The system of compromises

What is the compromise system to choose a country ?

The system of compromises means that if there are not really good or bad countries, there is a reality which is compromise. Compromise is thus maximizing what you will like and giving less importance to what you will like less. You will therefore have to choose one or more countries that meet your preference criteria. If your preferred criteria are the climate and the cost of living, you will surely have to make compromises on infrastructure or pollution. This is an example but it is not true for all countries. Let’s say that what you will appreciate less should be less important than what you will appreciate.

Everything is compromise

Everything is only compromised, that’s what you need to understand. There will always be things that will not please a country. It will be difficult to appreciate everything. The difference is then made essentially in the daily impact of the things you do not like, and conversely the impact of the things you like. If according to your criteria there are many more negative points than positive points in a country, it is clear that it will not be a good choice. If, on the other hand, in a country, there are many positive points in connection with your criteria of choice, there is a good chance that this country is a good option for expatriating.

Let’s take my exemple

I will thus give you a concrete example based on my own experience, and two countries for which I have spent a lot of time, and which I appreciate. These two countries are Thailand and Japan. They are very different on a lot of points, and yet these two countries appeal to me as an expatriate, let’s say it depends on my desires of the moment. In Japan I like security, I appreciate the fact that all the places are very clean, that one can walk quietly. There is also solid infrastructure. I appreciate the work mentality that is out there. In addition there are several seasons and we can therefore enjoy nature every month of the year. There are rules that you can’t find anywhere else as well. Everything I just told you I appreciate, however you have to compromise to be in this system. Indeed, it is not easy to integrate in Japan, which can be a hindrance. You obviously have to know a significant part of the language to work there. The rules are good, but at the same time, there can be a little too much, which is sometimes a bit cumbersome. We must also add a high cost of living, especially in terms of housing. It is therefore a story of compromise between positive and negative, the place of positive and negative depending on the criteria. Also be aware that your criteria may evolve and change over time. You can thus appreciate a country at a given moment, and feel the need to change because your criteria evolve over time, which is normal.

Take a glance on Japan

In a very different style, Thailand also has several criteria that I find pleasant, but again everything is about compromise. I thus appreciate the climate during the winter season. The lifestyle is laid back and it really allows you to live a different lifestyle. There is less importance on material comfort. The cost of living is interesting. It is possible to find lots of very nice accommodation at low cost. The shops are open very late at night and you can live a good part of the time outside. On the other hand, there are compromises to be made. Indeed it can be very hot, at a level that is really difficult to bear, and you have to constantly live with air conditioning. The lifestyle is relaxed, sometimes a little too much, which can cause problems. He may have scams. Cleanliness can also leave something to be desired. These two examples show that there are compromises to be made. There are thus no better or worse countries once you understand that it is a personal choice, which is therefore subjective. Everything is thus a question of compromise, this is the reality for making the choice, it is for this reason that we must use a comparative table.

Take a glance on Thailand

Conclusion to choose a country to stay

The conclusion about trade-offs is that there are obviously some countries which are objectively much better than others. Once this is done, within this circle of countries, it will be the compromises that will take precedence and the importance of your criteria that will take precedence. If you think that the cold is not for you, you will choose a type of country, if you think that the most important is the infrastructures, you can choose other countries. The aim is to give a degree of importance to the basic criteria. You have what you like and what are called non-negotiable. Then, it’s up to you to choose according to your criteria of importance. As a digital nomad like me, it is also possible to choose few countries where we can feel good, and depending of desires, we can move regularly from a country that we like to an other country that we like too. This is a big advantage to be digital nomade.

Opening bank account in Thailand

In this article, I will tell you about the way to open a bank in thailand. In the past, it was quite easy to open a bank in Thailand, even with a tourist visa. Today, it has become more complicated, so you should preferably have a residence visa, or a work visa, or any justification to prove that you are staying in Thailand for a while. Which is logical, because there is little point in opening an account if you stay just a few weeks.

I took an Elite visa, and thanks to this process, I can be resident in Thailand for several years. From there, it’s easy to open an account, and it takes a lot less time than in countries where you can be native. To open an account, I simply asked an intermediary to open an account. He therefore offered me two banks, Bangkok Bank and Kasikorn Bank. For other types of visa, all you have to do is contact one of the main banks in the country and then open an account. For the rest, little paperwork to do, just a form to fill out, indicating some basics on your activity, to finish with a bank card. There is no subscription for the bank card, just 500 baths to buy the card and it can then be used without a subscription, which is very interesting.

