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  1. Big Dan T
    Big Dan T says:

    Awesome video. You have to be comfortable in your own skin….not the skin of the executive, carpenter, businessman, plumber, electrician…..comfortable in YOUR OWN skin. Be focused, be centered, workout FIRST THING in the morning, pray, meditate, have hobbies, and at the end of the day make love to your significant other. Wake up, kick butt, be kind, repeat.

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  2. james spignesi
    james spignesi says:

    Unwilling to adapt to another country in any way. Not willing to learn about a countries customs. Not willing to learn the language. There is no excuse for not being able to learn a new language. Expecting that country to bend to their beliefs and former lifestyle. For men getting involved with that countries women that lets say have questionable backgrounds because those women spoke some English. They took the easy route looking for a translator and caretaker. Instead of making any effort to learn the language and dating local women not involved with bars or massage shops. Expecting the host country to erase their problems they never resolved at home. Many look miserable here in Thailand living in a bubble totally separate from the Thais. Do not move to Thailand or anywhere in Southeast Asia because it is cheap and or you think you can find a partner here easily. If you make zero effort to adapt do not expect that country to babysit you. Most of all you need a hobby something you feel fulfilled with.

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  3. jon klause
    jon klause says:

    Great video. I've always lived for my hobbies growing up in Southern California. I just love Thailand so many activities.i don't understand people that don't have any interests outside of eating and shopping.

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  4. Joseph Carter
    Joseph Carter says:

    Another way to say it, find a purpose in life. One idea, teach English to Thai children for free. Not sure what could be more fulfilling than developing a relationship and helping a bunch of happy Thai children…

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  5. Caesarillion Aurelius
    Caesarillion Aurelius says:

    To be honest I shouldn't paint a totally rosy picture of my move over here. I made a loan to a friend and member of the rich family of my "village head" and it's still pending after some years. The friend and I had a lot in common from his life and marriage as an expat in California and Vermont in the Hippy Days era. But check every possible thing before you make any large loan.
    My other pal Larry has also had some losses/worries associated with the "no fly zones". Desperate people do desperate things. I've gained weight instead of losing, but I'm OK with it. Haven't married yet either although am meeting interesting people at Siam Society and pool parties. I still haven't aquired a driver's license and am learning Thai but only very slowly. Overall my plan is to live out my life here productively and for decades more in the Land of Smile.

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  6. Rick W
    Rick W says:

    Here is a personal insight of my own after 5 years of retirement. The best part about retirement is owning my own time. Other than a few carefree Summer vacations as a child, I have pretty much marched to the beat of SOMEONE ELSE'S drum my entire life. I had to often deal with miserable people, who outside of work, I would never so much as have to acknowledge their existence. The first year of full retirement was strange. Having control of your own time can be frightening after decades upon decades of structured living. I pretty much do anything I want these days and nothing that I don't want. My alarm clock doesn't ring in the morning unless its because there is something I really enjoy getting up for. We were all created equal in that we have a limited amount of time to spend on Earth. Getting to choose what to do with that time is the greatest gift of all. I have traveled extensively around the world and no PHYSICAL PLACE makes me happier than another. People can make a difference and often do. Thailand, Portugal and New Zealand are prime examples of the type of people who are generally nice to be around. My pet peeve with Thailand would be that you are viewed as a walking ATM machine by virtue of having white skin and that it is almost a given right of a Thai person to scam you. The solitude of fishing an Alpine Lake in the Sierras with no one around is equally appealing to me as being around pleasant as being surrounded by "nice" people. Find PARADISE within your self and you can take it anywhere that life takes you.

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  7. robert kehne
    robert kehne says:

    JC and Nat, another very quality and thoughtful video. As one who will retire this year I have thought about how I will keep myself busy while living in Thailand. I am single and don't know anyone so it will be, I think, my biggest challenge. I see many people worried about next years visa but I say worry about today because tomorrow is promised to no one. Thank you both for the great stuff you put out to help us wanting to live a better life in Asia.

