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Re: Nothing

Post by rick » March 27, 2018, 4:39 pm

Ok, some people took offence at 'Nothing'. Of course there is plenty to do - IF what is around floats your boat. I would say that being retired or semi-retired in your 40's, Udon is not the right place to be. First, unless you are financially secure, Udon is a hard place for a falang to make money. Some manage it (i.e. Drunk monkey) but many more have failed. Second, pace of life is a bit slow, perfect for us over 55's. Night life is either very Thai or aimed at the occasional visitor.The only 2 people i know of who retired here in there 40's without anything to do just became psychotic forum trolls who got their kicks from pissing people off....

First, type of person you are. I hate big cities. A nice city is OK for a couple of days, but i would never want to live there. And Bangkok, with it's pollution, traffic and hardened conmen (e,g, Taxi drivers) makes it a place that i avoid if possible. Pattaya is more like Blackpool crossed with the wild west. Some like the beach, but i like the countryside more. Also, many of us are not well off enough to have infinite choices, particularly after a divorce .... So, housing costs cuts out a lot of potential destinations - if i was a millionaire, i doubt i would be here! If choosing between a one bedroomed flat in the costa geriatrica, waiting for a monthly (or less frequent) visit from the kids, and Thailand with more spacious housing, friendly and available female partners and better climate, choosing was easy. I was at that time of my life that i accepted that i would never get everything i wanted and just wanted a nice place to call home.

As for the rest, my disco days are long gone, i like nature, fishing and gardening. Plenty enough to keep me busy, I also socialise with my friends a couple of times a week, but i am only a social drinker. I play bridge (we need more bridge players though!), I have a young daughter to tire me out. And i have a lake full of red water lilies only 50 metres from my house - something i would never get in the UK. There are concerts, a few exhibitions, i can go shopping without having to drive for half an hour, and can afford to eat out sometimes. I can watch films, play a few computer games, or read an ebook. I do not have time to do everything i want! More than i had after being made redundant back in the UK.

Udon is not for everybody, Quite a few realise this and get out after a year or two. Most of the rest of us are content (or, possibly, have run out of options!)

Sure we have our fair share of grumpy alcoholics, but so do most pubs in the UK. Thailand does seem to be a magnet for the flotsam and jetsam of the western society, so you do meet some interesting people.



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Re: Nothing

Post by Shado » March 27, 2018, 5:12 pm

Good post rick. I believe you've summed it up quite well. I'm retired and enjoy every new morning. I find more positives than negatives here.

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Re: Nothing

Post by Giggle » March 27, 2018, 5:20 pm

You must think exactly the way I do, or you're an idiot. And Hitler.

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Re: Nothing

Post by Stanley Road » March 27, 2018, 9:31 pm

Marcosteffano wrote:
March 27, 2018, 8:48 am
Stanley Road wrote:
March 27, 2018, 7:00 am
Marcosteffano wrote:
March 27, 2018, 1:40 am
Yeah bowls sounds just about right for you.give it a try and get some excitement in your life.as for NWS please we don't need some loon turning up saying where's the action.just face the facts you've made your bed buying a house here and your probably going to spend the rest of your life here unless you give it away.anyway I would like to go on but I've got to go and watch some paint dry.yeah mods close this post down its bloody depressing.
So who the **** do you think you are Mr Rock and Roll? I could tell your reply was ------ thats why i gave you a little dig back so come on then what makes you so special flying around the country lanes in a remote village on your felano wooping and wailing?

You are right in some respects I did make my bed and i will lie in it - like i said i wasn't looking for sympathy and i wasn't expecting some smart arse who thinks he has the perfect life to start having a go at me. I was just saying I am bored here and there is nothing to do and you had to chime in with your ------ comments like you own the ****** place.

I have had enough excitement in my life to last me 10 lifetimes pal trust me on that I could stay home for the rest of my life and do nothing and not feel at all 'sad' about it as I have lived well. And I am no loon I am a nice bloke. But if I was (a loon) I would be pretty ****** gutted landing in NWS and finding a concrete table next to a pizza shop full of luke warm chang.
there you go again,labelling NWS as a boring place with no real knowledge about the town.we have a great expat community and you will find we all love it out here and are never bored.
When you come along and say things like udon thani is the most boring place you sort of touch a nerve with some people as it's not a boring place with boring people.if you got yourself out a bit you'll find that NWS has a couple of farang bars and those who sit at the farang table choose to sit there,not for a cheap warm chang either.as other members have said,you need to look at yourself and not the location.life is what you make of it.anyway must dash as I've got loads to do today and I'm not being sarcastic.
I know very little about NWS. And in turn you know very little about me. Thats why I took issue with you pretty much calling me a cock by suggesting I would love bowls as that is a bit of me, blah blah. Truth is I am just having a did back at you as you had a little dig at me. Childish I guess, but there you have it.