Bangkok Bank

Bangkok Bank is Thailand’s largest bank and is traditionally known as being the friendliest bank to non residents. It has great exchange rates for international wire transfers and Bangkok Bank has many branches across the country. Bangkok Bank also has branches in New York and London which means you can link Paypal account to a western branch and link the accounts for transfer, making the process simple and just waiting a few days for your money abroad to turn up in Thailand.

Kasikorn Bank

Kasikorn Bank is also great for foreigners. They issue cheque books to non residents although cashing foreign currency checks can be a bit tedious with the bank. Different branches of Kasikorn Bank may treat foreigners differently, thus you may need to hunt around for some time.

Citibank

Citibank a worthwhile option for foreigners, especially when you want to do cross border banking frequently. Nonresident depositors who may deposit more than 3 million THB with Citibank get their account upgraded to a gold status. Their credit cards can earn you points to redeem with Thai air.

CIMB

CIMB Malaysian bank group that also has branches across Thailand. You can open a bank account with them using a tourist visa alone and they also allow foreigners to use their internet banking services. You will be required to place an initial deposit of 1000 THB and pay a debit card fee.

New trip in Bangkok

Staying for long time in Thailand, again in the city of Bangkok. After some interesting but not exceptional experiences a new experience in Bangkok. Nice accommodation in the trendy Silom district. Close to the BTS Sky train of Sala Daeng and the metro station of Silom. It is therefore possible to go to the trendy city center in less than 30 minutes. There are also many neighborhoods in the Silom district. Lumpini Park is located next door, a very pleasant park where all the locals come to relax and play sports. A good experience for localization.

I discover new things because the city of Bangkok is very big. I can discover the historic city center again a moment later. Some places are obviously seen differently when we visit them at different times.

The weather is hot and it doesn’t rain too much. On the other hand, when it starts to rain it is better to be sheltered. Lots of coffee to work with, this is obviously one of the positive points, so it is possible to change every day. Bangkok city center also makes it possible to live among the rich Thai population, which is another approach of other provinces. Inequalities remain significant when walking in the street.

Full time in Thailand

Back to Thailand, this time for the long term and for two reasons. The first is that I am completely free financially and this allows me to be able to stay in Asia as I wish with a long term visa, which was not the case the last time I was in Asia. The second reason is that it is not possible to go to other places in Asia anyway. Also, coming here was an investment with the situation. I wish things had turned out differently for my travel plans in Asia.

Fortunately, it helps alleviate the situation, to be in a place where I wanted to travel and stay put. The advantage is that the cost of living is low, which allows me to have more flexibility in terms of spending with my online business. With what is happening today for travel to Asia, we will say that it allows us to remain positive.

Although I still find it difficult to accept the fact of not being able to do the projects that I had, I am happy to be in Thailand because I have the habits that I want and I would say that without being able to move freely , there is no better place for months than to sit quietly. A simple life with nice little apartments, cafes, the sun, an exotic atmosphere, online work, all for an affordable cost of living. I like this simplicity of life, the one I was looking for to be at peace, and which I can currently enjoy, without worrying about any particular obligations. Freedom as the key word.

Quarantine in Thailand

Return to Asia and Thailand. After weeks of struggling to get a Visa to be able to go to Asia, I managed to get my long term visa for Thailand. Although it is not a business visa, this visa gives me access to a resident card in Thailand for a time and to benefit from a number of advantages. Given the current situation, I had to find a good compromise between the benefit of the card and the expense. And i don’t regret this solution.

The two week quarantine is compulsory for all those returning to the territory. It is therefore necessary to book a hotel approved for quarantines as well as insurance. During the two weeks it is impossible to go out. Fortunately hotels are generally good quarantine qualities. Quarantine is obviously not free, and there is something for all prices. My hotel is located south of Bangkok, a bit remote in the countryside. I am in a modern room of 30 m2. It’s small to stay there for two weeks but it’s comfortable. The meal is placed in front of the door in trays three times a day.

