Homeless Man Gives Money To The People Who Give

We were all taught when we were kids to always give to the needy and to give something without expecting anything in return. But it's a shame that such norm is no longer being practiced nowadays in some places. 

In America and probably in other countries as well, homeless people are everywhere. They rent their houses and pay for the bills. But when economy struck badly or they lose their job caused by reasons only them know, they are left with no roof to cover them both from the heat of the sun and the cold of the night.

Are people not that "giving" anymore? Watch this guy who usually record prank videos and decided this time to act as a homeless man asking for food or money. What he did to the people who gave was simply amazing.

University Closes After Fatal Shooting

A female student was killed while a male engineering student was wounded after a gunman on a motorcycle opened fire at the bus stop of Rajamangala University of Technology's Uthenthawai campus yesterday.

The shooting occurred close to the pharmacy of Chulalongkorn University on Tuesday at 9:30pm 

According to University deputy rector Suebphong Chumuang, no one knows what the motive of the attack. It still remained unclear. The university suspended the classes for three days out of fear for students safety. 

There were no shells recovered and no footage of any nearby CCTV camera was caught, Chief investigating officer Pol Lt Col Phanom Chuathong said.

Filipino Actor Luis Alandy Became An Overnight Sensation In Thailand

Photo of Filipino actor Luis Alandy or Adrian Louis Alandy in real life made rounds on social network. The photo shows Luis posing as a butcher at a local market, wearing only what appears to be blue shorts with a butcher belt wrapped around his waist.

The photo was first posted by Facebook user Golfsuda Nam and was shared thousands of times hours later. People started commenting as to where the market was because they're going to buy whatever he was selling. 

The popularity of the photo made a spot in a Thai news channel. The anchors revealed that the guy Thai people thought was Thai was actually a model and actor from the Philippines.

New Regulation For Visa Extension (Effective August 29th, 2014)

Please be informed. This is the new regulation for visa extension posted by the immigration.

University Teacher Blackmailed Students Into Sex, Authorities Say

When I was starting out at Rajabaht, my Thai colleague told me so many interesting and shocking stories. One in particular of a shocking story (at that time) was when a lecturer got romantically involved with his student. He was kicked out of the institution and he suffered so much they never heard anything from him again. Therefore, hearing stories of teachers soliciting sex or offering indecent proposals to their students in exchange of a passing grade or similar stuff is no longer new to me. 

Photo: Daily News Online
This is a case of a Thai guy teaching Chinese language to students in Phayao. He was arrested after luring teens into having sexual encounters with him through "Beetalk", a popular chat app.

According to police, suspect Sinchai Kimsia, 37, confessed to blackmailing more than 10 women in Phayao into having sex with him at a press conference today. There were five unidentified victims who came forward to file a police report. The authorities believe the number of complainants may soon rise.
The suspect would ask the victims to send nude photos in exchange for money ‒ as much as THB150,000. Then he will threaten to post the naughty selfies onto social networks and even the victims’ university websites unless they had sex with him, the investigators said.
Sinchai was arrested by the authorities at the university and encouraged the other victims to file a report.

3-year-old girl suffered alleged beating and burning by teen father

A 3-year-old girl whose name was withheld suffered physical abuse from her stepfather. She was starved with bruises and cigarette burns on her face and body.

Nirut Tipmanee who owns Yupin Apartment where the girl, her mother and her stepfather lives, called the police after he saw the plight of the toddler. The girl later told them that she was injured by her 17-year-old stepfather.

"Papa hit me. Papa hit me with a belt and burned me with cigarettes," the girl told the rescue volunteers. "It hurt, and I cried, but my mom didn't help me."

The girl's mother is a 19-year-old convenience store worker, and her stepfather is a 17-year-old mortician at a Sukhumvit Road temple. 

Names were withheld by the authorities from the public pending investigation.

She is just 3-years-old, but what she experienced won't only leave physical scars on her body. She could potentially be afraid forever in her life. If that happens and if the stepfather really did abuse her, he didn't just rob the child of her future. He robbed her of her childhood.

