Losing the smiles

Losing the smiles

I want to share my story with you. A little background first. From 1999-2007 I visited Thailand a dozen times. Of course on vacation things are great, the sabai sabai attitude is perfect for a holiday. I decided to move to Thailand to take a break from the USA, and before I moved I paid off all my debts and saved as much as I could for the time I would want to move back to America. Yes I think it's important to have a back-up plan.

I found moving to Bangkok easy. I found a job working at a government school, which was a good deal because they did not hold us all day - just work the hours you teach and then go home, so often I was out by early afternoon. This enabled me to do an evening job and earn a decent monthly income. I also had a nice apartment in a convenient neighborhood.

But things in Thailand changed, I noticed it right away. People weren't as nice as before. People were upset with the Taksin thing, the yellow shirts at the airport, the whole government in general. I also think people were seeing the income differences more then before. I could feel it everywhere. I needed out only after 4 years. I have returned to USA. Yes I miss the Thai food, I miss my free time, and I miss my trips to the beach. But I can visit often and coming here for just a vacation is better. I think things will get worse and worse until they can address the income differences. I hope for Thailand people, I really do.

Sean


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