Moved into an apartment yesterday... the monthly rent will be 2600 Baht (less than $80). Fresh fruit (pinapple, papaya, mango, etc.) is only 10 Baht on the street (25 cents). An omlette and rice.... less tahn 50 cents. A movie (such as Star Wars)... 100 Baht ($2.50).
Im back to cheap livin... and its a good thing too, as Im flat broke. Luckily, SE Asia is a place where you can live fairly comfortably on very little.
Which is another reason I enjoy being in this area. On the same budget, Id be fairly miserable in the States..... but here, I know my necessities can easily be met.
This represents a different kind of stability and security. There is the stability. that comes from a high-paying job with good benefits and good "job security"...... the kind favored by most suburbanites. But this security is mostly an illusion, as the increasing ranks of the "downsized" show. Lose your job and it all quickly goes down the drain.
Simplicity offers a more enduring form of stability. When you need very little, when you can get by on very little,... you are indeed in a more secure situation. Unemployment is not so scary in such a situation.
Needing less, being able to get by on less..... that is true security. True stability.