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Having trouble strechhhhing your Social Security/Pension? Well hell, move to Chiang Mai, Thailand!

Via: Buy (RENT) in Chiang Mai

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Size : 60 sqm (646 sf)

Bedrooms : 2
Bathrooms : 2
Furnished : Fully
Airconditioned : Fully
Floor :
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Location : Chareon muang Rd. Soi 8 (Soi Kai Daeng)

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1y Contract :6,500 THB/month (6,500 @ 32.50 =  $200 USD per month!)
6m Contract : 7,500 THB/month

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Nice 60sqm. condo for rent in PP Condominium with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.  All come fully furnished , living room with open kitchen  Very nice and quiet place.

This condo is located close to Train Station and Super Highway. Only 10 minutes to Central Festival,Big-C,Makro and  Chaing Mai Bus terminal.

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– See more at: http://www.buyinchiangmai.com/ppf-204.html#sthash.YJIAH2VJ.dpuf

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June 27, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Anthony Bodain The Parts Unknown THAILAND Episode: Just the One-Liners

Via: Eaters

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On last night’s episode of Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain joined Pok Pok kingpin/cat selfie enthusiast Andy Ricker in northern Thailand to eat all the sausage and drink all the rice whiskey they could manage. There was blood soup, sheep’s brain, super-spicy rice dishes, a pork monger in a cowboy hat, live action cat selfies, a lady boy cabaret, a failed engagement on the part of Ricker, bad karaoke, and lots and lots of drinking. Hold on to your cowboy hats. Now, on to the Quotable Bourdain — feel free to add your picks in the comments below.

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1: On tasting Thai food for the first time: “It was like discovering a color I never knew existed before. A whole new crayon box full of colors.”

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2: On how Pok Pok chef Andy Ricker learned how to cook Thai food: “Andy here is constantly back and forth from America to Thailand, for nearly 25 years now looking for recipes, techniques, digging deeper and deeper into an amazingly complex and widely misunderstood cuisine. And getting his ass chastised by a few aunties as he goes.

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3: On Thai rice whiskey: “This stuff is a delightful beverage that tastes better and smoother, apparently, the more you drink.”

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4: On the whiskey shop’s uncle, who at 68 drinks half a bottle a day: “It’s pretty much the Keith Richards health and preservation plan.”

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5: On eating brain: “I’m not a big fan of brain. That custardy texture coupled with the nutty taste? Frankly I’d sooner ram a big handful of nutsack.”

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6: On blood soup: “That’s like a horror movie. That’s like CSI soup. I’m eating out of an open wound.” Pause. “Actually that’s completely delicious.”

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7: Andy Ricker on eating sheep’s brains: “Eat too much of this shit you’ll go blind, that’s what they say.” Bourdain: “Yeah, they say that about jacking off, too, and I’m still here.”

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8: On their meal of blood soup, sheep’s brains, and sausage: “Honestly, best meal I’ve ever had in Thailand. I’d eat it out of Chris Christie’s jock strap on a hot summer day.”

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9: On his mission in Thailand: “This time it’s all about consuming medically inadvisable amounts of food and drink.”

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10: On appearances being deceiving: “There’s almost an inverse relationship, the more hideous looking a dish the more delicious it is.”

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11: On where they’re going: “Next stop? It ain’t Flavortown. It’s some place beyond that, man, way beyond.”

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12: On how much he drinks: “This may surprise you, but I am not an alcoholic. I don’t drink at home ever. There’s not beer in my fridge. If I’m not working, I’m not hanging out in bars. But if I was an alcoholic, and I did hang in bars, I’d hang here.”

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13: On french fries in Thailand: “You ordered french fries? Apparently it’s an indigenous specialty.”

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14: While watching an older white guy drunkenly sing karaoke: “That could be me someday, I’m thinking. Things go just a little wrong, I go off the rails, this would be all too attractive. I can well see myself singing happy birthday in German to tourists in a hotel bar in Jakarta or Bangkok.”

