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    Live in Issan? What do you do?

    I mean, if you don't teach and your not finacially 'set', then what do you do?
    Farm?
    Build?
    Use your farang skills as an efficient 'handyman' type figure?
    Doss?
    Scrounge?
    Live off the land?
    Drink so much that you don't know what the f**ks going on?

    Just interested.

    Cheers.

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    There are many work permit rules that spell out what farangs may or may not do here legally. I just putter around my house and garden with four dogs and wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    I just putter around my house and garden with four dogs and wife.
    Same here, but with 5 dogs and I work in the middle. I know there's a list the size of an elephants bogroll of things you can and can't do round here (I live in Pak Chong by the way), I even get odd stares when I cut my grass!! Maybe I'm doing it too quickly and not sleeping between each blade.

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    My neigbors ask my wife why I do so much work around the house.
    "Trying to save money?" they always add.

    Well, I can do almost any (menial) job better than them, with 100% savings and no chance of anything going missing. I'm not above work. Why would I hire Somchai to mow my lawn? What am I going to miss, another shitfight on TD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    "Trying to save money?" they always add.
    Dumb Thais trying to assume the most plausable answer.

    It never entered their concrete filled heads that you do it for recreation, they are more focussed on this immigration bollocks that you are depriving a local from earning money from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    "Trying to save money?" they always add.
    Dumb Thais trying to assume the most plausable answer.

    It never entered their concrete filled heads that you do it for recreation, they are more focussed on this immigration bollocks that you are depriving a local from earning money from you.

    I'd love to do some pottering around on the farm, esp. the fish ponds.
    You can't there are eyes everywhere even in the middle of nowhere, who would not think twice about ringing the immigration police or the Amphur office. Just waiting to get one over the nieghbour who married a farang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Well, I can do almost any (menial) job better than them, with 100% savings and no chance of anything going missing. I'm not above work. Why would I hire Somchai to mow my lawn? What am I going to miss, another shitfight on TD?
    Me too, i get in most trouble about doing electrical work... my wife worries that my work might not be safe.... truth is, it probably isn't

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    ^I didn't realize that we live so close to Issan.

    I think the key phrase is...Live in Issan? What do you do?

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    Retired, but barely getting by....

    I putter around the garden, read, watch TV, run, bike, shop, drink beer, waste time on the computer, go to bed early. I always run out of time before I run out of things to do.

    The past few days I've been spending most of my time at the sports complex watching the SEA Games. Great fun.

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    Take the dogs for walks across the rice fields now that they've finished with the harvest. As much as it's quiet and slow going there always seems to be something to do. Perhaps it takes a certain person to accept the ways here, I personally love it.

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    I've been living in the North-East, (think Pak Chong just about falls under that category) for the past year. It is very much a simple way of living and people around here definetly don't want their boat rocked - hence the fact that Tesco Lotus is still not open!

    A normal Sunday, would involve, like many of you walking the ol k-9's, a trip to the market, fresh fruit and veg, spuds and a cut of meat. Buy the paper, do a bit of gardening, indulge in mod-cons, tv, playstation etc, go round mates for an after beer or cola, come back, stick meat in oven, eat, watch telly, go to bed.

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    /\/\ Is that near Siquew? Anyway, sounds like a good life to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai
    The past few days I've been spending most of my time at the sports complex watching the SEA Games. Great fun.
    would make a good thread.

    how's it going?

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    stick meat in oven
    Try sticking the meat in the missus, much better way to waste an afternoon.

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    ^ Or her younger sister !

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Dude
    Is that near Siquew?
    Yes. Nearest town to Khao Yai.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ivor Biggun
    Try sticking the meat in the missus
    I like my meat rare, not frazzled.



    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky
    Or her younger sister !
    But not blue!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    ^ Or her younger sister !
    Or...her daughter (over 18 of course).

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    ^Her daughter may also be his daughter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivor Biggun View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    stick meat in oven
    Try sticking the meat in the missus, much better way to waste an afternoon.
    afternoon?

    Feck that, 5 minutes i reckon !

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    ^Her daughter may also be his daughter
    Me thinks it is OK in Isaan as long as she is over 18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    Me thinks it is OK in Isaan as long as she is over 18.
    I think you have a superfluous "1".

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    The last visit to Issan was a fact finding mission, so spent a lot of time exploring and mending the family home and fence. I am hoping to do a lot of pottering, around a lot of garden, later on when the house is up and running. As for work, I may have to go back to UK for that. Would love to teach but not clever enough. Still doing lottery and dreaming at the mo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai
    The past few days I've been spending most of my time at the sports complex watching the SEA Games. Great fun.
    would make a good thread.
    how's it going?
    The Games have been well organized and a lot of fun to watch. I'll get some photos up in a day or two. I've still not got Internet at home....

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    ^I didn't realize that we live so close to Issan. I think the key phrase is...Live in Issan? What do you do?
    But I have lived in Isaan before and probably will do again.

    When I DID live in Isaan, I read a lot of books, pottered around the village, helped out in any way possible that wasn't too much hard work, eat noodles etc.... I found it enjoyable, but if I ever did it for a long period of time I would need a nice place to live and a car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA View Post
    place to live.
    Always useful.

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