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How religious are you?

Apr 02, 2014 - 10:30 PM - by drollhouse
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This is not meant to be a flame war of the Christians vs Islam, Zeus vs Athena or who's god is goring whose but merely a little insight on religion.

You're in Thailand ( supposedly) assuming you are a practicing Christian ( loose terminology here its like practicing Catholicism ) do you go to church? mass? Get all involved in the Buddhist thing?

I am a bystander. As in no religion. I had to choose a religion on my arrival card here. It threw me for a loop as I am an atheist. Now that's not a religion. Do I have to have one? Yes I did or don't pass go and don't collect 200 dollars. Now that's okay so I went ini minnie miny moe on it and wham I am Catholic. Christian was not an option it was a bloody list including 'other'.

So do you good folks here go to church, eat fish on good friday, have a little prayer now and then when life goes pear shaped? At Chrismas do you teach the story of why its actually celebrated? I mean why have Christmas anyway it has become a whole wham bang commercial deal where money talks and the meaning is lost. Who is Santa and why does he reek of beer? NOW you don't have to answer if you don't wish and I'm sure you will not be struck down by a lightening bolt.

Or do you believe in proof of absence is no absence of proof about god.

The Best Of God | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
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Fired but not fired

Apr 09, 2014 - 4:15 PM - by TeflBaron
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A colleague and I were both fired by the Third Reich (ehem, Thai big knobs) at a very modest Thai university.

Now the thing is, we were individually called to a meeting with "the boss" + one witness (our Thai line manager) and were told that they were firing us just as the semester was ending/ the paid holidays were beginning but that we should sign a form to say that we were resigning because it would "BE EASIER FOR YOU TO GET A NEW JOB".

Now they obviously think we are stupid and they followed that up with an intimidating email but obviously neither me or my colleague have agreed to sign the form. What are they up to exactly?

The contract reads "only upon recission of the agreement with three months notice by either party". In the case of my colleague, he has done nothing wrong whatsoever, has been the model employee and only sent a couple of cheeky emails when our line manager was giving him unwarranted flack.

They have said that they want the work permits returned by 8th April and the resignation letter signed. That is the deadline according to them. Do they need the actual WP to cancel it/ cancel our visas? They have conceded that they have to pay us until the end of April (one month - we were fired on 31/03/14). Where do we stand exactly regarding our visas?

I suppose that in my case I did things that could have warranted getting fired (late to the office, grades submitted late, etc.) - but at the same time they justified their decision by saying the students gave me poor evaluations. I was shown the envelopes and told that they contained the "students' assessment" of me; I told the Thais that they were... [Read More]
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The List

Apr 11, 2014 - 5:13 PM - by Buoyant
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Breakfast x 4 days: check
Lunch x 4 days: check
Dinner x 4 days: check
Snacks x 4 days: check
Alpo, dog meats, dog treats x 4 days: check
Internet topped up: check
Phone topped up: check
Toiletries and paper products: check
6 jugs of drinking water: check

Goodbye, outside world! I will re-emerge Wednesday, after you have exorcised your demons.

[Sound of heavy doors closing and bolted]
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New Job and New Salary

Apr 07, 2014 - 4:54 AM - by ManchesterPete

My name is Pete from Manchester UK and I am new to the site .

I am a qualified teacher in the UK working in secondary education.

I managed to secure a job last week after a Skype interview with the head of the school.

They have offered me a salary of 66,000 baht per month plus benefits . I was just wondering if anyone knew if this was a fair offer or am I in a position to ask for more due to my experience and qualifications.

Is this going to be enough to live on in Bangkok ?


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Peaches Geldof dead at 25

Apr 08, 2014 - 6:43 AM - by drollhouse
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Peaches Geldof Dead: Daughter Of Musician Bob Geldof & Paula Yates Dies At 25

The Huffington Post | by Stephanie Marcus
Posted: 04/07/2014 1:22 pm EDT Updated: 04/07/2014 5:59 pm EDT

Peaches Geldof DeadPeaches GeldofPeaches Geldof DiesPeaches Geldof Dead at 25Celebrity News

Peaches Geldof, British TV presenter, model, and daughter of musician Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, has died at the age of 25, reports the BBC.
The 25-year-old was reportedly found dead at her home in Kent Monday afternoon,reports TMZ. Details surrounding the death are still unclear. Kent Police are treating the death as "unexplained and sudden."
Geldof is survived by her husband Thomas Cohen, her two children Astala Geldof–Cohen and Phaedra Geldof-Cohen, her father, and her sisters, Fifi Trixibelle Geldof, Pixie Geldof, and half-sister
... [Read More]
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Kim Jong Un "re-elected" with 100% of vote

Apr 10, 2014 - 9:46 AM - by cluezo
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Wow. He must be one hell of a campaigner.

