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  1. .."The planet isn’t going anywhere. We are! We’re goin’ away. Pack your shit, Folks, we’re goin’ away. We won’t leave much of a trace either, thank god for that. Maybe a little styrofoam.. The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake, an evolutionary cul de sac. The planet will shake us off like a bad case of fleas, a surface nuisance. You wanna know how the planet’s doin’? Ask those people at Pompeii, who were frozen into position from volcanic ash how the planet's doin’.. Wanna know if the planet’s alright, ask those people in Mexico City or Armenia, or a hundred other places buried under thousands of tons of earthquake rubble if they feel like a threat to the planet this week. How about those people in Kilauea, Hawaii who built their homes right next to an active volcano and then wonder why they have lava in the living room.The planet will be here for a long, long, long time after we’re gone and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself ’cuz that’s what it does. It’s a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed, and if it’s true that plastic is not degradable well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn’t share our prejudice towards plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allows us to be spawned from it in the first place: it wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it, needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old philosophical question, “Why are we here?” “Plastic, <deleted>.” George Carlin
  2. markusss

    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    Tell me about it. Those are some of the things I've always hated about life over there. The hero mentality is another one. I'm not burning any bridges over here. I'm keeping my place here in the meantime in case going back doesn't work out.
  3. markusss

    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    I first came here in 2001 but moved here in 2005 when I was 30. If I'd spent the last 13 years in Aus I'm sure I'd be wondering what it would have been like to live elsewhere, and I'd maybe feel there was something missing in life, and that I would've, could've, should've done it when I had the chance. I have no prospects as far as relationships go over there, though it is interesting that you ask as it has crossed my mind. And you're right to ask- It is me that's changed. All the fundamental things that make Thailand what it is still remain the same. It's like a relationship in that way. A close friend has offered me a place to stay on the south east coast of Australia. It's an amazing part of the country but as for living there full time is concerned I'm not sure how it's going to turn out. I'm in a position to move there on a temporary basis to try it out first, so it's possible to come back if i choose to. My friend is pretty supportive about this and only wants the best for me.
  4. markusss

    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    All that you've mentioned is how I've made it work for myself for the past 13 years. I'm happy to be left alone & I enjoy my own company too minus alcohol which I don't consume. I can count my close friends here on one hand. And when I say friends I mean the people who have seen me at my best & worst and are still my friends today. The people that matter get me. I can't say the same thing about my own family. And to add to that I've had a great life here & I've worked with some of the nicest people you could meet. My friends back home are certainly not telling me to come back. They see this as living the dream, but I'm due for a change, or a break even. My intention to post here was to get an idea of the path I'm about to take of leaving and how it's been for others, just to possibly gain some insight about going through with this, not to announce leaving as if anyone would care ?
  5. markusss

    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    A great piece of mind. The best argument against the idea of going home so far IMO! 'Wherever you go, there you are..'
  6. markusss

    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    I really hope that can happen in our life time. It would be amazing to see actually. The dinosaurs here you refer to are the Skeksis overlords. The meaning of the word 'Thai' actually means freedom/not a slave. The irony ?
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    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    Thanks! I will never know if I don't try. I have two friends who came back here after leaving, but the rest have all resettled back to their place of origin. I do miss the times when they were all here. I think that's a part of it too. I'm more inclined to move to Vietnam though if I did choose to come back out this way. I dare say that would be my next move if moving back home doesn't work out. ?
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    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    Good for you. While I'm really happy to leave, I'm still happy that I've lived here for so long. It's been a great time in my life & I feel fortunate that I made the decision to move here when I did. But all things must pass & I'm ready to leave. It's a positive thing for me, not a sad time at all. I can always come back for holidays as others here prefer to do, or even move back here again. For now enjoying Thailand from a distance is fine with me. Never say never ?
  9. markusss

    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    I consider myself one of those folks- Which has made it very easy to stay here for so long. Outside of close friends, I can't say I've felt a longing to be close to my family again. They only contact me when someone has died. In my experience my family only ever got together on 2 occasions: funerals and Christmas. The latter being on the wane since my grand parents died. This has always been a point of interest and even concern from many Thais who can't comprehend a life without a loving family. But it is what it is.
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    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    It's definitely a reality check reading your post. It's not all a bed of roses returning home. I think one of the biggest appeals of life for me over the years here is being left alone & not to mention being out of the loop of all the dramas and bullshit that comes from my family back in Aus. While it gets boring being the obligatory farang here which used to make me roll my eyes, I now give it back by calling them some random piece of fruit, which then invites a bit of banter with the locals. But I do have my bad days where I don't want to hear it, but this is where headphones come in handy ?
  11. markusss

    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    I will Ody! Thanks for your good wishes & your valuable input mate ?
  12. markusss

    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    I agree about the cost of living. But when I way up the freedom of movement i will gain back again without having to look over my shoulder or check thaivisa for the latest visa rules again, I just feel the Aus is a much better place for me. The right of passage I have is something I've never really considered or really appreciated. But it is my home, and I intend to make the best of it.
  13. markusss

    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    I'm not surprised that these threads of leaving are coming up as often as you said. I'm pressed to find anyone who raves about this place as many of us did back in the day. I'm never one to be a stickler or a complainer but I can't go on making excuses for this place anymore. I'm not saying that Thailand needs to fun all the time. I just don't remember it ever being this serious which I've found to become a completely boring & uninspiring experience. Due to this it's just not worth all the hoops one has to jump through to stay legal and out of the establishment's reach. But I'm not leaving as a hater. I still value working class Thais & their hospitality which I will always miss and have fond memories of.
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    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    Baker's Delight certainly sounds good mate! I am looking forward to all the creature comforts of life in Australia. But I know the novelty will wear off fast. But I'm in my early 40s now. Not the young man I was when I first left and arrived here without a care in the world other than doing what I wanted. The best time for me here was between 2005 & 2008 I think. I had a great bunch of mates & had loads of great times especially with gfs here. While the political dramas were certainly well into play back then, it was still fun and Thais in general were good value and always up for a good laugh. But I seldom have those moments here these days. Life here seems to be consumed by how much the military grip has tightened & and not to mention the hypocrisy of this place which has reached a point where I can no longer follow the news here anymore. But I'm leaving on my own terms & I intend to get a T-shirt printed that reads "I lived in Thailand for 13 years & survived" ?
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    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    Great points made here. It's good to read such a positive report. I need all the encouragement I can get at this point. While I don't have a wife or children here, Thailand will always be a part of who I am. The ironic thing is Thailand is the place where I matured and developed real survival skills in terms of taking better care of myself & growing as a person. It's important to remember why I left Australia in the first place. For me it was a sense of adventure, a lust for life, and a need for more than what Australian suburban life could ever provide. I also left drug addiction behind and through language acquisition I found my life and outlook in general to be so much more positive, inspiring & rewarding, to which I continue to this day. I'm not going back the same person I was so I feel ready & determined to use better life choices than the ones I made previously when I lived in Australia. I intend to keep my love for Thailand going through vlogging. I really don't want to lose my language ability which I worked so hard at and was a huge part of me being able to leave my drug dependency behind for good.
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