17 Reasons Why Living in Developing Areas of Asia Kicks the Crap Out of Living in the West


I am having a blast living in Asia. I just freakin’ love living here, and I know Sean at Location180 does too, so when I started trying to list this stuff out, he’s the first person I sent it to. He responded with feedback to all my points PLUS some reasons he’s all about Asia. Thought I’d just go ahead and share for my fellow Asiaphiles or anyone curious about why we are so damn happy.

I’ve split up the responses below so you can follow our dialogue.

SEAN is currently in Bangkok, Thailand. His commentary below is in this text color. He’s been living in Asia since January (first time in Asia).

ME(DAN) currently in Manila, Philippines. I’ve been living in Asia on and off for 3 years. (First visited 10 years ago).

Let me just say: I am an American. The first amendment of our constitution requires me to believe that America is the best country in the entire world.

I believe that.

But three years ago I decided to uproot and live in Asia. Despite the fact that San Diego is one of the most prestine and pleasant cities in the world, I feel that my happiness and excitement levels have increased dramatically by making the move to Asia. I couldn’t have predicted this before I made the leap.

Some people say running off to Asia is an escape. That’s definitely part of it– I wanted to escape the life I saw lined up in front of me. But its also not reducible to that.  I wanted to engage. I wanted to be creative. I wanted my time. I wanted adventure.

I got what I asked for.

Here are 17 reasons we love living in Asia. I’m sure there is more, and I would like to hear them from you!

1.“What they hell are we doing here?” is always an appropriate question to ask.

DAN: Examining your core principles and aims is a daily experience. There is a built-in absurdity to being an expatriate that I love. Everyone, even normal people off the street, question the foundations of your life. “Do you love your family?” “Do you love my country?” “Why did you leave your country?” To me, these are the most natural questions in the world. I like them being brought up again and again, because that’s just the way my brain works. Not many people ask these kinds of questions in California. My life was just as absurd in California: “why are you standing here in this office?” “What are you working for?” “Do you love what you do?” Except nobody is asking.

SEAN: No one expat in Asia is here because they want a boring life.  95% of the time when you ask what someone is doing here, you will get some totally bad ass answer.  Last night alone I met a freelance percussionist, golf pro and the guy who gave xml its name. That said, by simply asking the question “what the hell are you doing here” you are opening yourself up to a world of potential.  I’ve had more job and business opportunities come my way than I know what to do with, not to mention the friends I’ve made.

2. Other expats are awesome (or not).

DAN: Which makes it really easy to find a super interesting group of people to hang around. People who leave their own country are often on a mission. They are building something. A business, a life, a dream, etc. The ones who aren’t doing this are easy to weed out. Not much middle of the road.

SEAN: Most of the people here are awesome.  Everyone here broke out of the status quo and that alone puts you on a more even playing field than the vast majority of the people you meet back home. Here its as easy to meet and build a relationship with a multi-million dollar entrepreneur as it is with a backpacker.

3. Every little thing is a curiosity.

DAN: I’m in constant amazement. A new riddle around every corner. I like that.

SEAN: The other day I was talking to a friend, and we agreed one of the best things in Asia is the fact that on any given day you WILL have a memorable story to tell.  It doesn’t matter what day it is, something will happen. Could be as simple as an elephant on the street or an orphan begging for money, but being in constant amazement by your surroundings isn’t something that happens often back in the states. At least not in the majority of the places where people spend most of their days.

4. Choose Your Own Adventure.

DAN: There is a way to do things back home. Just do it, and you’ll be fine. Everybody knows the rules. Everyone in the developing countries in Asia is trying to figure out their role in the modern world. Its an amazing feeling to not have “you’re supposed to’s” launched in your direction all day long.

SEAN: Here it is up to you to make shit happen and there is no blueprint for what needs to be done.  You have the freedom to pursue things as you see fit.  The thing that has shocked me the most about living in Asia is the freedom. Looking back on life in the states, everything is very constrained, and inflexible.  Here it feels like anything goes, and if you have the drive to make it happen, you will live one hell of a lifestyle.

