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Offline thaiga

The comforts of Thailand
« on: October 18, 2018, 03:23:23 PM »
The comforts of Thailand

Getting away from all the depressions some go through in Thailand, would be nice to think we have made the right choice in making this our home. so lets look for some home comforts in this thread, the good things we have here, that are not the same as back home, might even make the depressed feel a little happier to think they made the right choice in coming here.

we moan about customer services, why, because what we are use to in our own country, but looking on some things they are even better here than back home, for instance. yesterday mrs.t. was cooking in the out house, when i hear moans and groans, the gas has run out, put another shilling in the meter i yelled, no answer, or not one i could understand. :cussing so she phones the mum n pop shop, 5 minutes later a three wheeled motorbike arrives in the drive with a gas bottle on board, the young boy disconnects the old gas bottle, reconnects the new one, paid and gone before you know it.

 that's just one of many differences to back home.
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Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2018, 10:45:44 AM »
Yes, lots of comforts in Thailand:-

Transport
In Thailand there are lots of ways of getting around cheaply and conveniently: songtel, motocy taxi, tuk-tuk, pedal rickshaw in downtown Korat, long distance buses (The fare Korat - Bangkok is less than the fare for traveling one stop on London Underground).  Even in our small Soi we are on a songtel route so can get into Korat for 8 baht.

Banking
ATMs and banks are everywhere. If you go to your local branch it is easy to talk to the Manager, if required. As I understand it, back in the UK bank staff are being replaced by computer terminals and branches are being closed.

Internet.
In our small Soi we have fiber direct into the home. Back in the UK, it seems BT are draining the last drop of profit out of their elderly copper network, whilst dragging their heels on fiber deployment.  A big plus of the Internet in Thailand is that the DM is blocked.

Restaurants
There are hardly any chain restaurants, but lots of individually owned places producing meals at good prices. It is possible to eat out most of the time.

So, nothing to be depressed about at all.
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Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2018, 12:16:20 PM »
the comforts of home that we take for granted.

comforts come in different shapes and sizes and to be loved and cared for is one, remember that good feeling way back years ago when you was a kid, mum tucking you in at night, a peck on the cheek and she even looked under the bed for the bogey men for you. that's being loved.

many years ago i remember the words spoken from my wife, during a moaning session i was on. "you think i work for you"  i never ever forgot them words and she was right

a good thai wife will try and make you happy in cooking what you like, not easy for her with western food, but she does it, to give you some home comforts, what you might be missing. i get a clean shirt everyday, the home is clean and if i'm lucky my back scrubbed in the shower.

most times its taken for granted what a wife does, so a thank you is not given by most. classed as the wifes job, not just in Thailand but with most the world over. you pay the bills buy the food and part with some money. so if you think about it, not hard for a thai lady to think on them lines, does she work for you.

i always manage a thank you, by thinking of them words. a good wife is worth more than a thank you for the home comforts she gives.

even if she don't check under the bed for bogey men like mum did.  ;D
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Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2018, 01:55:49 PM »
that is nice to see you are thankful and appreciate the things your wife does for you to make you feel comfortable. so many guys have the attitude i pay the bills you do as i say. what would happen if one day your meals never arrived and she said, its my day off. my wife tried to cook spaghetti bolognese once it was awful, but i sat and smiled eating it as she watched every mouthful go down, but she tried and thats good.

but not checking under the bed for bogeymen, bang out of order
 

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Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2018, 11:49:54 AM »
Is western food a comfort for an expat that's been here a very long time, thai people think it is, certainly a treat, as my daughter brought me a pizza back from town yesterday, it wasn't cooked that well soft and soggy, yes i smiled when i tasted a slice and said i'll eat it later. but what is the comfort in that, a lot of comfort in knowing that someone has gone out their way to try and make you feel happy, by giving you a bit of the western touch. a comfort in itself by knowing someone is thinking of you and showing love for another.

