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Hiring a babysitter in south east asia

Even though the countries in comparison to western European countries are poor, it is really difficult finding a good nanny/babysitter.

The best way so far to find one was going to massage salons and asking if anybody wants extra job or their friends do. If it doesn’t work out, the trick is to ask for 4 hours per day – I usually started from 8AM till 12PM.

The Rates i have paid:

Chiang Mai 4 hours – 500 THB. (13 euros) (English speaking with University degree.

Live in Babysitter from Chiang Mai – 6 days a week, 10 hours a day with a lunch break when children sleep – 20.000 THB (513 Euros)

Hua Hin – 300 THB for 4 hours (No english at all. Good at cleaning)

Penang (Batu Feringhi)  babysitter from Filipines –  4 hours – 40 MYR (9 Euros)

Bali there are few local babysitter conpanies, run by australian people, and they are good if you come for week or two and you need incall for few hours a day, but if you want to hire for a month or live in the cost goes to 800-1200 usd. 

We have personally used kiidu service, and paid 100 for service and 400 usd for nanny

Indonesian (bali) people compared to malaysian and thai are eager to work and harworking. Even though i had babysitter hired, i have been offered 3 times in period of a week for babysitter services, so i could say that finding babysitter in Bali is really easy

Bucket list

stay

Raffles Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Das Stue Berlin

Dorchester London

Kempinski penthouse Kitzbuhel

W Barcelona

Grand Hyatt Tokyo

travel

Ski in every continent

Trek from Zermatt to France

Attend Oscars

Learn

to play GO

To become fluent in Spanish (live in spain for 7 months)

To become fluent in German (live in Austria in winter time)

2016 resolutions

Start a day with: Wash teeth, Exercise, Read.
Read 24 books in 2016
Visit 2 biz events
Find investment muse.

Is there an app to track daily goals? (Mark if day is succesful: read and exercise for 20 minutes)
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Books 2016

Andre Agasi – Open. Recommend for all playing tennis

Jim Rogers – Investment Biker. Investing through the eyes of traveller. (bes genre for me)

How to save on books on Amazon

The answer is easy:

change the shop you buy from. like amazon.com amazon.co.uk amazon.es amazon.de

I do this often when i see that the kindle version is more expensive than the printed version, which kind of weird.

I heard same could be applied to flight tickets, even though i have tried this for couple of times – i didn’t work for me same way as it works with amazon kindle books.

amazon_com

amazon_es

amazon_co_uk

Baan Sandao condo review

Centrally located condo in Hua Hin. Just in front of big shopping center Villa Market. We have stayed in this condo for 2 months. 1 month in a 2 bedroom and 1 month in 3 bedroom. Both rented from same company. (other recommended real estate agencies in Hua Hin)

The building consist of 5 sectors: ABCDE

A building is 1 apartment per floor with 3-4 bedrooms. (but i never saw this for rent)

BCD buildings are 5 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartments per floor.

E building has 1-3 bedrooms apartments.

Recommendations:

Do not stay in first floor. As going from street or building E you go through the middle of first floor.

Try renting North facing apartments as they have direct sunlight in the morning only.

December 1st to January 15th there is a loud concert in Village Market shopping centre and this you hear even in Building B (north side) which is closest to the sea. Building E additionally hears the noise from the street and traffic

My general recommendation is that Baan Sanpluen which is very similiar to Baan Sandao is a better choice because of the noise. (Baan sandao has 2 empty plots in both sides of building and baan sanpluen has other 2 condos which reduces the noise)

Address for mailing of the condo is: (google give different address)

Baan Sandao Condo
119/10 Petchakasem Road, Hua Hin, Prachuab Kirikhan

 

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Penang

There not many blogs about longstay travel in Penang. I have heard lots of people that they like Penang, but there are not many people staying and writing abut long stay in Penang and here. First inpresion on Penang is where China and India meet.

Accomodation

We have stayed in Maritimes suites in Jelugor 2-5km South of George Town and in Batu Feringhi By the Sea Condominium

My priorities for choosing place for longstay is quality condominium with a pool.

Penang Cafes In addition I enjoyed Smith coffee and Cafea Coffe which are both in Maritime

Food in George Town

Food #2 by CNN with a map

My Personal best dish: Tiger Char Koay Teow @ Kafe Ping Hooi (Youtube)

Penang Street Art Map

Penang or Chiang Mai for digital nomad? (my winner: Chiang Mai)

Accomodation: