Israeli Ambassador to Thailand, leaders of the Democrat Party to visit our project 'English for all" in August

The Israeli Ambassador to Thailand His Excellency Simon Roded, is going to visit Phitsanulok on Tuesday, August 4, to witness personally the project "English for all" we started last year. 


Mr. Ambassador will be joined by Thailand's former Premiere Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thailand's former Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij, and the former Members of Parliament (MP) of the Democrat Party.

From left: Korn Chatikavanij; Quinton Quayle, the former British Ambassador to Thailand; and Abhisit Vejjajiva on the London Summit 
I am starting to feel the pressure once again knowing that our project is starting to go international - I meant with an international audience :)

The program will be hosted by yours truly and since I'm not so sure about doing stuff formally, the pressure is getting bigger.

After their school visit, the team will head straight to Bangrakam district to observe the dripping irrigation, another project of the party concerning agriculture.

PS: Dr. Warong told me that he's also thinking of inviting the Philippine Ambassador to Thailand soon so as to create a partnership that will strengthen the ties between two countries. If fate will work on their favor, there will be about 13,000 teaching jobs that their party would like to push. He made it clear that Filipino teachers will benefit the most.

Goodbye Free Bus and Train Rides: Government Halts Operation

After seven long years of providing free fares on many buses and trains particularly in Bangkok area, the long-running "temporary" program of the Ministry of Transport will soon kiss commuters goodbye.

According to the cabinet the service will halt its operation at the end of October to save money, as it has been a "heavy financial burden."

Starting in November, the elderly, disabled, and children under 12 will pay a half-price fare while students in middle school (Mathayom 1 - 3) will pay one-thirds, and high school students will pay two-thirds, Coconuts Bangkok reported.

(Video) Man who was texting while driving rammed his motorcycle into a truck

"Don't text while driving," a simple expression yet all too difficult to practice - for some. According to a statistic if you text and drive, you're 23 times more likely to have a car crash. Texting while driving is absolutely a magnet for accident. 

This is proven to be true when a man from Nakhon Sri Thammarat who was caught on CCTV playing with his phone whilst riding his motorcycle, rammed it into a pickup truck parked alongside the road.

The video footage was shared by Ratchanee Watcharamusik, a tea shop owner in Ta Yang market. She said the incident was caught on her shop's security cameras. Her sharing of what happened is her way of warning the public to be more careful. 

The man was seen holding his phone using one hand to control the steering wheel before he rear-ends the pickup truck, damaging it. 

He admitted he was going through his contact list and the distraction cost him thousands of baht paid to the pickup truck's owner. No one was injured, Coconuts Bangkok reported.

Texting while driving has become the number one driving distraction for many people. If you're driving, keep your attention on the road and not to your mobile phones or electronic devices. We need to be aware of the dangers of texting while driving.

ภาพวงจรปิด! ชายมัวแต่เล่นโทรศัพท์ขณะขับมอเตอร์ไซด์สุดท้าย พุ่งชนท้ายรถกระบะที่จอดอยู่ริมทาง นางรัชณี วัชรมุสิก เจ้าของร้านขายน้ำชาบริเวณ สี่แยกตลาดท่ายาง อ.ทุ่งใหญ่ จ.นครศรีธรรมราช นำภาพจากกล้องวงจรปิดมามอบให้กับผู้สื่อข่าวเพื่อเผยแพร่เป็นอุทาหรณ์ โดยพบว่าเป็นภาพขณะที่ชายคนหนึ่งกำลังขับขี่รถจยย. มาตามเส้นทาง โดยควบคุมรถด้วยมือข้างเดียว พร้อมก้มหน้ามองโทรศัพท์มือถือ เจ้าตัวไม่ทันระวัง ส่งผลให้รถพุ่งชนท้ายรถกระบะที่จอดอยู่ริมทาง จนได้รับความเสียหาย เคราะห์ดีที่เหตุการณ์ในครั้งนี้ไม่มี ผู้ได้รับบาดเจ็บ หลังเกิดเหตุผู้ขับขี่รถจักรยานยนต์ต้องชดใช้ค่าเสียหายให้กับเจ้าของรถกระบะหลายพันบาท โดยชายคนดังกล่าวยอมรับว่ามัวแต่ค้นหาเบอร์โทรศัพท์ขณะขับขี่
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Man in Chayaphum province rose from the dead, calls himself the son of Death

A man in Isaarn is making waves after he rose from the dead and declared himself as the son of Death.

On Wednesday Anan Boonjiam, a 32-year-old native of Chayaphum province, was pronounced dead at Wang Nam Kiew Hospital. But just as his relatives were to move his body to the temple three hours later, he woke up to say hello.

Anan, who spoke with an Isaarn accent before he died, surprised his family when he started speaking in a clear central dialect, Coconuts Bangkok reported.

Photo: News Connect
And if everyone present was unable to react when he said he didn't remember any of his family members, think about his 37-year-old wife Netnapa Kraisantier. Netnapa was in deep shock. However, Anan quickly explained everything. He said he's not the same old Anan, but instead another man named Karn.

Karn, he explained, died 932 years ago. He tried to enter heaven but was unsuccessful thus, Death adopted him as his son before reincarnating in Anan's body-vessel on Saturday,

In a country where reincarnation is believed, it was no surprise when Netnapa and his family accepted and believed Anan's story.

