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I left Korea in April after roughly 10 years of university, adult and middle school work. The pay was stagnating and the inflation was mounting on the currency (maybe things have changed since then but I doubt it). I went there shortly after turning 30, now I'm 41 and feel like a new country is in order. I'm not saying I'm wife-hunting, but I'm kind of wife-hunting. I've been back in the US catching up with family and friends but the current state of the US (politically & socially) is a bit distressing.
Also, the only ladies that I find remotely appealing are fresh out of high school. Something about rural Wisconsin causes them to gain weight quickly and then lose all sense of... I don't know... decency? This corner of the state is rather poor, a bit like Appalachia but with dairy instead of coal. I see a lot of single moms with kids from several dads (usually absentee ones) by the time they hit their upper 20s. Some of these ladies do right by their kids, but an equal number seem to occupy barstools most nights looking for their idea of fun (pills and a new baby-daddy perhaps?).
But, I digress. This place is just not the same place I knew and I doubt I could ever raise a family here in good conscience. Korea was also a tough place to imagine being a dad in, financial, social and academic pressure are far too high there even in a good economy. Is it possible (without becoming miserable) to meet a nice local lady and settle down? If not in Thailand, perhaps Cambodia or Laos?
I guess why I'm saying is, I've saved a decent amount of money from Korea, enough to get started again virtually anywhere and now I'm looking to put down roots. Please don't call me a tosser or whatever... [Read More]
Bright lights, big city ... well, I didn't know. I turned down Nong Khai province, just because I did not want to teach in a high school. I'm in a primary school here in A.C., working for a recruiter in Bangkok, not the school (yeah, I know ...).
I've had a couple of stints in the PRC and a few years in Indoneesia, have spent most of the last six years in Asia.
First job teaching in LoS, and maybe the last ...
Nice kids though: good-natured, polite and sweet (the one boy from EP-1 whose mother insisted on naming him "Hitler" has finally been persuaded to change that to "Aler", at least for school) and the general laid-back vibe here is nice, though if it got much more laid-back, it wouldn't have a pulse.
I like the fact that several random dogs are an essential part of the school staff, and there was a young Brahma (Brahman?) cow wandering around the grounds sometime last week ... anyway hello to all of you, seasoned and salted or Thailand nubs like me.
Kickass Torrents Alleged Owner Atrem Vaulin Arrested, Website Down
The most popular torrent-sharing website in the world, Kickass Torrents, often called KAT, is offline as of Wednesday, July 20, after the United States government seized seven of its domains, following the arrest of its alleged owner, Atrem Vaulin, in Poland. The
U.S. is also seeking his extradition in relation with four counts of alleged criminal activity.
Exact details of Vaulin’s arrest were not available, but it followed a long investigation by Jared Der-Yeghiayan, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The investigation also involved agents from the Internal Revenue Service, according to a complaint and affidavit filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago on July 8.
Agents, posing as advertisers, made undercover deals with KAT that revealed a bank account associated with the website, which has also been seized. According to the complaint, the 30-year-old Vaulin, a Ukrainian, used the name “tirm” as his online identity and a company called Cryptoneat as a front for KAT.
Following his arrest, Vaulin is being charged “with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal... [Read More]
Turkey army says it seizes power; Erdogan says: "We will overcome this"
An official said Erdogan was speaking from Marmaris on the Turkish coast where he was on holiday. Erdogan said he would swiftly return to Ankara.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and other senior officials said the elected government remained in office. Yildirim called the coup attempt a terrorist act by gangs and illegal formations.
Television images showed scores of people, some waving Turkish flags, gathered in major squares in main city Istanbul and capital Ankara to show support for the elected government. Gunfire broke out in both cities.
Warplanes and helicopters roared over Ankara and explosions could be heard there. Reuters reporters saw a helicopter open fire. State-run news agency Anadolu said military helicopters had fired on the headquarters of the intelligence agency.
Reuters journalists saw tanks open fire near the parliament building in Ankara, which they had surrounded.
Airports were shut, access to Internet social media sites was cut off, and troops sealed off the two bridges over the Bosphorus in Istanbul, one of which was still lit up red, white and blue in solidarity with victims of the Bastille Day truck attack in France a day earlier.
Soldiers took control of TRT state television, which announced a countrywide curfew and martial law. An announcer read a statement on the orders of the military that accused the... [Read More]
Two police officers have been shot dead in Baton Rouge, La., and others may have been wounded, authorities said Sunday.
