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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post


    They say that cold and crisp is better than warm (not so cold) and wet... but not in a short-sleeved summer shirt and a coat with a broken zip.

    I'm going shopping tomorrow for a jumper.

    Does that mean you are going to take a day off? Or are you going shopping after work?

    Don't forget to buy some nice warm socks that don't have holes in them.

    Did you investigate buying online from the UK as was suggested?
    The jumper and jacket looked good. Waterproof and warm.

    There are many times when Isaan isn't so wonderful but it is never too bloody cold, for me anyway, maybe for Thai's it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'm going shopping tomorrow for a jumper.
    Last week when buying the watch strap you walked Södra Hamngatan from The British Shop, passing The Golden Days (which was a good restaurant when I lived in Gothenburg, English style but real food) then turning right walking Östra Hamngatan up to the watch shop.
    There is a H&M shop in that corner where you turned right.
    If you continue on Södra Hamngatan (crossing Östra Hamngatan) you come to the tram stop Brunnsparken and on the other side of the canal you have the shopping center Femman Nordstan on Norra Hamngatan with many clothing stores. Intersport Nordstan is one of them..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'm going shopping tomorrow for a jumper
    Get yourself a woolly beanie hat you can pull down over your ears, they make a massive difference with the cold and wind.

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    Thanks again guys for your ongoing advice and concern regarding my warmth.

    While talking to the wife yesterday I mentioned that I was thinking of buying a new jumper and she asked why I was doing that as she reckoned she'd packed one for me, all those months ago before I left home. I must admit I was very submissive of that comment...

    But decided to check anyway.



    And sure enough my jumper was folded away underneath my unworn PPE. I could have sworn I'd left it at my mum's house last Christmas to save lugging back and forth every year.



    What a result... a warm jumper and I didn't even have to take a day off work! Although I must admit I feel slightly foolish having been walking around feeling cold for the past few weeks with a jumper in my bag, but at least now I know why my bag was so heavy!

    This was all just as well because it was minus 3 again today.




    Colonel Saunders does a different menu in Sweden so I celebrated finding my jumper last night with his 'ala carte' meatballs!

    It's looking increasingly unlikely that I'll be going back to the UK to see my mum for Christmas due to concern about exposing her to Covid, so now I buy wine for the motivational messages rather than taste. This work trip really is starting to feel endless.


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    ^ Dafgårds meatballs with green peas! That's IKEA++
    but I think you have added some peas, it's an excessive amount of them on your plate..

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    It's looking increasingly unlikely that I'll be going back to the UK to see my mum for Christmas due to concern about exposing her to Covid,
    If you think Sweden is on the up then have a look at England, BoJo is expected to introduce even more stringent restrictions Dec. 1st.
    I read about a Swedish pharmacy chain who has sold 70.000 face masks per week during the autumn. Last week they sold 500.000..
    Do you notice a higher mask usage in Gothenburg? Ah that's a dumb question, you have barely been out.
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    Hang on, your misses packed your bag and you haven't even checked whats in it?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Hang on, your misses packed your bag and you haven't even checked whats in it?!
    Yeah, He sort of glossed that part over. Over a month of complaining about the cold, finding a broken jacket that didnt work while all the while there was a sweater in the bag. Mendip go through that bag well before you go through customs next. You could be in for a bigger surprise.

    You are now bestowed with the famous California term. "Space Case".

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Mendip go through that bag well before you go through customs next. You could be in for a bigger surprise.
    could be a pair of new socks down in the bottom..

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    Gloves and a hat, even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Hang on, your misses packed your bag and you haven't even checked whats in it?!
    Our routine goes like this...

    I lay out the stuff I need for a work trip on the sofa for my wife to pack. She seems to think that because she's female, that make her a better folder and packer (complete nonsense of course but being the ever considerate husband I let her get on with it). After she's finished I secretly go through the bag and take out the extra stuff that she's sneaked in. She knows my hatred of carrying around superfluous clothing and is getting good at hiding stuff.

    The jumper I missed as she hid it under my PPE at the bottom of the bag - I haven't needed my PPE this trip and so haven't unpacked it. I also found a second pair of jeans down there as well which I have no need for. My coat I've had all along as even a summer work trip in Norway usually requires a coat of some sort, but it isn't anywhere near man enough for a Swedish winter, that's for sure.

    Sadly my wife forgot to pack and hide extra socks, hat or gloves! But to be fair, if she had and I'd discovered them I would have just taken them out and wonder why on earth she was packing winter clothing for a summer work trip?

    I did re-discover my gym socks but draw the line at wearing white socks with shoes.

    Maybe I should listen to her more? As she constantly reminds me... several times a day... At least I think that's what she's going on about!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Sadly my wife forgot to pack and hide extra socks
    Your ICA grocery shop also sell socks

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    ^ Well there's a thought... but I've never noticed them.

    I'm on to it!

    Oh, and as to your comment above, yes, I did add a few extra peas!

    And, I do go out some times and have noticed mask wearing in Sweden to be slightly on the rise. Now you will see the very occasional person wearing one in the shops, compared to no-one at all a few weeks ago. People generally keep their distance from one another and restaurants and pubs seem to be good at separating tables (apart from a student place close to The Red Lion that always seems to be packed). I would say that overall mask wearing in Sweden is very low... maybe one person in 50?