"This is an expression of all the service personnel and people's absolute support and profound trust in supreme leader Kim Jong Un as they single-mindedly remain loyal to him"

Kim Jong Un 'elected' with 100% of the vote
April 09, 2014

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — With no one else on the ballot, state media reported Monday that supreme leader Kim Jong Un was not only elected to the highest legislative body in North Korea, he won with the unanimous approval of his district, which had 100% turnout.

North Koreans went to the polls on Sunday to approve the new roster of deputies for the Supreme People's Assembly, the country's legislature. The vote, more a political ritual than an election by Western standards, is generally held once every five years.

Attachment 2246

Though results for the other seats in the assembly had not yet been announced, North Korea's media quickly reported Kim had won in his district — located on the symbolic Mount Paekdu — without a single dissenting ballot.

In the previous elections, 687 deputies were chosen. This is first time the election had been held since Kim inherited power after the
... [Read More]
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Taco Bell comes to Onnut

Apr 04, 2014 - 6:13 AM - by po3try
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Can anyone suggest some recipes you can cook in less than 30 minutes?

Apr 03, 2014 - 10:51 AM - by Speedster
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There aren't many recent threads on the topic of cooking at home so I'm looking for suggestions.

I'm talking about western, Mexican, Italian, etc. meals.

I am no chef but I like to cook (mainly western-ish dishes) and eating Thai food gets tiresome every day. Eating spicy Thai food often can be a little rough on the rear. That gets old as well especially if you have to teach the next morning.

My list of meals I prepare is rather short and becoming boring. I have seen some of your pics of food and the layouts looks great. Can you be more specific on how to prepare?
  45 Replies | 1,324 Views

Why I'm Going to Die in Myanmar

Apr 15, 2014 - 2:28 PM - by Joko
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It might be a year from now, it might be 30 years from now, but this is what is going to kill me if I stay here.

Red Ruby cigarettes. Taste about the same as L&M Daeng. 750 Kyats (25 Baht).


Mandalay rum. Rum! Imagine that. There ain't no rum in Thailand. I often talked about my enjoyment of Hong Thong. It was a sweet whiskey, a la Southern Comfort. Great blended with an ice cold M-150. Mandalay rum is, like rums are, sweet. Goes with mixers outstandingly. Hong Thong was 70 proof. Mandalay is 86 proof. At 1400 Kyat (47 Baht) a fifth, it's as easy on the wallet as it is on the pallet (not saying how easy it is on the liver).


Since 1886!

Finally, the fried potato.

Oh, how delicious you are.

  44 Replies | 509 Views

Living with others

Apr 15, 2014 - 5:01 AM - by pathumseb
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I hate living with others and resent not having my own space. Market prices of the big smoke back in Blight mean I have to share.
Anyone enjoy living with others?
I like having friends over, I'd just rather they don't stay
  44 Replies | 487 Views


Apr 05, 2014 - 2:54 AM - by drollhouse
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I trust you are enjoying yourself wherever you are. Jimbo. Share some experiences of Saudi. I will put my burkha on as we speak.

2:38 in the track.

buddha bar-Secret love - YouTube
  43 Replies | 1,065 Views

Skillet Toast

Apr 12, 2014 - 8:34 PM - by Buoyant
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Whoever it was that recently mentioned here how to make toast without a toaster using a skillet and a little olive oil, thanks! I can't remember or locate the thread at the moment, but I just enjoyed two pieces of toast made that way.

I have sullenly avoided buying a toaster all my life (never owned one myself), just because it's another thing to clean, another thing to take up space and haul around when moving, and in Thailand I would think the inevitable crumbs would attract ants.