That whole thing with sitting in those little bars in little towns is great and im not knocking it, but its subjective. Subjective to how many years you have done it for. I lived in a town called Tha Muang for 2 years and it was great _ was the only ferang in the town - loved my time there and whilst I did feel out of place, that was part of the fun. But this was 2005 through 2007 and when I moved there, I had just had 2 years on Koh Samui living like Kieth Moon so it was a welcome break being in this polar opposite world. I eventually moved to Kanchanaburi 12 miles up the road and had another 2 or 3 years of sitting in those little ex pat bars. More of the same to some extent in Hua Hin for a good few years - six in total, I think. I dont realy vibe of bars like that anymore as I have done it to death and im bored of it.

So this whole small town thing, I have done it. Preaching to the quire pal. Nothing wrong with it so to speak, i just see it as a bit naff, personally, after having done it for so long and growing bloody bored of it.

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Re: Nothing

Post by Stanley Road » March 27, 2018, 9:32 pm

rick wrote:
March 27, 2018, 4:39 pm
Ok, some people took offence at 'Nothing'. Of course there is plenty to do - IF what is around floats your boat. I would say that being retired or semi-retired in your 40's, Udon is not the right place to be. First, unless you are financially secure, Udon is a hard place for a falang to make money. Some manage it (i.e. Drunk monkey) but many more have failed. Second, pace of life is a bit slow, perfect for us over 55's. Night life is either very Thai or aimed at the occasional visitor.The only 2 people i know of who retired here in there 40's without anything to do just became psychotic forum trolls who got their kicks from pissing people off....

First, type of person you are. I hate big cities. A nice city is OK for a couple of days, but i would never want to live there. And Bangkok, with it's pollution, traffic and hardened conmen (e,g, Taxi drivers) makes it a place that i avoid if possible. Pattaya is more like Blackpool crossed with the wild west. Some like the beach, but i like the countryside more. Also, many of us are not well off enough to have infinite choices, particularly after a divorce .... So, housing costs cuts out a lot of potential destinations - if i was a millionaire, i doubt i would be here! If choosing between a one bedroomed flat in the costa geriatrica, waiting for a monthly (or less frequent) visit from the kids, and Thailand with more spacious housing, friendly and available female partners and better climate, choosing was easy. I was at that time of my life that i accepted that i would never get everything i wanted and just wanted a nice place to call home.

As for the rest, my disco days are long gone, i like nature, fishing and gardening. Plenty enough to keep me busy, I also socialise with my friends a couple of times a week, but i am only a social drinker. I play bridge (we need more bridge players though!), I have a young daughter to tire me out. And i have a lake full of red water lilies only 50 metres from my house - something i would never get in the UK. There are concerts, a few exhibitions, i can go shopping without having to drive for half an hour, and can afford to eat out sometimes. I can watch films, play a few computer games, or read an ebook. I do not have time to do everything i want! More than i had after being made redundant back in the UK.

Udon is not for everybody, Quite a few realise this and get out after a year or two. Most of the rest of us are content (or, possibly, have run out of options!)

Sure we have our fair share of grumpy alcoholics, but so do most pubs in the UK. Thailand does seem to be a magnet for the flotsam and jetsam of the western society, so you do meet some interesting people.
Thats the best reply so far, very well said and a great way of summing it all up. SOunds like you a very happy here and I applaud that pal.

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Re: Nothing

Post by Stanley Road » March 27, 2018, 10:02 pm

Is no one going to shut this down? Its turned into a thing about me and my life for some reason. In retrospect I should have expected that and I have asked for it. But just to re-wind a little, this is a post about things to do in Udon Thani.

I apologise if I cause offence and in truth, I am embarrassed that this has turned into such a thing. Talk about spotlight on me, christ. Had I know it was going to turn into a 3 pager I would not have posted - If you knew me, you would know most of my gripes are said in jest. I have a sarcastic dry humour at times and my original post has come over as grumpy and miserable when i was sort of just having a laugh, at least with myself anyway.