Hooray! A Filipino at last at ajarn.com's "help and guides/cost of living" page

I visit ajarn.com website everyday rummaging for some interesting finds. It can either be a job I can then share here, or inspiring stories to tell. After so many visits, only today I was able to see a Filipino have his own share of spotlight on the sites' "help and guides/cost of living" page. 

He's getting between 45,000 to 50,000 baht a month. As Phil puts it, here's a "guy putting plenty of farang teachers to shame."


Working in North Thailand
Monthly Earnings 45-50,000 baht a month

Q1. How much do you earn from teaching per month?

Mabuhay!! I am a Filipino from Davao and I have been in Thailand for a year now. I am teaching science to Thai rich kids at an international School in North Thailand. My monthly income is 30,000 baht and I get an additional 15,000 baht for teaching at a language school which is owned by the same people who own the international school. Extra classes run from 5.30 to 7.30pm. I occasionally do private teaching as well – usually two hours every weekend and charge 300 per hour per student.

Q2. How much of that can you realistically save per month?

I am saving about 15,000 baht per month and I am also sending money home for my son for his essential needs and money for my parents. This all adds up to about 10-15k baht/month.

Q3. How much do you pay for your accommodation and what do you live in exactly (house, apartment, condo)?

I just moved into a fully furnished house for 5,000 baht a month. It comes with air-conditioning, microwave, kitchenware, etc.

Q4. What do you spend a month on the following things?

a) Transportation

I bought my own motorcycle recently. The deposit was 6,000 baht and I’m left with month payments of 2,350 baht for one year. I spend about 100 baht a week on fuel.

b) Utility bills

I’m expecting to pay about 1,500 baht for the electricity bill as that has been the case in my last two homes in Thailand (both apartments) and I expect to pay less than 100 baht for water. I also pay 600 baht for wi-fi.

c) Food - both restaurants and supermarket shopping

I love eating Thai food as long as it is not too spicy. I spend roughly 3,000 to 5,000 baht a month on eating out and another 2,000 baht on top for regular grocery shopping. I would say food prices here are about the same as they are in The Philippines.

d) Nightlife and drinking

I don’t go out that often and when I do, it’s usually to a friend’s house where a group of us can share the cost of the booze and have a house party of sorts. I would say I spend less than 2,000 a month on good times and partying.

e) Books, computers

I have books which were handed down to me by an American colleague. I was issued with a Mac Pro by my school so I don’t have to buy one.

Q5. How would you summarize your standard of living in one sentence?

I think I would say I’m enjoying a good standard of living here but without spending much.

Q6. What do you consider to be a real 'bargain' here?

Definitely the food. Clothing, electronic gadgets and travelling to other provinces are also very reasonable. And of course how could I forget the cinemas!!

Q7. In your opinion, how much money does anyone need to earn here in order to survive?

I earned 20,000 baht a month in previous jobs and still had a comfortable lifestyle but it wasn’t enough to save anything. In addition, I had no work permit which meant always doing visa runs. For a Filipino, 15,000 baht a month is OK but you will need to tighten your belt if you want to save or send money home. Filipinos are proud to be English teachers all over the world. We may not be native speakers of English but we give our best for our families back home so we can send some cash to them.

Phil's analysis and comment

I read this survey with a mixture of excitement and surprise. Excited because I think it's the first cost of living survey we've done with a Filipino teacher and surprise because here's a guy putting plenty of farang teachers to shame. 45,000 baht a month with virtually the whole weekend off (bar the odd private student) Way to go fella! He's got a fully furnished house, a motorcycle, sends money home to his family, eats well, travels around when time allows. What more could you want? And I'm not surprised that Richard gives his place of work as 'somewhere in northern Thailand'. Free Mac Pro, extra private students organised for him by the school owners, I wouldn't want to give the name of the school away either. Seriously though, I'm sure a lot of people think that Filipinos are all working hard, sending money back home and then surviving on a pittance, but Richard's figures prove that a good lifestyle can be had if you hit it right.