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    I'm not reading that
    I'd like to see what morning looks like
    Don't wanna drink pint after pint
    I wanna wake up without feeling sick
    But I can't cuz I'm a drug-abusing alcoholic

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    The article fails to mention that Bold is a dollar billionaire, he's a bit more than just "establishment". I need to make up my mind if I want to stay another two years pretty soon. A lot of this decision is going to rest on how much time I will spend doing this PGCEi

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    Do you ever let your kids do 'Show and Tell'?

    “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”

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    haha, that's good. This week we worked on our creative writing skills...

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    Needs to check her tenses.
    I'd like to see what morning looks like
    Don't wanna drink pint after pint
    I wanna wake up without feeling sick
    But I can't cuz I'm a drug-abusing alcoholic

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    And perhaps her parent's car for blood and dents.

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    And which nic she posts under on TD.
    Nev has style

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    I came across this movie which may be of interest. Typical royal court infighting but centred around the importance of "fiddlers". Pretty good IMHO, great tale and excellent mood music from the fiddlers.

    In Mongolian but English subs included.

    The Legend of Gobi (2019)



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    "The ruffles king forbids music for his kingdom and gets cursed for it. The king's right hand secretly wishes to take the throne and tries to kill the king, but the cursed king just would not die. Later when the king's right hand figures out how to kill the king and takes over the kingdom. The left-for-dead king gets local's support whom secretly kept practicing the art of music aids the king for the final battle to get the kingdom back from murderous king's right hand."

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10462646/

    https://1337x.to/torrent/4068486/The...OULS-EtMovies/
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    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    ^^^^^ Is that Cyrilles CV?

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    Writing skills way above yours.


    Maybe ewe shud playgerise it four yore buk?

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    ^^^^^


    Even the quote button is beyond a ditch digging squaddie like you.


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    Winter is well on the way with -15 forcasted for Monday night

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    ^ & it's only gonna get colder...
    How do I post these pictures???

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    I actually like winter, which puts me in a minority. 26-2th are public holidays this month, might head to the countryside for some good ol writing exile

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    Interesting article on Mongolian Fossils on the beeb. Could inspire a lesson or two.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50131770

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    Cheers for the link! Since I last posted a pic of the might river it has now frozen solid. The drunken winter shortcut home is back!

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    So within the next month I need to make a decision if I am staying for another 2 years or not, the email is sitting in my inbox but thankfully doesn't need a response for a while yet-about 3 weeks.

    Pros of staying:

    Genuinely enjoy living here and want for little
    Pretty solid saving potential, nice enough digs and good health insurance if I ever needed it.
    Lots of hiking and outdoorsy stuff.
    It's a bit different, and I like different
    Don't always agree with management, but they are reasonable to deal with on a day to day basis and pretty helpful to us expats.
    Locals are friendly
    Even if the cold is uncomfortable, UB is pretty livable and not what I would term a hardship post. The countryside would be a different matter.

    Cons:

    The pollution- it's bad, everyone knows it and everyone gets made sick from it at some point. Todays grumble: Sinus infections + -22 in the morning temps aren't much fun
    Flying anywhere can become expensive and time consuming- no cheap weekends away
    I miss swimming outside
    Some elements of Mongolian work culture strike me as distinctly unhealthy- forced social and sporting events etc. The parents are seen as customers and that can have some "interesting" ramifications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    The pollution- it's bad
    What is the pollution like at all your alternates? Where does "pollution" appear in your list, major, medium or minor irritant?

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    no cheap weekends away
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    Pretty solid saving potential
    Choices eh, such a chore.

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    that can have some "interesting" ramifications
    That needs expanding and comparing to your alternates.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    about 3 weeks
    Have you made a spread sheet of the alternatives locations and totalled them up yet? Get cracking there's a deadline looming.

    Assuming you stay will the alternates still be available if required in the future?

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    Don't always agree with management
    Assuming you stay what progression will you make/expect? Would that be available at your alternates?
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Quote:
    "Pretty solid saving potential"
    Sorry dude, that is nowhere near my top of my list.
    We only live once and that place looks like a desolate shithole.
    Prolly why i have been skint most of my adult life, bit lived a life or three that most people could not comprehend.

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    I lived in Nanjing for 18 months and the pollution was awful there. Rarely saw a blue sky.

    Knowing what the AQI normally is in Ulan Batar, there is not a chance in hell that I would ever work there. Your health should be your top priority. Money will not help you if you are breathing in poisoned air everyday...

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    I agree with Joffrey. I stayed four years and suffered miserably in the end because of it.. (got pneumonia, stayed ll days in the hospital, and still now am extremely sensitive to smoke/pollution (had to get an inhaler). Move on as you've been there awhile. We all know in the international field it is good to move on after three or four years. Health is important, and you can make the same or more money in places like Korea/Japan/Taiwan if you really want.

    Although, ultimately if you are really enjoying it, then by all means stay. We can't tell you what to do, ultimately, you will do what you think is best.

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    Back in the UK for 14 days, it's nice to be out of sub-zero temperatures

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    So within the next month I need to make a decision if I am staying for another 2 years or not
    What was your decision, staying or pastures new?
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    A change of scenery for a couple of weeks, took a wander around the local marshes near "Great" Yarmouth





    It's been nice to see family but it will also be nice to be back in Mongolia. So to answer OhOh, I have whittled it down to two choices.

    1. Stay in Mongolia
    2. Go back to Thailand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    And which nic she posts under on TD.
    At first I suspected it was Fishy, but then no Jethro Tull video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    I have whittled it down to two choices.

    1. Stay in Mongolia
    2. Go back to Thailand
    You're mid-30's and seem to get good holiday time back in Blighty and back to Thailand each year.


    If the saving potential of a 2 year Mongolian contract would mean the difference between buying your Thai condo or not, doing another 2 years would probably be worth it. Just count down the few months to the next end of term holiday each time.

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