I haven’t posted in a long time – very busy for my first days in Chiang Mai. Immigration for my 90 days – change of address caused some delays – several trips to the office. , but now done. Broken radiator hose on the Mira – that happened on a weekend and had to wait till Monday – Glad that’s all it was – 500 B fix —
And the Medical situation – changed blood pressure medicine 3 times trying to find the best one for me – Tried the “ACE” class drugs – Lisinopril – but had terrible stomach pains and constipation – only the “Sartan” ABR class drugs seems to work but each has their own side effects – Olmesartan – upset stomach, Azilsartan – Erectile Dysfunction – and this is totally unacceptable, Valsartan – not good pressure control —— and now Irbesartan – seems to be working without the other side effects – but only taking it for 5 days now – need at least 2 weeks to be sure it is working correctly — everything else seems to be ok for now.
I have not been looking for a condo so far – don’t feel the urge to rush and I have been using the exercise room’s treadmill – walking 1 mile a day in the mornings. They have a elliptical machine too – and I will test it out before I leave and plan to buy one for my condo.
Meet several new friends, and got to visit many old friends still living here – Chiang Mai is very quiet right now but there is a large population of Chinese here – and the locals are right – they are a pain in the ass – most don’t know how to act in a foreign country and are very rude. What’s really bad is their driving – either on motorcycle or car – they haven’t the slightest idea of what they are doing and causing slowdowns everywhere or worse yet accidents. And this is the slow season – it’s going to be a bitch later on in the year as tourist increase and so will the traffic.
I am amazed that the 3 new Shopping Centers are doing badly – no customers – Maya, Central Festival, Promenade. Maya the smallest and Promenade about 3 times as large – almost empty ——- but the old Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center is still bustling with customers and offers the best eye candy if you know what I mean. I went one time to Adam’s Apple Club to see the show and see if I knew anyone there – all new except the managers – I knew them – have been invited to do a photo shoot review so hope to be doing that soon and have some images to show – good show. Haven’t been to any of the other clubs so far but now in a great hurry to so so.
Anyway just checking in – post later