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    Kammagra gel usage?

    Not sure about BKK but a box of 50 Kamagra gels 1500 baht from almost any Pattaya pharmacy, never been sold fakes. Kamagra gel is perfect for ST - comes on quick and good for a couple of hours. I usually take around half a pack and throw the rest - at 30 baht a pack it's no big deal. For LT marathons I prefer original Cialis, expensive but long lasting and much better than generics (apcalis) - half a tab (10mg) works out around 250 baht still well worth it for the amazing performance enhancing effect IMO Cheers
  2. Phil, I remember you used to be a staunch defender of the joys of life in England, what changed for you ? IHL - I like the slogan. Cheers
  3. IMO the best poster ever on NP was flyonzewall because of his insights mainly through his work, but I can also understand why KS banned him - like a dog with a bone over the Cambo indentured thing. Great while it lasted though. Cheers
  4. By the term "friends" I mean outside of family or work, where both parties have no hidden agenda and sincerely enjoy each others company - not "friendships of convenience", of those there are plenty between Thais and foreigners. Both parties are not always aware of the "of convenience" bit though. No doubt there will be some people having nice BBQ's with Somsak the neighbour and talking about football and cars, but even then on closer inspection there will probably be an Amway sticker in the back window of Somsaks Vios. I think it is probably a byproduct of the Thai social system where there is no provision for foreigners standing in the pecking order, plus lack of colonisation and foreign influence on things like the education system, and the blind faith of the "Thai no. 1" indoctrination means that the overwhelming majority of "normal" Thais (ie. not overseas educated etc) struggle with the whole concept of foreigners and the world they represent and are so ignorant and brainwashed that they could not form a genuine friendship with a foreigner even if they wanted to. Cheers
  5. Paranoid and ire Maybe for some - nor for me, and I didn't intend it to sound that way. It doesn't make me angry (any more), I just accept that the majority of Thais will attempt to cheat me given the opportunity, especially in business. My experience has been that kindness is seen as weakness, and I gave up long ago on trying to cultivate relationships/friendships with Thais. To be fair though, they try to cheat each other as well, but a foreigner is seen as an easier target (no "influence" hence much smaller chance of repercussions, loss of face etc). It is quite sad but "just the way it is". There are probably some guys out there who have lovely genuine Thai friends (or at least think they do), that has not been my experience though - again YMMV. Edit to clarify - by "cheat" I mean a multitude of things including overcharging etc, perhaps it's the lady in the shop charging you 10 baht for a bottle of water instead of 8, the taxi going a longer route, or the bargirl taking the lovesick tourist to the cleaners or the guy in the land office issuing fake chanotes to foreigners wives - all degrees of the same thing.
  6. I remember a few years ago Prince Philip opening the new wing of a hospital. There was a light switch that was crooked, Prince Philip commented "My god, that switch looks like it was put in by an Indian" haha As Gadfly says, racism is rampant here (especially in public institutions), now I just accept it for what it is. The longer I live here, the more I see what pathetic xenophobic creatures most Thais really are (under the cloak of that Thai smirk). It is still socially acceptable to cheat a "stupid farang" - it's just a matter of whether it bothers you or not as I don't expect it to change anytime soon - YMMV. Cheers
  7. Hi, Found this old thread which I was the OP while searching for something else - I somehow completely forgot about this board for 5 years. Very interesting from a personal point of view reading the original post. Just to update that I am still living happily in Thailand coming up for 8 years. I wonder how many of these posters oldhippie lazyphil jjsushi suadum longgun etc are still active ? I will try not to forget again and try to add something positive to the board - it has a special place in my heart as the first Thai forum I was a member of (nanaplaza delphi) ps is Nick Nostitz flyonzewall ? Cheers to all
  8. Just took my bike for a blast along the coast road as the sun was setting, no helmet, the total freedom of Thailand is exhilarating, there can be no other word. Feeling the warm wind on my face, the backdrop of the palm trees silhouetted against the clear moonlit sky, the locals giving me a warm friendly (almost knowing) smile as I cruised by. A glorious sensation of well being swept over and enveloped me. To think a few days ago we were talking of BBC local evening news and shop doorways stinking of piss, funny old world. Then home for a big bowl of Tom Yam with huge whole prawns, absolutely delicious, and a long proper shower, not hunched up in some cold glass sided cubicle. This is my peace, my happiness. From someone who was becoming slightly jaded with Thailand, I now feel totally cleansed, able to fully appreciate all the magical things about LOS that brought me here in the first place. My head is clear, my shoulders are loose and I can breathe easily. My dick looks and feels like it is working properly again. And tomorrow around I shall be feasting my eyes on the skytrain, those BKK residents know exactly what I mean ! To anyone thinking of moving here, I would recommend, "just do it", living here is not as good as you imagine, it is 100 times better. Ignore all those "how much do I need to retire" threads and the ludicrous figures that are banded about. As long as you've got a bit of cash, a half decent brain and most importantly of all you believe in yourself, and stay away (as much as possible) from bars, booze and birds, you can find your true nirvana, and never have to go back to that "other place". So thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread, it is something I will read from time to time as the time passes, just to keep my feet on the ground, and things in perspective. Best Regards, INTJ. .
