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  1. If you are ever on Koh Samui, the luxury Six Senses hotel is very committed to sustainable land practices and has a biochar retort. Current GM Gay Henden is personally interested in this, and you could probably arrange for someone to show you their retort/oven. Sometimes they have bags of goat manure for sale if you are short of ki 555
  2. eye doctor

    Actually about 40 meters. Next to the real estate shop (Coco) with the prominent dragon headed bench you might have seen before
  3. Samui snake and wildlife rescue

    Phil is a great guy, has helped me before. Let's help him help the wild critters here - and yes, there are still some beautiful wild animals, birds, and reptiles around. He aids them all, but mostly known for coming to help you when you find a snake in your place.
  4. When wanting to understand more about any religious, spiritual, social or other group, I usually start finding out information by putting the name of the group and the word 'problems' in the search engine. This will usually produce a forum or posting of ex members with a negative opinion of the group. Then I go to the groups own website and other positive opinions. Every group has those who have left with ill feelings (think of the Catholic Church) and I don't necessarily adopt the view point of either group. Such a look at this group on line produces both kinds of opinions.
  5. Overweight and improperly loaded carry on luggage can cause serious injuries during these events. One reason I usually squeeze into a window seat despite being fairly tall.
  6. Sent a regular envelope by registered mail to Singapore, took abut 3 weeks to get there. If you know Singapore you know where the delay happened........
  7. Bashed in the tailgate on my older Toyota Tiger pickup truck and looking to replace or repair it. I am on Samui, so costs are high and not so many second hand parts, although Surathanee is a source. So far I have one quote to repair damage and repaint for 6,000+ baht and one quote of of 2,650 baht for a new copy (they said made in Taiwan) tailgate. My preference was to find a second hand original Toyota part but haven't got a lead on one yet. Two questions for the forum: Anybody have any idea as to the quality and durability likely of the copy version? Would a second hand one potentially be a problem if the vehicle had been in an accident that affected the frame and warped the tailgate also (or is that something you can spot)? Thanks for any knowledgeable replies.
  8. gypsum

    Thanks for the info on this supplier, Don. Do you have a recommendation in the CM area for soil and soil amendments testing? Thinking of things like our own compost and similiar things when I say amendments. Thanks
  9. I never eat som tam with fermented crabs or Pla ra. I have convinced my Thai wife to only eat Pla ra when it is cooked. The epidemiological research on the relationship between raw fish, liver flukes, and liver cancer is quite convincing.
  10. Sorry, that is K. Gop
  11. Are there really enough religiously observant Russian Orthodox residents of KP for such a big church? Looks like quite a few rooms which makes me think of a monastery or retreat center. That would really be Amazing Thailand! Always something to surprise one around here 🙄
  12. Banners also calling for second airport on Samui.
  13. That is a hell of a big sword to take to work 👺
  14. That day I heard brief but very intense thunder on the SW of the island with intense black clouds inland. No rain and only a sprinkle towards Hua Thanon. Having grown up in the American Southwestern desert, I know that flash floods can arise so fast as to almost be a wave rushing down the riverbed. So it is possible that that happened within minutes of the placid scene in the pictures posted. Confused reporting is rather more common locally 😄 Lesson to remember is that if you see the river suddenly start to swell you need to get out of the flood zone as fast as possible.
  15. Sorry for the long delay, here is a number for Auom - 0897214297. She doesn't speak English, her architect husband K. got speaks some.