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15 Things to Radically Elevate You

May 19, 2016 - 10:32 PM - by jimbo
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I Dare You to Do These 15 Things to Radically Elevate Your Health and Happiness

This list I’ve put together is guaranteed to significantly improve your life if you have the courage to implement it.
If you’re stuck, it’s a perfect kick in the ass. If you’re already moving in the right direction and feeling successful and optimistic, this list will help you take things to the next level.
This is serious stuff. These aren’t 15 cute little internet platitudes. These are grown-man and grown-woman action items. Serious shit. Not for the feint of heart.
Am I clear enough? It’s not going to be easy. But real change requires real changes. If you’re ready to start, let’s do it…

#1) Pull out your schedule and find 3 things to cancel next week, even if you feel like nothing can be cancelled.

Modern humanity is suffering an over-scheduling epidemic. But it’s only going to engulf you if you allow it to. Protect your schedule. Defend your time. There are three things in your schedule for next week that don’t have to happen. That’s time you can recover. That’s time you’re going to recover. No excuses.

#2) Say goodbye to someone…for good.

You have someone in
... [Read More]
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Leaving Thailand for Korea, am I crazy?

May 25, 2016 - 11:55 AM - by jay1989
Hi all,

I have been teaching in Thailand for the best part of 3 years. I taught in Rayong for 2 years before I relocated to Spain. However, my stint in Spain was short lived as I was fired from my language school . I was lonely (my wife was still in Thailand) and feeling demoralised after this setback, I returned to Thailand in february 2016 and am currently in Pattaya with my wife. I am happy to be with her again but am growing more and more jaded with Thailand by the day. I didn't want to return to Thailand but my wife was in Thailand and at that time it was too difficult to get her paperwork for Spain. Also with no financial savings, it just seemed more practical to come back. I have long lost the novelty and am now easily irritated by all things Thai. I'm tired of the people, the culture, the corruption, the food and the general attitude towards farangs. Also on top of that, my family have admitted that they wish I never left Spain, don't want me to be in Thailand (that third-world S***hole!) and that I could be closer to home (UK) so they can visit me easily.

I hate Thailand more and more by the day and know that I need to move on so I proposed a plan for myself and my wife. That plan is to head up to Korea for a year (or 2), earn some coin before coming back to Europe, with my wife in tow and a financial cushion I earn for myself in Korea. I chose Korea primarily because of its perks for ESL teachers, ease of bringing a Thai spouse over and that its a country my wife has always wanted to visit.

I have a few questions about Korea;- (these are generalisations so don't roast me that all individuals are different blah blah)

1- How does the teaching compare between... [Read More]
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Nagging Sensation

May 24, 2016 - 1:37 PM - by chrisfoose
I keep having this feeling like I should leave this job that I'm at and just bone out.

It's less to what I'm accustomed. In the past I've gotten paid 35k. This one is 32k with 2k bonus if I don't miss any days.

Secondly, it does seem like it's more work than I'm used to. I'm getting kind of upset because it's my second day here and a teacher is already seems to think I should know everything especially when no one tells me anything.

My stomach and my instincts are telling me to just pull a runner. I always convince myself to come back but I always find myself asking if I should just leave.

It's only my second day. I should probably bone out right? At this stage in the game could I still end up at a fairly decent school? I should really not settle for less than 35k straight.
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Pattaya meet up

May 27, 2016 - 10:49 AM - by josephsullens
Hello teachers. I've been in Pattaya for about 3 weeks now, I'm working for Shane English school in the Harbor mall. The school are brilliant and can't be of more help. I have to admit I was wrong about my doubts of Pattaya! It isn't quite as bad as I thought it would be. That being said it is pretty difficult to meet fellow teachers.

I was wondering if there are any fellow teachers / expats in the area that would like to meet up at some point.
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Poof! Egypt Air flight gone in an instant

May 20, 2016 - 3:27 AM - by cluezo
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No terror claims yet. The thing just vanished.

  21 Replies | 626 Views

Thailand or China?

May 29, 2016 - 7:30 PM - by Lord Meh
I have offers from China but am also looking into Thailand. No offence, but the offers in Thailand suck! It is however, a nicer place to live than China (imo)- so, as a TEFL newbie what should I do?

