Thanks Wolfram for the awesome Thailand post despite my low likelihood of actually going lol. I have been doing a lot of reading about it and other places, and right now I think Rosarito, Mexico might be for me. Awesome weather, I can stay there forever with no probs, I can bring my car and pc + monitors, and I kinda know Spanish. But Thailand would prolly make a better story when I get older, hehe. I have been reading that you don't have to do all the super lame border hopping every 3 months if you get an education visa, so that is appealing. I would want to learn to speak Thai if I did go.
Originally Posted by Tryptamean
if you're looking for an active community that engages in a lot of sporting activities, plus having the availability of other hobbies phuket probable better than bkk. i did a lot of hot yoga in phuket (almost certainly available in bkk too). many poker players get together to play volleyball, basketball, soccer weekly in phuket. theres a bunch of guys into spearfishing as well. if you're just more comfortable with city life lean towards bkk, otherwise go to phuket.
Cool, will consider if I choose Thailand. I have kinda always wanted to live in a massive city, but OTOH I didn't much like downtown Vancouver. But it was more of a douchedom issue than a big city issue I think.
Originally Posted by vankuver
earlier when you were looking for advice i wasn't really a regular poster here but also i figured if i tried to talk you out of your move it would probably just seem like a conspiracy to keep you from getting back into the online games.
keeping that in mind...i personally find vancouver to be pretty much unliveable from like november-march. it's just so damn gloomy/rainy all the time and when you go outside and you're not dressed properly you get this sick chilled to the bone feeling that manages to stay with you the rest of the day. maybe i just have a higher degree of seasonal affective disorder than most cuz some of my friends are totally fine with it, but i'm just really not able to get into any sort of routine in van in the winter; poker is especially tough due to self motivation required etc, i'd usually just end up sleeping/smoking/watching tv all the time.
anyway during the summer months it's got a completely different feel: lots of sun and the air feels fresh and as a result it actually becomes worth it to take strolls and find the good food digs. also there's plenty of outdoor opportunities within driving distance to the city. in spite of all this i still think victoria is probably a better choice overall, but i don't really want to push this advice too hard since i've never actually lived in vic.
It was ridiculous bs. I was ready for a lot of rain, but it would rain for like a ****ing week non-stop and it was all just annoying drizzle. It was always dark and cloudy. Always. I guess I shoulda known that. I was prepared for a lot of rain, but wow. That **** seriously ****ed with my moods.
I did get to see Van in August though. It was awesome.
Originally Posted by henholland
UG, ffs find some place better to live than BKK. Its a fun place to visit for a few days, but for living u can do way way way better imo
pollution, trash and dirt everywhere and horrible traffic are negative things that come to mind
Food is awesome tho and ppl are very friendly
There really aren't many places I can live long-term. It's like Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand as far as I can tell. Bouncing around all over the world while trying to have a serious poker career seems like a huge pain, so I kinda want to settle.
Originally Posted by Ixiterra
is thailand really easy on visitor visas? is that why there is a large poker population there?
That is one reason. You can stay pretty much forever, but you have to leave the country every 90 days unless you get an education visa. But you can just study Thai or any other language. You can also take Muay Thai lessons, but I think you have to actually fight.
Originally Posted by yourface
unguarded I currently live in bangkok. I've also lived in phuket for a while. PM me your skype and I could answer some questions
Sweet, I will hit you up if I get more serious about it. Prolly best that I not waste peoples' time anymore when I don't know wtf I am going to do, hehe.
Originally Posted by Wolfram
First day at a new job.
I can already feel the life force being sucked out of me
At least paychecks are variance-free(ish)
Elo, I don't post in the medium stakes forum due to the lame moderating. Plz don't get yourself perma-banned screwing around over there!
I think I am going to go insane. I have a complete inability to make up my mind. The cycle goes something like this:
1) I am going to take another trip to Van even though I hated my last one to build my tolerance for living in another country.
2) I am going to just straight up move to Mexico so I can focus on poker and making money.
3) I am going to stay in the US and play on shady sites with terrible software that will prolly never pay me and go back to school even though I have tried college like 10 times and hate it and have pretty much proven that I am never going to graduate.
4) I am going to be lazy and do as little as possible.
5) I am going to move to LA to play at Commerce (Actually I haven't thought about this in a long time because live poker is stupid).
6) I am going to travel back and forth playing live poker and on lame tiny shady US sites at home (not thinking about this lately because live poker is stupid).
7) I am going to move to Thailand (more recent, and seems cool other than possible extreme culture shock and the fact that I can't bring my pimp poker rig... srsly, bringing my PC + monitors with me is huge... guess I could like ship them to Thailand but that would prolly cost like 1k+ or something horrible + duty/taxes or whatever $%$%&*^$%&*()$%$%$%$%%&*(_%).
8) Jump off cliff (j/k).
9) Move to Buenos Aires, Costa Rica, or some other random place.
10) Go back to 1) and repeat 1-10 until I lose my mind completely, meanwhile making jack **** for income and wasting my life.
I am seriously the most indecisive person I have ever heard of. We're approaching the BF anniversary and I don't feel much closer to a decision than I was when it happened. $$&*&*)($#%&*^$#%&()#%#*()##%&()#&*())%