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Daily Stories – 24 January 2020

Everyday stories about an

expat’s life in Isaan, Thailand

In this unique blog You will find hundreds of stories about my life in Thailand, the good and bad. Not just a list of tourist destinations but stories about REALLY living here. I hope you enjoy sharing my experiences of settling into a new country and culture as much as I am living it. 

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Building in Thailand eBook

When my wife and I bought some land in Isaan, which is a region in the north east of Thailand, and then started to build our house I wanted to record the daily events of construction life. For twenty six weeks I wrote a weekly blog update about all the aspects of the build and included as much detail as possible for others who might be thinking of going down the same path. I was surprised by the number of readers I attracted as a result of writing on this subject, many of whom followed the entire build from beginning to end. 

Based on this continued interest I thought I would revisit my original words and bring them all together under the one heading in the form of an eBook. Included in this process has been some extensive updating and expansion of many of the original posts and the addition of the many COMMENTS, which are designed to expand your knowledge and save you time or money or both!

Read more HERE and find out how to obtain the eBook.

I am loving your book – just on my second read at the moment, to make sure that I didn’t miss anything first time around (which actually it turns out I did!).  

Just a note of thanks at this point ……. I am a fairly methodical sort of bloke, but there are many issues which your book highlights which I just wouldn’t have thought about – or if I had, I may well have assumed they were “standard” building practice [U-bends, drain positioning, barge-board alignment] – if it hadn’t been for your excellent descriptions!!  I will probably still “miss” something – that’s the nature of building/design – but thanks to you, it shouldn’t be anything too mission-critical.

The income from my eBook pays for the upkeep of this blog, which is otherwise commercially free unlike so many others.

My stories of the day – 24 January 2020

My life in rural Isaan revolves around three main topics of interest. Firstly there is the family farm situated about 1 km from where we live. I love learning about and sharing aspects of farming in a different country. Read my stories and you’ll become a virtual Isaan farmer in time! Click HERE

Secondly is our enjoyment in developing the best private tropical garden in Isaan. We also have a small but still beautiful garden at the farm. In this section I write about any aspects related to gardening in Thailand, illustrated with photos taken in our gardens and locally. Click HERE

And finally I share everyday stories as I see them relating to life in a small rural village. This could cover anything from personal events to festivals and local attractions. Anything that doesn’t fit into the other two headings ends up here. Click HERE 

Or of course read them all in which case just scroll down!

I am a keen photographer and all my photos are shot professionally and edited. The end result is far better than most blogs and social media and I will publish my favourite shots from time to time, which will almost be a fourth topic.

The stories I share here are reflected in my very active social media exposure and you will find me on Facebook as follows:

Tony Eastmead HERE 

Thailand Tropical Gardens HERE

Rural Isaan, Thailand HERE and;

Isaan Photography HERE.

Farm News:


I took this series of photos this morning at the farm. They show Gaun’s mama cooking some chilli (I think we’d classify them more like peppers) on a small fire. What I really loved about these photos was the sense of timelessness, patience and just going with the flow that they illustrate. If we could all approach life with this relaxed involvement outside our usual rushed schedules and fast activity we’d all be better for it.

Tropical Gardens News:

Not updated today

Village News:

Tamarind chutney day. For those of you who have been following the our journey of tamarind discovery from tree to jam jar, here is the final step.

The raw tamarind. You need to peel off all those stalks. I am sure you can buy that already done in the markets but ours were bought direct from the supplier as you saw from my post yesterday.

The stalks. Removing them is slow and sticky process.

The end result. 1 kilo of tamarind. Add water and boil until soft.

Drain off water.

Refine by pressing through a sieve. Add 800 grams of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt and 250 ml coconut milk and reheat to dissolve the sugar.

1 kilo sour tamarind
800 grams sugar (less or more according to how sweet you want it)
1 teaspoon salt
250 ml coconut milk.

The end chutney is in that white bowl. Delicious on cold meats or as a dip for fresh warm sticky rice for those Isaan farang. Easy to do (apart from the cleaning) and something a little different. I use this chutney on a smoked ham sandwich with fresh lettuce and mayonnaise. Yummy.

Thailand Photography

Showcasing some of my favourite photos taken around Thailand during my time here.

Traditional Isaan fishing baots on Ubol Ratana, Nong Bua Lamphu province.

Mae Salong, Chiang Rai province.

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