Facilitating English Workshop to School Directors and Deputy Directors - My Personal Experience

One of the perks of working in a university which I personally want to constantly transpire, is to be invited in facilitating workshops or something similar to a variety of learners. They can be students, government and private employees, hotel staff, school teachers, etc..
Left to right: Dr. Somsak, Ajarn Andy, Dr. Siriwimol, myself, Dr. Taweesak, and the director of the directors - Ajarn Kittipong
I trained in two separate occasions elementary and secondary teachers in Sukhothai province on how to make learning fun using interactive games and activities a few years back. I was also invited to conduct a workshop to primary school teachers in Phitsanulok about accent reduction (ex. reading the IPA) and the difference of British and American English. These activities not only make me busy, they are also a good way to socialize, impart something I know, and expand my network. 
School directors in action
But the biggest so far was the workshop we did for two weekends this month. The first workshop was with the staff/admin officers of Phitsanulok Educational Service Area Office 39, followed by school directors and deputy directors of secondary schools in Phitsanulok and Uttaradit on the second weekend. I admit that their presence intimidated me at first. I thought they won't take orders since they were the ones who sit in the highest positions of their respective schools. But lo and behold, they were actually "game." They even cracked jokes during the session. I became more of myself a few minutes later and enjoyed every second of it.
nag mo-moment na ako
We "forced(sorry for lack of a better term) them to speak and use polite expressions in greeting people in English; how to receive visitors; asking questions, etc.. Some of them thought it was a refresher since most of the time they don't have a chance to speak English due to busy schedules. Others on the other hand learned something new and promised to not be scared when a foreigner comes to their school or ask them questions. Although I'm skeptic that they won't wave people who speak English away when they ask them questions, it was still nice to hear coming from their mouths that they won't. I have a feeling it was a promise made to be broken :)
But the happiest part of it all was to see them smiling and using the target language when they communicate to other participants. They said they were happy and learned a lot during the workshop. They also said that if there will be another workshop, they would be glad to attend if we are the facilitators. 

Is a 90 day report necessary if you are planning to leave the country

Foreign nationals who are working and holding non immigrant visa are required to either appear for a 90-day report at the immigration office or send their notification online. That means you can stay in Thailand during the duration of your visa but must report to the immigration every 90 days for them to know whether you're still in the Kingdom. It's a must and shouldn't be taken lightly. Failure to do so will result to a fine of 2,000 baht flat fee.
But what if you would like to leave the country and go somewhere else before your scheduled 90-day report? How's that work?

It's not a problem if you fly out of Thailand before your scheduled appearance at the immigration. When you return from your trip the 90 days clock is reset to your day of arrival being Day 1. Start counting again so as to know when your next 90-day report is.

The 90-day report has a window of plus or minues 7 days so you can be up to 7 days late and there is no consequence.

If you report online then you can do the report up to 15 days early but not 1 day late.

Therefore, your old 90-day slip from your last immigration visit which bear your next scheduled report is now nothing. Forget it. It no longer holds importance.

Airport immigration don't care about the 90-day report.  There is no fine for a late 90-day report at the airport. You can actually remove the slip from your passport, for all they care. You only pay a fine at the airport if you overstay your visa.

Note: This is open to revision. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Client shows how Sky Cable customer service representative handles complaints

Sky Cable is in hot water after one of its clients posted on Facebook a video of himself talking to the cable provider's customer service rep which didn't end well.

On the onset of the video the client was seen talking on his phone to the CSR. The client started calm. He told the CSR that he already made a call a day before. But because he did call many times asking to cut his line if the signal didn't come back (poor connection as it suggests) and most of the time nobody answered him not to mention the phone bill, the tone of his voice changed. He said he was transferred many times yet his complaint wasn't addressed - and those who were able to answer his call were rude. 

The client who uses Tito Mike as his Facebook name wasn't done expressing himself when suddenly, a voice recording was heard. He was put on hold without letting him know.

Comments on the video started to flood with a certain Reynald Jaspe Pintor defending the CSR.

But another commenter insisted that it's the CSRs fault.

The video was first uploaded by Tito Mike on June 26. It was then shared by TeeFM on June 30. At the time of writing the video garnered 9,525 likes and 2,486 shares.

Who really is at fault? Watch the video below.

Four Farangs share in Thai why they love Thailand

While Thailand can be sometimes difficult to deal with especially Bangkok's heavy traffic, some foreigners are actually oblivious of this. 

The Land of Smiles offers them a sense of belonging, peace and happiness; something they always miss and look forward to whenever they're in their home country. For them, Thailand is home!

For more than 7 years of living and working in Thailand I consider the kingdom as my home, too. It was a witness when I met my wife, when my daughter was born, and when my career as a university lecturer reached its full swing (at least that's how I feel today).

Perhaps you feel the same way I do just like the four foreigners speaking in perfect Thai as to how they developed a sense of belonging in Thailand. It was nice to see them say good things about their home, my home - our home!

“A house is about the construction but if you ask me what home is, it’s all about the feeling,” American dude “Luke” says.

Who wouldn't like the friendly and hospitable Thai people? The amazing food from dusk till dawn? These are just but a fraction of the many wonderful things about Thailand.

“We cannot choose where to be born, but we can choose where to live, and I choose Thailand,” Mina from Germany says.

Yes, the kingdom has its share of bad stuff too just like any other country in the world. But I personally believe the good stuff outweighs the bad. After all, home is where peace and happiness abounds.

I found my peace in Thailand. Have you?