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18 hours ago, Assurancetourix said:

A few weeks ago , in a restaurant in Sawang on the left side of the first light coming from Sakon Nakhon, khao pat khai ( chicken )  or hmu ( pig )  was 35 baht ; now it's 40 baht as nearly all other restaurant in Sawang and the villages around.

Considering it was probably 25 baht 40 years ago that's still pretty cheap.

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20 hours ago, Assurancetourix said:

It's not a joke ;

A few weeks ago , in a restaurant in Sawang on the left side of the first light coming from Sakon Nakhon, khao pat khai ( chicken )  or hmu ( pig )  was 35 baht ; now it's 40 baht as nearly all other restaurant in Sawang and the villages around.

 

Today a very little MTBike balade : 27 km on red roads .

The photo of the century ( :sorry: but thai people love to make their country as an open garbage can ) :post-4641-1156693976:

 

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Good photo Asterix*-it certainly shows it how it is at times-there were certainly plenty of dumps like that around my neck of the woods..

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3 minutes ago, Odysseus123 said:

Good photo Asterix*-it certainly shows it how it is at times-there were certainly plenty of dumps like that around my neck of the woods..

The worst thing about Thailand for me is when I visit mums and each morning she lights the fire in the backyard to cook whatever, but she uses strips of rubber as firelighters 🤢

The foul rubber/plastic smoke that hangs over the villages all over Thailand is probably the greatest change they could make (aside from political change...)

I remember my childhood in Australia when everyone burnt their rubbish in the backyard, yuk !

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10 minutes ago, HighPriority said:

The worst thing about Thailand for me is when I visit mums and each morning she lights the fire in the backyard to cook whatever, but she uses strips of rubber as firelighters 🤢

The foul rubber/plastic smoke that hangs over the villages all over Thailand is probably the greatest change they could make (aside from political change...)

I remember my childhood in Australia when everyone burnt their rubbish in the backyard, yuk !

Well..that's the great thing about this topic as it seems to take Isaan as it is...the good the bad and the indifferent..

My village had a garbage service but the little pyromaniacs sure did like to light up!

However the chronic dumping along the roads got me down after a while-seeing Asterix's photo reminded me of that.

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47 minutes ago, HighPriority said:

Yes, understand Owl, sometimes I need to remind my wife that it’s the hansum farang’s burden... 🤣🤣😎

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It's not our fault if we are handsome ;

 

When we have lived here for long years, which we all have on this line, ..we notice things that tourists do not see.
The number of Thai-Thai couples where the guy is ugly and old while the woman or the girlfriend is young and super cute ...
I'm sure there are many more than Thai-Farang couples .

and then, when I walk almost lovingly with my 32-year-old daughter-in-law:w00t:, many tourists might believe and believe, moreover, that I am an old-handsome with my gik while this couple is father and daughter. :giggle:

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56 minutes ago, Odysseus123 said:

Good photo Asterix*-it certainly shows it how it is at times-there were certainly plenty of dumps like that around my neck of the woods..

Thank you Odysseus ;

 

Unfortunately yes; far too many secondary roads where ditches are full of garbage;
not to mention the places dedicated to these places which are obviously not maintained;
or the boilers have broken down for ages.
I put, a few weeks ago on this forum, a small report on the place where the garbage trucks of the city of Sawang Daen Din dump their contents.
It has become a huge field of <deleted> which must cover the surface of several football fields over a considerable thickness.
There are a few famine dogs and thousands of birds, it stinks not possible, and some recuperators have built their houses on the spot.
They have kids who live year-round in unbearable filth and smell;
This is also Thailand; as soon as you get out of your house, it looks furiously like what you see in the shocking BBC documentaries on India.

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3 minutes ago, Assurancetourix said:

This is also Thailand; as soon as you get out of your house, it looks furiously like what you see in the shocking BBC documentaries on India.

Actually India (rather like Thailand) is patchy-where I lived and worked-a poorish railway town north of Mumbai-was quite clean or as clean as they could get it..

 

HOWEVER may I remind you that your bike is still slap bang in the middle of the photo?

Oh ha..ha..ha!🤣

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1 hour ago, HighPriority said:

The worst thing about Thailand for me is when I visit mums and each morning she lights the fire in the backyard to cook whatever, but she uses strips of rubber as firelighters 🤢

The foul rubber/plastic smoke that hangs over the villages all over Thailand is probably the greatest change they could make (aside from political change...)

I remember my childhood in Australia when everyone burnt their rubbish in the backyard, yuk !

I'll be brewing my reishi later this morning. I've found the best thing to get the fire started is the compressed paper egg trays. I tear one into smallish pieces and spread them about in the pot. Half a tray is enough to get the fire under way. Put small pieces of charcoal on first and then a big bit on top.

 

When I do the fire, I'll take a couple of pics.

 

Reminds me of my time is special, undercover work. Lighting fires with damp wood and without creating smoke. Didn't want the enemy to know where we were hiding out. They might have come to get us. No, no no! Not easy to light a fire in the jungle, by just using the materials that are lying around.

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1 hour ago, Lacessit said:

With COVID-19 taking the jobs of many of these women, I imagine the desperation level will be even more.

If that's a reference to bar girls, not so, IMO. Every year they go through diminished earnings in low season and either saved enough to get by or just go home and work on the farm. Only difference is that this is destroying the high season and better prospects for a couple of months.

Thais have a far better family support than most farangs are used to.

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26 minutes ago, owl sees all said:

I'll be brewing my reishi later this morning. I've found the best thing to get the fire started is the compressed paper egg trays. I tear one into smallish pieces and spread them about in the pot. Half a tray is enough to get the fire under way. Put small pieces of charcoal on first and then a big bit on top.

 

When I do the fire, I'll take a couple of pics.

 

Reminds me of my time is special, undercover work. Lighting fires with damp wood and without creating smoke. Didn't want the enemy to know where we were hiding out. They might have come to get us. No, no no! Not easy to light a fire in the jungle, by just using the materials that are lying around.

Reminds me of when I bought MIL a new gas double hob cooker. She still got up early every day to start the charcoal fire. Made her own charcoal.

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6 minutes ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Reminds me of when I bought MIL a new gas double hob cooker. She still got up early every day to start the charcoal fire. Made her own charcoal.

Mate Fritz built a lovely house over Don Chillit way. Huge, well equipped kitchen. Visited him three months later and he said his wife had yet to use the kitchen to cook anything. Just used it for storage.

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