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Yada yada yada!...Mind your own business and everything will be all right!

Love it or leave it, nobody is making you stay.....

 

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For the poster don't tell me when to complain and not too. Don't tell me I don't have the right to complain after having a taxi driver run a red light then nearly hit and kill me while crossing the street and within 40 seconds motorbike taking off from the light in a drag race nearly hitting and killing me too. And then after one has a wreck laws on the ground and blames me for having a wreck after they were all illegal street racing. Don't you dare tell me I don't have a right to complain after paying the 2000 baht fine for not reporting a forieneger lining in your place to immigration or refused visa extension. Don't you dare tell me I don't have the rigtt to complain after being in public transportation and afterwards having back pain do to their driving or praying and thanking God or whatever that I'm still alive and not dead. Don't you dare tell me I don't have a right to complain about being on a fixed income and losing 3000 baht a month or more do to exchange rates and then after all if that having to spend even more money to make immigration happy. On those points Thailand for many is becoming unliveabke because of the changes. And their are rightful and justifiable reason to complain. But all the time no. Make your complaint then leave it. Don't keep bringing it up then your complaint has no real value or meaning anymore to anyone. My first time here was in 2554 and everything I loved about Thailand has been destroyed and replaced with things I don't like with 1 exception on rd trips stopping at a 7-eleven to get a snickers and a drinkable yogurt Dutch mill brand. I'll be honest 80% of why I'll be leaving is all the changes in immigration. I'm not OK with the always watching my back type thing always getting online or going to an office to make a tm30 and so on. Then what's next after that to add to the difficulties. For some like myself immigration is becoming more of an inconvenience and hassle and not making Thailand a good place to stay as it takes away most of one's ability to relax and enjoy life. My current place the owner said reported my living here to immigration but when I went there to do my extension they said they never came and reported it as it is not in their system and no proof of doing so. And if I didn't pay her 200p baht fine for her I would have to leave Thailand that day. Tell me just 1 justifiable reason to not complain about that. Thai breaking the law and forieneger paying their crimes for them. 

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Come to the country(side) where there are no bars, let alone stools to sit on. When we farangs meet up, either accidently or with purpose, we never criticise our host country. We may bemoan our reduced income, but are more likely to blame the country from whence we hail for not doing something to strengthen its own currency.

 

What's a taxi? What crime? Ok, the local men, almost without exception, like their lao kao and are apt to hop on their motorcycles when they've had too many. Thankfully, because of the paucity of traffic, when they fall off (as they often do) the damage is rarely more than skin deep. 

 

As I've said before on here, I get all the news I need each week from Rooster's Rants - actually I get far more than I actually need, but I do feel as if I ought to know what's happening in Bangkok and QUOTES even if they could be places on the other side of the world as far as relevance to the activities there go. 

 

Thanks once again, Rooster. When are you coming back to Buudah's country to visit the in-laws? I do love to hear Loei get a mention from somewhere now and again

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For the poster don't tell me when to complain and not too. Don't tell me I don't have the right to complain after having a taxi driver run a red light then nearly hit and kill me while crossing the street and within 40 seconds motorbike taking off from the light in a drag race nearly hitting and killing me too. And then after one has a wreck laws on the ground and blames me for having a wreck after they were all illegal street racing. Don't you dare tell me I don't have a right to complain after paying the 2000 baht fine for not reporting a forieneger lining in your place to immigration or refused visa extension. Don't you dare tell me I don't have the rigtt to complain after being in public transportation and afterwards having back pain do to their driving or praying and thanking God or whatever that I'm still alive and not dead. Don't you dare tell me I don't have a right to complain about being on a fixed income and losing 3000 baht a month or more do to exchange rates and then after all if that having to spend even more money to make immigration happy. On those points Thailand for many is becoming unliveabke because of the changes. And their are rightful and justifiable reason to complain. But all the time no. Make your complaint then leave it. Don't keep bringing it up then your complaint has no real value or meaning anymore to anyone. My first time here was in 2554 and everything I loved about Thailand has been destroyed and replaced with things I don't like with 1 exception on rd trips stopping at a 7-eleven to get a snickers and a drinkable yogurt Dutch mill brand. I'll be honest 80% of why I'll be leaving is all the changes in immigration. I'm not OK with the always watching my back type thing always getting online or going to an office to make a tm30 and so on. Then what's next after that to add to the difficulties. For some like myself immigration is becoming more of an inconvenience and hassle and not making Thailand a good place to stay as it takes away most of one's ability to relax and enjoy life. My current place the owner said reported my living here to immigration but when I went there to do my extension they said they never came and reported it as it is not in their system and no proof of doing so. And if I didn't pay her 200p baht fine for her I would have to leave Thailand that day. Tell me just 1 justifiable reason to not complain about that. Thai breaking the law and forieneger paying their crimes for them. 
Pack your kit, you're posted.

