Wood carving in Thailand and Bitcoin income!

Well that was an experience to say the least. Just come back from Chiang Mai where I did a wood carving course in a remote Thai village.

 

All paid for on my Bitcoin debit card…. Amazing how it works… I just transfer bitcoin to my wallet and use the debit card to pay for flights, goods in shops and best of all… draw cash out of any ATM all over the world. NO BANKS – Fantastic system. Andy when I returned home I loged into my USI TECH website and saw I could do 14 rebuys (That means I had earned 0.05 Bitcoin on Friday = £650) Now I could have withdrawn the money or do rebuys and let it compound and grow… Anyway the system tells me my daily pay is now 0.02023962 BTC = £237 a day….  

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So back to the Wood Carving course in Thailand … It was in a remote Thai Carvers village in the north of Thailand called Baan Tawai, which is full of Thai wood carving shops. In the surrounding area live about 300 individual Local Thai wood carvers who supply the shops. The village of Baan Tawai was a Thai Wood carving paradise and I have never seen so many incredible works of art in one place. This is where the rich Thais and tourists come to buy amazing works of art. I was told that some huge carvings took 10 years to make!!!

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Nopphadols Wood Carving College

I did a 5 day course 17,500 Baht (can do 3 days for 12,500 B) and it included accommodation in the guest house (more pics below) Breakfast, Lunch and dinner by MasterCarver Nopphodol and by the way, he is also a Master Chef as the food was different everyday and really good. Also included was a set of 30 different wood carving chisels. The first day we decided what we were going to make and then he grabbed a piece of Teak wood and started drawing out the design. I was in awe as he started chiselling away and in minutes he had done what would have took me hours previously. 

Then he says, OK you continue and walks away… ! I have a go but could not remember what tools he used to do the various cuts etc. The teaching in Asia is far different to what we are used to in the UK or Europe. In Asia they teach “learning by doing”. He also speaks little English but it was enough to understand what he wanted me to do etc. and general questions.

Anyway, he came back after an hour or so and looked at my mess… He simply smiled and picked up the chisels and in minutes had turned my complete mess into a work of art. Absolutely amazing… That first day was long (we did stop for lunch where he came back with some delicious Green Thai curry and rice) and we finished at 4.40 pm and he said diner was at 6 pm so I went for a walk to the village about 10 mins away. Dinner was even better than lunch and it was a different Thai dish every meal time. Breakfast was what he called “American Breakfast” eggs, toast, sausages, ham, tomatoes and fruit. As much tea, coffee, water or soft drinks as you like in the kitchen. 

4 days later and my masterpiece was finished… (below)

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I had gone from a novice amateurish carver previously trying to learn from YouTube videos to a real carver that can now take a piece of wood and make something unique, using all the tools I got to take home with me… A set of 30 hand forged carving chisels that they have probably been using for 100’s of years to make incredible works of art.

 

On the left are the 30 new chisels you get and on the right are Nopphodol’s chisels

Below are shots of the guesthouse, big pond full of fish at the back and surroundings

 

So if you’re coming on holiday to Thailand and want a bit of a different and unique life experience, why not do a 3 or 5 day wood carving course… More details here or email me for available dates as I am now in contact with him and can communicate via my wife who speaks his language.

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Bitcoin update – Dec 2017

 

UPDATE: DEC 7 2017 

Bitcoin has just pasted the $14,500 mark and is still climbing….. I know your thinking… it’s too late to get in now, I have missed the boat… I had a friend say that when it was at $3500… ! Look… There is never a best time to get into Bitcoin as it is going to go up and down many times in the future – However, many experts are predicting it to be $500,000 or even $1 million per coin…. So we have a long way to go yet and the time to get into it is now.  Go here first www.bitcoin-auto-traders.com and watch a couple of videos to understand the Crypto currency market and then go here https://carlo2.usitech-int.com/ to get started in USI TECH for free. £50 Bitcoin packages that return + – 1% per day for 140 days = 40% return … Whatever you put in will earn 1% per day + (We also get paid in Bitcoins so your commissions will go up in value as Bitcoin climbs in value.) Did I forget to mention…. You can also introduce other people and earn 10% on whatever they do… 

There is so much more but let’s leave it at that for now… email me when you get started and I will show you and help you build it up fast. 

