...about time! welcome back...
...majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd...
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.
But he seems like a very kind man.
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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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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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...
"You really want to save the planet?...the next time you see a hybrid car with a childseat... smash the window, remove the childseat and replace it with a box of condoms..." Doug Stanhope
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.
You'll always be a foreigner.
I guess if a person can live with that...it's okay.
I never could...especially long term.
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.
We could all sit outside on banana lounges discussing the best way to rebuild a 4WD transmission and agree, through shared stories of conquests supporting our assertions, that there is no basis to the proposition that those least assured of their persuasions are the first to condemn others for theirs.
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.
I feel your pain - it's a confusing mix of dream and nightmare much of the time.
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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I showed her this thread and agreed with me (esp about schools)...additionally...Originally Posted by Phil
- 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.
- 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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