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Do you live in Thai village full time, what does a typical day hold for you.

What time does you day start, what time do you sleep, what does your wife do in a typical day.

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Macb, I live in a small village 22kms. from the nearest town 6 of which is down a dirt road, and 80 kms. from a city. I usually get up around 7:30am shower and then go downstairs to eat with the family. My family consists of my Thai wife, her Mother, her younger brother and his wife and two daughters, a 5 year old and a five month old, her youngest brother, her 11-year-old grand niece and her 34-year-old cousin with her 12-year-old daughter. Yes we have a big family and I am the main means of support, but I don't mind at all. None of the brothers or cousin are lazy or drunks. It is more like having my own servants than supporting a lazy family. I have a big house and by Thai standards we are not crowded at all. I have my own big bedroom with my wife and can go there for some privacy if needed, which it never is. After eating I usually settle into my hammock and read, I love to read and this passes my time very effectively. I read books off my PDA that I download from the Internet, I also read the Bangkok Post every day and do its crossword and saduku. Most days I go out to the rice farm to check it out and am out there every day during planting and harvesting for most of the day, although I don't do any actual work, I have a hammock there as well. I usually go to town about every two to three days to check my e-mail and read the forums and get my Bangkok Post and take my wife to the market. Since my wife does not drive I spend a lot of time as her driver. We usually eat dinner around 7pm earlier in the winter and I go to bed around 8-9pm and usually read myself to sleep shortly there after. I know it sounds like a very boring life, but I quite enjoy it. Every Tuesday I meet a group of Falangs in the town for dinner and quite often get together with an Aussie mate of mine at other times during the week. Also about every two to three weeks we go to the closest city to shop at Tesco and eat by the Mekong River. I retired 3 years ago and decided I really did not want to do anything after retirement. However I recently became interested in teaching English as a second language. This summer I took a course and I am now looking for a job, but it has to be in my area so I can live at home or at least easily commute on weekends. If any body knows of a job in the south west corner of Kalasin, north east corner of Roi-et or west end of Mukdahan, please let me know. Issangeorge.

some resume!! maybe the intro is a bit much but worth a try (have a look a ajarn dot com for a job) ... just kidding!!!

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well as for myself i'am not a full time expat as yet but my day goes as follow's the wife get's up at 5am just after the cockerals have had there say and start's cleaning and working with her mother which they both weaver table cloth's and plate setting's,i then rise around 630am shower then come out side tobe given coffee and told what the plan's are for the day?around 730am are son wake's and it father son play time while the wife make's breakfast for us all after that it's off to the local market which is about 15minutes away by bike and pick up the day's shopping list,once the shopping taken care of i head to internet shop,get back home for around midday then it's up to me and the wife to have some time together as the mother inlaw look's after are son for a few hour's which could be meeting friend's or just going for some food,the afternoon is then spent with the son and the constant flow of family and friend's coming round,at around 6pm the father inlaw return's from work and like's to have a chat about what gossip he's heard all day,we all eat at around 730pm then it's everbody for themself's, me i like to help out with cleaning of the pot's and pan's and shower my son and get him to bed,by 9pm everybody's sleepy so it's off to bed and another day's passed. it take's time to ajust after being in the ratrace, but hey why stress in life.

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Ken Bower here. I'm 70 years old, and live in a small village called Ban Sakinam, which is also called Village II in Gudtum, an area some 12-15km northeast of downtown Chiayaphum Thailand.

My wife and I live in her childhood home here and her mother (and one of her sisters and her two daughters presently live upstairs) in what was the whole stilt home until we moved back here and retired.

I have used cement blocks to enclose the whole downstairs that includes a 24' x 28' living room and had a bedroom/bathroom which I have fully air-conditioned and keep very cool 24/7. It's my hiding place for whenever it's to hot in the rest of the house and outside. We also had a covered front porch 14' x 28' built with cement floor. I really enjoy this as we can sit out there even in the monsoon season's heaviest rains and not get wet.

B4 we left San Antonio Texas, my wife and I agreed that I'd do whatever she wanted as improvements to our home and land, and she'd agree to accompany me half of each month travelling/visiting friends all over Thailand and SE Asia. We are here on O visas so we travel abroad every 90 days mostly to Singapore but have made one trip to Phnom Penh for "visa runs".

In the two weeks or so that we are actually in Chiayaphum, I get up whenever I want and go to bed whenever I want, but most days I'm awake and arrise between 6-8AM and hit the internet to talk to friends who are located all over the world, and usually look through some of the url addys in my homepage, and have a look at the info available on the 59 forums I belong too, time permitting.