This is the hotel of my quarantine https://thegreenviewhotel.com

You can find list of hotels for quarantine https://asq.locanation.com

Being far from the city the environment is calm and there is no noise. The internet connection is also good, which allows me to work efficiently on my computer. I never wondered if it was going to be difficult or not because I wanted to achieve my goal of landing in Asia again and there was no other solution. Quarantine is indeed not fun, but when you know that you will be able to enjoy and do what you want afterwards, it allows you to stay positive. The mere fact of finding Asia gives me energy and a smile. Working online also helps me a lot in my day.

In Tartu Estonia

After several months in Estonia, the situation does not allow me to go to the places I would like to go. After staying a while in Tallinn, I decided to go for a walk in the second city of the country which is Tartu. Tartu is located in the south east of Estonia, not far from the border of the street. It is a calm city without problems which however has an interesting animation. Indeed, many shops and cafes stay open quite late at night.

To get to Tartu, you have to take the train or the bus in Tallinn. In two hours you will be in the second city of the country for a more than modest cost. Less accommodation possible than in Tallinn but it is possible to find good places on AirBnb. The station is located close to the city center so it is simple to reach the center from the station or to go to an accomodation.

There are many parks in the city of Tartu which confirms the dominance of green spaces throughout the country. There are also differences in level with small hills, which gives a special charm.It is possible to do the entire city center on foot because everything is on a human scale. It is also possible to take self-service bicycles to have some freedom. Lots of cool cafes and bars are located in town centers, all in a charming setting of historic buildings.

Riga parks

Bastion Hill

Bastion Hill is one of the most romantic places in central Riga, as it features narrow paths, alleys of trees, stone garden, water cascade… The park right next to the Freedom Monument has been a delight to an eye and soul for more than a century. Either it’s winter or summer – special amosphere is always here.The paths run around the hill on different levels; they can take you to the very top where a nice view opens on the evening sun or the busy city or walk you around the hill to show the splendid scenery.Artificial waterfalls, colourful flowers, several sculptures, and benches to take a rest. Pay attention to the small bridges; the just married have left their padlocks here, which, according to belief, brings a long life and happiness.Ducks and swans have beloved the canal. A special swan house is set up here on the bank. If you are lucky, you’ll see the canal’s most interesting residents – badges.But at summertime, a dock next to the park is open to all those who would like to take a river tram or a boat.

Vermanes

Vērmanes Garden Park is Riga’s second oldest public park; the numerous benches are always occupied by Rigans and visitors to the city, the historic open-air stage features various concerts, and children have fun on the park’s playground.Vērmanes Garden Park is situated in the very centre of the city, surrounded by Tērbatas, Elizabetes, Krišjāņa Barona and Merķeļa streets. Riga’s second oldest park was created by donations in early 19th century. It was named after the wealthy widow Anna Gertrud Vērmane (born Ebel, 1750.-1827), who had allocated a piece of land and a great sum of money for the park. Now a statue to the generous lady stands there.Vērmanes Garden Park features various sculptures – splendid four season fountain, majestic stone lions, a monument to the collector of Latvian folk songs – Krišjānis Barons, and a bronze dandy – a monument to Latvian artist and designer Kārlis Padegs – on the other side of the fence. The garden park turns into a fairy tale during a year’s darkest period as it features strings of beaming lamps, music, and giant snow-menThe wooden open-air stage on the Elizabetes Street side is popular with chess players; sometimes it holds concerts and performances of dance groups. Having strolled through the park, relax in the cosy tea house or a night club located in the historic building at the corner of Tērbatas and Merķeļa streets. Now the renovated premises houses the music centre Vernisāža, established by Latvian composer Raimonds Pauls.

Promenade Daugava River

The promenade on the right side of the Daugava River stretches from Old Town all the way to the Ķengarags suburb of Riga. An excellent place where one can be near the water and enjoy a stroll.The section of the promenade adjacent to Old Town is where river boats dock to pick up and drop off tourists. This is also an excellent place to relax on a bench and enjoy the view of the river. Meanwhile, on the section between Akmens Bridge and the Railroad Bridge, there are excellent views of the Latvian National Library building.Furthermore, the section beyond the Railroad Bridge is popular for active residents – it is perfect for a bike ride, jogging and roller skating.

Ziedoņdārzs Park

This centrally-located park is 8.75 hectares large, and surrounded by Elizabetes, Kalpaka, Krišjāņa Valdemāra and Brīvības streets.A monument for Oskars Kalpaks, Rainis, the Birth of Christ Orthodox Cathedral, the Latvian National Museum of Art and the Art Academy of Latvia are located in the park. The present greenery was created in 1950 as a partially communicating park.