Thinking on them lines i ate and enjoyed that pizza. having eaten worse and enjoyed it many years ago, walking home from the pub eating a bag of cold soggy chips and enjoying them. ;)
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Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2018, 08:13:33 PM »
If you’re looking for the comforts of home in thailand, then its going to cost you a bit more than maybe you expected. but if your willing to live a bit of a thai lifesyle, you'll get by on a lot less money, so liking thai food is an advantage to your pocket, opposed to the high prices of western food. but good to spoil yourself once in a while, is that called comfort eating. so the plus side, the country’s low cost of living, natural beauty and exotic cuisine entice many an expat from around the world. but do remember being a tourist is completely different to living here.

life is a double sided coin, and that there will be challenges that pop up where ever you chose to live, biggest problem here is the language barrier, quite fun learning a bit of thai. practising Thai in shops and at restaurants is fun, even more if you get understood. although i have been here a long time i still find an interest as this country, which is full of natural beauty and cultural mystery. i feel very comfortable here. there will be bumps along the way where ever you live, expat life is what you make it

yes getting the visas/ext, 90 days and all that paperwork people moan about, but ask yourself how difficult is it for Thai citizens to live in your country back home.           wonder what happens to all that paperwork is it sent to western countries to put on a nail behind the door in the hong nam. ;)
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Re: The comforts of Thailand - two beauties
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2018, 11:31:59 AM »
two beauties

comfort in some ways is attached to happiness, so doing what you like is a comfort in a way. some folks like sightseeing, temples, which they realy are amazing with the artistic work thats put into the building of them, making it a beauty, one you will only see here in thailand. can be a comfort in just taking snaps with your brownie 127, you brought with you. so that's two beautys, with the lovely thai ladies we have in this amazing country. what more can a man want, if he is single that is. just like the farang that comes to thailand, nobody knows him, so he can be whoever he wants to be, same with the thai women, they can have an uncanny ability to be who you want them to be, is tooooooo much comfort good for you i ask.

thai ladies have a habit or lets call it a gift, that they can meet you and immediately make you feel comfortable about yourself and being with them, listening to what you say, making you feel like you've known them for a long time, thus giving you that close feeling, lets call it comfort.

now its up to you, are you still interested in the temples, or have you moved on to your next comfort, why not, we are not here forever and being single, enjoy yourself, be careful with your brownie 127, might get overheated.

no wonder people choose to live here, after being in a country where everything feels so gloomy. what heaven this is, even more if your coming from a 9-5 lifestyle.

just let me tell you this, one day when i was an airline pilot there was this ... ::)
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Re: The comforts of Thailand - two beauties
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2018, 04:55:58 PM »

just let me tell you this, one day when i was an airline pilot there was this ... ::)
so you were the guy in the bar claiming to be an airline pilot

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Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2018, 05:43:24 PM »
hello mt sack, yes i was the pilot but had to leave as it interfeared with the "SAS" i joined

the heading of the post is (The comforts of Thailand - two beauties)

now how could you have two beauties if your sack is mt.  :lol
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Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2018, 08:48:43 PM »
very interesting when some dumb cannot see where a joke is meant. or are they just looking for an opportunity to outwit others, don't you just love it when it backfires.

thanks for the entertainment. MT.ED rolf rolf
 

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Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2018, 11:01:54 AM »
serbi, mt.sack has never liked anything to do with airoplanes or people that operate them - i hear he was once sucked into an airoplane toilet, after flushing whilst remaining seated.

he was there for the duration of the whole flight, there was compensation i hear, which was a bag of nuts. ;D
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Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2018, 02:26:42 PM »
if your looking for the comfort of a joke, on nuts here's one

2 nuts on a wall = Walnuts

2 nuts on your chest = Chestnuts

2 nuts on your chin =   :-[  there's something in your mouth

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Re: I Don’t Miss the West (and your whingeing is really annoying)
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2018, 09:20:13 PM »
I Don’t Miss the West (and your whingeing is really annoying)

I often run across articles by expats on the topic of what they miss most about home, and the things that irk them about Thailand. My first thought when I read these sad soliloquies is “Why don’t you bugger off home then?” and my next thought is “Do I miss anything about home?” But the answer to that question is always “H-ll no!” If I’m honest, I get nostalgic once a year for California wine and driving up PCH, but it only lasts about a minute. I’ve been in Thailand for nearly a decade and I keep waiting to feel what these other sad sacks constantly moan about—the sweet incomparable motherland.

