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  1. Critter identification

    I had one about 10 inches crawl over my legs while asleep. Thought I was dreaming so went back to sleep. In the morning as I stood up it fell out on the floor. Tiny ex wife body checked me out of the way and in a flash had chopped it to pieces. Thais really don't like them.
  2. I do have a definite bias towards teak....but, I suggest you consider teak as a countertop/butcher block. I have made both for myself and they have stood up well over a dozen years. Yes, teak is a 'soft' hardwood, but the inherent oils and waxes stop the penetrations of accumulated liquids/bacteria into the end grain. The Thais also know how to work with it to some extent. Cut the teak into cubes, end grain up, and use a high quality epoxy resin as an adhesive. What the Thai builder may need to know is that the teak cubes must be cleaned with a solvent like methyl hydrate prior to applying the epoxy resin. This will strip the natural teak oils on the surface to create a long lasting bond. For any such wood project make sure the moisture content is at approximately 10% to avoid cracking, Padauk (mai pradoo) would be my second choice of local wood as it is often very tight grained. Meranti from Malaysia/Philippines is available but often loose grained and will absorb bacteria. Dark Red Meranti (a shorea species) is the hardest of the 'Philippine mahoganies' Eastern hard Maple is, of course, an ideal butcher block wood.
  3. Recommend psychiatrist in Chiang Mai

    Dr. Pairat, can also prescribe methadone for those intending to slow down their 'self medication' or attempt abstinence.
  4. When you stop being an official tourist and live here you should always have some form of back up. Your wife (if from CM area) has connections with Thai family men who always know some tough guys. Throw a small party and show strength of back up. 4 Thai men with tattoos should suffice. Good food and drink...just a pleasant time for your guests and a few baht in their pocket.There should not be a further problem with some Foreigner unless he really needs a serious tune up. All your kids see is their folks having a party with some new 'interesting' friends. Let your wife control the situation with the Thai guests through her family.
  5. camping locations?

    Years ago....there was a tourist who stopped off at that nice stretch of forest near the elephant camp on the way up to Chiang Dao. He went into the bush where he set up his tent for the night. Unfortunately, this was an area where the elephant camp had turned out a bull in musth. Apparently the camper's light inside the tent set it aglow, which enraged the bull and he literally stomped the light out. The tourist died.
  6. When shot by a policeman it is best to go to court when the military runs the country. When shot by a soldier it is best to go to court when a former policeman runs the country. I believe their rivalry is well known. I remember years ago (late '80's) when police in Chiengmai arrested a soldier for some misbehaviour and was held in a police box.If I remember correctly, fellow soldiers stormed the police box, saved their buddy and blew a wall off the side of the building as a warning.
  7. Posted July 27 Some of you may remember a young Canadian woman Carly Reisig, who was shot by a cop in Pai some 8 or 9 years ago. The cop killed the boyfriend and shot Carly in the chest. Why or how is irrelevant. The Pai cops tried to cover it up, but unfortunately for them , this same cop later killed his own young wife…. and confessed to all shootings. He was sentenced to 30 odd years. I have met Carley a few times recently and she is suing the Thai Police Force due to their lies and intentional coverup. She has gone to court over 9 times. The cops admit guilt and the judge has ordered a settlement. This progressed and then the Thai police refused to negotiate. Carly will be back in court in Bangkok during this first week in August. Three final court days have been slated for this settlement hearing. There is no love lost between the two powers…and a Shinawattra was in power at the time. Oct.06, 2017 The court case is now finished and a judgement resulting in a monetary settlement has been granted to Ms Reisig. I asked Carly if she was satisfied and she replied that she was. Carly had sued the Thai Police force in general, for dereliction of duty plus several other charges. It took 9 years and, I believe, 10 court appearances. This last appearance she flew to Bangkok alone, went to the court alone and was in great fear of succumbing to an 'accident'. However, she prevailed and the judge decided in her favour. She left Thailand as quickly as possible. Not many would be as brave.
  8. What would you do....

