People are going crazy about the real color of this dress; Thailand joins debate

People all over the world are going crazy over this eye-tricking photo of a dress posted on Tumblr.

"Guys please help me - is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the fuck out," read the original post yesterday by Tumblr user Swiked.

It now reached Thailand. Thai people joined the debate over the dress on Pantip after user Newnuo started the discussion.

"People at my office are arguing over this! What colors do you see? White/gold or blue/black?"
Most comments on Pantip and from Coconuts Bangkok staff support team #blueblack (the actual color of the dress) while other polls are reporting 70-something percent of people around the world are all about #whitegold. What about you?
Source: Bangkok Coconuts

[Watch] Former Finance Minister of Thailand observes our classes

After the long wait the video of Khon Korn's visit three weeks ago is finally out. I just showed it to both K1 and K2 students this morning and their faces showed happiness and excitement. They were so sweet my heart melted once again.

So without further adieu, here's the video.

If you noticed or at least heard perfectly the conversation during the meet and greet, Khon Korn asked me as to how I got to Phitsanulok. He also asked whether I posses a license to teach in my home country. I already posted my answers on a separate article so if you haven't read it yet, please do so from the link below.


Personal Finance Tips for OFWs In Thailand - How To Achieve Financial Freedom

It all started when I was about to cash out the only remaining 500 pesos cash balance in my ATM account. That was all I had that day to live the remaining seven days of the month before I received my next month’s paycheck. I had to stretch that money out for food and gas, hoping and praying that I would never meet bad circumstances that require spending big amount of cash.

I hate to say that I was living paycheck-to-paycheck. I found myself consistently running out of money before the next payday arrives. Sometimes, I had to borrow money from friends or relatives, take out a cash advance or even loan my next month’s paycheck.

Assessing my situation, it was a disaster for me financially. I came to my senses that my finance was a mess and I thought that this cycle of living paycheck-to-paycheck should stop. I have to act. I have to plan my way out to financial stability and freedom.

My story is not unique only to me. It’s a story that we often heard from friends, coworkers and relatives.

We don’t want to live paycheck-to-paycheck that we need to work with the rest of our life just for money. We don’t want to wake up in the morning, leave our family, go to work all the day long for 8, 9, 10 hours a day, commute back home, get up the next morning and do the same routine all over again until we grow old.

What we need is financial freedom - the freedom to do the most important thing for us without worrying about money so that we can spend our time doing the things we enjoy.

Yes, we can do it and I believe we can. All we need is careful planning and right execution.

I want to share with you the steps that I’m taking right now to achieve financial freedom and I want you also to start doing the same.

First Set up your financial plan. Create a budget to help you plan how to make the most of your income. Then track your spending so that you can figure out where your money is going. Cut unnecessary expenses also.

Second Build your emergency fund. Allocate a portion of your salary for your emergency needs such as accident, health problems, loss of job and emergency needs of your children and the things you need during natural disasters. 

Third – Increase your income. Aside from your regular job, you can also look for additional cash inflow. You just need to be open-minded and be ready to grab any opportunity out there.

Fourth - Save and Invest. Many Filipinos in Thailand know the importance of saving money for the future. But it should not end up there. Saving should be followed by investing so that your money will grow rather than just let it devalued by inflation. There are many investment products that you can choose. But before investing your hard-earned money, you should first invest in knowledge. Read books/e-books about personal finance and investing and attend seminars/webinars conducted over the internet. I have collections of e-books about investing that you can request for free if you want. In my FB page GFT Thailand I always post free webinars that you can attend and learn about money management and investing.

With these four ways that I shared with you, I hope that you have gained valuable information that can help you in achieving financial freedom.

The 10 most unfaithful countries in the world - Thailand tops the chart

A new survey has uncovered the countries in the world where people are most likely to cheat on their partners.

Using data from Match.com and The RichestStatista has plotted the top 10 countries with the highest percentage of married adults who admit to being adulterous.

Thailand is the leader by quite some way, although it is interesting to note that the next nine are all European - including the UK in joint ninth place.

The chart below shows the world's most unfaithful countries according to the website i100.independent.co.uk. Is your country on the list?

