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British tourist, 21, hires a gun then shoots himself

Mar 21, 2015 - 11:52 PM - by DJ Pat
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British tourist, 21, hires a gun at Phuket shooting range and then shoots himself dead | Daily Mail Online

This guy's only 21, what's happening? Are we to believe that his teerak either 'cheated' on him or ripped him off?

Those are some of the the usual reasons that make farangs take flying lessons from high floor condos.

Does Thailand really make people leave their common sense at the airport?

Poor guy, at his age it is possible that he's never felt depression like that maybe he's never been given so much attention from a female who, compared to most Brit women are stunning....

  78 Replies | 3,391 Views

German airliner 'pulverized,' 150 dead

Mar 25, 2015 - 2:53 AM - by cluezo
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Another air crash

Germanwings Flight 9525: "Everything is pulverized"

Last Updated Mar 24, 2015 3:27 PM EDT

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France - The search for Germanwings Flight 9525, which crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, took a grim turn when searchers arrived on the crash site to find everything "pulverized."

The Airbus A320 went down with 150 people on board in a snowy, remote section of the Alps, sounding like an avalanche as it scattered debris across the mountain.


AFP quoted a police officer in the town of Le Vernet, near the crash site, as saying shortly after the incident: "There is no need for any rescue operations, everyone is dead."

Aerial shots of the site showed scattered black flecks across a mountain and several larger airplane body sections with windows, five in one chunk and four in another. French officials said a helicopter crew that landed briefly in the area saw no signs of life.
... [Read More]
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What to expect?

Mar 20, 2015 - 4:55 PM - by buddahas
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Having an endoscopy next week. Anyone here done it?

BTW I find a price of 15k baht excessive. It's more expensive than MRI in the same hospital.
  63 Replies | 2,081 Views

Is My Beard Okay?

Mar 17, 2015 - 3:57 AM - by faynce
Hello, folks of Ajarn!

I'm an experienced teacher who is going to be applying for science teacher positions in Thailand for the first time in a month or two. I sport a well-kept beard, which I am very partial to. Basically, I look like a dork without it, and would like to keep it. At the same time, I know Thai employers aren't keen on big hairy beasts.

Is my beard neat enough that I'll be okay, do you think? I'll cut it off if I have to, but that's not my preference. I took this picture today.

  60 Replies | 4,427 Views

Bread in the Microwave

Mar 24, 2015 - 9:39 PM - by Beavis
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I'll let you know how it turns out.
  34 Replies | 1,150 Views

Making Pesto in Thailand

Mar 20, 2015 - 1:56 PM - by outbound
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Anyone given it a go?
I'm fed up of the stuff in jars...
  33 Replies | 1,237 Views

Do Chinese tourists have bad manners?

Mar 20, 2015 - 8:37 AM - by yoots
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Today on BBC News: A Thai celebrity rants about the bad behavior of Chinese tourists and posted it on facebook:

BBC News - Chinese tourists push back against rant about poor manners

"An angry - some say prejudiced - rant against Chinese tourists has gone viral in Thailand, leading to a huge discussion on the Chinese internet.
The original (which has since been taken down from her page) is in Thai, but versions of the video with English and Mandarin subtitles uploaded on Facebook and YouTube have had more than two million hits."

Is this a prejudiced, racist, sweeping generalisation or is she openly saying what many people know and think but are too afraid to voice?
  33 Replies | 1,221 Views

About time

Mar 19, 2015 - 9:18 PM - by Tings
Hello everyone...

Been reading here for a couple of months or so, started around September time whilst I was looking for a job as I neared the end of my first 6 month contract in Thailand. Didn't end up finding anywhere decent so continued at my same school in Surin. Nice place, bit quiet. Moving to BKK next week, have myself an innocent holiday in the nicer areas of Chonburi province, go home for the first time since I came here (May 2014), and crack on with a new job (I think) I have in Samut Prakan. I didn't need to interview, didn't need to do fuck all really. Gonna go check it out before I go on holiday, just to make sure it's all legit. Anyone here ever been done over with the assumption of having a job, to then have it all go tits up?

Anyway, thanks for listening to my interesting story and I'll probably start throwing my two pence about. Hope to make super duper friends with you all.

Any questions?
  20 Replies | 982 Views

Using leftover rice

Mar 21, 2015 - 11:57 PM - by Pattaya Pete
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Shame to throw it out, did you know that all the leftover rice being thrown out every day in Asian countries could feed the entire population of Antartica for a whole month?

So today I decided to change all this wasteful behavior and made rice hash browns. Decided the potato version is better at McD's.
I scooped the rice out of the cooker and tenderly laid it on a chopping board. Broke a couple of eggs over it and seasoned to taste. Got the hot oil going in the fryer and dropped bundles of it in. Goes good with a beer.
  20 Replies | 1,103 Views

Apartments, Visas, and trying to figure things out

Mar 21, 2015 - 10:51 PM - by faynce

Is it possible to get a short-term apartment in Thailand if you have a tourist visa? I know in some countries, you can't rent an apartment with a tourist visa.

Would someone be willing to post a step-by-step list of things I need to do in order to work in Thailand? I'm a certified teacher looking for a teaching job.

