What DON'T you miss from "back home"?

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Re: What DON'T you miss from "back home"?

Postby Bitte_Kein_Lexus » Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:56 pm

Alex wrote:
OrangeDragon wrote: The People: I don't mean my family/friends... I miss them. I mean the rest of the lot.
This. If I needed just ONE reason, it's the people. Sour-faced, paranoid people who take themselves too seriously.
That's kind of true. Depends where you come from but I agree with the gist of it. What I find depressing the early-morning and afternoon transit crowds... I scan all the faces in the metro when I go back and they're all grey, dull and tired. If you make eye-contact with someone, they quickly look away. So many people close to each other, yet so far away and isolated at the same time. It's kind of weird. Now I'm certainly not the smiling type... People have even told me I look intimidating or permanently angry, but seeing Cambodians smile at nothing certainly changes one's perspectives on life and it's simple (and free) pleasures. :thumb:
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Re: What DON'T you miss from "back home"?

Postby Cowshed Cowboy » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:16 pm

The depression inducing cold grey wet and windy winter days when it's dark when you wake up and dark by late afternoon. In comparison Asia feels bright and sunny most of the time and when it does rain I really like the contrast of short heavy tropical rain showers.
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Re: What DON'T you miss from "back home"?

Postby kiwiincambodia » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:26 pm

Coming from NZ the ridiculous smoking laws is my main pet peeve.

They are even trying to ban smoking in all open air areas so basically you can only have a smoke in your own home.

That and the fact we elected a farmer as a PM

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Re: What DON'T you miss from "back home"?

Postby Soi Dog » Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:27 pm

Everyone seems to desire slack traffic rules enforcement ("I like going the wrong direction and being a bit high or drunk while going home at 3 am", etc). That is, until they get T-boned by a freshie boy on his moto or a Lexus driving, well connected lout going the wrong way down the street. Then you will get online to post a thread about shitty, inconsiderate local drivers and why don't the traffic cops DO SOMETHING?
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Re: What DON'T you miss from "back home"?

Postby FreeSocrates! » Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:32 pm

Bitte_Kein_Lexus wrote:That's kind of true. Depends where you come from but I agree with the gist of it. What I find depressing the early-morning and afternoon transit crowds... I scan all the faces in the metro when I go back and they're all grey, dull and tired. If you make eye-contact with someone, they quickly look away. So many people close to each other, yet so far away and isolated at the same time.
I see the same thing on the MRT Line in Bangkok... maybe not as bad. Sometimes I wonder if it's just a "big city" thing.
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Re: What DON'T you miss from "back home"?

Postby OrangeDragon » Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:33 pm

Soi Dog wrote:Everyone seems to desire slack traffic rules enforcement ("I like going the wrong direction and being a bit high or drunk while going home at 3 am", etc). That is, until they get T-boned by a freshie boy on his moto or a Lexus driving, well connected lout going the wrong way down the street. Then you will get online to post a thread about shitty, inconsiderate local drivers and why don't the traffic cops DO SOMETHING?
The things I want the cops to do are simple... don't let people clog the street with parking, stop people from blocking a roadway at an intersection when they obviously can't go forward (in the US we call it "blocking the box"), and make people turn on their headlights at night.

That's separate from how shitty and inconsiderate local drivers are. Mostly because I think them being inconsiderate is so self defeating. When they block the box like described above, EVERYONE is fucked, them included.
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Re: What DON'T you miss from "back home"?

Postby Jaap N. » Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:58 pm

Short and sweet: the climate!
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Re: What DON'T you miss from "back home"?

Postby nightmare.believer » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:21 pm

People in Barangland are always looking for a fight.
Last week, I was driving my car and this bus decided to pick up passengers whilst blocking both lanes of eastbound traffic. Cars were lined up into the intersection. There was a lot of honking going on, me included. This Latin gentlemen pulled up next to me in the westbound lane and said:
"Why don't you just shut the fuck up?"
I said, "Look at how he's blocking both lanes. Look at the cars backed up." I don't know why I even acknowledged him.
"You have a point there," said the passenger in his car, another (probable) undocumented visitor, and his baby mama.
I look into the back seat and there is their spawn sitting there, maybe a 10 year old aspiring freeway strawberry salesman.
I wanted to say something back to him, but the only thing I could think of was to tell him that future gangbanger in the back will never make 18 being taught by (unless verified by Maury it is inconclusive) his father to challenge and swear at random drivers. But I just drove away without saying anything else.
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Re: What DON'T you miss from "back home"?

Postby OrangeDragon » Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:13 am

Well, that's not at all ignorantly racist... :-/
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Re: What DON'T you miss from "back home"?

Postby thePeck » Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:28 am

I still want a pellet gun and shoot every damn person driving with their brights on all the time... wait this is about back home lol

Honestly I can't think of much that I DON'T miss, I miss a lot but there much better stuff here. The people, language and the way of life. I've bought land and now just deciding how to get good internet out in the province to make moving out there a reality.


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