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MarcelV

Any farangs in the red zone?

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Have been living in Narathiwat for the past 8 months. Are there other BMs living in Nara, Pattani or Yala and up for a drink and a chat next month?

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"Board member" aka member here in the forum.

It's still a widely used term,  "board" from "message board" = forum.

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1 hour ago, KhunBENQ said:

"Board member" aka member here in the forum.

It's still a widely used term,  "board" from "message board" = forum.

That's informative, as usual from KhunBenq.

 

I did try to Google it, but it gave me options like 'Black Male', 'Bowel Movement' and 'Batman'.

 

 

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'Bored member' methinks

 

BM threw me too.

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Well? Am I really the only farang living in the three Southern Border Provinces?

Have been away from TV for over a week due to some troubles here, but still awaiting an answer.

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Actually there are five southern border provinces, at least according to SBPAC.

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And Pattani isn't even a border province...! 

 

Anyway, some power poles were blown up close to my home and a man was shot and killed on his motorbike. Just another day in the Deep South. If anyone is interested,I can take you on a tour through the region.

 

 

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Learn to make friends with Thais...not many westerners about... many in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Hat Yai.. for sure..

 

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Actually not that many westerners in Hat Yai. 

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Shame that the situation down south is in such a state. Luckily that wasn't the case some 20 years back when I worked for a number of years in Kelantan, just over the border.

 

Spent most weekends either in Betong (very pleasant and a nice drive via the E-W highway in Malaysia) or, more often, Tak Bai (over by the ferry and, occasionally, if missed the last ferry, by long-tailed boats). Stayed mainly at the Tak Bai Lagoon Resort (sometimes at the Taba Plaza Hotel). Very quiet location and operated by the Thai wife of a Swiss guy. No idea if still operating and did have plans for a revisit at some stage. But not really an ideal location now for a tourist trip. Real shame as it deprives the innocent locals of a good cash stream.

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Stayed one night in Narathiwat due to necessity years ago. Never again. Muslim 'call to prayers' every few hours over the loudspeaker system installed on most main corners contributed to a sleepless night in a place where I felt I really should have been armed. Relief to get out of there...

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1 hour ago, ballzafire said:

Stayed one night in Narathiwat due to necessity years ago. Never again. Muslim 'call to prayers' every few hours over the loudspeaker system installed on most main corners contributed to a sleepless night in a place where I felt I really should have been armed. Relief to get out of there...

sleepless night? yeah right! because all muslim prayer times are at night. next fairy tale please :coffee1:

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3 hours ago, ballzafire said:

Stayed one night in Narathiwat due to necessity years ago. Never again. Muslim 'call to prayers' every few hours over the loudspeaker system installed on most main corners contributed to a sleepless night in a place where I felt I really should have been armed. Relief to get out of there...

There really is some rubbish posted on the call to prayer. 

 

We have call to prayer six times a day, the earliest is about an hour before sunrise, the second at sunrise, the third at midday, the fourth is mid-afternoon, fifth at sunset and the sixth an hour after sunset. So given sunrise and sunset times in these latitudes change little, from around 6:15am and 6:20pm, you will hear nothing from the mosque from about 7:30pm until 5:10am. Even then I usually sleep soundly through both the dawn and sunrise calls. 

 

To me I find the call to prayer a reassuring constant that marks the progress of the day, and the call at sunset tells me it's time to find a beer.
 

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