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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Will the driver face criminal charges/court etc (as in Aus), in addition to any compensation which might be paid ?

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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    I have asked my wife today about that John, and she tells me that he has not been questioned by the police yet. The meeting is now planned for the first of April, and if they don't reach an agreement, then he will be reported. He is still only offering 100 000 baht, in 10 000/ month instalments. This idea seems doomed to fail.
    There is no insurance, as she says that this is some type of home built farm vehicle.
    I sometimes get frustrated trying to come to terms with Thai logic, and have to end the conversation, and change the subject. This is one of those times.


    Thirawat has finally removed his digit, and installed the eaves, ridge capping, and flashing on his house. Things are moving very slowly, because he only comes home from the army base every six weeks or so, for one week.
    We have another row of three columns to install at the rear for the bathroom and kitchen. I forget now how much left in the budget. I set it at 150 000 baht, and there is seventy or eighty thousand left. Bugger. Make it eighty.

    His cousin stayed there for a couple of weeks, and wrecked the bedroom door. This was more than 1000 baht, and I am in no hurry to replace it. They need to think about it a bit more. That is the same cousin that burnt down their family sala.

    I had to get in three truckloads of fill to level this area, at 700 baht each. Expensive. I left instructions where to tip them, and as always, they were put in the wrong place. I had to pay 500 baht for two people to move and spread it.


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    Most of the family got involved in a frog hunt one night. I was surprised, because it hadn't rained. Usually after rain, the frogs croak to attract a mate, so are easy to find. I didn't go with them, as I was sunstruck building the shed, and was snoring soon after they left.
    They caught 80 or so of these little fellas. The only prep was to clean, and remove the stomachs. The finished product looked very tasty, and Mrs Emu took it to share with family. Unfortunately, I was too busy, and not able to join in the feast......


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    Since princess left home, she has become very humble. She is still strong, but not too proud now. I came across her with Pooklook and her boyfriend heading to our house. I just had to turn around and get a photo.

    Pooklook at 18 months can travel standing on the bike. When I take her, I have my big hand around her belly to support her. So little, so strong.


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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Lately, my travel arrangements from Brisbane see me arriving in Bangkok at 6am. So rather than waste a day sitting in a bus, I fly to Ubon Ratchithani and hire a Toyota Vigo for the first four days. It cost only 1000 baht per day, and gives us the opportunity to go to the Tesco Lotus in Khukhan to stock up on household supplies. Also last trip, to ferry supplies for the sisters bathroom.

    I put the bike on top to return the vehicle, and ride the 150km home. I really enjoy this alone time. With Mrs Emu on the bike as well, my seating position gets uncomfortable fairly quickly. This last time, I found this lovely little restaurant overlooking the rice paddies near Khunhan. A lucky find. I enjoyed a beautiful Pad Kaprow Moo, with clear soup and iced water, for 40 baht. Fantastic. Another reason why I love this place.


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    I read an article a couple of weeks ago, which put the question, "why is Thailand the land of smiles?"
    The explanation was that even as small children, the Thais are showered with love and attention from a very extended family. And after I read that, I realised that this is so true. Pooklook is rarely bored, because she is always interacting with someone. The village kids are happy mingling with friends.


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    The rubber trees are moulting in our area, so they will not be cut for six or more weeks. The cutters need to find other work, and the farmers have no income. When the cutting resumes, I will be ready to invest in production. I will not purchase farms, but there are other ways to make money from rubber.


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    I suspect that Mrs Emu may be a touch immature. Her choice of bottle is a giveaway. But....... Pooklook is away playing, but not far.


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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Wonderful idyllic times, Emu. So...when are you finally quitting the rat race and buying the Isuzu pickup and a big straw hat and becoming 100% Isaan ?

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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    At the end of January, I was returning the hire car to Ubon. I rent from a small company, UbonCarRent. The owner, Tanawat is a lovely guy. He does drive tours as well. He has a facebook page.
    Anyhow, as I was approaching Ubon city, I called to arrange a drop off point, and he asked if I could come to Wat Nong Bua. I put the name into my phone maps app, and found it on the edge of the ring road. It turned out that his wife has a shop nearby, and he spends a bit of time there. I had to wait for him, and took the time to explore the Wat. Wow. This place is amazing. I tried to select photos for this post, and none do it justice.
    When I had to fly back to work, I took Mrs Emu here as well. She loved it. So please google search for some better reviews. Unfortunately, the post does not agree with the uploaded photos, sorry.


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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    Wonderful idyllic times, Emu. So...when are you finally quitting the rat race and buying the Isuzu pickup and a big straw hat and becoming 100% Isaan ?
    Not long now Don. Three months maybe. I will just stop work for six months as a trial, and see how we do. While I have this perfect home/ work relationship, it suits me very well. But our company contracts are up in the air at the moment. I would rather be home full time. Que sera sera.
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Good luck, Emu. Hope it all works out for the best for you.

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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Wat Nong Bua...absolutely glorious...
    Retirement also glorious...

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    Songkran. Ten years I have been coming to Thailand, and this was my first Songkran. Work commitments have always denied me, and I was looking forward to experiencing the village sanook, but Mrs Emu trumped me, wanting to go elsewhere. I booked four days in Hua Hin. I cannot begrudge her wanting a change, as I jetset about all over the place, and she is mostly stuck at home. This time, we stayed close to the city centre, ten minutes walk to city beaches, five minutes to night markets, and restaurants everywhere. Although, being a holiday time, most transport was booked out, so I hired a car from Bangkok and drove down. A hell drive, at one point, not more than 30 kph for over an hour. A 5hr trip. Normally 2.5.

    The highlight was the visit to this big Buddha. It has been covered in many posts, but this is a special holiday, and so many people came. Mrs Emu gets involved in every aspect. I get my reward from her glow. More than enough.


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    Soe's death raised immediate expenses. So to cover expenses, I suggested that she sell her gold necklace. I maybe a heartless bugger, but I figured that it would make her appreciate the sacrifice, and it did. The sale realised 37 000 baht for the 2 bahts of gold. In Hua Hin, I replaced it, and she didn't expect it. I think she was only hoping for 1 baht, because I always cry broke. 43 000 baht for the new one. So for a $1600 necklace, the changeover was $230. A far cry from the alloyed gold popular in the west.
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    My wifes' son who is in the army in Lopburi asked her to come to see him, and I welcomed the opportunity to visit Ayutthaya. The poor guy has been in hospital for a week with some flu or something. We only visited him for 2 hours. He is a very fit and strong young man, but they are the red beret, an elite force, and he is still finding it hard. My wife tells me that they make them exercise sometimes 12 hours or more straight, and he has had enough. Bad luck. Still a year to go.


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    Sometimes I wonder about the authenticity of these ruins, and the reconstruction. Some of these floor bricks have recent date stamps.
    What I found amazing and refreshing, is that these historic sites are open to the public, beside roads, and in parks. Very good. Cheers.
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