Horse sh*t.

Thailand is better than The West in all the ways that matter. It’s cheaper, it’s warmer, the beaches look like movie sets, and best of all the people are lovely. Many Thais have told me that the ratio of good Thais to bad Thais is 50-50. I’d put it closer to 80-20, or even 90-10. And after visiting 25 countries and working on 3 continents, experience has shown me that no other nation comes close to that ratio. And as for women—my motto for the last 8 years has been “Once you go Asian, you can’t do Caucasian.”  In my 20s I lived in a bachelor pad in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles, and my next door neighbor was a retired movie camera man who worked in Thailand on location filming Rambo II. It was that experience that changed him forever. A few times a week, pretty Thai women would come stay with him at his house. Year after year—only Thai women. I asked him why he only dated Thai women, and his simple reply was “Because they’re the best.” I thought he was crazy, of course. Until I moved here. Now I agree with him wholeheartedly and spend most of my free time trying to find the exact right number of girlfriends a man in his prime can maintain. Three is too few. Nine is too many. I theorize that the perfect number is six, but I must conduct more research to be sure. But the point is, they’re beautiful inside and out. I can’t say the same about the Western women I’ve dated. And I could never get away with multiple girlfriends in the West, nor would I want to. Talk about torture.

When I miss a Western country, it’s always England. I worked there for a year just before coming to Asia, and I have great memories of wasting my weekends record shopping in Camden and Soho, and pub crawls and museum visits. But then I remember the bitter cold, wind, rain, and winter months with only 6 hours of sunshine, and I think “Oh, right. That sucked.”

Right now I’m watching from a distance as my home country tears itself apart. This process has been going on for almost 2 decades, and it’s hitting a real boiling point. But when I get fed up with reading the news, I can turn off my computer and head down to Nana, and all the chaos of home melts away. I don’t know what I’d do if I was back there in all that mess. Probably lose my marbles. The thought of paying taxes to a government comprised of criminals makes my stomach turn. Virtually everything you put in your mouth has something in it that causes cancer. The police seem to’ve devolved into a gang of crazed lobotomized cowards who kill unarmed people and hide from school shooters.  My single friends at home are afraid to talk to women, because somehow in 2018, speaking can be defined as sexual assault. Either that, or they’ve gotten fat on crap GMO food and/or shaved their heads and claimed a new gender.

Meanwhile, I have a series of what I call “Thailand problems.” Do I go for a burger, or order pizza? It’s a dilemma. Do I have Ploy over, or Oil? Or both? Tough decision. Do I go to Cowboy or Nana? Lighthouse has a great happy hour, but Nana’s got the taco truck.  I’m wringing my hands. Do I watch the sunset at a rooftop bar, or start Ponging early at Paddy Fields? Stephen Hawking himself couldn’t solve this quandary.

So while some expats can’t seem to break out of the grass-is-always-greener mentality, I see Thailand through different colored glasses. No, not rose-colored. Beer-colored. Or wait, no, that’s mixing metaphors. Sounds like I’m referring to beer goggles. That’s incorrect, my vision is clear. I love Thailand. I will always prefer it to the West, and nothing will change my mind.

@Seven

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Re: One Thing I Miss About the West—an Admitted Omission
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2018, 12:42:58 AM »
One Thing I Miss About the West—an Admitted Omission

Last week I submitted an article to Sweet Mango titled “I Don’t Miss the West” wherein I listed all the reasons I don’t miss the West. I claimed that apart from momentary nostalgia for California wine and the Pacific Coast Highway, there’s nothing about my old life that preoccupies me. This was, however, a lie. There is one advantage to living in the West that Thailand can never match. It’s left a hole in my heart that Thai girls and beaches barely fill. It’s the one pleasure I can say is missing from my life here in paradise, and that one thing is going to live concerts.

