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9 hours ago, bwpage3 said:

Three meals and an ice coke for Milly; 148 baht. It's not as cheap as on the street but it's OK every now and again, as a special treat.

 

What is so special (special treat) about a 148 baht meal for three people?

Well we went to the bank yesterday, and again it was busy. Decided to eat at the restaurant opposite.

 

Three meals, two bottles of coke; 140 Baht. Food was not as clean, and fresh, as it should have been. No tissues on the table; or any table. Water in the jug warm. No tooth pics. Toilet hadn't been cleaned for about 11 years. Mrs Owl didn't even eat her pork balls soaked in dead fish sauce. Certainly not a 'treat' of any sort. But par for the course in these parts.

 

We don't eat out so much. I know it's cheap and cheerful(ish) in Isaan, but I prefer to go hungry at times.

 

Back to Big Care at the week end for another special treat.

 

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A really interesting development at the service station in Bandung. Outside Amazon coffee (never set foot in there), in the pool where the water fall discharges, they have put 10 lovely koi carp.

 

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Went to the oil palm distribution centre near Fao Rai on our travels. Price now 4.80 baht a kilo. Cassava was 2.05 a kilo.

 

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Called Into a eucalyptus wholesaler on the way back. Couldn't believe the prices! Ranged from 3 to 6 Bhat per tree. Didn't look that good either. Most were root-blown (too much root for the pot) and were probably last years stock; or the year before. 

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On 3/6/2020 at 4:58 PM, owl sees all said:

To start with I had Adobe Photoshop before and now I'm using paint. Just no comparison!! Mildred thinks 'Paint' is OK though.

Windows 10 has a sort of basic photoshop. I only use it for cropping and rotating, but it has other options which I haven't used. Just click on any photo and enlarge it, then click on "edit" and select the option desired.

I hate that photoshop is now only rentable.

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20 hours ago, owl sees all said:

Poster, thaibeachlovers, suggested that the Buddha pond was too shallow, He must have contacted our local monks 'cause they are depening it.

Psychic connection.

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On 3/13/2020 at 2:41 PM, owl sees all said:

Three meals, two bottles of coke; 140 Baht. Food was not as clean, and fresh, as it should have been. No tissues on the table; or any table. Water in the jug warm. No tooth pics. Toilet hadn't been cleaned for about 11 years. Mrs Owl didn't even eat her pork balls soaked in dead fish sauce. Certainly not a 'treat' of any sort. But par for the course in these parts.

Sounds like you have a business opportunity. Open a restaurant doing it properly and you'll be minting it. Might be more profitable than the farm.

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35 minutes ago, Kadilo said:

Great stuff. Keep it going. Been back just over a week now. Spent last weekend in Udon, very quiet. Noticeably more so than usual.  Made my way back up here in the NE to the other half’s village where I will stay until heading for Nakhon Phanom for a couple of days before heading back to Udon then back to UK. 

 

Usually back most months but with all the Corona goings on, will probably let’s things settle for a bit, especially with all the self reg stuff coming out past few days. 
 

Seems to be festival season. Every temple seems to have something going on. Some noisy music events, some just hoards of locals listening to the monks for hours. Seems to be a glorified reason for an all day p.iss up for many of the local gents. 
 

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Been down to visit the land. Be a nice view one day watching the sun go down. The old lady has sold all the plots now, mostly foreigners. Mine is the last one to have soil down so the local soil man is badgering me for business. I will probably do it soon especially as it seems many foreigners are looking for land near to the lake.
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The latest addition to the family home. That’s 4 dogs now. I bought them 23 chickens last month and they are now producing around 20 eggs a day. Her mother is over the moon. I think it’s just the fact she can sell something to the neighbors makes her feel Like some kind of business person. 
 

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Been for our usual one hour exercise round the lake. Nice way to watch the sun come up. Usually ends up being around a dozen who turn up at the same time. I’m hoping one day they extend the path round the lake for cycling and walking much as they do along most Mekong resorts such as Nakhon. But for now it’s pleasant enough. After that some grilled fish for me and sticky rice for brekkie. 

 

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Had a local fair and market in the village, finished 2 days ago. Plastic and rubbish still everywhere. This is only a fraction of it. This is where Thailand let’s itself down. Light years behind.

 

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Today will probably cruising around the lake on my scooter. It’s about 40km in all and I love it. Roads are dead. 
 

Have a good day. 
 

 

 

Fantastic post. Wouldn't expect anything else from an Iron's fan though.

 

Where is the lake you speak of Kadilo? Is it inside the big ring road. Any fishing?

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2 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Sounds like you have a business opportunity. Open a restaurant doing it properly and you'll be minting it. Might be more profitable than the farm.

Restaurants seem to open and close down all the time around here. Although the better ones stick around for ever. The restaurant in the bus station in Bandung is a good one. Also the one, on the left, just past the river going out of Phen is OK. We only went to the bank one because it was handy at that time. Horrible!!

 

Mrs Owl does make a nice cuppa. And also this pot noodle soup stuff; not bad. She boils eggs nice too.

 

Most of her cooked stuff is inedible. Not sure we could 'minting it' under any stretch.

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1 hour ago, owl sees all said:

Fantastic post. Wouldn't expect anything else from an Iron's fan though.

 

Where is the lake you speak of Kadilo? Is it inside the big ring road. Any fishing?

The village is Beung Khong Long, about 2 and half hours from Udon in the Bung Kan province. The main road runs all around the lake,  around 40km.
 

Yes, the boats are out early fishing. I’ve seen a lot of the children fishing and pull out mainly small fry. I’ve had a go myself without any luck but something I will get into more on the future as I love a day at the lake. 

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35 minutes ago, Kadilo said:

The village is Beung Khong Long, about 2 and half hours from Udon in the Bung Kan province. The main road runs all around the lake,  around 40km.
 

Yes, the boats are out early fishing. I’ve seen a lot of the children fishing and pull out mainly small fry. I’ve had a go myself without any luck but something I will get into more on the future as I love a day at the lake. 

Found it on Google Earth. Just shy of 20 km2. Big indeed!

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24 minutes ago, Odysseus123 said:

so I hope that it rains for you soon.

You've got the magic touch...first rain for us right now since who knows when!

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1 hour ago, owl sees all said:

Found it on Google Earth. Just shy of 20 km2. Big indeed!

Just north-east of Ban Dung there is a large lake, Huay Chiam or Jiam, ฮวย เจียม. We were offered 50 rai for 2 million baht, good land, just high enough to avoid flooding, its status was Nor Sor Sam, could be upgraded to chanote status in 3 years, the owner claimed. There was no electricity within 2 km but we thought we'd be okay with solar power.

The thing that turned us against it was its isolation. The missus said she would pop home (15km away), every 3 days or so, but the family reckoned at night it could be downright dangerous. We planned to have approx 20 buffaloes, which coupled with farm and solar power machinery might be tempting for serious robbers.

The land is 2 km from the nearest house and next to a bumpy dirt road which ends at the lake.

Still, 50 rai of nice land for 2 million baht. So tempting!

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