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Brexit, yay or nay?

Jun 24, 2016 - 8:14 AM - by cluezo
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Votes are being counted now.
  216 Replies | 3,927 Views

Cost of Living analysis - Bangkok

Jun 18, 2016 - 8:15 PM - by Farangno39
This cost of living analysis is partly based on the ajarn.com "cost of living" data:

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Anton Yelchin, RIP

Jun 20, 2016 - 9:30 AM - by buddahas
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Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in recently released Star Trek films, has died in a car accident at the age of 27.

The actor had risen to prominence with several blockbuster films in recent years - and has a starring role in Star Trek Beyond, which is due to be released in July.
Publicist Jennifer Allen confirmed Yelchin was killed early on Sunday morning. The died in a freak accident after getting pinned between his car and a brick mailbox at his home. Yelchin was discovered after concerned friends visited his home in San Fernando Valley, California, because he had failed to attend a rehearsal hours earlier. LAPD spokesman Jenny Hauser said: "It was the result of the victim’s own car rolling backwards down his steep driveway, pinning him against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence.

"The victim was on his way to meet his friends for rehearsal. "And when he didn’t show up, his friends went to his house, where they found him deceased by his car. "It appeared he had momentarily exited his car leaving it in the driveway."... [Read More]
  106 Replies | 2,097 Views

Rural or Urban Thailand

Jun 26, 2016 - 2:39 PM - by Eva B
Got a job through an agent (i to i) and I have the choice to live in a provincial city in NE Thailand or a more rural setting in the same area. As a newbie to SE Asia, what would be best?
  45 Replies | 923 Views

Booking and paying for a flight...help

Jun 22, 2016 - 7:10 PM - by Smiley
eat me...
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Why I voted to leave the EU

Jun 28, 2016 - 11:04 AM - by Guy Mandude
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Here is an American/British dual citizen weighing in on his vote to leave the EU:

"This guest post was written by Michael Stephen Fuchs, a US expat with dual US-UK citizenship who voted in favor of the Brexit. He is the brother of Yahoo Finance editor Erin Fuchs.

Britain is a welcoming country — I know, as I’m an immigrant myself, having settled in the UK twelve years ago. Admittedly, I may not be the stereotypical immigrant — I came from another rich country (the U.S.), admitted to Britain under something called the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme, a points-based system. But I know what I’ve experienced — grace, and good humor, and a host of other characteristically British virtues. I also hung around long enough to get a passport, even singing “God Save the Queen” at my citizenship ceremony.

There are two points here. The first is that I went to some trouble and expense to acquire a UK passport, which for the moment is an EU passport — meaning I get to live and work in any of 28 EU member nations. This is an amazing privilege, one I love and value highly. The second point is that the Brexit vote wasn’t solely about immigration. I know from my experience that immigrants strengthen the UK — I’ve met a thousand cheerful and hard-working and good-hearted Czechs and Lithuanians and Poles (especially Poles) in my time here, all of whom without question make Britain greater.

And yet I voted to leave the EU anyway. Why?

I almost didn’t. As my personal interests, and my political position, are diametrically opposed, I nearly abstained. But in the end I concluded that this was an historic moment, and that it was my duty to participate — and I... [Read More]
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30K cap on salary in Thailand

Jun 22, 2016 - 12:12 PM - by Barcaman
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Today we had a meeting with the Head of EP at my school. He showed us a printed document in Thai that capped salaries to 30K for lower level teachers and 40K for upper level teachers. I am hoping to get a copy to translate to English. Anybody else know anything about this?
  29 Replies | 961 Views

RENT!! Short/Long Term >> Spacious room Cheap price near MRT Huaykhwang!!

