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    • If you could choose again what country is best?
      By METHOS · Posted
      ​Ha!  Not your wife and kids, I hope...
    • Finally identified a good quality power strip in Thailand
      By Morlar · Posted
      If you've spent more than five minutes in Thailand, you will almost certainly have encountered the 'not enough sockets' scenario. So, everyone buys power strips (power bars, or whatever you call them from wherever you're from). The standard they are manufactured to is invariably mediocre to poor. In 13 years I've never found a good quality one. Even the 'better' ones still have flaws. For example, I've been using a reasonably well made one for the last couple of years, I can't remember where I picked it up from but it has surge protection and a ground fault indicator that actually works but the problem with it is the switches. They're nowhere near capable of carrying the rated current, so if you plug something in that draws more than a few amps the switch fails, or worse something in the switch starts to melt. It's effectively a garbage product. A few months ago I actually had one catch fire. Examining the remainder of the power strip the problem was clear, the cable was just a few strands of copper thick. Cheap, crap power strips are everywhere in Thailand. Most of them have three pin plugs, but are only wired for live and neutral i.e. the ground pin is just there for decoration. Dangerous, garbage. FINALLY I found a source of power strips I'm happy with but it's from an unexpected source. I've been fitting 19 inch equipment racks in recent months. Obviously the equipment that goes into them needs mains power. I've been using the Germany Rack company in Thailand for this stuff. The power strips that are designed to go into them are made to enterprise/industrial standards, but can easily be used in a domestic environment. The cables they're made with are heavy gauge (I've cut the cable on one of them to verify the copper thickness used), and the casing is grounded galvanised sheet steel. Really excellent build quality and they even have basic surge protection built in. My only gripe with it is the sockets aren't shuttered, but here's my recommendation for best power strip in Thailand! . . .
      http://www.germanyrack.com/product/print-107.html They're actually very good value for money too, and cheaper than some of the plastic garbage being sold in the supermarkets. The six socket version is only around 1000 Baht.
    • If you could choose again what country is best?
      By BlahBlahBlah · Posted
      It'll be Spain for me, probably one of the Canary Islands. They have a great climate, the cost of living is pretty low, it has good medical facilities and the culture is fantastic. It's also a quick hop back to the Motherland and the family that I presume will still be there. The language also doesn't seem to be to ridiculously difficult to get a grasp of.  In all reality I'll it will be at least 20 years until I retire, so perhaps my perspective will have changed by then.
    • How much cash for which countries to coast until retirement?
      By Morlar · Posted
      ​This could offer you significant leverage in Thailand (or any country professional teachers of English are in demand). If suitably qualified and experienced, there are a number of international schools in the larger Thai cities that aren't interested in hiring some useless backpacker, but ARE interested in hiring skilled professionals.
    • How much cash for which countries to coast until retirement?
      By Split the USA · Posted
      Good info, thanks. Methos.