Is there a point to this? Sure. Stop and smell the roses. Enjoy the journey. Or in my case, stop and smell the coffee. Perhaps I am preaching to myself but enjoying the less monumental moments is an important aspect of life, no matter where you are in the world. Nothing overly deep about this but sometimes it takes a friend to remind of this.
I always say that there are positives and negatives in living in Thailand. At times I focus on the positive, at times I focus on the negatives. Focusing on the life's small moments of enjoyment helps remembering the positives. We all need these moments. I know I do.
details are none of their business. If for whatever reason they are, I expect to know why and under whose authority. Also, although I informed the bank on at least two occasions that my address had changed and signed a form requesting the change be made, the address they had on file was the same address used when I opened the account nineteen years ago. Thus, when the Landmark Branch of TMB was closed, I was never informed. Some banks, like Bangkok Bank, will send an email. Apparently TMB does not.
What right does a bank have to know how much you earn per month or per year?
What information does a bank need to have and what is acceptable?
As foreigners, especially Americans, are we stuck? What's next?
At the very least, a customer of a bank should be given answers to why a policy is what it is. Bank employees should know why a document is required or they should be able to refer you to someone who can give you answers. Be prepared for some changes and headaches.
***Note - TMB is raising it's online transfer maximum from 50,000 to 500,000 per day.
As many of you know, I've added a membership section. More and more info is going to go to members and less will be on YouTube. In the past, I uploaded approximately 30 videos per month. Now I'm only going to upload 10-15 per month. When I go on trips, members will be able to watch full length travel videos, non-members will get the two or three minute version ala Rick Steves.
Two weeks ago I started a project in which I photograph and film the Klongtoey slums. On my second journey, I met Ber, a forty-year-old woman and former yaba (speed) addict now living with her brother and his family. There will be a video of my conversation with her brother going up shortly. In the coming weeks, I'll photograph and film more of Ber and her life. Her story is fascinating and for a multitude of reasons, I believe many stories from inside Klongtoey need to be told.
In the next 6-8 weeks or so, I plan on going to Bali to take photographs and for a little R & R.