Udon realy inst a bad place I cant stress that enough. Central Festival is an ok shopping mall. Well, not bad. Its not realy ----, anyway. There are a couple of cinemas here which is cool. Ok so its mostly cheesy action films, mostly with subtitles only and they dont sell hot dogs, but its still a cinema so thats good. The street full of bars - Its actually ok. Its not bad. That would classed as a thing to do I guess. As would looking at mushrooms. At a mushroom farm. That is also a thing to do. And in writing that I have just realised something. These are all indeed things to do, and that is what this sub group is about. This isn't a group called "Things to do in Udon which Stanley Road considered cool" and so realy, I am wrong here and at fault. But so are one or two of you, if you dont mind me saying. Being busy is not a thing to do as such, not in the purpose this group was meant for anyway. Running around buying materials for a house you are renovating, raising the kids, digging the garden and planting veg - these are things to do on an individual basis and not things to do in Udon Thani. Have I explained that very well? I dont think I have but some of you may get it.

Just to clear a couple of things up. The word 'Loon'. I was in no way a complete fruit cake in a past life, I was just a bit lets say full-on. I have lived well and I do have some amazing stories. I have the kind of stories that when told to someone as an anecdote I always worry they think I am making it up and that happens all the time. But I have never lived in the fast lane as another poster suggested. I am no high flyer, dodging bullets. Im just a normal bloke with a colourful past as many of us might be here. Maybe.

Im also quite happy living a quiet life these days, it is actually what I want. I would go as far as saying I would love a little gaff - well maybe a biggish gaff - somewhere like Loei, with a little organic farm by the side of it. Me and the wife, bliss. Once a month fly down to see my pals and have a blow out. The odd scooter run to various places around Thailand and apart from that, just a chilled life. I like pissing around in the garden and I like an easy life these days. I have changed so much in the last 7 or 8 years and I love a quiet life. All I am saying, in the theme of this thread, there isn't much to 'do'.

Unless you like mushrooms.

Or melons.

Im genuinely about done now and wont post again many of you might be pleased to know! Can I just say thanks for going easy on me. You could have all took major offence to my original post and I thank you for not grouping together and having a go at me. It honestly was meant as tongue in cheek, honestly, and I was in no way trying to be rude.

Cheers.

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Post by thighlander » March 27, 2018, 10:56 pm

I can empathize with many of your comments. A sane person might assume that one could engage in some type of business here, as a jobby or whatever, but everything is a damn minefield as a foreigner, here. Make a list of places, where you will get a different story from every different employee, in every different office...Immigration, banks, pharmacies...just the tip of the iceburg. Oh, and now you can't use your visa card to buy beer at 7-11, even though it was never an issue the other forty times I used it at ten different 7s. I trade stocks, and am a student of Economics. Found myself becoming more and more reliant on New York time, staying up till 5:30 and now 4:30....gotta get those mutual funds repriced. I actually went to the SET in the City expo at Central Udon in 2012....the largest broker didn't even have English forms, but they were there to promote their markets. I wound up opening an account with CM Office. Just a few hundred thousand, just something to watch in the mornings. What a mistake...they are so clueless on the rules for foreigners, and it will cost you. Even collecting dividends is a chore. Zeroed the account...never again. I can buy the THD if I really feel the necessity to invest in Thailand. But, basically, a sane person is going to soon realize that dealing with "them" is generally going to be a one sided, losing proposition. I have sold two homes here, and that was fine, but again...a damn minefield out there. Active property management might come to mind as something to do, but again, a very grey area, and yet another minefield.

Sports betting is a decent jobby, but you have the time zone thing, need for broadcast signals, and it is still illegal, but probably a lot better than betting EPL with the local Thai guy.

Teaching part time.....very grey area, **** pay, and no WP....

Gardening and cooking...great if you have a house..water is cheap, and the climate is right.

Scoping out ladies....year in and year out, some real trophies out there...never been scolded for looking.

Shopping...something to pretend you are doing, when you are scoping, but mall stuff is quite a bit more than I would pay in the US, which brings me to ripoff import taxes here, that really poop the party.

I have had a good four years here...have more than I came with, and made very little of it here. Always was within reach of great medical and dental care...actually dated two different nurses. Both hated alcohol, but not as much as cigars...sheesh.

