Bangkok Real Life

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  1. dearlpitts

    dearlpitts Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I enjoyed the video, reminds me of downtown LA, just with different style.
     
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    That’s because it’s too damn hot to mug someone!
     
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    I lived for 5 years in Mabalacat, Philippines and this video takes me home.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. Looks pretty much like urban sprawl anywhere. Reminds me of a lot of areas in Mexico. Not my favorite but could be fun for awhile. For me being on the outskirts of a city though is not ideal because you have the noise, crowds, pollution of the city without the actual city.

    The food everywhere is something I would like, the problem is it's all Thai food. I love me some Thai food but never understood why asian cultures tend to be so native food centric. My wife was Vietnamese american and her mom only cooked and ate Vietnamese food. When they went out to eat 100% of the time it was for Vietnamese or Chinese food and the Chinese restaurants they went to were owned and run by Vietnamese. Every restaurant in little saigon is viet. And the Thai, Koreans, Chinese, Filipino, etc are all the same. To all of them, their food is pretty much the only kind of food they like and are content eating the same style food every day of their life because that's what they were raised on.

    Of course the second generation and beyond including my wife and her siblings adapted to the US style of eating lots of different culture's food. But when I see these videos or travel and food shows in Asian countries it's always the same. What they consider variety is different styles and regional specialties, but all Thai food in Thailand, Chinese food in China, Japanese food in Japan, etc.

    That's something I have to give to Mexico. Sure, the majority of restaurants are Mexican food but it is easy to find Italian, Chinese, American, Thai, Japanese, etc in most cities and tourist areas in Mexico.
     
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    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    after 23 years in NYC, I am LOVING being back in Texas....where there is LOTS of greenery, space and friendly people. I do NOT miss the NYC urban jungle at all. I loved it for a long time...but I fell out of love years ago.

    That being said, I could see living in a city like Bangkok or Mexico City for a couple of years at some point. But not long term. If I were in Thailand I'd have to go to Chiang Mai or some less-touristy beach town (if they still exist). If I were in Mexico, I'd have to go to a place like San Miguel de Allende or a beach town.
     
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    You can find just about any type of food in any city in Thailand. In the malls there are more Japanese restaurants than Thai. Tomorrow I'm meeting a friend for Lebanese food for lunch....the world is smaller than you think
     
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    Chiang Mai is more touristy Tham Bangkok and filled with annoying begpackers
     
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    Well up north.. If you want to catch monster catfish, this is the place for you.

    And I'm pretty sure we have the perfect climate for growing cotton should you want to start a plantation
     
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    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    sounds like I might have to pass on Thailand and do Vietnam.
     
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    Well not to be self deprecating of AMERICAN's, every place I was overseas as GI, most of them would want KFC or Pizza Hut washed down with a Bud or Miller Lite instead of eating local food. Just saying. It probably took me a month to sweat out all the Kimchi and OB when I returned from Korea.
     
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    @guitaro you're right that Koreans and Filipinos usually eat their food at home. I've found that eating out they're as adventurous or more so than my American friends, but eating out in those countries is a luxury not everyone can afford (it can easily be 2X or more expensive to eat Foreign food than domestic fare).
     
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    Eating out in the United States is a luxury that most people should not be indulging in so often. Especially not when you look at statistics of how little money people have saved in emergency funds or retirement funds.

    https://www.bankrate.com/banking/savings/financial-security-june-2019/

    "Nearly three in 10 (28 percent) U.S. adults have no emergency savings, according to Bankrate’s latest Financial Security Index. One in four have a rainy day fund, but not enough money to cover three months’ worth of living expenses."
     
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    From the Sound of Music, I think.....

    " College age Thai girls,
    all tied up in string,....
    these are a few of my favorite things."
     
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    You are indeed fortunate to be looking into those beautiful NH mountains.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    The one day per year when they are NOT covered with snow??? :)
     
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    Snow is awesome you know! You never have to mow snow, and weeds don’t grow in it either.
     
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    You're talking my language. I went homeless very briefly once when I got sick while working abroad in Korea. It was a slow road, but I got myself on track financially and genuinely believe I could retire within a decade (in the Philippines).
     
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    Here is a neat video. This street market is just about 800 meters from where I used to live...I still go there a couple of times per week as it is only 1 skytrain stop away from my current condo. Great food and nice vendors.

    @1.59 my favorite fried Chicken guy....off the hook ! (HaddYai Fried Chicken)

     
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    Where in the Philippines are you looking at?
     
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    You had me at pretty girls.
     
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