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    How about a fill up. High test.



    Another view looking up river.



    Local trucker.


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    Last one for now was at a local temple. Wife wanted to donate some stuff (a fan) apparently when it's on will blow us good luck. I can always use a bit of luck. It looked like a drop off for unwanted pets as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    Looks like river territory in Alberta...Cheers...
    It does have a similar look in the right lighting. As long as you cant see the palm trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    This is when I wish I had a better camera and knew how to use it.

    Mate, assuming that the photo is a much higher resolution then is replicated on the forum you can do a lot with some simple editing.

    You are using PhotoBucket to store your images?

    If so, just click on the photo and once that page has loaded, click on the icon which looks like a square with a paintbrush and it will say 'Edit' then you can 'crop' the photo to emphasise your subject matter and then resize the cropped image to a size which is a compromise between filling the screen and pixiliation (loss of image quality)

    I did it in a few minutes with your bird photo ... plus I rotated it a bit so the powerlines added, rather then detracted from the image.

    If I tried to make that image larger, it would blur, but, assuming your original is better quality, you should be able to brig it up sweet.
    Perspective is everything ... it's the difference between going through an ordeal or going through an adventure..

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    Wow, those may well have been 30yrs ago, only difference is I doubt they would have bothered with no smoking stickers on their gas pumps!

    At least the dogs get some kind of humane affection, of sorts, at the local wat.

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    I worked in Ban Tak for a while about 45 years ago. It looks much nicer now.

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    ^ What did you do there, SG?...

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    David44, Thanks for the tip honestly it never occurred to me to try editing my photos. I will give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shy Guava View Post
    I worked in Ban Tak for a while about 45 years ago. It looks much nicer now.
    It would be interesting to hear more about it. Where you working on the dam?

    The place must have been pretty basic back then. It has improved quite a lot in the 11 years i have been going there. There is even a 7-11 now so no need to go out to the highway for snacks.

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    That temple had a huge collection of wayward cats and dogs. Pretty interesting place. It was rough only two monks to look after it all.

    Here are a few more of there sickly hounds.





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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike
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    Where the fuck is David?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    ^ What did you do there, SG?...
    I was contracting to a government agency, Accelerated Rural Development, which has now been disbanded. It was a village development "hearts and minds" country wide type project and partly funded by USOM. The main focus was on the north-east. I always subscribed to the development philosophy of grab them by the balls and their hearts and minds will follow, but this was not popular at the time.

    Ban Tak was a water well project and all I can remember is that it was granite and dry.

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    ^^ typo, I meant David48 .

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    After gathering up all the snacks and other stuff we set up the school visit for a Friday morning. It is not the same school that we went to last year but in the same area. About 20-30 minute ride from the village. The school has 250 students. This next bit is what the wife told me, the kids with white school shirts are Thai and the kids with traditional cloths are Hmong children.

    Here are some pictures from the day.

    The teachers said they had to take down some of the play ground stuff because it was so old and dangerous.

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    There were a few buildings there made by foreign counties. I saw one from Germany and this one.


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    In this building was the kitchen.




    All the children helped out with the kitchen duties.


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    After meals everyone washes there plates. I liked the outside oven if that's what it was.



    Here these two were bringing out the rice for lunch. They had four of this big ones.


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    Here is the set up.



    The dog is strategically placed ready for any fall out.


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    The boy in the middle with a black eye said he fell. Could have been a school yard mix up.




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    First up was lunch but they were more exited about the ice cream and snacks.


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    Yeah finally.




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    I think the kids were pretty exited about this part too.




    the alligators were a big hit.


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    At the end the students all sang us a thank you song. It was so nice. For the relatively small lay out of money it's fun to see everyone get a kick out of it.



    They gave each person in our group a scarf that the children made. The lady with the microphone is a teacher there and our contact.


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    Feels good to give something back, I did something similar in Kenya

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    Very inspiring to see the children get a nice break in their routine, I’m sure this made a wonderful impression knowing someone is thinking about them and they aren’t alone in this world.
    Admiration sir.

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