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    Yesterday I went to Korat on a translator gig with my client from Korea. He's meeting the boss of a huge tapioca factory and he wants to negotiate the price.

    We met at his hotel in the morning and a van from the factory picked us up and drove us to Korat. It was 4 and a half hour journey. In the van, there were me, my client, a Thai mid aged lady, a young Chinese looking man, and a young Chinese looking woman. And of course the driver. A rather tense atmosphere in the van, as everyone in the van had only met for the first time this morning.

    In the van my client briefed me on the situation. He got the price from the Thai factory but the price was 8 dollars too high. So he wants to know why they cannot meet the price. There was a lot of frustration in his voice. And I knew I was in for a big day today...

    Fast forward to the result, the meeting went smoothly and the negotiation was a success. Both side shook hands and they are now best friends. And I feel kind of proud to have helped them in a way.

    I'm not going into the details of the business but in general, it was a communication problem. The Thai factory never knew what was actually going on in Korea and the Korean client also never knew what was happening on Thai side. Even though they were exchanging emails and messages on their phones daily, they didn't understand each other at all. They used English to communicate, and both side had sufficient English skills, but still they couldn't communicate.

    But with the help of a translator, they were able to understand each other and be on the same page.

    Anyway... they are meeting for dinner this evening and I am required. I charge them 3000 Baht for dinner. I'm such a whore. Hahaha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GGrass View Post
    Yesterday I went to Korat on a translator gig with my client from Korea. He's meeting the boss of a huge tapioca factory and he wants to negotiate the price.

    We met at his hotel in the morning and a van from the factory picked us up and drove us to Korat. It was 4 and a half hour journey. In the van, there were me, my client, a Thai mid aged lady, a young Chinese looking man, and a young Chinese looking woman. And of course the driver. A rather tense atmosphere in the van, as everyone in the van had only met for the first time this morning.

    In the van my client briefed me on the situation. He got the price from the Thai factory but the price was 8 dollars too high. So he wants to know why they cannot meet the price. There was a lot of frustration in his voice. And I knew I was in for a big day today...

    Fast forward to the result, the meeting went smoothly and the negotiation was a success. Both side shook hands and they are now best friends. And I feel kind of proud to have helped them in a way.

    I'm not going into the details of the business but in general, it was a communication problem. The Thai factory never knew what was actually going on in Korea and the Korean client also never knew what was happening on Thai side. Even though they were exchanging emails and messages on their phones daily, they didn't understand each other at all. They used English to communicate, and both side had sufficient English skills, but still they couldn't communicate.

    But with the help of a translator, they were able to understand each other and be on the same page.

    Anyway... they are meeting for dinner this evening and I am required. I charge them 3000 Baht for dinner. I'm such a whore. Hahaha!
    There is a great book called Seoul Man.....about an American going to Seoul to work for Hyundai....I believe he was their 1st foreign employee in Korea
    The difference in work culture and his mix-up and frustrations were a good read

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    The high paid escort who can charge 3000 baht for dinner will have to spent all day in a salon and hours on her make-up... 55

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    my partner and I are thinking about how much taxis are

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    Quote Originally Posted by justice View Post
    my partner and I are thinking about how much taxis are
    Taxis in Phuket are generally the same price as tuk tuks.
    So sit in a/c comfort rather than rabid-driven uncomfortable tts.
    Just walk away from where the tts are lined up and call out Taxi - someone will turn up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justice View Post
    my partner and I are thinking about how much taxis are
    try and find a guest friendly hotel within walking distance of Bangla , try and avoid using TukTuks if possible

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    Update on my days of retirement.

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    I retired on June, started working as a freelance translator to make some pocket money for the cigarettes and stuff I need, and in July, August, September, I made just enough to get by, but in October it was completely dry, then in November this morning, I land a big one worth 100K!! The biggest catch so far and I am very pleased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GGrass View Post
    Update on my days of retirement.

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    I retired on June, started working as a freelance translator to make some pocket money for the cigarettes and stuff I need, and in July, August, September, I made just enough to get by, but in October it was completely dry, then in November this morning, I land a big one worth 100K!! The biggest catch so far and I am very pleased.
    How did you arrange your new work permit and what Visa are you on now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GGrass View Post
    Update on my days of retirement.

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    I retired on June, started working as a freelance translator to make some pocket money for the cigarettes and stuff I need, and in July, August, September, I made just enough to get by, but in October it was completely dry, then in November this morning, I land a big one worth 100K!! The biggest catch so far and I am very pleased.
    There is money to be made....keep on grinding

    I'm blown away the business that is falling into my wife's lap
    Sure, she does a great job and it's all been word of mouth but nonetheless there is so much business out there to grab

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zablive View Post
    How did you arrange your new work permit and what Visa are you on now?
    At this moment I am on 30 days probation visa, which expires 20 Oct, which is the coming Monday. The immigration office is reviewing my papers and will grant me (or not) my non B 1 year visa on the 20th. I just checked with them this morning and they say there are about 3-4 cases before me. So... I think I should be able to get my passport stamped by Monday.

    As for the the WP, I am now employed by my wife's company as a 'Regional Sales Manager'.

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    As for the 100K job, it is finished, and I must say it was quite a success for both parties involved. As for me, after 4 nights and 5 days of continuous work, sleeping in 3 different places, countless hours of travelling in one of those white vans... at 130 km/hr. I must say, the driver was going scary fast but at least he was safe. Thumbs up for the driver who took us across half a dozen provinces in a very quick and safe manner.