Jun 24, 2016 - 8:13 AM - by Basketball
Short/Long Term

RENT!! Spacious Room 46.6 sq.m. ,2nd floor : 1 bedroom with adequate furniture and electric appliances : bed & 6ft mattress, wardrobe, dressing table, sofa bed, dining table&chairs, TV stand&shelves, built in kitchen, shoe cabinet, 2 A/C, 2 ceiling fans, TV, fridge, washing machine, microwave, electric stove with exhaust hood, water heater

Good Location:
Near MRT Huaykwang (5 minutes walk) >> 4 stops to Asoke
Near many restaurants,7-11,Lotus Express, clinics,salons,International and Thai schools
Road connected with Ratchadaphisek, Ramkamhang, Ladprao, Meng-Chai
Near many department stores such as Esplanade, Central Rama 9, IT Mall,Homepro,Big C,The Street

Condo Facility: Swimming pool,gym, security 24 hours, car park

13,000 THB / month (include common charges) with 1 year contract
13,900 THB / month (include common charges) with 6 months contract
14,500 THB / month (include common charges) with 3 months contract

Pls contact "Bas" Tel : 083-1155511 / LINE : bas.ps / Email : iam_evilbas@hotmail.com

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Jun 29, 2016 - 9:41 PM - by YMNSTT
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I figured that if Cameron is big enough to follow the popular vote, I should probably finally cave in and shorten my name.

Annoyingly I can't find any of the threads I was following now though
  18 Replies | 298 Views

Medical Check for Work Permit - what kind of tests do they do?

Jun 23, 2016 - 12:42 AM - by wildrayofsunshine

I have recently started a new job as an English Teacher, and have been asked to do a medical check to get the work permit. I am originally from Canada and have used marijuana for a health condition...so used it quite frequently. Now I have to do a test and am freaking out. Do you know what kind of test the hospital will do? Is it a blood test or a urine test?

Look forward to hearing back!
  15 Replies | 529 Views

Attack on Ataturk Int'l Airport

Jun 29, 2016 - 4:21 AM - by happynz
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Early reports from Istanbul say ten dead and twenty wounded. Three reported explosions in or near the arrivals hall.


  14 Replies | 281 Views

Sounds familiar?

Jun 29, 2016 - 7:37 PM - by buddahas
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What a bunch of clowns. The clown states of idiots. I thought Thailand has lost the plot.

Visitors to the U.S. May Be Asked for Social Media Information

WASHINGTON — The federal government has proposed adding a line to forms filled out by visitors to the United States that would ask them to voluntarily disclose their social media accounts, a step that it said would help in screening for ties to terrorism.

Visitors entering the country under the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of some countries to visit up to 90 days without a visa, would not be required to list their social media accounts, and the forms would not ask for passwords. But Customs and Border Protection, which announced the proposal last week in the Federal Register, said the social media information would give it extra investigative tools. “Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide D.H.S. greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity,” the border agency said, referring to the Department of Homeland Security, its parent organization. The proposal comes after Congress passed legislation last year to add restrictions to the Visa Waiver Program. The legislation was a response to the November terrorist attacks in Paris, which led to fears that European-born or naturalized citizens with terrorist ties could enter the... [Read More]
  11 Replies | 165 Views

Insurance questions

Jun 29, 2016 - 11:15 AM - by you_me_no_savy_talk_talk
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I've decided to get my own insurance policy, rather than just relying on the one the school gives me, but am at a bit of a loss as to where to put my money.

I spoke with a broker, based in Singapore, who suggested I forget about BUPA Thailand (though he did suggest quotes through the main BUPA company). Then he went on to offer me quote that are quite a lot more than I am prepared to pay (they were all 5k per month up).

For my age and occupation class, the bupa platinum policy will cost between about 2000 and 2500 per month, which is about what I want to be paying.

Any experience (positive or negative) with BUPA or any other companies that have similar policies for similar prices.
  10 Replies | 198 Views

ESL Teaching is Like Being an Octogenarian

Jun 21, 2016 - 11:28 PM - by Joko
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You see them on TV. WWII vets. Folks who are really, really old. One of the things they point out about being 80+ is how they're always losing friends. One after another, all the people who they've called friends over the years disappear. They leave. Gone.

It's kind of like being an ESL teacher. Circumstances vary, but for me, the people I socialize with, who I drink beer with, the circle of people who I call my friends, they are the people I work with. The staffroom is a clubhouse of friends. The thing is, no one sticks around. Generally speaking, ESL teachers come to an institution, work for a year or two, and then they move on. It's most definitely a high turnover industry.