Things have gotten better in Bangkok over the last few years. Elton John passed through, Noel Gallagher was just here. Maroon 5. Missed that one on purpose. Rihanna and Lady Gaga each stopped by long enough to insult the country on Twitter. Sam Smith is coming (insert weak sarcastic hooray here). But let’s talk real—that’s not what smart people refer to as good music.

Growing up in Los Angeles, there was no shortage of amazing bands on a constant rotating calendar. Plus, Vegas is just a 4 hour drive away. I remember buying a ticket for Depeche Mode at the Hard Rock on the day of the show, hauling ass out there after work, catching the gig, then driving directly back with 2 hours to spare before going to work the next day. Then there were the epic weeks when a band would play Santa Barbara, L.A. multiple nights, then San Diego, then Vegas. You could potentially see Roxy Music or New Order 5 or 6 times in one summer. I was even lucky enough to see the Police at the Hollywood Bowl and Dodger Stadium at the start of their tour, then again at the O2 in London near the end of the tour. Talk about euphoric.

No such joy in Thailand. It’s too far to lug the equipment for too little return, I get that. I’m not complaining. It’s just…..I miss it. It’s the one thing I miss.

I used to see Moz at least twice a year, and could barely contain my excitement leading up to the date. I’d even bought 4 tickets—2 in hand and 2 at will-call—even though I was going alone, to ensure I’d get in the door. Then to have the dream crushed just a few days before—it was soul-depleting. I had to wait a year to catch him in L.A. on the annual home-to-visit-mum trip. Speaking of, I’m gearing up to go back to Cali in a few days, planning Central Coast wine tasting around Noel’s high flying birds, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The Psychedelic Furs, and Missing Persons, fingers crossed that it’ll slake my concert thirst for the rest of the year.

What sort of hope does an aging concert-lover have in Thailand? Katy Perry? I’d rather get dental surgery. Imagine Dragons? Imagine me puking. The Killers are rumored to grace us with an appearance in the near future. That would be epic. Maybe Morrissey will consider a second attempt. Or maybe I’ll get a multi-entry and try hitting a few UK festivals over summer. In the meantime, I’ll just have to distract myself with lithe Thai gogo dancers. It’s the cure for whatever ails.

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Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2018, 08:35:27 AM »
This guy has an extremely poor taste in music, so his views can be safely discarded.
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Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2018, 01:44:53 PM »
the urge to insult someone who posts on a forum is irresistible. the guy made a full post,you make a one liner. a silly one at that,because of his taste in music,(so his views can be safely discarded) that is nonsense. now try for more than a one liner,with what is your taste in music, see if you can manage that.

Many forum posts are written hurriedly,in a few stolen moments,most posters refrain from directing scorn or ridicule at other forum members,as fear of a comeback. but to ridicule copy and paste articles is a bit cowardly as the article owner is not here to defend himself. tell me what you are really trying to achieve.

so your taste in music is ...

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Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2018, 02:29:52 PM »
Sorry Sac, I don't think Taman wanted to insult somebody: but merely provoke a statement. And you replied! ;)

As to visiting concerts: ever tried visiting a Thai band's concert? Is not less fun!


 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2018, 02:39:36 PM »
I don't think either, that we should hijack this topic in the direction of "What are you listening to right now?"

I like listening to good Thai music, too. But you need to know where your taste of good Thai music is played. That's a problem. Why should Thais try to make you interested in their music, if you only stick to music imported from the country you deserted?
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Offline thaiga

Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2018, 02:59:00 PM »
hi M.T.Sac, most forums are fun to read and reply, and participate in, with light humour, you can normaly detect that the posts are written by real humans as with diverse moods and emotions. if you take out that light humour and posters emotions, that are said in a jokingly way, you will lose the fizz of that forum. as you might have experienced on your regular forum. a question for you - do you think its okay to insult online but not in real life ;D

nuko the video is unavailable   :thankyou 

music is a personal taste - but mr.sac has a point - not liking the same music - is not a crime - doesn't make the person a bad guy
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