    I got paid in cash, 100 x 1000B notes, of which a large portion was given to my wife, and another chunk was used to change tires to my car, and after some grocery shopping and buying a PS4 game CD for myself, I am back to being broke again.
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    Since retirement, I've learned to

    1. Bake a pizza, from fresh ingredient. Except the tomato sauce.
    2. Mow the lawn with one of those gasoline motored lawn mowers.
    3. Make a cup of coffee, with freshly ground coffee beans. No more 3 in 1, mix coffee crap.
    4. Make a popular Korean dish called 'Bul Go Gi'. 500 g of nice beef, fresh vegies, and a secret sauce is required to make this delicious dish.
    5. Grow vegies, hydroponic, baby!!
    6. Hm... various other tricks which I can't remember now, but the point is...

    There is no point in talking about the new things I've learned in the past six months. But it sure was fun talking about it. (At least for me. Hahaha...)
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    ^^^^
    Obviously getting off the family company teat has been good for you.
    Now get out there and grow your own business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zablive View Post
    ^^^^
    Obviously getting off the family company teat has been good for you.
    Now get out there and grow your own business.
    Yes sir!

    I should go out and do my own business but... I am not ready yet.

    Sun Tzu said one can calculate 'winning percentage' by looking at various factors. And by looking at my various factors, the winning percentage is not high enough to start a war. Perhaps it is better to strengthen my weaknesses, to improve my winning chances, before starting a war.

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    If business is war, then winning or losing is decided by money. If you are making money, you are winning the war. If you are losing money, then you are losing the war.

    At the moment, I am not confident enough that whatever business I do, will win the war. I've failed before several times, and I've yet to succeed even a single time.

    So it is fair to conclude that I don't know how to win the war in business.

    Therefore, until I figure out how to win the fight, I will not engage in any fights.

    That's my strategy right now... just lay low and do cash jobs that requires minimum of minimum investment.
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    Sun Tzu was a wise military leader who taught his solders to strike your opponent where he is weakest and least likely to expect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Forbes View Post
    Sun Tzu was a wise military leader who taught his solders to strike your opponent where he is weakest and least likely to expect.
    The problem with Sun Tzu is war is not a constant state, he misses GuiGuZi's Diplomacy in his writings

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGrass View Post
    Yes sir!

    I should go out and do my own business but... I am not ready yet.

    Sun Tzu said one can calculate 'winning percentage' by looking at various factors. And by looking at my various factors, the winning percentage is not high enough to start a war. Perhaps it is better to strengthen my weaknesses, to improve my winning chances, before starting a war.

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    If business is war, then winning or losing is decided by money. If you are making money, you are winning the war. If you are losing money, then you are losing the war.

    At the moment, I am not confident enough that whatever business I do, will win the war. I've failed before several times, and I've yet to succeed even a single time.

    So it is fair to conclude that I don't know how to win the war in business.

    Therefore, until I figure out how to win the fight, I will not engage in any fights.

    That's my strategy right now... just lay low and do cash jobs that requires minimum of minimum investment.
    I don't know man.....you do come off as someone who was handed everything and now doesn't know how to proceed on his own.
    If I got a job for a 100k......I'd be inspired to go out and get one for 200k

    I started my division at my company with one account....a friend I used to work with.
    I got told no probably 19 out of 20x I went looking for new accounts
    But that one account made the 19 no's seem like nothing

    My wife has no formal education.
    And her brothers have even less.
    I wish I could figure out how to post the job they just finished for Robinson's.
    I am blown away at this stage they designed and built for a major event.

    And they never got anything handed to them in their life.
    Buck up and take a bunch of no's until you get a bunch of yes's!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    I don't know man.....you do come off as someone who was handed everything and now doesn't know how to proceed on his own.
    If I got a job for a 100k......I'd be inspired to go out and get one for 200k

    I started my division at my company with one account....a friend I used to work with.
    I got told no probably 19 out of 20x I went looking for new accounts
    But that one account made the 19 no's seem like nothing

    My wife has no formal education.
    And her brothers have even less.
    I wish I could figure out how to post the job they just finished for Robinson's.
    I am blown away at this stage they designed and built for a major event.

    And they never got anything handed to them in their life.
    Buck up and take a bunch of no's until you get a bunch of yes's!!!
    I think we are all different in our aspirations, Paul. Your wife can be proud of what she has achieved with help and support from you. But, she is the exception and not the majority. For every one of her there are 50 who just sit around and complain. And, there are a bunch who are just plain unlucky from what life deals them.

    Me? I just wanted to go hunting and fishing, and didn't care all that much about money. I still don't. I chose a career that allowed me to do what I enjoyed when and where I wanted. If I could go back in time I would not change a thing even if I could.

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    Its interesting that people who come from nothing, want to make money as they think it makes them happy. People who come from money know it doesn't make you happy but its something that most need to experience to understand.

    The middle class seem to be torn between both ends of the scale, but envied by both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    I don't know man.....you do come off as someone who was handed everything and now doesn't know how to proceed on his own.
    I think you have no idea what this really feels like. (not saying its the case in this circumstance relating to GGrass)

    I was lucky in way I pushed into a career for the purpose rather than the money (not saying the money isn't considered good), but it wasn't a consideration.

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    Glad to see you are still around, Phaisan. I have to agree with this...

    Its interesting that people who come from nothing, want to make money as they think it makes them happy. People who come from money know it doesn't make you happy but its something that most need to experience to understand.

    The middle class seem to be torn between both ends of the scale, but envied by both.
    I was once told by a billionaire that I was guiding fishing, that he somewhat envied me. Although he had the wealth to do anything he wanted, he was also tied to managing his money and commitments. He said that I just seemed to not have a care in the world and did just what I wanted to do. I enjoyed what did for a living and had enough money to do most of the things I wanted to do. And, I had the good health to do them.

    And, he was right. It's all a matter of perspectives.

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