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  8. 212Roger
    212Roger says:

    Bingo. Twenty four hours a day is a long time when you do not work. My hobby is traveling. Since I retired in 2012, I’ve not only lived in Chiang Mai off and on for about two years, I also lived 28 months in Ecuador, 1-2 years in Timon Bay, Guam. Currently, I spend time between the Bay Area near my Filipino son from my ex-wife and CM where my Thai baby boy lives. Traveling is the ticket for me. Perhaps even to space in the near future.

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  9. Andrew Hardcastle
    Andrew Hardcastle says:

    All very good points, I’m already on that slow change as I approach full retirement, I’m a marine engineer, but I won’t be in Essan I’ll reinvent to learning thai language farming as best I can, watching the village kids and fixing things for everyone for free !

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  10. acajudi100
    acajudi100 says:

    People are as happy as they make up their minds to be….Abe Lincoln

    Thank you for introducing me to Dalat. They take themselves wherever they go.

    Thank you.💕💯😊❤️🇺🇸

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  11. acajudi100
    acajudi100 says:

    I am a very nice person, who travelled the world on paid vacations. Computers and teaching English to Spanish speakers. I am so happy to be independent,and do not have to beg.
    Judi.

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  12. Met Dat
    Met Dat says:

    I lived in Bangkok for 8 years in the early 90s. A major negative issue was the pollution. On trips back I have found that it has spread to almost all of Thailand, Something for all to take into account.

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  13. Steve Wood
    Steve Wood says:

    It doesn't help expats or the Thai people when Thailand does not allow you to volunteer. I still think it's crazy that they do not allow volunteers in Thailand like many other countries I know. that is, unless you want to pay to volunteer. For this reason I don't think I will ever retire in Thailand permanently but instead just spent a few months each year there and volunteer at neighboring countries and South America which are more welcoming to this aspect of retirement.

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  14. Jack O'Neil
    Jack O'Neil says:

    Very good points JC. We are not our car, our house, our job or clothes or bank account. Questioning who are and coming to grips with the realities and illusions posed by your question 'Who are you?" is perhaps what we all need to come to grips with long before we retire, and is it the effort of making a living, raising a family and worry about our future that become the distractions that keep us so preoccupied that prevent us from truly considering and discovering who we are in-turn discovering contentment and the peace of true happiness.
    For many of us, abandoning the distractions, habits and material things that reinforce the false sense of who we are, is what allows us to find true purpose in life, and a life away from what all the old reinforcements and attachments in a totally new and different life becomes the greatest adventure and gift we can give ourselves.

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  15. Bob Jackson
    Bob Jackson says:

    Good food for thought. For myself getting away from the stress of work is one of the greatest things about retirement. Years of hard saving has allowed me to now live almost stress free.

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  16. Live My Ass Off
    Live My Ass Off says:

    who am i? I am THE Luckiest Guy in the whole freaking world!!! I got to wake up today. I have ZERO problems today. Live the Dream! If you are Not, you're doing it wrong. Simple. Wake up, Kick Ass, Be Kind. Repeat!

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  17. Geoff Huijer
    Geoff Huijer says:

    Great topic & video. Over the last 13+ yrs of sobriety I have got to know exactly this – prior to that I was 'Mr Guinness' (I worked at Guinness for 10 years & a brewery in Scotland before that), a party animal, drunk and good time guy. I wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes abroad if I was still like that.

    I'm going to Khon Kaen to check it out on Thursday and to meet someone I met online but my two major concerns are: a) I believe you can't even do voluntary work if retired (I would want to help people) and b) how I get my dog out there.
    I know I will write more books, go to a certain community of like-minded people who are trying to recover from alcohol/drug addiction & have other ideas.

    You have covered a great topic here; one that should be considered very carefully.

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  18. Steven Erickson
    Steven Erickson says:

    Do most of the same stuff here as I did before minus the work. Gardening, photography, travel, remodeling. I’ve had a wood shop most of my life. I put one together here in Thailand and it helps a lot with things to do.

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  19. Gary Winter
    Gary Winter says:

    I feel you are mostly saying, due to costs, you have more options in Vietnam and Thailand. I would suggest one take a month tour in either or both countries. Plan ahead, and visit several towns/cities. You may not like the climate. You may find it difficult to live in that particular culture. You may miss your family. What can I do to fulfill my day? Even in one month one may find it difficult to decide. Watching your video's can help give one the wonder and excitement of living in the areas you have been at. I may not live in Thailand or Vietnam, but I love visiting. Luckily my income is such I can have options I enjoy in the States. Thanks, always, for your information.

