andyr45

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  1. Seeing as we are heading for July and with Christmas being around the corner I am looking to plan a week away from Chiang Mai between the 24 and 31 st December. I am looking for any suggestions you may have and are prepared to share for a country lodge/hotel within 150 kms or so of the city. We are a middle aged couple with no kids but enjoy walking, eating, drinking and taking it easy ( yes another fat expat!) We could stretch the budget for a lovely, comfortable retreat so any ideas would be welcome!
  2. Thanks for the input as to where to find live music. I am astounded by the number of venues and their musical offerings. Here for a month this time so I intend to dig in, drink some beer and just chill. Much appreciated to all who chipped in and shared their knowledge.
  3. As a part time resident of Chaing Mai over the last four years I have always looked forward to catching some live music on my visits. Apart from the fabulous North Gate I have found it difficult to find venues that offer exciting and vibey music. Again, that is more than likely down to my own stupidity as I have no doubt there is great music to be heard in this city. If you know any venues and are prepared to spill the beans it would be much appreciated and am prepared to shout the beer for the night in return for the info i.e. should you wish to accompany us.
  4. Hi Guys, Thanks for your input. It is great that you have found the time to respond. Great advice and I will be making use of it.
  5. I am wanting to change my monthly donations from the RSPCA on the Gold Coast to a local one in Chiang Mai. I would value some input in terms of which of the local rescue organisations is most in need currently.( I have only seen Care for Dogs in Hang Dong and they appear well organised and fairly well funded?) The need seems immensely more so here than in Australia. Any help would be appreciated and taken into account when deciding.
  6. Thank you Juehoe. This is a great help. I will explore further.
  7. I am looking for a recommendation for a web site developer based in Chiang Mai (preferably) I have a number of sites that need to be bought up to date and believe there are some great locals that have great skills in this field. If you can share your contact "tech talent contact " I would be most grateful.
  8. I am looking to find a MS Access guru with an understanding of Visual basic. I have a database that needs some refreshing and with my systems person left the country am looking for this type of expertise. Is this the right forum to post his type of request and if not could someone point me in the right direction?
  9. Thank you to all for the great advice. The benefits of this forum are tangible for me. I have spent AUD 1,500 since 2014 by not asking for advice when it is so readily available. Much appreciated indeed.
  10. RichCor - Thanks for the great info. I should have posted this issue ages ago and saved some money! Now I know what to do to get sorted.
  11. Is there a more cost effective way of using an Australian mobile whilst in Thailand ? I currently use Telstra travel pass but at $300 for 30 days is cost ineffective. For business purpose I need to keep my Australian mobile number. Has anyone used a local Thai provider that will provide a local (Australian) call forwarding number to which calls can be diverted ? Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Andy
  12. You are right. The Wicked Camper depot is at the Gabba (South Brisbane) and I drove past it on the way back to CM. Some of the slogans I find laugh out loud hilarious.( But then I am an Aussie) I just thought it would be interesting to see if there are any local ones that have popped up. "Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place. " ~Mark Twain
  13. Returning to CM from Brisbane yesterday I saw a couple of camper vans aimed at the younger market that caused me to laugh out loud -" A kiss on the lips is an application for a job in the basement." -" What's the difference between a French kiss and an Aussie kiss? They're the same except the Aussie one is down under." Another sticker driven by a ute (van) driver with my looks, also caused me some mirth - "Your lunch is in my underpants" Anybody seen any to add to these?
  14. Nigeone asked So how did all this happen....am happy for you by the way....was all this change in your lifestyle from the ex pats meetings or what road did you go down..am genuinely interested as my circumstances are a little similar..hope your happiness continues..good luck It came down to having to force myself out of my comfort zone. It required some substantial changes to my attitude and approach . I am not there yet but I am on the right path... Being retiring in an environment such as this can only be described as debilitating. With so many opportunities to have fun and meet interesting and different people, not to seize the opportunities would be fool hardy. The judgmental / youth-centric nature that abounded in my previous life is all but absent here - making this type of change somewhat easier (I would have thought) The change was prompted by my doing a simple cost/benefit exercise and finding the benefits to be far greater than the potential down side. I needed to make the changes. The environment I have been fortunate enough to find myself living in sure has hell was not going to adapt to me. The results for me are more contentment and a greater degree of happiness...
  15. It certainly is time to update.... I am most appreciative of the advice offered. This thread certainly took some twists and turns and it was in the main absorbing reading. I am pleased to say that in the last two months I have received more care and affection than I received in the last 30 odd years in "my other life" The ladies I have met have been an absolute pleasure to accompany. I have also had the opportunity to meet a number of their friends,family and children. It has been a steep learning curve but the basic tenants of good manner, happy disposition and great attitude really work in Chiang Mai. Maybe I have died and gone to heaven, but by goodness what is there not to like about being able to live here?