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    How's you reputation in your village or Neighborhood?

    So how's your reputation in your village or neighborhood?


    Tongue in cheek for the information of those of a more serious disposition..

    I think for many it evolves from the point of being Stupid Rich Farang

    I sort of believe mine is now at the stage of Cheap Charlie, Stupid Rambo, and Omnipotent Mr Fix- it.

    My theory is Chinese whispers:

    - Too cheap to buy my wife a new Black SUV to replace our beaten up 13yo truck.

    - Was alone at the still unfinished and unoccupied house fixing some f..k up or other. No truck or vehicle in evidence.
    So 4 youths drive motorbikes up to the house and descended shouldering rifles.
    Now I came out from the back of the house holding some tool or other (think it was a paint scraper?). I am sunburned, covered in cement dust and sweating like a bugger, in short was not a happy camper.
    Don't know what their motives were but to cut a long story short I told 'em to f off, which they did in no short order.
    Maybe a face saving story went around that I was holding a machete or bazooka or something.

    - Few months ago was summoned to neighbor's farm house with jumper cables to get their truck going. On arrival there was a bunch of people standing around looking very distraught. The truck was a newly purchased used vehicle same as mine but newer and in pristine condition.
    Anyways I turned on the headlights and they were real bright so not the battery.... thought I best try turning it over first.....it started immediately.
    Lots of dinner plate eyes .........as they had been trying to start it all day. One old lady told the wife that the truck was afraid of farang.
    Anyways after stopping it would not start again....long story but suspect it was dirty old fuel stirred up by the trip up their farm track.

    Never a dull moment in Amazing Thailand...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by crepitas
    and Omnipotent Mr Fix- it
    This one made me laugh as it is true for me also.

    They are always amazed that I seem to know something about everything from mechanical to medical A to Z. I am well read and like to accumulate knowledge. They are simple farmers that know about farming and that is it. It starts to make them question the whole "stupid rich falang" thing which is fun to watch.
    I'm not saying it was Aliens, but it was Aliens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crepitas
    One old lady told the wife that the truck was afraid of farang.
    Good God, this place is firmly entrenched in the middle ages

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    I gained face in my last Bangkok neighbourhood (compound, Baan Suan Ton) when I wrestled a drunk Norweigen guy to the ground using a judo move.

    He was about to pick a fight with the wrong Thai guy.

    Next day the Thai guy thanked me so did the Norweigen.

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    My reputation is neither positive, or negative with my many beautiful neighbours in my Jomtien condo. We can't communicate with each other, they all seem to be Russian.

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    My reputation is bad,
    considering how family orientated the thais are, you can picture it,

    after 8 years of not being able to do what i wanted in my house without asking the old pappa and mamma is it ok? i gave up and told them to piss off in the loudest most public rude possible way, and together top take their hooker younger daughter and new [at][at][at][at] old falang too,
    i mean dont get me wrong, it's our house land food and so on, (me and the missus)
    old fellas and the rest invited them selves to live(slowly) so that i would not noticed then sold their house in the village to pay for a tit job for the younger daughter, she claimed she was gonna have a famous lifestyle, and it did in the bars of khon pangan,
    next thing its the old [at][at][at][at] falang whore lover that come to live for two weeks and never said hello, i mean its a big house big surrounding land a so but come on, what did they tell you? i a guest in my own house?
    fook all of you out of here, knife in hand and missus behind me.
    so?
    How's my reputation?
    not sure, but everyone still speaks to me, keeps asking me to teach their kids how to speak English and ..........
    Sorry about me horrible speling

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    What does "Farang Kee Nok" mean?

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    My moobahn in Bangkok seems to be made up of some isolated genetic group of ethnic Chinese. They all resemble one another. The women walk up and down the soi early mornings like zombies. The men stare at me when I come and go. Their houses are painted odd colors and have weird tasteless decorations. They all drive nice late model Mercedes, BMW's and Toyotas parked in front of their houses. They are clannish and rarely speak to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowzer View Post
    My reputation is neither positive, or negative with my many beautiful neighbours in my Jomtien condo. We can't communicate with each other, they all seem to be Russian.

    Just come back from border run..geesh some of those Russians or eastern Europeans are such beauties..frick so shite being old...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    My moobahn in Bangkok seems to be made up of some isolated genetic group of ethnic Chinese. They all resemble one another. The women walk up and down the soi early mornings like zombies. The men stare at me when I come and go. Their houses are painted odd colors and have weird tasteless decorations. They all drive nice late model Mercedes, BMW's and Toyotas parked in front of their houses. They are clannish and rarely speak to me.
    Throw a House Warming Tamboon thing for the neighborhood and invite these folks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by poorfalang View Post
    My reputation is bad,
    considering how family orientated the thais are, you can picture it,

