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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.

 

 

 

@Mister Fixit there you go buddy... 2nd line of the OP 

 

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2 hours ago, Mister Fixit said:

I doubt they'd be living the high life, not with two very young children with them.

It seems that they may not have been living the "high life" but they were certainly partying on Khao San Road before heading to the islands to get "chilled under the palm trees".

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3 minutes ago, Bert got kinky 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.

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.

 

 

 

I'm not saying they had a pool in the UK. But in Thailand it's very common. I don't know what I'd do without a pool, it's good for exercise, keeps the kids entertained. It may not be common in Bangkok, but in Chiang Mai and the islands many people have a pool. I know someone in Phuket who has a pool.

 

That's a bag of 8 frozen croissant, they're delicious and works out at 36 Baht per delicious croissant. Are you seriously too cheap to pay 36 Baht for a croissant?

 

A croissant is not Beluga caviar or Truffles or Foie Gras or Champagne. I buy German liver pate from a local German butcher, I'm not a caviar or truffles guy. But to have a normal lifestyle you easily spend 30,000 Baht on food.

 

Precisely because the £ 30,000 per annum is an average you forget that a lot of people will earn somewhat above 2500 which is not that far away from 3000. Tens of thousands of people in the UK live on more than 3000 per month.

 

Who's talking about other expats? I'm talking about this family from the UK, who have two kids.

 

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, cornishcarlos said:

 

@Mister Fixit there you go buddy... 2nd line of the OP 

 

Thank you.  I missed that in amongst all the other numbers!  😀

 

However, this brings me back the point I have now made twice upthread.  There was absolutely no need for them to have had an embassy letter, because this extension would be their first extension and so there was no need for a letter.

An embassy letter is only needed to make a third, emergency, extension when you can't get a flight back to your home country.

So again I say, I strongly suspect that an unscrupulous tour or visa agent has misinformed them and royally ripped them off. 

I have to say that I was initially somewhat sympathetic to their plight, but their lack of planning and basic knowledge of the country and its laws has become glaringly obvious as I read more.

 

 

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Just now, Eindhoven said:

 

Why are you posting this nonsense? Have you ever visited Koh Pha Nghan? Pray tell us where you can buy Waitrose frozen croissant there?

 

I didn't say they buy it, I was merely illustrating that buying Expat food can add up quickly. And they have Big C and Tesco Lotus there which have expat food.

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24 minutes ago, soi3eddie said:

It seems that they may not have been living the "high life" but they were certainly partying on Khao San Road before heading to the islands to get "chilled under the palm trees".

Where does it say that?  I can't see it in the original article.  

Are there other articles you've read which confirm what you say?  If so, do you have a link? @soi3eddie

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So you think they travelled to Koh Pha Nghan to eat expat food? <snip>

 

 

If you think expats don't buy expat food when they come to Thailand you're in a minority of one.

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8 minutes ago, Logosone said:

I'm not saying they had a pool in the UK. But in Thailand it's very common. I don't know what I'd do without a pool, it's good for exercise, keeps the kids entertained. It may not be common in Bangkok, but in Chiang Mai and the islands many people have a pool. I know someone in Phuket who has a pool.

 

That's a bag of 8 frozen croissant, they're delicious and works out at 36 Baht per delicious croissant. Are you seriously too cheap to pay 36 Baht for a croissant?

 

A croissant is not Beluga caviar or Truffles or Foie Gras or Champagne. I buy German liver pate from a local German butcher, I'm not a caviar or truffles guy. But to have a normal lifestyle you easily spend 30,000 Baht on food.

 

Precisely because the £ 30,000 per annum is an average you forget that a lot of people will earn somewhat above 2500 which is not that far away from 3000. Tens of thousands of people in the UK live on more than 3000 per month.

 

Who's talking about other expats? I'm talking about this family from the UK, who have two kids.

 

 

 

 

 

OK, I give up.

You can't understand most basic facts and I can't explain them to someone who puts their fingers in there ears while loudly shouting "la, la, la, la".

Are you really sure that you are living in Chiang Mai and not Cloud Cuckoo land?

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3 hours ago, TopDeadSenter said:

 Again please tone down the aggression, this is not a thread about Australian arson attacks, and re-read and carefully consider the available facts at hand here. 

No it's not. However, it is a good indicator of your propensity to publish statements that are untrue or misleading. Noted you don't mention the millions of baht you alleged they have socked away anymore.

Did I spoil your critical rant? If you want to be a judge in Israel, you'll have to try harder.

Your nom-de-plume does puzzle me, because bottom of the barrel IMO would be a more appropriate soubriquet.

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6 minutes ago, Bert got kinky said:

 

OK, I give up.

You can't understand most basic facts and I can't explain them to someone who puts their fingers in there ears while loudly shouting "la, la, la, la".

Are you really sure that you are living in Chiang Mai and not Cloud Cuckoo land?

You're not explaining anything. It's widely known that a lot of people live cheaply in Thailand. This does not apply to families in all cases, with two children. 

 

You're the one who's closing your ears and mind to the fact that not everyone lives cheaply in Thailand. It could easily be this family is spending as much as they say they are.

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5 hours ago, Logosone said:

They sold their home in Essex and their car. So that's 250,000 GBP plus 10000 GP, minimum given the UK's absurd house prices. Okay subtract their existing mortgage, so that's maybe 25,000 GBP left. Less travel costs, leaves 20,000 GBP

Interesting that you know so much about their personal financial situation.  What sort of house did they sell and what car were they driving at the time?  And you know what their mortgage was?  Maybe they need you to be their financial advisor.

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let he who is without sin cast the first stone because let's face it many of you who are stone casting are 30 day stayers, it's going to get interesting....

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