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This could get ugly if true

Nov 24, 2015 - 7:10 PM - by buddahas
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Turkish F-16s Shoot Down Russian Su-24 Warplane Near Syria Border

Moments ago a big black geopolitical swan landed when newswires lit up with headlines that a Turkish F-16 shot down what was initially said to be an unidentified warplane near the Syrian border after it violated Turkey's airspace on Tuesday, a Turkish military official said, but the nationality of the downed aircraft was not immediately clear.
The Russian jet crashed in the mountainous Jabal Turkmen area of Latakia, where air strikes and fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces were reported earlier on Tuesday.

According to Reuters, Turkish F16s warned the jet repeatedly over the airspace violations before shooting it down.

... [Read More]
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Pay tax or lose passport

Nov 21, 2015 - 10:04 PM - by buddahas
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Full story here.

Americans: Pay Your Taxes--Or Lose Your Passport
U.S. government will be able to deny new passports or revoke ones held by people with serious tax debts

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FACE in the Thai classroom, And I don't mean the guy from the A-Team

Nov 26, 2015 - 3:26 AM - by Davman
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How does face effect your teaching, as regards to feedback, and error correction? Do Thai students admit their mistakes?

I find this topic interesting, mainly because in my days as a taxi driver I used to pick up a customer who used to teach the Japanese how to do various engineering tasks on ships, and he used to show them how to complete a task, and then ask if they understood? they would always say yes, and then go and fuck it up! and this process would repeat itself again and again.
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Short Stories PDF no more than 10 pages

Nov 27, 2015 - 3:31 PM - by chrisfoose
Does anyone know where I can find a PDF filled with short stories containing morals no more than ten pages?

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  18 Replies | 309 Views

Thais and their antibiotics

Nov 25, 2015 - 9:39 AM - by buddahas
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Saw this lunacy today.

My gf is one of those. Every time she is sick, viral or not, she comes back with a magic pill.

I am sorry to say this, but I think Thais are really dumb when it comes to their own personal health.

That includes the garbage they eat from the streets.

Off to Krispy Kreme

100 Thais die each day from drug-resistant diseases

About 38,000 Thais die of drug-resistant diseases each year out of some 88,000 people infected with bacteria or an average of 100 deaths a day which is higher than worldwide average rate, according to Ms Niyada Kiatying-ansulee, manager of the drugs development and monitoring centre.

She attributed to the high mortality rate to the widespread practice of patients buying anti-biotic drugs from drug stores and overuse of anti-biotics by medical personnel and drug resistant at hospitals. She suggested that there should be a central organisation to monitor and follow up the use of anti-biotics to reduce health hazards and to inform the public about how to use anti-biotics microbes properly.

Mr Prapon Angtrakul, deputy secretary-general of Food and Drugs Administration, meanwhile, said that the Ministry of Public Health had treated drug resistant diseases as a national agenda and set up a strategic plan to cope... [Read More]
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Cowardly murder: Ex-drone operators speak out

Nov 20, 2015 - 8:57 AM - by Guy Mandude
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Drone operators aren't quite the noble modern warriors I had thought them to be.

  15 Replies | 607 Views

Evaluating listening skills

Nov 25, 2015 - 2:47 PM - by Saikhnaa

I've been wondering lately on how you can systematically evaluate and measure someone's listening abilities. For speaking, it seems reasonably straightforward to be assessing their pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary etc. Would there be an equivalent in listening that can be effectively measured?
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2015 Holiday Travels

Nov 30, 2015 - 2:59 PM - by Joko
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So who's got travel plans for this upcoming holiday? Where you going? Who you going with? Have you been there before? Has anyone been there before?

Obviously, I have an exciting trip planned, otherwise I wouldn't be starting this thread. I had such a good time doing the Mae Hong Song Loop 6 months ago, that I've been pining for another epic motorcycle tour. For the short time I was stationed in Naypyitaw, my favorite thing to do was to get out on the bike and tour the surrounding countryside. As I won't have a need for a visa run this upcoming holiday, I decided to spend it here in Myanmar, on the road, boldly going where (perhaps) no other motorized tourist has gone before.

First step is a bus up to Naypyitaw where my motorcycle has been parked these last 6 weeks. I got a friend who's starting it up and running it on occasion as well as pimping it out as a rental to short term visitors (he's made me $20!).

First stop: Kalaw, an old British hill station known for its scenery and cool climate. Then, off to Inle Lake, one of the most picturesque places in all Myanmar. Next, Loikaw, capital of Kayah State where I expect to see lots of women with really long necks. Back over the mountains to Taungoo, an ancient capital of old Burma. Then, Pyay, previously known as Prome, where 1500 year-old ruins are to be explored. Over the mighty Ayerwaddy River and the coastal range into Rakhine State to the town of Taungup. I don't know if I can ferry my motorbike over to the island of Munaung, but I hope so. Either way, this place is about as unexploited by tourists as you can get when it comes to little islands on the Indian Ocean. Not Phuket 30 years ago... more like 100 years ago. Back to... [Read More]
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Being made redundant - my options for the future

Nov 23, 2015 - 3:32 PM - by DB9
Hi all,

I've created an account so I can post about my situation and get some of your views and/or suggestions.

I've been living and working in Bangkok for 6 years now. For most of that time, I've been working at the same language school. My position at the moment is “senior corporate instructor”. I'm employed on a permanent full-time basis so I get my non-B visa and work permit taken care of.