One's personal life can change quickly here. Single today'; but maybe not for long.

So, just to summarize. I think we need to realize that there will be some things we just cant do here, and will have to make adjustments for those chunks missing from our daily lives. Always have a backup plan, and dont make the mistake of many; severing ties with your home country. Make a spreadsheet of your monthly expenses...especially the ones you have to make before taking your first breath of air...property taxes, water, sewer, health care, mobile phone, internet....it will usually make you a lot happier about living here. But, no doubt, repatriating is the best choice for some. Cheers!

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Re: Nothing

Post by tamada » March 28, 2018, 8:13 am

Stanley Road wrote:
March 27, 2018, 10:02 pm
Is no one going to shut this down? Its turned into a thing about me and my life for some reason. In retrospect I should have expected that and I have asked for it. But just to re-wind a little, this is a post about things to do in Udon Thani.

I apologise if I cause offence and in truth, I am embarrassed that this has turned into such a thing. Talk about spotlight on me, christ. Had I know it was going to turn into a 3 pager I would not have posted - If you knew me, you would know most of my gripes are said in jest. I have a sarcastic dry humour at times and my original post has come over as grumpy and miserable when i was sort of just having a laugh, at least with myself anyway.

Udon realy inst a bad place I cant stress that enough. Central Festival is an ok shopping mall. Well, not bad. Its not realy ****, anyway. There are a couple of cinemas here which is cool. Ok so its mostly cheesy action films, mostly with subtitles only and they dont sell hot dogs, but its still a cinema so thats good. The street full of bars - Its actually ok. Its not bad. That would classed as a thing to do I guess. As would looking at mushrooms. At a mushroom farm. That is also a thing to do. And in writing that I have just realised something. These are all indeed things to do, and that is what this sub group is about. This isn't a group called "Things to do in Udon which Stanley Road considered cool" and so realy, I am wrong here and at fault. But so are one or two of you, if you dont mind me saying. Being busy is not a thing to do as such, not in the purpose this group was meant for anyway. Running around buying materials for a house you are renovating, raising the kids, digging the garden and planting veg - these are things to do on an individual basis and not things to do in Udon Thani. Have I explained that very well? I dont think I have but some of you may get it.

Just to clear a couple of things up. The word 'Loon'. I was in no way a complete fruit cake in a past life, I was just a bit lets say full-on. I have lived well and I do have some amazing stories. I have the kind of stories that when told to someone as an anecdote I always worry they think I am making it up and that happens all the time. But I have never lived in the fast lane as another poster suggested. I am no high flyer, dodging bullets. Im just a normal bloke with a colourful past as many of us might be here. Maybe.

Im also quite happy living a quiet life these days, it is actually what I want. I would go as far as saying I would love a little gaff - well maybe a biggish gaff - somewhere like Loei, with a little organic farm by the side of it. Me and the wife, bliss. Once a month fly down to see my pals and have a blow out. The odd scooter run to various places around Thailand and apart from that, just a chilled life. I like pissing around in the garden and I like an easy life these days. I have changed so much in the last 7 or 8 years and I love a quiet life. All I am saying, in the theme of this thread, there isn't much to 'do'.

Unless you like mushrooms.

Or melons.

Im genuinely about done now and wont post again many of you might be pleased to know! Can I just say thanks for going easy on me. You could have all took major offence to my original post and I thank you for not grouping together and having a go at me. It honestly was meant as tongue in cheek, honestly, and I was in no way trying to be rude.

Cheers.
No sweat. It's only the NWS hermit crab club that got their panties in a bunch. Your rather inoffensive post will give their two bar tables plenty to talk about until well after Songkran. Consider it your gift to them, sort of food for thought.

When not slipping out of the country or down to Bangkok for work and work-related stuff, I find that getting away from Udon helps to keep it all a bit fresh; maybe once every 6 weeks or so? This time I had some buddies visiting so we hooked up in Pattaya where we all used to live.

Right now, we have run out of things to do in Pattaya (doesn't really take long) so I am coming home to Udon where I have plenty things to do. I have suggested that for next time they hit LOS, my buddies avail themselves of the cheap AirAsia fares and come up to Udon for a change. Nothing hugely challenging, maybe just a long weekend? Get out somewhere different? Maybe a day-trip to catch the splendid NWS retiree's daily round table?

