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    Expat meetings

    I wonder how the other expats living in not touristy places do to meet up with other foreigners.
    As most of you know I'm busy in tourist industry for 6 months on Koh Phayam, and staying in Ranong for the low season.
    I recon it's about 50 foreigners living full time in Ranong. As in most other small communities it's a lot of different people and quite a bit of backstabbing going on.
    But anyway, we have managed to get a gathering every Sunday and meet up in a local restaurant and ending the night in several bars. Sometimes we are only 5-6 people, but most of the time we are more than 10.
    It's a great way to get to know the local expats from all over the world. Last week we had, Noggies, Swedish, English, Aussies, Hong Kong, American and French nationalities.

    Being stuck with Thais for weeks would make me insane even tho I love my break from being a host in the tourist industry. It is really nice to be on the other side of the bar sometimes :-)

    Hmmm Sunday today, time for a shower and hit the town.

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    Expat Bar Ranong? ... for rainy season perhaps ... works in Kathu for those who dont want to go over the hill ... (but mainly full of hashers 555).
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    To much work for me, but I've been thinking about it

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    There`s a bar-restaurant type place way out in the boonies where i go that has a rather growing expat community who regularly hang out.

    Most of the guys there haven`t been to too many other places in LOS for too long except for that area. A couple have lived there for 10-12 years and not been anywhere else in LOS other than the airports...surprising but they seem to like it there.

    I tend to avoid it these days as it always seems to be a big drinking night there 555 although been on some fishing and canoeing trips with a couple of them.

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    Alot of expats in bkk u want to avoid......u know ex secret agents SAS etc.......and alot who havent got a pot to piss in. Even get some having drinks then tell u theyre going toilet and run out the back door not paying their bill......happens alot

    General rule be wary as fock other ex pats u dont know coming into your company
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    I watched the rugby with a couple of old Aussie boys in their late 70's yesterday at the Outback bar here in lamai yesterday afternoon....they were as funny as fuck, cheeky old buggers were really winding up all the young Lions fans with their baseball hats on backwards...the kids were giving it back to them and everyone was loving it.....there were people looking in from outside it was so rammed

    These old fellas have been here for 20+ years and were full of great stories...paid my bin and all when a TG friend came over and wished me a happy birthday

    later on that night at the boxing I saw 3 farangs in their late 30's arguing over a bar bill with the thai staff and then for some unknown reason they turned on each other and started throwing punches

    you do need to take care on who you befriend here as Gee says but it is a great mixing pot of nationalities and backgrounds

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    A regular spot for some "farang speak" is essential to living here fulltime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelsonone View Post
    I watched the rugby with a couple of old Aussie boys in their late 70's yesterday at the Outback bar here in lamai yesterday afternoon....they were as funny as fuck, cheeky old buggers were really winding up all the young Lions fans with their baseball hats on backwards...the kids were giving it back to them and everyone was loving it.....there were people looking in from outside it was so rammed

    These old fellas have been here for 20+ years and were full of great stories...paid my bin and all when a TG friend came over and wished me a happy birthday

    later on that night at the boxing I saw 3 farangs in their late 30's arguing over a bar bill with the thai staff and then for some unknown reason they turned on each other and started throwing punches

    you do need to take care on who you befriend here as Gee says but it is a great mixing pot of nationalities and backgrounds
    Let me guess. It was one american and two aussies arguing about the tip...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dupree View Post
    Let me guess. It was one american and two aussies arguing about the tip...
    One example..........(wont name names) Had a bunch from HKT and a BKK resident all friends together in Hillary 2 (BKK) one night. Orders a bottle of black with mixers etc and through the course some beers, One of guys GF's then decides she wants to share the bottle black with some other TG's, she grabs the bottle and goes to another table. HKT expat say no worries get another bottle he will cover it. 3 guys 2 had their GF's and me. They all did a runner over a period of about 20 mins incl the BKK expat. I was left with a bar bill of over 8000 baht............had to pay it, still never seen 1 baht share of it to this day

    I cant tell you how many times to varying degrees this kind of thing happens or they try it on.............there is a good article last week on stickman giving you the lowdown on this kind of expat

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    Quote Originally Posted by ub2yoo View Post
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    I reckon because you are not that typical local resident expat, but rather travel and work abroad? So they might think you earn the most dosh and get away with it? Just guessing.
    Lousy practice for sure! Would be the last time out with the guys for me.
    No m8, one of the guys is rolling in money, another one good ex pat job in BKK..............just low life practice that seems to happen time and again

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    Quote Originally Posted by ub2yoo View Post
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    I reckon because you are not that typical local resident expat, but rather travel and work abroad? So they might think you earn the most dosh and get away with it? Just guessing.
    Lousy practice for sure! Would be the last time out with the guys for me.
    we know this farang/thai couple in Vancouver, not very well. been to their house for a party
    the farang is pretty well off, decent guy and the girl is nice
    Ao was telling me that whenever they go out, all the other couples always stick them with the bills and the guy gets pretty bummed about it. he doesn't want to always pay but doesn't want to cause an issue either. now he will not go out with them

