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    Re: Machines will cut airport queues

    Big problem! Especially if you just had undergone cosmetic surgery that makes you look a lot younger. Then better be prepared to use make up to make you resemble your passport photo!:laughlong
  2. News: Re: Debate Over Women's Empowerment Behind Charter Drafter's Resignation

    Oh sure, many speeches are ghost-written, not only political ones. You may even find such written prompts as " Smile", "Laugh", "Pause", "Be emphatic here", "Look at the hosts", "Point at your...
  3. News: Re: Debate Over Women's Empowerment Behind Charter Drafter's Resignation

    I frown on sexism. It’s a good move to consider facilitating the participation of women in all fields of endeavor, even in top positions in government. But I have qualms about forcing the issue to...
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    :laughlong

    But apparently one of the toughest challenges for a foreigner who wants to reside in Thailand on a long-term basis is the visa issue.

    In another thread it was pointed out that...
  5. News: Re: Famous Thai Temple to Build Separate Toilets for Non-Chinese

    :offtopic:

    N.B. To be fair, I should clarify that my travels in Beijing were before the Olympics, and so perhaps they have upgraded their facilities accordingly since then. In fact I am planning...
  6. News: Re: Famous Thai Temple to Build Separate Toilets for Non-Chinese

    Before I had my first visit to China, I overheard the wife of my boss discussing her previous trip there. When asked what struck her most, she said "the smelly toilets". But I soon forgot about that....
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    My Travel Story: Re: Revisiting Thailand (Nov-Dec 2014)

    Emu-now that you mentioned that-yes! And I thought it's just a coincidence! I don't have a clue why that's so. Restaurant management schools teach waiters to clear up the table ASAP, in fact to...
  8. News: Re: Famous Thai Temple to Build Separate Toilets for Non-Chinese

    I hope this approach works! And I also hope Chinese tourists tip well! I can imagine the contemptuous attitude that the tour guides could develop against their clients if, despite their attempts to...
  9. News: Re: Famous Thai Temple to Build Separate Toilets for Non-Chinese

    I still cannot imagine the extent of filthiness that these tourists have done in that temple. You would resort to that if there were no properly functioning toilet facilities. But there are!

    I...
  10. News: Re: Famous Thai Temple to Build Separate Toilets for Non-Chinese

    The situation is this bad? :shocked:
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    My Travel Story: Re: Revisiting Thailand (Nov-Dec 2014)

    BON APPETIT!

    It’s meal time all day in Thailand. Thais eat anytime, anywhere-even in most unexpected places. And I mean dine, not snack, because they partake rice and viands, which to me means a...
  12. Re: Teaching In Thailand - How long is the typcal contract?

    True. Some tutors courses teach "what to do when the class falls asleep". And in effect, that's part of some kind of a plan! That's why there are 'energizers' for all occasions.

    But yes, some...
  13. Re: Teaching In Thailand - How long is the typcal contract?

    I have parallel thoughts with your daughter. Having mastery of the subject is not enough to teach it well. Sometimes poor delivery is due to lack of lesson planning. Lesson planning helps you...
  14. Re: Teaching In Thailand - How long is the typcal contract?

    Thanks Khonrai for bringing up some very interesting points- which led me to wonder: How serious is one in wanting to teach, in wanting to teach English as a second language, and in wanting to...
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    Re: working in thailand

    Well, as they say, some guys wouldn't be caught dead marrying a woman old enough to be their wife.

    And no girl marries for money; they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall...
  16. News: Re: Thais told to give warm welcome to Chinese tourists

    I confirm this. A couple of years ago I was with a bus full of Filipino students on an educational trip to Bangkok--everyone of them looked every bit like Asian, some could even pass for Thais--but...
  17. Re: Teaching In Thailand - How long is the typcal contract?

    I suggest you take TEFL course both for accreditation and teaching experience. I assure you it will benefit you a lot. Being a native English speaker, you may find the WHAT TO TEACH part a piece...
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    Thanks for the heads-up, RickThai. I was also wary of that angle. I mentioned your comment ('lack of service') to my friends and one quipped in jest that maybe the airline wants to be on a...
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    I and my friends have made inquiries and are interested to avail of the passes. This is despite my not-so pleasant experience a few years back with AirAsia during check-in for a flight from...
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    You're right RickThai, it's hard to say what would spark interest.

    A thread in a forum can be likened to a mind map topic. It is a cluster of sub-topics where the main ideas branch off the...
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    Re: working in thailand

    In case you missed Billy's initial post, I will quote it below. I think his main interest is to move to Thailand because of certain reasons. ( Yeows asked about this also.)
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    RickThai, that girl must be suffering from Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) - a behavioral disorder characterized by explosive outbursts of anger, often to the point of rage, that are...
  23. Re: Teaching In Thailand - How long is the typcal contract?

