New House

What a week it has been. The move went well. With me doing most of the small box packing the packers were way ahead. All packed and left by 2pm. Problem was they still were not going to give me a bed to sleep on for the night. I thought with helping them get a head start that at least they would have gone to our new house and unloaded some of the bigger items. Nope, not a chance!!!

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This is the sign at the entrance to our compound/village. I believe it says Perfect Masterpiece Village….

Its very good security. No one can come onto the compound if you don’t know where you are going and who you are going to visit. They give visitors a ticket and to get  out you must have your ticket stamped by the house were you are visiting. Without this, not sure what would happen.

I have noticed if a Taxi is coming to pick people up the guard comes on his bike in front of the taxi until they have picked people up. Very very good, I think.

The guard patrols every 15 mins from what I can make out.

Everyone is so friendly and there are lots of amenities here. I will cover these later

night view new house

This is the first photo of our house that evening.

This is looking up to our bedroom. The house looks big from outside but I can assure you it is no bigger than a lot of UK homes. It’s just aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

OH says its called Perfect Masterpiece Village because he can’t find any flaws in the decor or structure.

 

 

guest room

 

This is a photo of the guest room and car port.

We are going to use the car port as a seating area. When its all free from boxes and rubbish from our packing or should I say unpacking I will take a photo. Hopefully it won’t look so much like a car port.

 

The first thing I notice is the lack of flies of any shape or size. What a difference to where we have come from. Where we had space and views and couldn’t sit outside to enjoy it all. Ah, I can leave my doors open now.

 

So here we are in the new house on the evening of the 3rd August 2013. No furniture, nothing. Luckily had had made chilli and rice in advance and brought some biscuits.

first night coffee tables

This is OH and our Stella, enjoying our new coffee tables!! improvise is the word to be used when moving to a new house. Improvise all the way. Deck chairs to sit on and card board boxes upside down to rest  your feet on.  Stella seems quite happy too. Making herself comfortable on the side of the box.

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This is exactly how we all spent the night. On the floor.

OH and I realise that we are way to old to be sleeping rough on hard tiled floors anymore. Sleeping bags and a padded sleeping mat. I don’t know how the Thai people do it. It was so uncomfortable. Mind that fact that I had let the packers take the pillows as OH thought there wouldn’t be room left in our truck to take them!!! oh how we missed those pillows. Folded towels, don’t quite feel the same.

Well, we didn’t get much sleep, Buddy and Stella walked the floor most of the night!! they couldn’t settle either. Bless, Tess, never any bother, slept through the whole thing. What a star.

One and a half weeks on and we are all sorted and OH is back to work. All the boxes are unpacked and everything is in its place. Now I can not put off the ironing much longer!!! Here is the pile!!!! It took me 3 1/2 hours. To someone that is not used to doing her own ironing and hates it with a passion, it was a hellish 3 1/2 hours!!!! Oh for the laundry around the corner near where we used to live.

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I guess I will have to go out and find a nice organized friendly laundry service nearby. Its not that I don’t have the time to do it. Its just I hate it so so much. Even when I lived back in the UK my mum used to come and iron for me. I do so hate it so much.

I got through it and I am still alive so I guess it wasn’t so bad. nice to see it all hanging on the clothes horse ironed

The packers came back today to collect their boxes and papers. So I have cleared the area outside now too. Just a few nice flowering plants and the place will be more homely.

The house was really clean when we arrived. Not Julie clean of course but clean enough. It meant I didn’t have to start cleaning before things could be unpacked. The landlord’s brother is looking after us and he obviously did a really good job of getting the place clean for us.

The team were still varnishing the stairs when we came to inspect the day before we moved in.

Buddy and Tess are getting used to having neighbours. The first few days were driving us crazy. Everytime anyone made a sound they barked. Glad to say now they seem to have settled down.

Stella has been out a few times now and its great to be able to leave the door open. I can’t believe the difference in the lack of flies. Its wonderful.

We have invested in a new slim line oscillating fan too. Its very quiet. As OH says I live with a fan all the time but that way I can do without air con and have the fresh air.

Can’t wait to be able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. I think this weekend we might even get to the pool

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As you can see, one relaxed cat. I just hope she doesn’t wander to far. She is far to confident for her own good. There are lots of dogs on the compound. Only a couple of strays though but there is a big ginger tom. Don’t want her to get lost. Most of the houses look similar so I don’t want her to get confused.  Mind she makes plenty of noise, I am sure I would hear her but I don’t want to tempt fate.

Well that’s enough for now, The sun is shining and Tess needs a wash. She still has the fungus and it doesn’t seem to be improving much.

A bit thanks you to Nita from Bangkok Serenity for helping me in our house search. Her details are below for anyone wanting a great agent.

Thanyaluck Boonchom (Nita)

M: +66(0) 8-3541 4161
F: +66(0) 2- 169 1655-7
Fax: +66(0) 2- 169 1657

E: nita@bangkokserenity.com
W: www.bangkokserenity.com

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Serena Property Co., Ltd
299/9 Sukumvit Living Tower
Sukhumvit Soi 21 (Asoke)
Klongotey Nua
Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Thailand

 

One week on and adjusting to our new home and area

One week on and we are adjusting to our new home, surrounding areas and having neighbours in close proximity.

