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That video has just knocked on about every expats ego thanks. at the moment i'm hanging pics of myself on the bedroom wall. hope i dont have nightmares :rclxs0
All expats have nightmares one way or another, lack of research and planning, some people get knocked off their feet once in a while while chasing the so called expat dream. try to ignore the little things or little people that try to wear you down along the way, like smart remarks on a forum, they are loosers, trying to look flash in front of their buddies, they are living the same life as back home, they missed the finding of a dream, their attitude towards others shows their unhappiness. relocating to a new country is bigger than you think, you must prepare yourself for the worst. i do feel for the expats who have been through hell and had to return home, then being worse off than before they left. The big move doesn't really change the daily needs as in an income, although you can eat and live cheaper here, unless you want to carry on eating the western food,

The new relaxed what you hoped for stress free life, is there, if you let it be, living here as to on holiday is so different, its now the real thing, your cultural background, personality, need to change to escape the ones that you left behind. some guys try to live the same as back home, thats impossible, when changing countries your life has to change as well. not easy for some that have their pension frozen, where you could find it difficult making ends meet, seems everything is against some expats, the exchange rate, the brexit, and your own government, plus the price of things here are gradually creeping up.

hey the girls are still gorgeous though  ;)
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Three men confess to murder of missing couple in Phrae

 Three men have confessed to the murder of a missing British millionaire and his Thai wife, and told police they were hired by the woman’s elder brother to kill the couple.

Police detained the trio in Wang Chin district on Monday. After hours of intense interrogation, they admitted to having colluded in killing Alan Hogg, a 64-year-old retiree, and his wife Nod Suddaen, 61, at the couple’s home in Muang district, according to Thai media reports.

The suspects, whose names were not released, implicated, Mr Hogg’s brother-in-law, in the double murder, claiming he paid them 50,000 baht to do it,

They first shot dead Mr Hogg, in front of a duck pen on the property, and then used a hammer to beat Ms Nod, 61 to death in front of the garage

They claimed he had taken the bodies away to bury in the victims’ garden, the reports said.

The couple were reported missing from their house in Muang district last Thursday by a friend who  said they had not replied to messages or phone calls since Tuesday, when they were supposed to have met up in Chiang Mai.

full story bangkokpost.com
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Scams & Crime / Re: Brit & Thai wife still missing
« Last post by thaiga on Today at 11:27:34 AM »
Now world news, more here from telegraph.co.uk

Fears for missing British businessman and Thai wife after bloodstains found at their home

Mr Hogg, who has links with several UK businesses, is described on Companies House as an offshore construction manager. He moved to Thailand several years ago after working as an engineer in Australia.

He was born in Zambia and married in 1986 in Edinburgh, where his mother and brother still live.

Neighbours described Mrs Hogg as “the most beautiful woman in town” and said Mr Hogg was “very friendly” and often helped them. They told local media he was a millionaire. 

He and his wife were known to rear ducks, geese and cattle on their property, and made frequent and long trips to Australia.

Major General Sanpat Praputsra from the Thai Police said: "The case is moving well and we're in control. Officers are working on the investigation day and night.

"The issue is likely to be a long-standing conflict within the family. We cannot find any other situations that are likely to have caused this.

"The brother-in-law had problems with money and there were family issues."

Officers believe that at least two people were involved in the couple’s disappearance and are interviewing friends and relatives.

Family members and former colleagues of Mr Hogg in Scotland declined to comment when approached by the Telegraph.
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An article from itsbetterinthailand.com on The 10 expat types you will likely meet in Thailand. There’s so much to love about Thailand, it’s no wonder so many foreigners end up living here. Some come for a holiday and simply never end up leaving. Others are recruited from abroad. From the ultra rich to the penny-pinching pensioner, and the dirty old man to the young sharply dressed entrepreneur, the world of Thailand’s expats is a strange habitat indeed. Here are the ten specimens you’re most likely to find here.

The 10 expat types you’ll meet in Thailand

1. The English teacher
One of the most numerous of the Thailand expats, the English teacher can be found everywhere from the center of Bangkok to the remotest corner of Isaan. Many are serious about their jobs and some are career educators, but plenty are broke backpackers pausing to refresh the bank account, or older gentlemen with no prospects at home who can’t bear the thought of leaving.

2. The wife hunter
Some Western men have it in their heads that the solution to their lifelong love woes is an Asian woman. These guys come to Thailand for the sole purpose of finding a wife. Some plan on living with their lady in-country, others intend to take their bride back to the motherland. Most of these guys have failed relationships with Western women in their past and believe a “submissive” Asian lady is the key to success. Others simply want a younger, better looking woman than they’d have a shot at back home. Unsurprisingly, you often find this gentleman drinking his disappointment away in an expat bar. Of course there are plenty of expats with Thai wives that don’t fall in this category.