Is Bitcoin going to hit 1 million !

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Loy Krathong festival in Kantarawichai

Here is a nice little video of the Loy Krathong festival in Kartarawichai, Maha Sarakam opposite our little bungalow pool resort Coconut Palms the other night. 

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong

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How to get a Thai Driving Licence

Well, I was not going to bother as I have always got by on my UK driving licence but because I fell in love with and felt compelled to buy a new Kawasaki Vulcan S 650cc motorbike the other day… I was told that the free 1 year fully Comprehensive insurance was only valid if I had a Thai driving licence or an International licence, I realised the easiest option was to get my Thai licence. 

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So here the amazing story begins… We  go to the ministry of road or traffic or whatever and they tell us what we need to provide (documents)

Off we go to get a doctors medical certificate and copies of my passport, UK driving licence and Immigration letter to prove residence. 

The Doctors medical

We go to a doctors clinic and speak to the receptionist, she starts filling in a form and asks to see my passport. Then she calls the doctor who appears from his office and he looks at me from his side of the receptionists counter, looks at the passport to confirm it really is me (I suppose). Then he puts his stethoscope in his ears and leans over the counter and places it on my chest….  I looked at him and said “Am I alive”? He laughed and just went back into his office. The receptionist said 30 Baht (Less that £1)  and we walked out with the medical certificate… About 5 mins in total. I was in total disbelief as in the UK when I had to get my HGV medical every 5 years it cost £120 and took a good half an hour of tests etc. 

Immigration letter 

This was fairly easy as it was just a case of showing reams of paper work that my wife Jiya had already accumulated for my one year visa, so after about 15 mins we had the official piece of paper showing my address and picture and about 10 documents signed Total cost 500 Baht. 

Back to the Driving licence centre

We take our numbered ticket and wait in the que again. When called they start sifting through all the papers and then start discussing in Thai something about my visa… They don’t know if it should be 3 months or 1 year or whatever… This goes on for another 15 mins and phone calls are made and eventually to cut a long story short.. They decide I can get my driving licence with my 3 month visa today.

Driving test – in the same building 

Go to room no 2… off I go and there is a mock up traffic light on the wall. Jiya is translating for me.  I was expecting at the very least a basic driving test in the car park or whatever…. but no… the driving test is all conducted inside the building. I am told to say what colour the lights are when the girl changes the traffic lights with her switch. GREEN, RED, GREEN, ORANGE….. she looks at me….. OK YELLOW I said…. YES YELLOW and she laughs. Passed she said. Go to room no 1, we walk into the next room and there is a chair in the middle of the room. On the floor is a mock up accelerator and brake peddle (like in an automatic car) At the front of the room is a box with some green lights that go up and down (when the accelerator is pressed) . I am told to watch the lights and slowly press the peddle….. when I see the green lights going up to press the brake (like an emergency stop) OK …. I press the accelerator and the lights start going up… so I press the brake. The girl jumps up clapping and says yes yes very good Passed. 

Now we take all the papers back to the 1st woman we saw with all the passed stamps etc. pay 310 baht for two licences – I wanted Car and Motorbike . 

Go to room no 4 – 

In room no 4 I have my picture taken while the girl is typing all my info into the computer  and then within a few mins two official Thai plastic driving licences pop out of a machine behind her and she hands them to me.