I usually spend around 4 full hours each day online. That takes me from breakfast until an hour B4 lunch. During that hour, I play with all the nieces, nephews, enjoy the company of all our immediate family. Another sister and her family live in another home on the common family land, and there is room on our land to build 5-6 more homes if other family members moved back to this area. Lat has another sister in Sakonnakorn, and brothers in Ubon and Udon provinces.

It helps that I really love all my wife's family and they have accepted me as well. As her father is the head monk for the village, all the family was brought up properly and there is no black sheep really although we do have one nephew age 19 that hasn't found anything he wants to do except ride his motorbike and get drunk with his buddies. He is the ONLY family member that drinks alcohol or smokes btw. Kind of odd really.

Now after lunch, I am fortunate to have a friend in Bangkok that lends me novels (about 15/mo.) and he has over 3,000 ALL authored by authors I enjoy as well so I need not buy any books and he buys more new titles every month so it appears that my "supplier" will NOT run out of books to lend. We visit and hang out with him about twice/month when we are in Bangkok for 3-4 days each trip.

I have met a bunch of great farangs from all over the world who live in Korat and Udon Thani etc. as well, and just have to work out getting to those areas more often somehow.

So anyhow, I read for about 4-5 hours during the heat of the afternoons when in Chiayaphum, and then spend another hour with the kids/neighbors B4 dinner. As my wife spent 9 1/2 years with me, she now can cook ALL my favorite dishes btw, so even though I rarely eat Thai or Isaan entrees, I sure eat well. I majored all my life in gluttany...lol

Upon returning to Thailand (36th trip since 1971) and retiring in Chiayaphum, I immediately had the UBC Platinum satellite TV hookup installed so in the evenings I enjoy watching all the sitcoms, movie channels, and certain sporting events. I do watch ALL the MLB, NFL, NBA GAMES that usually come on LIVE but in the AM over here and forget to mention it earlier.

I usually sleep around midnite or so, and only the niece and nephew are still up when I retire.

Even though I speak NO Thai or Thai/Lao, I get by quite well here as my wife, her sister Piroon and niece Som all speak English and they translate for me whenever I talking to all the other family members or neighbors.

Hope this info is helpful to you (or at least someone).

Ken and Rattana Bower

Chiayaphum Thailand

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First thanks to you guys so far for your very interesting input I want to praise you for intrigrating with the family:

Now having started the Topic I will tell you about my village life. I purposely waited for some input before adding mine.

Here goes then.

First here is a pic of me with the wife

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Well moved into the village full time February 2005 when our house was completed. Then a lot of time was spent adding more fill and preparing for planting etc, To-date about 60 trees have been planted different varieties of Mango, coconuts, Tamarind. papaya and fruits I cant remember them all. THen we built a Gazebo, and a seperate car-port, and had the drive laid.

So now its general pottering around. Morning starts at about 5-30 am we both get up, Bee gets the rice on for Buddha and sometimes cooks a dish for the monks and takes some to here mum and dads , there house is about 200 metres away, yes they shout to each other.

I have my coffee first and wonder round the garden with my dog (German Shepherd). Any bits I want to do in the garden before it gets hot I get on with it, the house stands in just over 1 Rai walled in. I have turfed around the house then let the rest grow green naturally around the garden area, so I bought a 4 stroke strimmer and at the moment in the wet season the whole area needs strimming and I like to do this myself, I may do it over 2 days. Here is a pic of some of the area to strim

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I also go to the farm and strim the grass that the cows cannot eat because it is course with irritating sharp bits on the top. In the morning after Bee has cooked and eaten she will clean the house. If I have nothing to do much we work together I clean the bathrooms or put the laundry on.

After all these choral things she will sleep I hit the 2nd Coffee then check emails etc. Sometimes the wife will be off seeing other cousins in the village for a chit chat, then I chill on here.

We go to the night market in Burriram whenever we need stuff and get supplies for us and her parents (At her parents house there is mum & dad grandad and two nieces) We also buy there meat for them and I pay there electric each month. My wife has a big family So i tel the wife that they must help as well financially and they do.

This year we aquired 13 Rai at the rear of our house so there has been that to sort this year.

I dont have many Farang friends, ( not by choice I might add) I have an american guy who has married into the family so we reckon somewhere along the line we might be distant cousins however many times removed lol.