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  20. Amy Lou
    Amy Lou says:

    J.C AND NAT! J.C., I always feel like your videos are even more then information for people about retirement. I feel it can almost be advice on truly finding what's important to us in life and being the person we want to be and finding happiness that I believe we were all created to have. I feel that theres always an undertone of empowerment in your message to everyone who watches your videos as well as myself, who is still pursuing furthering my education! Thank you for always giving good advice to everyone. Cant wait to see more videos to come J.C. and NAT🥰🌈 💙🌞🏞🏔🎐🎋🎍. I also like seeing the scenery of Thailand and Vietnam in the beginning of the videos!

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  21. Ric Paul
    Ric Paul says:

    JC, As stated before, "Wherever you go there you are!" So true about healthcare choices in Thailand! Rutnin Eye Hospital in Bangkok is the best eye care facility probably worldwide. They caught my wife's glaucoma issue missed by another facility with about 3-5 months before possible blindness could have set in. Laser surgery saved her sight. Your call on RIP so on target! Well done. Going to DaLat in March! Love your shirts!

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  22. acajudi100
    acajudi100 says:

    I travelled on paid vacations from ages from 20-58, retired, returned to work at 61-69, and have been retired since age 69 💯. I journal and I help non beggars. It is not safe here, but I stay alert, and ready to protect myself. My information is Free. The cost of living goes up beyond our retirement income.
    Thank you for all you do JC.

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  23. michael b.
    michael b. says:

    Two Americans detained at Suvarnabhumi Airport weeks apart with a single bullet in their luggage
    December 26, 2019 at 9:24 pm
    by James Morris and Son Nguyen
    in Crime, Foreigners, Personal, Thailand
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    Both men have expressed shock at being detained and claimed no knowledge of guns or ammunition. One is still in Thailand awaiting a court hearing in March while the other, a respected fire chief in Pennsylvania, was released and arrived home in the United States on Christmas Eve.
    Two disturbing incidents just over three weeks apart at Suvarnabhumi Airport have seen two Americans visiting Thailand arrested by security at the international airport after a single bullet was found in their luggage. The latest American to be arrested is still stranded in Bangkok awaiting a court appearance after his family wired thousands of dollars to pay for a lawyer and bail him out while the first American arrested, a 30 years old veteran fire chief from Pennsylvania who is highly respected at home, was released and allowed to return to the United States for Christmas Eve but not before spending time in a Thai prison.

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    Michael Jones from Ohio (left and centre) seen with one of his children from a prior Christmas with his family. The 37-year-old had been celebrating his birthday in Thailand this month. He reportedly had a great holiday in the kingdom but was stunned on passing through Suvarnabhumi Airport to be arrested after a single bullet was found in his luggage. That was on the 16th of December. Just over 3-weeks earlier, on November 23rd, Michael Morra (inset right), a respected fire chief from Pennsylvania, in Thailand for business with General Electric, was arrested also at Suvarnabhumi Airport after a single bullet was found.
    A 37-year-old American, on his first trip abroad, chose Thailand to celebrate his 37th birthday. After having enjoyed his holiday in the kingdom, he was heading home when disaster struck. Michael Jones is an African American man, the sole provider in his household, working full time and studying at the same time to build a better life for his family.

    Arrested while passing through security at Suvarnabhumi Airport on the way home

    At Suvarnabhumi Airport on Monday the 16th December, he had checked in and was just passing through security at the airport when he was called aside.

    The American was dumbfounded to hear from security officials at the airport that a single bullet had been discovered in his duffel bag and that consequently he was being detained.

    Family in Ohio rescued him from prison
    The American man immediately reached out to his family in affluent University Heights, Ohio for help. He was fortunate to have the full support of his parents Tanya Durden-Jones and Mike jones to assist him from there.

    The older couple wired thousands of dollars to Thailand to pay for a lawyer and bail for their son who was released from custody at the airport and later went on to stay in a Bangkok hotel.

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