Make decent money in China but have to put up with living in China. Not that keen on the Chinese tbh: SHOUT SHOUT SPIT SPIT!
Make less in Thailand but live in a fantastic country that lives up to the Land Of Smiles saying
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Non-B Visa Is Thai police clearance now required for non-B issuance?

May 24, 2016 - 10:57 AM - by Guy Mandude
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I am working at a govt school under a tourist stamp now. Some teachers have mentioned that a Thai police clearance is now required paperwork for the non-B. Before I left the US in April, I received a letter from my local California police department stating that I don't have a criminal background. Last year I didn't need any police letter to convert my tourist visa to a non-B. What type of police clearance is now requested/required for the non-B? Many thanks.
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Thai man pries penis from python's jaws

May 27, 2016 - 6:43 AM - by Buoyant
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And you thought you were having a rough day.

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Trading in Thailand for Taiwan

May 17, 2016 - 9:33 PM - by chrisfoose
I recently had a Skype interview where I could have the possibility of teaching in Taiwan rather than Thailand.

I would assume that the school system is run more logically and efficiency. I'm not sure if I can expect the alienation from the Taiwanese staff that I sometimes experience with the Thai staff. Perhaps the kids are brighter and more engaged?

It's something I have been mulling over about. It looks like it would a slight bit more work because I would be expected to work six days a week rather than five. However, it could be a more lucrative decision.

Has anyone ever taught in both countries?

I really love my social life in Bangkok and I have a nice circle of friends after being here for over two years. I'm not really expecting to find something like that in Taiwan. Also, Bangkok is fun fun fun all the time and I imagine that Taiwan takes things a bit more seriously. I have invested some time in learning the Thai language and it would be something to all of sudden try to learn Mandarin.

Another thing is I am a Japanese-American and I get along with Thai people great. It seems like a lot of people like me just for that reason alone. I have heard Taiwan is similar but I don't know how they compare as far as the level of Japanese-men Worship. Hopefully it's high too.

What do you think? Do both countries pay more similarly? Is the happiness quotient similar?
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Goodbye Shimokitazawa

May 19, 2016 - 2:36 PM - by wally raffles
Hello ajarners,

I hope you are all well.

Wally here.

FYI: this is where you want to live in Tokyo! http://shimokitazawanow.com/index.html

I've been back in Japan for 5 years now and living in in my old neighborhood of Shimokitazawa. For anybody out there thinking of moving to Tokyo I highly recommend you try and land yourself in this area. Here is a blog I wrote with some old pictures I took in the 90's of the area when I had a silver jewellery ( which I bought in Thailand ) stand, including a few pics of yours truly .. http://shimokitazawanow.com/blog/shimokita-in-the-90s

I have slowly been working on an antique business , running a few airbnb properties and teaching in private high schools since returning. Teaching wages are far less than they used to be and unless you have qualificactions to work in international schools it really is hard to survive on teaching alone unless you live a low standard of living = can't swing a cat size apartments and many hours in crowded trains - cold winters - did I mention the crowded trains ?!

Anyway, I'm outa here - back to live on my home town of the Gold Coast for the 1st time in 20 years! Thank you Japan - I love you ...and I hate you. This is a beautiful country and is probably the 'best' country in the world in many ways. Truly amazing food, Very low crime, very polite people , sophisticated, magical, surreal ..

But did I mention crowded trains? Frequent earthquakes. Last week we had a doozie. Autumn & Spring are great but seem to... [Read More]
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Beautiful apartment in Royal City Hanoi for rent

May 23, 2016 - 2:00 PM - by joneyquest
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Thailand dormitory fire kills at least 17 schoolgirls

May 23, 2016 - 9:30 AM - by buddahas
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Really sickening...

Several more students were missing and injured after a blaze swept through the building during the night

At least 17 schoolgirls have died after a fire swept through a dormitory in northern Thailand, a police commander said adding several others were either missing or injured.
“The fire broke out at 11pm on Sunday (local time, 1600GMT). Seventeen girls were killed and two are still missing, with five injured,” Police Colonel Prayad Singsin, Commander of Vingpatao district in Chiang Rai said.