    I am a pretty generous guy with buying drinks and such. But i would have no problem with either saying something when I notice they are about to leave or if they've done it to me before, i'd have no problem letting them know i am not the only one paying when we sit down and order.
    you can do it in a way of making a joke about it, but get your point across. or even pulling the guy aside and say "hey, i can't be paying for everyone"
    and if they did do it to me again, i'd have no problem calling the guy up and telling him he owes me X amount

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    Ah the old "dine and dash". We were all around 20 yrs old at the time. But this happened regularly. After a night of drinking and disco. (Yes this was the 1970s) we would head for the restaurant for breakfast. The table would gradually grow from 4 to 10 to 15 people ordering. As the people finished their meal you could gradually see them leaving for the toilets. But if you looked out the window you could see their cars leaving the parking lot. When the people still sitting realized what was going on we all just got up an ran to our cars. Waiters were chasing us in the parking lot and trying to block our cars from leaving....Good times...55

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    No more fu…annoying than cheap charlies when it comes to things like this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geespot View Post
    One example..........(wont name names) Had a bunch from HKT and a BKK resident all friends together in Hillary 2 (BKK) one night. Orders a bottle of black with mixers etc and through the course some beers, One of guys GF's then decides she wants to share the bottle black with some other TG's, she grabs the bottle and goes to another table. HKT expat say no worries get another bottle he will cover it. 3 guys 2 had their GF's and me. They all did a runner over a period of about 20 mins incl the BKK expat. I was left with a bar bill of over 8000 baht............had to pay it, still never seen 1 baht share of it to this day

    I cant tell you how many times to varying degrees this kind of thing happens or they try it on.............there is a good article last week on stickman giving you the lowdown on this kind of expat





    If this happened to me, I would be p1ssed off, but I would just wait for the next time, and then remind the cnut that this one is on him and why. If they didn't stump up, then this would be the last time they were welcome in my round.
    You seem to be a glutton for punishment with this kind of thing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan boy View Post
    If this happened to me, I would be p1ssed off, but I would just wait for the next time, and then remind the cnut that this one is on him and why. If they didn't stump up, then this would be the last time they were welcome in my round.
    You seem to be a glutton for punishment with this kind of thing...
    I'd do the same thing. There is one guy in my particular group of mates who I socialise with on a Fri evening who is renowned for being a cheap charlie. The number of drinks I have bought him without the favour being returned started to grate on me. So.. I left him out of the round and told him why 5555. He didn't like it, but he is still the last one to put his hand in his pocket hoping he only has to buy one round. I really don't like him at all now.
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    One of the things I like about Thailand , individual bins , no need to get into rounds
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dupree View Post
    Ah the old "dine and dash". We were all around 20 yrs old at the time. But this happened regularly. After a night of drinking and disco. (Yes this was the 1970s) we would head for the restaurant for breakfast. The table would gradually grow from 4 to 10 to 15 people ordering. As the people finished their meal you could gradually see them leaving for the toilets. But if you looked out the window you could see their cars leaving the parking lot. When the people still sitting realized what was going on we all just got up an ran to our cars. Waiters were chasing us in the parking lot and trying to block our cars from leaving....Good times...55
    ah..so this was all done with a Chic soundtrack....555

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geespot View Post
    Alot of expats in bkk u want to avoid......u know ex secret agents SAS etc.......and alot who havent got a pot to piss in. Even get some having drinks then tell u theyre going toilet and run out the back door not paying their bill......happens alot

    General rule be wary as fock other ex pats u dont know coming into your company
    We have some of the same issues here with school teachers, they sign up for 1 year contracts and leave after a few months with bills everywhere. (no fence Alfieboy)
    And for the same reasons we are always having separate bills........7-8 of us been meeting up for 3ish years now and it's no problem with money. The problem is the sad fuckers (read backpackers or teachers) that ruin the reputation of other foreigners in non tourist areas....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geespot View Post
    One example..........(wont name names) Had a bunch from HKT and a BKK resident all friends together in Hillary 2 (BKK) one night. Orders a bottle of black with mixers etc and through the course some beers, One of guys GF's then decides she wants to share the bottle black with some other TG's, she grabs the bottle and goes to another table. HKT expat say no worries get another bottle he will cover it. 3 guys 2 had their GF's and me. They all did a runner over a period of about 20 mins incl the BKK expat. I was left with a bar bill of over 8000 baht............had to pay it, still never seen 1 baht share of it to this day

    I cant tell you how many times to varying degrees this kind of thing happens or they try it on.............there is a good article last week on stickman giving you the lowdown on this kind of expat
    Mus admit,it`s never happened to me or seen anyone do it when i`ve been around. I`m not an all night drinking type though.

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    Or simply pay your own bins or drink only with guys you know and trust

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