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Thanks Rooster, a lot of sense in that post.  We should all take a moment when we find ourselves whinging without good cause.

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Posted (edited)
On 8/10/2019 at 10:17 AM, Samui Bodoh said:

 

"...the trick is to see the good stuff while ignoring the bad."

 

 

Bodoh and Rooster, I find a lot of reasonable common sense in what both of you are saying.

 

Since the real world is not a good/bad dichotomy, I would suggest this version:  "The trick is to see the

reasonable stuff while ignoring the ludicrous." TVF has a lot of both, hopefully a lot more of the former.

 

BradinAsia (now enjoying much cooler weather in Tagaytay, Philippines)

 

PS: Been visiting Thailand off and on since May 1962. Taught 2 years in university in Bangkok and later

5 years retired in Chiangmai. We much enjoyed Thailand and its ancient cultural heritage. We especially

miss the food. Now we're enjoying a much simpler, more peaceful life as a permanent resident here in

the Philippines -- total annual immigration fees: 310 PHP (about 185 THB). 

 

 

 

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I think that the small changes in Thai immigration rules everyone is complaining about are exacerbated  greatly by the poor exchange rates. Hopefully things will get better during and after the next recession hits -hopefully.

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First time I have ever posted here but well done Rooster! I am a guest in this country, and a very happy one too albeit I am only in my third year. I rarely read the comments posted because it normally is so negative and depressing frankly. If you don't like it, leave. Quite simple! I enjoy the simplicity of Thai life. I have no say in the structure of this country and that's the way it is. 

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Thanks. I feel relieved that somebody has reacted in such a fashion. The comments on here were doing my head in and I was contemplating leaving. 

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I agree with the most but some.. eg: the westerners keep the economy afloat... what a hilarious statement to make ... u r not a novice to talk like that being here for such a long period.. there are several studies and surveys that statistically state that Asians mostly Koreans, Chinese and Indians spend almost 4 times the money spent by the cheap Charlies from the occident world ..it’s as simple as this.... ask your taxi driver, the attendants at the malls: jewelry, fashion and clothing, massage parlors and the bar and the bar girls and any one who ever is/are working with the public day in and day out you get the answer to who keep the economy afloat... 

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52 minutes ago, brian2f2f said:

Complaining about being on a fixed income and losing 3000 baht a month or more do to exchange rates.

 

Don't forget other such unforgivable things that the Thai authorities allow to happen, like --

    - Too much rain.

    - The weather is much too hot.

    - Too many earthquakes without advance warning.

    - Too many people who don't learn to speak English.

    - Too many Thais who are repulsed by uncouth, unwashed farangs with hairy armpits in bars and restaurants.

 

Isn't it reasonable to expect that Thais should appreciate that all us farangs decided to visit/live in their country,

and for God's sake, shouldn't the Thais make every effort to make their country more like the UK, the US or Oz?

 

 

 

 

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Something of a scatter shot from me but I'm really grateful to Rooster for calling out the knee-jerk immigrant whiners. Ok, TM 30, 90 day reports et al are a bit inconvenient but just let them try being immigrants in the UK where the Home Office will lose your papers and happily execute Theresa May's 'Hostile environment'. Roads - up here in the North the roads to Chiang Rai, Lampang and Mae Sot are real feats of civil engineering and take you comfortably through some of Asia's most beautiful landscapes. As for security coming from a country where razor wire and three-metre high walls were the norm, I feel unbelievably safe here. (The sole razor wire I have seen her in C-M is round the airport). Which country doesn't always foresee looming problems? But once again in CM we have a spanking new hospital just for geriatric cases. Finally our little expat group up here had a poll about leaving or staying and I was impressed by two remarks from a British visa agent saying that i) half of his customers enquiring about moving to Viet Nam, Phillipines or Malaysia - once they did their sums and looked at issues such as health - decided to stay. ii) secondly like it or not Thailand really is the land of Smiles!

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