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  1. The bottom of the real estate market in Thailand, and especially in Pattaya, must have fallen out by now. After all, who is buying?
  2. ^ I was in a similar situation when I retired a few years ago, with thinking of returning to work. It's a difficult decision and a real compromise that requires some sleep time to think it over. If you have time on your hands, have you thought about working part time, maybe even in a different field or for yourself? There are a lot of options to consider. We just need to be critical and creative with our thinking. But who doesn't want more money? The question is ... will more money, after a certain point, make like better? I'm not sure, once we're comfortable with a certain standard of living. I decided that I could no longer work for anyone: no more boss or bosses lording over me. I had enough and left in my early 50's. I'm so glad I did, but did I ever encounter a lot of envious and jealous people, who wanted out but couldn't afford to do so after they lived the high life of keeping up with the Jones, living beyond their means. Some will work till the day they die, forced to b/c of debt, but they'll never admit that. Instead, they say they "like working". And I reply, then why not volunteer somewhere? Btw, I travel to Thailand twice a year, staying 3-4 weeks each time, which is perfect for me. By then I look forward to home and my routines. That way Thailand never becomes boring and I get the most out of each trip. I know I could never spend 3-6 months in a second world country.
  3. I've noticed the price of flights to Asia have been dropping as of late as a result of the spread of coronavirus. I wonder if hotel rooms are coming down too.
  4. Most Thais have been very respectful toward me, and I can tell you that they are most grateful for any acts of kindness I have shown toward them. Maybe Buddhism breeds that in them? On one occasion, I happened to be walking by a street vendor preparing food for the security man at my hotel when just before he had a chance to pay I reached in my pocket and covered the cost for this poor old man. This little act of kindness - of no more than 50 baht - produced more wais from him toward me for the rest of the trip than I could count.
  5. There's what I call a "proletarian gym" with basic free weights on Pattaya 3rd Road just a 3-4 minute walk north from Tony's gym on the corner of Pattaya 3rd Road and South Pattaya Road. It's on the west side of 3rd Road. It's a 100 baht, if I can recall correctly, and pretty basic, but if all you want is a weight work out, it will suffice in a pinch.
  6. I think we'll reach another breaking point when the USD drops below 30 baht and the AUD 20 baht.
  7. Yes that's the word I believe, thanks. I found Signature under Settings.
  8. How do we go about adding content below every post of our own that appears automatically?
  9. Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see - Edgar Allan Poe

    There is no such thing as freedom of choice unless there is freedom to refuse - David Hume

    May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law - Emanual Kant

    A life un-examined is a life not worth living - Socrates

    The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them - Marx

    The indoctrination is so deep that educated people think they’re being objective - Noam Chomsky

    The worst part about being lied to is knowing you weren't worth the truth - Jean Paul Satre

    We do not judge the people we love - Jean Paul Satre

  10. VT6 is nice but the rentals are way over priced.
  11. The way things are going the USD will be below $30, the AUD under $20 and the EUR under 34. What is amazing is that you'll still get guys saying "oh, it's not that much of a difference". In fact, they'll say that even when 1 USD buys 2 baht : "Hey, don't worry, it's two for one".
  12. I'm afraid that the decline of the big spending tourist, as a result of the strengthening baht, will be a shock to the economy of Pattaya larger than we expect and they anticipate. Once something starts, it's hard to reverse the trend. People will go elsewhere and find other things to do with their money.
  13. ^ Holy heavens man, are you good or what? I thought I was good but came up broke after about 20 minutes of searching "pbc pattaya" and even using google maps to find it. Thanks. The place caught my eye earlier in the day while I was looking at another condo. But I couldn't find it for the life of me. May I ask how you found it, because the "pbc pattaya" search didn't work for me under both the web and images categories? Btw, I just did a little searching about the place and what a disappointment. The outsides look spectacular but everything else seems to be horrible, according to the reviews. What a let down, for I like the location.
  14. Does anyone know where this hotel or condo is located?
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