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What kind of hobbies can you have in Thailand?

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17 hours ago, GarryP said:

I go cycling. Crossing the road is an adventure here, so don't rule out cycling.  Used to go fishing. Luckily I am still working so only have weekends free. But when I retire I will definitely need to take up additional hobbies otherwise I will go insane.  Not looking forward to it actually. 

 

Learn to sing, take up a musical instrument, join a club, try writing the next best seller (even if it does not sell, you will be proud when you have finished the project or at least you should be). Bite off more than you can chew and have fun proving the world wrong that it wasn't impossible after all. Whatever you do, have fun doing it.   

You do not learn to sing, first you need to have an ear for music (same applies if you want to play a musical instrument) and need to have a good voice, yes, I know there are/were some Elton Johns and Michael Jacksons who IMO do not have.

 

I went to singing lessons, this was after I started playing professionally, and after the fourth, I was told I could not be helped any further. I knew I was never good enough to be a lead singer in a band, but was good enough to sing harmonies and to take the lead vocals on three or four songs a gig.

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15 hours ago, MINIMIGLIA said:

Plenty of good cheap golf courses here.

Golf?? I cannot think of anything more boring, Oh! wait, there is snooker and darts, but everyone to his own.

I do understand that golf is good for exercise, but only if you walk the full length of the course, and do not have

a fat belly and ass so you have to drive one of these thingymajigs around the course :cheesy:

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1 hour ago, InMyShadow said:

Fly a Boeing 777 study simulation (fsx pmdg 777) one flight can take 3 to 12 hours. Lot of airline pilots have it at home as we.

I would love a game where you have a joystick and fly a plane, on my first computer, back at the beginning of this century

I had a game called the Red Baron or something like that, wish I could get something like that now.

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6 minutes ago, Laza 45 said:

great tip about Picasa : "This download is no longer available. This could be due to the program being discontinued, having a security issue or for some other reason."

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16 minutes ago, tonboy said:

great tip about Picasa : "This download is no longer available. This could be due to the program being discontinued, having a security issue or for some other reason."

...I had heard that but when I just checked there were quite a few links for a download..  a shame it is no longer available.. I've been using it for years..  I wonder if there is a way to get a copy?  No security issues as far as I know.. it was created by Google.. I believe they have just discontinued it.. lol..

 

A google search shows quite a few free photo editing programs.. GIMP, Pixlar & Photoscape to name a few.... I have't used them but they get good reviews.. worth a try..

 

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2 hours ago, skatewash said:

Out of curiosity, what were the other two words?  Sort of a hobby of mine.  :smile:

I can't remember first one.

Second one was 'you cannot lay your hands on mongeese'.

Third one was 'horning in on her territory'.

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6 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

In January I tried Muay Thai and boxing for the first time, having never done anything like that before in my life. Six months later i'm still really enjoying my new hobby! 

 

Are you not concerned about damaging your brain? 

 

Chronic traumatic brain injury associated with boxing  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10946737 

 

What boxing tells us about repetitive head trauma and the brain https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3706825/ 

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It all depends where you live. I live out in the boonies. I have a large workshop/garage for as many projects as I care to do. Then there are animals and a lot of chickens. I'm pretty lazy for gardening but I like to try and grow different things. We have four ponds for fishing. I have a four wheel drive diesel tractor with different implements. My wife does the actual farm work but I enjoy playing with it. There is also a very scenic area about ten kilometers from home, waterfalls and all. Then once or twice a week the local farangs get together to drink beer and solve world problems. Then last but not least, there is the Internet. I do spend entirely too much time on the computer. My friends told me that when I retired, I would be bored to death. Wrong!

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2 hours ago, possum1931 said:

I would love a game where you have a joystick and fly a plane, on my first computer, back at the beginning of this century

I had a game called the Red Baron or something like that, wish I could get something like that now.

 

If you have a few thousand dollars they have virtual reality flight simulators out there. My cousin has one (he's a real pilot) and it's amazing. He uses an Occulus Rift headset. It really feels like you are in the cockpit. I flew an F15, F18 and A10. Ever since trying that a few months ago I have been considering spending the money to explore the world of virtual reality. 

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30 minutes ago, Goldbear said:

 

If you have a few thousand dollars they have virtual reality flight simulators out there. My cousin has one (he's a real pilot) and it's amazing. He uses an Occulus Rift headset. It really feels like you are in the cockpit. I flew an F15, F18 and A10. Ever since trying that a few months ago I have been considering spending the money to explore the world of virtual reality. 

My home currency is Pounds, but I will keep it simple if I can find a way to fly a plane with a joystick and computer.

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6 minutes ago, JungleBiker said:

I like cycling and it was in Thailand that I first started entering races in my early forties. There are races for road bikes (road races and time trials), mountain bikes on roads (a lot of Thai cyclists ride mountain bikes on roads) and mountain bikes off-road (cross country and downhill). They have different age categories so you don't have to compete with the younger riders. The oldest category is usually 60+. I'll be joining that category next year. I currently ride about 300km per week consequently I have an athlete's heart (it's strong and it beats very slowly when resting): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athletic_heart_syndrome 

 

Weight training is a good way to prevent sarcopenia http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/guide/sarcopenia-with-aging  Basically, it's a case of "use it or lose it". 

 

I also like gardening and the warm climate means you can grow stuff all year round provided you have water in the dry season. I have a laboratory for propagating species orchids from seed but I don't currently have time to do that because I am not retired! 

 

Out of interest what is your resting heart beat ?

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