Bangkok Real Life

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  1. Raindog

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    A few ex-Pats that I know are leaving Malaysia and the Philippines to live in Vietnam. They say that it is beautiful there, very clean and the natives are friendly. Even one hanging out in Guam is moving.

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    Bangkok's Central Park (Lumpinee Park)

     
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    It kind of depends on what I'm imagining at that time (it's possible I might not want to stop working altogether). If I'm still working I may choose Baguio as it's about 30 minutes from my wife's hometown (in reasonable traffic) and not so hot.

    Context for those of you who don't know.

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    Hey! We've got a couple mountains here too, that is Mansfield from a distance. Hard to see in the fog.
    You're probably used to the view from the other side, where the ski trails are:)

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    This is a small part of my back yard. I really don't like to get out all that much:)

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    Looks not too foreign from any urban area in the US. The biggest difference I noticed was there wasn’t a panhandler every 10 feet like in most urban areas. I was a little surprised by the number of pickup trucks. Looks a lot like home in ways.
     
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    They may catch *you*. I saw one that was at least 500 lbs, and I think they get up to around 650 lbs. At around 150 lbs, a catfish mouth is big enough to engulf your head and more. At 650 lbs, you're just a snack and gee, I wish I had some hot sauce.
     
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    From my days in the Midwest, I'd have to say that you DO have to mow snow (snow blower, old fashioned shovel) if you want to walk anywhere. Weeds don't grow in it, but driving in it can be spectacularly un-fun.
     
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    I've heard traffic described many different ways in the Philippines but "reasonable traffic" isn't one of them. LOL. I don't scare easy but taking a bus to Baguio scared the crap out of me. Seeing dead buses at the bottom of ravines didn't help. But you are right, Baguio is a cool (pun intended) place to live. Bobby Fischer settled there for a bunch of years while in exile.


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    There are three roads to Baguio. I’m guessing I’ve never been on the one with dead buses. Traffic is reasonable if you avoid the busiest times of day. Manila traffic is awful. There’s no predicting a bad time of day. The only fast way to travel is on toll roads but there are very few of those.


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    This is a walkthru of Wang Lang market located on the river and one of the best places to hang out for a few hours and shop/eat/shop/eat/drink..and girl watch.

    It's nice because accessible via river boat and also a ferry to take you across the river to The Maharaj and upscale shopping/eating complex

     
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    The one pictured, Kennon Road, is the main approach from the south. It is perpetually (and indefinitely now) closed due to poor road conditions and landslides. When I last traveled it, Victory Liners (buses) would take both lanes going around turns, honking to let oncoming traffic know that they are coming. We saw the remains of two buses that had run off the road and many other vehicles. You are correct that traffic in Baguio doesn't hold a candle to Manila. In Manila, traffic has gotten so bad that you can only drive your vehicle in town on certain days, depending on the last digit of your license. Huge fine for breaking that law.
     
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    Thanks for posting these videos. I like the format of them with no audio. It's nice with the high definition.
     
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    Yep, I wanted to live in Baguio at one point. Butnow, I think I like the islands... like Bohol.
     
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    So certain death highways, crippling traffic jams, and a healthy dose of street crime in the cities and Islamic Militants in the countryside? I know the girls are hot, but this is a lot to overcome lol.
     
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    A close friend (who introduced me to my wife) is from Bohol but I've never been. Another friend married a nurse from Palawan, and that looks to me to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Especially if you're a sailor (I grew up sailing).

    @guitaro The Islamic Militants, called MILF, are in the southernmost province of Mindinao. There's no terrorism in my area and Muslims are a small minority. Traffic jams are terrible in Manila. They aren't too common in my wife's area but a bad accident can cause serious congestion.
     
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    :)
     
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    I'm glad you didn't miss that. I certainly laughed the first time I heard it.

    Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF):
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    How do you feel about Dumaguete? That's my dream retirement spot.

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    Looks very nice! I already have property in Bohol. Thinking of selling though...
     
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    Looks great. Brings back memories. It would not be a video of Bangkok without at least one durian stand.
     

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