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The present

Re: Filipina bartender. Be up front with her – let her know you are just just looking for some good conversation outside of a bar setting. Invite her for a coffee – seems less formal than dinner and if you go your separate ways after 20-30 minutes, not big deal.

Re: cartoon – true dat!

» Posted By Brian On 07/January/2018 @ 6:14 am

Done with the Philippines

Always loved the upper deck of the 747’s. Like being in your own (semi) private airplane

Good luck on the upcoming move. Have never been to PI, so am following along to see how you like it there compared to Korean and other places you have scoped out (i.e. thailand).

» Posted By Brian On 07/January/2018 @ 6:09 am

Dead and buried

Keep a positive 2018!!!!! As you mentioned in an earlier post, worry about the things you can control.

» Posted By Brian On 07/January/2018 @ 6:04 am

And so it begins. Again.

Walk slowly John.

Good luck on this next journey!!

» Posted By Brian On 29/December/2017 @ 2:18 am

A river runs through it

On the vaping thing – not sure if it is the bar’s fault or not. Most places in Thailand and the US do not allow vaping when smoking is also prohibited. Rightly or wrongly, vaping = smoking in the eyes of the law. Korea may be different.

» Posted By Brian On 16/December/2017 @ 1:11 pm

Hell yeah!

Awesome job! (and Happy Thanksgiving)

» Posted By Brian On 23/November/2017 @ 10:48 pm

Who’s your Daddy?

Yup – friend zone is the place to be for the time being. 🙂

No expectations, no pressure, no heartache.

» Posted By Brian On 23/November/2017 @ 10:41 pm

The Dating Game

Yup, the dating websites can be full of the wrong type of love. You are correct – patience is the key. After a while, you can recognize who are educated, who are gold diggers, etc. While not perfect, it at least puts you many steps ahead of those that go into it blindly. That is my impression on teh Thai sites, which I assume are similar to the Filipino sites. I always try and set up a meet over a just a cup of coffee. Worst case, I waste 30 minutes of my time (they may think they are wasting their time after meeting me) and the cost of a couple of cups of coffee.

» Posted By Brian On 15/November/2017 @ 9:29 pm

Pride goeth before the fall

John, just curious -I see drinks are priced in USD. Are most of the bars near the base priced like that? I do not remember the bars in Seoul doing that.

» Posted By Brian On 15/November/2017 @ 9:22 pm

Best comment ever

It is worth it. Like the saying goes – better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.

To play a bit of devils advocate on Loraines behalf – while I dont think she handled it correctly, I can see where she is coming from. Like you (or me or pretty much everybody), she did not want to be alone. So yes, she could fool herself that she had no problems in being a caretaker and that was all the relationship had to offer, but the reality is that she did have feelings for you and looked into her future and did not like what she saw if she was truly remained a caretaker.

While maybe not the “biological clock” in this case, it was something similar.

» Posted By Brian On 02/November/2017 @ 11:25 pm

Let her go

Humans are, by nature, social animals. It is difficult NOT to form emotional attachments to others.

Good luck John. Things will get better!!

» Posted By Brian On 02/November/2017 @ 11:15 pm


Agree with the above posters. I am not a very religious person, but I do like the thoughts behind the serenity prayer.

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

» Posted By Brian On 19/October/2017 @ 12:01 am

I will survive

Long time reader, but first time poster. John – we met a couple of times at Dolce Vida back in the day, though I am not a dart player, so usually was just keeping a seat warm at the bar.

Anyway, there is a saying that you cannot add time to the end of your retirement, only to the beginning.

It seems as though staying on the job is doing more harm than good. Realize that there may be financial, professional, etc. considerations at play here, but I think you have to ask yourself what you are gaining by staying in Korea for another seven months? Is what you will gain worth the trade off in a loss of seven months retirement?

Moving to the Phillipines may be just “what the doctor ordered”. 🙂

» Posted By Brian On 28/September/2017 @ 11:44 pm

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