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  1. You say you are ok if he is involved, enough for one more day would have sent a different message to your refusal
  2. Not helpful on this occasion, deliberately not supportive when you could easily do so
  3. I understand the situation, but you are coming across as being awkward, for no real reason, especially if you accept the guy has a role to play Onemorefarang is correct, babies do get used to a formula, there is so much choice out there, chances are that you are using an expensive one. Also a lot of choice regarding disposable nappies, creams etc, you obviously use certain brands. Personally I know it would be a nightmare for someone to go out and make random selections. Yes he could perhaps take the originals as examples, but again why have to buy quantity for one more night? Give the guy the stuff willingly, accept his participation with grace, and demonstrate, life is about making sure the childs welfare is paramount, not about who pays a few baht.
  4. In some cases perhaps not quite alone, but hey that sort of thinking, 'you're all alone out there' increases the sense adventure and excitement don't you think?
  5. So why is your perception that those who accept life is a little different, more relaxed about certain rules and regulations, even less complicated perhaps in Thailand, that they are looking through 'rose tinted glasses'? I would say some people are capable of appreciating the benefits of Thailand, and if they are smart they operate within the system that works for the Thai people. Otherwise probably living a life of missed opportunity and expectations leading to a negative view of their adopted country. I see Thailand moving forward in its own inimitable way, sadly the failure is most likely to be the following of western consumer culture. There is a great deal to be said for family values, community spirit, and the subsistence package that sets Thailand apart from much of the world these days.
  6. I think the rose tinted glasses are more frequently worn by those looking to western history and lifestyle as a sound example The authoritarian approach is imposed with a little more subtlety in western nations - take brexit the power of the people, have your say........really?
  7. Labour can't pass a deal, they have been constantly stalling the process, the only mitigation would be a second referendum where the vote to leave was overturned. Otherwise if Brexit happens, deal or no deal, Labour will be slated as contradicting the will of the people! Joe public, clearly looking for an end to the uncertainty, where in reality Labour are more concerned with fighting for political survival!! Desperate times for a party whose only input has been disruption.
  8. I am staggered by how many of the guys on Tvisa feel unwanted!! By whom, a government that requires and applies some regulatory control on immigration? The Thai finance system that is running a high baht thus making things more expensive for all tourists? Not really eh? My wife is constantly asked by family and friends when I will join my family to live in Thailand - I am disappointed that I must stick to my plan but I need to make it work, which means work a little longer
  9. I don't really care if everybody around me is on 'easy street', as I will be there too, unfortunately we will still have the inconvenience of harvesting the rice crop, and other menial tasks, to help us along, but it will be fun I know people who have worked at companies for 30 or 40 years, feel they have made friends and been useful. Once they step out of the door nobody is interested or contacts them. 30 or 40 years of pure illusion - then what? a burst of reality in Thailand because everybody does not need to be over polite or be their 'friend'
  10. As usual over emphasis on foreigners, well I suppose that is core reason this forum exists Used to be the Thai way was laid back, no clock watching, cash only for Thai, credit was few baht at the local shop, borrowing from the village fund, or the city dwellers monthly salary Thai people have moved into the work, borrow, repay, financial slavery the western working culture brings with it, only longer hours!!! Levels of expectation have risen, as in the western world a motorsi is no longer seen as the correct status vehicle, first a family ute now teenagers moving upward to the small car. young families taking on a mortgage. This steady progression from the family farm subsistence system means the majority of employment age Thai people require stable income supplied by regular employment, leaving a much reduced availability and time frame to 'entertain' foreigners other than those actively working in the tourist zones. I fully intend to shortly retire to be with my family in Thailand full time, you see the thing is I don't really have the time or inclination to bother about how Thai strangers view me, only my Thai family and friends I interact with on a daily basis. I am therefore not surprised when the Thai people who do not know, or know of me, react indifferently, it is to be expected. Perhaps better to lower our level of expectation, move with the times, or get left behind........or of course as you have done swissie, just move and become a welcomed tourist
  11. Nobody anywhere takes outright criticism well, myself included!!! why expect people to accept it with good grace? I learn from my Thai family and they happily teach. My Thai family learn from me on occasion, not that I can do things better, just different, sometimes they like to watch and learn to do different too even though sometimes I must accept there is a little mocking of my ways. I have learnt to avoid direct criticism because often it is a case of each to their own. I would be very surprised if Thai visa is not given at least a cursory glance by the appropriate officials relating to certain topics, and thus perhaps inadvertently discovering the demeanor of the posters. If for no other reason than it is so easy to do! I think the input from Yinn leaves a clear picture of the impression that can be inflicted
  12. in general, Hard working, family focused, generous and sharing, community spirit, sense of humour, tolerance.......to name a few I could go on, but if one is struggling to see the good, then either moving in the wrong circles, or the observance filters are malfunctioning
  13. In my view most Thai people cut a lot of slack, if a person doesn't care to earn or show a little respect, then maybe not quite so much, and rightly so
  14. I don't mind being the topic of conversation, and it can be fun after a while to drop a couple of words in Thai or Khmer, see the looks on their faces. and give them a nice knowing smile even though I will not follow the conversation at all.
  15. 'Weren't aware' or weren't prepared, subtle difference.
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