  9. "(a) you don't speak/read Thai and ( you're in vacation mode when you're there" I do speak and read Thai, and I'm definately not in "vacation mode" when I'm there. Actually not "there". "Here" now, as I arrived back in LOS last night. The nightmere is over. INTJ (a very happy bunny indeed). .
  10. After thinking about it for a few days, I think the think that makes the UK so bad (for me) is the amount of negative energy around. From the pained expressions of the peope in Tescos, to the stories on the news (another child murdered, a pensioner raped, more things that will give you cancer, "crazy muslims" going to bomb us again, deeper debt etc), there are very few reasons to smile here, and broadly speaking people don't. After a while, a tension creeps in, i get a knotted feeling across my shoulders, a dull ache behind my eyes, and my chest feels tighter, making it harder to breathe. I never feel like this when in Thailand, I think the almost total lack of "sanuk" coupled with the general overbearing negativity constantly purveyed by the media is to blame. I am leaving for the airport in 4 hours, and I have that excited feeling all over again. If one thing positive has come from this trip, it is to re-affirm that Thailand is definately the place for me, and I never want to return to live here. Also those irritations in LOS (driving etc) now seem charming, and I can't wait to get back in at the deep end of it all. INTJ .
  11. I've been playing the chorus of a song over and over in my head for the last few days, its become a kind of theme tune for my stay here. I've just realised what it is - Del Amitri - Nothing Ever Happens. Post office clerks put up signs saying position closed And secretaries turn off typewriters and put on their coats Janitors padlock the gates For security guards to patrol And bachelors phone up their friends for a drink While the married ones turn on a chat show And they?ll all be lonely tonight and lonely tomorrow Gentlemen time please, you know we can?t serve anymore Now the traffic lights change to stop, when there?s nothing to go And by five o?clock everything?s dead And every third car is a cab And ignorant people sleep in their beds Like the doped white mice in the college lab Nothing ever happens, nothing happens at all The needle returns to the start of the song And we all sing along like before And we?ll all be lonely tonight and lonely tomorrow Telephone exchanges click while there?s nobody there The martians could land in the carpark and no one would care Close-circuit cameras in department stores shoot the same video every day And the stars of these films neither die nor get killed Just survive constant action replay Nothing ever happens, nothing happens at all The needle returns to the start of the song And we all sing along like before And we?ll all be lonely tonight and lonely tomorrow Bill hoardings advertise products that nobody needs While angry from manchester writes to complain about All the repeats on t.v. And computer terminals report some gains On the values of copper and tin While american businessmen snap up van goghs For the price of a hospital wing Nothing ever happens, nothing happens at all The needle returns to the start of the song And we all sing along like before Nothing ever happens, nothing happens at all They?ll burn down the synagogues at six o?clock And we?ll all go along like before And we?ll all be lonely tonight and lonely tomorrow. I wonder if the songwriter had just got back from a trip to Thailand. INTJ .
  12. No need to suffer the long wait on the NHS for the labotomy, why not try a bit of trepanning at home with the black and decker ? Trepanning Cheers, INTJ .
  13. I would agree with you in general terms, however :- "the others made a sound, calculated decision, not really based on a negative, hating a country they leave, but on a positive, the appreciation of life in Thailand" For me at least, hating the country I was from gave me the vision and the motivation to change things. IMO Sometimes we need to suffer and understand the negatives (for me, life in the UK) in order to fully "appreciate life in Thailand". I don't believe that all people who decide to leave based on what I shall call "the shit hole principal" are automatically doomed to spend listless miserable lives. Certainly I can say I left mainly due to this, and my life is extremely interesting, exciting and ultimately fufilling, in a way which I personally could never have found in my "homeland". However, I am not "living the dream", I am aware that Thailand (beneath the surface at least) is far from paradise, I stay away from the "three B's", bars, birds and booze, and have a very family oriented life. I would agree that some of the long-term residents of Pattaya (I don't live there BTW) that sit along the beach road in little more than rags are truly pathetic specimens, and serve as a constant reminder to me of the possible consequences of not keeping a very honest and stark view of reality whilst living in Thailand. INTJ .
  14. VintageKwai, That is an excellent post that anyone moving to LOS should print off, laminate and keep in their wallet. I would certainly agree about language. I became fraustrated, as Phil says, with not understanding the evening news, and generally not being aware or able to understand what was going on around me. Also the script, after a while I began to feel like an illiterate kid. I made a massive effort with language, now my Thai is good enough to get me through most situations. As VK says, learn to read and write. I constantly practice by looking at signs, car registration plates, even karaoke VCD's. This for me was the major turning point. How people can come to live in a country and not feel it is absolutely necessary to learn the language is beyond me. the difference in attitude from the Thais towards me when they realise there are no language (and potential face) issues is indescribable. When you walk into a shop or restauraunt off the beaten track, you can see the tension in the faces of the staff, but once they realise you can speak passable Thai, they openly breathe a big sigh of relief. And this is advice i would give to anyone thinking of moving to LOS :- language, language and language. I think Cent's definition of what makes somewhere a shit hole was spot on, another excellent post. And I don't buy that "I'm lucky to be English" or "There are people much worse off than me, I should be grateful for what I've got", pure bollocks IMO. INTJ .
  15. P127, Perhaps if you lived in LOS permanently your attitude to US would change ? If you took the plunge maybe it would be the best thing you ever did. Just a thought. INTJ .
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