Hua Hin Immigration clarifies rules on foreigners carrying ID

The meeting in Hua Hin yesterday regarding  the requirement for foreigners in Thailand to carry ID with them at all times was unclear. What IDs should foreigners really have to carry? Is Thai Teacher's license good to go? These are the questions some of my friends asked me.

In order to seek further clarification about this, has today met with Pol.Col. Thanasak Vongluekiat, Superintendent of Prachuap Khirikhan and Phetchaburi Immigration.

Pol.Col. Thanasak Vongluekiat confirmed the following:

1. By law, all tourists and expats nationwide are required to carry their original passports with them at all times. There is no exception to this. Failure to carry your original passport may result in a 2,000 THB fine. The reason behind this is that Immigration needs to keep track of overstayers and foreign criminals who may be staying illegally in the country.

2. The information provided at an Immigration meeting yesterday was unclear. The correct information, which has always been the case, is that no other forms of identification are acceptable. This includes any other form of photo ID, such as a Thai/foreign driving license or a photocopy of your passport.

3. Immigration does not provide any kind of ‘stamp’ verification on a photocopy of a passport as announced at the meeting yesterday. Therefore, you are required to keep your original passport with you at all times as per point #1 above.

Malee apologises for fungus-tainted juice

I was a fan of Malee juices sold from big supermarkets like Big C and Tesco Lotus to local and small stores across the street. I used to have a small cartoon of orange juice everyday before I go to my class. But when I found out they have fungus in a carton of tomato juice, I'm kinda like having a second thought if I'm gonna try to have one again.

A report from Bangkok Post said that Malee Sampran Plc, the maker of Malee fruit juices, has apologized after a customer found a fungus in one of their tomato juices.

Photos of the fungus (above) were first posted on Thai online forum by a member who was later identified as Kathatorn Assawajiratthikorn, deputy chief of Channel 7's news department. 

Mr. Kathathorn said he bought the carton juice in a department store. The fungus later appeared when he squeezed out the carton's last few drops.

"Later I thought it was probably some kind of fungus because after I dried it in the sun, it appeared wilted. If it was rubber, the condition should remain the same," Kathathorn told Isra News Agency.

A "micro leak" or tiny puncture might be the reason for the fungus to grow inside the box. The air could get in, but the juice couldn't escape. The oxygen could have encouraged the growth of microbes inside the tomato juice carton, the company said on their website.

The company speculated that the puncture might have occurred during transport or a retail employee might have dropped the carton. 

Well, Malee juices are nice. I personally preferred them to other juices sold at the market. The company's speculations as to how the box was punctured could be true and I am not tarnishing their reputation. This might also be a random situation that only happened to that particular box. I wish it was, but...Sigh.

Immigration: Aliens must now carry valid ID at all times, report within 24 hours

Thaivisa posted on their site that an exiting law is going to be enforced from today in Hua Hin. From now on, tourists and expats are required to carry a valid photo ID at all times. They also learned that immigration is likely to enforce this nationwide.


Valid ID's are:

- Thai Drivers Licence
- Passport original
- Copy of passport verified and stamped by Hua Hin Immigration.

Failure to do so will result to a fine of 2,000 baht.

A Few Reasons Why I Prefer Teaching Adults

Teaching at Pibulsongkram Rajabaht University here in Phitsanulok continues to help me in improving my craft. For almost 7 years now, PSRU is the only academic institution where I'm able to use full-time the degree I got in the Philippines. Just so you know, after my college life I left my island province of Palawan and tried my luck in the bustling city of Makati. I worked there for a year handling calls that originated mostly in North America.

Anyway, PSRU is more like a community university serving the community in more ways than one. I've been sent several times to do teacher training courses in neighboring provinces, organized Ecamps for both highschool and university students, and gave lectures to staff of the faculty of Engineering at another university to name a few. 

Me with the kindergarten students
Last month, however, foreign teachers including me were invited to teach kindergarten students. I found teaching kids really enjoyable. They're nice and sweet. They also give you a hug in a moment you least expect. And most importantly, their smiles can melt a heart and their innocence can give peace. But I also must admit that teaching an hour to them is more tedious than teaching adults for three straight hours. LoL. As much as I enjoy teaching them, it is truly a far cry from what I am accustomed to.

If I were to choose between the two, I prefer with no question handling adults. I am more of myself and totally in control whenever I'm standing in the presence of people already working. I personally feel that I am more of an effective teacher to adults as opposed to kids. With kids your patience should really be on top of anything else. And just like your mobile phones, energy should be fully charged. 

An Impressive and Creative Ad on Facebook

So many people are posting their ads on social networking sites such as Facebook. From time to time, you'll see them appearing in your news feeds. But do they normally tickle your fancy? Were the words used led you to an amazing imagination? I bet not.

Let me just share what I saw on my feeds just now. It sure looks like the others out there. But haven't you noticed the wordings? It's impressive and very creative.

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So what do you think? Did you enjoy reading?

Darren Espanto Won the 2014 The Voice Kids Philippines

Right... I really thought the competition was over and that he already won the title. Blame it to Choneth Mahipos Magayon who posted a screenshot of Darren singing an OMP ballad with a caption that says "Si Darren na". Blame myself as well because I fell for it, thinking that Si Darren na signifies that the singer from Canada bagged the first ever title of 2014 The Voice Kids Philippines. I didn't get the feeling that it was just his turn to perform. Gullible me, eh?

I did a quick search and yeah, they are still performing at the time of this writing. It appears I am not alone. Even you fell for it.