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 I agree with Frank, but I feel I have to mention there is a reason some women think the way they do.

 First, they see the foreigners spending money like it grows on trees, like life is just one big party. What they don't see is the foreigner working his ass off in his home country ( and I mean really working with all the long hours and stresses involved, not like the "work" many do here), so that he can come to Thailand for a few weeks every 2-3 years. They probably think the foreigner, when he leaves Thailand, is headed to Rio, Hawaii, or some other exotic destination to continue the party.

 Also, the women who get lucky and land a "rich" foreigner and move overseas, don't help matters. When they return to Thailand to visit, they really put on a show. They lavish the family with gifts, cash, shopping sprees, meals at fancy restaurants, you name it. What they fail to mention to the family is that back in their adopted country, they work very hard for that money, often as low paid factory workers, maid, etc. It's all in the name of "face".

 I know one Thai woman who racked up $10,000 on a credit card on a trip back home! She seemed ok with it, she must be the highest of the hi-so's in her village.

 So, it's no wonder Thais think the way they do about us. One Thai guy wanted me to take him to the US to get a job. He said he wanted to work for 1 year there and then he could come back and retire!  They haven't a clue.


  I don't usually notice how dirty KK is, but I do notice some parts of the city really stink!

Open discussion / Animal rescue foundation
« on: June 10, 2018, 02:31:07 PM »

 I recently discovered an animal rescue shelter not far from where I live. It is run by a couple of Swiss ladies with a very dedicated Thai staff. It is in Ban Fang, about 35 km from KK.

 I stopped by one day and was given a tour. It was very impressive. Over 500 dogs, cats, pigs and ducks. They have large pens for the animals, so there is no crowding, a medical section, large commercial type kitchen, and they even have a swimming pool for the dogs.

 I'm not a dog lover, (I love my dog), but I hate to see animals suffer, and I see it every day here. The compassion these ladies have for animals is wonderful. They will not turn away any animal in need. They get calls in the middle of the night that a dog has been injured and they will go right away to get the dog.

 As I said, it was very impressive. The only negative was when they showed me the medical unit. There are many crippled dogs, all as a result of being hit by cars, and they have several dogs with open wounds. The dogs are well taken care of and their wounds are cleaned and their bandages changed every day. Still, it was very difficult for me to see that.

 I know many foreigners are looking for volunteer opportunities and this foundation accepts volunteers.  If anyone is interested, they have a facebook page, a youtube video, ( volunteer at saved souls animal sanctuary), and a website (saved souls animal

 I hope this isn't against forum rules to post this. I have nothing to do with the foundation, I just think it is a noble cause and with the problem of homeless and unwanted dogs, it's good to see someone is doing something to help.

Where to find . . . / Re: Bathroom scale
« on: May 29, 2018, 02:35:39 PM »

Thanks, that will save me a lot of running around.

Where to find . . . / Bathroom scale
« on: May 29, 2018, 01:37:20 PM »

 Where can I buy a bathroom scale in KK?

Open discussion / Re: Poof....Gone
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:49:35 AM »

  Not surprising at all. The restaurant business is difficult in any country. Now you try it in a foreign country, it's almost certain to fail.

Open discussion / Re: Songkeaw
« on: May 12, 2018, 03:53:32 PM »


 I also thought you spelled it wrong as I have never heard of a "songkeaw", and I asked the wife and she hadn't either. As Rex said, there is no correct spelling using the Roman alphabet, so I never gave it a second thought.

 I have seen what you call a songkeaw. I just thought of them as a big songtheaw. If it is indeed called a songkeaw, I would like to know so I can speak correctly should I ever need to use that word.

 Anyway, songtheaw, songkeaw, nothing to loose sleep over, that's for sure. I hope you stay with us, you're a valued member of this forum.


  I mentioned on another thread here that my wife couldn't find a dentist to pull a tooth because her bp was too high. My sister, a geriatric nurse, told her before she went on medication, to change her eating habits, including, cutting out ALL salt.

 Her bp was,  169/102 and now is around   100/60.  She said her food isn't very tasty, but she feels much better. Just a suggestion.

 I have low bp. Sometimes it gets down to around,  85/53. Drinking alcohol and eating more salt has helped a little. We have a home BP monitor and my bp is always low, but when I go to the doctors, they tell me it's high. I know it's the white coat syndrome, compounded by 45 minutes in Thai traffic. way to control

 In our village, it seems everyone is on high blood pressure medication. They take the meds but make no attempt to change their eating habits. I would think a combination of meds and a healthy diet, would be the best.

Holidays & Festivals / Re: SONGKRAN
« on: April 05, 2018, 02:52:58 PM »

 I have to agree with Red Parrot Fish. How could anyone but an idiot, think it's a good idea to turn the worlds deadliest roads into a playground for children?

Open discussion / Thai old age pension
« on: March 20, 2018, 02:02:17 PM »

 My wife has applied for her old age pension and filled out the paperwork to have it deposited into her Krung Thai account.

 Now, we want to know when she will get her first payment. Her birthday was in Feb, but the village elders are telling her she won't see the first deposit untill next year!

 Sounds a bit off, but they do some crazy stuff here, so I don't know what to believe.

 Anyone have any experience with this?

Open discussion / Warning! Keep your "tabien loat" (car book) IN the car!
« on: February 02, 2018, 11:34:28 AM »

 This may be common knowledge to most, but it's new to me.

 I got pulled over at a police checkpoint the other day. I never worry because I always have everything in order. The cop looked at my license, walked around and looked at the tax sticker, and then asked to see the car book. (Tabien loat) I told him I keep it at home so I don't lose it.

 He said I should at least have a copy of it in the car and sent me off to the side to pay a fine.

 I've had this pickup truck for 20 years and been stopped many times, even paid a few fines, (Just last month for not wearing a seatbelt). I've never been asked for car book before.

 200 bht, no big deal, but a new one for me.

Open discussion / Re: Spaying a dog
« on: February 01, 2018, 12:48:22 PM »


 When you had your dogs spayed, how was the recovery? Did they give you any specific instructions on how to care for them? The internet says they should wear one of those weird cone collars or they will bite at the stitches.

Open discussion / Re: Spaying a dog
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:30:02 AM »

 Thanks Rex and RPF,

 We like KKU, but did have a bad experience with a student trying to draw blood.

 We've never had a dog spayed before and am a bit concerned. Google sites give the impression after the surgery, we will need to monitor our dog 24 hours a day for 2 weeks! I'm sure that's a bit much. Here in the village, I would think after spaying, a dog is on his own.


Open discussion / Spaying a dog
« on: January 31, 2018, 12:44:24 PM »

 We want to get our female dog spayed but not sure where we should go. We usually take our dogs to the KKU animal hospital, but they often have student vets and for this surgery, we would prefer someone with more experience.

New Member Introductions / Re: another over-educated Aussie
« on: January 23, 2018, 10:31:19 AM »
 Welcome Russell,

 Sounds like you earned your retirement. Hope you enjoy it as much as most of us here.

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