Happy New Year!

Wow… time flies when you’re having fun.   But as this year has dragged like a club foot – does that mean I’ve not had much of a good time?

So what have we all been upto?     Well,  I do have to work 6 months of the year, so that doesn’t leave me long to enjoy myself too much.

At the beginning of the year – Miss Tim and I headed to Phuket.     A nice resort, fantastic views/food – only spoiled by leaving the resort and heading into Patong where it’s full of riff-raff and over-priced food and beverages.    Don’t think we’ll be going back there in a hurry.

Mid-year, Miss Tim and I drove from the UK down to Barcelona.  Stopping off to see friends in France – one of them being ‘Apple’ from the Big Mango.

We liked Barcelona and France.    For some mad reason I did a parachute jump in Barcelona – while Miss Tim sat and watched from terror-firmer.  Wimp!

We opted to drive through France/Spain as I hate all Car Hire companies.  Globally.  No matter what country – they’re all a rip off.  Bastards the lot of them.

Towards the end of the year I went to the UK a few times to catch up with friends and to also pop over to Sweden to see how Jonas is getting on.  We had fun.  I shall be back.

While in the UK,  I treated myself to some new toys.   Some motorbikes and cars.  They’re all safely locked away for the winter and I can’t wait to get back there for the Spring when I can dig them out and go for a drive/ride.

Rounded off the year in the UK seeing friends and family – and then back to Thailand for Christmas.  I am now back at work for New Year – which leaves me thinking about whats in store for next year.

I’ve booked a motorcycle tour across the Himalayas on a Royal Enfield next summer, so that should be interesting.

Need to move house at some point…. somewhere that I don’t have to share with pool cleaners and gardeners.

Also I need to pull my finger out and organise the Pattaya Si 6 bar crawl.  I think we said February for that.

Apart from that….. same ole, same ole.

For me,  2017 was not a bad year at all.   Here is hoping 2018 is just as good if not better.

May 2018 be good year for us all.

Happy New Year!   👿

 

 

Tis the Season to be Jolly…. apparently….

It’s that time of year again.  A time that I really like.   Dark,  cold, wet….  that’s how it should be.   Of course, not going to get that in Thailand.

Off to the UK we headed.    Two weeks in the UK – to enjoy the atmosphere, shopping, cold weather – and most of all… the food!

We love the food in the UK..  I am not talking ‘fish n chips’ or ‘pie n mash’… I am referring to all the different cuisines which are available in the UK.  Donner Kebabs,   Tikka Masalas, crispy duck…etc..  all fantastic in the UK.

For the best part of 2 weeks, we had cocktails in the evenings and hit all sorts of restaurants and take-aways.   Evening shopping in the dark, with people scuttling around picking up Christmas gifts all contributed to a great atmosphere.

The UK was cold.  Very cold.  Some snow and lots of ice.  I think that’s the coldest that Miss Tim has ever been.

For me… the two weeks were great.  Met up with friends, family and  kicked back and enjoyed all of the things in the UK that I miss.    I even ventured out into the icey weather to ride my motorbike.  Admittedly, that didn’t last long as my fingers nearly fell off  due to the cold.

Two weeks passed pretty quick and soon enough I was back in Thailand.   Nice.

Landing less than a week ago, I thought Christmas might be nice here.     Relaxing by the pool, some good food and into town in the evenings to soak up some Christmas spirit.

I couldn’t be more wrong.

Forget about the relaxing by the pool.   It turns out that we have an underground water leak.  So my garden is being dug up by a bunch of Thai’s.   When they’re not digging and inspecting pipes.. they’re all sitting around eating.

In town – people seem to be bloody miserable!   Lots of families on holiday – as to be expected, but they seem to be made up of more riff-raff than usual.

Christmas Dinner?   Well,  PRIME Steak Restaurant seems to be the no.1 restaurant here – so I contacted them a few months ago to book a table.      I was told they were closed on the 25th – but there is a big Christmas Eve dinner on the 24th – but hurry…. tickets are almost sold out!

The price was 1800 each.  There were 5 of us.     Arriving at 19:00, the restaurant was hardly full.   The other diners were all made up of tourists.    The table next to us were chain smoking.   We asked the staff why it is they’re allowed to smoke in a restaurant – but was told ‘It’s Christmas so its a free day’!

– Amazing.

Food was utter shite and the other guests would be more at home at feeding time at the zoo.   The Buffett was savaged within minutes.  Dumbass scandanavians using the same Twongs to fill their plate with every bit of food they could find.   Each set of twongs ended up clogged up with crap.

The desert island was being surrounded by kids who thought the big giger-bread house was a toy – so were playing with, touching it and more than once giving the roof a lick.

What’s more – for the 1800bht,   there was no booze included!   Not even a house pour or a glass of wine.  A total waste of money.   There was no way a meal could reach the 800 price tag, let alone 1800.

We were more pissed off when we saw people walk in off the street and were given the usual menus!   We’d have much preferred that!

I can’t say any of us were impressed and couldn’t wait to get the hell out of there.

Christmas Day itself was a much non-event.     I instructed Tim to tell the workmen to stay away from the house on the 25th, leaving me to sit around in what looked like a Normandy field during WWII.

