I read that he's a young lad enjoying seeing a different world. I don't see I said more than that. And I still don't see in his post how much he earns or what he does, so I don't see how you do.VincentD wrote: ↑Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:23 pmDear sir, those who know me don't find me like that.. Perhaps you are reading a fair amount into it as well?His own comments in the post above my reply.He's welcome to have his fun. My comment was made based on my own observations and experiences with other people who've been there, done that. Spend too much time away and you lose opportunity to progress in your own country. And the comment was made to him..404cameljockey wrote: ↑Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:13 pmLet him have his fun, and don't give advice when it wasn't asked for! A lot of youngsters spend time hopping between jobs in the Far East. I'm sure he knows he can flit to HK, Sing, even China if he wants, and maybe earn (yes and spend!) a lot more than in Thailand.Europe is still considered 'first world' with a lot of opportunities for it's citizens that many other countries are lacking. As for pizzas and the cost thereof in a first world country, the cost of living is also a reflection of the standard of living.
I agree some people come to the Far East (Middle East too) and treat their years there like an extended holiday. Earn enough to live and party, then go home with very little in the bank. My point was, why go home? My daughter has been 12 years in the Middle East and is doing fine, my son the same. They found partners and are building their lives.
I believe the complete opposite of you concerning opportunities. The opportunities are many outside of Europe. It may be unfair (not to mention sometimes untrue), but having a white skin in many countries is seen as a sign that you can think autonomously, have confidence in yourself and are therefore management material and gets you promoted over others who may be better qualified. Emiratis for example will usually want Filipinos for basic tasks, Indians/Pakistanis for middle management and a white guy at the top of the chain (under the Emirati owner, of course). It's just how it is.
I know someone who arrived in Dubai with nothing (except maybe a minor criminal record in the UK), worked hard and after 10 years is now in a powerful management position in a property outfitting company. He has a wife and kid now (I never thought he would ever settle down).
People will do what they want, whatever place they are living in.
Finally, I believe I have a high standard of living in Thailand, and it comes at a fraction of the price of London or Frankfurt. Also the pizza here can be exceptional! I guess it depends on what you want out of life.
Anyway, he was contributing to a thread talking about what's good in expat life, and didn't ask for a bucket of cold water dumped on his head. He's probably on a plane back home now as we speak!