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15:Bourdain on a Chinese liqueur: “Tastes like boner medicine.” Andy Ricker: “Yes, and it tastes like dirty sack.”

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16: On what he loves about Thailand: “It wasn’t the girls, it wasn’t the beaches, it was the noodles, the greasy bottle of fish sauce, and the smell. That’s it.”`

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17: On how things change: “I once wrote your body isn’t a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride. But that was before I had a daughter and a respectable job at CNN.”

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18: On an ideal lady boy experience: “If we had a lady boy show in a sports bar we could watch football, drink a lot of beer, and around beer number eight, bring out the lady boys.”

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19: On kissing a lady boy (SEE PHOTO) : “I end up kissing the only lady boy in Thailand who looks like Ernest Borgnine straight on the lips. I mean, why not one of the hot ones, at least?”

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20: On going to the lady boy cabaret: “If out of context photos of me here end up on the internet, this could look bad.” (SEE PHOTO)

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21: On spicy food: “That perfect balance of pain, and pleasure, and more pain. Brain flooding with endorphins and all is well with the world. Until tomorrow morning.”

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22: On the morning after the lady boy club: “It was very traumatic. I need to go to a strip club and watch a football game and mow the lawn and barbecue all at the same time.”

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23: On onion breath: “I’m gonna eat some more onions. The boys at the bar tonight are gonna be in for a surprise if they move in for a smooch.”

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24: On breakfast: “I’m a big believer in a healthy, nutritious breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day, my doctor said that. Of course, he also said that just about everything I love and hold dear is killing me, so what does he know.”

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25: On papaya salad: “Attention hippies: this is a salad.”

http://eater.com/archives/2014/06/02/parts-unknown-thailand.php

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June 4, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tired of living in the back of your brother’s truck – Well, Hell, move to Chiang Mai, Thailand!

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Size : 30 sqm (323sqf)
Bedrooms : Studio
Bathrooms : 1
Furnished : Yes
Airconditioned : Yes
Floor :
 6
Location : Charoen muang Rd. Soi 8 (Soi Kai Daeng)
12 month lease : 4,200 THB/month ($129.23 USD)
6 month lease : 4,700 THB/month ($144.62 USD)

Nice Studio Room for rent @ PP Condo. Fully furnished including air-condition, Flat-TV with TV stand, microwave, fridge, wardrobe, comfortable sofa, water heater, bed and mattress.

Good location close to Big C and Makro super highway and train station.

– See more at: http://www.buyinchiangmai.com/ppe-610.html#sthash.JPm4kaLq.dpuf

May 27, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Here’s what $835 per month will get you in Chicago, and what you get in Chiang Mai, Thailand

CHICAGO:

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$832 for one bedroom right next to the University of Illinois at Chicago, sharing a fully furnished four-bedroom apartment with three girls.

Chicago has a generous affordable housing program and lots of subsidized units to provide, but a long waiting list sits between the applicant and a chance at living comfortably in Chi-town. The red tape includes a criminal background check, income verification and registration for the lottery system.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/88365/deciding-where-to-live-here-s-what-a-typical-rent-check-gets-you-in-11-major-cities?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

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CHIANG MAI, THAILAND:

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Officially launched on the 15 November 2004 Viangbua Mansion is the latest & newest room service apartment in Chiangmai Thailand  offered Deluxe Rooms Type 2 ($732 USD) fully furnished and built with luxury interior decor with contemporary Thai-Lanna Style – Northern Thailand Culture. These rooms are now open for reservation, booking & rental on a daily, weekly & monthly basis. These spacious deluxe rooms with 1 bedroom ( 1 Queen-size bed), 1 large living room, 1 bathroom (separated shower and bathtub). The details are as below:

