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    ^^^^ Advice #1: If you're the one paying the bills, you call the shots. You say where you're living, not ask. There's an okay school in Rayong.


    With a bit of a head on me this morning, I could certainly do with that fresh air, and possibly an Arctic Ocean plunge. Have you ever been on a ship or rig when someone's gone overboard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I know Rawlins well, who used to post on here.
    Tell him to come back, he was a very funny and likeable poster!

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    @mendip - thanks again for the pics & stories. If you're still there until winter, the changes will be interesting to see. (yes, I've experienced winters - it was cold & depressing. First few snows were nice, after that - bleh.)

    @edmond - hmm. If you're both paying the bills, then where you live is a joint decision. Also, re: mendip, I think they (she) owns the house & land? I think it would be a bit difficult to move if you've got real property (not a condo). You'd have to find a buyer or renter of the property.

    Re: beaches & islands, on my first visit to Puerto Galera, I fancied the idea of buying land & retiring there. I liked the idea of being near a beach. But on my 2nd visit, I noticed some things: they had power cuts, water supply problems in the summer, price of petrol & manufactured goods are higher - the realities of living in a small island. Of course if $$ is not an issue, then those things are trivial. But for an ordinary citizen like me, then those matter. So I scrapped that idea of small island life. I'll stay in Luzon (near Manila) and just go for occasional trips to the beach, and/ or buy a beachside property in Luzon.

    Re: island life, Topper's living in a smaller island in PI and he's experienced power cuts & lack of choices for manufactured goods or restos. Realities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    ^^^^ Advice #1: If you're the one paying the bills, you call the shots. You say where you're living, not ask. There's an okay school in Rayong.


    With a bit of a head on me this morning, I could certainly do with that fresh air, and possibly an Arctic Ocean plunge. Have you ever been on a ship or rig when someone's gone overboard?
    Yes... I know what you're saying...

    It's not just the Isaan factor... by and large offshore workers tend to live where their spouses come from as we spend maybe six months a year away from home. Relocating to the coast is a work in progress... but it will always be difficult to relocate to somewhere my wife has no life and then disappear for three months. It may have to wait until I retire... so never.

    We used to live in Perth WA and I do have moments when I wonder what on earth possessed me to move to Korat (OK... it was tax!!!). Perth has lots of coastline!

    But to be honest... apart from having no coast, no decent bars and very little entertainment on offer, oh... and being stinking hot and being an awful long way from the airport, Korat isn't so bad. And anyway, my dogs need me.

    As for a man overboard... the only instance I have known was when a very drunk ROV guy got it wrong and ended up in Great Yarmouth docks. The client was asleep and that was very much hushed up. I guess incidents like that led to today's zero tolerance.

    The surface water here is 8 degrees... a very cold plunge to get rid of a hangover and you wouldn't survive long. I lose interest in my pool at home when the water goes below 23 degrees.

    And way off topic regarding my commute to work... but on the topic of a man overboard... or a woman to be exact. A newspaper clipping (Page 3 of the Daily Mirror from 1948) about my mum's uncle, my Great Uncle I guess... (yes, a boring shift tonight...)


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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Tell him to come back, he was a very funny and likeable poster!
    I'll send him a message... haven't been in touch for a year or so.

    The last time I worked with him we shared a cabin on a crappy old dive vessel on the Nile Delta. He was a very tidy cabin mate!

    We went to Laos for a couple of days a few years ago and he persuaded me to start posting on TD... but he was supposed to start again as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @mendip - thanks again for the pics & stories. If you're still there until winter, the changes will be interesting to see. (yes, I've experienced winters - it was cold & depressing. First few snows were nice, after that - bleh.)

    @edmond - hmm. If you're both paying the bills, then where you live is a joint decision. Also, re: mendip, I think they (she) owns the house & land? I think it would be a bit difficult to move if you've got real property (not a condo). You'd have to find a buyer or renter of the property.