3. The executive
The rarest of expats and one only seen outside Bangkok while on holiday, the executive lives a life unlike any other foreigner. Earning a salary that would make him or her rich even in a Western country, these executives, bankers and finance guys live the high life. Most other expat species would trade places with the executive in a heartbeat.

4. Mr. middle management
Below the executive, but sometimes mistaken for him by those who can’t tell an expensive suit and watch, mr. middle management lives a comfortable life, though not one of total luxury. You’ll find this expat in Bangkok’s towering office buildings, or managing high-end hotels and restaurants across the country.

5. The retiree
Beautiful beaches, low cost of living and a high standard of medical care make Thailand an attractive place to retire. The condos of Phuket and Pattaya are full of retired couples, while expat bars across the country are filled daily with single male pensioners enjoying all that Thailand has to offer (or just the cheap beer).

6. The entrepreneur
The entrepreneur came to Thailand to make a buck. Oftentimes he or she is looking to open up Thailand as an export market for their product, or looking for the next big thing to sell in Europe and North America. The entrepreneur runs the gamut from the rich and successful businessman, to the down-on-his-luck huckster going from one flop to the next.

7. The misfit
The misfit never really fit in in his home country so he moved to Thailand for a new start. Cheap booze and women, and a culture that doesn’t quite understand how weird he is kept him here, but he’s the same outcast he’s always been. A variation on the misfit is the criminal who has active warrants out for his arrest should he ever return home.

8. The sexpat
The best-known and most despised creature in the expat jungle is the sexpat. Characterized by his hatred of women, the sexpat whore-mongers his way through the go-go bars of Thailand. His only friends are his sexpat peers. Peek-density occurs in and around Pattaya – Thailand’s sin city.

9. The digital nomad
A relative newcomer in the internet age, the digital nomad earns his or her income online and is totally location-independent. From graphic designers to web programmers, drop shippers to search engine optimization experts, digital nomads do all sorts of work. They tend towards the young and hip, and can be found hunched over their MacBooks in trendy coffee shops and coworking spaces.

10. The hater
Things in Thailand work differently than they do in the West, and Thai logic is often incomprehensible to foreigners. Most expats have their gripes with Thailand, but the hater makes complaining a lifestyle. The hater hates living in Thailand more than anything else, except, it seems, living in his homeland because he never actually leaves the country he so despises. So the complaints continue as long as there’s someone around to listen. When a hater strikes up a chat, you’re advised to dislodge yourself from the conversation as quickly as possible.
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General Discussions / Re: The evil expatriates
« Last post by Johnnie F. on Today at 08:48:20 AM »
About 30 years ago, when I arrived in Korat, there were hardly any foreigners living and working up here. Only a few of the retirees agreed to do some teaching on the side. Ten years or so later, the first farangs as "professional English teachers" found their way to Korat. To me many of them seemed to feel like celebrities, acting like they didn't do a job only, but rather presenting themselves as a gift, holding their heads a little too high. I think it came from their classroom audience: Female Thai students practicing the word "handsome" with them too often. ;)

I remember, that the dean at the college I was teaching at, suggested one day to bring my wife to a ceremony with the students. Looks like that was hitting the nail: those (for a married man sometimes embarrassing) approaches by female students fell by almost 100% after that.

I would agree with the article, that one factor of hostility towards other farangs is the competition in the status teaching young Thai females.
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General Discussions / The evil expatriates
« Last post by thaiga on Today at 12:53:40 AM »
Another good article from Phil of ajarn.com. Dates back a bit, but a good read as usual from this site. about the marked lack of ex-pat community spirit in expats. it goes on to say. I don't know what it is. Must be not wanting any competition whether for jobs or women. In all my years here, I've never had any serious altercations with Thai guys. It's always been with fellow Western ex-pats.  Here have a read  ajarn.com

The evil expatriates

What the hell do you think you're looking at?

Is there anywhere on earth where there exists a more vicious and spiteful rumor mill? where there is such a petty 'every man for himself' attitude? and where you can find yourself walking nonchalantly in a city surburb and be stared at with contempt by a fellow countryman.

You'll overhear one man tell another that a new law is coming into existence that requires all foreigners to report to immigration on the last day of the month. You'll see advice on discussion forums warning people not to go to this place or that place, or cross the Cambodian border at your peril, because you'll be shot on sight. 99% of it is absolute crap, but people take it on board and do unhealthy amounts of worrying. Why do we feel the need to spread negative rumor and gossip and treat our   ...             
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Scams & Crime / Pickup truck found but Brit & Thai wife still missing
« Last post by Newsy on Today at 12:35:56 AM »
bangkokpost.com

Pickup truck found but Brit & Thai wife still missing

 Police have found the pickup truck owned by a British man and his Thai wife missing since last week, but the couple's fate remained unknown on Monday.