5.Food and Booze. Cheap, plentiful, and awesome.

DAN: In general– cheap, delicious, well thought out, and available at all hours. Exception: Philippines on food :(

SEAN: So far where I’ve been booze is not that cheap (Actually in many places its more expensive than it is back home). However, the food continually astounds me with the quality and affordability.  Last week had a huge dinner for 4 of the best Thai food I’ve ever had.  Total price: 160 baht (about 5 dollars).  You will not beat that.

6.Weekend at a Tropical Island? Jet set lifestyle? Done and done.

DAN: Its so easy in Asia to hop on a plane and hang out on some absurdly beautiful beach for a week. Putting general living expenses aside, hotels are really cheap. In the US, a fun 3 day trip to Austin, TX ended up costing me the equivalent of a 2 week romp in Phu Quoc, Vietnam. (Winner: Phu Quoc by a longshot!) There’s also the more laid back approach to being at your desk for 10 hours a day 48 weeks out of the year. That stuff just doesn’t fly in Asia.

SEAN: So many out there (myself included) want to know how to live the jet set lifestyle.  They want to know how they can be a baller, but most will never have the means to do it back in America.  Asia gives them that freedom.  Both in terms of accessibility and affordability.  For the cost of the NYC flight alone, you can practically have an entire week long trip to Phi Phi, and probably have an even better time.  Assuming you like gorgeous scenery and topless Swedes.

7.You can live like a king for what you make back home.

DAN: And by king, I mean it. World class luxury condo. Check. Personal assistant. Check. Maid. Check. You can always grab the tab at a table of 8 and not think twice. Its not about throwing money around, its about being able to afford the very highest levels of service available and not having those things impact your pocketbook in a profound way.

SEAN: I can only imagine what my lifestyle could be like if i was making the same amount I was making back home.  Further there is less stress, more time to enjoy the things you really want to do, and more freedom to be adventurous.

8.The opportunity to meet with incredible people and do amazing things.

DAN: I won’t list for you the people that I’ve met in the mast 12 weeks. I’d sound like a total jerk. Its really nuts the kinds of people you have the opportunity to meet and interact with when you live in developing countries– above and beyond the great opportunities to meet just regular expats who are doing awesome stuff, movers, shakers, and leaders in developing countries– political, social, financial, or business— need good people. You need good people too. Its a great match. This is the “strategically large fish/strategically small pond” effect.

SEAN: Totally true.

9.Hiring and scaling your company is supper affordable and gives you a killer edge on your competition.

DAN: There’s TONS of advantages to setting up shop in Asia– booming economies, tax benefits, great labor, etc etc etc. Check  outsourcetothephilippines.com.

SEAN: I feel like so many people back home are oblivious to the benefits that their business could have in Asia.  I was.  And by really illustrating exactly how outsourcing can help, a lot of people are going to get excited about the prospect of being out here.  Between the lifestyle and the business benefits…that’s a pretty unbeatable combo.

10.The sheer vibrance of living in a developing country.

DAN: It gets in to your brain and rattles around forever after you leave. When I went back to California I couldn’t help but thinking how boring everything was. I pride myself on not getting bored. I always am interested in something. But I couldn’t help but feel I didn’t’ have to many allies in California. Perhaps I needed to move to San Fransisco or Los Angeles? (BTW, briefly considered LA, love the place, but even being there seems a big…. :::sigh::: stale compared to Asia.)

SEAN: Nothing is boring in a developing country.  There is always stuff going on, and I know for me at least, Bangkok is the most exciting place I’ve ever been.  On every level possible.

11.People have time for you.

DAN: This is related to another common theme coming up in these points– networking in Asia is so freaking critical to anyone’s success. People make business and projects by networking. In the states, I ran a medium sized business with over 30 employees and hardly met anyone. I didn’t need to. Everything between my business and our industry was automated. RFP. Bid proposal. Quote. Trade show. Blah blah blah blah. All that stuff is here too, but this is a land for cowboys who like to wheel and deal. Again– I was doing cool stuff in California, but I didn’t meet anyone. I feel like all I do here is meet people and figure out ways we can take over the planet together. AWESOME!

