Since graduating from ISB I became a scuba diving instructor. I started working in Pattaya (10 years) and moved on to Phuket. After 14 years in the scuba diving business, I gave away my dive gear and looked for different work. I jumped from job to job not really liking anything in particular. I opened an automobile-workshop, this I stayed with for 7 years. After closing the workshop, I decided to move into the insurance business. Worked for a Thai insurance company as branch manager in Bangkok for 2 years. During that time, my knowledge of Thai improved dramatically. I was able to speak, read and write Thai well enough to pass 2 insurance broker examinations (Life insurance and non-life insurance broker licenses). My 2 years living in Bangkok was not enjoyable. Waking up at 6am to get to work on time in the Silom Rd. area and returning home to a tiny apartment no earlier than 8pm each day. The best I can say about working in Bangkok is that I was paid a high salary to learn about the insurance business from inside of an insurance company. This is a lot better than paying to go to a school to learn about the insurance business.
I now work full-time in Phuket as a partner for a non-life insurance broker company (E & I Insurance Broker Co., Ltd.). Our company has over 1,000 customers in Phuket (and over 1,000 in the Pattaya area).........mostly foreigners. We have almost no Thai customers............Thai people must think I sell "farang" insurance at "farang" prices...............little do they know, the insurance is the same price for everyone; regardless of what color skin you have!
Phuket is one of the nicest places to live in Thailand. Admittedly, it is expensive......but the income level offsets the high prices. I am happily married to a Thai wife for 16 years. We haven't had a fight in all this time..........this must be some kind of record for mixed marriages.