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  1. Complicated. I did the reinforced concrete base first, built bricks around the edge of that and then lined the whole thing with the stuff they claimed was pond liner. More concrete went on to the base, covering the plastic and going up the walls. I then built a second row of bricks and filled the gap with concrete. No, your brick wall is too fragile, and you want to be able to sit on the edge anyway... Don't forget a drainage valve somewhere, I did and it makes cleaning difficult.
  2. When I looked 5 years ago all I found was very thin and emminently tearable polythene. Eventually I made a concrete pool, not leaking YET. Plenty of Google results I see.
  3. Looks like you will have to go through Thai divorce courts, as well as applying for custody. I believe that the Thai family courts really do look after the well being of children involved, which traditionally meant that sons go to the mother, daughters to the father. To disqualify your wife from getting custody you will need proof of the mental state of your wife, witnesses, video maybe, not sure if a psychiatric assessment would be of much help. Visitation rights will need to be arranged whatever happens, not that they are easily enforceable here. You need a lawyer. Good luck.
  4. For a long time I was "I really must stop spending so much money on beer some time" but never got around to it. Once I got to "if you don't stop you are going to have to leave Thailand and ditch your wife and kid" I stopped thinking it might be a good idea and knew it was essential. Some people would rather die than stop drinking. Amazing. Not a drop for two years, now 4 -5 small Changs a week, partly because I love walking down to the shop after school with the kids and it's the only thing they have I might like. Not the thin edge of a wedge either. You have to be convinced that it is the right thing to do, not just intellectually but in your gut. Good luck mate.
  5. Leaf miner? Possibly the plants are weakened by transplanting (planting too deep is a common problem), too much water or too much sun? This leaves them open to insect and possibly fungal attack once the insects have left their excrement all over the place. Anyway, if the plants are planted at the same depth as they were in their containers, maybe change watering and buy a combi spray insecticide / fungicide. Difficult to say without actually standing in your garden. You did well to change the soil, maybe you bought the spent mushroom manure you see everywhere and it has sunk down, taking the plants with them?
  6. Be careful with Bai Sadao, it can have drastic effects on the digestive system, if you consume more than a leaf. Another remark: don't take twigs from a tree that has suffered insect attack, it won't possess enough of whatever it is that repels insects.
  7. I believe that there are age limitations if you wish to adopt.
  8. Wood vinegar works both as a preventive and as a pesticide (in my experience). However I must admit that I have occasionally had to get rid of ants carrying aphids up the plant to further produce sugar. That process wasn't very organic but as time goes on the less I have had to apply permethrin to the soil, haven't done that since a year now. I can't vouch for the claim that WV works as a weed killer, not in my garden at any rate, Typical Wood Vinegar Consumption and Dilution.pdf PS I think Isaan aussie gave me this.
  9. The most probable scenario is that the Thais had no money and no insurance. Doesn't matter whose fault it was. The possibility of being breathalysed is just an additional pressure to get money out of the farang. In general, not necessarily in this particular case.
  10. WHAT <deleted> genocide? You mean the one Western powers after the oil, or Islamic states, after the oil, tell you about, or the stated aim of ARSA in 2017, to kill all non-Muslims? Islamic state in Myanmar, later to become a part of Bangladesh... ? Or maybe you mean the genocide in 1942 when the Ros killed 30 000 non-Muslims and drove another 50 000 to the South, leaving the coast clear for these guys to just walk over an unguarded frontier for the last 70 years? Myanmar is giving up on the West and turning more and more towards China, they don't care, great move by the West and the EU.
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