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    Family - searching for lost relatives

    searching for my biological parents

    By abandoned, Created on: 10/10/2008, Last updated on: 09/02/2009

    » Here l go again.Still searching for my biological parents.l was told that my young parents came to worked in Malaysia and l was only 4 year old boy at the time.They only known by other as Pricha and Dao.l was left not long after that and now it's about 28 years and l am 32 years old now.l still illegaly...

    • BrotherMark commented : Dear Abandoned, You certainly don't have to response to any insulting opinion.Some people just please to do that if you keep response to them.They will have a big laugh of you.You cannot blame them, because, that is the way they live and that is what they are. Don't ever get angry but,forgive them. For me,you have your reason why you seek help.I believe you just want to try your best shot and who knows maybe there is help come with a solution.I believe someone will help you when God want it to be.Please keep believe in God. I wish you all the best.Please don't worry about what other people have said but think about what your heart have said and what you believe. God bless you.

    • jasmine tan commented : dear abandoned , Brother Mark is absolutely right.No need to care to any insulting words you get.Just please ignore them. Do what ever you think you have the right to do.Every help you seek for sure not easy to go to the right place.You need time and need to be patient.Don't ever give up when you get some negative responds.Some people just trying to be smart but actually they are stupid.I guess you know better. good luck and chai yo!

    • 14 replies, 36,904 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    About Face.

    By Sean Moran, Created on: 14/10/2008, Last updated on: 13/04/2014

    » One olde axiom that comes to mind is, '[i:3b539sim]If you can't say something nice, then keep your mouth s.h.u.t.[/i:3b539sim]' Just a thread that pertains to one of the cultural differences one might notice in venturing from a typical 'westernised' society of the assertive kind to the shores of...

    • Mr. Surin Province commented : Easier to just accept what is, instead of attempting to compare social connectings. That is immpossible to compare the varitable and diverse Asian rhetorical paradox with the Farang counterpart.

    • Mr. Surin Province commented : Your exposure and experiences are rather closeted, aren't they? Unfortunately, the circles that you have kept are incredibly small - therefore, that's all you know. And then go on to pretend that you have real knowledge about the society. Such Nonsense. By the way, we aren't missing you. Please, stay in your beloved Farang-land, where everything is just perfect.

    • Randal Moss commented : It is easier to defend the indefensible, because of a blind mindset that Thailand is the S-E Asian paradise. On the topic of losing face, lets all get real. If what you wear, and who you kiss up to and not offend is a basis for keeping face, I see this as a shallow view of life and Thai society. look at the mess Thailand is in now. mob rule, and the concern about losing face, has led to the world viewing Thailand as a 4th country cloaked in a purported democracy when in fact the military is always there to be swayed by mob rule. What country would allow what has happened with PAD and that mob. What country would allow its parliament to be occupied and trashed by a mob..NONE. This face-thing is used at the convenience of the individual and society in general. Never have i seen such a contradiction, as one sees in Thailand. Understanding Thai culture is quite irrelevant. I lived in Thaland for three years. I have eyes and ears, and it does not take a mental giant to see how hypocritical the saving face philosophy is. in principal I understand the idea quite well. It really comes down to saving ones respect and moral integrity. Someone tell me how this is practiced in Thailand as a good guiding principle. It is well accepted by the so called few, that in fact are many, that this 'saving face' posture serves is applied when convenient, and not as a general Thai fundamental ideology. The reference to Stickman by one poster is silly, but the fact is that thousands have gotten screwed, and tese people did not reside in Nana. They lived and worked in LOS. The majority of Thais are good honest people. Close down the sex trade, and Thailand 'face' would increase a million old.

    • 61 replies, 76,687 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    Kudos to Thai University Libraries

    By Mr. Surin Province, Created on: 17/10/2008, Last updated on: 17/10/2008

    » Thai University libraries, be they private or government institutions, are a wealth of resources for every endeavour.

    • 0 replies, 2,637 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    Siam Society membership

    By Mr. Surin Province, Created on: 17/10/2008, Last updated on: 17/10/2008

    » Though I've been distantly associated with the distinguished Siam Society in Bangkok off and on for years, I have yet to make a move to join. I looking to sign on as a dues paying member. Can anyone out there, in the know, give me some tips or critique about the Siam Society?

    • Martinus commented : I have had wonderfull times there http://www.siamsociety.com/Welcome.html Happy hours are great

    • 1 replies, 3,466 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    Farang and their seemingly paradoxical ways

    By Mr. Surin Province, Created on: 17/10/2008, Last updated on: 17/04/2010

    » As a long-historied Farang resident myself, comfortable and understanding, I have to ask the age old question regarding Westerners that find it necessary to stay/live here while finding life so objectionable in many ways. Why is this so? I've experienced this throughout Asia {in particular the LOS}...