So a lot of paperwork and running around and absolutely ridiculous medical and driving test but at least I am now legal on the road… 

However, the crazy thing is there are loads of children that look to me to be about 8 or 9 yrs old racing around on honda waves and similar motorbikes with no licences and obviously under age… 100’s of crazy people driving the wrong way on the left in the motorcycle lane thinking it’s perfectly normal to drive like that.. 100’s without helmets and the police do absolutely nothing….. Unless of course it is car or motorbike tax checking day where they stop virtually all cars and bikes and if you don’t have your tax disc… 200 Baht fine (£5) … Same for helmets if it’s helmet day, you will get a fine of 200 B but once you pay and have your receipt… you can continue to drive around all day without a helmet. .  If there are  no police around in large groups stopping people, then you are free to ride around with no helmet, children, dogs cats or whatever you can load onto your motorbike and the police will not bother you at all. 

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN AMAZING THAILAND

 

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Bitcoins hit $7000 – Update Dec $14,500 !

Cannot believe how well the USI TECH business and Bitcoins have gone up in value. I am going to do another update on this incredible opportunity soon but had to tell everyone how fast it has grown… not only for me but everyone who joined with me. We have all put in between £2000 and £3000 and in 6 weeks I had earned back in 1% daily commissions my original input. I used the compounding strategy and REBUY option and have 125 BTC packs generating 1% per day from my start up of 49 BTC packs. 

I know this sounds a bit difficult to understand but 

IF you have any interest or desire to make some serious money or just a very good passive income…. YOU NEED TO GET INVOLVED ASAP. Call me or email me and we can chat. Skype : acernet 

UPDATE: DEC 7 2017 

Bitcoin has just pasted the $14,500 mark and is still climbing….. I know your thinking… it’s too late to get in now, I have missed the boat… I had a friend say that when it was at $3500… ! Look… There is never a best time to get into Bitcoin as it is going to go up and down many times in the future – However, many experts are predicting it to be $500,000 or even $1 million per coin…. So we have a long way to go yet and the time to get into it is now.  Go here first www.bitcoin-auto-traders.com and watch a couple of videos to understand the Crypto currency market and then go here https://carlo2.usitech-int.com/ to get started in USI TECH for free. £50 Bitcoin packages that return + – 1% per day for 140 days = 40% return … Whatever you put in will earn 1% per day + (We also get paid in Bitcoins so your commissions will go up in value as Bitcoin climbs in value.) Did I forget to mention…. You can also introduce other people and earn 10% on whatever they do… 

There is so much more but let’s leave it at that for now… email me when you get started and I will show you and help you build it up fast. 

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Have you seen what’s happening with Bitcoins?

I bet you wish you bought some Bitcoins a few years ago when they were just a few $ each.. Fast forward to Aug 2017 and they hit $4600 !

Well no problem because you can still make money with Bitcoins via USI-TECH an automated Crypto currency trading company. They use unique auto trading software to trade and we make approx 1% per day on the Bitcoin packages we purchase..  (Only 55 Euros) 

I personally have £3000 in the company now and it is generating 1% + – daily and with compounding I can buy another pack every few days. Hey too much to get your head around here..  Just watch a couple of videos to see how it all works. It’s very popular in Thailand and all over the world so contact me after you have seen the videos on the website below.

www.Bitcoin-auto-traders.com 

Is Bitcoin going to hit 1 million !

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Bitcoin = $4600              Gold $1337           11th Sept 2017

Yes, 1 Bitcoin is now more valuable than 1 oz Gold ! The pridictions are it will fly past $10,000 and may even reach $50,000 per bitcoin – Why ? The limited supply. There are only 16 million Bitcoins been mined to date… There will only ever be 21 million total.

Miners bring new Bitcoins into the world via a very complex mathematical & computing process. To date 16 million Bitcoins have been mined. There will only ever be 21 million Bitcoin at which point creating more will become impossible.

