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

    A Royal Enfield! Had a couple of the British made ones, a Crusader Sports and a Bullet. Good bikes. Believe the Indian ones are OK as well.
    At least the job is only 2 weeks-and will help pay for the bike!

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

    The bike is plush Don. So smooth. They didn't order the pillion seat as they say, because they ask me two days ago what colour. I so want my wife to share.
    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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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    From what I remember, it is essential to service them when due, they don't like being neglected, otherwise they are good old workhorses. Was notaware they were available in Thailand-but it makes sense they are being relatively easy to keep running with minimum tools as they are.

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

    We went for a drive to Surin after a lot of frustrating furniture shopping around Sisaket. Even in the large home and hardware stores, we could not find a suitable sofa, until on the way home, we found Index Living Mall. Excellent shop. All of the lower priced sofas we looked at, were like slabs of concrete, and even so here, but mid range were not too shabby. They also have high end furniture, leather and such, but that is too rich for my humble self. The brothers already tease me for paying two hundred baht for a dog. They call the dog "song roi baht".

    One L shaped setting was 10 000 baht, and I fell in like with it as soon as I sat in it. I slipped out to the car and bought Mrs Emu and Pooklook to test, and sealed the deal. Delivered next day. Surprise, surprise when they arrived, because I had bought two, and not told her. Haha. Now there is plenty of seating. Previously there was a thin mattress on the floor they all sat on. It stank of all sorts off spilled drinks and baby fluids.

    She has been at me for some time to buy a sofa. I say, I got you a kitchen, and yet you cook outside. I got a table, and you all sit on the floor to eat. Why would I buy a sofa.


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    As you can imagine, driving around Thailand often, you see a lot of cringe worthy stuff. This school bus is just too ridiculous.


    I wasn't so aware of what all of the "Buddha" days were. I know when there is one though, because my good wife hunts me off to the shop next door to buy soft drinks for the shrine. On the more auspicious days, I have to travel one or two villages away to buy flowers.
    This particular one, was Wan Phra. Called Buddha Day. Apparently, the monks should stay at the Wat, and the people go there to make offerings, but our local monks were wandering about. These particular days are connected to the lunar cycle, and are every week or so. They are marked on the calendars with a Buddha image.


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    There have been several snake sightings recently. One next door at the shop is reported to be at thick as a wrist. Mrs Emu was calling me from near the shed last week, to come get a snake. It was gone when I got there. A couple of hours later, I found it hanging with a mouthful of toad. It seemed to be overly ambitious. It is a Flying Tree Snake. They are a little poisonous, but not too dangerous.


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    The carport/ driveway project is complete now. Only a repaint of the inside of the wall still needs to be done. Finally, a mud free entry/ exit. After the wall is finished at the rear, the driveway will carry through to the other gate. I don't want to put concrete there until after the trucks come to backfill the retaining wall.

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

    Hi guys.
    Returned after two weeks of torture back in the workforce. I had expected to be relaxing a lot being retired, but life has been pretty hectic, and still is.

    We still have to wait for the crew to finish the wall at the rear. Probably another two weeks, as they still are working on a previous job.

    I have bought some more stuff for the house. A dining table set, and a coffee table, and two aircons for the two small rooms. I have an electrical crew sort of lined up to upgrade the house electrics, and install 4 air conditioners. I finally concede, and will buy two to cool the living/ dining area. It is just too hot in mid summer. They also will not start for a couple of weeks...Thai time.


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    I have also undertaken an upgrade of the communal bathroom. It's not as easy as I thought it might be, particularly because the door has no overlap on the front, and needs to be a flush fit with the tiles. Steady, steady, and hopefully it will turn out ok.


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    We have taken Pooklook to Sisaket hospital for an update and check up. The surgery has healed ok, but the tip of the freed finger is bent. The next surgery is scheduled for the 25th of October. Well, into hospital then anyway, for surgery to separate those other two, and hopefully correct that wayward digit.
    Unfortunately, Mrs Emu and I go to Bangkok on the 25th, to attend the Kings cremation. Princess will have to take care of things with other family.


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    Mikeheart came to visit us for a couple of days, and as I was rushing to meet him at the highway, I saw this party going on in one of the villages. I don't know the reason for it, but I like to see people having fun. Just time for a quick snap, and hit the road again.

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

    The house is looking great! Looks like that party was some sort of promotion for goods or services-but could and probably am wrong.

    PS-its good to keep busy during "retirement" it gets very boring otherwise! (Don't worry-you will get some time to relax-and then quickly will be looking around for things to do!)

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

    as we speak emu 7-22 august. We paid respect to the King on thurs last. So many people but was so glad I could say prayers for a man so entitled. Made me feel a little better inspite of the heat and the crowd (don't think i have ever seen so many in one location and this was 11am (4 hours all up) last thurs. In japan (12-16 Aug) side trip at the moment.

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

    Great stuff John. The atmosphere is awesome at Sanam Luang. I fear that there will be so many people at the cremation, that we may not even get in. Wish you all the best mate.
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    They seemed quite particular re certain things e.g. i had my long sleeve black shirt turned up one turn at the wrists...not allowed. Will fill in some more when back in bkk, John

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

    Emu, back in bkk but having trouble posting !!
    -we found parking in a nearby street (drove from udom suk) abt 10am.
    -walked to checkin (passport/idcard)
    -walked to covered seating (8 abreast x 1/4 Klm long)
    Bottled water supplied.
    -1/2 to 1 hr moved to front of seating.
    -started the walk (shoes off, umbrella supplied).
    Walked along various passages/pathways in temple/grounds to stairs.
    -ascended stairs into prayer room (not sure of correct name).

    About 100 (didn't count) at a time allowed to pray and reflect on this great King who had so much love for his country and people.

    I was so glad I was able to travel from Aus. to offer a prayer.
    Hope this rundown helps a little.
    Regards, John

    So many people...shoe carry bag supplied

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