Two of the injured were in a serious condition, he added. The school, which belongs to a local foundation and is not government run, is home to girls aged from three to 13 years old, he said. A second police officer from the same precinct said the school was home to pupils from impoverished local hill tribes in the mountainous area. “The fire is out, but the cause of the blaze is still under investigation,” Prayad said, adding forensic officers were due to arrive on Monday.
... [Read More]
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Prathom students - Learning objectives for spoken English

May 20, 2016 - 7:18 AM - by simon44
I asked this question on another forum, but didn't get a suitable answer.

For teaching spoken English to Prathom students, are there any Ministry of Education defined learning goals for each Prathom grade?

For example, the curriculum learning goals for P1 might include 'understanding adjectives of colour, being able to say 'This book is green'.

I have done some Googling, but only find learning goals in the Education Act for Mathayom students learning a 'foreign language'.

I ask because I want to understand what would be typical learning goals for students at this young age. Then I can plan my classes and learning goals in a realistic manner. (I am fully aware from chatting with my young Thai nieces who attend government primary school that their spoken English ability tends to zero....)

Perhaps another ASEAN country publishes learning goals in spoken English for their primary age students?

Any advice/links is much appreciated.
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“The Pilot System” by Waverley Labs

May 19, 2016 - 7:41 PM - by jimbo
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Wouldn’t it be amazing to travel and be able to understand what somebody is saying in a foreign language instantaneously? Well, now you can, thanks to a new device called “The Pilot System.” It allows the wearer to understand several different languages through real time ear translation. When one person speaks, the device instantly translates the words into the wearer’s native language. The app allows you to select and change the languages you want, which, for now, include French, Spanish, Italian, and English. It is expected to hit stores this September with an expansion of languages soon to follow.The device was made by a company called ‘Waverley Labs,” and the gadget consists of two comfortable and easy to wear earpieces. The goal is to eventually have this device translate everything happening around you in any country. Apparently, .....


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Get ready for horde of Swiss millionaires arriving to Thailand

May 25, 2016 - 6:04 PM - by buddahas
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In early June the Swiss will be called upon to make a historic decision. Switzerland is the first country worldwide to put the idea of an Unconditional Basic Income (of $2,500 per month for every man, woman, and child for doing absolutely nothing) to a vote and the outcome of this referendum will set a strong precedent and establish a landmark in the evolution of this debate.

The Swiss public will have to approve or reject a change in the constitution that would allow for the introduction of an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI), or a preset, monthly minimum income to be paid out by the government to every adult and child in the country if their income falls below a specific threshold. Even though details of this proposal have been few and far between, the most commonly cited amount of this guaranteed income would be 2,500 Swiss Francs for adults and 625 francs for children. The architects of the proposal stress that this government-guaranteed payment, unlike the current benefit programs, will be entirely “no questions asked”, i.e., it will not be means-tested and will apply to every person legally living in Switzerland.
Currently, these are all the details that the Swiss have at their disposal to make their decision. No plan has so far been put forward to specify how such a proposal would be financed, whether an increase in income tax or VAT will have to be enforced, which... [Read More]
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May 23, 2016 - 12:52 PM - by EJay
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An interesting link as I have a friend who's daughter wants to study in Australia at year 7 entry level.


It appears to be a more complicated and thorough testing than IELTS as it is Maths, General Ability based on IQ standards tests, Reading, Writing, Listening, Vocabulary and Speaking.

Apparently you need to do this test if you want to study in Australia at primary or High school level and you are not a native speaker.

Anyone know more about this or anyone who sat the exam?
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How to get an apostille for Korea in Thailand?

May 25, 2016 - 10:06 AM - by jay1989
Hi all,

I am planning to relocate to Korea from Thailand and need to get an apostille document for my degree and CRB check. I believe possibly my marriage certificate too (I will be taking my Thai wife with me). As I am aware, Thailand is not a member of the Hague Convension and after looking on the internet, I can't find anywhere on how to get an apostille document in Thailand. Does anyone who has made the move from Thailand to Korea have any experience with this? It's very stressful for me as I have to order my new documents from the UK, get them sent here and get this apostille before September when they want me to go to Korea.

  3 Replies | 122 Views

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