strbl

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  1. Phuket has changed a lot since I first stayed here in 1995. We were going to move back in 2014 but after a few months found it to be too congested and beaches too inaccesable with no or very little parking available. What's the point of living here if you can't get to where you want to go without a lot of hassle. Frankly speaking I don't see the attraction anymore unless all you want to do is go to the bars to meet the ladies in waiting. Having said that if you want to buy a nice size building lot not far from a quiet beach area just let me know.
  2. Is it really that hard to understand currency conversion? 10 baht at the beginning of 2016 would get you 1 Malaysian ringgit. Presently it takes only 8.05 baht to buy 1 Malaysian ringgit. This is a devaluation of the ringgit. For those still confused if a Malaysian was to purchase a drink for 10 baht 1 year ago he would now have to pay 1.2 Malaysian ringgit for that same 10 baht drink. Despite this the Malaysians are still happy to come to Thailand for whatever reason.
  3. How does one get a hold of Khun Sumalee ?
  4. Did you even read the article? His comment follows the drop in the SET from 1548 to 1430 as he clearly and correctly stated as being nothing out of the ordinary for traders to sell off their stocks and take profits. This is how the market moves and has done so many times in the past only to move higher once a bottom has been found. An astute investor would take this as an buying opportunity to buy following these sell offs. Take note of the recent movements in the DOW as an example. Are you sure your forum name is displayed correctly as brain150 and should maybe have been displayed as braindead?
  5. There is nothing to see in the City of NST and the traffic is bad and there are no expat restaurants etc. Don't know why anyone would want to live there. Further north Kanom is a nice beach side community which would be a nice side trip and the ferry at Don Sak to go to Koh Samui are the only reasons to want to live and work in NST. I haven't been to Rayong but I would definitely check it out before committing to NST.
  6. At full capacity the airport will be handling a flight every 2 minutes. Pity anyone who owns a house in Hangdong or Nimmanheman. Better get used to wearing ear plugs or move out of the city.
  7. Anyone know of a shop here in Chiangmai where one could purchase an internal baffle and install it in the pipes of a customized exhaust system?
  8. Yes I agree Thailand has changed since I first came here in 1993. The Thai fascination with foreigners is more normal now like a common event and not like before when many Thai would gather around to get a glimpse of the tallish white skinned strangers amongst their midst. What would one expect after so many years of being exposed to westerners? It is just as welcoming as before but Thai realize that it is also an opportunity to make money just as we do with tourism in our home countries. I have many Thai acquaintances and they treat me as a good friend equal to how they treat their Thai friends with hugs, handshakes and/or traditional Thai wai. By the way this invisible barrier you speak of exists to a great extent possibly because you cannot speak the thai language effectively or maybe not at all? You will probably find the same wherever you go if they speak a different language other than your mother tongue.
  9. I wonder if she was a natural blonde that dyed her hair a different color? hmmmmm..........
  10. Just the opposite happens when you are on steroids. Since your testosterone level is many times higher than normal it's not too difficult to become aroused.
  11. It's a very good question and I understand your dilemma. The first thing I would say to you is that your age is part of your problem. Thai women usually are looking for an older man if they are in the market for a falang. Over 50 means being able to stay in Thailand indefinitely as a retiree and is generally accepted that you have the funds to do so. Being young most Thai would naturally assume you are here for a short vacation and then back home. If I were you I would look for a private thai tutor to begin with as they are usually university educated or at the very least a student. From there you can mention that you are interested in meeting a compatible Thai lady and perhaps they might have some interesting connections you can benefit from. One might want to seek out an attractive tutor as well as it seems that sometimes good looking ladies like to hang out with other good looking ladies increasing your odds. Good luck.
  12. Your source of information must be living in another dimension. Bumblefoot doesn't play Papa Rock until Feb. 5th. LOL
  13. Thailand's economy expected to be in very bad shape in the coming year. not a good time? What are your sources? IMF has stated Thailand's GDP will rise in the coming year.
  14. The lantern release is on the 25th which is today at 9:00 P.M. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/%E0%B8%98%E0%B8%B8%E0%B8%94%E0%B8%87%E0%B8%84%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%96%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%A5%E0%B9%89%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%B2+%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%B3%E0%B9%80%E0%B8%A0%E0%B8%AD+%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%B1%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%97%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%A2+%E0%B9%80%E0%B8%8A%E0%B8%B5%E0%B8%A2%E0%B8%87%E0%B9%83%E0%B8%AB%E0%B8%A1%E0%B9%88+Thailand/Soi+Phra+Pok+Klao+12,+Amphoe+Mueang+Chiang+Mai,+Chang+Wat+Chiang+Mai+50200,+Thailand/@18.910938,99.013139,14z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x30da232d2627caad:0x3cae048a5260e84c!2m2!1d99.0135941!2d18.911916!1m5!1m1!1s0x30da3a98f68e44c9:0x926b75f2f39ef796!2m2!1d98.9889875!2d18.7894269!3e0?hl=en-CA
  15. Depends on what you want. For some living in the heart of the tourist area can become a little annoying at times with noise pollution, congestion, parking and obnoxious tourists being the major complaints. Sure Philipinos like to have their social gatherings, and so that will have to be a consideration, but for me if I had a Filipina for a wife I would prefer to keep her away from the Philipino community. Why, because once she establishes connections with the rest of the Philipino community it will be harder for her to tear herself away from her group to mingle with the general expat community and having her friends around all the time can become a little nerve racking for a guy that is looking for a little peace and quiet in retirement. Having said that living only just 10 kilometres out of the downtown core you will find secure gated communities with cheap rent and sporting amenities within from swimming pools and gyms to tennis and badminton courts. Sure you will need transportation but you will probably need it anyway unless you want to be lugging your groceries home all the time and sweating in the hot sun. Some come here to live as cheap as they can. Others come here because they can afford more luxuries than back home. Just depends on your preferred life style I guess. Just my 2 cents.
