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So I got fired... and then rehired.

Oct 09, 2014 - 11:06 AM - by bansheebeat
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About a week and a half ago my HoD approached me and asked if I wanted to teach M6 again next semester or if I wanted to switch to a lower level. I told her I really loved M6, I know all my students very well, and I already have the entire semester planned out. She said "Okay no problem that's good."

Yesterday afternoon I get an email saying "We are not going to bring you back next semester." Now I'm a bit shocked by this as I really couldn't think of a single reason why, but I accepted it as "being Thailand" and started figuring out what to do next. I email them back asking about some packages I am having delivered to the school and how I'll be able to get them. They email me back that "Oh we decide you can stay but only if you switch to M2."

I fucking hate the lower levels. I have covered classes in M1-M3 before and it was awful. I'm happy with the oldest kids and have absolutely zero desire to switch to lower levels. So I'm going to look around town at other schools and hope I find a position. The problem is that my school pays the most in town, so I'm probably looking at taking a salary reduction if I move.

My theory is that since M6 hardly meets next term (due to university stuff) they want to hire a non-NES. If they have to pay someone to just sit around the office all semester then they are better off finding someone who will work for less than half of what I make. Could this be it? Or might there be another reason as to why I am being asked to switch? My students all really did enjoy my class and my co-teachers regularly praised my lessons and teaching. I was the only teacher who had across-the-board improvements on the school-wide... [Read More]
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Why are native English speakers paid so much more?

Oct 15, 2014 - 2:21 PM - by Will918
As a native speaker, of course I am not complaining about this. I just want to start a discussion about why NESs are paid so much more.

Are you worth what you make?

Are you worth the salary of two Thai teachers?

As a side-note, I always hate it when Thai teachers ask me about my salary. <cringe>
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Which supermarket do you like?

Oct 11, 2014 - 8:41 AM - by gungchang
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This grew from a query of which Villa is best.

My experiences:

Villa Ari is the most convenient because it is right in front of an escalator to Ari BTS.

The original Villa near Sukhumvit 33 is quite close to PP BTS and has its own character.
The wine room upstairs can be easily overlooked.

I've been to Avenue J on Thong Lo.
Ari has a Tex-Mex taco bar. Suk 33 has Indian food. Thong Lo had sliced ham, etc. No BTS is closeby.

Phahon Yothin 4 is nice, but it's between BTS stations. A bit of a hike is required.

Ploenchit is large and not too far from Nana BTS.

I've yet to see one that doesn't carry lots of bagels, English muffins, etc.

Emporium has a gourmet supermarket and offers direct access to PP BTS.
Pipe tobacco and a wine selection also there.

Paragon has direct access to Siam BTS and/but is huge! Pipe tobacco is available there, wine too.

Tops and Foodlands vary widely. Just look at Central Lad Prao, Union Mall, and Victory Monument to see how different Tops can be. The one at Chok Chai IV recently downgraded to a mini-mart thingie.

The Suk 11 Foodland has a pharmacy that accepts foreign credit cards.
They also have reasonably priced Indian Viagra clones. I know one tourist who went a long way towards paying for his trip by buying a one year supply there instead of paying for Pfizer back home.

Robinsons Suk near Asoke Tops used to serve food, kind of like some Villas. I don't know what they're doing now.

Big C and Tesco both carry Uncle Tom brand, which is very cheap rum, vodka, and gin. It's right on the border of... [Read More]
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Tattoos and mental health...

Oct 10, 2014 - 7:28 PM - by Beckie Jordan
Hello all! Newbie here! After much lurking I've decided to bite the bullet and ask a few questions. I've not been able to find any answers in other threads, so I apologies if these questions have been answered elsewhere. I've recently completed my 120 hour TEFL qualification and am looking to got o Thailand within the next six months. I have two big questions however. One, I'm quite heavily tattooed, but these can be covered up, so I'm wondering how this may or may not impede on my ability to secure a job. Secondly, I have a mental health condition that requires medication. Thus far, it hasn't really affected my ability to work and I have coping mechanisms in place should anything go wrong; but I'm wondering if any of you have had experiences of working with a mental health condition and what the realities are?

