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Does The Beach Excite You?

Feb 02, 2016 - 12:55 AM - by UrbanMan
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I was watching Joko's recent vids, which contained some beach and swimming content. As I was doing so, I thought about the numerous references by posters to beaches such as Pattaya ... and also the anti-Pattaya beach posts (what a great beach I was at - so unlike Pattaya!).

Got me to pondering my own attitude towards beaches - which has become meh. I once really enjoyed them, and like many would get a bit giddy thinking about my next beach trip. Now I rarely go, because I've come to think of them as rather dull. Here I am sitting, too hot, go for a swim, read a little, drink something, small piece of fruit, another swim, back sitting ... now what? I quickly get bored.

Do you still get excited about the beach?
  44 Replies | 580 Views

A short online survey for teachers on error correction

Feb 01, 2016 - 11:33 PM - by Matthew
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Hello Forum,

If you are a classroom teacher of EFL/ESL/EAP, etc. (English language in really any context) to adults (students are 18+), please consider completing our online survey. The topic is 'immediate oral error correction', which means the kind of corrective feedback you give your students face-to-face when they are practicing their English by speaking in the classroom and don't get it right. Then, the teacher (that's you) reacts (by prompting them to repeat again, or signaling a specific error, or telling them what was off, etc.) orally.

For example:

S: I go to a movie last night.
T: You...(pointing backwards, perhaps mouthing 'go' silently)...
S: Um..I went to a movie last night.


S: I go to the movie last night.
T: Past tense, don't forget..
S: oh oh, I went to a movie last night.

A colleague and I are putting together a workshop for our fellow teachers on this topic to be given, so we are collecting info from teachers on what they do and how they feel about what they do with error correction... [Read More]
  41 Replies | 486 Views

finding a job

Jan 30, 2016 - 6:50 PM - by salmonalan
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hi, everybody

i have a degree in literature from unbsj, 8 years of work experience (digital media and marketing), and a brand new celta certificate (or i will, in a week. well, not even, that'll take 6 weeks, but they'll give me a letter in lieu of).

ideally, i'd work in corporate language training ('cause that pays most). i'm open to teaching adults or children.

honestly, the number one motivation's money; i'm looking to make as much as possible.
secondary (but not so far behind) is doing my delta, so i want to be sure i'm getting 2-3 years of experience that will best suit/prepare me for the degree course.

we've been told to be very careful about choosing that first job, since it's a one year contract, but i think that advice isn't very practical, since the need to earn is immediate.

does anyone have any thoughts on how i can best go about getting a good job?

ps: y'all are probably inundated with posts like these; sorry in advance for adding to the clutter, i guess.
  37 Replies | 656 Views

Renting in Bangkok: An In-Depth Guide to Locations, Prices, and Contracts

Jan 26, 2016 - 12:32 PM - by karstenaichholz
I've done a write-up on all important issues when it comes to finding and renting a place in Bangkok (though most of it probably applies Thailand-wide). Covers how the advantages of different for-rent websites, how to negotiate a good deal and how to safeguard your deposit:

I'm not a lawyer or real estate expert, but happy to share my thoughts and input in case anyone has any questions about this.
  30 Replies | 560 Views

The Donald Trump thread

Feb 02, 2016 - 11:01 PM - by UrbanMan
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The Donald didn't kick much butt in Iowa.

Iowa Republican Results:

candidate .. votes .. % .. delegates

Cruz .. 51,666 .. 28% .. 8

..45,427 .. 24% .. 7

Rubio ..
43,165 ..23% .. 7

.. 17,395 .. 9% .. 3

.. 8,481 .. 4% .. 1

.. 5,238 .. 3% .. 1



Republican Ted Cruz bested Donald Trump, raising questions about the billionaire's reliance on his celebrity
... [Read More]
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Stacked Deck

Feb 04, 2016 - 10:10 PM - by tomcat
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...plumbing new depths of chuckleheaded ineptitude, local officials in Pattaya arrest elderly falang seniors for...playing bridge with unsanctioned cards:

  8 Replies | 133 Views

My Journey to Find Work

Jan 24, 2016 - 8:05 PM - by takeoff
Hi folks,

Wanted to do a little write up on my first job hunt to give back a bit and hopefully hope others who will be in my situation.

