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    Quote Originally Posted by MUSTY
    Sabang, their is so much concrete/formwork over this garage, looks like you could build on top of it. Like the upstairs retreat?
    It's a thought- put a nice study and elevated verandah there, but I'd need to know more about the foundations- if they are the rafting type, the uneven weight distribution might cause ploblems.

    I'm tending towards building a seperate carport, with a storeroom, bogs and showers (the locals are uncomfortable with using our nice indoor facilities), possibly even a study for myself that can double as a spare B/R, and plenty of room for lounging around- which the locals do well.

    I'll be speaking to the builders in the New year, and see what it all might cost. I'd like a fish pond, sala and to get the front lawn done too- but I'm not about to throw silly money at it.
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    Front entrance to the house, the silver sheets in front are the insulation.

    Kitchen corner, love the welder -hugh coil inside that sucker. No island bench Sabang. Balancing up after adding the third bedroom.

    Time to rock with the Gyprock.

    One of the small rooms, built ins on all bedrooms

    The masters of render, main bedroom.

    Rear of the house. On your right the outside platform for the Thai kitchen

    The main bedroom and wet areas as well as 3rd bedroom in the right hand pocket.

    Front of house, starting to take shape. Back tomorrow for some more pics.

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    Thanks for that Sabang. Nothing worse than a heap of red crosses in a white
    box. They were all there at some stage. I'll try a few and then test again.

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    "Sabang 2" looking like a winner Musty! Can't wait to see the next round of pics.

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    Enjoying your project, Deck Ape. Many thanks.

    Just a few finishing photos....
















    Thanks again Sabang and cheers.

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    Sorry, wouldn't be complete without the bird cage...





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    Looks like this will be very reasonably priced home. Great job!

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    Life has a way of shooting you in the foot, and that it did.



    My homecoming.



    Do not get Gout.

    This is the biggest insect I've ever seen, but I question it's credentials-









    It was over a foot long, but with only four legs it is not officially an Insect (6 legs). Anyway, helluva stickmonsta- i've seen no, errrmm, insect that big.
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    It's all fine. The builders came back and repared another leak in the Thai kitchen, I subsequently found out. As did my wife, on this visit. Thats Thai Communication! Dale Carnegie, eat your heart out.








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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    Do not get Gout.
    what do the leaves do and what are they from?

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    cute munchkin!

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    It's getting towards homish, although I must say it's not the least bit Isaan.



    ^ Still stuff in boxes, but that is going to be my puter launch pad over there, if I can get anything to work here in the jungle.



    Yeh, that. It encroaches.



    They're happy, actually they love it up here. Most species would, but humans are more complicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jizzybloke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    Do not get Gout.
    what do the leaves do and what are they from?
    Wifes in bed so I can't give you much info right now. (she's also in a bad mood with me so I can't really wake her up).

    They basically toasted those leaves on a hot pan, and it felt like some sort of camphor type infusion, you could indeed feel it. It was good.

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    I suffer with gout on occaision and take DICLOFENAC SODIUM 50mg when i feel the tell tale tingle, good stuff if you can get it.

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    By the time we left, I reckon most of the crap was sorted.



    There is nothing wrong with sleeping on a mattress on the floor, but my obsession ultimately paid off. You can't believe how long it took to get a bed base with drawers (we need the bladdy storage space!). Anyway, we got them sorted and delivered about ten days ago, so after we left, and I think it's healthy for the locals to think you're slightly crazy as a farang.



    It does seem a bit strange to me that a simple bed base with drawers is so hard to come by here-they are dead easy to come by in the West (and we do normally enjoy much more space than them). Crazy farang got his way in the end- they delivered some stuff from an Index warehouse down south, the salespeople seemed hurt that I would make them truck it up from wherever it came from.

    Anyway, goodbye home, next we'll head off towards the village.

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    It's a real credit to you sabang, nice informative and well produced thread as well.

    Good luck with all you undertake.


    Green on the way.

