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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...promises...
    The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented View Post
    2000 years of history on every horizon and all we have is london and its feral looters?
    I see you conveniently omitted to mention the feral looters in Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham, Leicester, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Bury, Liverpool, Manchester and Rochdale, you northern twat.

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    ...about time! welcome back...
    ...majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd...

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    Louis, what would your wife see as the plusses and minuses?
    I presume she doesn't view sitting on a plastic chair in front of a shophouse with a large Singha as something to go in the plus column.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...about time! welcome back...
    Re-check the name. It's not who you think.

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    But he seems like a very kind man.

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    no nat it most def is thatcher junior
    coach tour to dance on yer mothers grave coming soon

    hopes all is well yer fckin gobshite
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    Quote Originally Posted by LDMA View Post
    I'm also not stating this to upset people who love living here. I loved it too, and wouldn't take it back for the world. 6 1/2 years was quite a long time and my perspectives changed.
    Four years plus for me Louis, as you know.

    That was long enough. Maybe two years long enough.

    Of course I didn't have a Thai wife, nor some land in the future to look forward to.

    Yes, the west is a rat race in comparison. I see that clearly now haven been back Canada side for several months.

    But I wouldn't trade this.....

    (even though morning frost on the windows a few days back had me thinking).

    Back home your're a citizen. In Thailand you'll always be a "visitor" ...or some version of that.

    You'll never get to vote. You can build and own the structure but you'll never own the land.

    What I miss is that I could go out anytime and grab a brew.
    Or a decent meal.
    And a pack of Krung thip at 1.50 Canadian.

    I'll miss Songkhla, though honestly I can never see myself returning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    Back home your're a citizen. In Thailand you'll always be a "visitor" ...or some version of that.

    You'll never get to vote.
    we are all of us visitors Russ...

    vote!!...tell me you're not serious...you can't still believe that your illusion of choice has any relevance to anything except your own enjoyment of the illusion...that has to be the most ridiculous justification I've ever heard...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaitanium View Post
    vote!!...tell me you're not serious...you can't still believe that your illusion of choice has any relevance to anything except your own enjoyment of the illusion...that has to be the most ridiculous justification I've ever heard...
    Not really TT.

    One of the things I enjoy about being back is that I can give the "civil servants" a hard time.

    That I could never do in Thailand.

    Here I can make a difference.

    There......

    You'll always be a foreigner.

    I guess if a person can live with that...it's okay.

    I never could...especially long term.

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    Would I go back?

    At the moment, only if I am on an international wage.

    In the future, retirement there looks much better than here.

    In the meantime, holidays and family visits.
    Faith, by itself, isn't a good enough reason to believe. Instead, a belief must be defensible through reason, logic, and evidence.
    The idea that faith is somehow justified by the fact that the beliefs cannot be proven is a truly Orwellian position to adopt - not to mention intellectually and ethically dangerous.

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    I could see myself spending some time each winter up north in the mountains, around Chaing Rai maybe.

    I've got a feeling that the long cold nights that start here in early October may well send me for a loop this year.

    Songkhla is a hard place to put down. It has a lot going for it.

    Have you been sopping up any of the suds over George's way Louis?

    I must say, having an occassional pint or two is something I miss about the place.

    It was good times for me ending on a bad note as I got myself seriously food poisoned on my last day there.

    I don't know where.

    Damn near died on the train journey into Bangkok, then flat on my back for a week.

    But Songkhla. Yup...nice place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDMA View Post
    You, you, farrang, farrang.
    I must admit I don't like this much - but I rarely encounter it. I'm generally not very keen on Southern Thai's.

    Quote Originally Posted by LDMA View Post
    Looking at the schools, do ANY of them inspire the kind of confidence I have in the state infant school my daughter goes to in the UK?
    I'm a little worried about this aspect myself.


    Quote Originally Posted by LDMA View Post
    The nerve wrecking feeling each year that your immigration status is in the hands of a bloke who looks like he wants nothing more than have you kicked out the country when a photocopy of some document does not look right.
    Several times I've felt like this, though thankfully the most serious problem was that I had to spend around 55,000 for some paperwork and a short holiday in Perth.

    I feel your pain - it's a confusing mix of dream and nightmare much of the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slim Chance View Post
    But I feel that its grinding me down - last night the wife said "why are we doing this?" I was shocked by hearing my thoughts coming out of her mouth.
    It does grind. I'd eased myself into a nice little earner in England, but found that my standing orders were taking most of the shine off it. Buying cars is a heavy expense - and cars over 3 years old are considered ancient by most folks. I find just covering the basic purchase and running costs for a vehicle here far outweighs the benefits of an organised system with vehicle checks and comprehensive insurance.

    Stepping out of that and moving to Thailand wasn't a tough move. Just the absence of BBC news took many clouds out of the sky (ignorance really can be bliss).

    Nice post LDMA - hope all goes well for you.
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    Wud I leave Thailand an go back to ol Blighty?

    no freakin way ,,,


    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented View Post
    plenty of options in bangers if you can adapt to the city

    but not for everyone i understand


    the UK is great to visit,,,, but not to live


    Quote Originally Posted by markle View Post
    Thailand, it's hard on the old.

    act u ally,,,,,it's much harder on the yung

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil
    Louis, what would your wife see as the plusses and minuses?
    I showed her this thread and agreed with me (esp about schools)...additionally...

    Plusses -
    • Close to her family and friends, any expat situation typically finds you being friends with whoever happens to be about and who you dislike the least from your own culture.
    • The simple pleasures of hanging out in coffeeshops eating Khanom (give me the beer Singha at the shophouse anyday!)
    • Not having to do as much food shopping at the supermarket as buying meals is so cheap
    • Access to the kind of local food that you can barely get in BKK let alone the UK...Khaoyum etc.
    • Generally that it's her home and it's familiar.
    Minuses


    • She hates the slapdash, disorganised working environment.
    • Lack of health and safety/food hygene standards (this annoys me but Kan loves it)
    • Town is badly maintained...eg the piled up rubbish bags from the local council offices, and infrastructure looks crumbly.
    • Terrified of the roads (especially since her uncle just lent us his new-ish Toyota for the next couple of weeks)
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