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Jul 21, 2015 - 12:33 AM - by po3try
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Me, wifey and daughter spread our wings and minced our way to Krabi the other week.

Pain in the fucking ass getting to DM airport on a Monday Morning. Did not help my stress levels.. especially with 2 big suitcases and a toddler that is just DYING to pick that gum up off the floor.

daughter wasn't too bad on the flight, Sesame Street on the ipad kept her busy most of the 1hr 20min flight time.

anyhoo, got there, got to the hotel (http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centara/cak/) and pretty much spent the rest of the day napping and eating. I think we ate at the hotel. Which was lovely (the hotel, not the food). Very family friendly and always willing to amuse the daughter while we shovel food in our mouths as quickly as possible.

I think we paid 1500bht for a deluxe room with a free cot (ooOOoohh!). daughter loved it cos it had chickens on it.

Nice room, tv with usb port for those all important Sesame Street breaks.

Made a nice Sesame Street Seat for 'er..


The hotel has a soft play room which was fab for after breakfast fun.

... [Read More]
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US Passport Holders

Jul 19, 2015 - 10:19 PM - by fred flintstone
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For a hundred bucks or so the DHS will let you sign up for the 'Trusted Traveler Program'. Has anybody tried it, is it worth the $$$ or not? ....What actually do you get for your money?

Agency Transportation Security Administration Customs and Border Protection
Program TSA Pre✓® Global Entry NEXUS SENTRI
Website www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck www.globalentry.gov NEXUS
... [Read More]
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Room for rent at Elio Sukhumvit 64 BTS Punnawithi 8500Baht/month. Internet included.

Jul 24, 2015 - 5:11 PM - by nutbp
Studio room at Elio Sukhumvit 64 BTS Punnawithi for rent 8500Baht/month. (incl. common fee and AIS Fibre 15Mb internet)
Deposit 2 months, contract from 1 year but can negotiate for less rental period.

The room is at 5th fl. with fully furnish, refrigerator, 32in.LED TV, Microwave oven, water heating for shower,
AIS Fibre internet 15Mb. and 100+ channels and many apps from AIS Playbox.

For more info. contact: Line ID: jogsorn or tel. 086-554-0530

Pictures here:

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Lone wolf jihadist?

Jul 17, 2015 - 3:43 AM - by cluezo
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Smells like it ...

A U.S. official says the gunman in the shootings in Tennessee has been identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.


Four Marines Killed in Chattanooga Shootings


Law enforcement officers responded to a shooting at a Navy and Marine Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Thursday. CreditWRCB-TV, via Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman opened fire on a Navy and Marine Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Thursday, leaving four Marines dead, and a recruiter wounded. The gunman was also killed.
Officials said during a news conference that the gunman had numerous weapons, and the police chief, Fred Fletcher, said that the Marines had been “brutally and brazenly
... [Read More]
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Jul 23, 2015 - 10:38 PM - by UrbanMan
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This article lists Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan as the cheapest place for an expat to live, and mention is made of the need for English teachers. Looks to be west of China, and north of Afghanistan. Anybody know anything about it?

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North Korea allows 'first foreign band to perform'

Jul 16, 2015 - 2:48 PM - by Joko
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If I remember correctly, it was Phil Collins and the Police who went to play in Moscow in the 1987 that began the downfall of the Soviet Union. They were the first foreign bands to come and play there too...

North Korea allows 'first foreign band to perform'

Controversial Slovenian pop group Laibach will be the first foreign band to perform in North Korea, director Morten Traavik has told the BBC.
Mr Traavik has arranged for the group to play two concerts in Pyongyang in August in front of 2,000 people.


The concert programme will include some of Laibach's hits over their 35-year career and North Korean folk songs.

The band has been slated by some critics because of its ambiguous use of political and nationalist imagery.

But admirers say that their tendency to wear military uniforms on stage is a critique of totalitarian ideology.

