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About villagefarang

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  • Birthday 06/01/1954

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  1. Still enjoying my TVF Detox, six months and counting. 1. No sign in. 2. No cookies. 3. No comments. 4. No likes. 5. No advertisements. The result is no headaches, no conflict, no annoying exchanges. Try it, you may like it.
  2. Since becoming Village Farang some ten years ago I have watched as members come and go. Some move on for their own personal reasons while others are given little choice in leaving, though it is usually their own fault in my opinion. More often that not, no one really knows why a member left because by the time their absence is noted there is nobody to ask. I made the choice to stop posting around the beginning of the year just to see how I would feel, kind of a New Year’s Resolution I guess. I found that I did not miss posting and unsurprisingly I was not missed by other members. I also found better things to do with my time which didn’t leave that bitter aftertaste one often gets from dealing with forum trolls. I am not leaving Thailand and I will continue to be Village Farang on social media, so I am only a Google search away. I have simply decided that forums are not for me at this time in my life and I would rather spend my time elsewhere, in environments I find more uplifting. There is already so much hostility and polarization in the world I don’t feel the need to voluntarily expose myself to more of it in forum environments. So in short life is great, I am healthy, happy, still in Thailand, still online but I am taking a break from posting on ThaiVisa. Just think of me blissfully floating off into the sunset.
  3. From city life, to country life.

    Here is an old topic of mine looking at the city, country thing from a slightly different perspective.
  4. Good Things Topic.

    I received sixty votes in the 2016 poster of the year competition. We have adopted a new stray cat which we plan to nurse back to health. We are both in good health and enjoying the cooler temperatures. Life goes on and we are looking forward to an interesting 2017. Happy New Year to everyone.
  5. They have been burning a lot recently in our area at least. It is mainly in the evening but it doesn't linger for the most part. It does stay very close to the ground which means you smell it and feel the effects while making a pretty picture. When it gets bad those mountain disappear from sight and you can no longer tell where the burning is coming from.
  6. POTY: And the Winner IS

    Congratulations to Naam, condolences to transam, and my sincerest appreciation to all who voted for me. Once again I feel lucky to have come in third, on the podium but out of the line of fire.

    Being convinced this year’s nominees would not cheat, I naively thought this would be a clean competition. I just didn’t realize certain individuals would be so cynical and hateful as to step in and derail things.
  8. Would You Leave Thailand ?

    This Farang is not going anywhere.

    I assure you I am very happy not to be caught up in what happens to the final two. I am far enough behind to have dropped from view and don't have to deal with the insults and accusations. I keep track of who likes my posts and makes positive comments throughout the year and I feel confident my 58 votes are real. That is good enough for me.
  10. SURVEY: How long have you lived in Thailand?

    I am 62, my best Thai friends are around 40 years old and we all have FaceBook accounts. We just enjoy each other's company and don't really need any help.

    Looking at the final results for last year. I have received more than twice as many votes, which I am very happy with. I think we will see this year's winner get more votes than last year's winner. The results show that you don't have to go negative or manipulate the system to get participation and bring out the vote. I think this has been a good competition and there shouldn't be any hard feelings regardless of who wins.

    I make a generalized comment about the contest based on my own observations and private comments made to me and you turn around and attack me personally. Nothing passive about that and it speaks volumes about you in my opinion. I am saying this year will not end with all the negative feelings which have tarnished past events.

    I think we are all purists this year and only want people to vote for us if they actually like us. None of that hate vote where people vote against someone. We are all friends here and will be happy regardless of who wins.
  14. Nan in late January

    There is no way that winter is over this early in the season. Get off your but and come north.