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    Out of Thailand Part II

    Well, after leaving Thailand, spending several days back in the states, I made it over to my new haunts.

    I realize now just how much a glutton for punishment Thailand based expats are.

    When I arrived at the airport, My wife gave them our passports and our marriage certificate and they gave me a 1 year visa, extendible to 2 years, no questions asked.

    Our place is 20 km from the city, but last Thursday afternoon, we went to PLDT office is to get internet installed. It's free installation so we paid the first month up front, just about $22. The next morning, they were here to install the internet. They put a 20 foot pole on the top of the house and within an hour we were surfing. Did a speed test and it came in at less than the advertised speed of 384kbps(about 260 down/370 up) so changed to a speed test server in the US and it IMPROVED to 364kbps down/388kbps up) Wow, internet at the speed advertised.

    I picked up a cheap minivan, no hassles with registering it or anything. No need showing a work permit or any hassles like that.

    Everyone speaks English. For those interested, a bottle of beer is less than 14 baht, a carton of marlboros is less than 200 baht. Fresh fruit just outside the door.

    They sell Dr. Pepper and Kool-aid at the supermarket, Tang at the small shop three doors down. Did I mention the Butterfinger candy bar last night?

    I have a new found respect for the Ajarns making a go of it in Thailand. It sure is a tough lot.
    Are you actually reading this? Do you think I care?

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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    Quote Originally Posted by Whitey
    Everyone speaks English.


    U'r not in LA or New York, I take it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitey
    I picked up a cheap minivan, no hassles with registering it or anything. No need showing a work permit or any hassles like that.
    I'd have been very surprised if there were.
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    One question though,...have you sung the national anthem yet?
    Last edited by jimbo; 13th August 2007 at 08:16. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    ^^ you bastard

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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    I don't need to sing the national anthem, heck even my wife can't sing the whole national anthem.

    I can sit on the front porch shirtless sipping coke and just relaxing while you all are trudging up some lame stairs wearing black pants, a white shirt, Bata shoes and genuine 50 baht silk tie with an armload of books to wrestle with a class of 50 M5 students.

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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    ^ you most certainly have me confused with someone else friend.
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    I wear nice clothes (of my choosing), take the elevator, my texts are in my classroom and i teach 1:1's.

    (I have taught M's before, but never over 16 per class.)
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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    Sorry, confused you with teachers I worked with in Thailand.

    I like that word, worked, past tense. Now I just gotta find my new niche.

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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    I think Whitey's confusing his experience with those of others. My only pair of Bata's I left behind for the building watchman in Addis Abeba. Indeed, I am shirtless as I post, drinking a wonderful cup of coffee. In my university, students carry books. Teachers carry.... um...themselves with...ah...dignity.
    ...majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd...

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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    Jealousy, jealousy, jealousy, tommie cat.

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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    Oh god. Butterfingers... bastard!
    Maybe I missed it. Where are you now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whitey
    They sell Dr. Pepper and Kool-aid at the supermarket, Tang at the small shop three doors down. Did I mention the Butterfinger candy bar last night?

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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    Quote Originally Posted by Whitey
    a bottle of beer is less than 14 baht
    Less than 14 baht? Must be the generic beer in a white can. I'm Not jealous at all.

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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    The novelty will soon wear off and reality is going to bite.

    I've been in Thailand many a day and when I return to my home country I realise just how easy life is here in Thailand.

    Life is what you make it not others.
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    which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end.'

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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    Quote Originally Posted by jaidee
    Less than 14 baht? Must be the generic beer in a white can. I'm Not jealous at all.
    No, Whitey must be in the Philippines. San Miguel is sold for even less someplace's (I used to dive in Puerto Gallera and it was 8 baht a bottle).

    How's the pay Whitey?
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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    ^ Yeah I guess I thought he went back tot the states and was there to stay.. my bad..

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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    Thailand is not cheap. Take away the low rent (based on low property value) and it's a rip-off at best. If you had a mediocre gig in America, didn't smoke or drink and paid cheap rent, you'd be 20X better off than in LoS. The average Thai would work three months just to buy a mobile phone. In The US they'd give you one with a contract. Look at what a car costs here. A VW Beetle in good shape can go for 250,000B where I live. I bought and sold mine in the US for 30,000. A liter of motor oil is 120B. Back home it's 30B. How is it in a country where people earn 1/20 of what we earn pay 2-10X more for the same product? Because the show is run by Chinese blood suckers who wouldn't think of going into business if they could turn a 300% profit.

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    Re: Out of Thailand Part II

    I have to disagree as the following things are all much cheaper in LoS:

    Medical/Dental Services
    Auto and Other Insurances
    Automobile Repairs
    Service and Repairs of any Kind
    Hair Cuts
    Massage
    Food (except western specialty items)
    Entertainment
    Rent/Land
    Hotels
    Holiday Travel Expenses
    General Travel Expenses (taxi/bus/train/hired transportation)
    Clothes (though top brands are more expensive here)
    Software/Music/Video

    In short, nearly everything I want or need is considerably less expensive in LoS.
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