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the adventure I find myself in / das Abenteuer in dem ich mich finde

Month: August 2009

A bug in the system

There is a bug in my system…. I mean some bacteria thought my intestines were a nice place to move into and stay. But unfortunately those bugs are quite a nuisance. I am glad pixar hasn't made an animated movie about them yet, or they would be protected by animal advocates all over the world and I could have not taken the drastic measures needed to end my suffering. The suffering that is having someone steel all my food and therefore energy and in addition my un-welcomed visitors started a fight with my permanent tenants. This in turn gave me a high fever. In short I have been in bed for the last three days with diarrhea, fever and splitting headaches. After four days I definitely feel better. Yesterday I had go a shot of antibiotics and today I went for a short walk. I still feel pretty weak though. No trip to the villages this week.

Thai Drivers Lisence

If you are in Thailand for a longer time it is worth to get a Thai drivers license. I know that many expats drive their cars with their their regular license and get away with it. If you get stopped you bribe the police man. Another group drives their international license. But Usually those are not valid longer then a year. But why going through the trouble of getting a Thai drivers license? There are several reasons. 

First it is the law (even in Thailand) to have a valid drivers lisence. An international lisence is okay, but it has to be valid. 

Second. If you ever get in a bad accident, you want to have a valid drivers license. (This is especially with motorbikes). You will have enough problems without an invalid license.

Third. You can use the drivers license as a ID card for banking business, at national parks or any kind of place in Thailand and get treated more respectfully and not just as a tourist. Therefore get the Thai price at the parks and zoo’s. Be aware that you can’t use the drivers license to board a plane!

I found the Car registration office in Chiang Mai quite efficient. You still have to take about a day off to do this. Because you need to get an amount of papers and copies first. Then at the place you need to apply, do a reaction test, a color test and watch a forty minute video about Thai traffic laws (I must say I learned alot from the video and was surprised that there are laws in Thailand for traffic).

Here I wrote out the note I got from the office. This is for the renewal of the license

1. Non-Immigrant visa and Passport copy (bring the original Passport as well)

2. Certificate of Residency from the Embassy or consulate, or from the Immigration office, or Workpermit, or Residence book(the yellow book) copy and original.

3. Medical certificate

4. Your old Thai drivers lisence

5. Pay the fee of 505 Baht for car, 255 Baht for motorbike

If you have to do a license for car and motorbike you need to make 2 copies of the documents

You also need to come in 9.00 A.M. or 1P.M. to watch the video and do the testing. Of course everyone who lives in Thailand knows that those things and regulations change about every year a little and you need to inform yourself about what you need. For example the last time they didn’t want a medical certificate. 

Finally. Take something to read along or a friend to talk etc. Even though I think they were very efficient, you still have to wait because there are so many people. 

Our kids start school again

After a long summer break school starts for my kids again tomorrow. I realized today that my daughter starts 9th. grade. What happened to my little baby? It was not that long ago when she started first grade. My boys start 8th. and 3th. grade. Tomorrow we all we go for the school start to welcome the new teachers.

So the long holidays are over. I started work already and I am busy with the building project in Hui Kau Laam as well as office work. This week I will also start again with my Thai language program. To be honest I am not to motivated right now, but I really want to finish at least this module. 

Schulanfang in der Schweiz

Ich habe durch facebook vernommen, das viele in der Schweiz den ersten Schultag haben. Darum möchte ich allen einen guten Start wünschen.

Meine Kinder haben noch eine Woche Ferien. Ich bin Heute mal wieder im Büro um ein paar Dinge zu erledigen. Am Mittwoch geht es wieder ab in die Berge für ein paar Tage.

Posting from facebook

I have come a long way when it comes to internet, computer and gadgets. When I was growing up hightech was handling a tape recorder and record songs from the radio. Thinking about all the things I have to constantly learn about. Making a phone call is not just turning a weel anymore. It is a little hightech wonder in my hands that uses voice command, I would use if I could get myself to read the darn instructions in japaneese (:-)

Face book is another one of those conection wonders. Sometimes I spend way to much time on face book, while my blog dies of lack of attention. So the newest thing I try out is updating my blog from facebook. (This is my first post to try it out). On facebook application you can find BLOGIT. This little thing should do the trick. Signing up is rather easy and I think you can use other blog providers then Typepad, wich I use.
You can also automaticly update facebook with your blog post per minifeed. Cool eh? The only downside I see is that you cannot upload pictures or gifs. As far as I can see. The spell check is also missing (bad for me :-(.

Enough rambling on…… try it out.

Flower power

This is a “Gänseblümchen” Bellis Perrenis in Latin, or kind of daisies in English. I found them only in one place in Thailand.
High up in the mountains at Doi Angkharn in the North of Thailand. This photo though was taken last year in Switzerland in the alps. I know strangly this is one of my favorate flowers. Perhaps because it grows on any field in Switzerland.
When I found one in Thailand my heart took a leap 🙂

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Here the one from Doi Angkharn, Northern Thailand.

After a long break

I am back on my blog after a long break. I blame facebook for it 🙂 Because I spend way to much time on it. I was also on holidays with my family and before that my brother was visiting with his family. And then of course I was also working and on the road and in the mountains quite so often.

So I will try to get back into writing again.

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