Kronvalda Park

Kronvalda Park (originally Strēlnieku Garden) is 11.92 hectares in area, with the city canal running through it. Bordering Elizabetes, Kr. Valdemāra streets, Kronvalda and Kalpaka boulevards.The city canal splits the park into two parts. After dismantling the city dikes in 1863, the Union of Riga German Riflemen erected a society house and a shooting-ground on the right side of the park. Later, in 1883, this part was enlarged according to a project by architect Georgs Kūfalts with around 2,000 rosebushes blossoming in flowerbeds and rose-gardens. After 1927 the State handed the whole garden, except for the Riga Congress Centre, over to the city’s inhabitants, and garden architect Andrejs Zeidaks started creating a landscaped park here. During 1930’s the park was named after member of the Young Latvians Movement Atis Kronvalds.

Tallinn Pirita area

A bit futher out from Kadriorg there is another district that provides an very good escape from the downtown bustle. This is the area of Pirita. , only a 10 minute ride from the city centre. If like me you love the sea, this district of Tallinn is a great place to relax and walk by the water. For a few kilometers it is possible to follow the ocean from the center of Tallinn to Pirita beach. One of the best summer getaways.

Even if Tallinn stay a quiet capital, when you get here though, you would never believe you were in the same universe as the rest of Tallinn because you are surrounded by dense forest, fresh air and amazing view on the ocean. This is the advantage of not very big cities, being able to get out of the city quickly in a few minutes. This is the advantage of not very big cities, being able to get out of the city quickly in a few minutes.

The run to Pirita, the neighborhood to the northeast of Tallinn, is notable for the great views of the Tallinn Bay from the 4 km waterfront path. Pedestrians have their very own lane along the water making this one of the safest and most popular running spots in the city. In addition, the most fun way to go is to rent an electric scooter, the popular means of transport in Tallinn, even more used than the bicycle. It is the land of scooters, easily accessible through an online application. The other option is to take a bus or just walk. I really like the electric scooter for its playful aspect.

Come back in Kaohsiung

Back in Kaohsiung for several weeks during the sunny season. It is indeed one of my favorite cities in Asia where I can easily stay asking myself because I have landmarks and that it is a city that I appreciate. I think that when you travel it is important to have a few places that can be landmarks and where you feel good to stay for a while. I really appreciate the Gushan district located at the water’s edge with a marina and a wonderful walk to do. Japperçois and some of my first choices in terms of location were good choices since I am currently going back.

Indeed the climate in Taiwan is semi-tropical. So there is a winter, but I assure you the winters are not very cold. About 25 degrees in the afternoon and 18 degrees at night. The advantage of this season is that the weather is good almost every day and that at the same time it is not really hot. You can wear a t-shirt during the day and put on a little sweater during the evening. I still had the opportunity to experience some exceptional cool days with only 18 degrees in the afternoon, however, this is very rare.

Kaohsiung is my favorite city in Taiwan. It is a modern city where it is easy to move and settle. I would say that what I like is the proximity to the sea, so I regularly land on the water to admire the sunset. The other positive point is that it is easy to take a bicycle and to walk in many places in the city. This is my new discovery, the joy of moving around with the city’s self-service bikes.

Taipei elephant moutain

If you want to make an good excursion near Taipei 101, i can advice you to go to elephant moutain near the Tower. From this place you can make different trekkings. The basic trekking is to go to observatory where you can find the tower and all the city. It is a good place at this end of the day but also everytime. I went there during the day and it was very hot in August. Fortunately there are many places to stop and just to enjoy the place. Very good excursion just close the city center.

For a better view of Taipei City, hike to the top of Elephant Mountain. This is a very nice place and especially easily accessible from the center of Taipei. Also known as the Nangang and Xiangshan District Walking Trail, the trail is located near the Xinyi and Taipei 101 shopping district. You can go there at any time of day, but you can give a special mention for the view at sunset. The night view with all the illuminations is also breathtaking. The hike lasts about 30 minutes and includes many stairs. However the hike does not stop there, which means that from there there are many circuits to walk that can then take a good time. If you just want to stop for the city view the tour will be fast enough. If you go further it will take half a day.