    40 years old with $300 grand to worry about ? Okay, marry the first bargirl you meet and build her a house in Issan. Easy, now you needn't worry about the 300 grand. If by chance you resist marring and building that house for your 'namphung' (honey) ...You are still only 40 something and you NEED to be doing something ! I stopped at 38 and spent the better part of ten years building up a small 'back to the land cottage...up past Chieng Dao. Country living at its best, except people go to bed at 8 pm and up at 5. Chiengmai was still wide open then, so every 10 days I went to town, but, after two nights it really gets down to being boring. both in the country and the city...if you do not have a "project". Drinking and whoring works for the first few years. Now, CM is polluted, crowded and just boringly unpleasant. I can see that it provides stability for people who were bureaucrats in their home countries. You are at your best between 38 and 55. I am now 65 and should have used my 40's more creatively. It was lots of fun though.....but, I could have done all I did then....now at 65...with the old man's dole. And the present political situations does not give any assurance to security over the long haul in Thailand. for tourists...and retirement visas are just enhanced tourist visas. My advice quit your job, dare to be great.......but, be smart about it ;-) Yeah....there is always a catch ;-(
  9. There was an English library at cm unîversity. I used to cruise it to meet young women as well as attractive ajarns. yes, and to read books !
  10. Of course, young men on motorbikes the world over are a hazard in many situations. I have logged thousand of kilometers in Thailand both during mid youth and older and of course seen far too many chalk lines drawn around where a body once lay. However, when it comes to young Thais who are on their game, have incredible eye hand coordination. Going 100 kmph between cars coming and going with the bike mirrors mere inches from the oncoming car and the car they are passing. Most of us would say that is some dumb (foolish)....but, damn, also skillfully impressive. Last winter I was stuck (on a scooter) in traffic alongside a Thai gang on Huey Kaeo on big bikes called the Necromancers. That is a big word also. Theses are big bikes with short legged people going slow. One tipped over against a car, than another, than another. Fortunately it did not matter which side they tipped over as there was a car on either side to keep them part way up. It was embarrassing. They ride with their faces covered, but posted a You Tube video partying with their masks off. Yep, still Thais.
  11. Thai Baht - Your take?

    # 2 ex said once.. "want to but USD for .75 per dollar? " Ahhh..."how can this be? " She said they are fakes, but good quality fakes, and accepted at $1.00 USD. It is a piece of paper....if it looks good you get your cao neeow.. If not, no rice today for you. The trader just has to feel confident that he can pass it on. ...Ken
  12. Some of you may remember a young Canadian woman Carly Reisig, who was shot by a cop in Pai some 8 or 9 years ago. The cop killed the boyfriend and shot Carly in the chest. Why or how is irrelevant. The Pai cops tried to cover it up, but unfortunately for them , this same cop later killed his own young wife…. and confessed to all shootings. He was sentenced to 30 odd years. I have met Carley a few times recently and she is suing the Thai Police Force due to their lies and intentional coverup. She has gone to court over 9 times. The cops admit guilt and the judge has ordered a settlement. This progressed and then the Thai police refused to negotiate. Carly will be back in court in Bangkok during this first week in August. Three final court days have been slated for this settlement hearing. There is no love lost between the two powers…and a Shinawattra was in power at the time.
  13. From what I understand, the BIB are being told to close down shops and it is up to their discretion which ones. Up North of CM you now really have to ask around to find them. Availability of inexpensive prostitution lessens the number of rapes.30 years ago in Chieng Dao it was 100B for a woman, not to pretty (farmer value) 200B for a pretty enough lass (successful farmer) . For 300 B you went to Rim Doi Resort (Muang Ngai). Ran by the army and where Thai/ Burmese and associated militias would meet to negotiate. As a White guy...only in the daytime. Someone mentioned 30 years ago and the Karen Hut. A few sois away from the Las Vegas was a hole in the wall that had a girl (probably Thai Yai) with a chain on her foot and a number of Thais waiting. The old Jungle Food restaurant in CM had a live bear in a cage and on the menu. Some things have changed for the better. However, there are still some very odd things occurring now in the mountains not too far from CM.
  14. Korean Women in Chiang Mai

    Old story, true story. I was drinking in a bamboo hut with a Thai, a Hmong and two Lisu. The Thai said that White women were most beautiful. I said I thought Lisu women were more beautiful. The Hmong said no it was Thai women..... I am now closing in on 65 yrs and have more young women approach me than ever in my life. Caucasians and Asians, 20 odd year olds. It was a sad realization...but, soon realized they simply thought me 'safe' like an old uncle. Certainly a blow to my ego :-(
  15. Ants crawling around

    The "mot daeng' have their purpose. Bad village boys would be occasionally tied to a tree where the 'mot daeng' were present and left there. The other bad boys would quickly repent their poor behaviour and the village would be peaceful again....Ken
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