  16. Really!!! Now be honest folks. I read a lot of complaints about being treated as a Falang with all the related discrimination, corruption, being over charged as a Falang, visa problems, dangerous driving conditions, etc. etc. and I can't say that I disagree with any of them. So what brought you here to Thailand and what keeps you here? For me I first came here because a friend told me this was his favorite country to visit when he travelled throughout Asia 22 years ago. Things have definitely changed since then. I had just gotten out of a bad relationship so I would have gone anywhere and so my friend's suggestion was easy for me to make my decision to come here to see what it was all about. I ended up meeting a beautiful Thai woman and have been together with her ever since. However I left Thailand 7 years ago and can't seem to find much of a reason anymore to want to live here for the rest of my existence. What's your story.
  17. Why is it that when you meet or talk with a Thai they are usually docile in nature, avoid confrontation and/or only smile when faced with a contentious situation? Put them behind the wheel of a vehicle and all of a sudden they become very aggressive, confrontational and show no courtesy or consideration? I can't count how many times I've been walking down the side walk only to have a motorcycle pull up and stop and park right in my path without the slightest hesitation or regard. In traffic I'm cut off every time unless I literally hug the bumper of the vehicle I'm following and even so they edge closer and closer to my vehicle as if trying to say if you don't let me in I'm going to hit you. Today I was approaching the corner and realizing I was in the wrong lane for making a right hand turn I gently pulled partly into the turning lane at the last moment as the light had just turned red. Another truck came up from behind and instead of just waiting for the light to turn green and allow me to enter the lane he proceeded to pull up as close as he possibly could to the rear of the vehicle in front so as to not allow me to enter the turning lane. So close that our mirrors touched. I unwound my window and asked why he did not give me space to enter the lane I was so obviously headed in and he replied "This is not your country". How can Thai become so inconsiderate whenever they get behind the wheel of a vehicle and be so rude at the same time which is usually not the case when you meet or talk with them in public?
  18. If you're planning not to do this again why do you need to know where the camera is??? I think you mean to say is that you are not planning to do this again in the vicinity of a radar video trap Lol. It's nice to see that you are adapting to the customs of your adopted country Lol.
  19. You want to divorce her or you are afraid she will divorce you if you go on a holiday without her? Plan your trip and tell her where you are going. If you are gone for 1 or 2 days or weeks it is not going to be grounds for her to divorce you and at any rate she probably wouldn't be that stupid to kill the golden goose. Thai husbands go away for work or whatever all the time. She might be upset at first but after a while she'll get used to it.
  20. Happens to me all the time. I'm in the turning lane with my turn signals on waiting to make my turn and some idiot motorcycle doesn't seem to be able to clue in that he's going to get hit if he tries to pass me while I'm turning. I am watching the oncoming traffic as most people would be to look for an opportunity to turn and in another country there wouldn't be some fool thinking he can go through me. Luckily I know how the Thai drive and so always try to remember to glance in my mirror before I turn out. There's been a couple close calls though just the same. Most likely you will still get blamed as this is Thailand and the best you can hope for is 50/50 responsibility. After all he drove into you. Having said that I ran into a truck once that made a right hand turn from the curb lane without signalling while I was in the passing lane just about to over take them. It turned out the owner of the truck was a cop who showed up later very disturbed looking. They were at fault 100% and had to pay for the repairs to my truck which were substantial. Lol.
  21. Anyone know of any weight lifting gyms in or near Maejo or Sansai?
  22. It is against the law to ride a MC in my home country without having both hands on the handle grips ever since I can remember which is more than 40 years ago. I wouldn't be surprised if Thailand had a similar law but like everything else is seldom enforced. It should be enforced and anyone smoking or talking on a cell phone should be fined. After all it is a distraction and everyone knows driving in Thailand requires 100% attention at all times. Having said that my own son tried driving his scooter while holding a coke in one hand. Short story he crashed his bike but luckily he was driving slow and only the bike and his ego were hurt. He could have hurt someone else in the process. Why is it so hard for people to understand that without 2 hands on the wheel or handle grips they are an unsafe driver period.
  23. Checked it out but it's a little smaller than I had in mind and I don't think I would feel comfortable working out with mostly teenagers and early 20's. I'm hoping to find a gym that's a little more hard core with decent equipment. I realize I'll probably have to head into town to find what I want. Maybe the 700 year stadium.
  24. If you're looking for a nice quiet and very secure neighborhood with beautiful yards and nicely spaced out houses of a modern design then Land and House Park Maejo is what you're looking for. Nantawan moo bahn there are a few houses available for rent. Another plus is besides the club house which has a giant swimming pool, tennis and indoor badminton courts, snooker room, exercise room and there is a separate swimming pool only available for this specific Moo Bahn. There are some expats living here but most keep to themselves. About a 20 min. drive to the moat area. What is your budget?