Haha, love the 10 bath coin story
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Humours me how many people try so hard to flaunt their wealth (screams financial insecurity), or people trying to impress people they even don't know with money they don't have.
I have a friend who married a great local girl who is incredibly parsimonious even though she has the money to buy whatever she wants. Her sister, having shacked up with some materially-rich dude, brags right in front of her much poorer relations about how much her jewellery and clothes cost. Nouveau riche!
of course, anything that is not done the Thai way is subject to derision, how will I add to it? why put in sod? I suggested a bigger counter surface in the kitchen and my wife replied that she wanted more floor space because she likes to cook with friends. I would do it standing of course but she and her friends prefer to sit on the floor. I was told the interior looked like a hospital and that violet and blues would be better. Modern style houses are very popular now and oddly a couple of houses in town have changed their roofline to the shed style. This is rural [email protected] Thailand, most have cattle or raising frogs within 10 feet of their dwelling. I suggested banana trees at the kitchen side of the house and my wife asked if I would plant vegetables on my lawn at home? fair enough, it is give and take, I have lots to learn and know I will never really fit in, the best is be accepted. My lawnmower was the talk of the town until they saw the lawn cut evenly and the laser lights in the garage were considered wasteful by the Mother in law until we had a party with the karaoke machine and then was considered a good investment.
I live here differently than the Thais do, I wanted my home to be like a little resort, a fun place to hang out in a tropical paradise. They want to make a living and get ahead. I am sure the house would fit in better in more touristy or farang populated areas but this is where her family is and that is very important to her. There is a generation or two missing from Isaan, anyone with brains or looks heads to Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket to have a good life. We are lucky to be able to do it near family and that part is respected. Most see the method to my madness after a closer look and the truth is the ones that don t I am far too old and settled in my ways to give a shit about
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Can i add on my house build??
When i built my house here in phuket in 2001, home pro had just opened, I went with my contractor and choose everything i wanted and let him source his own dealers and he kept the difference He made about 8% on the difference.He was quite happy with that
I was on site for 95% of the time to make sure it was done right. When we built it we were the ONLY ones on a dead end dirt road heading up the mtn. For 2 years my electricity came from my closest neighbor, ( 800 meters away) via an extension line.Only after 2 others started building were we able to get the electric company to put in a line up from the main road 400 meters away
But the land when we brought was cheap!!! 2,600 sq meters for only 1.6 million baht
House came in under budget ( planned for 1.5 million) including the full kitchen and furniture
I put in a large closet inside off the kitchen for storage and the washing machine and a hall closet upstairs as well, totally never seen in a thai built house
notice no bars,.... something i am told i cant do, once we start building in Kep
after completion but before we got the grass put in..
put the car port away from the house
after the grass and trees grew
Dinning room looking towards the kitchen
He said 6 months and the rains held hm up for an extra month. I was very pleased.
Meanwhile down in Kep, my gf sister house is in its a 14 month of construction 6 past completion date) and gone thru 3 contractors and still only 80% finished.
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Like the spoilt child she is, she will not be happy till she destroys herself from within and breaks your heart.
A lowly Mazda 2 diesel set me back 25k. A BMW 5x is $142,000 USD new in Thailand and it depreciates the minute you drive it off the lot. Car prices here are as close to getting raped as I have come. Oh and on car loans there is no giveback if you pay it off early, you pay the full interest for the original contract even if you walk in the week after you buy and offer to pay the loan off. Thailand sucks when it comes to buying cars
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