I do agree with the Thai Rules ... but, if Singapore alone deports Filipinos who curse their hosts and call the hosts lazy etc etc - some of the comments are made by Maids working in Singapore - the flights will be full of deporteesWoW!
I guess in Thailand you should never say anything bad about the king and in the Philippines you should not say such racist remarks, or write them on FB pages or in Forums....such as this one.
Abide by the laws but you do get tired of being a subject of ridicule, jokes and deception, (there's no changing laws here).As one who has been an expat in three countries so far (and about to move to the Philippines for retirement) I can say that there are occasions when you can accidentally upset locals because of something you don't know.
In Ukraine you can upset somebody by shaking their hand through a doorway! Apparently so through many Slavic countries. Or giving flowers of an even number... A dozen roses for your true love? She'd be devastated! Even number are ONLY for funerals... for living people it must be an odd number of flowers.
A friend once pointed out that we can disagree as much as we like with laws and governments - AS LONG AS WE OBEY THE LAWS WE DISAGREE WITH. We can strive to change those laws, we can lobby, support opposition politicians etc. but we must, in the meantime, obey those laws.
And as I've seen on here - most of us have issues with things in our own country too - nowhere is truly perfect!
Good point, sorry to hear you lost all you had typed, "Been there done that".You've got to be kidding! I just spent a long time writing a nice reply, and had to sign in again... all my typing is lost.
Just the gist this time, because I'm not wasting another hour typing only to maybe lose it again!
Yes, I understand how it feels. I spent 7 years in Ukraine, a year in China and now 18 months in India. I worked out different strategies for each, but all involved learning a couple of phrases I could speak almost flawlessly - practice them a lot!
If they think you can speak the local language, they'll be more careful - and usually more respectful too.