Alan Scott Hogg, 64, and his wife Nod Suddaen, 61, were reported missing on Thursday. Mr Hogg was initially identified by police as an Australian, but they have now corrected his nationality.

When investigators went to their home in Phrae's Muang district they noticed the couple's white Ford pickup truck was also missing.

Phrae police chief Pol Maj Gen Sanpat Prabpudsa said on Monday the truck was located and impounded in Ayutthaya on Sunday and returned to Phra That Chor Hae police station, near the couple's home, on Monday for forensic work. The vehicle is registered in the wife's name.

The Phrae police chief said it turned out the truck had been bought from a Thai couple by a Lao man. The sellers and buyer agreed to meet in Sri Samrong district in Sukhothai to close the deal on Friday. The Lao man then drove it to Ayutthaya on a business trip, until learning from media reports that police were looking for the vehicle, Pol Maj Gen Sanpat said.

The man turned the truck over to police in Ayutthaya on Sunday. He and the two sellers were then taken to Phra That Chor Hae police station, where they were still being interrogated.

Further details of how the truck left the house and why it had changed hands were not disclosed. Police were questioning the three people, hoping to find out became of Mr Hogg and his wife.

On Sunday Region 5 chief Pol Lt-Gen Poonsak Prasertsak desribed the case as an incident within the family but refused to be drawn on the fate of the couple.

He said that evidence was still being gathered, but two or three people known to police would be served with warrants.

According to a Daily News report, Ms Nod's brother, 63, has been charged with theft of the couple's vehicle, then freed on bail of 100,000 baht posted by relatives and had returned to his house in Soong district.

The couple have lived in their big compound, comprising a two-story house and a cattle yard, for years. Police found blood stains on the floor around a sink in the house and more in a washroom near the swimming pool. A mobile phone that was still being charged was also found at the scene.

All were collected as evidence.

Pol Col Amorn Kwangpaen, an investigator of Phra Thai Chor Hae police station, said that on Thursday  investigators also found a backhoe near a hole that had been dug and then filled in. The hole was re-excavated, but police did not find any signs of one or more body having been buried there.

A person whose name was not disclosed reported them mssing on Thursday, telling police the couple had not been answering Line app messages or phone calls since Tuesday, when they were supposed to meet in Chiang Mai.

Their daughter has since returned to the house from the United Kingdom, after being informed her parents are missing.

Pol Maj Gen Sanpat said on Monday he could not confirm whether the couple was alive or dead. Police were sending sniffer dogs to the scene and tracking down contacts found listed in the charging phone, in the hope of shedding some light on the mystery, he added.
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Venus to shine brightest on 25 September, 30 November

The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) is encouraging the general public to observe Venus which will be shining the brightest in the night of 25 September over the western sky and in the dawn of 30 November 2018 in the eastern sky visible throughout Thailand.

NARIT Director Sarun Posayachinda said the astronomical phenomenon where Venus will be seen the brightest in the sky will occur on 25 September 2018 during the night and can be observed by naked eyes over the western horizon after sunset during 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.

The phenomenon will occur again on 30 November 2018 before sunrise during 4.00 a.m. and 6.00 a.m. Venus can be better observed with a telescope to see the planet appearing in a crescent shape like the Moon.

Venus is the second planet from the Sun in the solar system. Its position forbids a full sighting from the Earth and will only appear in the night sky for a short period of time before sunrise or after sunset.
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bangkokpost.com

Trade wars: Is Trump lining up Japan next?

While the US takes aim at China, Canada and Mexico over perceived trade imbalances, Japan has kept a low profile, hoping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's friendship with golf buddy Donald Trump will keep Tokyo out of the firing line.

But as Abe and Trump prepare to hold talks that will touch on trade frictions, there are signs Japan could be next in the US president's sights, with the country's greatest fear being higher tariffs on cars.

- What's Trump's beef with Japan? -

Trump has frequently grumbled about a "very high deficit" with Japan, the world's third-biggest economy.

In comments to the Wall Street Journal, he stressed his good relations with the Japanese, before adding menacingly: "Of course, that will end as soon as I tell them how much they have to pay."

Last year's deficit in goods traded with Japan was $68.8 billion, third behind China ($375 billion) and Mexico ($71 billion), and less than a tenth of the total US deficit with the rest of the world ($796 billion).

The deficit amounted to $40 billion in the first eight months of this year, according to official US statistics.

Vehicle and parts exports from the auto sector account for 80 percent of the imbalance and it is the sight of "millions of Japanese cars" on American roads that raises Trump's hackles, while few US brands are driven in Japan.

That has little to do with tariffs -- Japan has no duties on imported cars, unlike the United States which imposes a 2.5 percent levy.

Analysts say with their larger sizes, US vehicles are not well suited to Japan's roads or the tastes of its consumers.