When you are looking for a house in and around Bangkok you won’t get everything you are looking for unless your budget is high. So we had to adjust to neighbours close by. I forgot about screaming babies,children having tantrums, dogs being allowed to bark for what seems like hours on end. People coming and going. These are all things we will have to get used to after over 3 years of neighbours being way way away from our front door.

Did I mention I had cleaned out the  black rubbish bin and the bin storage cupboard. It was very smelly. Washed out the whole thing with bleach only to find it had been taken the next day. I was left a broken, sellotaped up, dilapidated bin in its place. The landlord replaced it and this time we spray painted the number of the house around the bin’s exterior. Today the bin men came and put it back in next doors cupboard………HOW can they get it so wrong. There are only 2 cupboards next to each other!!!!

The old lady from over the way was watching me take the bins out and swap them. I am sure she thinks I have taken the neighbours bin!!!! Honestly, even if they can’t read you can see it has something on it and its huge writing. I will have to check this every time they come to empty the bin I think. I suppose one consolation is that at least I didn’t have to go searching for it.

I still have not seen any western women on the village/compound but I have been told they are here.

We checked out the pool last weekend.

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Wow I had forgotten how to swim I think. I only did about 15-20 lengths and I was pooped. I have vowed to go everyday, well except Tuesday when everything is closed at the club house for their day off. Then on Monday, what did I do….. I didn’t go. I kept thinking I will do one more job, then one more job and then before I knew it I had run out of time. excuses excuses eh?

So today, I have to make the effort.

We also tried the club house restaurant. As the American’s say “Awesome” food. I had missed our favorite restaurant Baan Na in Huai Yai. This lady has the same style. Beautiful food and the best is that they sell  a good selection of ice cream. So here are pictures of what desserts we managed to eat. Absolutely stuffed afterwards.

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Monday was my fist proper jaunt out in the car by myself. OH had drawn me a map to get to Tesco’s. It’s the nearest supermarket without going onto a motorway. Piece of cake. Only I couldn’t get everything I needed. I bet folk back in the UK, can’t believe you could go to a Tesco’s and not get simple things like crusty bread, bisto, coriander or mint. The list goes on and on.

I also managed to find the vets again. The Syrian lady I had met suggested I go back and ask if they had a similar product for Tess’s fungus. So I managed to find my way there and back but alas nothing to substitute. Don’t know what you would do if you went there with a fungus condition on your dog or cat…….beats me.

They have however very kindly suggested an animal hospital at Thonglor. He gave me directions but it is quite a way and I am not sure I would find it but I think I have to have a go today. I have directions how to get back from OH, which was my worry. Might be able to pop into Paradise Mall to get the missing items from my shopping list from Villa Market Supermarket.

Paradise Mall. I think its called Paradise Place certainly has some great shops and food outlets. For us it was much better than Seacon Square which is only about 100 yards nearer to us on the same main road. I am sure like my new friend from Syria that in 4 months (the time she has been here) I will know my way around. Its just hard to drive and try and see what shops  you need.

I checked out a small deli I had seen yesterday down near the Oasis Center in Hua Mak but it turned out not to be a deli at all as we know it. It was however a haven for wine lovers. I know where to go back to if I am looking for some nice wine. I think they must do Italian ice cream too but no olives or cooked meats or crusty breads.  A huge menu for food too.

I felt my jaunt out had been disappointing so I parked the car further down the same street and went on a wander. This seems to be a very  very busy street.  I think its a short cut for people coming of Pattanakan Road going to the motorway.

Lots of food vendors and small restaurants all doing a roaring trade on this street. For some reason they nearly all seemed to be selling lovely bottles of honey and honey combs. I know where to go when our supplies run low. I stopped for mango’s (much more expensive than in the villages near Pattaya) and some banana’s. The lady was old and I tried my Thai, only to find she spoke good English. The next stall was making what looked like dim sum dumplings. In for a penny in for a pound. I bought some. Now I wish I had taken a picture for  my blog. Maybe I will go back and ask if I can take a photo. They were good. There was a selection of 6 @ 35bhat. Around 70-75 pence at today’s exchange rate.

Now I have sampled them I know which ones I liked the most. The lady had a selection of dishes that you could choose from for the fillings in your dumplings. Then she swirled the mixture onto a round hot plate and proceeded to fill and wrap. Expertly done and so quick. Into a box with a little packet of hot sauce (have to leave that for OH). Yes, writing this I realise I would go again.

 

We have moved again. New house number 4 in Thailand

When Cliff came to say he was selling up and going to Canada we had to start a new house hunt. After looking at many houses with some really good agents. Keith from Alan Bolton Property found our current house.

Harri's Place
Harri’s Place

 

 

 

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Some advice:-

If a house has been empty for a very long time. Steer well clear!!!! The house had been built some 4 years earlier. What we didn’t stop to think about is what might be here before we moved in!!!

We started off with rats in the ceiling, then the large number of pigeons that live along the top of the roof area. They poop everywhere. So Harri who owns the house got some men to put up sticky stuff along the front area of the roof so they couldn’t land. No one thought that if they put too much on it would melt with the heat and drip down on to the terrace upstairs and take off all the varnish on the decking!!! So the pigeons just moved around the sides and the back.

Harri got a machine that sends the pigeons a high frequency noise but sends ALL the birds away which was quite spooky. It was awful without any birds in the garden. So we put up with the birds on the side and the back of the house. Pooping everywhere. Neither did we think about what happens if some silly birds did land on the glue!!! Its so cruel.

We are over run with ants, all sizes, colours etc. so much so that when we first moved in the dogs and myself couldn’t stand on the grass without the pesky critters biting at you and running up your legs. It was awful.

Then we have had a scorpion in the bathroom, thank goodness I didn’t stand on it.  Here is a picture of it in a jar. It’s dead of course but it wasn’t when I saw it.

small but nasty to stand on!!
small but nasty to stand on!!

After that I was sweeping the leaves in the garden,an every day occurrence- think about what trees are in the garden when you are looking at a house. Very time consuming if you don’t want to employ or can’t employ staff to do it all for you.,  Sorry digressed there with advice.

There in front of my rake is a bbbbb……dy big tarantula. It was standing upright on hind legs in what looked like a hostile position. Well, I hate blllooodyyyyyy spiders. No one to help so I had to kill it.  I remember my friend Joan saying insect repellant stuns nasty critters long enough for you to get yourself armed. Just so happens I had been spraying ants so I had to tin of insect repellant to hand. It got a huge blast. It might have stunned it for a few minutes but off it ambled to the big tree in the middle of the garden. Oh no I thought you aren’t going in there. So sorry to all you spider lovers but I had to kill it.

OH wanted to know if I had taken pictures. I put it in a bag and that was enough to prove it was definitely a tarantula!!!!!

Well the first one I didn’t take photos of but by the time the 2nd one appeared some weeks later, I did. This is half of it.

The 2nd Black Tarantula found in the garden.

So after all that, what else. Oh yes, snakes. More here than at the other house. Some baby ones like this one.

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Plus apart from small snakes, we have a resident big snake in the drain. We saw on a few occasions a big snake. Luckily Buddy only growled at it from a distance. Again I would have walked into it if it had not been once again for one of my pets. By the time we put the light on and gone and got our snake equipment it had disappeared. Then again at the back of the house as dusk fell it appeared again. I didn’t think it was a Cobra because it didn’t rise up or raise its head. Something I have seen a few times before.  Again it disappeared. That is how we came to the conclusion it was living in the storm drains around the garden.

When a team of men came to look at the stinky drain problem. Yep, yet another problem in the house, I happen to mention about this big snake. The team of men lifted the drain covers and started to smoke it out. One man said it was a big lizard that he had just seen in the drain. Then in that case I said, there must be 2 monsters.

Smoking it out brought it to the head of one drain. There was I poised with the snake stick. When I saw the size of its head with a huge long forked tongue. That was it. I gasped and at that point it went back in the drain. No matter how much smoke they put through the drain it didn’t come back out. When OH came back from work we cut chicken wire into rectangles and placed it underneath the man hole covers. Covering the gaps that are left for water drainage. This way there is no way anything big can come back up those drains now.

The head was the size of my hand and really thick, translucent in colour. I have looked in my snake book and watched programs on TV, from what I can see its a python. So lets hope it goes somewhere else via the storm drains.

Another mistake, don’t buy a house or rent a house with no near neighbours and waste or farm land near by. This is what we did and its a BIG mistake.

I have tackled a few small snakes but one day recently I was coming to the bin when Stella the cat gave out one of her funny noises of attack. There right beside the bin was a larger version of the smaller snakes I have killed. I would say at least 4ft.  I didn’t have time to go back, it was coming for me. On the attack. I think Stella must have made it angry and I was its next target.  My snake stick just seemed to have no effect at all. Snakes have very tough skins indeed and its not as easy as it looks on TV to kill a bigger snake. Even though my spikes were right through it, its head kept coming my way and I knew some snakes can strike from a long way away. My stick has a 6ft shaft.

I managed to flick it under the big gate but blow me it was coming back in. So I had to pursue it. I managed to keep lifting it onto my stick and flicking it in the air across to the main road.  Then a truck came past, backed up. I thought oh good he’s going to run back over it to kill it. No. He was coming to watch. Could you believe it. Then two motorbikes with side cars did the same. So much for men being brave eh????

Its not until afterwards you realize how silly and stupid you have been. After all I was sure it was a viper and I know I wouldn’t have made it to the hospital in time. Its just adrenalin kicks in and you fight to protect yourself and your animals.  I don’t ever want to fight with a big snake again.

I bet people reading this are thinking, ah but you must be way out in the Country. No, we are right near a resort called horse shoe point. OK no neighbours within shouting distance but not way out of civilization either.

Oh yes and one day the dogs were barking and there was a what looked like a large baboon on the wall. That’s a story for another day.