I arrived in August and spent some time catching up with friends before heading to Chiang Mai to do my TEFL program. At this point I've been in and out of Thailand and am thankfully largely past the confusion and the language barrier when dealing with day to day things. The Chiang Mai University TEFL program was pretty good. I'd give it a 3.5 or maybe 4 out of 5. It did its fair bit to get me prepared including classroom teaching experience at a rowdy out of the way government school. The teaching staff was professional, knowledgeable and amiable and I think it would have been much harder stepping into my first classes without a TEFL. That said, you'll never be truly prepared. My main issue with the course is that there were some untruths stated in the description. There were in fact no grammar workshops as promised and the staff was not knowledgeable in answering visa related questions. For some reason, the director came in one day to guarantee everyone jobs at the university - also untrue.... TIT. All in all it was good. Chiang Mai is a lovely place and I met great people. In retrospect, I may recommend doing your TEFL in the area you plan to teach as the TEFL group seems to become many teachers' core friend group.

Off to Bangkok where I always planned to end up, I grabbed a cheap (7k) room in the Victory Monument area. It had a pool and gym but was old and not so cleanly. I'm glad I've moved on. This was the period between first and second semester and I spent the next few weeks hammering keys in my room. I think I applied for about 12 jobs... [Read More]
  6 Replies | 326 Views

Yr 2 & 3 bilingual school lesson ideas?

Feb 02, 2016 - 2:51 PM - by 999
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Hi, I've been given free reign over what I teach in the basic/intro areas of geography, history, nature, society, etc (all non-religious) at my school and was just wondering if anyone with experience of this could give me some pointers to some websites and PDFs, etc.

I've got small classes, good resources and the students are 8 to 9 years old.

There are no set textbooks or readers, hence this post.

  5 Replies | 120 Views

I am Jack of all Trades

Feb 03, 2016 - 6:10 PM - by Jack Fernandis
Hello, everyone, I am computer science engineer, love to share my thoughts and ideas here, I love to Join this forum as it guide me to explore my knowledge about the Thailand.
  4 Replies | 139 Views

TPP Signing: Historic signing gives Kiwis a chance to feel proud - Key

Feb 05, 2016 - 9:51 PM - by esoteric1
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New Zealanders should feel immensely proud of being part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Prime Minister John Key said ahead of today's historic signing in Auckland by 12 countries.
happynz...do you feel proud?

TechDirt asks where was the promised debate:

Countries Sign The TPP... Whatever Happened To The 'Debate' We Were Promised Before Signing?


About an hour ago, representatives from 12 different nations officially signed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TTP) agreement in Auckland, New Zealand. The date, February 4th (New Zealand time) is noteworthy, because it's 90 days after the official text was released. There was a 90 day clock that was required between releasing the text and before the US could
... [Read More]
  4 Replies | 79 Views

Manuka Honey

Feb 05, 2016 - 9:31 AM - by buddahas
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My mom brought 4 jars of this thing. Spent $300 on it (I was debating between this or PlayStation 4, hehe).

Anyway, one big spoon of this and a whole day was symptom free.

Amazing.... it works. You just have to make sure the honey is legit with strong antibacterial activity.

I know "manuka doctor" is available at tops, but I heard it's crap.

Try it.
  4 Replies | 96 Views

Part Time Job Open

Jan 26, 2016 - 1:04 AM - by Anna Premise
Hey -

I'm Anna from Premise Thailand. Premise is a company that tries to understand on the ground truths around the world. Right now, that means that we have an Android app and ask users to upload photos of specific items, and then answer a series of questions about them. This helps us understand what types of products are available in different cities across the world and see how they are priced over time. We then pay users per image uploaded via PayPal. It's a great way to earn some cash starting now, particularly if you're looking for a part-time job. I'm also interested to get feedback on the app and learn more about Thailand through contributors.

We're looking for users in Thailand, specifically in Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, and Bangkok. If anyone is interested in becoming a contributor please go to premise.com/contributors or if you are interested for more info just email support@premise.com or comment here.

  3 Replies | 197 Views

2012 Honda Wave 110cc

Jan 29, 2016 - 6:30 PM - by Laowai
2012 Honda Wave 110cc, disc-brake, kick start, model. Well looked after and as new with only 9,900 kms. Serviced every 6 months. New tyres fitted a few months ago. This is a great bike. Green book in my name and will also give you copies of my passport and visa for easy transfer. A bargain at B20,000. Phone 0961583638. My phone is often unattended so if no answer please send an SMS.
  3 Replies | 254 Views

Luk Thep May Soon Offer Winning Lottery Numbers!