    Re: beaches & islands, on my first visit to Puerto Galera, I fancied the idea of buying land & retiring there. I liked the idea of being near a beach. But on my 2nd visit, I noticed some things: they had power cuts, water supply problems in the summer, price of petrol & manufactured goods are higher - the realities of living in a small island. Of course if $$ is not an issue, then those things are trivial. But for an ordinary citizen like me, then those matter. So I scrapped that idea of small island life. I'll stay in Luzon (near Manila) and just go for occasional trips to the beach, and/ or buy a beachside property in Luzon.

    Re: island life, Topper's living in a smaller island in PI and he's experienced power cuts & lack of choices for manufactured goods or restos. Realities.

    Yes Katie... it wouldn't be easy to relocate. It would also take a lot of energy to start somewhere else again. I've put a lot of time and energy building things on my (wifes) property and it's a nice home to live in... just wish I could move it somewhere else.

    And as for islands, I told my wife I'd like to live on a small island with no-one else, just us, the dogs and the chickens. She said, 'good luck...'

    Maybe I have become a bit anti-soical.

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    ^yup, good luck with that idea. I like my malls & being away from the big city for only an hour or so. Where I live, it's still provincial but near enough to the city. My dad grew up in a very small, provincial town. It's nice for occasional visits, but too quiet & isolated for me. Heck, he left it for better education & job prospects!

    I've visited islands small enough to have only resorts/ cottages for guests (during a boat tour in Coron, Palawan - there's a thread about that in the PI section). Sure, it sounds idyllic, but you have to think of practicalities - you'd have to set up your own electricity, water, internet, supplies, etc. Plus, being in the Philippines, what if there's a typhoon/ earthquake / tsunami (or all of the above) and the island is cut off from the mainland? The realities of living off grid...

    Anyway, enough of maudlin thoughts. It's Friday! Cheers & keep on trucking, or in your case, sailing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I like my malls
    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Anyway, enough of maudlin thoughts.
    Poor Mr Katie, a lifetime of being dragged around shops having rehearsed "Yes dear you look great in that/those/them"

    I hope he's practicing

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    ^lol. He's in training.

    We hike too, occasionally (not now during the pandemic). I'm more athletic than him.

    Btw, how are Mrs Toot's rooms? Any update on those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ^lol. He's in training.

    We hike too, occasionally (not now during the pandemic). I'm more athletic than him.

    Btw, how are Mrs Toot's rooms? Any update on those?
    Sorry for hijacking your thread Mendip.

    Katie, does he realise he's being trained and kept fit. i think one day he'll be having a rare beer with his mates and suddenly the penny will drop and he'll go "Hang on a minute, are you lot telling me that every Saturday you lot go out and get beered up and have balut and watch footy whilst i am getting beasted up a 1 in 3 hill carrying Katie's bags"

    Mrs Toots' Looms are nearly done, came in nearer 900K as she's went for some upmarket paint and a wall...the minx...She has deposits for all 5 and is getting phone inquiries still - she could have let them 3 times over so far so its looking good despite the economy.

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    Do Flipas snog after eating Balut?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Sorry for hijacking your thread Mendip.
    What a twat.

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    ^behave, dear snubs. Play nice.

    @mendip - sorry for hijacking the thread. Tell the Filipino cooks "magandang umaga/ gabi" (good morning/ evening) when you get food from them. Also "salamat" (thank you) and they'll be sweet on you. You may even get corned beef which isn't overcooked! (but yeah, many Filipino cooks overcook stuff - someone mentioned in one of my threads that Pinoy food is like "something that looks like the Dementors of Azkaban have razed through." Lol.

    For the offshore guys here, what's the appropriate footwear for walks on that ship's deck? Mendip's shoes have taken a beating.

    @toot - would appreciate it if you updated the" looms" thread. I'd like to see the finished product. The BF and I had a laugh re: your comments on his "training". He's lost several kg during the past months in his bid to be healthier. Cheers!