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    I am unable to Green you at present.

    It will come though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathos
    I am unable to Green you at present.
    Nor me, great little place you have there. Well done

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    All the best Musty- don't expect the universe, but our place hasn't crumbled yet, nowhere near. Come to think of it, they even fixed a couple of leaks.



    Nice place, but it's pretty Naff to say that about sab2.

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    Thanks Sabang.
    I used to live in the leaning tower of pizza, so this will seem like a palace to us.

    Hope your gout departs quickly. Had a little read about it on the net. Starts
    with the big toe and it appears that you are in for a 7 day hall of misery. Wouldn't wish it on anyone. You could start a mystery thread about feet and
    try to paste a pirate face to it. Please don't come back as a pirate, if you get my
    drift...
    Peg legs are definately not the in thing. Hold on, I have a face for a pirate I could show you.



    Doesn't look like you, but soooooo loveable. Hope you appreciate the joke.
    Get well.

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    Bloody brilliant thread.

    I wish i was able to live out there but i just need a tad more stimuli.

    I envy you guys that love it out there. Good luck to all.

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    Thanks for the feedback & Gout sympathy all- I'm back to normal now, it was a real pissoff at the time because having hit my bluddy ankle once, it then came back a few days later (which made me delay the trip upcountry) and then, in a classic case of Murphy's, bluddy came back a third time when I was in the car going up to Ubon. You wouldn't believe the clicks and groans that ankle produced over the last few weeks as it recovered from the bastard trauma of triple Gout.

    I doubt our taro crop will be worth much in the way of pesos, but it's nice that we eke a bit of cash and food from the place-



    It will be harvested in the New Year, so if you're up this way and like taro, fill yer boots- it will be coming out of our ears.

    Chooks.



    Dogs. All the trappings of village life.



    It's market day in Tha Muang, so off we go. First thru some forest, which I'm pleased to say is mostly ours. But the locals are welcome to get mushrooms, insects and whatever else from there too.



    Then rice paddies.





    The keen eye might have already clocked that during the height of rainy season, large sections of the track are under a few inches of water. No probs to a 4WD Vigo, but every year the locals make a few baht pulling out the Bogged.

    My closest farang neighbour, about 2.5km. We're in contact but yet to meet- he works in Singapore, English bloke, and my wife knows his Mrs from school days.



    The edge of town.



    Tha Muang is not the sort of place where the Press beats a path to your door, it's not even the sort of place they would be able to find. But it has a stake in the annals of history. Mrs ain't entirely sure when, but 1990 give or take a year was the Big Deluge. TM became an island for over one month- supplies had to be delivered by boat to the place. It made the national headlines.

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    Market Day

    See and be seen, it's market day. The market sort of fringes and penetrates the village Wat.





    Everything you need is here, the flies are a free bonus. The pork butcher-











    Mrs Santa Claus runs the original village shop, and a stall or two on market day. She's a really nice lady actually, and delights in giving me some weird food to try every time I pop by for a beer.



    It's rough n ready, but the beer is cold and her food is edible if you are flexible and trusting.



    The Isaan weather is just brilliant this time of year (November) and my means of transportation- a baby chair in a motosai sidecar, Gouty ankle up high, attracts more than it's share of attention. Great fun though. It is de rigeur to be a bit weird as a farang around here, and I do not disappoint.


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    This part of Isaan is Welly country. If you don't have wellies in rainy season, buy a boat.



    The people here probably eat better than us, if nutrition and freshness are your parameters. Everything you need is grown, fished, raised, foraged or hunted locally. So it don't take much money to live here- but that ain't to say the rutted tracks are paved with gold. These are second hand clothes from Korea-







    On the way back home. Be it ever so humble, it's full of rustic charm-


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    Love your photos of Tha Muang. Including the sneak peak of your wife with
    that, 'I know what you are up to', look in her face.

    My wife is salivating over the food photos.

    Anyway, this thread deserves a century of posts.

    Many thanks to the Sabang collective.

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