Thanks all for the posts.
I'm appreciative you took the time to respond.
Frankie: Good advice. I'd like to see the bills for the hospital and meet some people she's associated with and worked with over the past 5 years.
Maaka: Thanks for the advice. Sorry to hear you were treated that way. I'll keep my eyes open.
trubrit: Good advice, thanks. I'm in no rush now and I let her know it.
nkstan: Not sure where to begin. You've made a few assumptions. I work for an airline, so travel is not expensive for me. It's not whether or not I can afford the money I sent her, it's understanding her motivations.
I'm not that bad looking. I've often been told I look more like 40. Of course I understand that she is younger and more attractive and of course she is looking for security. I went on a vacation on my own and thought it would be nice to meet a nice girl while I was in Phuket (had read about the hookers and didn't want to go down that road). Your points about a long distance relationship is a good one though and it's already posing some difficulties.
Thanks all for taking the time to respond!!
You've given me lots to think about and it's much appreciated.
Sorry if I was a little defensive after the first onslaught! I can see now that you're just trying to help me.
It's a whole different world in the land of smiles I see.