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    Sorry my last comment was not only tasteless but in bad taste. Also, its difficult for a heterosexual to admit, I like the black Frankie. Seriously now I wish you and yours the best of luck with the build and whatever you decide its up to you. And as allways thanks for taking the time to share.

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    Thanks Guys,
    Always good to get the comments, I think the pool will have to come later and the hole is more bath than pool size! Anyhoo, we have the ground blessing ceremony this morning so the real work should begin and we'll see what they are going to do with the bath holes.

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    Here are a few pictures out of the many my wife sent me of yesterday's ground breaking blessing, in this one you'll notice that the big holes or baths are in fact for 2 uprights.

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    It looks like they were pretty thorough, even jumping down into the foundations.

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    Feels great having a blessed hole doesn't it? .... I've had the same experience and I highly recommend it......

    Looks like I got it right about having two column in that hole .....I'm on a roll here..... experience with this sort of thing you know....

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    Quote Originally Posted by koman
    Looks like I got it right about having two column in that hole


    With all those maybes and question marks? Lucky guess I'd say

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    I'm on a roll here.
    Ah, thanks for the explanation. I have been worrying for some time regarding the number of sandwiches in your particular picnic Koman. Now I realise that you must simply be sitting on the missing ones...



    We all get a bit forgetful from time to time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roobarb
    With all those maybes and question marks? Lucky guess I'd say
    It is customary to use "maybe" when we are not 100% sure about something like that. Lucky guess?.....maybe....

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    So in the end we were right, 2 columns

    It's a nice ceremony, I really hope the spirits will like the food and drinks too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roobarb View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by koman
    Looks like I got it right about having two column in that hole


    With all those maybes and question marks? Lucky guess I'd say
    Indeed go to the head of the class but don't bring any books
    , don't think you will be there that long.

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    Would be a great film title , two coloums in a hole ,, I might make an exception and watch a cracked copy

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    I think you are very clever working out what the gigantic holes were! Had me stumped. And I've never had a blessed hole before, particularly such a big one so I'm very blessed.

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    I think I'm having an Isaan moment, my wife tells me bugger all going on for the last 3 days.

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    Ah, Isaan time .

    "It'll definitely be finished this week. Well, unless it's not. Anyway, we'll certainly be able to let you know by Friday, or then again perhaps we won't..."

    You've got comprehensively-blessed holes now FatOne, it's all up from here on in. Eventually that is...

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    Tomorrow we will get that done tomorrow, you know, the day after today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatOne View Post
    I think I'm having an Isaan moment, my wife tells me bugger all going on for the last 3 days.
    Seems a bit early in the project for a 3 day stoppage? My people worked 7 days a week from dawn till dusk for the first couple of months. It only started slowing down when the finishing stuff got started. It takes a bit of adjusting to the new pace after so much rapid progress.

    One cardinal rule of building here is to always owe THEM money.....once they are paid in full for something, it stops even if it's only half ass finished.

    I once gave my original wall builders an "advance" because they were claiming family distress....no food, no shoes, no medicine for Grandma.....so I coughed up and then they all fucked off for about a week on the piss. That was the ONLY advance payment they ever managed to weasel out of me....
    I blame the Americans......and Thaksin.

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    Yep, it all seems a bit slack! They only have a 20% down payment at the moment, next 20% is roof up I think, they have been doing something with finishing off the foundations, but no posts up yet and only a few come each day. I'll be going over in a couple of days so we'll see!

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    I'm merely a Newbie so I can't exactly be saying Welcome . But I'm enjoying g the start of this new story .

    It does seem odd to me how important this business of monks murmuring over the holes seems to be .

    I mean they always do it and then you look at the houses sinking , cracking , leaning , subsiding , deforming after 18 months and it looks like it just might perhaps be a bit of a scam ?

    I mean the monk thing . Not your house .

    Oh shut up Brunswick.

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    Ignore this . I wrote the same thing twice . I wrote the same thing twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brunswick View Post

    It does seem odd to me how important this business of monks murmuring over the holes seems to be .

    I mean they always do it and then you look at the houses sinking , cracking , leaning , subsiding , deforming after 18 months and it looks like it just might perhaps be a bit of a scam ?


    Oh shut up Brunswick.
    Try telling that to your lovely and see who gets slammed er....... scammed.

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    ^^ you need to shout it out loud and clear
    go on go on go on
    one more time.

    how much did the blessing of the holes cost ?

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    The blessing cost 2,000b for the monks plus assorted food and drinks, not too bad. I believe the blessing when the house is finished will be the expensive one, then all the villagers are going to want to come and be wined and dined and see the new mad farang's home.

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    You may have gone for the economy pack instead of the comprehensive pack.

    Protection from lightening strikes 1000 baht
    Protection from insect invasion 1000 baht
    protection from Typhoon damage 500 baht
    Protection from stampeding animals 500 baht
    Protection from evil spirits 1000 baht
    Ghost deterrent 500 baht
    Protection from sinkholes 500 baht
    Earthquake and flood extension 500 baht
    Fire and smoke damage 200 baht
    Protection from drunken neighbours 200 baht
    Protection from drunk farang visitors 5000 baht
    Australian extension 5000 baht


    Do you know which items were included in your 2000 baht fee?
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    Ha Ha Ha! Yep, maybe it was the aussie super special pack! My wife gets on very well with a very senior monk in our area, takes him gifts all the time when she is in town. I gave him a nokia lumia 920 phone last time I came, so I reckon he's doing alright.
    I will be going over for 3 weeks tomorrow night, so may not be able to post much while I'm in Isaan, I will try and look in every so often and see what madness is happening and post some pics

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