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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    I had previously looked at the Sarawak MM2H program, and that's interesting, because no lump sum deposit is required, unlike the program on the mainland.
    I saw some political grumbling about this recently, some in central government want the Sarawak program aligned with the national MM2H program. This might be hot air, a lot of politicians playing to nationalist sentiments. The future is an uncertain place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @norton - some say that marriage is even more expensive than the amount needed for a retirement (SRRV) visa. Also, if your marriage goes south, your wife can go to Immigration and ask to cancel your 13A visa. (@topper - beware! Lol)

    The quota immigrant visa (to get PR in Phils) doesn't require a bank deposit or marriage but you need to prove that you've done good for the country (like Finn Snow & the Austrian couple).

    @BLD - I don't follow Finn Snow, his GF, the Austrian couple or Juicy Vlog (UK couple). I find them too brown nosey (in Tagalog, sipsip).

    Apparently, it's well known among travel vloggers that if you go to PH or India (and you do brown nosing vids), your subscriber base & views will skyrocket. More views = more income. If they have more subs, they also have more leverage to get ads, sponsorships or deals, example, sponsored stay in nice/ exclusive resorts or hotels.

    The Brazilian couple "Jumping Places" had a helicopter ride in Palawan, sponsored by the heli/ travel company. I followed Jumping Places last year, during the lockdown & they were in Palawan. I also backtracked & watched their vids from India & Sri Lanka. The girl was sexually harassed when they were in India. (scary)

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    In Bali, I've seen shared pool villas (own bedroom but shared kitchen, dining, living areas + pool) which rent for 300 to 400 usd/ month.

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    @Simon - good luck in your search & research!
    Ho ho . yep definately a bit of sipsip going on by the finnsnow geezer. As for the Brazilian bird getting sexualy harassed on the subcontinent. That's just standard with those sexualy frustrated modern day cavemen . They get tired of sexualy harassing there own self. He'll. they were constantly trying to harass me with a view to giving BLD one up the blurter. Nasty fookers

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    Right! I've made my decision! My lungs are getting rapidly worse in this freezing Turkish weather - I had to cancel 2 days of online classes because I felt so shit. I've booked my flight next Friday to move to another, warmer location, hopefully for good (I've heard that before!!)

    But where is it!

    I'm not saying After I arrive, I'll post some photos and see if you can guess....
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    All the best, Simon!

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    Jeez Simon, you're escaping Turkey quicker than that bloke from Midnight Express.

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    ^ he's not out yet and i think if they find the bit of Candy he's been jetting around with he may find himself in a scene or two from midnight express

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    I am going to refrain from being negative. You have a typical Mediterranean climate there. I saw today it ranged from 9-19. Think of the lovely spring and summer you will have. But are one of a kind Simon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @Simon - re: accents, I remember when I met up with Bettyboo in Manila, he said that people (in PH) had a hard time understanding him. I think that's because we (Filipinos) are used to the American accent due to Hollywood. Also, Bettyboo spoke a bit fast (and with a UK accent). I have no problem understanding the "Harry Potter" or BBC accents, but would probably have difficulty with a Manchester, Liverpool or Geordie accent.

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    @malmomike - I liked Simon Pegg in "Hot Fuzz". I guess if Simon's book/ movie is more of a comedy, then Simon Pegg can make it work. I can also recommend Martin Freeman of The Hobbit & Sherlock Holmes fame. Why don't you like B. Cumberbatch? I liked him as Dr. Strange and in the Alan Turing movie.

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    Benedict Cumberbach was excellent in playing the disturbed Patrick Melrose. I think he is a top actor. His Olivier award amongst others would suggest he can act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    I am going to refrain from being negative. You have a typical Mediterranean climate there. I saw today it ranged from 9-19. Think of the lovely spring and summer you will have. But are one of a kind Simon.
    I'm very happy with the weather, general climate and lifestyle here in Turkey. Absolutely no problem!

    But my lungs are not happy. I moved to Thailand 20 years ago on doctor's orders because of my lung illness - too many bouts of pneumonia in the UK and expensive stays in Bumrungrad on my return.

    I had foolishly thought that because of my regular exercise, I would have no problem in the Turkish winter. But that was a mistaken assumption and I need to rapidly resolve the problem before I am unable to work. I will be at a new and warmer location by the end of next week...

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    Good luck with your relocation.

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    Angles City/Clark would be my recommendation if you could get into the country. I have a friend that's just retired in Thailand moving their ASAP. He's an online teacher as well.