    There was a second case of confirmed Covid in the office and now pretty much everyone seems to be 'working' from home now, and that is affecting efficiency for sure and is one contributing factor as to why my work load seems to be never ending just now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Hang on, your misses packed your bag and you haven't even checked whats in it?!
    ROFL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    now pretty much everyone seems to be 'working' from home
    No socks required then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I also found a second pair of jeans down there as well which I have no need for.
    So how do you wash your current pair of jeans?

    Or do you not do laundary at all? Perhaps that's why no one in the office is coming in anymore?



    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Hang on, your misses packed your bag and you haven't even checked whats in it?!
    To be fair, I let my missus pack my bags for work trips too.

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    ^ I'm way ahead of ya KW... I have a couple of old pairs of trousers for offshore.

    I wear them on laundry day... and yes, I do do laundry every week.

    The office is completely deserted apart from about five of us contractors, and that's nothing to do with my hygiene. There was a second confirmed Covid case amongst the office staff last week and now hardly anyone comes in. Contractors are gradually reducing in number as they finish their rotations but aren't replaced due to no-one wanting to get caught up with self-isolation over Christmas. I reckon I'll be on me own in week or so. I still have no idea what I'll do over Christmas with Covid on the up here and I'm thinking it increasingly risky to stay with my mum for my quarantine period on arrival in the UK. North Somerset will go into Tier 3 after the lockdown finishes on Wednesday so it's a pretty shite situation all round.

    There's work to do... I may just go completely bah humbug and forget all about Christmas this year and work through... if they want me of course. To be honest I'll be glad to see the back of 2020 but if I can keep working there will be at least one positive to take from it. Much as I hate being away from home so long now, it wasn't a good feeling back in June watching the money going down but being unable to work. After this at least that pressure will be gone.

    Anyway, it's not all doom and gloom...

    Yesterday a package arrived for me at home and my daughter kindly opened it for me!



    And for any other collectors out there... the Bangkok Airways logo.



    Many thanks Lom... your Christmas pressie should be in the post by now!

    This forum never ceases to amaze me. Earlier this year I sorted out 7 years of Aussie tax mess using a contact Ootai put me on to, and now even during these desperate times of Covid I can add to my airline spoon collection thanks to Lom!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post

    To be fair, I let my missus pack my bags for work trips too.
    Similar to Mendip, I was told that I'm no good at it, so she always does it and tells me to go away!

    Man of the year Teakdoor top tip: be as useless at washing up/ironing/cleaning the house as you are at packing your bags and you may also be told not to do these chores as well. Ha ha!

    It was a cunning plan that I hatched and which has paid off well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    There's work to do... I may just go completely bah humbug and forget all about Christmas this year and work through... if they want me of course.
    I would.

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    I'm getting into uncharted territory this work trip... I'm on my fourth tube of toothpaste, my socks are wearing out and this morning I took my last vitamin pill.



    But on the good side I've discovered a new food source... Thai-Cubes.

    Stick the box straight from the freezer in the microwave for six minutes... and ingeniously a red curry chicken with separate rice!

    A box in a box.



    Not bad at all either... all things considered.



    I may start eating more of this kind of shite as I think I'll stop my Red Lion visits... 117 people died of Covid over the weekend in Sweden and it seems they are well and truly into the second wave. The Swedes were hoping that their relaxed Covid policy was going to help the population build up some immunity but it isn't working out that way.

    I'm starting to consider the possibility of a lonely Swedish Christmas... I can't risk taking Covid back to my mum in the UK and if these guys have work I may as well keep earning. I just hope my head holds together... it's been way too much work and I'm starting to feel a bit ragged, and it's not a nice feeling just now to be considering working through the festive season. A pretty shit feeling in fact.

    But in the meantime, hopefully my new MAN pills will give some protection. I've got 100 of the buggers and I surely hope that I'll be finishing these back home in Korat.



    The Christmas carols were playing in the shop tonight but I'd rather forget all about Christmas this year. I guess I should be glad they waited until December.

    And there were some festive anchors... bah humbug.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    and if these guys have work I may as well keep earning
    yes - an old bloke gave me the advice years ago - ride the job to the end as you never know how long it will be until the next

    and keep on your toes with social distancing and hand hygiene

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    Chin Up mate!

    You'll just have to figure out how to have an online Xmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Thai-Cubes.
    They are not too bad.

    4 or such different types

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    just pretend you are on the indian roster - 1 on , 2 off

    1 year on , 2 weeks off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'm starting to consider the possibility of a lonely Swedish Christmas... I can't risk taking Covid back to my mum in the UK and if these guys have work I may as well keep earning
    Pull yourself together, you work loving fukkin scratcher and see Xmas and New Year in with a family member thats not a mushy pea, you wanker


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I lay out the stuff I need for a work trip on the sofa for my wife to pack. She seems to think that because she's female, that make her a better folder and packer (complete nonsense of course but being the ever considerate husband I let her get on with it)
    Funny stuff. Long before I met my wife I traveled a lot for work. I never went without, always had what I needed and learned many tricks to packing business attire to avoid having to iron them but really didn't care as it was a business trip and if all else fails call house keeping and have them iron it for me as the company pays.

    Later after I got married my wife all of sudden just "Took Over" the packing of things anywhere we traveled. When I said I will pack my own shit that did not go over to well for some reason. Apparently all the years prior to meeting her I had been doing it all wrong....

    Now its lay it all out and she will, with tendering loving care, pack it for me.

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