I've been teaching in my current gig for a bit more than two years. In a couple weeks, out of a staff of a dozen NES teachers, I'll have the second most seniority out of the whole crew. Except for one, who's an ass-hole who I hate, everyone I started working with will be gone.

I feel like the last member of my company of soldiers who fought together 70 years ago. Except it's taken two years.

Yeah, yeah, the teachers don't die. I'm still friends with them on Facebook. That said, this transitory nature of friendship amongst teachers is starting to affect my willingness to befriend new teachers. Why should I get close with someone who's likely to leave in six months time?
  9 Replies | 344 Views

English teacher in Taiwan kills himself after convinced of drug possession

Jun 18, 2016 - 9:08 PM - by buddahas
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A US citizen killed himself in courtroom in Taiwan on Thursday after being given a four year prison sentence for being convicted of growing marijuana and opium at his home in Changhua, in central Taiwan.

Upon learning of his sentence from a court interpreter, 41 year old Tyrel Martin Marhanka replied "four years?" The interpreter told Marhanka that he could appeal, but Marhanka replied "I don't want to appeal." According to theTaipei Times, Marhanka became agitated and yelled "I don't want to live anymore", before removing two 21cm scissor blades and stabbing himself on both sides of the neck, severing the arteries.
At the time of the April arrest, the Taipei Times reports that police found more than 200 cannabis plants, 195 dried cannabis plants and 10 opium poppies at a rented house in Yongjing Township, Changhua County.
A prison term of up to seven years was possible, but the court gave just four years because Marhanka hadn't sold... [Read More]
  9 Replies | 402 Views

Tesla Driver Killed Using Autopilot

Jul 01, 2016 - 7:14 AM - by fred flintstone
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Fatal crash of Tesla Model S in autopilot mode leads to investigation by federal officials

Federal regulators opened a preliminary probe into the autopilot feature on a Tesla Model S electric car after a fatal crash involving the technology, Tesla said Thursday.

The fatality – thought to be the first in the auto industry related to an autopilot feature – sparked questions about the limitations of the technology and its place in what is seen as an inevitable march toward self-driving vehicles. It followed other recent incidents in which drivers reported collisions while using such technology.

The male driver died in a May 7 crash in Williston, Fla., when a big rig made a left turn in front of his Tesla.

In a blog post, Tesla Motors Inc. said the 2015 car passed under the trailer, with the bottom of the trailer hitting the Model S’ windshield.

“Neither autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor-trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied,” Tesla said.

Tesla said it immediately reported the fatal crash to the National
... [Read More]
  7 Replies | 155 Views

Bowser Bourguignon

Jun 25, 2016 - 9:59 AM - by tomcat
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...doggie burgers at McFido's next?...

China's Dog Meat Problem
By Adam Minter (Bloomberg)

I ate dog just once, and it was an accident. A Chinese scrap-metal dealer with whom I'm friendly invited me to a fancy hotpot restaurant in Chongqing. As the waitress delivered bowl after bowl of dunkable vegetables and raw meats for cooking at our table, I pointed to one and asked: "What's this?" My friend's answer, in heavily accented English, sounded like "duck." It tasted like a meaty hair ball.

As the magnitude of my mistake sank in, I thought of Yulin, the southern Chinese town infamous for its annual dog meat and lychee festival, which opens this week. In recent years, the festival has become synonymous with animal cruelty, attracting celebrity outrage from the likes of Ricky Gervais and Leona Lewis. But it's also emblematic of a larger failure -- one that my unintentional experiment instantly brought to mind.

For years, scandals have been undermining confidence in China's food supply, ranging from plasticizer in baby formula to "poisonous fake mutton" sold to (gulp) hotpot restaurants. In 2014, authorities shut down a decade-old, nationwide ring that had been selling some 70,000 diseased pigs a year to underground slaughterhouses.

The dog meat trade offers a vivid example of why these problems are so persistent. Visitors to Yulin's festival have witnessed dogs being slaughtered on streets or in filthy abattoirs. Many of the animals were likely strays or kidnapped, raising serious concerns about disease. Some may have even had rabies. And yet thousands will be consumed over the 10 days of the festival.
... [Read More]
  6 Replies | 197 Views

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