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How to Avoid the most common SCAMS in Thailand

So here we have a great video on how to avoid the scams in Thailand

Scams in Thailand

Scams in Thailand video

 

Our own story –

We were also ripped off by the first builder that quoted for us on our pool and resort build… The scam is very simple, they quote you a price for any building work and then you agree to pay in stages obviously, 1/3 up front to buy materials etc. 1/3 about half way through and the final 1/3 at the end. We handed over £7000  initially for the start of the pool build and on the day of starting… NOBODY showed up… After several heated phone calls and excuses, it was obvious the builder had no intention of doing anything… 

He then blocked our calls and we had to take him to court to try to recover the money.. The lawyer wanted 40,000 Baht (£1000) and after about a year we eventually got a court hearing date and flew back to Thailand.. Of course the builder did not turn up and it was his lawyer and ours in a hot and sweaty courtroom where there were 4 cases going on at the same time!!! At our turn the two lawyers approached the Judge and after about 3 mins they left the room and were chatting to the builder on the phone. (my wife told me what had transpired after the ridiculous court case) They then came back in the room and a few more mins chatting to the judge and next thing I know… they are announcing the next case as we and our lawyers exited the court room… 

The judge had told the builders lawyer he had 3 months to pay back 50% of the £7000 or go to jail.. I was livid and my wife was in tears… so after the lawyer and court costs, our flights and ” if  “he paid back £3500… we would basically get  back about £1500  for all this hassle… It took another 3 months but the builder did pay back the £3500 Cos I had started a website about him and posted onto loads of Thai forums. Two months later, he actually rang my wife and begged us to take down the website and posts as he was obviously losing work and he reputation (if he had one) and he would pay up… I did as he asked, only because, I was also warned that slandering him in Thailand could have caused me even more problems. (so he paid up and was spared a Thai jail sentence) 

I then found out – what he did was a very common – scam in Thailand as one of my wife’s friends is a loan officer of 20 years at the Bangkok bank. He borrowed  20 million Baht (£450,000) at an employees special very low interest rate and proceeded to buy a chunk of land and build a 6 story apartment block of about 156 units. Well during the last 6 years (it is still unfinished and still just sitting there as he tries to find a buyer) this Thai guy who is about 45 yrs of age and very experienced in the Thai ways had got conned himself no less than 3 times from various contractors.

At one stage he took a builder onto the roof and pulled out a hand gun and said… If you do not finish what you contracted to do I will have to kill you and then kill myself..  This did not work as the contractor promised to finish the work but never did… 

So these things happen even between the Thais themselves so have a good watch of the video and learn about the most common scams in Thailand

On a more humorous note 

Scooter rental in Thailand

It is still perfectly OK to ride a bike with your family in Thailand
but do beware it is not “Helmet day” when all bikers get stopped by the mafia style gangs 10 or more police officers all capturing the un- suspecting non helmet wearing riders around specific corners…. But do not fear… once you pay your 200 Baht (£4 ) fine, you can carry on riding your bike all day long (without a helmet) as you have the police receipt proving you paid your fine! LOL

If your looking for Swimming Pool Installers in Thailand

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SUP paddle boards and Kayaks in Maha Sarakham, Thailand

We have just bought a couple of Inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards and two Kayaks for rental on the Nong Bua lake opposite Coconut Palms hotel with swimming pool in Maha Sarakham.

Here are some pictures of Jiya’s first try at standing up on one in the pool. I fell off within minutes LOL but Jiya is a natural. We are also going to become agents for the SUP (stand Up Paddle) boards in Thailand, so if you want to purchase one (or more) click here to go to the sales page on our website. They are very portable and come in a strong back pack with a 2 piece carbon fibre oar, repair kit and fast inflation device. Total weight is 18 kgs.

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New video of Coconut palms Thailand

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Coconut Palms Hotel in Maha Sarakham is now on tourist website and in guide book

Coconut Palms (our small hotel resort in Thailand) is now in the Maha Sarakham government tourist guide book and website. Here are a few of the professional pictures taken whilst the government reps were visiting Coconut Palms hotel with swimming pool in Maha Sarakham 

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