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    Ban Kham village life

    "Ban Kham?! Where the heck is that?" Well, it's in Pensuk village (or subdistrict?) in Chomphra city in the beautiful province of Surin.

    First of all a short introduction:
    I estimate Ban Kham to be home for ~100-150 families, we've got our very own Ban Kham temple (unfortunately across the road from our room).

    We're living together with half the family, me and my wife built ourselves a room 2 years ago and my wife decided that it was a good idea to paint it... pink! Our room is ground floor, my sister in law with her husband and 2 daughters live on the second floor.

    Our neighbors are my aunt and uncle in law, uncle being village spokesman at all religious meetings and festivals. He has lost most of his teeth and ability to speak, but that doesn't seem to bother anyone.

    Two houses further lives my other sister in law, together with her son and daughter. I'm not sure if she's still together with her husband but they barely talk with one another. Mother in law is living with this family, father in law sleeps at the farm, being drunk 80% of the time.

    Next time more village life.

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    Pics mate.

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    Here's the thing about Thais and paint.
    Just don't let them have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    Pics mate.
    All right, the pink room (the other half is now actually painted pink as well). I won't show the inside but it's just a pink. I swear, I will never ever let a Thai paint my room again.



    Here's the thing about Thais and paint.
    Just don't let them have it.
    That's so true

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka
    Next time more village life.
    Can we have the bit where everyone goes down the local shop and gets absolutely fucking shit-faced? I find it's always a good installment.

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    @Koetjeka,

    Like the daily life threads

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka
    Next time more village life.
    Can we have the bit where everyone goes down the local shop and gets absolutely fucking shit-faced? I find it's always a good installment.
    It happens sometimes, especially "mr. Njoll" the local drunkard. I've sworn never to speak to him again because he keeps wanting to give me lao khao.


    12-06-2013
    I woke up around 7:00, still feeling sick but decided to go to school anyway. When I arrived around 7:45 I already saw some students walking around with flowers and foam. I knew something was going to happen today. When I asked a teacher she told me that the students are supposed to make something beautiful for "wai kru day" tomorrow. "They've got the last 4 periods for that."

    My first period started @ 9:25, gave them some speaking activity to do. After this class my new colleague asked me to bring him to a photographer in Chomphra, so I brought him and when we were halfway back to school my motorcycle got a flat tyre. DAMNIT... we had to go either to school or back to Chomphra to fix the tyre.

    Some locals told us to go to the gas station, so we walked 5 minutes back and found out that they couldn't help us... Back to school, a 20 minute walk with the damn heavy motorcycle. While we waited for the tyre to be fixed, we had some lunch.

    For the 4th period, my next class, I always have to walk to another school building, 3 minutes away. When I arrived, they were all decorating the foam with flowers so there was no class. 7th and 8th period also no classes so I had some time to fill in the registers and write all of their names in these damn books (in Thai).

    Around 16:00 I brought my colleague home, went back to the village to take a shower. I went to see my wife who was overseeing some wood chopping somewhere in the village. She wanted to show me some trees she'd bought so we went to a farm. That was like the worst idea ever, because of the rain everything was 1 big mud pool and of course we got stuck. It took us 15(!!!) minutes to get out, my legs dirty, motorcycle dirty (cleaned it just 2 days ago) camera bag dirty

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    Nothing interesting is happening in the village

    23-06-2013:
    Around 18:00 we had no electricity, this is pretty common in the village. Sometimes even once a week we have no electricity for a little while.
    Yesterday it took a little longer though, around 22:00 still no light. We always have spare candles in every room, in case something like this occurs. Cooking is a real problem with only candles but the real problem is no air-con nor fan... luckily it wasn't that hot but still it isn't comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka View Post
    Nothing interesting is happening in the village

    23-06-2013:
    Around 18:00 we had no electricity, this is pretty common in the village. Sometimes even once a week we have no electricity for a little while.
    Yesterday it took a little longer though, around 22:00 still no light. We always have spare candles in every room, in case something like this occurs. Cooking is a real problem with only candles but the real problem is no air-con nor fan... luckily it wasn't that hot but still it isn't comfortable.
    yup never understand why there are so many outages..can't all be exploding transformers, poles down etc..??? Suspect they must be doing some load sharing or something.....quite annoying though.

    Biggest pain is no domestic water pump ( we have our own wells )so no bum wash! Have to resort to bucket and hello kitty scoop!!
    Another round tuit ..move tanks further up the mountain behind house.

    We use LED rechargeable rubber cutters headlights , candles as standby.
    Was in a Tesco mall last month and saw cheapy auto standby/emergency LED lighting units. 450 baht ( special price for you farang..lol). Bought a 150bt unit last year ,battery went tits up after 3 months.
    Keep meaning to buy an inverter/charger and truck battery to serve lighting and TV/computer circuits but seem never have any money left after buying alcohol?

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    Biggest pain is no domestic water pump ( we have our own wells )so no bum wash! Have to resort to bucket and hello kitty scoop!!
    Sounds so familiar! We don't have the hello kitty but doreamon print.

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