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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.

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

    Finally, I have retired from the workforce. My last day was 20hrs straight, arriving at my room at 1am. My boss calling at 7am to go to another job. Just no.
    But, he bought my car, so that worked out ok.

    There has been a lot of rain around in our area lately. When the waterways are running, the people reap the bounty of the fish moving. This is one mornings catch. The women immediately take on the task of cleaning them. Some of the neighbours come to buy a few as well. Mrs Emu brings home the heads to ferment for Pla Rah. She already has a large container of this stuff rotting away in the outdoor kitchen. Just walking past outside, it smells like a rotting carcass. I think if you would die in your home here, passers by would just think that you have a brew going, and meanwhile, you are decomposing.


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    We have bought a car here. I have had a bit of running around to put the thing in my name, but it's nearly over. We still have to go back to the transport office in Sisaket next week to collect the new plates, and finalise the transfer. The plates are Bangkok at the moment. Arrived home in the afternoon, and the crew swung into action for the car blessing ceremony. Strings tied all over the car and us. Talc and water all over the car, inside and out.

    We have also started construction of the car shelter. It will be in the same style as the house, and will be awesome I think.


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    I have weeded out the front garden beds. After all the rain it was quite easy, and I have now mulched it with coconut husk. These plants will produce yellow flowers in a few weeks, and should look very nice.

    Pooklooks first operation. They have separated one of three fingers that were joined. This involved harvesting skin from her wrist as well, to graft onto one finger. There appears to be too much necrotic skin to me, and a poor grafting.

    To take this little person to have it cleaned and dressed everyday is torturous. She bravely marches in to the clinic, and doesn't cry until they remove the bandages. I would rather not be there, and Princess and Mrs Emu feel the same, but Pooklook needs love at this time.


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    There will be a flurry of activity these next couple of months. The carport and driveways, and the retaining wall and top wall at the rear of the house. Oh, I will be off to Bangkok soon to buy a new motorbike.
    Hopefully, we will settle into a low budget, and maybe I will go back to Australia to work three months each year. We will see.
    Cheers, Emu.
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Congratulations on your retirement, emu!!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by emu View Post
    Finally, I have retired from the workforce.
    Had you planned it this way? Or was there something that made you retire prematurely?

    Mrs Emu brings home the heads to ferment for Pla Rah. She already has a large container of this stuff rotting away in the outdoor kitchen. Just walking past outside, it smells like a rotting carcass. I think if you would die in your home here, passers by would just think that you have a brew going, and meanwhile, you are decomposing.
    Hahaha! The scent can make you faint! But I have tasted pla ra and once it is well-cooked, the taste is not as bad as its smell.

    We have also started construction of the car shelter. It will be in the same style as the house, and will be awesome I think.
    Wow, another construction project! Won't it be just a simple shed?

    Pooklooks first operation. They have separated one of three fingers that were joined. This involved harvesting skin from her wrist as well, to graft onto one finger. There appears to be too much necrotic skin to me, and a poor grafting.To take this little person to have it cleaned and dressed everyday is torturous. She bravely marches in to the clinic, and doesn't cry until they remove the bandages. I would rather not be there, and Princess and Mrs Emu feel the same, but Pooklook needs love at this time
    .
    I can imagine the pain she goes through. Yes, she needs a lot of love at this time. I don't know what makes her happy most--dolls? Toys? Certain foods? Being carried and hugged? My heart breaks just thinking of the series of surgeries she needs to go through. And this is only the first one.Maybe we can find comfort, though, in the thought that all this will help her become normal.

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

    hmm. So, to the nitty gritty...I was diagnosed 18 yrs ago with a terminal disease, and never expected to be where I am today. Only family and very close friends know about this. I had never planned on reaching this age, and my long term goal was living long enough to draw on my insurance on a hardship claim to enjoy a few months of life.

    however...I have met my wife now of just shy of ten years. We are a perfect fit. So my goal changed to provide for her and my daughter from previous marriage, and this is why our home is as it is today. Due to medical advances, and the Australian government support, after two years of treatment I am clear and cured and so pleased.

    So, we have everything set up. I have sufficient funds to not work 5 to 10 years. But we will invest, and are in negotiation for a property for long term investment and others. This one alone would secure our future at a measly 650 000 baht. Rubber farm not planted yet.

    I have now so much time to do whatever. Adjusting to cruiser mode.
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Hope you are still keeping that weight off!

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

    This morning I have been re-reading old posts in the Emu thread, and reading new posts. I have found heartbreak and pain along with laughter. Hope you enjoy your retirement, Emu.

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