Trees or the lack thereof
Global warming - something horrible is probably going to happen
You don't need to be a genius to see that if we continue the way we are, then the global warming crisis is going to turn out into something we could never have contemplated. Allow me to stand and look around for a moment.
Skeletons splitting the sky
Alternative tours around Ayutthaya
I was given my present class on tour planning and management. It was a good opportunity to try something different. There are some decent day excursion that can be done from Ayutthaya, however hotels and travel agencies are reluctant to offer anything new. Therefore, I assigned my students several unique tours to see if they could be made affordable.
Foreigner moans and groans
I have started to realise that a considerable part of the Western community in Thailand thrives on complaining and grumbling about the way things are done in the Kingdom. Is their moaning justified? Do expats have a right to criticise everything they don’t like about Thailand? Do they have any rights at all?
A bit of culture part one
Loud music and slouching
Now let me first get one thing straight. I like Thailand and I like Thai people. They are very friendly and I usually don’t mind their strange behaviour and views. They say it’s culture. It’s not a problem for me, but the question is: can you handle it? With ‘you’, I mean the newly arrived farangs who are still in the so-called honeymoon period and think Thailand is heaven on earth
No fries with that!
Teachers as mentors and heroes (part two)
As we ESL teachers and TESOL providers--- especially those teaching in financially impoverished countries--- strive to help others to financially improve their "lot in life", are we not, at the same time, helping to turn them into the same capitalist and consumerist pigs that have now permeated Japan, South Korea, and other developed countries?
Lost in transformation
Observations on Korea's Tourist industry
The problem is that Korea has difficulty finding an image that it can advertise to the world to bring tourists in. There are many beautiful beaches, mountains, and temples that are worth seeing. However, many other countries in Asia and Europe also have similar attractions that can heavily compete. Why sacrifice a visit to a topless Greek island, in the Mediterranean climate, to sleep on a crowded Korean beach?
Certificate (4), BA (1), MA (1)
Canadian (male, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BSc (1)
New Zealander (male, 42 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 51 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
American (male, 51 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
PGCE (2), BSc (1), MBA (1)
British (male, 58 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BA (1)
Swede (male, 48 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
MA (7), BA (1), Diploma (1)
American (male, 60 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Certificate (1)
British (male, 40 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1)
South African (male, 52 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
British (female, 53 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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