Any help gratefully received!

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to be honest or do a runner

Oct 10, 2014 - 9:37 PM - by sate ayam
Dilemma here,

Does it pay to be honest and telling your school you want to leave at the end of the year (not completing the contract!) and mutually agree upon leaving with a reference letter (I know TIT but still believe in being communicative and constructive)


nod, smile, grab the money and run !!

It's my first job and I do value a reference letter as this will - hopefully -ad value for getting my next job.

  26 Replies | 1,164 Views

Hide Your money while Ebola ......

Oct 17, 2014 - 3:40 AM - by russellsimpson
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Wall Street slashed much of its steep, early losses in late trading Wednesday as bargain-hunters stepped in to buy beaten down stocks and rescue a market threatened with losing 2014's gains. But the broad market finished mostly lower as renewed fears over the slowing global economy, corporate earnings and the spreading Ebola virus rattled already spooked investors.

The Dow Jones Industrial average, which had plunged 460 points, ended down 173 points (1%) to 16,142 in yet another wild day marked by huge market and individual stock swings. The Standard & Poors 500, after an early slump of 3%, ended off 0.8% to 1862. The tech-laden Nasdaq, beaten down 2.6% in morning trading, ended off 0.3% at 4215. A bright spot: the small stock Russell 2000, up 1% to 1072, but still down 11% from a 52-week high.
Wednesday's carnage marked the Dow's fifth straight drop, the S&P 500 closing 7.4% below its Sept. 19 record high and the Nasdaq briefly touching 10% correction mode. Selling pressures began earlier in Europe, where Britain's FTSE fell 1.9% and Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 sank nearly 3% after Germany lowered its growth projections. Investors were also unnerved by fresh Ebola fears and weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data, including a Commerce Department report that September retail sales fell 0.3%, below consensus estimates.
The perfect storm/

I wouldn't bet against it.

Another half dozen people in the Ebola wards and we are fucked.

I'd be getting out of the market... [Read More]
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A funny, or sad, read?

Oct 11, 2014 - 6:07 PM - by The Voice of Reason
“The job is tedious, the salary appalling and the prospects nil.”

“So while teaching English is fine if you want to spend a year abroad, and great for meeting pretty foreign girls, considered as a career that might offer some degree of professional fulfilment, it fails on every count. No one with a scrap of ambition can possibly consider it. As the philosopher Alain de Botton says: "You become a TEFL teacher when your life has gone wrong."”

“After the age of 40, English teachers are burnt-out, skill-less and unemployable, their working lives a wasteland, their future oblivion. “
The slavery of teaching English - Telegraph

What do you think, any scrap of truth here?
  24 Replies | 1,603 Views

Good afternoon!

Oct 13, 2014 - 2:41 PM - by sebtrix
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It's a fine day for being alive!
  20 Replies | 1,071 Views

I think I have finally completed the culture shock cycle.

Oct 19, 2014 - 1:41 PM - by Sanuk Canuk
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I have only been in Thailand for 7 years now but it now "feels" more like home to me than Canada does. Being married, having a kid in school, working, and having a house and vehicles to take care of has really normalized my stay here. I still get frustrated by cultural and language misunderstandings, the labour and immigration bureaucracy and the reduced opportunities for advancement here but I no longer let it get to me too much. I am concerned about the teacher licensing fiasco in Thailand as well as the ever reducing salary/cost of living ratio, but these problems aren't that much worse than the issues friends and family are facing back home.

I think the biggest change in my Thailand "experience" came when I decided to get married and give up the freedom that the single TELF lifestyle provides. While I don't regret my decisions I do occasionally miss the ability to hop in a van and head to a beach for a weekend on a whim (as apposed to arranging where to go with the Mrs, packing for the kid, fighting traffic in the car, ect.). The more entangled I get with familial commitments and with taking care of my stuff, the less I feel like my existence in Thailand is an adventure. I guess that is what we do over time, exchange freedom for comfort and a social safety net.

