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1 minute ago, nauseus said:

Two Aussie rib-eyes for 360 sounds like a deal. Where's that? 

In Chiang Mai Big C, ask the French butcher, top bloke

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Other than him appearing to be working or trying to work without the correct visa and WP I do not see their problem. They just sold their car and house in Devon so will be sitting with millions of bah

Completely irresponsible parents. Moving to a foreign country with their two young children during a PANDEMIC and seemingly working illegally. Then advertising in the world media they are working ILLE

I see a gofundme coming...

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Lauren Edwards immigrated to Koh Phangan with husband Greg Wiseman, 45, and their two boys Ifor, three, and Gryff, one, on March 2nd.

immigrated?  legally with correct visa?  or just planning on a series of 30-day visa waivers and extensions?  from the linked article:

 

The pair have been able to extend their visas, they claim thanks to a letter from the British Embassy that asks for british citizens to be allowed to stay an extra 30 days.

However this came with a £500 price tag - meaning the pair are now eating into the money they had saved to set up their life on the island.

 

did they rely on TAT tourism numbers or didn't they realize tourism was already dead...and buried....when they arrived?

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1 hour ago, cornishcarlos said:

 

They only arrived beginning of March, so maybe read again !! 😜

If that's the case, how come they are doing an extension after only two week??  Have you read it again and properly?  
(I confess I haven't but will now)

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Just now, Mister Fixit said:

If that's the case, how come they are doing an extension after only two week??  Have you read it again and properly?  
(I confess I haven't but will now)

 

Arrived on the 2nd, so that makes a bit more than 2 weeks in my reckoning... In fact 30 days !!!

 

You really should read articles before berating others 🙂

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5 minutes ago, Isaanbiker said:

No-fault of their own? Not having insurance with two kids, is asking for massive troubles.

 

  “We don’t want to come back to the UK because we have nothing there now. We gave up everything"

 

I do not think that they had much back in the UK, and why they moved to a drug party island with only a few tourists makes not much sense.

 

 Where have you read that he had a job before they arrived? There remain countless dive instructors who are jobless now.

 

 Now the father cannot work because there are no customers who want a dive instructor.

 

 The kids need to go to school, how do you think will they manage that on Ko Phangan? Selling drugs, or what?

 

  Only certain types of tourists got to this island, because of one reason.  

 

  

They'll always have health insurance in the UK, because it's free. Not like in Germany. Of course you get what you pay for, but still, they didn't cancel their health insurance, they can always go back and call on the NHS.

 

Plus, I'd imagine they'd have taken one of those very reasonable extended traveller health insurance polices for families. It doesn't say they have no insurance.

 

It says in the English article they arranged the diver's job before they came out.

 

Pretty much 80% of the children of the world are home-schooling now.

 

But yes, that island was maybe not the best place, but they'd seen it before and apparently the infrastructure is okay. Must have picked it because the father has the diver qualifications and can only do that kind of job.

 

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1 hour ago, jimmjam said:

In a news article i read about them yesterday. It said they extended there visa's which cost £500 gbp!!, some lies being told by these guys or the news.

I looks as though they could have been doing a first extension which is 1900 baht each.  No need for an embassy letter for that either.

Seems to me the newspaper has messed up the reporting here or the couple have no idea.  I can't tell from the article just when they arrived in Thailand.  There's just a vague mention of 'two (or was it three?) weeks after they arrived the island closed down/.  But when did KPG close down?

It also seems to me they may have got some visa agent to do the extensions for them and were ripped off badly.

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50 minutes ago, Logosone said:

It's 40 degrees in Thailand, why would you not get a house with a pool? Plus if you have two kids it's practically an essential.

Yeah, let's rent a house with a pool and spend money we don't have and let's not bother with that beachside hut right on the shoreline where the kids can play in the sea for free all day.  Jesus wept, SERIOUSLY ...?

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3 minutes ago, Mister Fixit said:

I looks as though they could have been doing a first extension which is 1900 baht each.  No need for an embassy letter for that either.

Seems to me the newspaper has messed up the reporting here or the couple have no idea.  I can't tell from the article just when they arrived in Thailand.  There's just a vague mention of 'two (or was it three?) weeks after they arrived the island closed down/.  But when did KPG close down?

It also seems to me they may have got some visa agent to do the extensions for them and were ripped off badly.

for a family of four, works out to about 5000 baht each.

 

according to the article, they "immigrated" march 2nd.

 

with their boys, Ifor (3) and Gryff (1).

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15 minutes ago, Logosone said:

It's 40 degrees in Thailand, why would you not get a house with a pool? Plus if you have two kids it's practically an essential.

 

I'm not getting my food flown in on a private jet, but a small pack of Boursin is 250 Baht, a pack of Prosciutto 300 Baht, two Australian Ribeyes 360 Baht, Waitrose croissants 290 Baht, it all adds up. With a family of four you can easily spend 30,000 Baht.

 

I don't think spending 3000 pounds a month is a lifestyle above what this UK family of four is used to.

 

"The median annual earnings for full-time employees in the United Kingdom was approximately 30.35 thousand British pounds in 2019. "

 

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1002964/average-full-time-annual-earnings-in-the-uk/

 

it's 40 degrees in Thailand, why would you not get a house with a pool? Plus if you have two kids it's practically an essential.

No it is not, stop talking absolute tripe.

Bangkok has many Western expats living here with their families, how many houses in Bangkok have a pool?

How could they all possibly survive without a pool.

You are living in cloud cuckoo land.

 

I'm not getting my food flown in on a private jet, but a small pack of Boursin is 250 Baht, a pack of Prosciutto 300 Baht, two Australian Ribeyes 360 Baht, Waitrose croissants 290 Baht, it all adds up. With a family of four you can easily spend 30,000 Baht.

Really, who is stupid enough to pay 290 Baht for croissants?

You forgot to add Beluga Caviar White Truffles, Foi Gras and Dom Pérignon champagne.

For Christ sake, I am talking of living comfortably not like a king.

I tell you what, if ever you need a battleship I have one for sale.

 

The median annual earnings for full-time employees in the United Kingdom was approximately 30.35 thousand British pounds in 2019.

I don't think spending 3000 pounds a month is a lifestyle above what this UK family of four is used to.

How is it possible to spend £3,000 on an average salary of £2,500 per month not forgetting that due to the fact that averages are calculated to also include the massive amounts that the super rich earn most families will be below the average?

 

I don't think

And that really does seem to be your problem, you don't think.

 

Your suggested lifestyle is not a reality for most ex-pats here and if you had ever been to the UK you would know that very few people would live your suggested lifestyle in the UK.

I would be as bold as to suggest that most Brits on this forum do not even know someone with their own pool in the UK.

 

 

 

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15 minutes ago, cornishcarlos said:

 

Arrived on the 2nd, so that makes a bit more than 2 weeks in my reckoning... In fact 30 days !!!

 

You really should read articles before berating others 🙂

I have read the article now and I saw nothing about arriving on the second (of March, I take it?)

If that is so, they didn't need an embassy letter to extend at all.  They could have just done their normal first extension with no drama.  I am thinking they didn't really have much idea of visas, extensions or anything much tbh.  I get the strong feeling they went to some tour place or visa agent who royally screwed them over due to their ignorance.

If however, they arrived on the 2nd of February (again I can't see any dates mentioned), then they would need an embassy letter but until the arrival date is clarified we can't be certain of anything.

Either way, if they were charged 20 grand for any form of extension they were screwed over big time.

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