    I know some Brits who teach technical subjects like Physics, Horticulture and Automotive--they can't speak Thai! My impression is they use English. I wonder how they cope.
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand

    I know in some places you can't just leave bikes outside the house-they get stolen, especially the expensive types! And so you need to secure them in an enclosed garage.

    I wonder what the...
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    Re: working in thailand

    Hmm, maybe things then and now are the same, but the new inputs given now have somewhat changed your way of looking at them. That's not a bad thing. The more accurate information you get, the closer...
  26. Re: Four Thai beaches voted best in Asia and a hotel in Koh Tao best in the world for

    This is quite possible. I have learned from my recent experience with a Thai hotel which I considered "Terrible" in almost all aspects, but two gave it an "Excellent" rating. Who in their right...
  27. Re: Four Thai beaches voted best in Asia and a hotel in Koh Tao best in the world for

    I am not in a position to give critical reviews on the winning beaches and hotels since I have not been there. But I like to believe that there's something special about them that made them top...
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    Re: working in thailand

    LOL, for a moment I thought of doing it. But I knew somebody else could do it much better than I! :laughlong
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    Re: Best Airports In The World

    Based on my experience (at least three times to use each airport) my own ranking would be -

    1. Singapore (Changi) and Seoul Incheon, tie in first place
    3. Hong Kong
    4. Shanghai Pudong
    5. ...
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    Best Airports In The World

    The airport flyers like best? Seoul's Incheon airport

    Seoul’s Incheon International Airport has been named the best airport in the world when it comes to customer service.

    In a poll that...
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand

    I have the same interest as a tourist-to see the non-glamorized version of the place and how the locals conduct their day-to-day lives. My Thai friends used to wonder why, for example in...
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    Re: Head, heart and soul

    Yes, three weeks of hiding at home. :P

    A common joke here when a person has had a bad haircut- friends would say, "Buddy, where does your barber live? Tell us and we will go beat him up."...
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    Re: Head, heart and soul

    Like this?

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    It's said that if you don this hairdo you should be prepared to have a lot of haters. I am not one of them, but neither I am a fan. I don't feel strongly about it either way....
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    Thanks for that very enlightening explanation. It spells out clearly the subtleties and nuances which we foreigners want to know about these Thai words, us as plain and simple learners who do not...
  35. Visitor Warning: Re: Pattaya Woman Arrested For Exploiting Slow Loris

    That has been my first line of defense. Just continue walking fast, pretending not to understand or being in great rush. Recently I learned a new technique- avoid eye contact.
    This is after I saw...
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    Re: Mia vs Palijawan(sp)

    :offtopic:


    If I were the wife whose husband calls me a term which offends my sensibilities, I'd correct him the first or second time and dismiss it as pure ignorance on his part. But if he...
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    Re: Retirement plans changed.

    Sorry to hear about illness in your family. That could really change plans! But plans in general do often get derailed, and that gives us a chance to fine tune some details.

    It's good to make...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Revisiting Thailand (Nov-Dec 2014)

    THAI HOSPITALITY

    Would I Want to Take Jasmine Rice Home?
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    During the long drive from Sangklaburi our conversation jumped from one topic to another. I was in a state of semi consciousness...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Billy and the Fat Boys go to Chiang Mai.....

    This is a good project. I have yet to see a child who is not fascinated by a dramatic story-telling using attractive pictures. I wonder what children stories are popular with Thai kids- the...
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    I’d love to join one of their walking tours. Three-and-a- half hours of touring, where only about 20-30 percent of that is spent in actual walking, is not hard to do. But even more than that length...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Billy and the Fat Boys go to Chiang Mai.....

    This is the most common mustard type in my area.
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    I like to add it in my version of Tom Yum and other dishes, mixed with fish or eggs. Yesterday I saw some freshly harvested ones and picked...
  42. News: Re: Thais told to give warm welcome to Chinese tourists

    Yeows, are you talking about the nouveau riche, a similar theme in Guava's video?
    :-)
  43. News: Re: Thais told to give warm welcome to Chinese tourists

    Thailand could learn from Singapore in imposing discipline to visiting foreigners. Tourists in Singapore have to comply with stringent rules about chewing gum, littering, smoking, vandalism, not...
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand

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    As JohnB said, these are called "makaam" (ÁТÒÁ), tamarinds in English. They are very common in Thailand and their trees look like this-
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    A tree as mature as this is capable of...
  45. News: Re: Thais told to give warm welcome to Chinese tourists

    I don't want to sound like we are ganging up on Chinese. But I agree with the thinking that many things are cultural, and I want to understand why people are doing what they are doing. So,...
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