SEAN: I feel like people out here (with a few exceptions) are generally much more in control of their own time.  Due to that, they are able to take the time to talk with you, meet you, whatever.  If it is something they want to do, it is much easier to make it possible.  Here I don’t have to make up doctors appointments just so I can leave my real job to go meet up with business partners in the middle of the day.  The freedom of time is an incredible thing.

12.Your clients are half a world away.

DAN: Enough said.

SEAN:At the same time, in a global company having partners and coworkers halfway across the world can be a bit of a negative.

13.The opportunity to do something interesting, and develop a unique and un-matchable skill set.

DAN: Its difficult to explain. But it can start to happen when you make a big jump.

SEAN: A few other things I might add from my personal experience:

14.Engaging cultural experience.

SEAN: I know in Bangkok I have met people from just about every background imaginable.  While you get some of that back at home, it is in no way on the same level as it is here.  It really provides an opportunity to learn and become more well rounded.

15.People are happier here.

SEAN: At least as far as expats go.  Many of the people I spend time with on a daily basis are constantly talking about how this is the happiest they have ever been.  Because out here it isnt about how much money you make.  If you are working on things that are fulfilling you and building relationships with other similar people, you are fulfilling two basic human needs.  I feel like here I am able to work on the most basic of priorities, when back home, so much crap got in the way that you were never able to truly make yourself fulfilled.

16.There is something going on 24/7.

SEAN: Back home the town was dead by 2, if not much earlier some nights of the week.  It doesnt matter what your social or work schedule is like, you will always find something to do when you are looking.

17.People out here have a paralyzing fear of boredom.

SEAN: They don’t spend every evening sitting around and watching tv.  Cant really say that about the US.  To that effect random shit happens all the time.  Rooftop pool party with super models? Lets do it.  Night train to Chiang Mai for music festival? Done.  If you are looking to lose a boring life, come out here.

DAN: I’m sure you world travelin’ folks got some awesome reasons why you love developing Asia or expatriate life in general. I’m interested to consider how much of this is about Asia specifically, and how much is just about expat lifestyle (I’ve never been an expat elsewhere!).

I would love to hear your thoughts and start to refine my ideas about it. What do you love about Asia? If you live in the West and are thinking about a stint as a expatriate, what worries do you have?


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The other day I was talking to a friend, and we agreed one of the best things in Asia is the fact that on any given day you WILL have a memorable story to tell.  It doesn’t matter what day it is, something will happen. Could be as simple as an elephant on the street or an orphan begging for money, but being in constant amazement by your surroundings isn’t something that happens often back in the states.  At least not in the majority of the places where people spend most of their days.
Published on 03.30.10
  • http://www.kristiandupont.com/ Kristian Dupont

    Great list, guys!
    Though not specific to Asia, I would add that living abroad forces you to be in the now more than anything else I have experienced.
    I think it comes from a feeling of finiteness – just like a project without a deadline would never go anywhere, it’s easy to “postpone happiness” at home because it feels like everything is there to stay. When I am out, my precious time in the given place and with the friends from there feels limited so I damn well better make the best of it.

  • http://www.mosalingua.com/ Sam

    Great article ! Sounds good to live your life.
    Just wondering : do you need to learn the country’s language ?

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    As they say in the Philippines, “its up to you!”

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Hey Kristian, love your personal site design. Agreed this stuff can apply to more general expat experiences. RE: finiteness, I can relate in terms of immediacy. Things feel very immediate here. You can’t punt on issues when you have no idea what the future looks like! People have narratives about their futures in their home countries. Abroad you have to define that for yourself, every damn day. :)

  • http://twitter.com/BestRoofer Joseph Heidler

    I’m planning to spend the month of May checking out Seoul and Bangkok. What would you suggest that I see in Bangkok.

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  • http://stankavich.com Mike Stankavich

    Dan, this is a great article. You’re getting me more fired up than ever to make the move.

