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  1. #711
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    G'day Emu,
    what do you think of Ayutthaya overall?
    My 10 year plan is to move there and retire. It's outside the hustle and bustle of Bangkok but within easy reach when I want a dose of the big city.

  2. #712
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Hi JingJoh. I found it very nice. Plenty of open spaces and parks, and nice wide streets. We only stayed one night and half the next day. We found a quaint little restaurant with western nostalgia hung on the walls. The food was great, so went there again for breakfast.

    And yes, the location is very good. Many cities close to hand. This is the only place that I have seen Tuk Tuks like this.


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    I was in Darwin for eight months to last May. Fiights were very cheap, at $400 to $450 return through Singapore, with Jetstar then Thai Lion Air. Lucky you.
    Cheers mate.
    If it's not true, don't say it. If it's not yours, don't take it. If it's not right, don't do it.

  3. #713
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Back to Phu Sing, Sisaket.

    The rubber trees have been rested now for 6 or 8 weeks. It's time to start cutting and harvesting again, but Soe is dead. We have 10 Rai, which is 5 acres, half in my wifes name, and half in her sisters name. They bought the farms through a government loan, and I paid the last 50 000 baht of it. However, the farm does not earn a lot, so we let the sister and husband Soe to operate it, and collect the proceeds. Now, it is worth over a million. It actually returns 6000 baht a week at 30 baht per kg. If you had to pay a cutter, 40% would be gone.

    A ceremony was held at the farm, at Soes shack. The harvesting job has now fallen to his eldest daughter Saman, as it's not worthwhile to pay someone. This is her in the pink. On the day of the first cut, 7 or 8 people came to help, and it was done in an hour. Normally, this is done at night in the cool, when the latex flows best.


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    A few of Soes techniques for double cuts. Interesting.


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    Lastly, yours truly had a go too. The cutting itself is physically easy, but the knowledge for the welfare of the trees, and all the little nuances would take quite a while to learn.


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    A footnote. The compensation negotiations have stalled, with the offender saying that he "knows" people. The vehicle has been confiscated by Phu Sing police, and coincidently, they don't want to take it further. The family are waiting for a letter of referral to the province capital, Sisaket.
    If it's not true, don't say it. If it's not yours, don't take it. If it's not right, don't do it.

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  5. #714
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    As is the tradition, one wall is removed from the shack. The same was done with our first house when Mrs Emus father died, and it was replaced with a new wall, and removed again a year later when her mother passed away. The farmers around about are scared of a visit from his ghost.


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    This is a lego block factory near Phu Sing. I don't know how much detail can be seen, but they are the same as the plastic blocks.


    The black rice. This was my first encounter with this delicacy. Wow. Amazing smooth flavour. If anyone has the opportunity to try this, get on it. We have a few kilo, but don't eat it often, saved as a treat.


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    On another note, the steel sling for the submersible bore pump has rotted away. It has turned soft, and stretched. When I tried to lift the pump a bit, it snapped. Luckily, I had done a good job of glueing the pvc pipes, and was able to recover the pump, despite it getting stuck a couple of times. I have replaced the sling with rope, recommended by the local hardware store. 120 baht per kilo. When I am back, I will replace it with stainless steel wire rope, and a boat winch.


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    Cheers.
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