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  1. OK, what kind of online Business do you think they could start? My Brother in law and Sister in law live in Thailand and have very limited English. They struggle to find a decent job that pays more than $400 a month and work 6-7 days a week. Life is not easy for them. Yet both are smart and have college educations. I run a few businesses of my own in Australia some of which are online. I’m thinking that some kind of online business would be good for them, as I can help with training, materials and back office support. But what kind of business? The lack of English skills really has me stuck. Web site building, SEO, content writing…….all of these require English language skills if they are to reach a broad global market. The Thai online market might be a bit limited I think? So is there an online business (targeting a global or broad market) that they could do, that does not require English language skills? Any thoughts would be really appreciated. I guess the other option is to do an online business focused purely on the Thai market? But not being able to research that myself (I don’t read/write Thai), I’m not sure how mature the market is or what the competition might be like.
  2. Just interested in where you guys would buy a condo. I'm looking to buy something small, near a bts/mrt station. Within 200 meters. I have a budget of 5.5 million. Looking at Thong Lor currently. Are there other areas worth looking at? I'm looking for a reasonable building with 'decent' neighbors. I like a quiet life .... Any thoughts appreciated.
  3. I tossed out the AIS dongle and SIM and switched to a ZTE dongle and iMobile SIM. THe dongle is rated at 21.6 Mpbs ! Even the guy in the shop laughed, and said at best, with the wind in the right direction, I might get 10. But it works fine. 3 down and 1 up, which is fine.
  4. Sounds good. Is the AIS 3G a USB, or a phone? The best I have managed in the AIS USB is about 1 each way. On my iPhone, it works.........sometimes.
  5. I think maybe the pre paid are not that good........ Mixing business with pleasure............Hmmmm. Very tempting (and Yes Dumsoda, claiming it would be very satisfying), but sadly I have really 'full on' work to get done that can't really be done in a bar, and I also have Mrs Sid in tow :-(
  6. I'm beginning to thnk the same. Whilst I have been to Thailand many times over the years I have never actually lived here for any lengthy period, although it is somewhat of a semi retirement plan for us. I'm starting to have doubts just based on the Internet capabilities.......... Sounds petty I know, but my ability to work is 100% based on good Internet connections....
  7. Hi, Help......... I'm just in BKK for a few weeks working holiday. I really need a good internet connection for my notebook whilst here, and will be moving around between locations, so a USB dongle would be best. I have spent a very frustrating day so far getting SIMs for my iphone and ipad. (AIS) The internet speed is too slow to do anything other than check email. Bought a 5GB data plan for each that will be next to useless. So thenI tried a USB dongle for my notebook, Trying an AIS AirCard on 500MB data plan as a trial. that will last me about 2 days........ So my question is. What is the best USB dongle to get? For speed and reliabilty (this AIS one keeps crashing) And can I get one with a useful amount of data? 2-3 GB seems to be the most. I go through about 5-10GB a week, as I need to upload and download graphics files. Any advice appreciated. I guess I could fall back on using Hotel Wi Fi, but they always seem a bit expensive.
  8. Hi All, I have a buddy who is looking to buy a Condo in BKK. All the advice he is getting from his TG wife and her friends is that there is no need to get a lawyer involved. Too expensive.....no need etc etc. Buying condo off the plan. I think he's mad personally.... Does anyone know a good property lawyer whose name I could pass on. To review contract. Check for any pitfalls etc. Maybe even check local building approvals just in a case a new 'Hyper Space Bypass' has been approved next to the building. Any referrals most appreciated.
  9. Often wondered if owning a dog in BKK was a good idea. Soi Dogs etc
  10. Always an interesting debate this topic. Here's my 2 satangs worth, going back over about 12 years. I don't live in Thailand but travel there a lot on Business. Up to about 120 trips. I once had a PA from my Thai partners office accompany me on some business meetings to translate. We got on very well and had some great discussions. She remarked that she had to dress really well when out with me, just so it was obvious she was not a BG! When I first dated my wife (12 years ago and I think things are more relaxed now) she had to bring a chaperone from work. No one wanted to go with her, being afraid they would be labelled as BGs. Eventually one did after much cajoling. My fiance / wife just accepted that she would be looked upon as a BG when out with me. Not that she liked it one bit. In her Soi, she was the first girl to marry a farang. Bit of a scandel. But now they all want farang husbands! Her parents at the time were great. If you love him, we'll love him too. I always make a point to dress well when we are out together, and so does she. Not hard for her! She loves nice clothes and bags! But......she will still get people looking down their noses at her. Doormen at flash Hotels are the worst! It gets to her sometimes. Other Thai women can be bitchy. particularly the more HiSo they think they are. We had dinner with a client who had a Thai wife. My wife is well educated (Bach degree) and well mannered but comes from a poor family. When we meet other Thais in a busines setting they always try to pigeon hole her. Re education, job, family etc. And then tend to look down on her if they come from a rich family or have an MBA or whatever. (Pricks) People often say that TGs don't care what you look like.......... IMHO They DO. If you are much older than them (15 yrs +), very over weight etc, it makes it harder for them to NOT look like a BG.
  11. Simple answer to "is it safe"..........NO! Speaking from personal experience and my ranting Doctor! Go load your revolvers guys for the next round of games......probably only one chamber is loaded. But it IS loaded. Make no mistake about that.
  12. I am happy to report, that Davao City indeed can be a fun place if you know where to look. The bars are nothing to write home about, but I was tipped off to plan well ahead. i.e. Have a few freelancers lined up ready to meet. Paid off big time. And where to find them? DateInAsia :-) Takes a few hours of chit chat, but it was well worth it. Aftenote: My MO was to chat on DIA, amd arrange to meet somewhere public like a Mall. Many are Uni Students looking for 'tuition' money. Some even turned up to the meet in their Uni Uniforms.......
  13. Thanks for the tips guys. Certainly cannot beat Thai girls in my eyes, but hey, it would be rude to make judgements about Philippino Girls without trying a couple at least! Bit like saying you don't like Som Tam, when you have never even tried it :-) Have found a few boards around the place with some tips, but Davao does seem like a bit of a backwater. As is it will probably be my one and only trip there, I'd prefer not to waste my time looking for action, but have some clear guidelines on where to go, what's on offer etc. Any idea how 'guest friendly' the hotels are? I'm staying in one of the best in Davao, which is probably not great for sneaking in girls, but my company booked it.... From what I read, Hotel security like security in all public places is very tight. Is it merely a case of slipping someone a tip? Or better to just find a cheap ST hotel for 'doing the deed'?
  14. Hi, I am having my first trip to PI early in the new year. Just a few days on business in Davao City. My research to date seems to indicate the P4P scene is fairly non existent. i.e. go go bars are banned, whore houses poor quality and the only way to pick up is to take pot luck in the dance clubs. Can't be bothered with that crap as I am fairly 'senior'. Any tips? Even for a decent massage with a happy ending, if full service is hard to find. Can't visit P.I. and not try the local delights in one form or another!!
  15. Aged 49 and been grey since I was 30! Often thought of dyeing my hair now to take a few years off. My TG wife insists it doesn't matter. I suspect she does not want me to look more appealing!! Sid
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