Injection” by Whaleshrimp Films. Type “Whaleshrimp The $700
Billion Capitol Injection” in the youtube.com search box for real financial