Just curious, does this resonate with other people who have been here 5+ years or am I totally off my nut.
  17 Replies | 551 Views

Helping those with depression?

Oct 13, 2014 - 10:55 AM - by pathumseb
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Not for me, I'm happy with mostly everything. How does one address depression with those nearest and dearest. I'm not very sensitive to other peoples emotions so hence I am asking for folks with some advice.
  17 Replies | 800 Views

So, what's with this UniTefl Graduate Diploma?

Oct 11, 2014 - 10:47 PM - by ictteacher
  17 Replies | 1,490 Views

Bored of Preggo and in need of some other quick recipes

Oct 11, 2014 - 8:30 PM - by pathumseb
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As much as we all mocked Preggo, it's bloody convenient in a quick fix and the only alternative is poisonous street food. Anyone care to share their quick recipes. BTW I actually do like Thai food, I just don't like street food. Too much oil,salt and gristle.
  17 Replies | 1,095 Views

Career development and retiring in Thailand....

Oct 11, 2014 - 11:47 AM - by AndrewC
I spent 5 years teaching in Thailand (from 1998 -2003) and I'm thinking about a return. I'm 47 years old now and I've heard about how it might be difficult for older teachers to find work. Is this really the case? Here is my plan and would appreciate a critique:

1. I have £10,000 in savings.
2. Get a CELTA straight away.[I always regreted not having one].
3. Find a job in Bangkok that pays 40,000 baht plus get a part-time gig.
4. Start saving 15,000 - 20,000 baht a month. [I don't drink and don't like the bar scene].
5. Improve job prospects by studying for PGCEi.
6. Increase value and job prospects even further with M.Ed.

My aim is to keep saving money every month and to teach until I retire at 65. I'll have my savings and small pension. I loved living in S.E.Asia.

Does anyone have a critique of my plan or any experience that suggests a highly qualified teacher over the age of 50 will struggle to find meaningful employment?
  17 Replies | 1,396 Views

My First Pluot

Oct 10, 2014 - 1:49 PM - by tomcat
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...I saw the fruit at the Paragon supermarket a couple of days ago: they looked like large purple-reddish plums. Sliced one open for dessert that evening and was very pleasantly surprised: crisp and sweet with the slightest hint of sour...bought 2 more today (B220)...

...I'm going to try the apriums next...
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French bakery chain Paul opens in Bangkok

Oct 18, 2014 - 1:24 PM - by Beavis
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Purplesmoker, do you approve?

French bakery chain Paul opens in Bangkok


Founded over a century ago in Croix, Northern France, Paul opens its door at luxe mall Central Embassy (1/F) today (Oct 15).

Why you should be excited: It's a big chain so the French love to poo-poo it, but half the time it's better than the neighborhood boulanger.

Best know for producing over 140 types of bread, the chain has opened over 400 branches throughout the world, also specializing in pastries, cakes and croissants, as well as sandwiches and salads.

- See more at: French bakery chain Paul opens in Bangkok today | BK Magazine Online
  16 Replies | 721 Views

Professional dress in Thailand

Oct 19, 2014 - 10:55 AM - by Wreck Tangle
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Are there any rules as to dress code in a Catholic school in Bangkok for a woman? It was mentioned conservative side but the heat alone, what length skirts and can you wear sleeveless blouses? Any women on the forum thank you for your feedback. Also can you buy large size bras in Bangkok or should I have them sent?


Another question is should you accept gifts from students parents?
  15 Replies | 508 Views

Comfort food.

Oct 20, 2014 - 7:48 AM - by russellsimpson
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We all have one, or maybe several.

I have one that's well established and been with me for years. Also, one of the very few foods I will eat that comes in a can.

Campbell's tomato soup. With loads of salted crackers, lots of pepper and the secret ingredient, a handful or two of nutritional yeast .

I could and have lived on it.

... [Read More]
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