    after 8 years of not being able to do what i wanted in my house without asking the old pappa and mamma is it ok? i gave up and told them to piss off in the loudest most public rude possible way, and together top take their hooker younger daughter and new [at][at][at][at] old falang too,
    i mean dont get me wrong, it's our house land food and so on, (me and the missus)
    old fellas and the rest invited them selves to live(slowly) so that i would not noticed then sold their house in the village to pay for a tit job for the younger daughter, she claimed she was gonna have a famous lifestyle, and it did in the bars of khon pangan,
    next thing its the old [at][at][at][at] falang whore lover that come to live for two weeks and never said hello, i mean its a big house big surrounding land a so but come on, what did they tell you? i a guest in my own house?
    fook all of you out of here, knife in hand and missus behind me.
    so?
    How's my reputation?
    not sure, but everyone still speaks to me, keeps asking me to teach their kids how to speak English and ..........
    555 when first here family never greeted me or wife/kids/siblings etc...now they do but only me.....kids still don't to mamma or me unless I ( loudly)do.... although MIL does to me..oh well when in Rome?
    Had local police chief ask me to teach English to his minions ..told 'em I could not, not qualified ,work permit etc...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert
    My moobahn in Bangkok seems to be made up of some isolated genetic group of ethnic Chinese. They all resemble one another. The women walk up and down the soi early mornings like zombies. The men stare at me when I come and go. Their houses are painted odd colors and have weird tasteless decorations. They all drive nice late model Mercedes, BMW's and Toyotas parked in front of their houses. They are clannish and rarely speak to me.
    Sounds brilliant

    Personally I'm loved by some but hated by more. But in the words of Winston - I stand up for something

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    Throw a House Warming Tamboon thing for the neighborhood and invite these folks?
    We're moving to Surin next year so it's not worth the trouble now. But we will throw a big party for the village when we have our house blessed. We plan to roast some pigs and a cow and supply lots of beer, whiskey and lao khao. I'll let the missus organize the whole thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    Throw a House Warming Tamboon thing for the neighborhood and invite these folks?
    We're moving to Surin next year so it's not worth the trouble now. But we will throw a big party for the village when we have our house blessed. We plan to roast some pigs and a cow and supply lots of beer, whiskey and lao khao. I'll let the missus organize the whole thing.
    Good.

    That pigs head sitting prominently on the main table always gives me pause...
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    One neighbor I heard refer to me as the "Farang Buffalo". I assume it's because I do all the work on the house myself. All surrounding neighbors don't like him so I guess he was being rude. As for the others it's a smile and hello but that's it. I generally keep myself to myself but I'm always willing to help when needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones
    "Farang Buffalo".
    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones
    I guess he was being rude

    When a Thai calls you a buffalo he is calling you stupid. So yes, he was being rude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poorfalang
    a tit job for the younger daughter,
    I think we need photos

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    ^agreed.

    Cheers, OP, this has the makings of an epic thread.

    My reputation is pretty much fkkd. And considering most of my neighbors are retired Eurotrash whoremongering alcoholics, that's kind of sad innit.

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    I couldn't give a fuck what the retards think of me.

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    I get on very well with the locals- probably because they can't speak to me.
    So does another guy- and until recently (pension time) he was doing it rough- the locals actually helped him out. So not to do with money.
    Another chap, call it a cordial stand-off. Not embraced, but things are easy enough.
    Another guy, just tolerated, and often with a grimace- entirely his own fault incidentally. He really should pull his head in.
    Those are the full timers, we've got a couple of other 'fly in fly outs' who get along very well indeed- I guess it helps when you come swanning thru' with wads of cash, but they're good, easy going guys too.
    It seems to me the people here are very tolerant and easy going indeed, but we're on the Laos edge of Isaan. I often wonder if that makes a difference, given the regular gripes I hear from other farangs.
    Best advice I can give in Isaan is be easy going. If you get wound up about every small thing, you'll only give yourself grey hairs and piss off the villagers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    I couldn't give a fuck what the retards think of me.

    Pretty much. Have a few neighbours that have noisy dogs, and I always tell them to shut the damn things up if I'm at home. A few of them don't speak to me anymore because of this. Good. Just let them know their shit stinks as well.
    The missus usually does a good PR job with the immediate neighbours though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    I gained face in my last Bangkok neighbourhood (compound, Baan Suan Ton) when I wrestled a drunk Norweigen guy to the ground using a judo move.


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    Well as the only farang out here, I'm probably one step up from the village idiot, but never had a problem, everyone smiles.

    Now if you can't handle dogs barking, 3 day parties, motorbikes with out muffles and gun fire at the back of the house, you are not going to last long out here. Jim

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    I like my local village, don't mind saying it- but i reckon it helps that I live in a tiny hamlet 3.5km from the village.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    Well as the only farang out here, I'm probably one step up from the village idiot, but never had a problem, everyone smiles.

    Now if you can't handle dogs barking, 3 day parties, motorbikes with out muffles and gun fire at the back of the house, you are not going to last long out here. Jim
    Tell me about the 'gunfire' thing!

    During certain times of the year when the rice crop(s) are getting snacked on by the giant egrets around here, the locals have these sonic guns that sound like an artillery barrage!

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