Full story http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33530538


I've been aware of, and kinda liked, Laibach since 1988. It's hard to like a band that has been, at times, the Beatles of skinhead white power movements. Whatever they are, I gotta admire Laibach for playing all sides of the coin in order to promote themselves. Their sound, message and image are undoubtedly fascistic and uber-right-wing...Slovenian NAZIs. but are they doing as a... [Read More]
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Non-B Visa Overstay question

Jul 19, 2015 - 10:32 AM - by Cal Roy
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I switched schools last May but the paperwork for my visa has only gotten ready last Friday. Thus I have been at my new school for over two months. I will do a visa run this week with all the paperwork but my current school says I need a cancellation letter from my last school. My agency from my first school says I don't. The visa cancels when I leave. My other school hasn't canceled the visa per my request. My letter of employment says I started July 1 and it is now July 19. What will happen when I hit the Thai border this Thursday morning?
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The Railway thread

Jul 17, 2015 - 7:30 AM - by DJ Pat
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This is a thread dedicated to the exciting world of trains, trams, buses aa well as railways now abandoned. Info lifted from websites will be credited where necessary to distinguish how intelligent and knowledgable some of us might or might not be.

Train travel is more fun that bus travel, the ability to stretch ones legs, take a shit while the rumbling of the rails masks the sound, but I've always wondered why trains all over the globe choose to install the worst toilet pans money can buy, taps that trickle a miserable drip of water and no toilet roll.
Modern trains will use the septic tank system, which some poor fucker at the end of each month would have to empty out. (can't be that far away from prison slopping out)

In third world nations the faeces & piss will be flushed directly onto the passing ground below and Thai trains are no exception. Whilst squatting if you peer downwards you'll see the ground whizzing by. A good splashback-proof way of shitting.

Anyway enough of that crap and let's get on with some trains & astonishing facts.


Originally Posted by Anna Key
DMUs from Preston to Burnley


Class 185 Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) operated by First... [Read More]
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Documents / Bang Na etc.

Jul 28, 2015 - 5:10 PM - by Ouagadougou
Hi, I'm new here and have a few preliminary questions related to first time teaching in Thailand. Here’s a brief intro….

I’m from an English speaking country and have an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and completed a few short post degree programs that were evaluated (to qualify for visa) to be equivalent to a Masters in Business. I don’t have any teaching qualifications but have taught in Korea for 3 years and had a managerial role in a developing university for a short time. My plan was to start some sort of small/medium sized business in Thailand but now considering putting that off for at least a year. I’m currently in Thailand and not too interested in working off of tourist visas.

Questions related to documents:

1. I have sealed transcripts and original diploma. Recently read that for a teachers license waiver I may need a sealed university certificate confirming my degree and years in study. True?

2. I have a clean criminal record but don’t have a CRC on... [Read More]
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Adventure on the Low Seas!

Jul 27, 2015 - 9:21 PM - by tomcat
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...pay attention to the pet food you buy: is your animal supporting human slavery?

  18 Replies | 216 Views


Jul 23, 2015 - 12:38 PM - by krusomkit
so many posts about bad experiences teaching in Thailand. I have been a teacher 30 years, and 12 years in Thailand. I love it here. But there things you need to know.
Number 1. High schools are not the best jobs, get your degree and teach at uni. better pay, better hours, better everything
Number 2. This is Thailand. Remember that. Rules here are. 1. look good, 2 do as little as possible, 3. make as much money as possible, 4. maybe, maybe, if it is really easy, do something good for your students.
Number 3. You are a flower bouquet. You are not here to teach, you are here to make the senior faculty look good. relax. have fun with it and don't worry that they do not want anyone to actually learn English.

If you can do all that, your time in Thailand will be wonderful. I am 63. I have 3 girlfriends, 24, 27 and 40. I live like a king on 40,000 baht a month and teach 2 days tops. Just learn the system and Thailand is the bomb. ...oh, and maybe, learn to speak Thai and get out of BKK, small towns are great...

my humble opinion,
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Thais Troll NASA

Jul 15, 2015 - 8:13 PM - by fred flintstone
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Thais Troll NASA's Live Stream

As the international community tuned in to the live stream of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft's flyby of Pluto on Tuesday evening, troll posters from Thailand added nuisance comments that disrupted coverage...

