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30 minutes ago, Mike Teavee said:

Curious, what you would do if they doubled the money you need to keep in the Bank (I'm alright Jack, I can bring mine in from Singapore, crappy USD/GBP rates don't bother me), what if it tripled, quadrupled? at what point would you find yourself packing a bag & heading back home. 

At no point, as there are plenty of other countries in Asia I can live in if I can pay 300USD for the 1 year VISA.

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Interesting thread

 

I suppose that quite a few sold up in their home country or lost their property though divorce.

I kept my  UK place when I moved out to Thailand. Been rented out for many years.

Not all that great a net return after agent full management fees, maintenance etc.

 

Although I am planing to reduce my time in Thailand,doubt I would want to live back in the UK  mostly down to what I consider a fairly grim climate ( in the winter anyway).

 

General grocery prices do seem cheaper.

 

I looked at that numbeo price comparison site for the European country I am currently in ( Italy ) compared to Thailand.

That site is riddled with errors.

They have restaurant prices at double reality.

Grocery prices, almost all wrong.

Beverage prices also wrong.

 I am struggling to understand how it can be so wrong.

 

 

Just 1 example they list apples at 1.73 Euro per kilo.

There are some in my fridge, price was 88 cents,from a small local store, if from a supermarket would have been even cheaper, half of numbeo price.

Many other errors.

Property prices are realistic though.

 

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8 hours ago, Mike Teavee said:

Me, I'd be off to Philippines (Cebu/Davao) in a heartbeat, I still only have 1/3rd of a toe in Thailand so may well just do that anyway (& it won't be because of the finances, it will be because of the other immigration <deleted> that making me feel less & less welcome in Thailand)...

Its always ALWAYS about the money. I don't buy in to the "I'm wealthy but gonna go to Cambo to live cause of immigration "  That's just anonymous keyboard nonsense

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On 9/11/2019 at 10:53 AM, madmen said:

If he was drawing down an income to use in Thailand whilst LIVING in Thailand from a UK Bank

 

What don't you get? His income is getting smashed!!

If !

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2 minutes ago, madmen said:

Its always ALWAYS about the money. I don't buy in to the "I'm wealthy but gonna go to Cambo to live cause of immigration "  That's just anonymous keyboard nonsense

And reading that people wanna go to the Philippines seems to be a better joke.

 

A very poor country with a hell lot of crime, drugs and problems.  

 

And the food is absolutely not eatable in my eyes. No thank you. 

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13 hours ago, Isaanbiker said:

Let's help them a bit that they don't forget what they look like. 

 

In the next post will be the temples. Or not. 

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What the hells that ?

What are those lumps on her chest ?

I think that I read about them ages ago .

They might be those species that live in certain Asian Countries .

Are they females?

I learnt about them in biology at school , but this is the first time that i've seen a photo of one .

Is there anywhere in the world that i could see a real life one "

 

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3 hours ago, madmen said:

Its always ALWAYS about the money. I don't buy in to the "I'm wealthy but gonna go to Cambo to live cause of immigration "  That's just anonymous keyboard nonsense

Lol,, it's honestly not... & I didn't say Cambodia, I said Philippines (& in particular Cebu or Davao).

 

I genuinely do like the Philippines & used to have a house in Kapalong (about 2 hour drive north of Davao city) with my Filipina at that time (NB I didn't live there & couldn't but was nice to visit every month or so for 8 years) .

 

Have an open door at work to move to BGC (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonifacio_Global_City) which is beautiful place, but I don't like Manila, even the Ex didn't want to move there when I was 1st asked. 

 

As for the finance side of things, short of showing you my bank statements (which I'm obviously not going to do) I'll just say that I've worked in Finance (IT not Business) for > 30 years, the last 11 of which in Singapore, so that at least suggests that I would have earned a reasonable salary, these cards (photo to follow) suggest that I have a reasonable amount of disposable assets...

 

So again, it's NOT ALWAYS about the money... 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Isaanbiker said:

And reading that people wanna go to the Philippines seems to be a better joke.

 

A very poor country with a hell lot of crime, drugs and problems.  

 

And the food is absolutely not eatable in my eyes. No thank you. 

Apart from the Crime (I have no Idea) I could guess the same about Issan (never visited), very poor area, lots of drugs/problems & the food is <deleted> (I have eaten Isaan food, clearly you've never eaten Adobo or crispy lechon)...  How many times have you been to the Philippines or do you always believe everything you read online. 

 

As I said in my post above, I like the Visayas & Davao in particular, Davao City is one of the safest cities in Asia (D30 was in charge there for years & IIRC his daughter is in charge there now, you won't even find people smoking in restaurants or throwing litter on the streets).

 

Fortunately (through hard work) I have a choice of where I go to live & Visayas is up there with the rest of them (Don't get me started on beaches, Thailand hang your head in shame)... 