Two Baton Rouge police officers shot on Sunday morning have died, confirmed William Daniel, the city-parish's chief administrative officer, according to The Advocate newspaper.
Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola confirmed that several officers were shot by gunfire, the paper reported. The scene is "contained," but Coppola was unable to confirm whether anyone was arrested.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office deputies may have also been among those shot, Coppola said.
Kip Holden, mayor of East Baton Rouge Parish, told CNN that "three officers are feared dead."
A witness told WBRZ-TV that a man was dressed in black with his face covered shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and car wash across from Hammond Air Plaza. Police closed the streets between the police department’s headquarters and Interstate 12. ... [Read More]
My wife had gone to commune with clean porcelain. A white skinned hippy, way passed a hippy's "use by" date, approached. He asked if I spoke English. I nodded.
He asked about where I was going, where I was from, the sort of thing that sets off alarm bells.
I really knew he was a few french fries short of a happy meal when he thought about where I was headed and he seemed to think that I was going with neither visa nor work permit nor job waiting for me. I was just jumping on a plane to China and going to seek work there!
He then asked for 2,000 baht to help him buy a ticket. I couldn't see any luggage and even by today's standards he wasn't dressed to fly.
I truthfully told him that he was hitting the wrong person up for money. My wife and I had really stretched ourselves to the limit to be on this flight and our new lives in China.
He then asked for 500 baht so he could get something to eat. I thought it was ballsy when a beggar followed me on Petchburi and expected 50 baht for food.
I turned the over the hill hippy down. He slinked off, saying he would pray for me.
Another was a man in Korea. It was the trough of the IMF crisis, and I'm sure this person was in trouble. He followed me around speaking Korean, which I did not understand. He had his hand out and expected something. I... [Read More]
So, as you can see from my other thread, http://www.ajarnforum.net/vb/showthr...hailand-to-USA , after 3 "long" years of paperwork and waiting, I am finally reunited my wife and two children who are here with me in sunny Florida . I'll be honest: the visa process was NOT as gruelling as the Thai Non-Imm B process. Not at all. Sure, it took some time -- about one and a half years before I got the paper work really going. Sure, there were delays due to the incompetence of system admins here in the US and the pencil pushers in immigrations -- but despite it all, it was NOTHING as horrible, compared to getting a measly, TEMPORARY visa in Thailand. I mean heck -- even being married to a Thai national, I would have needed to wait a whole freakin DECADE to gain permanent residence in Thailand, and then I STILL need to report to Thai immigrations every 90 days like a wet mangy dog.
On the other hand, for my wife, all I needed to do was fill out the correct paperwork here, have my wife translate a few documents there, and viola -- she (and my two children) now have permanent residence (green cards) and SSN's. Welcome to being a number. Only 3 years tops for that.
So now we get to have the joys of actually living by ourselves and discovering the little nuggets and pit falls in life anew. No more badgering in-laws. I'm just glad the wait is over and I can be a father again. No more depression and guilt about having to leave in the first place -- now I get to make it up to them.... [Read More]
Last year, I took the "early" option on my US social security benefits.
Mail takes three to nine weeks to reach me, if it reaches me at all. Therefore, I'm usually don't receive notifications in a timely manner. I have, however, had a lot of surprises.
I have had two payments withheld and five more scheduled to to be withheld. I had four benefit payments restored, which meant that one withheld payment was made and three scheduled withholdings were canceled.
Now three more payments are set to be withheld. I only learned of this when the first payment didn't appear in my bank at the appointed time. This is bewildering, because I have no scheduled hours in June and I neither work nor receive salary in July and August.
To make matters more fun, the school made a boo-boo with my salary and didn't pay it. This left us with very little cash and three months to go until my next paycheck and my next social security payment. This has been addressed and I expect to be paid next week.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my social security agent has not answered neither my email I sent a couple of weeks ago nor my follow ups.
I'm wondering why someone is so certain that I'm getting "lump sum" or am working more than I've reported and keeps withholding payments, especially now when I desperately rely on them and there is no possible reason I can think of to withhold them because of work.
Does anybody know if the Social Security Administration can monitor bank accounts? When I withdraw my benefits from my US bank, I then deposit all or most of the cash into my Chinese account. If somebody was monitoring my account, those... [Read More]
My company is currently expanding operations to Thailand. While doing this we found ourselves in a hiccup. The only way for recruiting new people is going through Head Hunters that charge between 20%-30% commission. My boss believes he prefers paying the individuals more money instead of going through Head Hunters. Can anybody advice me on websites, social media groups, or any other platform to get the word out and have people know about the job positions.