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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #400 on: October 22, 2014, 07:01:44 AM »
^ Juts one bog holiday all year round.

Do you travel away from Thailand often? i.e. visits to old blighty?

Last time back to UK was 2008. Before that 2000. Next trip Christmas 2015.

I do miss it but its not really a vacation place. Plus, there's all these things you have to do when you go back - relatives & stuff. I travel mostly around Asia and the US and of course people come out here, so I have to entertain.

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #401 on: October 22, 2014, 07:02:52 AM »
It's very hard when he's best friends with Gary Glitter  ;D

Lol - that too...

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #402 on: October 22, 2014, 07:59:00 AM »
Ever go to Sri Lanka or stick to the Orient?

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #403 on: October 27, 2014, 02:25:34 AM »
Ever go to Sri Lanka or stick to the Orient?

Not yet - sort of swerving the whole Indian subcontinent until a cure for Delhi Belly comes out....

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #404 on: October 27, 2014, 02:27:41 AM »
Poor little fella.

A few minutes walk from my house, they are clearing some marshland to make way for a new condo building...

This little fella got roadkilled there, I guess looking for a new place to live.

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #405 on: October 27, 2014, 02:46:28 AM »
Last time back to UK was 2008. Before that 2000. Next trip Christmas 2015.

I do miss it but its not really a vacation place. Plus, there's all these things you have to do when you go back - relatives & stuff. I travel mostly around Asia and the US and of course people come out here, so I have to entertain.

how do you eanr your money out there pedro

I hear you can live like a king for comparatively small amounts
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« Reply #406 on: October 27, 2014, 03:15:22 AM »
how do you eanr your money out there pedro

I hear you can live like a king for comparatively small amounts

I day trade & I have a company in the financial industry - all the sales coming in through the web. So I could really be anywhere.

In terms of living like a king for a small amount. That sort of depends on your definition of living like a king.

The more home comforts you want, the more expensive it is. So you can have a bottle of Singha for 35 Baht (80p-ish) or a bottle of Fullers ESB for 150-250 Baht 3-5 quid.

You can live in a 75 baht a month room but you will be pretty far from luxury. For a luxury 3 bed condo, you'd be looking at  2,000 + a month (you could easily spend 10 grand a month on a pad). The last place we rented was a 1 bed at 1,000 a month for 180 sq meters/1900 sq feet. For a capital city that's pretty cheap. If you went to Pattaya, you could halve that and have a really nice place.

Thai food is cheap and plentiful and you get amazing food at the supermarkets very cheap. I don't eat much western food, so I do save there. You can eat a decent mean for less than 1 quid.

Property is cheap - my 3 bed house cost about 180k and is 5 min walk to the train station that goes into town but far enough out of town to be good for cycling & walks. So cheap property but it's swings & roundabouts 'cause my car cost over 70k and it's really nothing special  :'(  :'(  :'(  - so it seems that you get a deal in one thing but you pay it back elsewhere.

Medical care is cheap - even if you use international hospitals. We have insurance but the amounts are so small that we usually don't bother claiming.

Schools are expensive - for an international school, it will cost 7,800 per year, per child for a British curriculum school and that is NOT the high end. The alternative is sending them to a Thai school and having them come out complete muppets.

Petrol is fairly cheap at about 63p per liter for 95 octane with 10% ethanol.

We overpay our maid who comes 3 times a week and cleans the house top to bottom, does some babysitting and runs errands for us. She gets 150 a month. It's still pretty cheap.

If living like a king is being a single guy, living in Pattaya in a 500 a month (decent) appartment, eating well, screwing a 3-4 hookers a week, going to the gym, taking gear, sitting by the pool - yeah - that is very cheap.

But raising a family, living in Bangkok - it's expensive but the standard of living is way above the UK overall I believe. It's very subjective though and it's not for everyone.

Kids really do fuck everything up...

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #407 on: October 27, 2014, 03:29:05 AM »

Property is cheap - my 3 bed house cost about 180k and is 5 min walk to the train station that goes into town but far enough out of town to be good for cycling & walks. So cheap property but it's swings & roundabouts 'cause my car cost over 70k and it's really nothing special  :'(  :'(  :'(  - so it seems that you get a deal in one thing but you pay it back elsewhere.

Not top rub it in

Uk prices

Prosche Panamera 63k new
Range Rover Sport 61k new

But a house in London centrally doesn't even make sense, I was lucky I snapped I new apartment a few years ago at 325k from a developer in Zone 1.


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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #408 on: October 27, 2014, 03:37:38 AM »
Not top rub it in

Uk prices

Prosche Panamera 63k new
Range Rover Sport 61k new

But a house in London centrally doesn't even make sense, I was lucky I snapped I new apartment a few years ago at 325k from a developer in Zone 1.


I love the Panamera - but out here they start at 167K. The Range Rover isn't as bad at about 90k. The engine size impacts the crazy taxes as does whether it's Thai built or Thai assembled (BMW assemble here but pretty much flat packs the cars Ikea style for local assembly) or just imported.

