House Building, Sisaket

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Sisaket: The monks and my girlfriend!

Postby Mishark » Wed May 25, 2011 9:05 am

So, what's going on?

The monks:

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And my girlfriend (Fai):

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Two typical Isaan images.

p.s. Sezze, I am sure everybody would be happy to come and watch, and unless they are indeed fooled by the upside down images on the boxes covering the windows, everybody (or at least lots) of people would know that we have a 50" toratat. Unfortunately for them, the TV is in our bedroom, but that is because it is the only room in the house to have a door! What is the quality like? Seems alright, but I have barely watched it at all... (bit of a theme developing here)
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Re: Sisaket: The monks and my girlfriend!

Postby fredlk » Wed May 25, 2011 9:15 am

Mishark wrote:So, what's going on?

It looks to me like your girlfriend has disguised and armed herself in readiness to do you harm for taking her ring. (I doubt she'd attack the monks.)
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Sisaket: Shop build

Postby Mishark » Thu May 26, 2011 9:18 am

Despite selling the ring back to the gold shop and keeping the money myself (ring was a bit small for Fai anyway), the girlfriend has been hunting for pork (frogs), crabs that live in the rice paddies and gathering het (mushroom) - AND NOT HUNTING ME! :D

Fai, along with her brother and his wife have been building the new shop. As Fai is funding it herself, through giving her gold to me (though I really don't suit it!), I have no input into the design. Also, as it is for the future of the family kids, there is no charge for labour. Anyway, here are the pictures:

Digging foundation holes:
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After putting the pre-cast columns in, the holes were just filled in with soil - No concrete.

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And this is how it looks at the moment:

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And a close up of the actual roofing:

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Costs that I know:
6 pre-cast support columns: B3,300 total
Roof sheets: B160 each
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Re: House Building, Sisaket

Postby Maseratimartin » Thu May 26, 2011 11:47 am

You should show some appreciation to your girlfriend for working so hard and follow her plan of building her shop and !
...maybe a new gold ring?! :wink:

Most thai would sit in a nail shop or beauty salon and just complain the lazy husband.... :mrgreen:

You should be happy...she is hunting for frogs and providing food....buiding the shop providing a better future....respect!
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Sisaket: House Guests

Postby Mishark » Sun May 29, 2011 11:27 am

I am showing appreciation - by NOT selling the gold she has traded for cash with me! :lol:

And yeah, she is doing well, though I can speak from experience, that nobody appreciates anything that they have not worked hard for! And one day, when the shop has had its first successful trading period, and everybody is reflecting on a job well done, she might just be presented with another ring...

Here are some photos taken recently:

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And, though nothing compared to Max's, some rockets:

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And the Thai way of letting of sky rockets:

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And finally, some temporary house guests:

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Hope you enjoyed, on this now gloomy rainy day!
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Re: Sisaket: House Guests

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Sun May 29, 2011 11:45 am

Mishark wrote:
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What the heck is that silver lizard? Looks like a cross between Alien and that metallic robot cop from Terminator 2.
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Re: House Building, Sisaket

Postby Roger Ramjet » Sun May 29, 2011 1:03 pm

Max and Bee,
They are called "drop tails" in Australia and very common in the country.
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Re: Sisaket: House Guests

Postby BKKBILL » Sun May 29, 2011 1:15 pm

Mishark wrote:I am showing appreciation - by NOT selling the gold she has traded for cash with me! :lol:

And yeah, she is doing well, though I can speak from experience, that nobody appreciates anything that they have not worked hard for! And one day, when the shop has had its first successful trading period, and everybody is reflecting on a job well done, she might just be presented with another ring...


Well I for one am not surprised. Also wouldn't be shocked if it happened to be the same ring. :mrgreen: 8) :mrgreen:
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Re: House Building, Sisaket

Postby sezze » Mon May 30, 2011 6:05 am

Yeah , we have a lot of these lizards also . They are more shy then gekko's but they are a lot more abundant . They do seem to like dense growing areas , as bamboo etc , and when everything is quiet you see them crawl around . As soon as you make a noise they are in again .
The shop looks nice and can be rented out as many people have more basic houses in the village ( i lived inside one when i stayed in my GF's house) .I would not have chosen the tile style steel sheets , but for the rest it looks perfect . What will she be selling ? Food ?
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Sisaket: Update

Postby Mishark » Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:24 pm

Well, what has been happening in Sisakit?

Not a lot really...

More has been done on the shop:
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Had the porch tiles done:
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Girlfriend has started a herb garden:
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And her and
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Now selling petrol in the shop (very popular):
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And her and MIL erected a 100m fence:
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We went to a nice floating restaurant near Chong Mek:
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Floating restaurant kitchen:
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p.s. still not bought a replacement ring! :o
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Re: House Building, Sisaket

Postby Mishark » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:12 pm

Wow! A lot has happened in the last week or 10 days.

Yes, we stupidly paid the project manager for work before it had actually been done (Rule 101 of CoolThaiHouse broken), and yes he promised us continuously for a long time that he would come back and finish the house, we would just have to be patient. Well, we had finally got to the point where we could not be bothered waiting anymore, and he miraculously said he had now got the money! (Borrowed from the local monder lender, finance term 3% per month).

Anyway, the have started tiling the lounge:
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Installed aluminimum window fames and glass in the shop:
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Installed aluminium door frames and glass in the shop:
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Installed tiles in the shop:
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Created a hut to sell fuel:
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Moved the temporary outdoor kitchen:
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And another shot of the temporary kitchen:
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Found out that unless you sell fuel from electric fuel pumps, you can not sell alcohol as well.

Anybody got an old fueld pump they want to get rid of?
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Re: House Building, Sisaket

Postby Ians » Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:21 pm

"Found out that unless you sell fuel from electric fuel pumps, you can not sell alcohol as well.

Anybody got an old fueld pump they want to get rid of?Mishark"

One good way of reducing the road - tank up the bike as well as the rider.
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Re: House Building, Sisaket

Postby Mishark » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:41 pm

Ians wrote:One good way of reducing the road - tank up the bike as well as the rider.


You thinking some sort of promotion? Buy Lao Kao, get your fuel cheaper?!
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Re: House Building, Sisaket

Postby Ians » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:44 pm

Ians wrote:"Found out that unless you sell fuel from electric fuel pumps, you can not sell alcohol as well.

Anybody got an old fueld pump they want to get rid of?Mishark"

One good way of reducing the road - tank up the bike as well as the rider.


That should read road -toll :oops:
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Re: House Building, Sisaket

Postby Mishark » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:45 pm

Hi All,

Thought it was about time that I gave an update on my story here!
Things are going well in Sisakit, house building still continuing.

As some may have realised, despite trying, never quite got into the building aspect.
Instead, much more interested in the actual experience of living in Isaan.

Have been posting for a while now about life here: My life in Isaan

(Sorry that it has grown to some 70+ pages and 50,000+ views before telling you! Oops!)

For some it might be interesting, for others, not so (mai pen rai)
I will put some updated photos on this CoolThaiHouse thread soon.

Thank you to everybody who has helped and given me advice.

Good luck to all.
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