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:18 AM - by tomcat
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...it's only a matter of time:

Supernatural Dolls Welcome Aboard Thai Planes With Child Ticket
by Chris Blake and Chanyaporn Chanjaroen (Bloomberg)

A Thai airline will allow passengers to purchase seats for life-like dolls that their owners treat as real children due to their belief that they possess supernatural powers.
Thai Smile Airways, which is a part of national carrier Thai Airways International Pcl, said in an internal memo that dolls with tickets will be served snacks and drinks, though they will be barred from sitting in exit rows. Owners who take dolls on the plane without tickets will have them treated as carry-on luggage.

The dolls known as Luk Thep, or Child Angels, have become increasingly popular in Thailand after several celebrities extolled their benefits. The dolls, which can sell for hundreds of dollars, are thought to possess the spirits of child angels and their owners pamper them with brand-name clothes and accessories due to the belief that a well-cared-for doll will bring good fortune.
The memo from Thai Smile explains to staff that the Luk Thep dolls can be treated like children because they have undergone a "spiritualization" process that breathes life into them. In addition to being barred from exit rows, the dolls must also buckle up during take off and landing.
A Bangkok buffet restaurant is also running a special for the dolls.

“In the past month, more than 30 customers have brought their Luk Thep to eat at Neta Grill,” the restaurant said on its Facebook page Sunday. “Neta Grill is open to all worshipers and we’re glad to serve Luk Thep at children’s prices on the condition that all of... [Read More]
  3 Replies | 200 Views

'Look thep' Caught Smuggling Drugs!

Jan 28, 2016 - 9:22 AM - by Guy Mandude
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One of those creepy dolls finally stepped over the line.

  3 Replies | 166 Views

Changing Thai Ed (Just a Little)

Feb 06, 2016 - 9:28 AM - by tomcat
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...an interesting article about ongoing changes in US higher ed...with possible applications for a reduction in the rigmarole that Thai uni students must suffer through:

College is the new cable bundle. Do students deserve a ‘Netflix’?
By Matt McFarland (WaPo)

College has a lot in common with your cable TV package, according to Michael Horn, a principal consultant at innovation agency Entangled Solutions. As schools plow money into new dorms, administrative costs and sports stadiums, some students find themselves paying for “channels” they have no use for. Horn is co-chairing a new group to make “cutting the cord” a viable option for students who find college painfully expensive and poorly suited to their needs.

“You really want just the accounting degree and you also get the football team alongside it,” Horn said. “You’re paying for things that you will never ever use. It’s not tailored to actual needs.”

The task force is creating a nonprofit to develop modern standards for ensuring the quality of a higher education at a decent price. Horn says the existing accreditation system is broken and hampers innovative programs that could address the affordability issue. He says a fresh take on certification will open the door for the Airbnbs and Ubers of higher education.

While TV junkies have seen cheap alternatives to cable bundles, such as Netflix, spring up, students have not seen many options in the higher education space, which remains largely untouched by disruption. And students are paying for it. Costs continue to rise. Student debt has doubled since 2008, reaching $1.3 trillion.

“No one is addressing... [Read More]
  3 Replies | 108 Views

Hanoi apartment in times city 2 bedrooms

Feb 02, 2016 - 2:45 PM - by joneyquest
Hanoi apartment in TIMES CITY 2 BEDROOMS

1. Location

Times City is located in 458 Minh Khai street, Hai Ba Trung district, Ha Noi.The inspiring design of Times City is derived from the idea of a modern urban area with Singapore’s eco-friendly architecture.This project is a complex comprising retail podium, grade A office building and luxurious apartment system, providing true international standard working space.

2. Apartment

Apartment for rent in Hanoi is located at Times City, Minh Khai with Northern balcony. The living area is 95 sqm with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom without furniture. Services: mega mall, hospital, school. The rental fee is $700/ month.

3. Amenities

– Green parks, 100,000 m2 lake, entertainment park, luxurious shopping center,– General International Hospital VINMEC– International School.
Viettrahousing is one of experts on providing real estate related services for enterprises and foreigners working and living in VietNam. With slogan “ Make a better life” we not only introduce convenient offices and houses to foreign enterprises and individual foreigners but also takes care of our customers during the whole time they use our product.Our Services: Apartment for rent in
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