Still - it's not too bad. I have a friend in Singapore that paid over US$115k for a second hand Citroen. Them's crazy prices.

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #409 on: October 27, 2014, 03:45:13 AM »
I love the Panamera - but out here they start at 167K. The Range Rover isn't as bad at about 90k. The engine size impacts the crazy taxes as does whether it's Thai built or Thai assembled (BMW assemble here but pretty much flat packs the cars Ikea style for local assembly) or just imported.

Still - it's not too bad. I have a friend in Singapore that paid over US$115k for a second hand Citroen. Them's crazy prices.

can the car market be exploited

for instance could you import 1 to 3 year old high end cars and sell them on

a lot of coountried tax new cars but they don't apply to the used market

are there enough rich people out there to support a market like that
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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #410 on: October 27, 2014, 03:48:56 AM »
can the car market be exploited

for instance could you import 1 to 3 year old high end cars and sell them on

a lot of coountried tax new cars but they don't apply to the used market

are there enough rich people out there to support a market like that

Duties on 2nd hand imports are basically same as new. Then apply tax of the NEW price, not the cars value. So the tax can end up being more than the car is worth.

There is a big black market in cars here, bringing them in and paying off the authorities to avoid the tax but if you get caught, they take the car off you.

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #411 on: October 27, 2014, 04:45:30 AM »
Duties on 2nd hand imports are basically same as new. Then apply tax of the NEW price, not the cars value. So the tax can end up being more than the car is worth.

There is a big black market in cars here, bringing them in and paying off the authorities to avoid the tax but if you get caught, they take the car off you.

pity could have been a money spinner

I suppose good kit cars like caterhams could be an option

if you built them locally

is the road network poor too
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« Reply #412 on: October 27, 2014, 08:28:25 AM »
pity could have been a money spinner

I suppose good kit cars like caterhams could be an option

if you built them locally

is the road network poor too

Yeah - roads are shocking in most places.

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #413 on: October 27, 2014, 09:09:52 AM »
How much would it cost to live like tim sharky?

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #414 on: October 27, 2014, 02:05:14 PM »
Found these class A Leprechaun inducers in my neighbours front garden.

A good polish beer 1.90 euro a bottle :)

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« Reply #415 on: October 27, 2014, 02:10:48 PM »
Found these class A Leprechaun inducers in my neighbours front garden.

A good polish beer 1.90 euro a bottle :)

I could go and pick a thousand right now.

Ah. the youth of today, such fun right under their noses.

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #416 on: October 27, 2014, 02:16:04 PM »
a thousand eh, I need to pay your greenery a visit...

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #417 on: October 27, 2014, 11:00:11 PM »
This week or rather the end of last week has been like hell week around our house. I'll not go into details here, but this not something that can be easily portrayed with photos.

My wife and I are headed to the coast tomorrow for a couple of days. It will probably be stormy. If the opportunity arises for some decent photos from our ocean front room, I'll be posting those later.

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« Reply #418 on: October 27, 2014, 11:47:42 PM »
Found these class A Leprechaun inducers in my neighbours front garden.

A good polish beer 1.90 euro a bottle :)

How does sir take his shrooms?

Tea or straight up?

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #419 on: October 28, 2014, 12:59:12 AM »
I made tea with them a month ago, last time I used them. Have been collecting, drying over heater, grinding in coffee grinder and filling up a brown paper bag in the freezer. Next time I will try lemontek as they call it, soaking some powder in lemon juice for 20-30 minutes then knocking it back.

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #420 on: October 28, 2014, 03:23:36 AM »
tyskie is decent
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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #421 on: October 28, 2014, 03:49:37 AM »
what do you like? some english ales are good quality

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« Reply #422 on: October 28, 2014, 04:21:37 AM »
what do you like? some english ales are good quality

I tend to dry different stuff

like the Czech and polish stuff

I used to love fosters ice but they stopped making it

normally now if im having a beer at home il get some fosters
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« Reply #423 on: October 28, 2014, 07:12:34 AM »
I made tea with them a month ago, last time I used them. Have been collecting, drying over heater, grinding in coffee grinder and filling up a brown paper bag in the freezer. Next time I will try lemontek as they call it, soaking some powder in lemon juice for 20-30 minutes then knocking it back.

Cool.

I used to just eat them freshly picked but the are pretty hard to get down your neck that way.

I was always concerned that making tea would lose potency but I ended up 100% converted to tea. It seems to hit the spot even faster.

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Re: Random weekly picture from your real life thread
« Reply #424 on: October 28, 2014, 05:57:59 PM »
The Pacific ocean from our hotel balcony today in Cannon Beach, OR.  The big rock in the one photo is Haystack Rock, It is a landmark here.

It is also my mom's gravestone of sorts. Thirty years ago, my sisters and I tossed her ashes in the ocean right in front of Haystack Rock. It's illegal to do that these days.

Just got another great shot of the sunset from our balcony. I'll post this later.