But getting back to things to do. I have a bunch of desktop notepads that I picked up years ago at a company sponsored 'How to be a better manager' training course. The top of each page is boldly labeled "Things To Do Today!" and has maybe 10 numbered lines. It's really handy for making plans but first I need to get some carbon paper for it.

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Re: Nothing

Post by TAXIfor7/11 » March 28, 2018, 8:46 am

just a few members from the ''NWS SCOOTER CLUB''On one of their weekly ride outs :D these guys know how to party
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Re: Nothing

Post by Stanley Road » March 28, 2018, 2:49 pm

I wasnt going to post again. But I have to give those last two posts props, pretty funny.

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Re: Nothing

Post by Marcosteffano » March 28, 2018, 3:05 pm

TAXIfor7/11 wrote:
March 28, 2018, 8:46 am
just a few members from the ''NWS SCOOTER CLUB''On one of their weekly ride outs :D these guys no how to partyLastoftheSummerWine_CastCar_600x338.jpg
Yes mate they look like they are having the time of their lives and not sat around saying I'm bored.

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Re: Nothing

Post by Stanley Road » March 28, 2018, 7:58 pm

Marco ill be back on my game in no time son dont you worry about that. I will get my act together and end this boredom. So are we about done here pal?
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Re: Nothing

Post by Faraday » March 28, 2018, 8:41 pm

Stanley, lighten up a bit. Most of the comments are just banter.

:D

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Re: Nothing

Post by Stanley Road » March 28, 2018, 8:46 pm

Faraday - you are right, sorry. Cant help but feel as though the guy has it in for me a little lol?

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Post by GARYZX6R » March 28, 2018, 9:53 pm

[. Cant help but feel as though the guy has it in for me a little lol?
Maybe its because you ride a Vespa ? Now if you wanted an immaculate Honda Pcx 150 ,I know just the bike for you. :lol:

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Post by Marcosteffano » March 28, 2018, 11:41 pm

GARYZX6R wrote:
March 28, 2018, 9:53 pm
[. Cant help but feel as though the guy has it in for me a little lol?
Maybe its because you ride a Vespa ? Now if you wanted an immaculate Honda Pcx 150 ,I know just the bike for you. :lol:
Funny you should say that and believe me to not im swapping my filano in for a pcx 150 tomorrow morning as it was a really nice scooter but not the coolest one to go whooping and a wailing through remote villages on.now I can do it in style and a little faster.cant comment on vespas because I've not to a great look at them for many years.very expensive in today's market with lots to so many makes to choose from.must say I do like the destinctive sound they give out.so it's goodbye yamaha and hello Honda..

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Re: Nothing

Post by TAXIfor7/11 » March 29, 2018, 12:02 am

NWS is the place to be,not only do they have a active scooter club that does jungle safari ride outs,once a month they go really crazy and have a full blown morris dancing event,''rock n roll''
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Re: Nothing

Post by Marcosteffano » March 29, 2018, 2:07 am

Stanley Road wrote:
March 28, 2018, 8:46 pm
Faraday - you are right, sorry. Cant help but feel as though the guy has it in for me a little lol?
Let's just get this right.if you go back to the start of all this you've done nothing but slag everything off from yellow ducks,lotus lakes,soi sampan,the bars in it,the munchkins,the gormless locals,the expats,NWS and me and my filano.all because I said try a bit of trainspotting or bowls because you fancied a game.trying your best to insult me with the mr rock n roll with the perfect life because I ride a filano and visit nong khai and meet up with the lads for a poker day.i don't think nobody has gone on about your life in this thread but yourself.go read through them.as for me having in for you,well think what you like because I won't lose sleep over it...oh and if you do ever get out here then don't forget to promote udon thani as the most boring place in Thailand with the most ignorant farang around.this is a place that I have chosen to retire and spend the rest of my life and I don't think the name Stanley don't suit you Matt.try another one.

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Re: Nothing

Post by Faraday » March 29, 2018, 8:14 am

Stanley Road wrote:
March 28, 2018, 8:46 pm
Faraday - you are right, sorry. Cant help but feel as though the guy has it in for me a little lol?
I'm sure that being British, you understand what a "wrist merchant" is?

There are a few on here...

\:D/ :lol:

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Re: Nothing

Post by TAXIfor7/11 » March 29, 2018, 9:49 am

Theres just no stopping these boys in NWS they really no how to enjoy themselves
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