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Hashi Japanese restaurant has now reopened to diners, went last night. Temperature checks, sanitiser, but no ThaiChana. Restaurant was full, lucky we booked a table. Though of course only half full, tables socially distanced but thankfully seating isn't. No alcohol.

 

A lot more restaurants are now open, driving through town I wouldn't say it was lively, but it was no longer looking totally dead.

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Thanks for the update, Stocky, and please keep 'em coming.

 

Not much to report from out here in the sticks of Ranode, Songkhla.

 

I think there are a lot of people acting crazier than normal, but that's about it. I guess it is always kinda like that our here in the sticks, where the demographic tends to be losers, elderly and children because all of the hard-working, young people go off to work in Bangkok, Phuket, etc.

 

On a personal note, I am able to post here with Firefox once again so maybe I'll be contributing more often, although my days of 'moderating in moderation' have come to an unceremonious end.

 

I did notice the people in Muang Ngam (SinghaNakhorn District)  are protesting yet another seawall project like the horrific money-wasting affront to nature up here....but of course now is not the best of times to protest of hold public hearings.

 

We got some pretty hard rain here last night and didn't see it coming since the Satingphra radar has been down since Songkran (or what should have been Songkhla).

 

Anyway, just checking and and hope everyone is well.

 

 

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All good in Hat Yai Nai, apart from masks and the extended school holiday, it's pretty much as was.

 

Completed the fortnightly shop today, Big C Extra was busy, all the stalls have reopened together with all the shops, it's all pretty normal now. QR code worked well with the new Thaichana app, contrary to reports I'd seen on Richard Barrow's website the app only seeks access to location and use of the camera, checking out only requires you press the button, no need to scan the QR code again. Tops (Robinson) is using the QR or sign in requirement now, last visit no one was enforcing compliance.

 

All we need now is for the bars to open and restaurants back to serving alcohol, hopefully in a couple of weeks.

 

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I have been in town for a couple of mornings, it feels like a ghost town.

 

I noticed there is a free food handout on sai 3, with police keeping the queue in check.


Alittle dim sum has closed its doors and are selling up, to my mind it was never that busy anyway, but it’s a shame when restaurants who try to go the extra to provide nice food in a clean environment  are closing up.

 

 

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Does anyone know if the massage shops are open yet?

 

It looks like I am going to have to drive down there to get medicine for my mother-in-law at PSU...My wife and daughter want to go shopping, so I need something to pass the time.

 

On a side note, my mother-in-law had an appointment for today, but the doctors said "don't bring her in because of Covid19".

 

Her real health issue is that she's morbidly obese because of sugar/carb addiction...but they never even raise that issue. So in my view this takes it to another level of ridiculousness....

 

So far the only valid reason I can come up with for going is to prevent my wife from crashing my car...

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On 6/12/2020 at 8:32 AM, phuketsub said:

Does anyone know if the massage shops are open yet?

They should be. Why not give them a call to double check.

 

I've a dental appointment at Bangkok hospital next week, I wonder if they'll reschedule me again? It's only my check-up but they've already moved it from April to June.

 

Had dinner at Samila Seafood last night. We gave them a call on Friday to see if they were open again, yes, but you must order the food first; logical as they're not going to buy in fresh seafood on the off-chance someone will turn up, which is fair enough. Arrived to find the restaurant shuttered and dark, after a phone call we found they've set up a few tables in the next door food court. They're certainly missing the Malaysian tourists who are their best customers. Very enjoyable meal, beer was available and no coffee cup disguise either.

 

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I spoke to the director of the local hospital here (Ranode District) and he said we could re-open our little English school, but only if we buy one of those expensive thermometers, don't use air-com, keep everybody masked, etc.

 

I really don't so how that can work on a practical level, so gonna put it off for another week.

 

 

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At Billin Bistro last night, thankfully they've done away with the social distancing at the table so we were able to sit together as a family group of four this time.

 

The restaurants/bars nearby have all reopened, they were queuing to get into Mi-rin-da, waiting for their temperature checks. Whilst it is a restaurant, it's also very much a bar too. Likewise Sleepless Corner at the top of the road, that also is open. 

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14 hours ago, ThaiCelt said:

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Good to hear it's survived the three months closure.

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I miss Hat Yai. Haven't been able to travel there for three months now.
Hopefully soon I'll make it back there.:)

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On 6/22/2020 at 10:59 AM, MarcelV said:

I miss Hat Yai. Haven't been able to travel there for three months now.
Hopefully soon I'll make it back there.:)

What's it like down your way? You're in Narathiwat, right?

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A sign that things are getting back to normal: I have to renew my work permit and permit-to-stay, but this time the Education Office told me I needed to get fingerprinted at the Police Region 9 Offices in the middle of nowhere in Ratthaphum District...It was hilarious, because in their anti-Covit set-up they had the entire building wrapped in yellow tape that read, in English, do not cross this line..this is a crime scene..

 

Anyway, adding another new layer of bureaucracy...,

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On 6/23/2020 at 2:51 PM, phuketsub said:

What's it like down your way? You're in Narathiwat, right?

Everything here is back to normal. Most people still wear face masks and there is still plenty of hand sanitizer to be found, but otherwise it looks like very little is different from before the crisis. There are no tourists here, so at least that industry didn't get damaged.

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I wonder how Sunai Kolok is doing...have you been down there at all? I always find those little southern border towns so enchanting in a weird way. It's like watching crabgrass claw its way up through  cracks in the pavement...

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