    One thing I’d like to add is that I feel a much greater sense of community in the Philippines than in the US. Everybody knows their neighbors, and all of the neighbors and extended family automatically show up for occasions such as birthdays and weddings. Very few people in the US would invite their neighbors to their wedding reception. That may be less prevalent in the big cities than in the provinces, but it’s still much more than in the US.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    I like that point Mike, totally agree there. Here in the PH at fiesta time you literally go house hopping eating everyone’s food and meeting random people. Fun stuff.

  • http://ronaldredito.org/blog ronaldredito

    Hi Dan, can you share the plug-ins that you are using in this blog? I plan to use them as well because you inspired me to change the current theme on my blog.


  • http://livelifebig.net/ David

    Great Article, Dan and Sean.
    I’ll be travelling through southeast Asia soon and I’m really psyched. Especially looking forward to meeting people, the food and the tropical islands.

  • http://www.brandsuperpower.com David Crandall

    I’m curious what your thoughts are regarding families becoming expats. My wife and I have two kids under the age of 3 (and plan on more). Are there any safety concerns you would raise (you know that’s always the first question)? Do you guys have kids? If not, would you continue your lifestyle once you do?

    What would be the pluses and minuses of living this lifestyle while raising a growing family? Would love your (or your readers’) input. Thanks!!!

    PS – I’m reading this at my desk in Dallas, TX and it makes me loath my desk with extreme hate!!! That makes me grateful…as that disgust is what will help me get out of here!!!

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    David, first, what a great comment! You made me laugh and I know what you mean. I am a desk man, by birth.

    On to the family stuff…. safety should be something you can navigate fairly simply. Do some due diligence into some in to some basic stats, don’t move to Pakistan or East LA, etc.
    The parts of SE Asia Sean and I are talking about are relatively safe (especially considering kids here won’t be driving at 16, and I’m not being glib!)

    Just was chatting with Adam Baker from ManvsDebt and he’s traveling with his daughter, might shoot him a note. Also, of course readers more qualified, but….

    I’ve met so many kids who have had crazy, unique, interesting upbringings. In general, I think those kids benefit from it. I grew up in a small idyllic town on the east coast and not many people made much of the “safe” circumstances. I believe challenges and a wide range of inputs make for interesting people.

    The biggest minus isn’t safety from my perspective, but income. If you can secure a solid income here in Asia, most of the expats with kids seem to be offering their children world class experiences. It can be trickier to make it happen here, so that’s where I’d focus.

    I have a great father, and I’ve been to a lot of places, and my opinion about place is this: happy, engaged, and energetic fathers are way more important that what country you come from.

    Keep in touch and keep rockin’! Interested to see what more experienced readers think.

  • http://www.brandsuperpower.com David Crandall

    I was so hoping your answer would be something like that!

    Growing up, my dad worked so much that we never really knew him. Only now that I’m a parent does he even realize what he missed…and what I missed! I would have traded all of that “stuff” for time with him. We’re good now, but still…that sucks!

    My wife and I have talked recently and have realized that we stand to make the same mistakes if we do not intentionally choose to do something different. We’re actually looking into selling our house and downsizing to pay off all of our debt (vs slowly doing it over the next 4 years). At that point, we will be free to live life more on our terms.

    Scary…but nowhere as scary as missing out on my childrens’ lives like my dad did with me.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    David, inspiring stuff! I feel more confident about the downsizing living below your means path. Who EVER regrets that!? Great way to go…. wish the best to you. If you do make the move to Asia, let us know we’ll do our best to help you out. :)

