Nice news: Rubber farmer gets a free house to stay in

Nice news: Rubber farmer gets a free house to stay in

Wanna Rodcharoen (right) checks the interior of a house in Si Kao district, Trang, where owner Nanthana Patchakhiew allowed her and her family to stay for free. (Photo by Maythee Muangkaew)
Wanna Rodcharoen (right) checks the interior of a house in Si Kao district, Trang, where owner Nanthana Patchakhiew allowed her and her family to stay for free. (Photo by Maythee Muangkaew)

A rubber farmer and her husband have been picked out of some 100 applicants by the owner of a house to live there for free.

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Lucky farmer gets free house to stay in

Maythee Muangkaew

TRANG - A rubber farmer and her husband have been picked out of some 100 applicants by the owner of a house to live there for free.

Nanthana Patchakhiew posted on Facebook on June 20 with pictures of a one-storey house in Sikao district that she was looking for a family to stay at the place for free.

"Any family looking for a house to stay? This one is free for you on conditions you have to keep it clean," she wrote.

The message was quickly shared in social media and Ms Nanthana said on Monday that more than 100 people, including Wanna Rodcharoen, had contacted her only hours after she posted.

In fact, Mrs Wanna said she did not know about it until one of her friends shared it and told her to give it a try.

Her contact with the owner went well and she was selected as the house caretaker.

"The couple are perfect to stay at my house. I'm confident that they will take good care of it," she said about Mrs Wanna and her husband.

Mrs Wanna works in a rubber plantation near the house but she has to go there from her home in neighbouring Nayong district every morning.

"The house is closer to the rubber plantation where I work," Mrs Wanna said on Monday, when she met the house owner.

"I will fix some rundown spots in the house and grow flowers around the area," Mrs Wanna added. "I will stay until she wants me to leave."

The house was the first Ms Nanthana bought about 10 years ago before she left to live in another house in Muang district because her mother did not like it.

She rented it to others for about 2,000 baht a month but Ms Nanthana said she gave up the idea five years ago after she could not stand some bad tenants who did not pay the rent on time and even stole some items when they left.

It was left vacant for five years before she decided to write on Facebook. She said she was concerned that the house condition would quickly deteriorate with no occupants.

The owner, who is a trader in Trang, confirmed that the couple could stay as long as they want. "They need not pay anything," she said.

Ms Nanthana said doing so was like making merit and reminded her of the bitter old days.

"My family suffered when I was little. We had no place to go and had to live in a temple," she recalled. But people around the temple and a temple committee forced her and her parents to leave, she said of the moment that inspired her to start saving to buy her own house one day.

She later bought the first house and another one in town.

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Vocabulary

  • applicants (noun): people who apply for something, such as a job or a loan of money - ผู้สมัคร,ผู้แจ้งความจำนง,ผู้ขอ
  • bitter (adj): involving very angry or unpleasant feelings - ความขมขื่น
  • caretaker (noun): a person whose job is to take care of a building, equipment, etc. - ผู้ดูแล
  • concerned: worried about something   - มีความกังวล
  • condition: the physical state of a person or animal, especially how healthy they are - อาการ, สุขภาพ
  • conditions: things that must be true or must be done before another thing can happen - เงื่อนไข
  • confident: certain; having trust in people, plans, or the future - มั่นใจ
  • contact (noun): having communication with someone - การติดต่อ การสัมผัส
  • contact: to communicate with someone - ติดต่อ
  • couple: two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship - คู่แต่งงานกัน, คุ่รัก
  • deteriorate: to become worse - เลวร้ายลง
  • give up (verb): to stop doing or having something - ยกเลิก, หยุดทำ, ละทิ้ง
  • inspire: to give people a particular feeling or a desire to do something - จุดประกาย
  • item: a single article or object - รายการ, รายการสิ่งของ
  • making merit (noun): doing good things according to religious beliefs - ทำบุญ
  • moment: a very short period of time; a particular time or occasion - ชั่วขณะ, โอกาสสำคัญ
  • neighbouring: located or living near or next to a place or person - ติดกัน, ที่อยู่ใกล้เคียง, ที่ตั้งอยู่ใกล้เคียง
  • occupant (noun): a person who lives in a particular place; a person who is in a vehicle, seat, etc. at a particular time - ผู้ครอบครอง
  • owner (noun): the person who owns something, i.e., who has something that belongs to them - เจ้าของ
  • plantation (n): a large farm where crops such as tea, coffee, cotton, sugar or trees, are grown - ไร่ นาขนาดใหญ่
  • recalled: remembered - นึกทบทวน จำได้
  • remind: to make someone think of something they have forgotten or might have forgotten - เตือนความจำ
  • rent (noun): to allow someone to use something for a period of time in return for money - ให้เช่า
  • rent: paying money for the use of something for a period of time - ค่าเช่า
  • rundown: worn out; badly damaged and/or no longer useful because it has been used a lot - ชำรุดทรุดโทรม
  • selected (adj.): specially chosen - ถูกคัดเลือก
  • stand (verb): to be able survive something or tolerate something without being hurt or damaged ("can't stand something" means to dislike it very much or to be unable to accept it any longer) - อดทน
  • steal: to take something from a person, shop/store, etc. without permission and without intending to return it or pay for it - ขโมย
  • storey (noun): a level in a structure; a level in a building - ชั้น, ชั้นของตึกหรืออาคาร
  • suffer: to be badly affected by a very difficult or unpleasant situation - ประสบความลำบาก
  • tenant: a person who pays rent for the use of a room, building, land, etc. to the person who owns it - ผู้เช่า
  • trader: someone who buys and sells things - ผู้ค้า
  • vacant: empty - ที่ว่างลง
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