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  1. retoohs

    Spending Money

    I was writing a detailed reply but it crashed so here is my short answer. My Thai wife and I do 10 weeks a year here. We bring 4-500000baht. We party hard both with farang and family, visit the dentist and can often leave 100000 in the bank if we don't go too often to the local karaoke bars in the far north with her brother and his friends. Those nights always cost us a fortune.
  2. you have forgotton what it is like to be young. Bulletproof and risk takers pusgung eaxh other beyond the realms of safe bebaviour. Im not defending them, totally reckless behaviour but the youngs brains are wired differently and rather than being ctnical of friends rash behaviour they will challenge themselves to show their balls are bigger. Its not just people, its all fors of animals and a lot of it is hardwired into young heads full of testosterone. Only the old when theyve lost the high testosterone levels and buy their woman instesd of winning them with courage and feats of daring craziness do tgs kessibs ztart ri cganve life patterns. The young will always behave like the animals we are no matter how much we as humans try to seperate ourselves from animals
  3. my thai wife and i were at Nana BTS the other day. There were two indian looking dudes. One come and asked my wife to take his phito ob his phone. At the time i thought it was s shitty backfround for a photo. A few minutes later we noticed her gold bracelet was gone. I taljed to BTS security avout viewing securiry foitage. So nuch of a hassle with going to the cops and making repirts we let it go
  4. my thai wife and i were at Nana BTS the other day. There were two indian looking dudes. One come and asked my wife to take his phito ob his phone. At the time i thought it was s shitty backfround for a photo. A few minutes later we noticed her gold bracelet was gone. I taljed to BTS security avout viewing securiry foitage. So nuch of a hassle with going to the cops and making repirts we let it go
  5. just sometimes the lessons in life arent learnt in time and it is youthful ignorance rather than stupididity that brings the young undone. Im guessing from your comnent you werent the youthful type who learnt the way most youth learn by pushing the boundaries and learning from consequences what was too far. You must have had a boring youth or maybe a way over protected one where you didnt learn your own lezsins but just beleived everyrhing your elders told you was true without question. You wouldnt hapoen to ve religious woukd you?
  6. F1 racing is reasonably safe these days with all the safety gear. Moto GP is more comparable to this incident though they at least have everyone riding in the same direction, full leathers and airbags and armor in their leathers plus the learnt skills of how to slide. I ride a bike both here and in NZ and it has taken many years to learn how to ride defensively. Do I ride fast with my mates? Yes but defensively. Do we race on the roads? No not now we have matured. Biggest risk for us in New Zealand is we have tight twisty mountain roads like the north of Thailand and many tourists in rental cars with very poor driving skills who often come around blind bends on the wrong side of the road. Sometimes years of experience still isn't enough and great riders are left with no options. Young and inexperienced as these guys are or were they have little chance of reacting in a,way to avoid or minimize an accident with the unexpected. We have a government organization called ACC which is partly financed through vehicle registration. The fee on bikes is very high. My car is $110 or so a year to register, my bike $600. The difference is the ACC fee. ACC pay all accident medical costs ( not just vehicle, all accidents). They run free courses for bike riders to teach them the skills they need to help them stay alive. They have courses for learners, intermediate killed, advanced skilled and older returning riders. Something every government should look at. Even so when kids are racing at high speeds on public roads they are playing Russian roulette and many are always going to end up trashed. My sister-in-law was a dive instructor on Koh Phengan. She was riding home one day and stopped to make a right turn to let an oncoming vehicle pass. Indicator was on and she was stationary in the middle of the road. When clear she proceeded to turn right. A drunk 14yo at high speed from behind passed her on the outside as she turned. He was very drunk and from witness accounts barely in control. She was in a coma for several weeks before life support was removed. He spent a period in hospital but recovered. These are the kids that are out racing. Young, drunk and unskilled. They need keeping off the road and dealt severely with when they behave criminally on the roads. He wasn't even prosecuted, mafia son and accident was recorded as 50/50% fault. Change will never come with the courts and police not dealing harshly with these kids and without teaching them the skills they need. This young girl had a huge future in her life as one of the higher qualified divers,anywhere and there are so many similar sad stories. The young guy on the bike, who knows, he probably races around in a super car now still unskilled and protected by his family status. just wanted to add the young girl wasn't wearing a helmet, only a fool would ride without a quality helmet. Her dive company bought all staff quality helmets after this accident. They wore them for,a few months then stupidity set in and they went back to no helmets or the stupid plastic ones mist here wear.
  7. part of growing up. Sad but it happens all around the world
  8. retoohs

    money questions

    from previous questions I've been told USD are best for Cambodia. At the moment I have Thai baht and NZD. Should I buy US currency here in Thailand before I come of change some New Zealand currency once I get there? My partner and I are going for the first time and have no idea how much we will need. Will my Thai or NZ ATM card work in Cambodia? cheers
  9. retoohs

    money and visa for siem reap

    Am I best to change Kiwi dollars into USD in BKK or will I get the same rate in Seim Reap? Cheers
  10. with that sort of money it is very easy for them to go somewhere like New Zealand and be legally married as a same sex couple with all the legal documents if they so desire. As a Kiwi we attempt to treat all as equal such as being first country to give woman the vote. I wish them all the luck in the world
  11. I call a spade a spade and a shovel a shovel so everyone is clear where I stand
  12. the one with the coin is always the giver, right?
  13. Good luck to them. I got married on the 28th April. Family weren't greedy and happy for us, well immediate family. Some of the extended family with outheld palms who found i didn't fill them with coin squealed but I squealed louder right back at them.
  14. retoohs

    money and visa for siem reap

    cool cheers, I'm happy to not have slot machines. Have enough money wasted on them in NZ
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