The Last Paint Job! Breaking yourself of the DIY habit

  So, I’m out looking for an apartment to rent and my favorite candidate has everything I want in a living space. Light, air, wood floors and plenty of room to run around in. Opposite the long list of positive features there exists only one entry in the “negative” column; “needs paint”. The fact I needed to move in quickly combined with the painful expression on my future landlord’s face when I mentioned it had me in a bit of a pickle. I wanted the place and I wanted it…

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Thailand no Longer Cheap Charlie Heaven? Economic Realities in the Land of Smiles

    Did you ever take an old retired person to the grocery store and see the look on their face. For those that have taken themselves out of work-a-day life, sticker shock is inevitable. I remember my grandmother picking up a jar of jelly on the kitchen table to see the price on the lid. She let out an exasperated sigh and said “Thangs is high ain’t they?” (Forgive her grammar, she’s from Kentucky). For expats and frequent visitors, Thailand seems to be getting expensive. Sit around any local…

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Should Thailand take a gamble?

  I read an article the other day that got me thinking about gambling. It was written by The Times sports correspondent Matthew Syed. Basically, he was talking about how sportsmen – and young footballers in particular – seem to fall foul of gambling addictions. The tenet of his article was that young sportsmen with vast sums of money available to them are encouraged to never give up when playing their game yet this tenacity can be dangerous when applied also to gambling. Not knowing when you are beaten is…

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Swipe Left! How to lose rental prospects in the digital age

    So I was watching a friend of mine use an app for a dating site on his smart-phone. Pictures and profiles of candidates would pop up on his screen and he would scan down until he saw something he didn’t like and “swipe left” to put them in the waste bin or “swipe right” to save them as possible future companions. Scan, scan, scan … “has kids”, swipe left. Scan, scan, scan … “Vegetarian”, swipe left. Scan, scan, scan … “Has good job”, swipe right. That’s how I…

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KOH SAMUI AN UNFORGETTABLE DESTINATION THAT’S TRULY BEACH HEAVEN

  Koh Samui really does have the perfect mix and combination of nearly everything and never fails to top the lists of the world’s best beach destinations. Along its awe—inspiring coastlines you find sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, unspoiled shallow-water, coral reefs and amazing landscapes. Deeper inside the island is home to lush tropical forest and fresh waterfalls. The seasons on Koh Samui run slightly differently to Andaman destinations. The peak periods are the dry and the summer seasons that run between December and August, while the fresh, wet season runs…

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