    • Martinus commented : [quote="Mr. Surin Province":k1ny5sad]As a long-historied Farang resident myself, comfortable and understanding, I have to ask the age old question regarding Westerners that find it necessary to stay/live here while finding life so objectionable in many ways. Why is this so? I've experienced this throughout Asia {in particular the LOS} concerning Western residents or quasi-wannabes that insist to have questionable and objectionable lives - usually their angst is directed to all aspects of their host country. So why do they hang around? Any social scientists out there that might shed some light {metaphorically} on this complex social paradox? Without resorting to the old reliable stereotypes and myths that pertain to the contadictory Farang mindset. I've interacted a time or two with such creatures, but for years I tend to steer away from this type of Farang. I would prefer other company.[/quote:k1ny5sad] Its cheaper here than in their own country. That's why they are here and complaining about the same issues as in their respective home-country with the same result....nothing changes anyway....Never heard about the grumpy old men syndrome

    • DocN commented : Isnt't that quiet simple? Even in my homecountry I don't take anything as "given" just because somebody states "but it is that way"! There are things I like and things I don't like and things I wonder about! What is wrong with that? Let me put that question into another perspective: in the 70's (when there were still 2 German nations) it was very fashionable for (especially) old and conservative people to tell the seemingly left wing (...or communist) youngsters: "Geh doch nach drueben, wenn's Dir hier nicht passt!" (Just go to the other side, if you don't like it here!) Meaning: go to the communist East Germany and see how you like that! Just because I am here, doesn't strip me of my right to criticese things and use my brain and point out things that are not so good and to make them better. And if the only answer someone gives to that is "Why don't you go back home?"...that is lame and stupid.

    • 57 replies, 74,821 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    Good Private Schools in Thailand

    By Anonymous, Created on: 18/02/2008, Last updated on: 30/08/2011

    » We have heard of this new" Internationalised" Curriculum being offered in Thailand. We wanted to know if it is appropriate for us as I am British and my wife is Thai.

    • Martinus commented : Having a friend who is the VP at one of the most prominent Universities in Thailand I would advise you, as he did me and for our daughter, to send her to a Thai private school.....the best advise ever, the girl never became the brat like others we have seen at friends' houses and she coped with university with ease whereas the International students are still discussing their social agenda's..... So much people so much opinions...the truth; it depends on the quality of the teachers, talk to them especially the foreign ones and talk to the university where you think you would like to send you child or he/she might prefer...

    • 17 replies, 45,050 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    seeking help gaining custody of daughter

    By Anonymous, Created on: 06/02/2008, Last updated on: 17/10/2008

    » I am seeking help or information on gaining custody of my daughter, I am an Australian male who had a relationship with a thai lady and we have a daughter turning 3 in April whilst on a visit to Australia my thai ex girlfriend was caught sleeping with a thai man. I told her to leave which she did...

    • Martinus commented : Get yourself a good thai lawyer, PM if you need one, and forget about any thing you learned about how this works in your home country. If you are generally interested you stand a very good chance

    • 4 replies, 4,302 views

    Getting married / divorced in Thailand - what's required

    Thai wife always asks for more money, keeps her 1 Million BHT in her bank. WHY???

    By Anonymous, Created on: 07/01/2008, Last updated on: 03/01/2009

    » I had known her for 4 months, got engaged while visiting for the first time for 2 weeks, yet, only 2 months later, felt the pressure to pay the 250 K BHT for the 1 rai village lot. She says she has 1 Million BHT in the bank, but, does not want to touch it (keeping it for her 2 kids future…?)...

    • Martinus commented : [quote="Juan":1v0j3er8]Sometimes I just wonder if the compulsive habit of asking for money is genetically install in the brains of Thai ladies!![/quote:1v0j3er8] I always wonder if rewarding that habit by giving them what they want is genetically installed in all foreign males......

    • 29 replies, 106,136 views

    Getting married / divorced in Thailand - what's required

    Shoul I send her money monthly?

    By Anonymous, Created on: 07/01/2008, Last updated on: 17/06/2010

    » I had known her for 4 months, got engaged while visiting for the first time for 2 weeks, yet, only 2 months later, felt the pressure to pay the 250 K BHT for the 1 rai village lot. She says she has 1 Million BHT in the bank, but, does not want to touch it (keeping it for her 2 kids future…?)...

    • Martinus commented : She is lying to you already, by Thai law if here husband is rich/wealthy she gets 50% by divorce.....no exceptions

    • 16 replies, 51,763 views

    Getting married / divorced in Thailand - what's required

    Why do most farangs search for their wife from Pattaya?

    By Anonymous, Created on: 20/01/2008, Last updated on: 14/03/2010

    » I wonder so much as I follow this web for a few days. and I notice mostly they post about how bad of thai woman. I understand as when they scam by thai woman. but no body force them to that situations( i MEAN pattaya , bars or other place as similar as pattaya ) and found love there and got bad...

    • Martinus commented : Pattaya has the cheapest in the widest range...of h kers that is and 2 or 3 genuine ladies that the guys on this forum found.... Why do people go to a shopping mall the shop or to a cardealer for a car??? same same, not different

    • 41 replies, 75,599 views

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