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    Deep fried anything, Katie.

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    ^ What was the relevance of the '24' written on your socks Dirk? I thought you rig guys just wrote 'L' and 'R' on your footwear?


    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Spam is the devil's fucking spawn.
    I would have to disagree... a SPAM sandwich dunked in a bowl of Heinz Tomato Soup is one of the few pleasures left in my life.


    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    Mate I don't mean to be so harsh but you were moaning about what looked like a delicious meal with pudding as well, that is just unacceptable.

    ... that picture of your daughter and Yogi you posted was unbelievable I have never seen him look like that before.
    I now trust what you told me about him. I would love to spend more time with him...
    Ootai, I thought it was just tongue in cheek, cynical humour, but I've also heard from another source that I have a tendency to moan... so from now on I'll try and make my posts a bit more upbeat... LOL

    You'll be pleased to know that I ate the apple crumble with custard and very good it was too... even if it did contain way to many cloves for my taste... ROFL

    Oh, and I can hook you up with Yogi but it seems a bit weird...


    The crew changed passed without incident but caused a lot of disruption to my last shift. Two young, keen staff geos have been assigned to my project to help move it along... I'll lose time while getting them up to speed but after that progress should pick up markedly. One of the young geos is of the female persuasion which is always nice.

    Tonight I went into the gym and there was someone else there.



    This is one of our online surveyors who should have been on shift but sneaked down to the gym while we're in transit back out to the field. He used to live in the Philippines but sold up and brought his family back to Norway last year because Covid just made it impossible to travel for work. I only mention this because I thought Katie may be interested... I don't know whereabouts he lived but I do know that wherever it was they don't speak Tagalog but some other language... he told me three times what it was but I still couldn't pick it up so eventually I just pretended that I'd understood him, but I think it began with a 'B'.

    Anyway, he pissed me off tonight... when I arrived he was doing some ridiculous speed on this bike thing and after half an hour, instead of collapsing he jumped on the treadmill next to mine and started showing off. I left early tonight... but I reckon I've got 20 years on him and like to see him do that in his 50s. Thankfully I should have the gym to myself again tomorrow night once we're back on operations.

    One of the English guys that came on brought the toe guards that I'd sent to him from Amazon... but I fukked up and there wasn't one in each pack but six. I now have enough toe guards to cover a lifetime of pond cleaning. Maybe Ootai would like a couple for his manky fingers... LOL




    More prefect Norwegian bananas came on board with the new stores. They even come pre-separated so all you have to do is take one out of the bowl without fiddling about. A pic for Headworx.




    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Lucky for the whales, no contamination for them...
    It's funny that you say that Klondyke...

    Tonight's menu.



    Yes, you won't see that on the menu in many parts of the world.



    Personally I don't eat it... I think whaling is cruel, unnecessary and I don't agree with it. It's strange how two of the wealthiest nations on the planet insist on continuing the practice, but anyway, if you're interested... tastes similar to a cross between steak and liver by all accounts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    What was the relevance of the '24' written on you socks Dirk? I thought you rig guys just wrote 'L' and 'R' on your footwear?
    Ouch!

    Obviously a good wind-up but some may like to know 24 was Dirk's cabin number on a site and the laundry staff will have written that on them so they knew which room to return them too once washed. Funny story of a job in PNG once when the 3 support Helicopters arrived with a team of about 10 pilots and engineers. They all wore those light blue shirts aviation guys tend to prefer and a new laundry girl who'd been told to mark each room's washing with a permanent marker really went to town, she wrote numbers about 12 inches in length on the backs of their shirts. They looked more like a soccer team than an aviation crew after that

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    @dirk - I saw a guy eat deep fried pizza in a Scotland travel vlog. Ugh...

    @mendip - the language was probably Bisaya. It's spoken in the central islands (eastern Visayas region like Cebu) and in parts of Mindanao, like Davao (where Pres Du30 is from). I don't speak Bisaya - only know a few words. I speak Tagalog since I'm from south Luzon (or the "mainland", near Manila).

    I think Graceless Fawn (another Filipina on TD, she comes & goes) speaks both Bisaya & Tagalog.

    It's like Thai lamguage being spoken in BKK and surrounds (Tagalog) while Lao is spoken in Isaan (Bisaya). That's my analogy.

    Re: travel & the Norwegian's work during covid - yeah, it's tough to travel around PH now. To go to another island you'd need a test plus sometimes home quarantine. Topper can't go to another island to file his spouse visa, since he'll need to quarantine for 14 days in that island, and another 14 days when he returns to his island.

    I've only left my province once since March last year, and that was to fix some papers in Manila (considered as essential travel).
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    HW is right, it’s my room number, but only so they can sort them again after washing as I have to collect my laundry.

    And for the record, Mendip, my work socks do have L and R on them. Makes no difference to the morbidly obese that need other people to pull their socks on for them

    Katie, seriously, if you haven’t tried a batter pizza have you really ever lived?
    Lang may yer lum reek...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Graceless Fawn (another Filipina on TD, she comes & goes)
    Indeed, katie.


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    Hey Mendip, we saw this in the grocery in the back....

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    Then out in the main store...

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    ^ Often used as sausage meat, most people have eaten spam.
    Packed in a tin or packed in a skin, same same but different.