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4 hours ago, Isaanbiker said:

Let's help them a bit that they don't forget what they look like. 

 

In the next post will be the temples. Or not. 

Girl I.jpg

girl III.jpg

girl IV.jpg

girl V.jpg

 

I take it all back... 

 

I'm sticking with Thailand... 

 

WOW!!!

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23 hours ago, Mike Teavee said:

No offence but I do wonder whether you would make the same post if they suddenly doubled the amount of money you needed to keep in the bank & you weren't so "Alright Jack" (FWIW, So am I).

 

Have some sympathy for guys that are being driven back home (some with families that they cannot take with them) because of changes to the finance rules, it may well be you one day & in Thailand, unless you're a Citizen or PR, you're always a maximum of 1 year from that possibility.

 

Curious, what you would do if they doubled the money you need to keep in the Bank (I'm alright Jack, I can bring mine in from Singapore, crappy USD/GBP rates don't bother me), what if it tripled, quadrupled? at what point would you find yourself packing a bag & heading back home. 

 

And if that were to happen could you afford to take your family with you? Would they want to go (not a dig at you, I mean would they want to leave Thailand), this is the very real situation that guys are dealing with at the moment so have some sympathy if not empathy for them... There but for the grace of God go I... 

 

My (somewhat rambling) point is, guys who head back don't make the decision lightly, some head back because of Kids education, some head back for work opportunities & some are forced back, I doubt any of them worry about "Loss of Face" but of course they're going to look on the bright side (Queue monty python :)) 

 

And fwiw my lifestyle in the UK is a damn sight cheaper than it is in Asia (2/3rds SG, 1/3rd BKK) as my lifestyle in Singapore is a lot cheaper than my lifestyle in Bangkok [Hint, it's all to do with Salary (higher in SG) & Tax (lower in SG), that spread alone covers more than covers for any additional expenses & then some)

Para 1.  One of my main points was that the required money hasn't changed in my 10 years here.  Therefore people who say they are leaving for money reasons don't make sense.  I don't see the point in playing silly "what if" games, but I could meet almost any increases if I was inclined to stay in that atmosphere.

 

Para 2. I have sympathy for some long termers, particular family people, and have expressed such in other threads on the subject. They should have been given a reasonable path to PR. I don't have any such feelings for those who have been lying on affidavits for years and now complain that it is everyone else's fault they were caught out.

 

Para 3. Same silly question as #1.

 

Para 4. If I decided to leave for whatever reason, my lady would be part of the decision making process. I wouldn't be blaming others for my plans. What's your point?

 

Para 5. I would think people don't make life changing decisions lightly.

I know of several expat families who have (quietly) sold up and moved back to UK for their children's education.

The nature of the working expat means work commitments may often dictate change. Normal for expats.

However, I think those who have been "forced back" were because of reasons other than so called Immigration changes, and whatever it is, it's their fault. My "loss of face" comment was for those who blame anything but themselves for their life choices.

(It's cue Monty Python, queueing is what returning Brits have to get used to doing again)

 

Para 6.  When I measure COL I'm not talking about one boastful character's lifestyle in two of the most expensive cities in Asia.   COL indices are based on multiple peoples average living costs and buying power over a broad range of products.

 

and, My name's not Jack!

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On 9/11/2019 at 9:06 PM, daveAustin said:

 

Of women, though not to drag the thread down, there does seem to be a hint of rotund, feminist entitlement. Let's face it, Asian women are just nicer, for the most part.

 

 

I was back in the UK a while ago in a pub with some friends and showed them some pictures of my Thai female friends.

 

One of them said "Wow!...Do they all look like that?"

 

I said "No, of course not, but 90% of the Thai women I know are better looking and have better bodies than 90% of UK women of equivalent age!"

 

You should have seen the faces of the "Bags" on the next table who were "Ear-Wigging"!

 

:cheesy::cheesy::cheesy:

 

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On 9/11/2019 at 2:53 PM, sirineou said:

 

After reading this I am jumping on the next plane to the UK, and overstaying my visa.

Not very familiar with the place, where should I get my free house? cost of living is not a problem because of my big government check, so anywhere is good , but something near the beach would be nice,  Is the Free Pass good for public transportation also , or should I get a car?

Try Great Yarmouth, Scarborough, or Blackpool... you'll often meet government-sponsorted characters and diversitese celebrants promenading by the beach.

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2 minutes ago, CaptainNemo said:

Try Great Yarmouth, Scarborough, or Blackpool... you'll often meet government-sponsorted characters and diversitese celebrants promenading by the beach.

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Starting to grow my beard,

Daily parades, sports on the boardwalk, a vibrant nightlife.

looks lovely,  I would fit right in!!

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