Twikits a Supermkt in Burriram is very good for Farang bits and pieces and I am quite happy getting stuff there, again we go when we feel the need. Sometimes I dont go out the gate there is always something to do.

The other night we went to the Night Mkt then took her dad and a niece for BBQ very nice love it washed down with a bottle or two of leo.

Surin is only 25 clicks from our village and takes me about 30 mins, there we have Big 'C' Makro and Tesco Lotus, next Monday we are going and I will make my first visit to the Farang Connection.

Evenings well I might eat Thai food or Farang food, I have a Euroapean style kitchen so Shepherds pie or Roast dinner or Spagbol. What more could one want.

In the afternoon I might come on here then look some TV. In the evening I let Bee look Thai TV and I come back on here it keeps me in contact with the outside world.

Bedtime is normally about 9-30 pm thereabouts my wife wont go to bed untill I do bless her, she normally falls asleep on the settee.

Well I have not planned this write or scenario just typed things as I think of them.

To-Date This morning up normal time I cleaned the pick up in and out, Bee's dad came to borrow the m/c we ran into Huairat for bits and bobs then Bee got me Grapo moo Kai dow, aroi then I cam on here.

macb

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Mac Broadbridge

55 Moo 6

Banthago Sub-District

Huairat

Burriram

Thailand

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First thanks to you guys so far for your very interesting input I want to praise you for intrigrating with the family:

OK , since this turned out to be a nice thread I decided to ad my story.

Myself , wife & 5 year old daughter live in lower Buriram province about 20 minutes from NangRong or NongKi.

The village is consists of about 2500 people mostly engaged in agriculture.

The house we built (2001) sits on about 2 rais next to my wife’s parents property.

The day starts around 5.30 , I get up by myself go to the kitchen downstairs turn on the cappuccino machine .

Next , put the milk in the freezer so it will steam nice for my cappuccino.

While the machine is warming up I squeeze fresh orange ( tangerine ) juice for myself & wife.

Take out the warm bread from the machine or toast the old one from the refrigerator.

By 6 or so I go back upstairs to wake up my wife & have breakfast together.

On some days I will go out in the garden and pick some nice sweet papaya I planted from Belize.

At about 6.45 I wake up my daughter, bring her downstairs & put on Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network for her . By now she’s up , we get her ready for school.

The village school is a little rough, we take to a nice private school in NangRong.

School starts at 8.30 , I live the house around 7.45 or so.

On many days we have people working in the Taro (Cassava) field , on the way to school I drop them off in the farm. On days like that we need to prepare drinking water & ice for the workers as well.

We grow taro on about 60 rais & rice on about 50 more . For the rice, we do share cropping.Net for us about 40 % of the crop but no work.

We also have a small mango farm about 200 trees to keep me busy.

After dropping off my daughter at school I return home to work in the garden around the house.

Many fun things growing,

Short list : Black Figs, Grapes, Sweet tomatoes, Habanero peppers,

Rosemary, Italian basil, Oregano, Sweet peppers, Pineapples, Star fruit , Pomellos, Tangerines, Rambutans, Lynches, Edamame/Soy . All kinds of flowers ETC

All this takes time and it’s all relatively new for me. I am learning by doing.

By now it’s already 12 and I am hungry.

Across the street from my house, it’s a small restaurant where we eat lunch most days.

Usually I bring my habaneros & tomatoes to mix in the “somtam” or “larb moo”.

I don’t like the Thai tomatoes, too sour & no flavor.

In the afternoon I might go back to the farm to check on my workers or deliver fertilizer or actually work myself or just go to the various fields to see what’s needed.

3pm approaching, need to get back home to water the garden.

We have a few wells , some of our younger nieces & nephews help water.

Other days if I am lazy I’ll stay home play on the internet or watch some movies on the satellite.

By 4.30 we need to worry about dinner for the daughter and she’s picky.

The school bus brings her home at 5pm. We eat dinner , than it’s homework time with the daughter.

That’s finished, it’s playtime again.

Myself & daughter like to play computer wife likes to watch soapy movies on “Star”

Eventually we all settle down for the evening.

8.30 PM daughter needs to take a shower & sleep. One of us needs to go with her.

Whoever is left behind goes to sleep by 11pm or so.

This is an abbreviated list because it’s getting too long, I am sure you all get the picture !

Edited by soidog2

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Macb, first of all, thanks for starting the topic! it's most interesting and entertaining. I might have been a bit cynical last night, but having read it all over again, it's all still true :-) and I love it! I do live thai style as you all might have guessed, "airconditioning", "tap water", "kitchen" and "espresso machines" are not around.

