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andux

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  1. Do you really believe people have any power in "democratic" countries? People only vote on useless stuff, such as the clown to "represent" you or whether abortion or gay marriage should be legal. All useless in the grand scheme of things. The real power is still in the government's hands. If you don't have the power to tell them all to leave, you have no power at all. "Voting" just keeps people under the illusion they have power, so they are very unlikely to try to overthrow the dictatorship in place. Thailand will do the same thing: they will allow elections but they will keep the power. It's the smart thing to do. It's what every other dictatorship is doing.
  2. Well you took the red pill. Most people will rather take the blue one and keep living in their little bubble.
  3. Are you sure? Isn't your nice, democratic government brainwashing you, because there happens to be something in the Middle East, something known as black gold... Oh no it can't be it, it has to be that all people from the Middle East are murderers.
  4. The methods used were probably not the best, but I can imagine the situation. A group of entitled girls broke something and didn't want to pay for it. Maybe they'll learn the lesson. If you break something, you pay for it. Simple.
  5. Can someone name a country that is not under a dictatorship? There's a "democracy" circus in most of them, but the reality is that voting between a couple of muppets doesn't change anything. Can you vote for all of them to leave? That's right, you can't. Can you vote for them to stop spying on your communications? Can you tell them to stop killing innocent people in the Middle East? Can you ignore their demands for their increasingly high tributes (which they call tax)? Can you tell them to just leave you alone? That's right, sorry to burst your bubble, but all countries are under dictatorships. Now, people call Thailand a dictatorship, but most farangs who are here know there's more freedom in Thailand than in the West. We all know that. That's the main reason many of us are here. Now I'm not gonna take a political stance on the Thailand situation, but whatever change comes, I hope it doesn't convert Thailand into another Europe or America. That would be a real dictatorship.
  6. A foreigner can own condos, and also 100% of branches of foreign companies. By the way, a jet capable of traveling long distances can cost up to 60M USD, and this doesn't include maintenance costs, pilots, etc., so no, you probably wouldn't have your own jet if you had 100M USD, unless you were trying to make the 100M USD disappear as fast as possible. That's another one of the reasons why I said that rich people are usually rich because they worked for that money. Lottery winners usually blow the money, just like you are suggesting. In any case, assuming infinite money, it's still a matter of choice. A rich person in Canada may also be asked "why are you still here in Vancouver with us, and not living the high life in Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur?".
  7. Excellent response. Some here may be surprised at the amount of really wealthy people living in Thailand. I don't see how the Caribbean beats Thailand, but maybe someone can enlighten me. For starters, Thailand is way safer than any island of the Caribbean. And then Thailand has some other perks: better weather, food, excellent beaches as well, better-looking girls (at least for my taste), and it's close to other great destinations to live the high life (Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, etc). And last, most rich people are not rich because they won the lottery... They understand the value of the money they worked to obtain, and while they might not be trying to save by eating noodle soup, they may still be investing in properties or other businesses, which in Thailand are great value.
  8. Attractiveness is an asset that allows a person to find sexual mates. The more good-looking a person is, the more options the person will have. When there's a disparity in attractiveness between two people that are in a relationship, it has to be compensated with something else, usually money. That's why usually the ugly girls (with few available options) pay their way, and the pretty ones (with options all around) can afford to sit around doing nothing. This is just a general rule, there are exceptions. I've always dated pretty girls and never paid a penny to keep them around (I mean, in the sense of financial support, I don't go to the movies/dinner and make a scene when the bill comes), but this is my first Thai girlfriend, and also the first time I talk about marriage/kids with someone. That's why the situation, and her recent attempts to convert me into a financial provider, got me a bit confused, and came here for some advice from more experienced people.
  9. Yeah, we don't live together at the moment, but we've discussed it in the past, and that's why I suggested that, especially now that we are both doing well financially. I agree with western women doing the same but in a less obvious way. Have been thinking about that recently, and how most women in the west, no matter how feminist and equalitarian they are, end up retiring early, being maintained by their husbands/ex-husbands By the way, are you married? The plan is to have kids, but not yet. Maybe in 5-6 years from now. I see where you are coming from with your idea of modern families not having time for the kids, but in our case we are both business owners with plenty of flexibility. I own a location-independent business and can stay at home with the kids as long as necessary, although I need to travel, for business, for 1-2 weeks, 3-4 times a year. Shouldn't be a big problem I believe. She owns a store and has a handful of employees working for her, so she only needs to be there 3-4 days a week, and only around 5 hours each day. She also has plenty of flexibility, the ability to take days off when necessary, switching shifts with her employees, etc. So, in other words, there would be no problems dedicating time to the kids, as long as the current situation doesn't change. I get the feeling that somehow she has the idea that men should provide, ingrained in her head. There really is no logical explanation for it. Her only argument is that I'm the man, she is the woman, and no matter how much she earns I still have to provide for her. She is strongly convinced that she won't spend a penny on housing costs, cars, or children's education. Is it maybe because of the concept of "milking the foreigner", like someone else said? Would love to know of Thai women who help with housing costs/cars/education. Unfortunately all of my girlfriend's friends have married foreigners and are being provided for, so it's hard to get some perspective here.
  10. Hi, Didn't know where to post this, it's about a girlfriend who could become a wife in a few years, so I guessed it's somehow related to marriage/family. My girlfriend and I have about the same age (I'm just 2 years older), we are both in our early 30s, both of us have a solid income and accumulated assets/savings. We are both gym/sports junkies with healthy lifestyles, and both get a high level of attention from the opposite sex, so I'd guess that there are no noticeable attractiveness disparities either. The problem I keep running into is that she's determined to transform me into a "provider". Her idea is to retire in a few years from now, and be supported by me. She also takes as an insult the idea of sharing costs. For example, I recently suggested that we moved together to a nice condo, and shared the expenses, and apparently that was as bad as murdering a puppy in front of her. Is this the norm in Thailand? I'd understand the situation if there were certain disparities (in either income, age or attractiveness), but given our situation, I have a hard time understanding why she'd want to put the burden of financial responsibilities solely on me. Maybe someone more experienced on Thai culture/relationships can enlighten me! Thanks!
  11. Thailand doesn't tax foreign income, unless remitted into Thailand the year it is earned. For this very reason, foreign income and assets don't have to be declared to the Thai tax authorities. I'm guessing you are from a European nation; yeah the taxation there is pretty brutal, all countries tax on worldwide income, have abusive CFC rules, etc. But it's not the case of Thailand (yet).
  12. No way you can lose that argument.
  13. Thanks for sharing some really good points. Are you sure that the system doesn't track the dates of entries and exits of each person, and therefore is able to easily calculate the time spent in the country for each tourist? I seriously doubt this. Makes me wonder why they even computers at all at immigration checkpoints, take pictures of everyone, etc?
  14. Beating what system? I think that you are overthinking this way too much. If they actually cared, there would just be a law stating that tourists cannot stay longer than 6 months per year, like other countries do. Problem solved. Would you mind explaining me why that law doesn't exist? Some officer now and then giving trouble to random tourists doesn't really count as the country as a whole actually caring about this.
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