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  1. Good post, and all so very true. How many have we all seen, go 'All In' when they get to Suvarnabhumi? Sell up everything at home then 'invest' everything in their new adopted home? We all know, or at least should know, things can go South in a heartbeat. That might be OK if you are back in your home country and some family assistance. But you are in Thailand, a foreign culture, often with no language ability, recipe for disaster. So time is everything. Since most guys arriving tend to be older, think of it this way. When you are 30, you can survive a stock market crash, because you have the time to recover. There is a reason you move from stocks into cash when you get to 60. Those years ahead of you you don't give the time to recover. Thailand can be much like investing in stocks!
  2. GinBoy2

    Time To Call It Quits.

    Before I google this...Bognor Regis, I have no idea where that is, I just love the name
  3. Terrible, if not unfamiliar to anyone who has lived in Thailand, I think we've all known guys in a similar situation. So I'm sure in the past 20 pages others have told you the same, but, you need to leave and leave fast. For the money that you've spent in Thailand, thats gone but if you came to Thailand with your eyes open you already know that's like going to the casino. More importantly in my mind at least, is getting to a place where you can regain your mental health. Sat at home, alone in a country where there is little support for mental health issues is a recipe for disaster. If you have family back home now is the time you need them. Get on the plane and try to stay with family for a while until mental health improved, then try to rebuild and get the future figured out
  4. GinBoy2

    Time To Call It Quits.

    Actually of all the places in Malaysia I like Penang the best. It's still livable unlike KL, and retains some of that old world colonial charm, lost in many places in SEA There's in fact quite a lot of expats there, just not of the retired variety. I used to work a lot there. Cast your eyes just across the causeway on the Island, thats is the hub of the Malaysian semiconductor industry
  5. GinBoy2

    Time To Call It Quits.

    Now, 'if' I had written that post substituting the US with Thailand, probably I would have been trolled with the usual 'Thai Hater' posts. Get real guys!
  6. GinBoy2

    Time To Call It Quits.

    You can go around and around in these threads, but the problem is everyone's reason for staying or leaving are totally unique. There are two basic threads; 'Thailand Fatigue' & "Woman screwed me'. Of course there are a million reason inbetween. I consider myself in the inbetweeners. I met my wife (Thai) when we were both working in Singapore. She was never 100% on board with the decision to move to Thailand when I retired. In fact she predicted I would be tired of it within 10 years...she got it wrong by 11 months. Our son who was born in Singapore and educated there. When we moved and he went to High School in Thailand, he never took to the place, and soon as he could went to college in the US. So we had the perfect storm. My increasing frustration with the place, coupled with my wife who never wanted to go back in the first place, and a Mom who now really just wanted to be closer to our son in Colorado. Departing, or indeed arriving in Thailand is a total mixed bag of personal experiences, wants and desires We're all different, all find out we want different thing at different times of our lives
  7. GinBoy2

    Time To Call It Quits.

    Thats hard to tell, and an interesting question I anecdotally would suggest, those who depart for various other SE Asian destinatinations may well return. Those who depart back home, or at least some other 1st world location, that's a lot different. And probably those that do have the resources to reestablish a life back in the 1st world, so their return, thats a more nebulous answer
  8. GinBoy2

    Time To Call It Quits.

    I never understand why these threads always descend into the dirt. We all change, we all decide to move on, thats life. I've lived all over the world, loved most of the places, until I didn't for whatever reason...mainly irrational, but life goes on. Thailand is one of those 'bright shiny thing's' where for many the shine just wears off after x number of years So guys, chill out. We all move on, and in many cases come back to say, Thailand is a great fun vacation place even if it's not the place you wanna live anymore.
  9. Oh don't even get me going on how hot she is in Elementary My wife is convinced, probably correctly that I have a teenage boy crush on her
  10. I'd be amazed if anyone who has dabbled in Thai real estate is in the least bit shocked by this. Bangkok is a 'somewhat' normal, if totally overbuilt, market. The resort locations overbuilt and overpriced. I had BKK condos and I never conned myself they were for equity appreciation, that just doesn't happen, they were solely for rental income. I did OK, I got back what I paid when I sold up, but in truth I was lucky that the location next to BTS meant they held value...just! The same is not true for most, it becomes a bit of a fire sale Outside of the BKK condo market, even more bizarre. On the road from Chum Phare to Khon Kaen I watched them build and build single family homes right on the edge of Khon Kaen. I watched this with interest. Houses remained empty for at least 7 years, often with a 'For Rent' sign pathetically hanging there. One of the more uncomfortable truths is that there really isn't a secondary market for older homes. Most Thai's outside of the real urban areas prefer to use a piece of family paddy and build new
  11. Even as appalling as ST Enterprise was, the very notion that I might get to see Sub Commander T'Pol in her underwear was enough to keep me hooked
  12. These kinda threads are always fascinating to me. I'm American, especially in the Trump era we get portrayed as some anti immigrant xenophobic country. Yet in reality compared to most European countries we're pretty liberal when it comes to bringing spouses to the US. Don't quote me on the absolute numbers, but when you file your support affidavit I think it's only an income of $24,000 or assets which could be liquidated up to $100k to qualify to bring your wife to the US, which only needs to be in place for 24 months. Maybe we're not the anti immigrant xenophobes you'd all like to believe!
  13. What always fascinates me about these threads, what it actually going on in people heads. I'm an American, I can read a million posts railing against Trump, the US, many of which i agree with, but that's not US hating?? It's curious what inner doubt drives the apologists, deniers, anti Thai haters? I can, and do criticize my home country and others, yet it's only when you voice any criticism of Thailand, it's structure, administration, morality that the vitriol starts. Secret doubt often fuels the loudest reaction!