And the skillet thing should be sort of a no-brainer. I mean people toast sandwiches in a pan all the time. But it never occurred to me. Just like it never occurred to me to steam my morning egg in the rice cooker until I had gone through three of those specialty egg steamers over the years. Duh! :- )

Anyway, thank you! Was it Gungchang maybe? Don't remember. The toast is tasty!
  36 Replies | 498 Views

Come on guys!

Apr 08, 2014 - 8:17 AM - by purplesmoker
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I usually look at jobs ads on ajarn.com to check out jobs thatare available in my area if I ever wanted to move. Boy! What is going on? An adcaught my eyes this morning at a vocational college.
Natives only: Ok I’m out but generally when they can’t getNatives they take lookalike like me.
Starting salary 25 to 28k: Really! To teach 18 years old andover, you must be kidding.
Length: 10 Months! So, it’s 250000 a year.
The Killer point: After probation, you might get to 30k. You’reso generous, thank you!
Conclusion: If I need to find a new job, I’ll use theconnections I have. This ad is a joke and I know there are many like this oneout there, but this is starting to be utterly ridiculous!
Good luck to the people who are looking for jobs right now.
  36 Replies | 782 Views

Thai Singapore International School

Apr 07, 2014 - 5:19 AM - by ManchesterPete
I have secured a job at the above school for September .

I was wondering if anyone had heard of it or had any feedback about it and the area for me ?

I am moving over from the UK in July and need to start planning and preparing now.

  36 Replies | 900 Views

Watch Your Kids

Apr 15, 2014 - 10:22 PM - by IsaanAlex
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I just chatted with my Indo gf and it seems that a young mixed boy got gang-raped at a very well known international school in Jakarta.

This is just a friendly reminder to watch your own kids, and if you are a teacher and don't have good policies in place at your school...for kids attending the bathrooms in at least pairs...try to push for them.

What a terrible thing to happen to the little kid, and his father especially will suffer every day for the rest of his life I imagine; caught between wanting to kill some of these people, but knowing he will go to jail of he ever does...


Six-year-old allegedly

abused at int’l school

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Tue, April 15 2014, 9:20 AM

An alleged sexual abuse case was revealed on Monday in an international school in South Jakarta involving the alleged gang rape of a six-year-old student by cleaning service staff.

The victim was reportedly subjected to rape by several members of the school’s outsourced cleaning staff on two
... [Read More]
  34 Replies | 310 Views

Intelligent Sunday Read

Apr 13, 2014 - 9:08 AM - by tomcat
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...something to go with your morning drink:

Book review: ‘Why Science Does Not Disprove God’ by Amir D. Aczel
By Alan Lightman (WP)

Alan Lightman is a physicist, novelist and professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT. His latest book is “The Accidental Universe.”

In “Einstein, God, and the Big Bang,” a colorful chapter of his new book, Amir D. Aczel maintains that Albert Einstein truly believed in God. He points out that Einstein attended synagogue during his year in Prague (1913). He repeats several famous Einstein utterances mentioning the Deity: “Subtle is the Lord, but malicious he is not” and “I want to know God’s thoughts — the rest are details.” And he quotes from a letter the great physicist wrote to a little girl in January 1936: “Everyone who is seriously interested in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man.”

Aczel goes on to express strong displeasure with such people as physicist Lawrence Krauss and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins (who, in his bestseller “The God Delusion,” says that Einstein “didn’t really mean it”) when they cast Einstein as an atheist in support of their diatribes against religious belief.

Dawkins; Krauss, with his bestseller “A Universe From Nothing”; and Sam Harris, with his bestseller “The End of Faith,” are prominent New Atheists, who use modern science to argue that God is not only unnecessary but unlikely to exist at all, even behind the curtains. There’s a certain religious fervor in all these books. Atheists, unite.

Aczel, trained as a... [Read More]
  33 Replies | 443 Views

Cost of living in the UK is crazy!

Apr 04, 2014 - 12:07 AM - by pathumseb
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Dammit the cost of living is high in the UK! Rent,food, transport, booze and entertainment all cost an arm and a leg. I ask myself: What the hell am I paying for and how can these costs be justified? To quote Anna: ‘it really boils my piss’.
So what am I paying for that is apparently so much better than what is on offer in Thailand? Thank every fucking deity in the cosmos I only have months left here!
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