Yesterday, I posted a ‘special’ blog which advertised my bar for sale. So far, there have been a few tentative enquiries, but nothing that seems to be at all serious. It is still early days, and I am confident that sooner or later someone will come along and ‘make me an offer I can’t refuse’.
In the meantime we must soldier along and run the bar as usual.
I have given up on the car rental business, as the one remaining car that I had out for rent has been in the rental shop for over a month. With the tourist numbers in Pattaya down 30-40% year on last year, there is clearly a massive oversupply of car rentals and unfortunately there is little prospect of making much money on our car in the near future.
The car is barely a year old, and when we collected it from the shop, we were dismayed to find that its bodywork was in pretty bad nick. It had clearly been in a number of scrapes and evidence of bumps, bangs, scratches and botched up repair jobs were everywhere.
We have decided to cut our losses and will offload the car to one of Lek’s relations who is looking for good used car, but first we had to fix up all the bungled body repairs.
A week later and another £300 hole in my pocket, it is pretty much ready for sale, but due to the glut of cars in the second hand market here we will have had to take a hit of around £4,000 on the price we bought it for only a year ago.
Although we have been renting it out – off and on for a year- the rental income we have received doesn’t even come close to compensating us for the £4k loss.
Yet another bad business decision….
Back in April I started doing some ‘content- writing’ work for a guy who contacted me through my blog, but after a short while I was obliged to abandon the project, as the nigh on ’24/7′ onerous bar commitments soon took over my life.
I recently decided to re-contact the guy, on the principle that ‘nothing ventured nothing gained’ and was pleasantly surprised to learn that due to other reasons – unconnected with my failure to deliver – the project had been on hold and he was now happy for me to make a fresh start.
So with all the things that have not been going well in my life lately, this was a small glimmer of good news. Last week I started to slowly get myself back into gear and re-familiarise myself with the project, as and when my bar commitments have permitted.
This project is only the beginning of my efforts to find alternative sources of income. I really don’t know how long this current project will last. For sure, there will be a fair number of hours involved, but at best it will only pay a small part of my monthly bills.
However, anything is better than nothing, and I am really grateful to this person for keeping faith in me and my writing skills. I thank him most sincerely and I hope I can do a creditable job. Maybe I can build on this work over coming months.
In the meantime, I make no apologies for once more putting out an appeal to all you good folk out there to ask if you have any contacts or know of any links that may lead to ‘content writing’ work of one kind or another.
Once the bar is sold, I will be pinning all my hopes on finding enough writing work to survive.
On the health front, my stomach is still playing up something awful, and I doubt it will show much improvement until my life situation improves.
Yesterday I went out with Lek to visit a friend at his home, and I spent half the time there sitting on his loo. It was embarrassing and not at all satisfactory.
But as I constantly remind myself: “There are many who are much worse off than I.”
So I guess I have to grin and bear it…