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Starting to plan my retiring days in the People's Glorious Republic. As MLG really loves NZ, we're torn.

New House &c in Laos, with family all over the place and cheap living - 


 - NZ, larger money coming in, higher, though f'n expensive, standard of living.

Cold in the winter, but clean air and good fishing...

So we're going to try a 'few/six/vague number' of months in both destinations as the mood and circumstances suit.

Then I saw these photos:

Vientiane, burnt rice stubble fumes, c/o Isaan and other parts.









note to self, be in NZ for March/April/May.


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we're all winners - 

...Local authorities were assigned to provide additional N95 masks for local residents and district offices were given authority to consider school closure in the critical zones. All hospitals were ordered to take care of vulnerable groups.

The high concentration of PM2.5 was the impact of transboundary haze pollution, accumulated for about a month with reports of almost 200,000 hotspots, he said....

Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) yesterday reported 5,396 hotspots in Thailand, 6,877 in Myanmar, 4,076 in Laos and 739 in Cambodia...



"transboundary haze pollution" = burning rice stubble presumably.

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and bloody sky scrapers!

in the 8 years since I was there, there's bloody skyscrapers!

Bubi - we're gonna have to relocate from Vientiane, to a close by backwater, I will seek something out.

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'nuther note to self, be in NZ for March/April/May.

Vietnam and Laos record hottest temperatures ever as heat wave grips Southeast Asia

... In Vietnam, temperatures reached 44.2 degrees Celsius (around 111.6 Fahrenheit) on Saturday in the northern district of Tuong Duong – the highest temperature ever recorded in the country, according to weather historian Maximiliano Herrera.

In neighboring Laos, the city of Luang Prabang hit 43.5 degrees Celsius (110.3 Fahrenheit) on Saturday, breaking the national record of 42.7 degrees Celsius (108.9 Fahrenheit) that was only set last month, Herrera said.

The Laotian capital Vientiane also broke its all-time record this weekend with a temperature of 42.5 degrees Celsius (108.5 Fahrenheit). 

Meanwhile in Thailand, Saturday saw the hottest ever temperature recorded in Bangkok – 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 Fahrenheit). ...


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