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The mysterious case of the high water bill

The mysterious case of the high water bill

‘Town’ water is cheap over here, and billed monthly, thankfully (see why below). The bill usually runs to about THB 100 or a little more, and has been like that ever since we moved into this house. Five weeks ago we received a bill of 181 THB, which was nearly double the expected amount. Didn’t think too much of it, willing to ‘keep an eye on it’. Bad move! Here’s the tip – if you receive an unusually high water bill, your first move should be to check your water meter! (*sees wise heads nodding*) We didn’t 🙁 The following…

BSV into cold storage

BSV into cold storage

Recently my digital exchange announced they were leaving the building. Shame, great platform and customer service. Well done, folks! Sadly, everything ends! BX to stop services at month’s end Move fires price slump on exchange The price of the cryptocurrency traded on bx.in.th fell by 3.6% as of press time on Monday and slumped below 200,000 baht per Bitcoin at one point. If you ignore the two hours it took me to realise what I thought was a thumb drive was actually an empty micro SD card reader, then yeah it all went pretty smoothly. What a stupid mistake! There…

Fiesta del Fifty

Fiesta del Fifty

I’m officially an old fart. I recently celebrated turning 50! The half-tonne in cricketing terms. A few years back I thought I wouldn’t make it – but I did! I threw a party at the house and I’m pretty sure it will be the last ‘big’ one I do so if you made it, be glad you were there! Shelled out for good food and booze, along with decorations and clothing from Amazon to match the ‘Mexican’ theme. No moths in my wallet for the few weeks leading up it, that’s for sure. It was an intimate gathering of 12,…

Happy Hour Whores

Happy Hour Whores

We’ve discovered a nice little roof-top bar close to the crib. No, I won’t share the location with you as I want to keep it all to myself for the next few months (along with all the Chinese tourists, of course!) Their 2 for 1 drink deal includes a couple of local beers and some cocktails, so we tucked into Heineken for 60 odd baht a glass and Long Island Iced Teas for 120. Don’t forget the ++ (10% service charge and 7% VAT) which adds nearly 20% to the bill – don’t tip as you are already paying one!…

Pizza Legend vs El Supremo

Pizza Legend vs El Supremo

Not familiar with the game? It’s fun but once you learn the key strategy (attempt to roll as many sixes as you can) there’s not much room for creativity. It then just comes down to luck. You do, however, need a good playing name 🙂 Yahtzee has been cited as a precipitating factor in a case of domestic violence and as the motive for at least one murder. I pipped him at the post, it all came down to the last game where he dropped his topping only scoring 53 in the top half. A nice way to spend the…

Crafting Beer

Crafting Beer

“It was a beer that just might have tipped me into taking that road less travelled, writing about beer,” Willie Simpson on Burragorang Bock. To say I enjoy a beer is something of an understatement – and I’ve always put flavour ahead of price. Enter craft brewing. Maybe that’s why I’m broke. I reckon I’ve spent half of what I’ve earned in my lifetime on beer – the rest I’ve wasted (*hat tip to WC Fields*) I’ve drunk my fair share of VB’s and Crown Lagers, but given the chance I prefer knocking back something a little higher up the…

Bangkok Screening Room

Bangkok Screening Room

Rejoice! Bangkok has a groovy new arthouse cinema! It’s a little hard to find if you haven’t been before, especially if coming by taxi. Went along wife the wife for ‘date night’ (actually date afternoon) and saw the 1954 Hitchcock classic ‘Rear Window’. Isn’t Grace Kelly a dreamboat! Booked the tickets online, but don’t think that’s necessary at the moment. Drinks are a little pricey (for a pauper like me) but the setting is cosy and I much prefer this style of theater to the mass-cineplex offerings that are ubiquitous these days. Join their mailing list to keep up-to-date with…

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