Critics argue, however, that Japan imposes a raft of non-tariff barriers -- including what they say are overly-rigorous safety standards -- that make importing difficult.

- How are talks going? -

Initial negotiations between US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi have already taken place without a breakthrough and a second round is expected later Monday.

The two sides have opposing points of view: Tokyo wants to settle trade disputes in a forum like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-nation trade pact, whereas Washington wants a bilateral deal.

Tokyo may accept the bilateral approach if Washington holds off on imposing additional tariffs on the Japanese auto sector, according to Kyodo News.

For the moment, hostilities have not broken out in earnest but this could soon change, said IHS Markit economist Harumi Taguchi.

"It is highly likely that Donald Trump will move his focus to Japan once he reaches some settlement or deal regarding US trade tensions with China and NAFTA talks," said the analyst.

- Would car tariffs hurt? -

"The Trump administration's most effective weapon in talks with Japan remains the threat to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on automobile imports on national security grounds," said Tobias Harris from Teneo Intelligence.

Such a move would have a "considerable" impact on the Japanese economy, he added.

Car giants like Toyota and Nissan sell millions of cars in the United States, many of which are produced elsewhere -- for example in Japan, Mexico or Canada.

Taguchi said a 25 percent tariff could cut Japan's GDP by as much as 0.5 percent.

Manufacturers have already warned they will be unable to absorb the cost and it will be passed onto US consumers -- in Toyota's case, this could cost a buyer as much as $6,000 per car.

Trump will probably demand more Japanese cars made in the US, but the room for manoeuvre is limited.

Japanese companies already produce nearly four million units per year in the US and employ 1.5 million workers there, Taguchi said.

A China-style tit-for-tat tariff battle is also unlikely, as Abe has already said such a move would benefit nobody.

Instead, Japan will probably petition the World Trade Organization, as it threatened to do when the US imposed steel tariffs.

- Can Japan escape? -

What Abe should do is promise to increase purchases of "shale gas, military items, and some other items that will not substantially affect domestic production," Taguchi said.

Japan has already announced the purchase of the costly Aegis Ashore missile defence system, produced by US contractor Lockheed Martin.

However, this is not likely to prove sufficient and Abe will have to use his negotiating skills.

If Japan offered a "satisfactory package of concessions on market access in the near term, particularly one that included agricultural concessions", it might escape Trump's wrath, said Harris.

But this is a very sensitive subject in Japan which already has tariffs in place to protect its farmers.
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Safer roads will boost Thai GDP by 22 per cent: World Bank

THAILAND could gain significant long-term economic benefit by making the roads safer and saving its mainly young and capable population from premature death in accidents, the World Bank says.

A report released earlier this year, titled “The High Toll of Traffic Injuries: Unacceptable and Preventable”, concludes that, if road traffic injuries could be reduced in Thailand by 50 per cent and satisfactory road safety sustained for 24 years, the economy would enjoy a 22-per-cent boost.

Dipan Bose, one of the researchers involved, said the key to earning that substantial benefit was ensuring that productive young people live long enough to contribute to the country’s prosperity.

Instead, they’re dying or being maimed in road crashes while still young.

 “Road traffic injuries are the single largest cause of mortality and long-term disability among people in the prime working ages of 15 to 29 years old,” said Bose of the World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility.

“By improving road safety, we can save many young and valuable people – human capital – from being killed or disabled in road accidents,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Nation earlier this week.

Statistics indicated that three out of four victims of traffic accidents were young and male and most were poor families’ breadwinners.

By losing these productive young people, not only does the country lose the benefit of their economic contributions, but their families suffer heavily as well.

According to the Thai Road Safety Centre, 15,256 people died in road accidents last year. Nearly 79 per cent of the deceased were male and most were 16 to 25 years old.

 Bose said improved road safety also brings welfare benefits to society. The researchers calculated that, if the road-accident mortality rate could be halved from now to 2038, 138,168 deaths could be prevented.



 That would lead to macro-level income growth, generating an additional flow of income equivalent to 22.2 per cent of Thailand’s 2014 GDP, he said, and provide general welfare benefits to society ranging from $850,000 to $1.8 million.

With the potential for such high economic and social gains, said Bose, Thailand and other middle-income countries would be wise to give priority to making roads safer.

Improving the infrastructure, promoting use of public transport and encouraging people to walk or cycle rather than driving would all accomplish this.

Thailand’s roads are the second deadliest in the world, according to the World Health Organisation, with accident fatalities topping 36 per every 100,000 people and an annual estimated death toll above 24,000.

That breaks down to 66 people dying daily on the roads, causing preventable financial loss equivalent to 3 per cent of Thai GDP.

More than 11,000 deaths and 717,000 injuries have occurred|in road accidents in Thailand so far this year.
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