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  1. The issue of 'face' in Asia is, in my view, a cop out. It has become an institutionalised method of lying, laziness, rudeness, for giving misinformation , or for just plain stupidity and it gets excused by saying, because its in Asia, it's a matter of 'face'. I just don't buy it. It drives me nuts in Thailand and it seems that parts of the PI suffer from the same phenomena?
  2. Saw a video yesterday of the UK in the early 1960s, all the kids playing outside and having little adventures, stuff modern kids never seem to experience, stuck as they are with modern electronics. Society, at least in some countries, has lost something really valuable that will never be replaced. Its sad really, but such is progress.
  3. Thank goodness for that. Perhaps the UK can now move on from the madness and incompetence of the last 3 years and actually move forward and get stuff done. Its done a bit of good for the bad exchange rate over the last few years, so all good. .
  4. Thailand never comes anywhere in these competitions, mainly because the best looking 'females' here are males.
  5. It's a burden I put up with, for in all other aspects, she is perfect.
  6. I was trying to make the point, unsuccessfully it seems, that despite it being in the tropics, at least in Thailand, it can get close to the definition of 'cold'.
  7. Normally at this time of the year, by the side of me, wrapped up in a thick quilt, socks, a thick onsey and maybe a second blanket. It's like getting near Fort Knox. Have to wait for March for her to ease up on the clothes, poor lass. You would think that after 20 years of living in the UK she would understand cold, but she has reverted to type since we moved here.
  8. yes, it was up there, see the weather report above. Thin ice covering static water in the north here is not that unusual.
  9. https://www.thaipbsworld.com/temperatures-to-drop-a-further-2-4oc-in-n-and-ne-tomorrow/
  10. it's all relative. When you are used to 33 to 36 degrees, nill wind and 80% humidity , for 10 months of the year, 28 degrees , low humidity and windy conditions can definitely feel 'cold'. At night, by any definition, in the tropics, 16 to 18 degrees is cold. Just ask anyone who is here right now. My wife's mother was chipping ice off a bowl of water this morning in North East Thailand and building a fire to keep warm. Government here issues free blankets to people living in that area and in the north of the country. I call that cold.
  11. 0f course, its one of the great pleasures of having a pet family. They are cleaned up before hand and they are only small.
  12. Right now, it's the only time that the dogs (x 2) and the cat seep on the bed together without fighting. It gets rather crowded in the 'winter months'. When the heat returns in March the fighting starts again. The cat always wins!
  13. It's freezing right now in Thailand, well a slight exaggeration of course, but it has cooled down a lot in recent days, 28 in the day, down to 18 at night. Can sleep without air-con and still be cold. Can't use the pool, the water is too cold. It's a nice time of the year in LOS, in general and a pleasant change from the usual high temperatures and humidity, but what about the PI? Does the weather cool down in 'winter months'? I guess that it is very location sensitive?
  14. On my continuing quest to compare what is happening here in Thailand to a possible alternative place to live in the Philippines, here is a question. Here, we are being inundated with Chinese, Korean and Indian tourists. The impact on we western expats is much more traffic congestion ( hundreds of coaches) , issues at the airport immigration desks, rapidly raising prices and visitor attractions that are now too noisy and crowded to visit. The Thai authorities seem very keen to cut down on western tourists, but attract Asian ones instead, despite the fact that the spend level with these groups is reported to be much lower. Is the PI experiencing the same phenomena?
  15. Sounds suspiciously like PI is going the same way as Thailand, restricting the number of visa exception entries and insisting on the right visa for longer stays. That is useful information for someone like me, trying to avoid the increasingly difficult visa requirements in Thailand. How long before the PI introduces compulsory health insurance for long stayers, as Thailand has just done for some visa holders who have been here for years. Not an answer to the Op of course, but I will be very interested to hear the relies to the OP's query.
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