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    Third cold morning in a row and decided some...

    Third cold morning in a row and decided some comfort food was in order. Sautéed a brown onion in olive oil and a lot of cajun spice, added chopped sliced ham and half a large tin of baked beans....
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    Long-haul commercial pilot.

    Long-haul commercial pilot.
  3. A cold grey day here in Pua. Went out to get Thai...

    A cold grey day here in Pua. Went out to get Thai donuts and BBQ pork skewers from the market at 6am. Then hibernated indoors for the rest of the day. First time I've had three layers of body clothes...
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    Hi Topper, my Webber is a bit exotic, perhaps...

    Hi Topper, my Webber is a bit exotic, perhaps unique in the world. I purchased it new in the US in 2016. Because of a restriction in the community we were living in, it was electric. As it was good...
  5. Just added to the list of why I'd like to visit...

    Just added to the list of why I'd like to visit that area...one fine post-COVID day.
  6. Thread: Dinner

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    First day with no homestay guests so defrosted...

    First day with no homestay guests so defrosted some chicken breasts then coated with a dry rub of salt, paprika, cajun spice, garlic powder and ground pepper. Charred them over charcoal before...
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    Sticky: And so not unexpectedly our second season has...

    And so not unexpectedly our second season has (largely) come to an end with the Nan province Governor decreeing that from tonight if you enter the province and come from or have been through a red...
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    Sticky: Thanks JPPR2. When we designed the house we had a...

    Thanks JPPR2. When we designed the house we had a homestay in mind and have been very successful in guests spending almost all of their time upstairs in the two large bedrooms and guest only living...
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    Sticky: It could happen JPPR2 but we strictly follow our...

    It could happen JPPR2 but we strictly follow our MoH approved COVID procedures here and so do our guests. Masks, questionnaires, plastic wrapped glasses and cutlery, alcohol based cleaning, the lot....
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    Sticky: We've had an amazing 2020 and second season but...

    We've had an amazing 2020 and second season but today was the first time in ten weeks we have hung the vacancy sign out the front. Over the last ten weeks we've sold every room we wanted, leaving a...
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    What to do? Defrosted four Aussie beef patties...

    What to do? Defrosted four Aussie beef patties but due to a miscalc yesterday on bacon and egg roll consumption, only had one bun left. Of course, open beef cheeseburgers with caramelized onions....
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    I see a pig snout at the bottom of the stem.

    I see a pig snout at the bottom of the stem.
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    A chain supermarket I frequent here in Nan...

    A chain supermarket I frequent here in Nan province regularly sells out-of-date products. In particular I frequently see out-of-date yogurt packs and have noticed (too often to be chance) that where...
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    In the same square as you.

    In the same square as you.
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    Struggled to finish the second one Topper so no...

    Struggled to finish the second one Topper so no dessert.
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    Well at least the colours are similar. 61445

    Well at least the colours are similar.

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    Picked up some Aussie beef patties in Makro...

    Picked up some Aussie beef patties in Makro recently. Meat is not of the quality I'd buy in Australia but here in Nan province one cannot be choosy. Anyway decided to make a couple of cheeseburgers...
  18. On to my third HP laptop, generally purchase at...

    On to my third HP laptop, generally purchase at the mid-price/spec level. First two purchased in Asia both lasted 3 years before the HDDs gave up. In both cases it was evident for a month or so...
  19. One of the funniest things I ever read was in...

    One of the funniest things I ever read was in regards to these guys and their house blowing up. Details are hazy but I seem to recall the guy who lost his legs was to a grenade that bounced back from...
  20. Have the soi dogs been informed?

    Have the soi dogs been informed?
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    Sunset taken from our terrace near Pua in...

    Sunset taken from our terrace near Pua in northern Nan province.

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    Sunrise near Ban Sala, Pua district in Nan...

    Sunrise near Ban Sala, Pua district in Nan province.

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    Another Pua sunrise from a couple of weeks back....

    Another Pua sunrise from a couple of weeks back. Taken from the grounds of the Wat next to the morning market.

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    A fiery Pua sunrise from early last week. Taken...

    A fiery Pua sunrise from early last week. Taken from our front gate.

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    A Pua sunset from a few days back. 60469

    A Pua sunset from a few days back.

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    Sticky: Yeah. Paid 400 baht for a larger sign hanging on...

    Yeah. Paid 400 baht for a larger sign hanging on the front fence last year so expecting something around that. Regards, BiP
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    Sticky: Our first investment before we reopened in June...

    Our first investment before we reopened in June was a proper roadside sign. A sign shop in Pua put this together from our design and installed it all for 9,100 baht. The bottom green Room Available...
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    Local Tesco again...no mushrooms, melons, thick...