  • E from NY

    Hi Dave,

    I spent ages 1-13 in the Philippines with no problems whatsoever. I was born in the US, and though my mother is Filipina, my dad was a white American. I had full-blooded Caucasian classmates from Australia and the US, and those that adjusted well were boys under the age of 11, or girls of any age (this is not scientific in anyway, just an observation). I would be cautious about moving to the Philippines with a teen-age boy. least you want to become a grandfather (It’s just my experience that teenage boys new to Philippine schools get overwhelmed by the attention). To get a top education in the Philippines, there are expensive international schools, though I wouldn’t recommend this. International schools are filled with other expat kids and don’t provide for interaction with Filipino kids. Enrolling your child in a local school where wealthy Filipinos enroll their kids will give your child a richer experience (they cost $2,000/year for HS). My full-blooded Caucasian friends ended-up doing well, even though they grew up in the Philippines. Though a few turned-out to be knuckle-heads, even more ended-up going to prestigious schools, (I know of half-dozen Harvard and Wharton MBAs) even though their parents were middle class (military/military contractors, SCUBA instructors, etc). A middle-class salary in the US = an upper-class salary in the Philippines, and the upper-class values on education will be passed-along (which is a value I would want my children to have).

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Very cool first hand experience E. Thanks for taking the time to share it here, I’m sure many readers will find it useful.

  • http://www.brandsuperpower.com David Crandall

    Thank you for your input. I do think that living abroad would be a great experience for my children. So glad to hear that someone who grew up that way confirms it.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Joseph I’m an awful tourist. All I basically do when in Bangkok is eat. Hoping somebody else can give you some better advice, from me stretch that stomach its a culinary wonderland.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Disqus for comments, Aweber for mailing list. Thrilling theme is sweeet, no question.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Thanks David!

  • http://ronaldredito.org/blog ronaldredito

    Thanks Dan! But I guess there are more plug-ins installed other than the 3. =)

  • E from NY

    I miss the place and hope to be back, for good, soon. I took 2-years off after college and worked for a year in Manila (93-94); I then bummed around Thailand and Cambodia, SCUBA diving, before heading back to the States. My wife (who is from Jersey) would prefer to stay in the US, but won’t mind moving back as long as we have money–specifically, a home that is paid for and $2,000 a month (with annual adjustment for inflation). As far as a business is concerned, online with some sort of business partner back home seems to be the way to go. We fortunately have niche markets that we can target. For ex. my wife is a math whiz, and parents/teachers in the school district know that, so one business would be to start an online math tutoring e-business (plenty of talent here). Online tax prep is seasonal and is something that I would do (I have a partner back home that will scan the documents and e-mail them to me). These ideas are still in works…
    Point is, a living can be made online by leveraging your reputation and current contacts back home. I don’t know if we can trim our work week down to 4-hours, but definitely 10-15 hours max!

  • http://www.seanogle.com/ Sean


    I was going to mention Adam as well. Dan and I have both met him while they were passing through Thailand, and he seemed to do an excellent job of balancing his business, family and work.

    Also, I know multiple people here who have grown up outside the states, and they appear much more well rounded because of it. I can’t speak for Manila, but there are some excellent international schools here. At the age your kids are it would be relatively easy to travel for a few years and even bring them back once they get ready for primary school.

    And, I’ve been exactly where you are in terms of the desk. I can safely say this has been completely worth the adventure if you are in a position to make a leap!

  • http://www.seanogle.com/ Sean

    I actually just asked a few people what they thought you should do in BKK, and all of them had the same response: eat. There is so much amazing, inexpensive food in this city its unbelievable.

    However a few noteworthy things to check out are the Ayutthaya Ruins, Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Po, MBK, and street food on Sukhumvit Soi 38.

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  • http://powerspercussion.com/blog Mark Powers

    And that “freelance percussionist” had a great time meeting you, Sean!
    Great post guys. Choose your own adventure . . . that’s what I love about Asia!

  • http://twitter.com/michaelemilio Mike

    Please go into detail on this, is the Philippines more expensive or less appetizing when it comes to food?:

    DAN: In general– cheap, delicious, well thought out, and available at all hours. Exception: Philippines on food

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Hey Mike, thanks for dropping by, a few quick details, but first, if you are really interested in a crash course in Philippines cuisine, and some great entertainment, check out Anthony Bourdain’s trip here:


    In general, food in the Philippines is both less appetizing and more expensive. They talk a lot about the reasons for this in the Episode. Although pork sisig is a national obsession, and rightly so, Filipinos aren’t nearly as passionate about cooking, promoting, selling, and buying their own dishes as their SE Asian counterparts. They’d rather hang out at a foreign resto chain. There is a rumor going around that the Filipinos who can afford to go out wouldn’t want to pay resto fees to eat their own food. There’s also some underlying economic issues– for example, vegetables are very expensive here.

