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Post by SJP17 » May 8, 2019, 2:38 pm

GT93 wrote:
May 8, 2019, 2:31 pm
I understood Stickman sold the website and related intellectual property rights a couple of years ago and returned to New Zealand to live. The purchaser was paying Stickman to keep writing the Stickman Weekly.

The purchaser wasn't successful and was apparently losing money. He couldn't afford to pay Stickman who decided to cease writing the column. It seems the purchaser might have sold the website back to Stickman and the Nana Plaza guru now seems to be regularly visiting Thailand.

Stickman and Yartims raise an interesting question. Thailand isn't as cheap as it used to be. Many baby boomers arrived when Thailand was fairly inexpensive. I think fewer younger farang will be settling down in Thailand. They just won't have enough savings to risk it.

I suppose those farang fleeing mucked up lives in farangland might keep coming to Thailand as those chaps typically don't carefully plan their lives.
Its all about planning early for your retirement and making the financial commitment to pay extra into a pension pot.

Id say the ones that have had problems are less likely to be able to live there if they tighten up the rules more.

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Post by Raoul Duke » May 8, 2019, 6:08 pm

Natas wrote:
May 8, 2019, 3:23 am
Raoul Duke wrote:
May 7, 2019, 9:32 pm
yartims wrote:
May 6, 2019, 2:04 pm
What’s going to happen to the number of Westerners retiring in Thailand in the future?
They will keep coming and staying.Bangkok is full of Falang and always will be.A recent outing around Udon over the weekend revealed lots of Whiteys walking around looking like experienced campaigners (handling the heat and the Thainess with ease)
Same as it ever was.Same as it will ever be.
To bad your statement above is not correct. It is entirely the opposite. The Baby Boomers are dying off and getting sick.. Udon is not as busy as it was.
There is no influx of younger people or retires moving here...

As for Stickman. How many bar stool warriors here in Thailand did not listen to his warnings.
What were this so called Stickman guru's warnings?
Stickman guru from Nuezulund....the mind boggles :roll: I have Images of a thin Moari man sitting around giving the friendly locals the winning lucky numbers.
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Post by Giggle » May 8, 2019, 6:16 pm

SJP17 wrote:
May 8, 2019, 2:38 pm
Id say the ones that have had problems are less likely to be able to live there...
You mean people like GT?

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Post by Natas » May 8, 2019, 6:22 pm

Raoul Duke wrote:
May 8, 2019, 6:08 pm
Natas wrote:
May 8, 2019, 3:23 am
Raoul Duke wrote:
May 7, 2019, 9:32 pm
yartims wrote:
May 6, 2019, 2:04 pm
What’s going to happen to the number of Westerners retiring in Thailand in the future?
They will keep coming and staying.Bangkok is full of Falang and always will be.A recent outing around Udon over the weekend revealed lots of Whiteys walking around looking like experienced campaigners (handling the heat and the Thainess with ease)
Same as it ever was.Same as it will ever be.
To bad your statement above is not correct. It is entirely the opposite. The Baby Boomers are dying off and getting sick.. Udon is not as busy as it was.
There is no influx of younger people or retires moving here...

As for Stickman. How many bar stool warriors here in Thailand did not listen to his warnings.
What were this so called Stickman guru's warnings?
Stickman guru from Nuezulund....the mind boggles :roll: I have Images of a thin Moari man sitting around giving the friendly locals the winning lucky numbers.
If you could not read between the lines in his various articles, letters, etc.. Well guess you do not get it.

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Post by GT93 » May 13, 2019, 2:36 am

Stickman commented this week about the farang flying club going quiet:

"Of course, suicide is hardly uncommon amongst expats in Thailand and reports of farangs jumping from the balcony of their Pattaya apartment were common. Were, as in used to be. Seldom would a month go by without at least a couple of expats reported to have jumped. It happened so often that we almost became desensitised to it. But how often do you hear reports of expats jumping these days? Not nearly as often ... Or could it be that the Thai news media has adopted the practice of much of the West in not reporting the details of suicides?"

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Post by jai yen yen » May 13, 2019, 10:28 pm

Stick talked about the nightlife side of Thailand mainly, if that offends you sensitive types too bad. He does know what he is talking about and put out a great website for a long time. He eventually sold the website and moved back to NZ. He was later hired back to write the weekly column again. As far as Whitey retiring in Thailand there is and will be less of them. Thailand is more expensive, less fun, more corrupt, more regulations, more crowded with Chinese and still run by the wealthy and the military. No more democracy. Say what you want, Thailand and Thais were happier and it was a much nicer place in the Thaksin days. Even if you want to believe the BS propaganda directed at Thaksin and his followers you have to admit the country was way better off when he was running it. If Thailand was still the way it was in 2003 I would still be there.

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Post by Raoul Duke » May 16, 2019, 6:59 am

jai yen yen wrote:
May 13, 2019, 10:28 pm
Thailand is more expensive, less fun, more corrupt, more regulations, more crowded with Chinese and still run by the wealthy and the military.
And Beautiful.
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Post by saint » May 16, 2019, 2:23 pm

Gotta agree with the Thaksin comment , but is that because of Thaksin or just differant times in general . I think the latter .
With the advance of the internet these days , to me Thais are much more consumer orientated than they were . Especially the youngsters .
They see everyone else has something and they want it now . Credit to the eyeballs , does not make happy , smiley people .