A person (especially men) having an affair with someone other than his/her spouse/gf is as normal as eating a pie - at least that would be my personal take the way I see things here in Thailand. I have Thai friends who have girlfriends, others are married, yet they are very vocal about their "giks" (lover, number 2, or something to that effect). I can still recall how one of them said, "It's fun to have a so called play date."

I believe every country has records of unfaithfulness. There's no exception. That said, there are also honest ones and faithful partners in my country, in your country, and Thailand is of no exception!

90 day report is now possible online!

You've seen the title correctly. The Thai immigration confirmed that foreigners wishing to make their 90 day report can do so online without the need to personally visit the immigration office.

BANGKOK: -- Thai Immigration has confirmed to Thaivisa.com that it is now possible to make your Notification of Staying in the Kingdom over 90 Days online! Currently the system only works with Internet Explorer but it will be possible to do your 90 day report with other browsers soon.

Learn more about making your 90 day report online here: http://extranet.immi...7/TM47Action.do or visit Immigration web site for more details: http://www.immigration.go.th/

This is great news indeed! It will save everyone much time and effort. No one's gonna take a taxi or any transportation of choice to the immigration. It can now be done at the comfort of our home.

Hidden camera found inside an air freshener in a women's restroom

In a world where pornography is freely available to all, some still need to see what you’re doing in the toilet. Yes, that is correct! Things are getting a lot more "public" and it seems even the school toilet is no longer an exception.

A women's toilet in Mahasarakham University became infamous after a hidden camera was found in an air freshener by a cleaner who was doing her job  yesterday. The camera was hidden perfectly with its lens peering out through a small opening of an air freshener. 

Photos of the incident was posted by Polasak Bandasak, warning netizens to be careful and vigilant about hidden cameras whenever they answer the call of nature. 

It was highly unpleasant but clever just the same!

List of visa-free countries for Filipinos

How far can your Philippine passport go? GMA Network released a list of countries Filipinos can go to without having to get a visa first.

Seven of the countries are from ASEAN region. These are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, and of course, THAILAND! 

Why I Love Kindergarten (And You Should, Too!)

I enjoyed having a little chat with former Thai Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij when he paid us a visit two days ago. Before the van he was in arrived, I was patiently waiting for him in k2 class and Aj. Lloyd was relaxing with the k1 students.

Mr. Korn had a short meet and greet with the people from Area 1 before we all went straight to the long table to discuss more of the project. And since I was seated next to the former finance minister himself, I was bombarded with questions (som nam na!).

His first question was, "How did you get to Phitsanulok?" I told him that I was in Bangkok for two months before I got the job at Pibulsongkram Rajabaht University seven years ago after they posted the ad at ajarn.com. My answer was met with a follow up question about my degree and if I happen to have a license to teach in my home country. I said "yes" without blinking.  That moment, I had a sudden realization that he wanted to know my credibility as a teacher and if I could really teach. Perhaps he knew about other foreign nationals posing as teachers without a degree in the Kingdom. "We're glad to have you in this project," he then responded. 

In my class, Mr. Korn was just literally sitting on the desk whilst observing. The BlueSky Channel cameraman on the other hand was moving in all direction; capturing a perfect angle for their upcoming news story. Meanwhile, the parents were clapping their hands whenever their sons and daughters answered me correctly. By the way, I taught my students the preposition of place (in, on, under, etc). 

When the short show ended, Mr. Korn asked the students as to where he was sitting. "On the desk," the students said in unison. He clapped his hands once more and said, "Your pronunciation is very clear. Good job." 

His next stop was Aj. Lloyd's teaching demonstration. I didn't see how things transpired because I didn't get in, but with Aj. Lloyd's caliber as a teacher, I think it was way better than I expected. 

I managed to have a photo with Mr. Korn just before he took off. Then he left with a parting message, "The people present are impressed."

My students did everything I told them to do. They showed energy, enthusiasm and most importantly, they showed confidence. I couldn't be any prouder. And their sweetness and innocence? Always melts my heart. 

Perhaps it is safe to say that we can finally move on with our teaching and sleep more soundly as we feel more at ease now; at ease in the sense that all the big men behind the project clicked the "Like" button. They were all impressed how the students improved so much in just three months.