Living Like a Thai Day 14: The Late Edition or Quiet Be

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Day 14 The Return of the Ning

Internet access has been like molasses the last 2 days and I must apologize again for the lateness of this edition but living like a Thai you have to put up with certain things.

Today was an odd day in a good way. When I woke up I didn’t particularly feel like going anywhere to get breakfast so I turned on the rice cooker and made some rice which I flavored with ramen, no, just joking but I do have a mixture of ingredients and spices to add in and that’s exactly what I did. Not sure exactly whats in the jar to the right on the top shelf but it smelled and tasted meaty and made for a nice brown rice mixture.

Thai spices and sauces Thai spices and sauces 2

The Return of the Ning


The lovely Ning

After working on some projects all morning my phone rang and I was surprised to see it was Ning. We talk every few weeks but we stopped seeing each other around New Years ( long Story ) We work well as friends although I do miss her now and again. She wanted to know what I was up to and if she could come by. I told her sure and 30 minutes later she was at my door bearing gifts…food! Ning always shows up with food and check out those stylish pants. I believe the jeans are from the new Yoda line of fashion.

Spicy sausage, chicken skewers, sticky rice with fruit and vegetables…a very filling and delightful lunch and free to boot. And if that wasn’t enough she brought with her a treat…Durian chips! I hate durian as a rule but for some reason I love durian chips and I am eating some more as I write this :) Ahh crunchy goodness.

Chicken skewrs and veggies/fruit Fried Durian Chips

I tried to explain the living like a Thai experiment to Ning but she really didn’t understand. She asked me if I had been going out but I said no because lack of money due to the experiment. She looked very concerned for me. After hanging out for an hour or so Ning departed but said she would check in later.

A long afternoon of finishing up a project left me hungry again and seeing as I haven’t spent anything for the day I decided to splurge and go to 7/11 where I bought an Oishi black tea and an Oishi ham and cheese sandwich. The sandwich was 22 baht ( $.74) and the tea was 16 baht( $.54 ) so I threw caution to the wind and bought a bag of chips too for 20 baht ( $.34 ). Not the best of dinners but for 58 baht ( $1.83 ) what do you expect…I felt like a kid in a candy store.

Unfortunately as I arrived back at the condo the budget buster did too, the laundry man was there to deliver my laundry…yup still don’t have any inclination to do my own laundry and while this weeks laundry bill was a measly 155 baht ( $5.27 ),  under normal conditions this is very cheap, for the sake of my living like a Thai on a Thai style budget it wasn’t good news…and I felt so good about my cheap day too. Looks like tomorrow is a ramen and rice kinda day :(

Around 8pm I hear a familiar voice outside my balcony calling my name and sure enough when I looked down there was Ning. She stopped by to see if I had eaten dinner because she is sure I have no money and is worried about me, I almost feel bad but I suspect she’s in need of a loan and that is why she’s worried about my ATM. She is going to check in on me tomorrow so we shall see…hopefully she comes by with more tasty eats :P

Observations today: I really need a girlfriend that washes clothes :P Sometime this week I need to hit the markets for meats and veggies so I can cook more at home or at least have a better selection of eats when I am too lazy to wander out. Technically I have a bag of frozen shrimp and some cans of tuna but they were here before the experiment started and it wouldn’t be fair to be eating them, so I have been a good boy and stuck to the program.

Well, as I write this installment it’s 1:30 am and hopefully this time I can get it posted before the internet goes down again.

Living Like a Thai Day 14 Expenses

Purchase Amount Cost Total
Oishi Tea 1 16 baht 16 baht
Oishi Sandwich 1 22 baht 22 baht
Chips 1 bag 20 baht 20 baht
Laundry 1 week 155 baht 155 baht
Today’s Total 213 baht ( $7.25 )
e Total 2040 2253 baht ( $76.71 )
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14 Comment(s)

  1. “I have a bag of frozen shrimp and some cans of tuna”

    Eat the darn thing. Don’t me too strict with your experiment. In 2 more months or so, you won’t remember what occurred. Haha.

    Joe | Jun 15, 2011 | Reply

  2. if Ning comes over maybe she can help you look under the couch and the bed for the extra baht coins you lost a few months ago :)
    You are half way there so you need to try some other things……maybe go fishing for lunch or cricket hunting !

    DaveD | Jun 15, 2011 | Reply

  3. *be : – )

    Joe | Jun 15, 2011 | Reply

  4. Ahh, Boomerang Ning! ;-) But who am I to question a gift of food to the starving :-) )) Good luck to you, my friend.

    SiamRick | Jun 15, 2011 | Reply

  5. Rick, boomerang indeed. But free food is free food.

    Talen | Jun 15, 2011 | Reply

  6. Joe, just trying to be as true to the spirit of the experiment as possible…

    Talen | Jun 15, 2011 | Reply

  7. Don’t take this wrong but only an American could call cucumber and chilli “fruit and vegetables” ;-)

    Ning’s not to hard on the eye but she does have the look for trouble!

    Lloyd | Jun 15, 2011 | Reply

  8. Lloyd, I was waiting for someone to catch that…Ning brought by some Mangosteens and cauliflower as well but my camera battery died…although she is holding a Mangosteen in the pic.

    Ning isn’t really trouble but she can definitely be a handful at times…

    Talen | Jun 15, 2011 | Reply

  9. Hi mate,

    Just to say I’m enjoying reading your trials and tribulations during this month. Hope you can make it! I had to laugh when reading on how the budget was blown with the night out – been there myself! Hard to resist a favourite tipple or three, plus some food and ciggies!

    All the best

    Phil | Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

  10. When they tide goes out on Pattaya Beach you can find all sorts of neat crawlies left behind that’s edible, I see kids hunting there all the time with their buckets!

    Rambone | Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

  11. And their i was just writing an article on how i should be possible for myself to survive on 30,000 baht a month in Chiang Mai!

    After reading this journal i think i’ll be living like a king…

    Nice blog, i’ll keep an eye on this, one more added to the RSS feed.


    Farang in Thailand | Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

  12. Farang, 30k baht in Chiang Mai isn’t going to go far…while food is cheap and cheap lodging can be found you won’t be doing much more than hanging around the apartment. You also need to consider medical…even clinic visits can add up. #0k would go far in Issan but in a tourist town living is about all you’ll be doing.

    Talen | Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

  13. Rambone, you can get some tasty clams digging at the beach…

    Talen | Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

  14. Phil, glad you are enjoying the series..the budget was blown for the night but I smiled the whole time my wallet was open.

    Talen | Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

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