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    i just puked.

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    Seems this question or commentary comes up again and again yet no one is bothered by it. That might mean something. Personally, I took off to Asia when I was under thirty and all the things you mentioned did affect me. As for why I have stayed on, at this point I have no reason other than feeling no real connnection to the west. As I get older strangely my connection to this place is fading too. I'm just here. Not a part of Thai society as a Thai is and not really a part of the Western world in anyway. I guess I am sort of lost not in Asia but in this world. The older I grow the further I grow from literally everything. It's a sad reality but it is where I am now. I guess I am like that old guy in the park who sits on the bench all day while the world goes on around him. He's there for years just there and then one day he's gone. What could be the meaning of a life like that?

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    I just puked on your puke.

    It's all gone green.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    I'm here for the temples.
    I thought it was the wood carving

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    My typical day in England.

    6.30. alarm. Climb out of bed into the shower without opening my eyes. It's still dark. Central heating on, but hasn't reached a comfortable temperature.

    The shower is heaven, I don't want to leave, but have to. Cup of tea in front of the news on TV.

    Getting grey outside, time to get dressed.

    Black pin-striped suit, pink shirt, yellow tie. The only colour I will see all day.

    Defrost the car, luckily climate control so heats up quickly. Silver paint, black leather.

    Ease into the traffic. No-one gives way. Queue for the roundabout. Have Terry Wogan on the radio to distract me.

    Finally the a404 dual carriageway. Slow. Then the queue for the M4.

    Luckily no accidents today. 5 miles, 2 junctions, 15 minutes.

    Fight for parking space, then buy a sandwich on the way to the office for 2 pounds fifty.

    At my desk by 8.30, late again. Boss calls a meeting, I haven't even had breakfast, groans all around.

    After pointless meeting check e-mails while eating breakfast. Only 75 today.

    Oh, good news, the FD of Petrokazakhstan likes the CV I sent him of a Russian speaking Sarbanes-Oxley Finance Project and implementation Manager.

    He wants to see some more candidates!!!

    Politely tell him their aren't any. He asks me how much? I tell him.

    500 pounds a day plus expenses, the fee, 35,000 pounds.

    His HR department contacts me for the candidates details for interview.

    Rest of the day uninspiring, can watch the swans on the river in between unanswered phone calls.

    Have to field calls from countless unemployed over 50 Finance Directors and Project Managers. Agree to meet some, preferably over lunch.

    Now 8pm. Time to go home. Dark long ago. Eyes bleary. traffic OK now. Get home. Walk next door for a takeaway, today a pizza. Doner Kebabs are for Mondays.

    TV, a few bottles of beer, Budweiser today, no white wine left. .Fall asleep on sofa, in bed by midnight.

    Another day to look forward to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael
    Black pin-striped suit, pink shirt, yellow tie.
    Ghastly.

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    Ah, ye of little taste. Unless you have grey skin, of course !

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    In Thailand, the farang is king, and all bow before him. That’s the key attraction for all these misfits from supposedly superior developed countries.
    I think that day has passed, maybe 10 - 15 years ago this was true.

    Yes many so called "misfits" in Thailand. Good they found a place where they can enjoy themselves.

    Overall the OP has an interesting take on things, some good observations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorenzo View Post
    Overall the OP has an interesting take on things, some good observations.
    But still a bit naive regarding folks motivations to live in any given place whether it's Thailand, Hong Kong or Bumfuck Egypt. W/regard to Thailand, the farang would have had to live here almost from birth to begin to understand the culture, interpersonal politics etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    Bumfuck Egypt
    have not been there

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    I think contractors fall somewhere between the category of tradesmen and long term tourist. if i had been working on a Nigerian pipeline for 6 weeks, the last place i would want to take my R&R would be Lagos, so Thailand is an excellent choice for a long term bolt hole.
    If you commute between two countries, then i would not class that as choosing to live in thailand. That is just indecision.
    Dog catcher, i am with you all the way. i have ahuge fondness for pussy.
    i happen to believe that everyone over the age of 30 is damaged in some way, no matter where they live.
    I made no claim as to understanding Thai culture or even why i am here myself.
    Boon mee is entitled to an opinion just like evryone else.
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    After living most of my adult life out of my homeland and working and living in Asia or elsewhere, the expat lifestyle has become a way of life and easire to cope with than the BS from issues back in the homeland. Warm weather, affordable living, interesting things to do and see, good tasting food, and the sabai sabai attiture all have their appeal. Being politically correct is not necessary. Friendships develop and the knowing that there is always an escape route and place to retreat to back in the homeland is comforting but for now this is a perfect retirement for me.
    "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff....and it is all small stuff"

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    The majority of farang come here because they are incapable of forming a normal relationship with a woman who does not have to depend on them for financial support.

