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Living in The Philippines => Travel: Countries to Visit from the Philippines => Topic started by: on February 02, 2010, 02:12:09 PM

Title: Thailand
Post by: on February 02, 2010, 02:12:09 PM
Just wondering if anybody here has visited Thailand?  Where did you stay, visa info, and what did you think of this country and would you retired there?  And how does it compare to the Philippines?

I\'m think of moving to Thailand to live instead of here in the  Philippines?
Title: Re: Thailand
Post by: dylanaz on February 02, 2010, 06:36:49 PM
I\'m think of moving to Thailand to live instead of here in the  Philippines?

.. but you just got here Marko !

One province to the next can be as different as traveling to another country...

Its better many other places in the country.... I have seen it 1st hand...
Title: Re: Thailand
Post by: on February 02, 2010, 06:40:40 PM
Hello Dylanaz,

   So you have been to Thailand?  You said   \"its better many other places in the country\"  what does this mean??
Title: Re: Thailand
Post by: dylanaz on February 02, 2010, 07:41:46 PM
Hello Dylanaz,

   So you have been to Thailand?  You said   \"its better many other places in the country\"  what does this mean??

OOps - I meant that there are many places in Philippines that are better than where you currently reside. Just hoping you dont give up on the whole country because of your current experiences here...

You can move hours, and hours away and even find places so cool outside you can wear a jacket as an American....   ;D
Title: Re: Thailand
Post by: boomerang on February 02, 2010, 07:42:43 PM
I preferred the Philippines above Thailand for the language problems I had in Thailand. Very few people do speak a tiny little bit of English in the province and very basic in some parts of Bangkok. In my opinion and experience not really a country if you like to socialize.

We moved last May from Mactan Island (Lapu Lapu) to the Valencia area in Negros Oriental which made climatewise a world of difference. No airpollution and we very rarely use a fan. In fact I am wearing at this right moment a long sleeved shirt because it\'s cool up here in the evenings.
Title: Re: Thailand
Post by: on February 02, 2010, 08:35:09 PM
Sorry to say this, but I think my marriage is starting to break up.  Everything was fine before marriage, when we did not have her daughter with us.  But since then, just...what can I say.  A mistake getting married to her sorry to say.  So I\'m looking for a different country to live in before she tries to get any money out of me.
Title: Re: Thailand
Post by: boomerang on February 02, 2010, 08:50:55 PM
I feel sorry for you Marko, I reckon you have tried all possible options and are clever enough to know what you are doing.  I bet several members  are surely willing to do some counseling if you are interested.
Title: Re: Thailand
Post by: MikeBal on February 02, 2010, 11:29:38 PM
  I\'ve visited Thailand several times and was stationed there back in the 1975. Pattaya has a number of expats and is not nearly as expensive as Bangkok. However, I found the language and culture to be major issues. It\'s an enjoyable place to visit but I have never felt at home there like I do when I\'m in the Philippines. Of course the best thing to do is actually visit there yourself and see how you like it.
Title: Re: Thailand
Post by: dylanaz on February 03, 2010, 05:17:38 AM
Sorry to say this, but I think my marriage is starting to break up.  Everything was fine before marriage, when we did not have her daughter with us.  But since then, just...what can I say.  A mistake getting married to her sorry to say.  So I\'m looking for a different country to live in before she tries to get any money out of me.

Sorry to hear that too. . . AND it happens to the best of us .. in ANY country.
Thats why some of us need more than one hand to count our past marriages....

In this country ending a marriage costs MUCH MORE THAN IN USA and takes years of court!

Think about EVERYTHING you shipped to Philippines - how much is it worth?
One little letter and almost any wife can block your passport from leaving the country.

But with the amount of money you were putting out for her familly ( Php 37k monthly) AND her having a kid from a previous RELATION (aka not marriage) she was not very smart for giving you ANY problems...  NOT VERY SMART AT ALL !

It costs about $50 to fly Cebupacific to other Asian Countries...

work on it or not... a flight to HK is $50 away... and if you work it out or not - you will have more room to ... negotiate if you were not accessible for awhile...
ALso... keep any \'plan\' you have away from anyone NEAR YOU.... its easy to block your passport from leaving the country... very easy...

Im not telling you to do anything bad at all... I just think you have no support system here - and it may be in everyones best interest if you get a moment away to reflect on the situation... one backpack and cebu pacific can give you the room you need to better communicate. Say the wrong thing when you are \'alone\' and it could cause a LOT of trouble... and I do belive many deceased expats probably mentioned they were going to leave soon before their passing by no outside influences......

But P37k ... thats more than some in this forum make in total !
I remember a few posters asking if they can get by on their SSD of $800 a month or less.. (thats only P36k some Americans live off )
http://livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php/topic,2472.msg17301.html#msg17301 (http://livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php/topic,2472.msg17301.html#msg17301)
Title: Re: Thailand
Post by: dylanaz on February 03, 2010, 05:43:55 AM
NOTE:

Marko - I did something very very stupid/dangerous in the past (especially considering who her family is - and that they have just been given more power this Jan, 2010 by the president herself... - Mmmm cookies and MILK.... I will go get some after posting this...  8)  ) .. by txting my mother in law to say I was going to leave her daughter because she acts like a teenaged baby doofus sometimes for little things (ie.. take her out to a steakhouse and she complains they dont have RICE !! then pouts all night during and after the meal because of a lack of one 15 peso food item she wanted in a 1000 peso meal)

Ya - I got tired of it (1 million times a month) and decided to warn her mother... her reply was:

DYLANAZ, I would never do anything to hurt you because you have helped me more than I ever expected but if other family heard that from you there would be problems. Just keep that to yourself and I will fix my daughter even if I have to beat her with a bamboo stick . . .

Its tough enough being almost an outsider to a family that has a strict no-tolerance policy to \'others\' but being raised with my nose in a book by a priest/preacher/imam/rabbi/etc helped smooth that out... telling people things about their cultures that they dont even know goes a long way...

But... No - she didnt threaten me .... she just opened my eyes to a little reality. . . and luckily with a few monthly visits from her mother the probems were fixed. It all boiled down to my asawa feeling bad that we go out to dinner and spend several thousand peso routinely when she knows some of her family are just eating plain rice - if anything. Her mother explained to her that if I help EVERY family member we too would be eating plain white rice and its not HER job - or MY JOB to feed the entire world - and that  I had a right to enjoy my own money with my wife...

But .. I got back to thinking - what if I had not helped her so much in the past (EVERY type of help ... my total CASH outlay was VERY LOW compared to yous.. only around P50k-70k TOTAL to the mother since the first time I met her... I dont part with cash... I have over 20 siblings in USA.. I would be broke already if  did not keep track of my finances... but I give ideas to improve family businesses, etc)...

You can figure the rest out Seaman
Title: Re: Thailand
Post by: southern92 on February 03, 2010, 08:56:45 AM
Dylan,
I am curious.  When you said \"One little letter and almost any wife can block your passport from leaving the country. \" What exactly does this mean? 
Title: Re: Thailand
Post by: dylanaz on February 03, 2010, 06:07:37 PM
Dylan,
I am curious.  When you said \"One little letter and almost any wife can block your passport from leaving the country. \" What exactly does this mean?  


Some people can do it for bad reasons or even extortion so I will not name the document here - but people can put your name on a \'list\' of people not allowed to leave the country...

SHOULD be used to keep someone from taking your/their child out of the country... and you apply it to your childs passport... but you can keep almost anyone here using it...