    There isn’t a lot of high quality street/stall food here like in the rest of SE Asia. High quality food is found in two places, as a rule: the home of a Filipino, or an expensive restaurant. Bourdain finds the exceptions, but to eat local food like that on a regular basis isn’t a situation many foreigners find themselves in here (due to the spotty availability). All my friends in Thailand eat like kings for 1 dollar every night and I spend 6 bucks at a Japanese joint for lunch.

  • http://thedailycubicle.com Adrienne

    Great list. Really makes me realize how boring it is here in the West. I lived abroad for a year in college and it was one of the happiest times in my life. I am excited to visit Thailand one day!

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  • TMFproject

    Oh man, Dan. This is impressive, and I think it can be applied to far broader contexts than just Asia–you point out so many truly valuable reasons for engaging with the world, living through adventure, and taking big leaps. And that, my friend, is freaking awesome.

    Here’s me, giving you a big ass high five. And then proceeding to school you in a bucket. Because that’s what chicks from Scranton do. :)

  • http://www.seanogle.com Sean

    Don’t worry Dan, as far as buckets are concerned, rumor on the street is that she is all talk.

  • TMFproject

    Jeez, Sean…stop stalking me and finding all of my comments across the WWW. ;)

    And for the record, I’m going to have to take @dvdwlsh to school the next time I see him, because he deserves a good beat down for having spread such a nasty (and untrue) rumor about me.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Hahah… you guys and your inside jokes. I absolutely must get on a plane to BKK. And Ashley, thanks for the kind words. True its not just about Asia. Its about me drinking more buckets than you. PLUS I am from PA too (born and raised!), so I am not impressed :). Scranton! Psssh.

  • sweetsoali

    “They don’t spend every evening sitting around and watching tv” ~ most spend every evening sitting around and getting wasted on cheap beer. They are doing the same as they’d do back home, but using a/c instead of heating. I’m in Thailand ~ I’ve yet to find any inspiring people here. The interesting ones seem to pass through quickly, or go to India..

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com Dan

    Sounds like you are hanging out with travelers. Expats and travelers don’t mix often and as a traveler it can be tricky to win friends with people who are invested in the place…. if you can find entrepreneurial expats and such, and you’ll find a sweet crowd.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510740974 Kris Bolton

    awesome list Dan, nailed it.
    After 7 years living in asia non stop as a internet entreprenuer (with a few visits home to the UK every now and then) i still love the lifestyle out here, infact reading your list reminded why im out here.
    some of the main reasons are im just never bored here! Everything just feels exciting here, even after all this time. In the UK i have this overwhelming feeling of boredom for some reason, nothing is exciting, everything is made and done already, everything is predictable and kind of dull. Developng countries are changing and growing fast and i love that environment.
    In the uk i meet alot of people stuck in a very depressing lifestyle of office work everyday followed by pub (repeat everyday). here I meet people who blow my mind away with the things they are doing from business ventures to mad aventures around the globe. Risk takers. People who think out of the box and push the limits. (exciting people). I meet scuba divers, private army contractors (for iraq), musicians, hippies, jet setters, entreprenuers, business owners, smugglers, traders, artists, musicians, stock traders, backpackers, surfers, travel writers, guys riding their bike across the globe for 3 years, guys sailing their yatch around the globe, people who have just sold their companies and are off on a 2 year balling trip.
    every traveller i meet i seem to be able to instantly connect with them, maybe out here we’re all people chasing a dream, we’re all risk takers, hence the easy instant conection with other travellers.
    Back in the UK (since i went travelling) i find it hard to relate to people if their young but all they do is go to work, finish work watch football and drink beer in the pub and repeat it everyday so happily, sure its not so bad, some might do it because they’re a bit older and have families etc, but its not amazing, some people are doing it because they have no choice, but some people choose to live like that which puzzles me when theres so many amazing opportunities out there. In fact i think alot of people dont even realise some of the opportunities.
    The beaches are insane in most countries in Asia.
    If you have a bad month and money is tight, have no fear, $2 will buy you a bottle of rum, coke (cola) and some cigarettes.
    lastly, maybe you guys in america wont appreciate this one so much but a big reason for living in ASIA if your from a cold country is definately the WEATHER ::))))) if its not hot and sunny like most days, its crazy typhoons (Which are pretty exciting).

  • sha

    Hi. “Filipinos aren’t nearly as passionate about cooking” – the truth is we just love home cooked meals more than eating out.

  • Surendran

    Try fucking living in Sri Lanka or India…. Yes it sucks after 1 month. This is the reason that given the opportunity everyone in South Asia will jump on a boat and travel to any place in the west. Stop talking as if you are the enlightened one…. ass wipe. We live in hell and will give our right hand to have the life you have. You have just experienced how the top 0.1% in Asia live. Boredom and happier……..fear and hunger.

  • Tyler

    Great article and bang on. I’ve been in Asia for 10 years now and can’t bear the thought of moving back ‘home’. Actually I tried for about 7 months before I had to leave.

    I’ve linked this article to a post in our own blog; an expat discusses why he made the choice, and what can be expected. Pretty passionate and visceral; worth a read as well for anyone interested in changing their lives and taking the plunge.


  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews

    cheers Tyler thanks for the link

  • Arletta Sloan

    Very interesting. Really, I was only looking for information to help me write about the floor sitting and/or find some floor pillows. Glad I found this, too, though. Thank you.

  • Jeff Slocum

    Hey Dan, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution “requires” nothing from you. It affords you opportunity to express yourself and not be silenced by your own government. Other than that “faux pas,” I liked your blog and your enthusiasm and the tales of your travels. I agree with your general assessments. Happy and safe journeys!

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  • vlad the impaler

    then please leave,we enjoyed a bounty of everything in ca. before you asian bugeaters showed up crowding everyone.go back to asia you wont hurt our feelings one bit,20 years ago my coworkers and neighbors were all white ,now all asian and i long for the old days.we had no traffic clusterfucks of dimwitted asians we enjoyed 89 cent a gallon gasoline and open roads with lots of fields and orchards that used to fill the air with the smell of blossoms,with flocks of singing black birds that would block the sun .now all you smell is the water treatment plant thats over flowing with sushi shits.so please maybe you could talk some of your buddies to follow suit.you asians are arrogant and seem to thik youve made high tech better when you have not,you also eat animals that i like,.so dont let the door hit you in the ass on the way out

  • vlad the impaler

    its called a police state my friend,when you go out you get harassed or indanger of being arrested which in turn ruins your reputation and employment,people stay home in their little boxes,at least we dont have to worry about being murdered by a machete weilding taxi driver angry over a tip.they way you asian rats treat british nationals is shameful,you wait till they get legless drunk then rob and beat them,your countries are shit holes face it,the reason you go out is because you live thirty to a shack and it 90 % humidity.we had our disco days back in the 70s,we are trying to fix and innovate technology that will save us from your asian population explosion that will overwhelm the worlds natural resources.thats what us boring whites are working on .

  • vlad the impaler

    well paint yourself yellow shrink your pecker and shave your body and get a black wig and squint,and voila you are one of them.what kind of a englishman are you?get backto england and save your future from the muslim hordes,never mind rubbing elbows with child molesters and opium smokers,every western guy that lives over there is up to something criminal or killed someone abroad,its a lawless shithole where you can sell your sister for a few dollars.the only crazy typhoon is the one coming out of your mouth of hot air and bullshit,how can you enjoy a beach when you risk being hacked to death.they are beautiful though

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  • hilary setiao

    I’m an asian girl and later on I’ll have the opportunity to move abroad but I can’t decide between the US and Thailand. I wonder in which country I could be the happiest ?

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