Into town in the evening… and to our shock… PRIME Restaurant was open as normal!!  Bastards!!!  They told me it was closed on the 25th!   I’d have much preferred to have gone there on the 25th and had a steak – than go on the 24th and be subjected to the ‘canteen’ environment.

It’s now the 26th.   I had every intention of trying to salvage my Christmas by heading to the beach today.

– woke up to find it’s raining!

Tomorrow I am heading back to work.  GREAT!!!!

I’ve had my fill of Thailand.   I wish I had stayed in the UK.    One thing is for sure – this will be the last time I spend Christmas in Thailand.   With a bit of luck,  2018 will be the last year I spend in Thailand too.

Merry Christmas!

House hunting again

Been off the airwaves for a while… nothing much going on.  Work work work.   Arrived back in Thailand on Friday and headed straight to HH.

The usual shenanigans at the airport…   it was so busy – the officials opened up the Fast Track/Premium Lane for any old riff-raff.   The problem with this is – you have not staff at the entrance checking the arrival/departure cards.  So there I was stuck behind a bunch of back-packing half-witts who were filling out their cards at the desk.  Fast-Track my arse.  Although, there was one Thai at her counter who was vicious – she was sending people out of the queue if so much as a flight number was missing.  Love that woman!

Hua Hin.. nothing changes…. except all the houses around me seem to be falling down. Well, the 8ft garden walls that is.

We had heavy rain the other week…  which lead to all the houses around the house I am in – to flood and walls collapse.  For some odd reason the water was channeling around my house!

I had a look in the now abandoned neighbors house…  and I have to say – what a bunch of assholes.  They rent.  As soon as the water started coming in through the glass doors – they had It away on their toes.  They didn’t  think to maybe lift any items from the floor and put them on the bed?  Or maybe even tie a knot in the curtains to save them from soaking up all the muddy rain water?  No.. they just left.

Maybe I am just too nice and thoughtful.

At least I no longer have any neighbors which I can complain about.  Good.

Another good reminder though, why I don’t buy a property in Thailand.   Everywhere I go (looking for new houses) I see them being built by old ladies.    Not the best workmanship I’ve seen.

Luckily.. my house still looks like this.. but for how long?

In May, the lease is due up on my house.  It was up for 50k per month, but we got a discount for long term let.  Two years is enough.  It’s starting to show its age – paint falling off the walls,  wardrobes falling apart and a crack here and there now showing. Time to move on.

Just so happens there is a smaller house about 3 minute walk away which could be just what we need.  It’s not as big as the one we’re in – but then, we don’t need all these empty bedrooms.

We contacted the owner and took a look.  It wasn’t bad at all.   Everything was new – and apart from a family visit here and there – no one has lived there since it was built a few years ago.

Thing is – we don’t need it until Feb 1st.   Which is 2 months away.   It’s been up for rent or sale for the past 6 months.  Surely we can do a deal?

I should have realised I was dealing with an idiot, when the owner introduced himself as ‘Mr Lucky’.  From Oz…   The guy was a nob, so I let Tim call him up.

And it goes a little something like this….

Miss Tim:    Mr. Lucky,  we are interested in renting the house. –  We would like it for a                       minimum of one year as of Feb 1st.  We can give you 1 months deposit now                     and also pay 1 year in advance.

Mr.Lucky:    Strewth, can you not take it now?

Miss Tim:    No, we’re still in our current house.

Mr.Lucky:    Strewth, well just have the two.

Miss Tim:    No. That’s not how this works.

Lucky:         Strewth, you can pay the deposit and the year upfront, but I can’t                                      guarantee it will be available on Feb 1st.

Miss Tim:    You do know what ‘deposit’ means right?

Lucky:         Strewth, If someone comes along before Feb 1st and wants to rent it – I’ll                          give it to them.

(even though it’s been empty for the last year)

Miss Tim:     We want it in Feb.  We’ll give you the months deposit now… which in                               effect gives you the money for January – meaning its just December you’ll                       not get rent for.  And as it’s already December, the likelihood of you                                 renting it right now is very unlikely.

Mr Lucky:     Strewth, like I said,  pay me the money – but there is no guarantee.

Miss Tim:     What’s plastic and goes ‘click’?

Mr Lucky      Strewth, what?

Miss Tim:     ‘Click’

Mr Lucky:     Strewth. Hello?   Are you there Sheila? Hello?  Strewth.

What a dick.   Mr Lucky is lucky that it was Tim on the phone to him and not myself – as I’d have been hurling all sorts of nasty insults at him that I’d not be doing if my Mother was in the same room.

This fool just threw away a years money.   Has he not seen the property market at the moment in HH?  It’s a renters market.  There are houses empty everywhere.

We did think about telling our Landlord to knock 10 large off our rent – and we’ll stay, but to be honest,  I am bored with this house now.  Time to move on.  Besides,  one more major downpour,  and the house might get swept away.

But anyway, I’ve no time to deal with this now…. off to the UK tomorrow for a few weeks – looking for all that Christmas festivity.

 

Carry on…