Living in South East Asia on $400 USD a month?

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Re: Living in South East Asia on $400 USD a month?

Post by Hotdigr » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:29 pm

Brody wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:05 pm

Tbh, Hotdigr sounds more like he's trying to convince himself than he is Felgerkarb.
Ummm... I've been living here for over 6 years on pretty much that budget. Not trying to convince anyone. I'm happy and so is my girl. That's all I give a shit about in the long run. I know guys spending 3 or 4 or more times as much that aren't happy.
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Re: Living in South East Asia on $400 USD a month?

Post by Hotdigr » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:31 pm

Jamie_Lambo wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:59 pm
Hotdigr wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:52 pm
normally work for 6 days a week minimum 9 hours a day.
fuck that!
So, what is it you do for over 1/2 the year back in the UK mate? :plus1:
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Re: Living in South East Asia on $400 USD a month?

Post by LaudJohn » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:02 am

Jamie_Lambo wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:47 pm



the west is very livable, i earn decent money and would have a very comfortable life in the UK, but for the most part its dull as fuck, the social side and atmosphere of living in S.E.Asia is what i enjoy
I agree with this sentiment.
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Re: Living in South East Asia on $400 USD a month?

Post by LaudJohn » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:05 am

Hotdigr wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:52 pm



Come over as a long term tourist ie: stay in a guesthouse rather then get an apartment, eat out every day, take a moto dop or tuk tuk everywhere rather then buy your own moto/car, take short term girlfriends, get into the readily available drugs, drink top shelf (cheap compared to "home"!) alcohol then you have no chance. But try living that same life in the west and you will be broke very very quickly also
You ask "do most westerners want to live this way"? In reality, my life really isn't that much different to what I had in Australia on a day to day basis.So, YES I am happy to live this way. I am missing out on nothing that I could get in Oz really.

Well put!
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Re: Living in South East Asia on $400 USD a month?

Post by Felgerkarb » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:58 pm

I said most, not YOU, or anyone in particular. I seriously doubt there is a significant majority of expat westerners who would choose this path, but more power to you if you do/did/are doing it. It is only going to get harder in the coming years as inflation continues and age creeps up on you and what is curable at a higher income level is a death sentence at 400 per month.
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Re: Living in South East Asia on $400 USD a month?

Post by Cam Nivag » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:17 am

Felgerkarb wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:58 pm
I said most, not YOU, or anyone in particular. I seriously doubt there is a significant majority of expat westerners who would choose this path, but more power to you if you do/did/are doing it. It is only going to get harder in the coming years as inflation continues and age creeps up on you and what is curable at a higher income level is a death sentence at 400 per month.
Well, that's no problem because expats generally die at 57.4 years old.
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Re: Living in South East Asia on $400 USD a month?

Post by Hotdigr » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:28 am

Felgerkarb wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:58 pm
I said most, not YOU, or anyone in particular. I seriously doubt there is a significant majority of expat westerners who would choose this path, but more power to you if you do/did/are doing it. It is only going to get harder in the coming years as inflation continues and age creeps up on you and what is curable at a higher income level is a death sentence at 400 per month.
I may have worded it badly. I'm not stuck here on that much a month. That's simply what my particular lifestyle costs me on average.To put it another way - that's on average how much we spend each month. Not because we are restrained by income to that, simply because, well, that's what we spend! The rest of what we earn goes in the bank to be saved for old age, to cover the costs of inflation, for holidays, one off purchases/expenses etc.
Once again, I'm answering what was actually a fairly specific question. I did make some assumptions here knowing a little about Trapper too. He is a relatively young, relatively fit bloke who more then likely isn't thinking about living here forever. So health probably won't be an issue, old age and inflation won't really be either. So within those parameters, I will say, again, "Yes, you can live on $400 a month - just".
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Re: Living in South East Asia on $400 USD a month?

Post by Brody » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:35 am

Hotdigr wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:31 pm
Jamie_Lambo wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:59 pm
Hotdigr wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:52 pm
normally work for 6 days a week minimum 9 hours a day.
fuck that!
So, what is it you do for over 1/2 the year back in the UK mate? :plus1:
I love Jamie's set up. 6 months laying brick in the UK then 6 months laying pipe in SEA.
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Re: Living in South East Asia on $400 USD a month?

Post by BklynBoy » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:12 am

Brody wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:35 am
Hotdigr wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:31 pm
Jamie_Lambo wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:59 pm
Hotdigr wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:52 pm
normally work for 6 days a week minimum 9 hours a day.
fuck that!
So, what is it you do for over 1/2 the year back in the UK mate? :plus1:
I love Jamie's set up. 6 months laying brick in the UK then 6 months laying pipe in SEA.
I agree w/ you. I actually spoke with Jamie about it because I do similar thing but only 2 months .... damn... thats not the same thing...he gets 4 more months of laying pipe..lol but for now its a 2 month pipe-fest
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Re: Living in South East Asia on $400 USD a month?

Post by Brody » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:27 am

BklynBoy wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:12 am
but for now its a 2 month pipe-fest
We're waiting for you Brooklyn Boy:

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