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Why are native English speakers paid so much more?

Oct 15, 2014 - 2:21 PM - by Will918
As a native speaker, of course I am not complaining about this. I just want to start a discussion about why NESs are paid so much more.

Are you worth what you make?

Are you worth the salary of two Thai teachers?

As a side-note, I always hate it when Thai teachers ask me about my salary. <cringe>
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Which supermarket do you like?

Oct 11, 2014 - 8:41 AM - by gungchang
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This grew from a query of which Villa is best.

My experiences:

Villa Ari is the most convenient because it is right in front of an escalator to Ari BTS.

The original Villa near Sukhumvit 33 is quite close to PP BTS and has its own character.
The wine room upstairs can be easily overlooked.

I've been to Avenue J on Thong Lo.
Ari has a Tex-Mex taco bar. Suk 33 has Indian food. Thong Lo had sliced ham, etc. No BTS is closeby.

Phahon Yothin 4 is nice, but it's between BTS stations. A bit of a hike is required.

Ploenchit is large and not too far from Nana BTS.

I've yet to see one that doesn't carry lots of bagels, English muffins, etc.

Emporium has a gourmet supermarket and offers direct access to PP BTS.
Pipe tobacco and a wine selection also there.

Paragon has direct access to Siam BTS and/but is huge! Pipe tobacco is available there, wine too.

Tops and Foodlands vary widely. Just look at Central Lad Prao, Union Mall, and Victory Monument to see how different Tops can be. The one at Chok Chai IV recently downgraded to a mini-mart thingie.

The Suk 11 Foodland has a pharmacy that accepts foreign credit cards.
They also have reasonably priced Indian Viagra clones. I know one tourist who went a long way towards paying for his trip by buying a one year supply there instead of paying for Pfizer back home.

Robinsons Suk near Asoke Tops used to serve food, kind of like some Villas. I don't know what they're doing now.

Big C and Tesco both carry Uncle Tom brand, which is very cheap rum, vodka, and gin. It's right on the border of... [Read More]
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to be honest or do a runner

Oct 10, 2014 - 9:37 PM - by sate ayam
Dilemma here,

Does it pay to be honest and telling your school you want to leave at the end of the year (not completing the contract!) and mutually agree upon leaving with a reference letter (I know TIT but still believe in being communicative and constructive)


nod, smile, grab the money and run !!

It's my first job and I do value a reference letter as this will - hopefully -ad value for getting my next job.

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A funny, or sad, read?

Oct 11, 2014 - 6:07 PM - by The Voice of Reason
“The job is tedious, the salary appalling and the prospects nil.”

“So while teaching English is fine if you want to spend a year abroad, and great for meeting pretty foreign girls, considered as a career that might offer some degree of professional fulfilment, it fails on every count. No one with a scrap of ambition can possibly consider it. As the philosopher Alain de Botton says: "You become a TEFL teacher when your life has gone wrong."”

“After the age of 40, English teachers are burnt-out, skill-less and unemployable, their working lives a wasteland, their future oblivion. “
The slavery of teaching English - Telegraph

What do you think, any scrap of truth here?
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Hide Your money while Ebola ......

Oct 17, 2014 - 3:40 AM - by russellsimpson
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Wall Street slashed much of its steep, early losses in late trading Wednesday as bargain-hunters stepped in to buy beaten down stocks and rescue a market threatened with losing 2014's gains. But the broad market finished mostly lower as renewed fears over the slowing global economy, corporate earnings and the spreading Ebola virus rattled already spooked investors.

The Dow Jones Industrial average, which had plunged 460 points, ended down 173 points (1%) to 16,142 in yet another wild day marked by huge market and individual stock swings. The Standard & Poors 500, after an early slump of 3%, ended off 0.8% to 1862. The tech-laden Nasdaq, beaten down 2.6% in morning trading, ended off 0.3% at 4215. A bright spot: the small stock Russell 2000, up 1% to 1072, but still down 11% from a 52-week high.
Wednesday's carnage marked the Dow's fifth straight drop, the S&P 500 closing 7.4% below its Sept. 19 record high and the Nasdaq briefly touching 10% correction mode. Selling pressures began earlier in Europe, where Britain's FTSE fell 1.9% and Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 sank nearly 3% after Germany lowered its growth projections. Investors were also unnerved by fresh Ebola fears and weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data, including a Commerce Department report that September retail sales fell 0.3%, below consensus estimates.
The perfect storm/

I wouldn't bet against it.

Another half dozen people in the Ebola wards and we are fucked.

I'd be getting out of the market... [Read More]
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Hey! How can we? Teach in LOS.

Oct 23, 2014 - 2:57 PM - by arephree
We (wife, son (4)),
Are thinking of teaching in Asia (maybe LOS) sometime in the next 3 years.
Many of the international schools prefer IB teaching experience and British educators.
Me-10+ years teaching with NCLB Highly Qualified Secondary Ed. Math Credential. The NCLB cred. that basically requires secondary math teachers to complete ALL (calc 1. 2, 3 and worse) to teach HS in the US.
Wife-10 years elementary school. Bsc. and M.Ed. , special ed.
BUT We don't have, IGPSE (<---correct ) or IB.
many, many of my students here in The US are my at top ranked school district have gone on to US Ivy League schools and other top (love to Stanford) schools.
Do we need to be British or UKish to apply to Harrow in Bkk, Hong Kong, and others like them? Their websites employment sections all prefer this. (the UK, IB, PGSEI <---)
If so, WHY? I ask because ALL my international exchange students (fr. UK, Asia, Africa) all prefer US universities. And 99% are accepted.
So, Why the preference for non US teachers, when most international kiddos want US uni's?