So, I found out a few weeks ago that my language school will shut down at the end of the year and everybody is being made redundant. The HR manager has met with each of us and confirmed that we are entitled to severance pay. She has also informed the teachers on non-B visas (including me) that we'll all have to do a border run before the back office closes at the end of January.


Before sharing my ideas, I'll summarise the type of work I'll be considering. Ideally, I'd be looking for something in central BKK relating to business English / corporate training. The position could involve teaching or management. The most important thing is that I'd be teaching adults. I really don't want anything that involves teaching kids / teens, so that rules out high schools etc.

With the above in mind, these are my options as I currently see them:

Option 1 (full-time permanent position) - Obviously, this is a pretty safe option if I can get it. I'd most likely get a non-B visa. Also, my income would be predictable.

Option 2... [Read More]
  13 Replies | 638 Views

Geology Jobs

Nov 19, 2015 - 1:59 PM - by ESLTEACHINGHAILAND
Hi, does any one know if it is possible or if there are geology job opportunities in Thailand for non-Thai nationals. I know it is a long shot but just thought I would put it out there. Thank you for any input.
  12 Replies | 555 Views

Financial Literacy Quiz

Nov 19, 2015 - 7:39 AM - by tomcat
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...a come-as-you-are quiz at the most basic level of financial knowledge: unsurprisingly, Americans are the least knowledgeable:


...I achieved a 5/5 with one eye closed...hardly praiseworthy considering the 4th-grade level of the questions...
  10 Replies | 505 Views


Nov 24, 2015 - 2:08 PM - by buddahas
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Love drinking coffee. Nescafe to be precise.

Had to cut on it drastically because of reflux.

However, when I don't have coffee I am constipated.

A cup of coffee pushes the nasty really fast and firm. Good quality. Fiber just doesn't do it for me.

Tea is also shit. (literally)

What to do?
  10 Replies | 392 Views

Chinese cities are choking on Severe Smog

Nov 30, 2015 - 9:10 PM - by phuketbound
As Xi Jinping visits Paris for COP21 climate change conference, Chinese cities are choking on severe smog

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Paris yesterday for the start of the COP21 UN Conference on climate change summit. During his two-day stay in Paris, Xi will meet with other heads of state, deliver a speech on Monday and try to breath in all the air he can before arriving back in Beijing on Sunday.
With Xi leaving the capital yesterday, Beijing issued its highest smog alert of the year, upgrading the yellow warning which has been in place for the past few days to orange, second only to red, you don't want to know what red looks like.
Under the orange weather alert mechanism, industrial plants are required to reduce or shut down production; construction sites should stop the transportation of materials and waste while heavy-duty trucks are banned from the roads.
The upgraded smog alert comes as China announces it has achieved the pollution reduction targets for major pollutants outlined in its 12th Five Year Plan six months ahead of schedule. It also comes after reports that China is burning 17% more coal than it says it... [Read More]
  10 Replies | 177 Views

Easy Question.

Nov 20, 2015 - 4:50 AM - by russellsimpson
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Maybe we have a running thread so that every simple enquiry does not require starting a new thread?

Or maybe not.

Have the general membership list been made unavailable to the "general public"?

I hadn't checked for a couple of years. Seems like it used to accessible under "community"?
  9 Replies | 470 Views

Abdelhamid Abaaoud Dead at 27

Nov 19, 2015 - 8:59 AM - by buddahas
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Mastermind behind Paris attacks is dead

The mastermind behind the Paris terror attacks was killed Wednesday during a massive, pre-dawn police raid on an apartment where he was hiding out — and possibly plotting another wave of violence against the City of Light.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, was blown away when more than 100 cops and soldiers stormed the building just north of Paris and near the Stade de France soccer stadium that was among the targets of last week’s bloodbath, the Washington Post reported.
https://thenypost.files.wordpress.co...=300&strip=allAbdelhamid AbaaoudPhoto: Getty Images
A woman wearing an explosive vest blew herself up and seven people were arrested during the operation that also killed ... [Read More]
  9 Replies | 452 Views

Newbie from Mongolia

Nov 25, 2015 - 2:45 PM - by Saikhnaa
Hi, everyone!

My name's Saikhnaa and I used to work in Thailand a few years back working on youth development. Looking forward to be coming back in a few months. This'll be my first time teaching English so I'm pretty excited.

Nice to meet you all!
  7 Replies | 300 Views

4-6 year olds. Tips please.

Nov 28, 2015 - 8:52 PM - by djwheat
Hi girls and boys.

I have a class of 4-6 year olds, most are 4-5. God I find this class tough! It's a 90 minute class and they know absolutely nothing; no colours, numbers, nothing.

We have been doing numbers 1-10 "what is your name" "my name is....." in pairs in front of the class.. This pair work what's your name didn't work out too well, I guess it's just too early..

They did it ok, but the rest of the class are just kind of wondering around the class aimlessly.. I do have two TA's but yeh..

I know quite a lot of games and activities, but at this level it's a real struggle. Some old activities I know at this level, like using fly swatters to hit a flash card or a number when I say it just isn't working at the moment..

Even just following me jogging around the tables seems a bit much for these guys. I've taught 6 year olds before, but never 4 yr olds quite this new and raw.

I've tried just getting them to write a number on the board, but again they are just too small for that as well, they can't use a marker. Throwing a sticky ball at the board, again, too small they can't do it..

Yeah, thankful for any suggestions or links.. Cheers.
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