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  1. islandguy

    Where to get Khao Soi in Samui?

    Tong Sai Bay Resort Resto is featuring it. Anybody tried it there?
  2. islandguy

    Avocado Trees available March 2018

    We have an avocado tree in a big pot that after being topped is still at least 5 meters tall. Told my wife about sprouting Avos with toothpicks as a kid and this was her first (of many) tries. Now about 10 years old, never seen any flowers on it.
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    Avocado Trees available March 2018

    Are you grafting both morning blooming and afternoon blooming (I know that blooming is not really the correct word here) varieties on each scion? I have 5 trees planted, some not close to others, and am not sure about them pollinating as someone else bought them for me.
  4. Why would you put a desalination plant at a distance from the seashore (2&3)? 1) Chaweng Lake providing 3,000 cbm per day2) Hua Thanon Lake providing 6,000 cbm per day3) Namuang Waterfall providing 10,800 cbm per day4) Lipa Noi RO Plant providing between 2,400 and 4,800 cbm per day5) Plai Laem Desalination plant providing up to 3,000 cbm per day.
  5. Note: you can get Arabian style coffee on Sukumvit soi 3. There is at least one quite good Yemeni restaurant there.
  6. Arabian coffee? From Wikipedia: Arabic coffee (Arabic: قهوة عربية‎, translit. qahwah arabiyya, Arabic pronunciation: [ˈqah.wa ʕaraˈbijːah] ( listen)) refers to a version of the brewed coffee of Coffea arabica beans. Arabic coffee is typically grown at a height of 1000 to 2000 meters, and represents about 60-70% of the coffee industry in the world[1][2]. Most Arab countries throughout the Middle East have developed unique methods for brewing and preparing coffee. Cardamom is an often-added spice,[3] but it can alternatively be served plain (Arabic: قهوة سادة‎, translit. qahwah sādah, lit. 'plain coffee'). Arabic coffee A dallah is a traditional Arabic coffee pot with cups and coffee beans Alternative names Qahwah arabiyya Type Coffea arabica Course Drink Place of origin Yemen Region or state Middle East Associated national cuisine Middle Eastern cuisine Invented 15th century Serving temperature Hot Cookbook: Arabic coffee Media: Arabic coffee There are mainly two types of Arabic coffee; one with a golden colour made mainly in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region, and the other is black. There are several different styles to brewing the coffee depending on the preference of the drinker. Some methods keep the coffee light, which usually contains cardamom, whereas others can make it dark. Arabic coffee is bitter, and typically no sugar is added. It is usually served in a small cup that is adorned with a decorative pattern, known as a finjān. Culturally, Arabic coffee is served during family gatherings or when receiving guests. Arabic coffee is ingrained within Middle Eastern and Arab culture and tradition, and is the most popular form of coffee brewed in the Middle East. It originated in the Middle East, beginning in Yemen and eventually travelling to Mecca (Hejaz), Egypt, the Levant, and then, in the mid-16th century, to Turkey.[4] Arabic coffee is an Intangible Cultural Heritageof Arab states confirmed by UNESCO.[5] Arabica perhaps?
  7. You should have the number for Samui Snake Resue handy. Some creatures are a little too dangerous (cobras) or too vulnerable (ones that can’t survive or animals that are eagerly hunted) and he will safely remove and relocate them. But not frogs.
  8. Call my neighbors (English). When a rain came and the frogs started they came and removed the frogs in the night from our very small pond (near their bedroom but not mine) without asking. Made me appreciate the American Revolution even more! And yes, those frogs can be very loud. Eventually we filled in the pond (only a garden feature) because the frogs were attracting snakes. Before that there were some large fish in the pond and no frogs.
  9. Heard of three years a while ago. Was with a particularly well connected agent and rather small consulate. Didn’t see passport myself, but think it was true.
  10. I few years ago at Kuala Lumpur airport was joined in a queue at Immigration by a group of pilgrims returning from the Haj. They were probably middle class, certainly not rich. My impression was that they had stayed at basic accommodations in a harsh desert setting (based on their physical appearance and state of their clothes). Of course we know Mecca is located in a harsh desert, but unlike most of you, i grew up in a similiar climate. Many in the group had a dry, hacking cough, without any other evidence of illness (in this group). Desert air and desert dust and sand tend to have that effect.
  11. Thankfully, I don’t know lol
  12. The picture is from the transformer station near the snake farm, still the same yesterday