Here’s my new home. I arrived yesterday, after a major drama.
An unpleasant surprise this morning means I’m now on the lookout for new digs again.
Apartments here are x per month, plus y for ‘energy’, and z for water. I knew what I paid for x, of course ( 5500 baht / month ), but a meter reading this morning showed that y was closer to 2y.
It didn’t help that hotel staff flubbed the initial meter reading. I had to go through a huge routine five days into my stay to have it checked. When it turned out that I’d used as much power as a small Las Vegas casino, questions were asked. The answer was that they re-read it, and started ‘ground zero’ from there.
So I went on my merry way, running the air-conditioner and the fridge, and thinking nothing of it. Until this morning I realised my days were numbered ( my month is up June 19 ), and wrangled to have the meter read again. The news wasn’t good.
Queries to two other English teachers who’ve lived some time in Thailand confirmed that the bill was on the excessive size, in the region of 2200 baht / month.
So I’m on the lookout again. I think I might look around the area of the Star Night Bazaar. Dozens of small shops, an open food market every night, and a dedicated vege market. Not to mention coffee shops, and a couple of larger supermarkets in the vicinity.
Maybe 3 – 5 minutes extra travelling time to work.
My first foray into apartment hunting threw up a depressingly small and seedy outfit ( 3000 baht / month ). But I’m sure there are liveable pads there which won’t break the bank.
I have about five days, and the timing has been on my side – today ( Thursday ), and Friday, the school has decided to decamp all of their students to the outdoors.
Foreign teachers have to check in pre-8 a.m. and out post-4.30pm, but otherwise we have two extra days ‘holiday’.
Here’s some more on the new digs.
It’s basically two rooms – a dining / bedroom / lounge, and a toilet / shower.
It’s 5500 baht / month, as opposed to 500 baht / day I had been paying for roughly equivalent hotel rooms. I’m on the 7th floor. See pix below.
Like those hotel rooms, it has no cooking facilities. It does have a microwave. No kitchen bench or sink though.
It’s the safe option for now. I was very tempted to go out to Mae Rampheung beach. I would have paid an extra 1000 baht / month. And I would have travelled a bout 30 minutes more to and from work each day. But I decided to concentrate on surviving at work ( which is a struggle ) first, and then think about getting flash.
It’s pretty close to work – it takes 5 minutes on a good day to ride. Sometimes closer to 10, it depends on how well I do playing chicken in the traffic.
There are no lights on my route, and I’m not sure anyone follows road rules. On the busiest intersections at rush hours, you’ll see puffy little guys in army green whistling up a cacophony and waving their hands about – these are ‘traffic police’. Everybody else seems more or less to follow their directions, so I do likewise.
It’s close enough to a couple of major chain stores and supermarkets. But you can do just as well, or better, food shopping at the roadside stalls. These are open when the owners feel like it, but especially the evenings. Two nights ago, I did a little tour down the ( same ) road, and had a) smoked eel , then b) sliced pork served on plate of green with a beautiful sweet sauce, and c) two or three kebabs ( ‘peeg’, she told me ). That added up to about 100 baht. Less than NZ $5.
[Thai receptionist at The Most] La de da, almost done my nails again. Is that the second or third time today? Let’s see ‘Neung …. er… saawng … saam well golly. Nearly time for another caffeine frosty anyway. I wonder if I should check Facebook to see whether Supachai has seen my latest post. It was this awesome meme… Oh, sh*t. Here’s that angry red-faced Farang again. He always tries to make me think, with his Google Translate app. I hate that. So I just smile and shrug.
So there he was again, complaining about a flooded bathroom. He kept wanting me to see it. I just told him the technician would be there by 8. He kept trying to say something about work. Well, he wouldn’t go away, so I had to phone the boss.
So the boss said to give him a new room. Now the Farang is back and angrier. …says that’s flooded too. I just gave him another set of keys, and he went away.
Good, now he’s gone, what’s Supachai saying. Oh …. lol.
[Angry Farang ] Bugger this. No sleep, and a flooded bathroom. And when I go see the receptionist she just smiles and shrugs. I need a shave and a wash, and I have half an hour to get work. Hard to explain all this to a blank smile with a translator app. I’m moving out. As soon as I get through the day of work.
I’m now at Bedroom 77, about 500m away. Got through another day of teaching. More on that last later.
I finally got the energy to haul my sad self out of the WiangWalee, and into new digs.
The staff at the WWL are lovely, the rooms not so much. I moved twice, occupying three different rooms over 5 days, because things kept going tits up. Things like the electricity in the case of the first unit, and the air-conditioning in the second. Try sleeping sometime in 30+ deg C heat, and you’ll feel my pain. Two of those shifts were after 10 p.m., when I was so harried and bug-eyed ( that I braved talking to reception. Which is a trial, especially over the phone, because most of them had ZERO English. There was only one woman who had a half-decent grasp of English, and she was in another building.
The location was good, midway between Rayong City, and work, and not too far from the beach. But I was kept awake by the
Boeing 737 air-conditioning unit in the room, and that was the final straw.
Hello The Most
So now I’m at The Most, a little further away from the School, but closer to both the centre of Town, and Seang Chan Beach. It also has
- Quiet air-conditioning
- A kettle and microwave down the hallway
- A big fridge
- A decent-sized clothes wardrobe.
So, here til I get my act together, and find a monthly rental. Rental here 500 b. / night. Probably monthly rental 4000 b. – 7000 b.
Third night here. Talked to the manager about a monthly rate. Now paying 450b. / night. She’s offered 5000b / month. Which isn’t bad. It’s in a good location , midway between the school and the beach . The staff are good. BUT there are no cooking facilities in the rooms. The manager says I can cook in my room, but no frying. Thinking of taking up the offer for the sake of avoiding the added stress of flat-hunting while I find my feet on the job.