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How Do I Survive Living At The Farm ... Tips And Tricks Please!

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I worry about the sheltered life you have led David - never been camping before? The village is either going to make a man of you or send you screaming back to towntongue.png

Sorry, I'll stop making fun at your expense. You'll probably have to shell out on some ingredients at the market yourself if you are to avoid internal organ soup, fiery bamboo curry, somtam and the like. Perhaps buy them one of those round barbecue tops with holes if they haven't got one. Makes good wholseome barbecued meat and fish and nice healthy vegetable soup in the ring around the edge. They should know how to do it i you buy the gear and some fresh meat. Most Thais are used to falang not liking spicy food so don't be too ashamed to state your preferences.

Under no circumstamces eat somtam with rotten fish ('palaar') or laarp plaa with uncooked fish. Could give you parasites (it did me), followed by liver cancer.

Really!...tell us how did it end up giving you liver cancer?..interesting.

Krisb; The following article should enlighten you: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/world/asia/26iht-thailand.html?_r=0

The raw fish that is so avidly consumed in the stilt houses that sit among rice paddies and wetlands of the country’s northern provinces contain parasites that can accumulate in the liver and lead to a deadly cancer. Known as bile duct cancer, it is relatively uncommon in most parts of the world but represents the majority of the 70 liver cancer deaths a day in Thailand, according to Dr. Banchob Sripa, the head of the tropical disease research laboratory at nearby Khon Kaen University.

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Problem solved (for me anyway) ... I have no intention, zip, zero zilch of eating raw fish ... so the problem is solved ... biggrin.png

ditto ... chicken feet

ditto ... locust (even though I heard them once described as the shrimp of the air) ... blink.png

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I believe he is referring to Liver Flukes.

My suggestion is to stop eating all Thai food especially in the villages and any restaurants. Only eat what you personally cook then you will be sure you won't get any nasties.

By the way, I picked up 2 different parasites and salmonella after eating chicken at a resort in Samet.

With regards to Plah Rah, I have seen people boil it before use, I would assume to protect against Liver Flukes. My point is they are aware of these and take precautions, they don't just eat it regardless.

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Easy David, found everything in Tescos. Just substituted mince beef with mince chicken. It amazed the MIL and all her friends.

Got pancake mix in Tesco the 1 in the bottle you just add water and shake.

Another 1 they loved was real scrambled eggs on toast. You know when you put a lil milk in and beat the eggs then scrape the pan(wok) as it cooks then serve on toast.

If breads to hard to find then as an Aussie you know how to make damper Im sure.

If your no where near a good supermarket then Id advise finding 1 befor you head off to the village and stock up on things that are easy enough to cook like spag bog.

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Just read through the comments. Good God , why would anybody want to live like that. It beggers belief but i guess much younger fluff as a partner has lots to do with it. My advise , go take a look for a few weeks. It'll be an experience you'll never forget. Then high tail it to somewhere resembling normality..

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Just read through the comments. Good God , why would anybody want to live like that. It beggers belief but i guess much younger fluff as a partner has lots to do with it. My advise , go take a look for a few weeks. It'll be an experience you'll never forget. Then high tail it to somewhere resembling normality..

Nice friendly comment.

On second thoughts, it is a thoroughly unpleasant and unnecessary remark.

Maybe he plans on improving things like I did when i moved here, the house has doubled in size, now has a ceiling and a usable bathroom. I enjoyed getting this done / doing it myself and supervising. More improvement on the way. I hope the Op will do this too.

By the way my 'fluff' is 9 years younger than me, I am 64.

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Great all these tips.

As for my lady and I ... well we've been together for more then 2 years.

The place where she lives is with Mum, Dad, 2 sisters, her 4 nieces and nephew and dotted with Aunts and Uncles owning the surrounding Farms.

There is no 'Village' to speak of (sadly).

The walk to the nearest road is about 15 mins.

I've slept there a few times before ... but there's a huge difference between being an overnight guest to being there day in - day out for a few months.

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Great all these tips.

As for my lady and I ... well we've been together for more then 2 years.

The place where she lives is with Mum, Dad, 2 sisters, her 4 nieces and nephew and dotted with Aunts and Uncles owning the surrounding Farms.

There is no 'Village' to speak of (sadly).

The walk to the nearest road is about 15 mins.

I've slept there a few times before ... but there's a huge difference between being an overnight guest to being there day in - day out for a few months.

Well, sounds lovely

You do many things to make life more comfortable, installing pump and shower (toilet and bum gun), microwave etc will all help. Even if you don't decide to stay these things will stay there for when you visit.

If you are anywhere near Kalasin and need some help drinking your beer let me know.. it's nice to talk in proper English after a few weeks of isolation.

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... but how did you cope with the food served when you first went there?

... but also want to some palatable food.

Best ever was when I went to Tescos in Chumphae near our place, and bought the ingredients for spaghetti bolognese. They loved it bigtime. Even mil was raving about it! Then served em up panckes! loved em.

When you have a second krisb, if you had a simple plan for that spaghetti bolognese ... licklips.gif

I can cook a bit ... no Honey ... despite the rumour you spread ... I don't burn water ... dry.png

Also I know that you have to modify all recipes for locally available ingredients and local tastes.

So feel free to post it here ... together with instructions on how to cook.

I've read elsewhere that Thais love it ...

Anyone else with recipe ideas (for spag bol or anything else) ... you are welcome ... welcomeani.gif

Spag Bol with extra chillie ? :)

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David, go to the camp store where you purched the solar water heater, ( have used them many times at Inskip Pt etc and they work well just dont let the bloody thing get to hot) Wollies or most shops for that matter and bring some BUSHMAN plus with you, by far the best inscect repellant on the market as far as i am concerned as it is the only thing that will keep the sandflies away from me............

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David, I don't think you have told us where you will be. I am thinking that after a week or so, you are going to need some English speaking companionship to rescue you for a beer and a good western meal :)

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Think of it as a camping trip. Only commit to staying two days. If there is a 'resort' with a/c in the area, explain your need to stay there for health reasons. Tell your gal how much you want to take her shopping in the city. Start drinking Lao Kao, urinating in the bushes and talking to others at the same time.

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Hope you get on well with kids .....'cos once the gf has got wrapped up in her own stuff and everyone else has worked out that they can't converse with you ,so they'll act like you don't exist , then you'll end up being the children's entertainer ...which can be fun ,but soon becomes a bit tiresome ! Otherwise , you'll find you'll be locking yourself away with your computer , (which negates the reasons for being there ) !

Seriously, it can be loads of fun ,but expect to get stared at alot and get frustrated because you sometimes don't feel appreciated ! Hardest thing is filling the days without feeling like you're being used as a communal taxi driver or cash dispenser !

You may also like to take a shotgun with you .....for all those howling dogs and merciless roosters !

2 weeks is about my limit ...(I don't drink much ,you see )....

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