Can someone illuminate the terrain for us? Thank you. kap kuun krup and kha.
  23 Replies | 530 Views

Good afternoon!

Oct 13, 2014 - 2:41 PM - by sebtrix
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It's a fine day for being alive!
  20 Replies | 1,184 Views

I think I have finally completed the culture shock cycle.

Oct 19, 2014 - 1:41 PM - by Sanuk Canuk
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I have only been in Thailand for 7 years now but it now "feels" more like home to me than Canada does. Being married, having a kid in school, working, and having a house and vehicles to take care of has really normalized my stay here. I still get frustrated by cultural and language misunderstandings, the labour and immigration bureaucracy and the reduced opportunities for advancement here but I no longer let it get to me too much. I am concerned about the teacher licensing fiasco in Thailand as well as the ever reducing salary/cost of living ratio, but these problems aren't that much worse than the issues friends and family are facing back home.

I think the biggest change in my Thailand "experience" came when I decided to get married and give up the freedom that the single TELF lifestyle provides. While I don't regret my decisions I do occasionally miss the ability to hop in a van and head to a beach for a weekend on a whim (as apposed to arranging where to go with the Mrs, packing for the kid, fighting traffic in the car, ect.). The more entangled I get with familial commitments and with taking care of my stuff, the less I feel like my existence in Thailand is an adventure. I guess that is what we do over time, exchange freedom for comfort and a social safety net.

Just curious, does this resonate with other people who have been here 5+ years or am I totally off my nut.
  19 Replies | 1,123 Views

Comfort food.

Oct 20, 2014 - 7:48 AM - by russellsimpson
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We all have one, or maybe several.

I have one that's well established and been with me for years. Also, one of the very few foods I will eat that comes in a can.

Campbell's tomato soup. With loads of salted crackers, lots of pepper and the secret ingredient, a handful or two of nutritional yeast .

I could and have lived on it.

... [Read More]
  19 Replies | 1,124 Views

Carl's Jr Silom

Oct 21, 2014 - 10:50 AM - by pathumseb
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Went to the Silom (Sala Daeng BTS) branch yesterday and was impressed. Burger was juicy, well cooked and full of flavor. I went for the Western Burger so it came loaded with bacon, cheese and onion rings. Bill came to 250 baht with a unlimited refill of soft drinks. Fries were the best I have had in BKK, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The ambience of the restaurant can be best described as a step of from McDonalds, it certainly felt less rushed. Will be going back and hoping they open in Future Park.
  19 Replies | 901 Views

Helping those with depression?

Oct 13, 2014 - 10:55 AM - by pathumseb
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Not for me, I'm happy with mostly everything. How does one address depression with those nearest and dearest. I'm not very sensitive to other peoples emotions so hence I am asking for folks with some advice.
  17 Replies | 910 Views

Career development and retiring in Thailand....

Oct 11, 2014 - 11:47 AM - by AndrewC
I spent 5 years teaching in Thailand (from 1998 -2003) and I'm thinking about a return. I'm 47 years old now and I've heard about how it might be difficult for older teachers to find work. Is this really the case? Here is my plan and would appreciate a critique:

1. I have £10,000 in savings.
2. Get a CELTA straight away.[I always regreted not having one].
3. Find a job in Bangkok that pays 40,000 baht plus get a part-time gig.
4. Start saving 15,000 - 20,000 baht a month. [I don't drink and don't like the bar scene].
5. Improve job prospects by studying for PGCEi.
6. Increase value and job prospects even further with M.Ed.

My aim is to keep saving money every month and to teach until I retire at 65. I'll have my savings and small pension. I loved living in S.E.Asia.

Does anyone have a critique of my plan or any experience that suggests a highly qualified teacher over the age of 50 will struggle to find meaningful employment?
  17 Replies | 1,547 Views

So, what's with this UniTefl Graduate Diploma?

Oct 11, 2014 - 10:47 PM - by ictteacher
  17 Replies | 1,610 Views

Bored of Preggo and in need of some other quick recipes

Oct 11, 2014 - 8:30 PM - by pathumseb
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As much as we all mocked Preggo, it's bloody convenient in a quick fix and the only alternative is poisonous street food. Anyone care to share their quick recipes. BTW I actually do like Thai food, I just don't like street food. Too much oil,salt and gristle.
  17 Replies | 1,205 Views

Canadian Parliament Shooting.

Oct 22, 2014 - 11:11 PM - by Anna Key
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May as well open the thread now. It's an ongoing incident as I type.
  16 Replies | 418 Views

French bakery chain Paul opens in Bangkok

Oct 18, 2014 - 1:24 PM - by Beavis
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Purplesmoker, do you approve?

French bakery chain Paul opens in Bangkok


Founded over a century ago in Croix, Northern France, Paul opens its door at luxe mall Central Embassy (1/F) today (Oct 15).

Why you should be excited: It's a big chain so the French love to poo-poo it, but half the time it's better than the neighborhood boulanger.

Best know for producing over 140 types of bread, the chain has opened over 400 branches throughout the world, also specializing in pastries, cakes and croissants, as well as sandwiches and salads.

- See more at: French bakery chain Paul opens in Bangkok today | BK Magazine Online
  16 Replies | 834 Views

Professional dress in Thailand

Oct 19, 2014 - 10:55 AM - by Wreck Tangle
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Are there any rules as to dress code in a Catholic school in Bangkok for a woman? It was mentioned conservative side but the heat alone, what length skirts and can you wear sleeveless blouses? Any women on the forum thank you for your feedback. Also can you buy large size bras in Bangkok or should I have them sent?


Another question is should you accept gifts from students parents?
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