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    @topper - lol. Filipinos love their Spam. Btw was that Korean instant noodles at the back of the Spam tower?

    The last time I bought Spam, I bought the less sodium version _wasn't too salty.

    @dirk - if ever I go to Scotland, I'll try out the deep fried Mars bars, Spam fritters and fried pizza!

    @cyrille - LOL on that!

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    ^^^ That is just superb Topper... you'd need a small fortune to buy that lot in Thailand. I think it's about 260 Baht a tin.

    It's things like this that make me regret moving to Thailand. Korat is a Spam desert and even Villa Market have been out of stock the last few times I've visited Bangkok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    It's things like this that make me regret moving to Thailand. Korat is a Spam desert and even Villa Market have been out of stock the last few times I've visited Bangkok.
    You've got to learn how to order online on internet from Expatfoods/Britishop. It is not difficult.

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    If you wanna see love for spam, you should try Korea.

    At Christmas you can treat your loved ones to a spam gift pack!

    Socks or spam? Hmmmm. Tough choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    You've got to learn how to order online on internet from Expatfoods/Britishop. It is not difficult.
    There's a Brit shop on Lazada. I got 12 packs of out of date Wotsits for 100bht.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    You've got to learn how to order online on internet from Expatfoods/Britishop. It is not difficult.
    Yeah - he will not even order himself a decent steak on line........

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    There's a Brit shop on Lazada. I got 12 packs of out of date Wotsits for 100bht.
    That's a good thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Korat is a Spam desert
    That is a bad thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I think it's about 260 Baht a tin.
    Here, its 180 pesos (118B).

    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Btw was that Korean instant noodles at the back of the Spam tower?
    To be honest, I've never looked. We very rarely eat instant noodles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I would have to disagree... a SPAM sandwich dunked in a bowl of Ya Dong is one of the few pleasures left in my life.
    Aperitif ?
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    Ootai, I thought it was just tongue in cheek, cynical humour, but I've also heard from another source that I have a tendency to moan.
    Divorce them both

    You are not a moaner
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    What was the relevance of the '24' written on your socks Dirk? I thought you rig guys just wrote 'L' and 'R' on your footwear?


    Oldie but goodie

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    Happy Friday to ya Mendy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    You are not a moaner
    Thank you Helge, I've always liked you.


    There's not much of interest going on out here at the moment. We're a few kilometres north of Ĺsgard carrying out a large grid survey for a new development, specifically looking for coral mounds and reefs. This is the first stage or a series of surveys, if the presence of coral is ascertained it has to be avoided and then more detailed surveys will be carried out at suitable locations. This survey will cover an area of 6km square and take 4 days.

    This photo is just to show the wake at the stern of the vessel... the survey ROV is doing 2 metres/sec (4 knts) and at this speed the movement of the vessel keeping up with the ROV is very obvious.



    These cold water corals are fascinating. The coral mounds can be tens of metres across and maybe 4 metres high, and will be many thousands of years old. to be honest, in areas like this there is rarely much live coral left having been smashed to shit by trawling, but the oil industry has to be whiter than white and so studiously avoids interfering with any coral mounds or reefs, even if they are completely dead.

    Many warm water, tropical corals live in symbiosis with green algae and gain nourishment from the sugars the algae produce by photosynthesis. These cold water corals live in deep water, well beyond the photic zone where no photosynthesis can occur, and are thought to survive in ecosystems gaining nourishment from up-welling, hydrocarbon rich, gas and fluids originating from the underlying reservoirs thousands of metres below the seabed.

    But anyway, enough of that. Someone asked what my daughter eats when I come away to work... was it Snubs? Well, she sent me pics of her tea tonight and it doesn't look too bad... fish and a cheesy potato...



    And mushy peas!



    I'm glad that she's getting fed some Western food but a bit pissed off that she's developed a taste for my Batchelor's mushy peas... they're like gold dust in Korat.

    LOL

    That reminds me... a pic of Yogi for Ootai... he really is a strange one.

    Yogi, that is...



    But he looks after his master. Yogi was also trying to tell me something a few weeks ago...




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post




    His claws are as ragged and messed up as your toenails....

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    ^ Yeah, but at least he's got the full compliment.

    I'm currently down to nine but the way things are looking it'll be eight very shortly.

    I know one thing... if my dogs ever start sniffing any other part of my body I'll get it checked out pronto. I don't want anything else falling off.


    Hang on a minute... Edit: That post included some fascinating facts about cold water corals yet you focus on the state of my toe nails? I don't know why I bother sometimes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    my Batchelor's mushy peas... they're like gold dust in Korat.
    Bring out your credit card and order some for the girl


    https://www.google.com/search?q=Batchelor's+mushy+peas
    Last edited by lom; 10-09-2021 at 07:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    His claws are as ragged and messed up as your toenails....
    True! If you are going to own soi dogs, then at least trim those nails.
    Last edited by bsnub; 11-09-2021 at 06:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    True! If you are going to own soi dogs, then at least trim those nails. That is inhumane.
    I've never had to trim my dogs nails, they tend to file down naturally when walking on hard surfaces.
    I concur, Mendips nails are inhumane

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