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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    What parks? There are a couple obscure national parks near Roi et you might find of interest.
    Starting at Nam Nao NP and working up the border to Mae Fah Luang Arboretum north of Chiang Rai then back down the middle finishing at Mae Wa NP.

    Interested in the Roi et parks, there is an Issan trip on the drawing board.

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    Get up at 6am,
    eat some muesli
    drink some home-made kaffir milk
    shower
    make my salad for lunch and stick it in a billy-can
    6.30am, cycle 7Km to school
    at school, relax, have a coffee, check my lessons
    9am, start my lessons for KG and primary kids (I teach about 4 50-minute lessons a day)
    11am eat my lunch
    4pm, all finished cycle home via the supermarket to buy food for the evening and next day's lunch
    evening, relax, watch films, news, TD, have some red wine, fish and keffir milk
    9pm go to bed, watch more TV, doze, wake up in the night to watch more TV....

    Weekends, I either cycle round the lakes in Naypyidaw (20 Km), go to the gym or swimming pool, ride my dirt-bike to Shan State hills, Inle Lake etc.

    Count my savings, gamble on crypto etc
    Groping women when you're old is fine - everyone thinks you're senile

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    ^You forgot groping women. lol.
    What the heck is a billy-can?

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    Quote Originally Posted by birding View Post
    Starting at Nam Nao NP and working up the border to Mae Fah Luang Arboretum north of Chiang Rai then back down the middle finishing at Mae Wa NP.
    That sounds pretty cool.. enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thailandbound View Post
    What the heck is a billy-can?
    Hi so ocker cooking utensil.

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    i usually wake up around 7.30.

    i get up and walk to the balcony and appreciate the location and the view down the coast as i come to life.

    next, i check e-mails and the stock market and then scan the online uk newspapers.

    around 8.am mrs t. surfaces and we make breakfast together, strong coffee, some toast with honey or jam, and some fruit.
    we eat on the balcony and natter away for a while.

    then its back to the laptop for an hour with the newspapers and some forum nonsense before heading down to either the gym or the pool for 40 minutes or so of exercise.
    this is followed by some chat with whoever is around at the gym or the pool. sometimes mrs.t joins me, sometimes she doesnt.

    i walk back up 12 flights of stairs to the apartment, then shower and thoughts turn to lunch and how to spend the afternoon.

    lunch is usually noodles or a curry over rice at a local foodstall, and the afternoons could turn to anything.

    our time is our own to spend how we want. often we will drive out into the countryside in the afternoon, with no destination in mind, but its quite pretty around here and we both enjoy getting away from urban concrete and noise at least three or four times a week. we usually return with fruit and veg purchased from roadside vendors or small markets.

    sometimes mrs. t will cook in the evening, but we often eat out , sometimes with friends, sometimes just the two of us, sometimes in a local thai restaurant, and when i have an insatiable craving for falang food we will get pizzas or steak, a couple of times a month i gorge myself on macdonalds or burger king, sometimes we drive into hua hin for a walk around and a bite, sometimes we just slouch out at home and turn on the tv and fight for the remote. i may read a book on my kindle or play my computer at chess for an hour or so if the tv is boring, but there are s interesting travel documentaries and news programmes on the newer thai tv cable channels.



    retirement is wonderful, not being ruled by the clock remarkably liberating and empowering.
    generally life is very good and i consider myself very very lucky.
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    Usually surrounded in activities that are associated with alcohol...

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    Well done Simon!


    And Tax has it sorted.

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    Get a part time job teaching English at a local school.
    Will keep you busy and you'll find it highly rewarding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    What did you do between the hours of 11 and 5 in the UK, Wasp?

    AN EXCELLENT POINT , SOMTAM !!!

    I binn thinking about that a lot .

    I was doing some work for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and I loved it but it came to a natural end . I was asked to take on an area and in particular one church . I knew the church . I've driven past it 2000 times . It has a tiny quaint churchyard with requisite spooky headstones at the front .
    What I hadn't realised was that there is a HUGE churchyard at the back .