    Usually end-up with soiled goods that have spat out a sprog or two to some Thai guy somewhere down the line.

    Communication through grunting is a must.


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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    The majority of farang come here because they are incapable of forming a normal relationship with a woman who does not have to depend on them for financial support.

    Usually end-up with soiled goods that have spat out a sprog or two to some Thai guy somewhere down the line.

    Communication through grunting is a must.
    I'm sorry to hear of your misfortune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    I think contractors fall somewhere between the category of tradesmen and long term tourist. ......

    If you commute between two countries, then i would not class that as choosing to live in thailand. That is just indecision.
    Bullfarkinshit What would you class it as then?

    Immigration Department issued me my Permanent Residence Visa six years ago so they class me as being a Resident of Thailand.

    Engineering Consultancy Company I own and operate is a THai registered company on which relevent taxes are paid so Revenue department class me as being a Resident of Thailand.

    I have owned property in Thailand for over 12 years and have no other properties / material assets elsewhere. Banks, insurance companies and other institutions send me written communications to my "HOME ADDRESS" in Thailand .

    The only person who regards me as not living in Thailand is yourself, and I assume that you don't even have your Thai PR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    Whatever the reason I believe there is a common thread here. Almost all these people, like it or not, are here because they failed to fit into the society they came from. Living life on the periphery of normal social interaction, they crave attention, but never managed to put themselves at the centre of anything in their home country. Looking on as others took the credit for their work, too shy or lacking in confidence to push themselves into the limelight, all they can do is hope that one day they might break into that exclusive group of popular winners who they aspire to be like.
    I don't believe that "almost all" of those that move to Thailand are the losers you describe. Many that live here have been highly successful both professionally and socially in their native lands, but simply enjoy Thailand more, or choose not to tolerate the politics of their home countries.

    And for those individuals that have not achieved the success they wanted in their native counties, I applaud them for having the backbone to up and move to a foreign place. For some, it can be a daunting task. Living here is not like coming on a 2-week vacation and staying drunk and horny the whole time. And these folks have more on the ball than the shining success-of-a-man that has his house, 2.4 kids, nice car, nice job that he hates, a fat wife that he more or less tolerates, and tells the world that he is divinely happy, if only because the government tells him that he is living the dream so it must be so.

    And then there are those that that are brutally honest about it all, and admit that they live here because of the pussy. They have realized that the average Western woman is like the average Western car: overpriced and of dubious quality. And these men are not losers, just discerning consumers.
    i don't believe i actually used the word loser, but if that's your interpretation of it then fair enough.
    I agree that many have a lot going for them in order to move here and start again, instead of moaning about their situation and doing nothing about it, and your final sentence is spot on. they are deluded.
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    Smeg must be having conniptions not being able to post in this thread.

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    Retire

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Smeg must be having conniptions not being able to post in this thread.
    Why not copy the op for him into MKP

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    He had a thread going this morning called "Chassamui is an Idiot" in MKP referencing this thread if it makes you feel any better.

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    Well I'm just finishing up in the office in Bangkok, now on my way back down to Pattaya to have dinner with the family, taxi booked for 21.30 > airport on the way to China for a 6 day jaunt with 16 members of my Thai extended family and 2 days ago I didn't even know I was going.

    Not that I really want to go but they want me to go so keep the masses happy and I love em.

    Thats the thing I like about living in Asia and that is the fact that no one day is the same and I hate the farang everyday boring repetitive rat race that one gets trapped in when living in the west.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    Well I'm just finishing up in the office in Bangkok, now on my way back down to Pattaya to have dinner with the family, taxi booked for 21.30 > airport on the way to China for a 6 day jaunt with 16 members of my Thai extended family and 2 days ago I didn't even know I was going.
    So you'll not be in Udon this weekend, then?

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    Not unless the plane decides to stop there on the way mate.

    Then again I'm flying China Eden Airlines (MU****) and I ain't ever heard of em so who knows where the fek we will end up.

    Shanghai is our intended destination and as I have not been there for 12 years I am kinda looking forward to seeing the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    I have not been there for 12 years I am kinda looking forward to seeing the city.
    I was there a couple of years ago for about 10 days. You won't recognise the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles
    I was there a couple of years ago for about 10 days. You won't recognise the place.
    I have heard it is quite amazing mate and I am looking forward to taking some pictures.

    They say there is a really nice market area in the old part of the city selling some excellent fake watches and pens.

    Don't think I am gunnna get up to anything too naughty, basically following some bloke with a flag all over the shop............

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