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Post by jai yen yen » May 16, 2019, 10:40 pm

Raoul Duke wrote:
May 16, 2019, 6:59 am
jai yen yen wrote:
May 13, 2019, 10:28 pm
Thailand is more expensive, less fun, more corrupt, more regulations, more crowded with Chinese and still run by the wealthy and the military.
And Beautiful.
I have a funny story, when I met my now Thai wife back in 2008 she took my for a drive to her village in So Phisai and around the countryside to show me hoe beautiful it was. She was so proud of the dry countryside which looked quite bleak to me and the muddy ponds they call lakes up there. Out of respect I did not say what I thought. A few years later we were getting on quite well and I brought her to Vancouver Island in Canada for a visit. After a couple of days of salmon fishing in a beautiful ocean with snow topped mountains and blue sky surrounding us and riding through some of our parks and forests with crystal clear rivers and lakes with tall green trees everywhere she said something to me.
She told me she was so embarrased when she had told me how beautiful Thailand was that day she took me for a drive a few years ago. She said she had no idea how beautiful a country could be. Her words not mine but I do agree.Thailand does have a few nice beachs and average parks but it is not close to many other places in the world for real beauty.

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Post by tamada » May 17, 2019, 12:49 am

Old Grumpy wrote:
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I think it is nice to know ' other services ' are available..good on her to offer assistance..You dont have to accept / except.
Perhaps the man with the 29yrs here, and no visa, wanting to exit homeside without getting caught, could have done with the lady's assistance..Look These things have been going on since Buddha was a boy. things slipped under the counter, midnight boat rides, etc etc...I have used such services in the past. I paid for heads to be turned, and I got what I wanted..everyone was happy nei..
Rather a selfish point of view that, I'm alright Jack aye? Whilst I admit the petty thievery of keeping your 100bht change has gone on for years this has taken extortion to a whole new level, whilst I wouldn't object paying 25k every year , if that was the visa fee, it would be worth it, to me anyway, what gets up my nose is the way this scam works I feel it imply's that I am stupid by falling for it. Well I am not, its obvious to any one with half a brain what's going on, the hunting for the slightest reason to reject your application thereby forcing you into the hands of the fixers, they hope, so they can line their filthy criminal pockets .Some further info on the fixer has come to light, she apparently operates from Bangkok and gets her customers from there, then flies up to Udon with the passports to do the rest of the dirty work. When asked to bring her price down to 20k she replied, that will leave me nothing, so you can gather from that how much she pays her mates to do the rest of the work .Maybe Bangkok Imm might be interested in her activities, if not for the illegal aspect possibly for taking bread from their mouth .
How many times does one have to feel pressured about the arbitrary 100 baht 'tip' before adopting the rather radical concept of always presenting the exact amount of money for the service being rendered?

Getting upset over what one feels is being 'implied' suggests to me that one is placing far too much truck in the Asian concept of 'face'. IMHO, non-asians don't do 'face'... or rather they don't do it at all well. Unless they've been here too long of course.

Despite the recent income letter kerfuffle and the brand new mandatory insurance 'law', the provenance required to extend both sorts of long-term permission to stay are pretty much cut and dried with each Immigration Offfice's unique peccadilloes and quirks already well discussed, regularly reviewed and pretty much defined. Visiting the office a week or 10 days ahead to check on any changes hasn't reportedly failed anyone yet. That's my half-a-brain opinion after personally enduring a dozen-and-a-half successful, serial extensions at two different offices.

As for trying to get this obviously 'illegal' operation shut down, what if one of the benefactors of her 'scam' is an old gent, nice bloke, quiet, lived here for years, frozen pension, no other sustainable income, no home to go back to, bereft of any sort of financial safety net and barely self-insured. Nonetheless happily married, slipping into his dotage while his progeny finish up at Rajabhat.

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Post by Old Grumpy » May 17, 2019, 6:17 am

tamada wrote:
May 17, 2019, 12:49 am
As for trying to get this obviously 'illegal' operation shut down, what if one of the benefactors of her 'scam' is an old gent, nice bloke, quiet, lived here for years, frozen pension, no other sustainable income, no home to go back to, bereft of any sort of financial safety net and barely self-insured. Nonetheless happily married, slipping into his dotage while his progeny finish up at Rajabhat.
So now your suggesting that this"nice old bloke" should break the law of the country he has chosen to die in .What about an equally nice old bloke with a different set of morals , who chooses not to engage in illegal activities, being sent home because the IO in an attempt to bolster his already substantial "earnings" turned down his application on a minor technicality.There is no sentiment on either side, its entirely up to the individual to comply with the demands placed upon us to qualify, just that some of us, obviously raised differently, maintain the standards of a lifetime rather than lower them to the depths others are prepared to go to.It should be obvious that if everyone had this same moral attitude the crooked scammers wouldn't be able to exist .





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Post by saint » May 17, 2019, 8:26 am

Cant argue with that Grumpy . spot on .

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Post by tamada » May 17, 2019, 12:36 pm

saint wrote:
May 17, 2019, 8:26 am
Cant argue with that Grumpy . spot on .
Yeah Grumpy, whatever feeds your high horse mate.

PS. Don't forget your (small) change.

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Post by Old Grumpy » May 17, 2019, 7:58 pm

tamada wrote:
May 17, 2019, 12:36 pm
saint wrote:
May 17, 2019, 8:26 am
Cant argue with that Grumpy . spot on .
Yeah Grumpy, whatever feeds your high horse mate.

PS. Don't forget your (small) change.
If maintaining the standards of my generation puts me on a high horse, so be it, that makes me proud, not ashamed. My only regret is that the tradition hasn't been passed on to the younger generation.

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Post by tamada » May 17, 2019, 10:57 pm

^ That's your perception entirely sir, to which you are entirely entitled sir.

My perception is just as there really isn't a whole generation of suddenly shiftless and dishonest youth, neither is there a huge groundswell of willfully law-breaking retirees suddenly plaguing civilization.

There's undeniably a den of corruption within immigration here but when it comes to my turn, I won't be waving my walking stick or scowling at them and I will always have the correct change.

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