    Local Tesco again...no mushrooms, melons, thick bread, eggs, ice cream and glass cleaner (the last one a specific request by the wife). Had to do a quick trip to Nan Makro and Big C this afternoon as...
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    Pleased they were not. I'd have had to list them...

    Pleased they were not. I'd have had to list them all except anchovies.
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    3. Liver, raw fish and snails.

    3. Liver, raw fish and snails.
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    The police in Pua in northern Nan province use...

    The police in Pua in northern Nan province use several buildings. The one in what I suspect is the oldest part of the town and close to the evening/weekend market is also wooden and from what I can...
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    Local Tesco started playing a single short...

    Local Tesco started playing a single short version of Jingle Bells on Friday. I'm in there less than 15 minutes when I shop and it is excruciating to have to listen to it. Unfortunately do not have...
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    Sticky: We are already achieving our financial goals...

    We are already achieving our financial goals Iceman. We had two:

    1. Don't make a loss.
    2. Make sufficient net profit to pay for our cost of living 3-4 months a year.

    In our first season we...
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    Sticky: Hi katie, post #131 in this thread has the story...

    Hi katie, post #131 in this thread has the story and link. This Thai travel blogger seems to be hot. About a month ago I saw he had posted a new video three hours earlier and it had 12,000 views...
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    Sticky: Hi Sabang, First Season Aug19-Mar20 / Second...

    Hi Sabang,

    First Season Aug19-Mar20 / Second Season Jun20 to date:
    - Thai single traveller/couples, with parent/s and/or extended family group - 85% / 95%
    - Other Thai non family travel group -...
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    Sticky: Another tidbit...we decided not to participate in...

    Another tidbit...we decided not to participate in the government scheme subsidizing domestic tourism. The reasons:

    1. We didn't want to have to open an account at another bank.
    2. We didn't...
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    Sticky: Thanks TT. We do block days for a bit of a rest,...

    Thanks TT. We do block days for a bit of a rest, maybe three a month, and we are rarely full with all three rooms occupied. In fact as soon as we sell one of the two level 2 premium rooms we block...
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    Sticky: Well we unexpectedly hit 200 completed guest...

    Well we unexpectedly hit 200 completed guest stays last night after a walk-in (well drive-in) arrived and asked if we had a room. We did have the small level 1 guestroom available and the wife gave...
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    Sticky: Thanks Bogon. Ah, the future. Our grand plan for...

    Thanks Bogon. Ah, the future. Our grand plan for the future is something like:

    1. Sell current property, lease back for 12-18 months and continue the business.
    2. Buy land in the area and build...
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    Sticky: Thanks HL. What we are seeing and have since we...

    Thanks HL. What we are seeing and have since we reopened in early June is Bangkok based Thais absolutely stir crazy from COVID restrictions and very keen to get out and about. Because an overseas...
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    Sticky: Thanks armstrong. Yeah the great majority of...

    Thanks armstrong. Yeah the great majority of farang visitors to Nan province are already living in Thailand. It is quite low (but not invisible) on the radar of overseas folks. Of the farang that do...
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    Sticky: We are enthusiastic amateurs LY but happy to help...

    We are enthusiastic amateurs LY but happy to help where we think we know what we are doing. The wife is particularly insightful on Thai guest needs and wants.
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    Sticky: Thought I might restart this thread with a mini...

    Thought I might restart this thread with a mini update and elaborate each point and others a bit more over the coming days and weeks. I'm sure the odd TD member would have wondered how the business...
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    Makro has some smoked chicken breasts that I like...

    Makro has some smoked chicken breasts that I like to slice and eat with aged cheese, crackers/or toast and a good chutney or relish.
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    1970s. Saw them at the Sydney Show Ground in 1977...

    1970s. Saw them at the Sydney Show Ground in 1977 but LRB stole that show by singing an encore of Return to Sender...it was soon after Elvis had died. Santana was also on the same bill.
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    Strange homestay guest group last night. Booked...

    Strange homestay guest group last night. Booked two nights for three pax, turned up with five...room comfortably handles four, five at a squeeze. Wife sorted it all including extra monies. Before...
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    TMD Nan weather radar has been displaying the...

    TMD Nan weather radar has been displaying the same set of looped images since 5 August. Pissing a lot of folks off. Many including me have sent messages to TMD for zero response.
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    So a '3 Cup' Bodem coffee press only holds 12...

    So a '3 Cup' Bodem coffee press only holds 12 fluid ounces of liquid. Last time I checked three cups would be 24 fluid ounces. Look I know I'm a simple and unsophisticated guy so is there any sane...
  49. What, ahead of Andrew Johns?

    What, ahead of Andrew Johns?
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    Yeah Thai. Have occasionally pondered whether...

    Yeah Thai. Have occasionally pondered whether Thai buffaloes die more often than Thai girl mothers need operations.
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