    The Mission ( if I accepted it and I did ) was to search for personnel who died in military combat and are not recorded .
    You see - particularly in the Great War - there were many families who were so distraught at losing their son , brother , husband , father that they wanted nothing more to do with England or Army or the King . They wanted their loved one back and they did not want a Military burial .
    They buried them in their own family graves.
    My job was to find them , get the information and photograph the grave .

    It was believed there were 18 such people in this Churchyard . 9 of them had military headstones so I had to find the others .
    By the time I had finished I had found 53 !!!
    In this one Churchyard .

    When I wasn't doing that work I was definitely wasting a lot of time . Found I was watching ' Bargain Hunt ' at lunchtime - which has to be as useless as going to Homepro just to walk around like a sad old git . So it's a question I put to myself now . what do I do ANYWAY between 11 and 5 ?

    One thing though sommy , I live an hour from London . 20 minutes from Windsor and a river and swans . I don't go to these places much any more . But I CAN .
    Whereas in Korat ........ I cannot .

    I can drive to Dover in 2 hours and get a boat to Belgium .... which I do . Then wander on to Germany . Missy wants me to buy a pickup and I honestly don't know where I'd go in it apart from Big C and Global House .

    It's a good question .

    I'm mulling on it .


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    Last edited by Wasp; 12-02-2018 at 08:21 PM.

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    I should add,

    I get hot women occasionaly at my convenience

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampa View Post
    I should add,

    I get hot women occasionaly at my convenience
    Then you wake up in your cereal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Hi so ocker cooking utensil.
    sure is

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    I spend all wishing my luck would improve so I can escape the monkey house I currently reside in. Completely sick of the long winters and random summer weather too.

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    Monday- Friday:
    Wake up around 6
    Morning ablutions
    Breakfast: cereal, youghurt,fruit, boiled eggs and black coffee
    7:45: My driver picks me up and takes me to work-hiso,innit?
    Check lesson plans, tidy my activity room if need be, make sure I have all materials ready to go- fail to prepare, prepare to fail
    I teach 4-5 lessons a day to mostly well behaved and eager first graders
    Sack of work around 4 and hit the gym 4 nights a week or an hour or so
    Head home, order food in or cook- open a beer, movies, internet or just hang with friends.
    Book Club once a month
    Dinner and drinks every Friday

    Sat-Sun:
    Wake when I want
    Fry up
    gym or hiking
    Might make lesson materials if needed
    Take a nap
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    What the heck is a billy-can?
    Something like this:



    Very popular way in Myanmar to carry your lunch. I put my salad in one tin, then fruit in another and round it off with a huge sniff of cocaine in the top container.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    Very popular way in Myanmar to carry your lunch. I put my salad in one tin, then fruit in another and round it off with a huge sniff of cocaine in the top containe

    I've seen these in Thailand.. quite a cool contraption. I've never seen those around these parts. Cocaine, huh... that explains the groping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Monday- Friday:
    Wake up around 6
    Morning ablutions
    Breakfast: cereal, youghurt,fruit, boiled eggs and black coffee
    7:45: My driver picks me up and takes me to work-hiso,innit?
    Check lesson plans, tidy my activity room if need be, make sure I have all materials ready to go- fail to prepare, prepare to fail
    I teach 4-5 lessons a day to mostly well behaved and eager first graders
    Sack of work around 4 and hit the gym 4 nights a week or an hour or so
    Head home, order food in or cook- open a beer, movies, internet or just hang with friends.
    Book Club once a month
    Dinner and drinks every Friday

    Sat-Sun:
    Wake when I want
    Fry up
    gym or hiking
    Might make lesson materials if needed
    Take a nap
    Dinner and drinks
    Sounds pretty similar to my life.. haha. I don't get a driver to work..either taxi/walk or bike when it is warm out. Work all day with a big break in the afternoon. Get home by 4 or 5pm. More free time lately as last semester I was doing private tutoring three times a week after school. Now, I go out for drinks/dinner once or twice with friends.. cook or order in whenever I feel like it. Weekends, I do/see who/what I want. Being free is a great life for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    Something like this:



    Very popular way in Myanmar to carry your lunch. I put my salad in one tin, then fruit in another and round it off with a huge sniff of cocaine in the top container.
    Originally from India and called a 'dabba', or 'tiffin carrier'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birding View Post
    Starting at Nam Nao NP and working up the border to Mae Fah Luang Arboretum north of Chiang Rai then back down the middle finishing at Mae Wa NP.