86 sm  (916 sf) bedroom separate from 1 large living room & 1 bathroom)
Bedroom : One Queen-size bed, two table lamps.
Living room :  21″ television
Bathroom : Seperated Shower area and bathtub with water heater.
One spacious room (86 square meter) with standard inventories
: Bed basement 2 pieces, Mattress 2 pieces, Pillow & pillow case 2 pieces, Telephone set, Air condition with remote control, Sofa, sofa mattress, sofa pillow,  Lighting 2 pieces, Chair, Hot Water Machine, Curtain, TV 21″ Flat Screen with remote control, Refrigerator, Living room table with glass plate, Cupboard, Drawer, Bed Cupboard, Television Table, Key Card, Blanket 2 pieces, Cover bed sheet 2 pieces, Towel 2 pieces, Foot towel & Bed sheet 2 pieces.

Also include:

– housekeeping 3-days per week

– room service from the 1st floor restaurant

– 24-hour a day security

– WIFI

– cable TV

 

http://www.viangbuamansion-chiangmai.com/deluxe_room2.htm

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Still too expensive for you?

I understand.

Viangbua has bought, and FULLY REMOVATED a old student housing building. It now includes, WIFI and cable TV.

HOW MUCH?

4,000 baht = $123 USD per month

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May 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Tired of living in your Mom’s mobile home? Well hell then, move to Thailand!

Studio condo for rent, has just completed renovation, located in Chiang Mai city center.

The studio has been furnished with brand new and modern furnitures. The studio condo comes with a small tea kitchen, which makes it possible for you to make some food at home as well. The studio condo is for rent at a very low monthly price at 10,000 baht, which is a very low rent for a studio condo in this condition.

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Area: 40SM = 431SF

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1o,ooo baht @32.5 = $307.69 USD

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See more photos of this unit, and details of other units available in Chiang Mai, HERE:

http://real-estate-chiang-mai.com/properties/just-finished-renovation-studio-condo-for-rent-in-chiang-mai/

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April 10, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Hospital – Comes to about a ‘$ per second’

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‘CIGNA negotiates disconts with health care professionals . . .’

Discount = $0.00

bastards!

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NOTE: I’m retired, and have been living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for the past +8 years.

I have private FULL (physician, hospital and meds) medical insurance, no deductibles, and I pay LESS than I did for my co-payment in 2000.

And YES, my provider was CIGNA, the bastards!

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March 30, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My latest, ‘HERO of the Day’

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I retired at FIFTY-SEVEN (57), and so can you!

IF, you are willing to live somewhere less expensive; and it doesn’t matter where: Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Philippines, Thailand, >>>

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My choice, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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‘Chiang Mai – Selected as one of the most affordable places to live (That’s right, AGAIN!)’

http://seattle99.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/chiang-mai-selected-as-one-of-the-most-affordable-places-to-retire-thats-right-again/

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March 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Top 10 Most Beautiful Places to Read Books

Via: EducationBash.com

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The Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice

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See the other NINE, here:

http://www.educationbash.com/top-10-most-beautiful-places-to-read-books/

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And my favorite:

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Starbucks – Chiang Mai, Thailand, Taepae Gate

It’s not ONLY because I live in Chiang Mai; but right behind Starbucks is Gecko Books, my favorite used book store.

http://seattle99.wordpress.com/2009/05/07/chiang-mai-used-bookstores/

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October 31, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai, Thailand – ‘My Buffalo is named William’

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I’ve always had a, life-long, un-fulfilled, passion for farming.

It’s no longer un-fulfilled.

I recently leased a lot near my apartment, and will be growing ‘Jasmine Rice’.

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In addition to “tot’n that barge, and lift’n that bale”, William will be work’n the birthday party circuit (kiddie rides).

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My OTHER stupid-ass blog, ‘living in the Land of Smiles’:

http://seattle99.wordpress.com/

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August 11, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1950 – Chiang Mai

Via: Teak Door

You can see many more vintage photos of Thailand/Siam, HERE:

http://teakdoor.com/famous-threads/39970-siam-thailand-bangkok-old-photo-thread.html

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October 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment