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    Expats- How much of "home" do you have in your life overseas?

    We were having a debate over on AI and someone mentioned that a TG living overseas will watch Thai tv, call home to Thailand, mostly eat Thai good as an indication that she really doesn't want to be there

    I then got thinking that I probably have as much or more "Boston" in my life as my wife does.

    I watch Boston sports almost every single day.*
    I listen to Boston sports talk radio 2 hours a day
    I read 2 Boston newspapers a day
    I regularly have food stuff sent to me from home*

    So how much of your "home" do you have in your life while living away?

    PS.....I remember I used to go to World Trade Center and spend 3.00usd a day for the 2 Boston papers

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    I haven't fully gone "native" yet, so I still follow North American sports, (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL), and check in from time to time with the Canadian newspapers back home. Not many Canadians in Patong so (if I have the time) I'll usually stop in and visit with Bill at the SBH and visit other North American expats in Phuket and chat sports or politics over drinks or getting a meal.
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    I watch NZ rugby a lot. I read NZ newspapers online every day. I listen to NZ Sports talk radio now and then. There isn't any food I can think of which I cannot get here in the UK.. except hokey pokey ice cream... 555

    The thing I do miss is the warm all year round weather.... I got excited that it was a balmy 6 degrees here today... 55
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    I watch NZ rugby a lot. I read NZ newspapers online every day. I listen to NZ Sports talk radio now and then. There isn't any food I can think of which I cannot get here in the UK.. except hokey pokey ice cream... 555

    The thing I do miss is the warm all year round weather.... I got excited that it was a barmy 6 degrees here today... 55

    Foods?
    Man I got bottles of salad dressing from my neighborhood bar, I got BBQ sauce they use on roast beef sandwhiches, got desserts, when I am flying straight back from Boston I take back like 15lbs of frozen marinated meat from a local place, I got hot pepper relish, the list is endless 555

    She has her Thailand cupboard and I have my Boston cupboard

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    Foods?
    Man I got bottles of salad dressing from my neighborhood bar, I got BBQ sauce they use on roast beef sandwhiches, got desserts, when I am flying straight back from Boston I take back like 15lbs of frozen marinated meat from a local place, I got hot pepper relish, the list is endless 555

    She has her Thailand cupboard and I have my Boston cupboard
    I don't know of any unique NZ sources... NZ is a pretty English country food-wise...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    I don't know of any unique NZ sources... NZ is a pretty English country food-wise...
    No even watties tomato sauce in a can ???
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    Couple of loaves of Vogels bread and a jar of NZ Marmite goes with us on every trip now
    NZ Herald glanced at every couple of days

    Just thankful to get back to Thailand for some warm weather

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    Ha ... your thread and then reading DPs post made me realize for this first time in nearly 30 years that i too am a Expat ... why have i never thought of that before i wonder ...
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    got as much or as little of home as i want.

    95% of foods...no problem
    all the sport i want and need
    some Aussie and other nationality mates to catch up with once or twice/week
    play in the local cricket team

    add some decent mountain roads and scenery to 2 wheel tour on and none of the policing like back home to the mix.
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    Hmmmm Just get your Thai wife from Australia to join you 555555
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    It is crazy how some people can rubbish their home countries and yet still steadfastly hang on to every small vestige of the place that they can. I am not talking BM 's here btw.
    My experience with Saffa's and ex Rhodies / Zimbabwians is very mixed. Some are so entrenched in the past and cannot get though a single day without some sort of reminder of home. Be it foodstuffs or talk.
    I have met Saffa's in Auckland who eat more worse and builtong than I do at home 555. Hardly touch the stuff myself.
    So perhaps the Thai's abroad are no better or worse than many expats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteGill View Post
    It is crazy how some people can rubbish their home countries and yet still steadfastly hang on to every small vestige of the place that they can. I am not talking BM 's here btw.
    My experience with Saffa's and ex Rhodies / Zimbabwians is very mixed. Some are so entrenched in the past and cannot get though a single day without some sort of reminder of home. Be it foodstuffs or talk.
    I have met Saffa's in Auckland who eat more worse and builtong than I do at home 555. Hardly touch the stuff myself.
    So perhaps the Thai's abroad are no better or worse than many expats?
    That was my point......I certainly have as much "home"as my wife. Well minus the 4 hours on the phone to her mom everyday!! 555
    But I think you can have both

    The guys at work always joke that I know more about Vancouver than they do 555
    We live downtown and out and about a lot
    It is when I am at my home that it is all Boston

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    despite not really missing any "thing" from home here I know I would slip back into my old life within no time if I were to go back to Sydney or NZ...nice home, nice car, same social group etc etc....but I really don't miss any of that here...apart from seeing the odd person/mate (but many do come and visit here)

    I guess I would play more golf as well...I used to play regularly with The Loop, Nicke, Dodger, Figo and a few other back in Phuket but since I moved here I have pretty much stopped...I've played maybe 5 times in 3 years....green fees are $200+ here (only one real course) and I won't pay that for a regular game of golf...even if I was a billionaire

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    So how much of your "home" do you have in your life while living away?
    Still have one shirt that came with me from NZ 2009. Tag faded. It was probably made in China anyway. The Specialized triathlon/road race bike I brought with me was black with a few silver ferns signifying NZ, but sold that 4 years back
    And that's it. Can't think of anything that someone could find and decide for sure on what country I was from.
    No English-language tv at home; had none 2010-11, and from April 2011-early 2014 we had a EuroSport channel and the dreadful Fox news. They somehow fell off the satellite channels we get.
    I get the Bangkok Post on Sundays - 2 big crosswords, sport and entertainment; like to follow some NZ sport - rugby mainly, international sport and enjoy the progress of a few NZers competing overseas, motorsport/bikes, cycling, triathlon. Online streaming for any games/events I want to see
    Have had two trips back to NZ since 2009 both were last year for work, haven't considered bringing any food items back - thinking about it am not sure what would be good to take back next time; both times a litre of Pernod my only 'extra'
    I sent some NZ souvenir shirts back from NZ, two t-shirts were made in Bangladesh, the polo made in China!

    Don't think I've necessarily 'gone native'*, just adapted; happy the way things have worked out

    * or have I ??
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    In Aus we get more UK football than they get in the UK. On a Saturday or Sunday here you can see every game in the EPL live, so has to be watched. I listen to a lot of Sports Radio from the UK when I am working at home and also at night.

    I drink beer that I used to drink in the UK 35 years ago here in Aus now, but I also like a lot of the boutique beers made locally in Perth and the rest of the country.

    I buy UK papers only rarely now as all is available online, but still read a lot.

    Most UK food items we can get if required from major supermarkets or specialist shops, so no probelm with missing anything.

    I challenge anyone who can say that they have moved countries and not missed anything from you home country. Although one thing I do not miss from the UK is the crappy weather, that is one big incentive not to want to return.

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    Been living in Asia almost 3 years now, and I honestly don't miss anything from the UK. I watch US TV, eat/drink Thai or generic western foods/drinks (nothing UK specific, nor do I miss anything specific from the UK), I don't follow UK football really (if it's on I'll watch and enjoy it, but don't miss it), sport-wise I currently like MMA (so generally UFC which comes with watching US TV), politics-wise I'm not really affected here but UK politics bore me. I've never voted in my life as all the parties are usually as bad as each other and none of them have overall policies that I can relate with. I do enjoy US politics as a form of entertainment - the republicans are bat-**** crazy and it makes for hilarious TV (Last Week Tonight, Daily Show, Real Time etc). All the UK newspapers/media I enjoy are online anyway and pretty much global news agencies (BBC, Guardian, Independent) - I certainly don't miss The Sun, Daily Mail, etc.

    So apart from family and friends - I can't think of anything the UK produces that I miss.

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    I used to think I would miss UK TV if I lived in another country. but with the internet there is really nothing you would lose any more TV wise. If only the internet could also bring nice weather here... 555
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    At Rimping Supermarket today and we bought only Vegemite ... Otherwise local product. I actually scrutinized the sauce shelf for a while and realised there was SFA I now need in the way of Western condiments.

    We frequently buy NZ mussels, lamb and cheese. I miss Vogels bread but it's not quite the same as it used to be 40 years ago and manuka honey too exxy to spread on toast any longer!

    I read the NZHerald online as often as Aussie news, just to keep up, but Thai news is of more interest nowadays.
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    Okay not long for me , but been away for just over two months and apart from friends and family there's nothing I miss at the moment , apart from the odd breakfast I've stayed away from British food , only watched tv in bars ( football but not a whole match ) and only really checked the sports news online very infrequently

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stillearly View Post
    Okay not long for me , but been away for just over two months and apart from friends and family there's nothing I miss at the moment , apart from the odd breakfast I've stayed away from British food , only watched tv in bars ( football but not a whole match ) and only really checked the sports news online very infrequently

    Football wise......you haven't missed much......
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