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Old 04-04-2013, 02:54 AM   #24346
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I thought retirement meant rest!
I'm ready to go back to work just so I CAN get some rest!

But it's now official.... YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!



That 'category O-A' means it's a Retirement Visa. I'm not even permitted to work! Of course I'll continue to shoot and write for the mags, but no 'official work' in Thailand.

We're celebrating with big mugs of East India Company's "Assam" tea and cheesecake!


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Old 04-04-2013, 03:05 AM   #24347
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I'm ready to go back to work just so I CAN get some rest!

But it's now official.... YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!



That 'category O-A' means it's a Retirement Visa. I'm not even permitted to work! Of course I'll continue to shoot and write for the mags, but no 'official work' in Thailand.

We're celebrating with big mugs of East India Company's "Assam" tea and cheesecake!


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Great news!
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:37 AM   #24348
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At last! A tale of perseverance, Stitchawl, that must have been really trying at times. At least you had the V&R thread to let off some steam . So have you set an exact date for your move?

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Old 04-04-2013, 03:40 AM   #24349
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Glad you're on your way! I hope you get as many stories from the actual trip as you have from the pre-trip bureaucracy!

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Old 04-04-2013, 05:00 AM   #24350
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At last! A tale of perseverance, Stitchawl, that must have been really trying at times. At least you had the V&R thread to let off some steam . So have you set an exact date for your move?
I put a 5hz pure tone meditation tape on 'continuous loop' and have kept that in my ears for days just to keep from blowing up. Today I switched to a tape of Nepalese monks chanting 'Om Mani Pedme Hum' on continuous loop for my ride into Osaka and wait at the Consulate. I think they could have asked me if I'd like my arm cut off and I would have just smiled at that point. But they didn't. They just smiled and handed me our passports.

On of the requirements for this category of visa is that you must have confirmed flight tickets. Those were actually one of the difficult parts to this, as it's normal for Japanese travel agents to buy up all available seats, and only release them about three weeks before the flight. Usually the best you can do is get 'on the list' for the seats as they become available. We did an end run around the Japanese ticket agents and bought our flights from an International seller just so we could get 'confirmed' tickets. We fly out June 6th.

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Glad you're on your way! I hope you get as many stories from the actual trip as you have from the pre-trip bureaucracy!
We should. This 'trip' will last the rest of our lives. It's not a trip, it's a 'move' back to northern Thailand for retirement. It will be nice to get out of this 'cement jungle' and back into a real one!


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Old 04-04-2013, 06:04 AM   #24351
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It will be nice to get out of this 'cement jungle' and back into a real one!
A real change of environment/lifestyle! What is the internet access like in the "real jungle"?

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Old 04-04-2013, 06:23 AM   #24352
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Congratulations, Stitchawl. A triumph of perseverance.

Coke Zero #2 very shortly.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:51 AM   #24353
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A real change of environment/lifestyle! What is the internet access like in the "real jungle"?
When I first started visiting Thailand back in the early '90's, there were internet cafes going up everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE! The local kids were/are too poor to own their own computers, go internet game centers can be found on just about every block in every village. Plus, there are so many backpack tourists all over SE Asia who all need to check their mail, so it became a good business. But back then, connection was VERRRRRRY slow. Often, we'd give up trying to download an e-mail because it was talking 20 minutes to do so.

These days, there are still internet cafes everywhere because of the tourists and the gamers, to to point now, in many cities, children under the age of 16 are not permitted into the game centers before 3pm, and the internet speeds have increased. These days in the area we'll be living in, on a good day we'll be able to get 7-15MBS download speeds. Here in Japan I get 50-70MBS. It's a trade off...
But there is free Wi-fi everywhere now, and there are even a couple of Starbucks in the town we'll be going to. All the guest houses have it, most of the outdoor restaurants offer it, etc., etc. Except for download speed, Thailand is more computer savy than Japan.

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Congratulations, Stitchawl. A triumph of perseverance.
Thank you. I make of habit of perseverance. If something refuses to budge, I won't waste my time on it. But if there is even a slim chance, I don't give up.

Time now to sit back with an afterdinner cup of unbranded Keemun tea!


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Old 04-04-2013, 07:59 AM   #24354
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W00T! Congrats Stichy!
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:13 AM   #24355
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I'm ready to go back to work just so I CAN get some rest!

But it's now official.... YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!



That 'category O-A' means it's a Retirement Visa. I'm not even permitted to work! Of course I'll continue to shoot and write for the mags, but no 'official work' in Thailand.

We're celebrating with big mugs of East India Company's "Assam" tea and cheesecake!


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Congratulations!!! Your perseverance finally paid off.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:55 AM   #24356
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Congrats Stitchawl! And good luck with the move

In my cup: diet coke.

(Still no news. Big boss is back since yesterday but hasn't even bothered to talk to my boss. We think she's waiting until our HR manager is back at the office. It's putting everyone on edge.)
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Just finished Coke Zero #3.

It's just occurred to me that the security interview next Wednesday means that I'm going to have to clear up my basement office! (Since the interview is at my house.)

I'm going to have a busy few days!
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:53 PM   #24358
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Excellent news, Stitchawl. Congratulations on your perseverance. And on getting out of that concrete jungle -- I perfectly understand that desire!

In my cup -- Fresh squeezed OJ. And a mug of Organic 2nd flush Darjeeling. All to go with my breakfast burrito made with my chorizo and my eggs.
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Congratulations Stitchawl! I was surprised that last part happened so quickly. I hope the renewal process at every 90 days is much easier than this first part.

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Just finished Coke Zero #3.

It's just occurred to me that the security interview next Wednesday means that I'm going to have to clear up my basement office! (Since the interview is at my house.)

I'm going to have a busy few days!
Good idea about cleaning up your office for the interview. You never know, they may have a psychologist there to check out your environment.

Good luck with the interview.
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Another early morning start... Off to the Kyoto mountainside to catch the Cherry Blossoms around the temples. Might be my last chance to do so. I've a big thermos of unbranded Keemun tea to bring along, so even if the photography doesn't work, I'm sure the tea will!


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No problem. I'll hire a Visa service to do that for me in Thailand. $25 for the whole works. Worth it at twice the price, especially as all the paperwork needs to be in Thai! Here in Japan it would have cost me about $2,000-$3000 to do what I did myself.


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