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    ^ Katie, my Merrell 'Low Rise Hiking Shoes' have been more than up to the job of walking around the helideck. I can't recommend them enough... after three weeks of 4 mile walks the soles are virtually untouched. My trainers were knackered after two days.

    Merrell Men's All Out Blaze Sieve Low Rise Hiking Shoes, Brown (Brindle/B. Scotch), 11 UK: Amazon.co.uk: Shoes & Bags

    The problem now is that the weather has taken a distinct downturn and the helideck's been closed for a couple of days.



    Out at sea we have 6m waves which is beyond our safe working limit, so we came in to shelter between some islands and do a bit of nearshore work... which is now sadly nearly finished. So we'll have to soon head back out to sea again and wait for the weather to come down to start working.



    A ferry passed by earlier... rather them than me.



    The midnight sun is a thing of the past and feels an age ago. The change in three weeks is amazing, it now gets almost dark and the winter is well and truly drawing in.



    Tomorrow I may even have to try the gym as the helideck will still be closed... I'll have to test out my newly glued trainers.

    But it's such a pain... Covid measures rule that only two people are allow in the gym at a time, so you have to sign your name beforehand... and of course everyone wants to use it at the same time either side of shift change.

    In fact it's hard to find any aspect of life not effected by Covid... a few months ago while I was home my daughter said to me that she was starting to dislike the Chinese for giving Covid to the world, and much as I didn't want to condone any racist thoughts in a child so young it was very hard to disagree with her.

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    14 hour days eh. I thought 12 was standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ The name doesn't ring any bells... but I have no involvement with the industry in Thailand. For a long time all my work has been Europe or West Africa.

    I know Rawlins well, who used to post on here. He's also in the industry... worked on a couple of jobs together in the past.
    Ah. Rawlins. The guy who's picture comes up when you Google Emma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    a few months ago while I was home my daughter said to me that she was starting to dislike the Chinese for giving Covid to the world, and much as I didn't want to condone any racist thoughts in a child so young it was very hard to disagree with her
    you could have pointed out that America has prolonged it by initial denials and inadequate care, or that a disease can occur anywhere, or remind her of the Spanish Flu, German Measles or mention that it was not a deliberate act... or I dunno, tell her that disliking an entire race of people for a disease that they suffered from also is just plain silly and racist?
    #PrayforKaren

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    thinking of you mate,been watching the documentaries on true about DISASTER'S at sea.hurry home the cider is waiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post



    and now moored in Hammerfest... Tough job innit, with that pace the job could last for the remaining of this year.

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    ^ Here's hoping!

    We're only moored until midday... then back out into the storm so we're on site and ready as soon as it's workable.

    Can't waste a minute of good weather... it's gonna be a miserable steam out there beam on to the weather.

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    We sailed out into the bad weather this morning... didn't get a lot of sleep.

    This afternoon we were still in transit and the helideck was closed...





    Photos don't really show much, but it's surprising how much movement there is during a transit in weather...



    So, my first trip to the gym! And I do believe that after three weeks of this I'm finally starting to lose some weight.


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    that's a great video, really shows the movement that a photo cannot. What a difference from a few weeks ago.

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    @mendip - great vid! My only complaint - why is there no greeting such as "Hi guys, welcome to my channel"?

    Good luck on the weight loss. Try intermittent fasting (16:8). It's what I've been doing, coupled with exercise. In one month, I've lost some weight and am happy with my progress. Cheers!

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    Imagine working out in the gym after a belly full of beans and fried spam while that storm is going on.
    Made me queasy looking at it, then again I was sea sick on the jolly roger pirate ship in Tenerife.

    As a matter of interest Mendip, what's your gym routine workout?

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    You've got a Concept 2 ergo rower on board?!

    All your problems are solved. You are hereby tasked to train for (Google will help you with this) and row the fastest 2km you can muster. It's a great challenge. The rower's equivalent of the runner's 5km.

    My current PB is 7minutes flat. If you can beat that I'll happily travel to Mendips and drink a vat of scrumpy in your honour.

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