THE SAND IN THE HOURGLASS
IS RUNNING LOW
A VOICE IN THE MIRROR
TELLS ME IT’S TIME TO GO
I’LL LEAVE BEHIND FRIENDS
AND MY RECYCLING BINS
I’LL SWITCH OFF MY OLD LIFE
AS A NEW ONE BEGINS
I have just completed the purchase of an apartment (condo) in a small condominium development in the charming seaside town of Cha-Am on the western side of the gulf of Thailand…………It is a good sized condo (101 sq. meters) with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large balcony with a lovely outlook.
The condominium has 2 good sized swimming pools, a small kiddies pool and the grounds front right onto a quiet beach.
I moved in a couple of weeks ago and feel immediately comfortable here, which is just as well because I intend to move here permanently; I will return to Isleworth in April to sell my car, scooter, hi-fi and other possessions that are not viable to ship out here………….. Thailand has a crazy system of import duty, to import my Alfa Romeo into the country would incur a whopping 300% import tax
As for my lovely flat in Isleworth, I will probably rent it out, which will give me a very healthy monthly income, or I may consider selling it and reinvesting in a smaller cheaper flat in the area, which will still give me a nice monthly income and will also release a nice chunk of cash for me to splash around out here…………
My condo is a ten minute ride on a scooter from the main beach at Cha-Am, where I like to go for a swim and a lunch of somtum (green papaya salad, as I am sure you all know by now)……..I am renting a scooter at the moment, but I have just placed a deposit on an order for a new Vespa Sprint 150, in white (see publicity photo) and when I return next year, I will buy a new car……….Alfa Romeo not available here, so maybe a new Mazda CX3 which is going on sale next spring………..
Below are a few photos of my apartment and the condominium grounds and pools
Above and below, I delayed moving in for 2 days after the completion to have the condo redecorated……….every wall was pink………. nah !!
All the furniture was part of the sale agreement and is good enough for the time being……….I will fit a new kitchen and I need to buy a decent TV and Hi-Fi and some furniture for them to sit on…………
Above………..pink walls……… and below, view from my decent sized balcony
Above……… there is a large paved sun-bathing area with steps leading down into the gulf of Thailand………and below, a publicity photo of the Vespa Sprint that I have ordered