I also know I promised to give you a call for a meet, which I will do tomorrow, or maybe even now actually! mmm, just checked, bedtime for you already, no probs! tomorrow it is! (got a few THB on the simcard now, and bank probs are solved)

I'll also be going to Surin soon, maybe tomorrow or Friday, let me know if you want to hop on the back of my bike :-)

Cheers,

cnxpat

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Nice thread, and you are all obviously nice people enjoying your lives and families in LOS. As someone who is planning to move there shortly, your stories help to alleviate some of the concerns that grow from others experiences and horror stories that crop up all too often in various threads.

Thanks guys. :o

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Nice thread, and you are all obviously nice people enjoying your lives and families in LOS. As someone who is planning to move there shortly, your stories help to alleviate some of the concerns that grow from others experiences and horror stories that crop up all too often in various threads.

Thanks guys. :o

Seconded!! Nice to hear how things have worked out well!!

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First thanks to you guys so far for your very interesting input I want to praise you for intrigrating with the family:

OK , since this turned out to be a nice thread I decided to ad my story.

Myself , wife & 5 year old daughter live in lower Buriram province about 20 minutes from NangRong or NongKi.

Soidog - Your family situation is similar to mine. I have 4-yr old daughter who will start school next year, doesn't speak much thai yet (we still live in US). Want to move to Surin area where my wife's grandma lives, but probably will be looking to buy or build home there. I plan to work (maybe teach english?) but not sure how that will work yet. I know this is off topic of original thread, but saw you were logged in and wanted to ask: what do you estimate will be a decent living allowance if already own home in rural area close to surin, no rent,etc. I have estimated 10000 to 15000 per month from reading other threads. Just trying to plan financially for the move.

Jason (wanttoescape)

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Now having started the Topic I will tell you about my village life. I purposely waited for some input before adding mine.

Me too... and thanks for starting the topic.

When I first moved here, I lived with the in-laws. Three months in a two up one down wooden construction. floors tiled, nice fridge and a big TV (that's a television, but there was a big TV in close proximity) I spent most of that three months overseeing the construction of 'our house'.... like my input would have made a difference "No, paint the interior walls first, then put up the ceiling, then tile the floor" .... "yes guv, whatever you say"

When the house was finished, it was my plan to spend as much time in the hammock as was humanly possible.... but having a six year old daughter, a wife with about the same mental age and eight dogs, this proved impossible.

When On finally became a victim of the notoriously flimsy driving skills of a typical Thai truck driver and suffered a broken arm when she hit a tree, because she had nowhere else to go, I bought an auto-gear motorcy and became her taxi... prior to this point, she had been mine.

Seven months ago the in-laws bought a Toyota Vigo, none of them had the faintest idea how to drive something with more than two wheels, so I became the designated driver. Papa would rejoice in the fact and would tell anyone one who asked "It's my car, and I had my chauffeur shipped over from England".... I then spent several weeks trying to teach my brother in law how to drive.... my biggest mistake was not showing him how to make the thing stop before I told him how to make the thing go.

Three months ago, the deal on my (not mine now) house in the UK, was finalised, this allowed me to get my own four wheels, subscribe to a shoddy internet connection and start to build an extension on the house for me and my computer.

I don't think that I have had a 'typical day' since I have been here..... my answer in about two years may be a little bit different. :o

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Soidog - Your family situation is similar to mine. I have 4-yr old daughter who will start school next year, doesn't speak much thai yet (we still live in US). Want to move to Surin area where my wife's grandma lives, but probably will be looking to buy or build home there. I plan to work (maybe teach english?) but not sure how that will work yet. I know this is off topic of original thread, but saw you were logged in and wanted to ask: what do you estimate will be a decent living allowance if already own home in rural area close to surin, no rent,etc. I have estimated 10000 to 15000 per month from reading other threads. Just trying to plan financially for the move.

Jason (wanttoescape)

Sorry, totally screwed up the end of my previous post. From reading other threads, I have estimated monthy living cost as 20000 to 25000 baht. Is this a reasonable estimate? No rent, no private school tuition, no car payments.

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note from my notepad>>

its 6 oclock in the morning and the guy next door is carving a catapult from a chunk of wood, its raining hard and he cant make any breakfast because all his firewood is wet . he bought 2 buffalos but he doesent have any gas cooking equipment yet .

thats progress

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