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On one side you have the yellows, camped out for a few weeks now and taken over government ministry after government ministry. 100-200,000 protesters wouldn't be a poor estimate. The grounds of the Army HQ have been taken, as have the DSI.
I come from a shithole.... then I moved to another shithole. I travelled a bit of Asia, Africa, America and most of Europe. No one has ever treated me as nice as Thai people. There, I said it. There are a few jerkoffs around, but nothing serious. I just hope this beautiful country doesn't turn out like another Yugoslavia.
Engaged in a bit of political tourism, as it were. Spent the morning at the red shirt rally at Rajamangala Stadium. Jumped on a river boat to Democracy Monument and spent the afternoon (until the camera battery died... dummy me, I only brought one!) at Ratchadamnoen hanging with the yellow shirts (who seem to dress in black now).
Both sites were huge, full of people wearing the same colored shirts and passionate. They also reminded me a bit of state fairs. Lotsa folks selling stuff. To be fair and unbiased, I bought t-shirts and trinkets from both sides. Video at 11.
Of note, on my way back home, I first had to retrieve my motocy from where I'd parked it near Ramkhamhaeng. Passing Ram U and the site of the red rally again, I saw that hundreds of them had begun walking down Ram itself. Scores more were getting into pick up trucks with red flags festooned to them. Looks like they were going somewhere. Hmmm... Interesting times.
Zeus, a level intelligent bloke.
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NokYai, quietly has become one of the best posters and never gets his feathers in a twist.
Slim Chance, has the art of warm-blooded behaviour down pat.
I would like to give a quick expansion of my situation and hope that this great community can point me in the right direction. First a little background, I am currently 22 years old, born and raised in Canada (-24 Celsius without the windchill currently in my home town) I am a native English speaker as well as French. I have been to Thailand twice now and want to make it my permeant home, I have fallen in love with everything here. I really feel the need to let it be known now that I am not here for the working girls and lifestyle only I genuinely care about this country and wish to anything I can to help which will include volunteer work (open to suggestions) and anything else I can do. I have done a fair bit of research and I have a few things working for me, without going into very much detail lets just say I fit the Thai image very well (white, thin, handsome etc).
My biggest concern is I do not possess a college degree of any kind. I know I am not currently qualified to be a teacher, but once I have my affairs settled at home I plan to move here take a tefl course (looking for recommendations as I NEED the best possible one money is not an issue here). I have read many threads on this forum and the topic I am about to bring up generally leads to a very heated and interesting debate/rants. Life degrees, yes you guessed it. Basically I am only looking for an answer as to if they are ILLEGAL or not, I don't want to get deported obviously. Do some exist that are legal vs illegal? I will make no bones where applying for a job that it is not a real 4 year degree, I am not a liar and won't be using it to obtain a position outside of what I am capable of doing. I know the ksr ones are illegal... [Read More]
After 16 years of teaching, I've decided that this school year will be my last. I've been offered a position at a resort at Grand Canyon, AZ., a job I held years ago, before I started teaching. Been a fun ride, with 4 years in Thailand, 2 in Japan, and the past 10 (fuck me, where did the time go!?) here in Kuwait. I know there's a part of me that is going to miss it, but a bigger part of me cannot wait to get back to the U.S. And an even bigger part of me that knows, for the sake of my kids, I've gotta get home.
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Ah... Remember snow days? I dunno if our European compatriots got these. Australians & South Africans certainly didn't (does it ever snow in South Africa?). Might happen in New Zealand. For Canadians, it would be just another day. For a lot of Americans, school closings for snow days were wondrous & rare events pitting man versus nature wherein man admits to a cautious defeat to the elements; the winners were the kids. They don't have to go to school on the days where the snow is so bad that going anywhere becomes inherently dangerous.
Reminds of what's going on in Bangkok right now. Replace snow with political turmoil, and we're in the same place.
My classes have been cancelled tomorrow. The students can, and should, stay home. Teachers, on the other hand, have to report to school. What kind of snow day is this? Sure, we get paid and the students don't, but if any protesters come to 'occupy' my gov't school, I'm leaving.