    It sucks when you have to cancel classes. I lost about 14 due to the typhoon. Having said that, that's the first time I've had to cancel classes due to typhoon damage.
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    It's Cold Turkey for Simon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    But my lungs are not happy. I moved to Thailand 20 years ago on doctor's orders because of my lung illness - too many bouts of pneumonia in the UK and expensive stays in Bumrungrad on my return.

    I had foolishly thought that because of my regular exercise, I would have no problem in the Turkish winter. But that was a mistaken assumption and I need to rapidly resolve the problem before I am unable to work. I will be at a new and warmer location by the end of next week...
    Fair enough and best of luck.

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    Hmmm....so the new digs will be a place that's "open", warm, not too expensive with opportunity to meet ladies that are friendly, along with good internet.

    So you're moving back to Thailand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    It's Cold Turkey for Simon.
    Whoosh very apt

    The issue may not here he wants but where he can actually get to in the pandemic

    C Rica, Pemba Island

    Dear Simon we all wish you well and your unique Candy Crush and Ham salads do suggest you research weather first.
    You dont need a 3 year course on Bill Berrys excellent Ocean Master yachtsman certs to own a yacht.
    Mine was actaully forbidden to leave the Marina b(due to some previous owners debts, which resulted in a very cheap boat with minimal harbour dues in that era. It wasn't much than my 3 start hotel digs yet surprising how many ladies who would have have declined a quick visit to a hotel room were willing to examioe a skipper's rigging. You wlll need at least one working bilge pump unless you are really keen on bailouts! Tho all that practice pumping up Candy you may have teh muscle tone for DIY handjob. I'd stick to under 7.5m now about all I could manage alone with low tech. It's not the Ocean transits that cost it's scratching te super yachts entering locks etc. Trad wood boats in Udang Pajang Sulawes for a song.

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    I'd be doing the digital nomad visa on Malta.

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    Canaries, Azores or Ascension?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I'd be doing the digital nomad visa on Malta.
    Same winter weather as Turkey where he is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Same winter weather as Turkey where he is.
    I guessed that being an island, the water would keep the temps up, but I'm sure you've checked. Nice thread on Koh Kut, AO.

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    ^^^^^ true, so it's not Malta

    It would be nice to add a list of potential countries as a poll in this thread, but I have zero idea how to do a poll on TD...

    Do I need to start a new thread to post a poll?

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    I'm going for Portugal. Somewhere in the south.

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    Canary Islands may be worth a look. La Palma is apparently digging out from the ash from the recent volcanic eruption, but the other islands seem to be alright.

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    Azores
    Canary Islands/Madeira
    Camel-shagging countries - mainland Africa
    Iffy places - Iran/Afghanistan etc
    Darkie place - Kenya
    Darkie Frogs - Reunion Island
    Mauritius Island
    Wobbly heads - Sri Lanka
    Bangladesh
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    Cambodia
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    Cyclone Corner - Philippines


    Not a poll, because I don't know how to configure this. Here is a list of countries, and one of these is where I will fly to next Friday.


    I have discounted EU, because even the most southerly location is still too chilly for me in Winter. Forget the Americas and Australia/Oceania - all too far.


    In a good new year spirit, I have added my own totally non-woke, racist comment for some countries, but I ran out of ideas for all of them.... please feel free to add your own. A comment by me against a country does not exclude it from my choice of a potential destination.


    One of these countries is my new destination, but which one?


    To give you a clue, I made my choice based on general climate, ease of long-term visa, minimal financial requirements for visa, fast internet, choice of tasty food, lowish cost of living, access to beaches, minimal chance of natural disasters, and availability of low-class hookers, (not in any particular order).

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    Portugal and Spain are no longer zero requirements for English , Welsh , Scots or those from N Irleend without Irish EU passports.\
    It is still possible, reading Simon's situaon his issue ay not be WPs of DLs ratehr gatting health insurance as he ages with pre exsting. The Great thing about 3rd world option to self insure.

    I've spent half my life being woken by a Muezzin so Morocco Tunisia not for me and like Portugal not much warmer than S Turkey.
    , others esp the deaf may differ.

    I hope Simon doesn't join so many members renting the rear on Beach Rd Pattaya on Indian happy hour.
    He could becoma a Tico a Panama Twat or assuming he can organze the funds a Lusaka lotus eater, Gaberone has a nice climate Luanda too , but was recentlly teh most expensve expat city in the world if you don't live in a shack with Nambians migrants.

    I'm guessing Malta or Marrakech where shirtlifting de rigeur and hams tolerated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    One of these countries is my new destination, but which one?
    The Azores or Canaries

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