    Interested in the Roi et parks, there is an Issan trip on the drawing board.
    Yes I was wondering about the Parks too , birdy .
    You sound an unusual but contented explorer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Monday- Friday:
    Wake up around 6
    Morning ablutions
    Breakfast: cereal, youghurt,fruit, boiled eggs and black coffee
    7:45: My driver picks me up and takes me to work-hiso,innit?
    Check lesson plans, tidy my activity room if need be, make sure I have all materials ready to go- fail to prepare, prepare to fail
    I teach 4-5 lessons a day to mostly well behaved and eager first graders
    Sack of work around 4 and hit the gym 4 nights a week or an hour or so
    Head home, order food in or cook- open a beer, movies, internet or just hang with friends.
    Book Club once a month
    Dinner and drinks every Friday

    Sat-Sun:
    Wake when I want
    Fry up
    gym or hiking
    Might make lesson materials if needed
    Take a nap
    Dinner and drinks
    Well this doesn't count , Mandy . You've already got huge sections of time filled .
    I was a teacher too . I thought High-Schoolers were tough until I had to take those first graders one time .
    Bloody Hell ! No thanks .

    Respects to you !!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    uh - work. Normally 7 days a week. Fortunately it is a job I enjoy, and in my career we traditionally keep going until we lose our marbles.

    Then I am unlikely to care....

    Do have a hand in the sale and erection of Grecian columns to Lord Elgin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    It is a fair question as Ant said.

    The beauty in being retired Waspy is you can do whatever you want, when you want as a few others stated. The only real limitation is oneself. I am extremely busy doing something different everyday and I really enjoy it. I think a lot depends on the persons make up. If you are not an adventurous type then moving away from the creature comforts and the routine you are so used to may not go over so well.

    You make it what it is. I have embarked on new hobbies since moving here which have been quite fun plus refreshing doing different things. I still however have some hobbies I brought with me that I do as well. Now I am married and have a home with land here so I usually spend 10 hours a day (or more) outside doing something(The heat never bothers me). If one lives in a small condo and does not venture out much I would suspect that condo would begin to feel like a small prison cell of sorts especially if all you do is spend time on the internet. But again we are all different.

    A snapshot of my day thus far, I took my dogs to vet to get shots and then they did a run and splash in the river, set up a mulch pit for my FIL's small chili enterprise he has going , fabricated 2 Solar lotus pot water pump fountain deals and downloaded NASCAR for me to watch tonight after I am done and relaxing. I still have a few more things I want to do before the sun goes down. I will probably sip some Scotch later to cap off the day.

    Tomorrow.........Well that's the beauty. Its another day. I have a list of things I can do. Just have to decide.

    Good Luck
    Thanks JPPR .
    You're right I can do whatever I want - but I can't .
    I'm adventurous enough but fishing in the local ponds , playing Snooker on an uneven table and wandering around Big C are not cutting it for me.
    I love the History stuff ........ The History of Issan doesn't score .

    I DID have two condos and you're absolutely right . They are not homes . They are just bedrooms .
    Biggest problem for me is this idea that if you marry then you marry the whole family . Who never leave .
    I HATE it when a Thai drives in on a moatybike , walks straight to the fridge and takes anything that takes their fancy !!!
    They do that .
    And all the local Thais like me heaps but they keep talking to me in Thai even when we've told them a thousand times that I don't speak Thai .

    This all sounds whiney but it's not .
    You're all helpful sounding boards and I appreciate it .


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Then you wake up in your cereal.
    Nope.

    Ain't no dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasp View Post

    I HATE it when a Thai drives in on a moatybike , walks straight to the fridge and takes anything that takes their fancy !!!
    They do that .
    Wasp, not being an ass, but not in my fucking house they don't.

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