"I think Thaksin has already bought the universe?" one internet user wrote in Thai on Nasa's YouTube page, as Charles Bolden, chief administrator of the United States space agency, was taking part in a...

Nasa's YouTube page was then flooded with unrelated comments and squabbling from Thai trolls, causing Mr Bolden to pause momentarily, and disrupting the live stream briefly.

The annoying Thai comments included: "Election now. Get out, Prayut!", "I'm single", "Are there nagas on Pluto?" and “Apparently, Thai people are very interested in space".

The annoying Thai comments included: "Election now. Get out, Prayut!", "I'm single", "Are there nagas on Pluto?" and “Apparently, Thai people are very interested in space".

During the live chat, other YouTube users, both Thai and foreign, urged the trolls to stop commenting, as millions of people were watching the live stream.

... [Read More]
  17 Replies | 655 Views

Work Permit work permit renewal

Jul 20, 2015 - 4:56 PM - by Lara Andreeva
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Hello the Community! I would like to get some info or advice from those of you who had to deal with work permit renewal process.
My visa and work permit expire on August, 3. So I need to renew them. And I need to go out of the country on August, 8, just for a few days. Will I be able to obtain a new work permit by that time?
Thanks a lot in advance.
  16 Replies | 546 Views

Easiest path to three month stay.

Jul 22, 2015 - 2:55 AM - by russellsimpson
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Any suggestions on the easiest path to a three month stay.

I'm not even considering a work permit.

A two month entry visa and a hop across some border for a thirty day extension ?

  15 Replies | 417 Views

Teaching Poetry to Young Learners

Jul 27, 2015 - 9:33 AM - by outbound
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Need to pick the collective brains of AF on this one. Anyone taught poetry to P1-2? It's the topic of my next unit. The reading is quite nice as it follows a phonetic pattern and introduces rhyming. Now, the comprehension is a little abstract. For example, on a poem about a boy who is leaving his grandmother's house after a holiday it asks "where are the good times kept?'. The answer, at least according to the teacher's manual is the heart. Any idea on the best method to teach answering abstract questions for young learners? They are also supposed to be able to write a short poem. My plan is to practice with scafolded writing activities that back off a bit with each worksheet until the children understand the pattern enough to write independently.

  15 Replies | 257 Views

Where can I find work as a teach in Thailand without a college degree?

Jul 18, 2015 - 9:26 AM - by clintner
I am going to be backpacking throughout southeast asia this coming spring and will spend over a month in Thailand. At the end of my trip I am debating going back to Chiang Mai and taking the CELTA course with International House there.

I don't have a college degree, ironic as I was valedictorian of my high school. However after high school my business interests lead me away from college and directly into the work force...not something I regret. I have heard that you can get work in Thailand as a teacher without a degree but am having difficulty finding organization(s) to communicate with on future job prospects. I would ideally like to go visit and meet with them in person during my time there this spring and hopefully sign on for 6-12 months.

Thoughts? Thanks! If You all recommend another country for not having degree, please do send me to some specific organizations if you could or if you have worked with any. I know Spain, Cambodia, and China all accept TEFL certified teachers without a degree. Thanks
  15 Replies | 729 Views

Hello people of Ajarn!

Jul 28, 2015 - 10:37 PM - by Paul de Lafontaine
Hey guys! Very glad I found this community! Was wondering if I could get a few pointers.

I'm 24 year old male from England.
I want to move to Bangkok very soon. I've calculated I'll probably need about 30,000B to live on a month. I also need to be able to save atleast about 11,000-12,000B a month. This means I need to earn atleast very minimum of 40,000ish a month for Thailand to be a viable option for me.

I'm really looking for a kingergarten position too.

Below are some key points:

I hold a 3 year degree in Film and Media from an English universitym

I hold a 120 hour LoveTEFL course

I have 10 months teaching English abroad experience from a Chinese kindergaten, with a strong reccomendation letter

I do NOT have a criminal background check (although I don't have any criminal offenses at all)

So guys, what are my chances, any advice?
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