Is it:

1) Get a 2 month tourist visa

2) Move to Thailand

3) Rent a short-term apartment

4) Apply for jobs

5) Get a job

6) Get a work visa

Is that correct?

Probably not, but maybe someone can set me straight?
  19 Replies | 1,235 Views

A warning to the 7 women in Thailand who have breasts

Mar 16, 2015 - 11:10 PM - by cluezo
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How Posting An Underboob Selfie In Thailand Could Get You Five Years In Prison
March 16, 2015

The Thai government has warned women that they could face up to five years in jail if they post 'underboob selfies' on social media.


An apparent current social media trend that involves women posting photos of the lower part of their breasts could be in violation of Thailand's Computer Crimes Act 2007, which bans material that causes 'damage to the country’s security or causes public panic' or 'any obscene computer data which is accessible to the public'.

The culture ministry said women could face up to five years in jail if they took part, as posting the so-called 'underboob selfies' were equivalent to sharing pornographic images.

'When people take these ‘underboob selfies’ no one can see their faces,' ministry spokesman Anandha Chouchoti told Reuters.

'So it’s like, we don’t know who these belong to, and it encourages others to do the same.

'We can only warn people to
... [Read More]
  18 Replies | 2,160 Views

No TEFL and no degree question.

Mar 19, 2015 - 5:00 AM - by corsaro128
Hi guys,

I want to have a fun time in Thailand.
I've been seeing the best course of action is to get a tourist visa and then find somebody to sponsor you and get you a non-b visa (right?).
I just want to speak English in general conversations, not in a class room, just in cool places.
Are such jobs around?
As the titles says, I have no TEFL or other degree. Will I be able to do this?

  18 Replies | 1,058 Views

Putin's mega highway

Mar 27, 2015 - 3:12 AM - by cluezo
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This would be one hell of a road trip. I'd go in a minute

Russia reportedly wants to build a mega-road and rail link from Europe to America
March 26, 2015


Let’s for a moment consider the Alaska city of Nome. It is so far removed that the expression “end of the road” doesn’t even apply. There isn’t any road that connects this city of 3,000 isolated souls to the more populous cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks, each of which is more than 500 miles away. Nome, which overlooks the Bering Strait, is much closer to Russia.

And if Russia has its way, someday it could get a whole lot closer.

According to a report
this week in the Siberian Times, the director of state-run Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, presented a grand vision of what would be the
... [Read More]
  18 Replies | 934 Views

Work Permit My work permit expires March 31st and my new job starts May 18. What are my options?

Mar 23, 2015 - 11:57 AM - by Kenn Miller

I am new here and I am trying to research my options. My work permit expires March 31st and my new job starts May 14. I decided to switch schools and I was hoping to transfer my work permit. However, I found out that isn't possible. My new school said they will process the paperwork the first week of May.

I just need to know what my options are for visa issues. Can I just fly to Laos and come back the same day? Could I just go to the local immigration office and see about extending for a month?


  17 Replies | 849 Views

Looking to Move to Thailand!

Mar 17, 2015 - 8:50 AM - by Yasmin
Hi all,
I'm Yasmin from Toronto, Canada and I'm looking into teaching English in Thailand. I'm a little tired of the mundane every day life here, and with such competition in the job market it has been extremely tough to move up the ladder. I think it's time for some adventure! I need a change.

I've already got my TEFOL certification and two bachelor degrees. I've never visited Thailand before but I'm very much intrigued by it's landscape and culture. I'm most interested in moving to the south, near the beaches, but I'm not sure if that would be the best area for me. It's a big step for me and I'm equally excited and nervous. I'm worried about accommodations and the actual teaching part in a classroom with structures and customs I'm unfamiliar with. Any tips on best locations for a newbie (a single 30 year old female), tips on accommodations and advice on teaching strategies?? What's the support like amongst expats once in Thailand?
I'd appreciate any feedback. Thanks!
  17 Replies | 1,209 Views

Luk kreungs teaching English

Mar 26, 2015 - 8:46 PM - by alleywayjack
Hi - new to the forum and TEFL teaching; by no means new to Thailand (though it feels it to be honest). Wondering if there are any other luk kreungs (NES) that have found themselves teaching over here? And how they found the experience, any advice etc.

Just landed a position at a Satit school in BKK, shitting bricks and wondering how I even got the job. Any advice at all please?

Much appreciated.
  16 Replies | 948 Views

Hi Guys small introduction and a few newbie questions concerning work in china...

Mar 19, 2015 - 2:30 AM - by yesrick
I currently still a student however I am looking to get into the world of teaching, or at least give it a try.

I know all about TEFL/CELTA/PGCE etc I do not have any of these, but i plan to complete them after my graduation next year.

This summer I would like to gain some experience and possibly make some money which I would be able to save towards these courses.

I have been applying for ESL roles in China and Ive gotten a few interviews and an offer.

Ive read through the contract and there seems to be a lot of precautions on their behalf to keep parts of your money in case you decide to leave early such a Deposits from first few months wages, Fines, etc (I am happy to copy and paste sections of the contract so you can have a more detailed look).

Is this normal? Do a lot of people decide to run from there jobs? What are most peoples experiences? (

I would like to teach private in out of class hours also if possible, any information on this would also be greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys
  15 Replies | 914 Views

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