Welcome to Bang Sue
Life on the outskirts of Bangkok
“You live where??” I usually receive looks of concern from my students when I tell them that I live in the neighborhood of Bang Sue, about an hour away from our school. From my friends, I receive childish giggles. Yes, I get it. Ha Ha. Many people wonder why I would live so far away from my job and my friends.
Thailand: the land of smiles and helpful hands
Even in the darkest moments, people genuinely want to help
We soon realised that something more serious was going on. A knife appeared. A big, scary knife. Things start to feel a bit more real when there's a knife involved.
Renting apartments and condos in Bangkok
It's all about deposits
Every year Thailand, and of course Bangkok, become an increasingly popular and attractive place to emigrate to for the first time expat. Attractions include the relaxed way of life, the access to international fare - particularly if you live along the BTS or MRT system in Bangkok and of course the delicious and healthy local food.
Here's the full list
I guess they are just observations on life as a foreigner in Thailand. They've given some people a laugh and many folks seem to have identified with a few of them. It's all just a bit of fun.
Thailand vs China?
Which country comes out on top for a TEFLer?
I taught English in China for 9 years. Every day I remember something bad that happened to me on a regular basis in China that never happens to me in Thailand. Here is my opinion of the two countries if you put them up against each other - from the point of view of an English teacher of course.
Teaching in the sticks
31 cool and awesome things about living and teaching in rural Thailand
Before we get into the list I just want to mention that everything is written in good fun. Expats and Thailand veterans will understand more than first timers. Certain sentences and parts reflect my own specific experience more so than the general one. Some of it might come across as sappy, but I've had a very positive experience in Thailand and the glass is half full for me.
The ajarn.com guide to renting a house
When you've had quite enough of apartment living.
For those getting tired of apartment life and the world and its uncle knowing your business - then perhaps renting a house could be the answer. It's not going to be the easiest thing you've ever done - but nothing is impossible.
The perfect neighborhood
What ten things are most important to you?
For some people it would be a good selection of restaurants, for others it might be a movie theater or perhaps a park or a choice of well-stocked supermarkets. What's most important for you when selecting a Bangkok neighborhood?
The Venice of the East
How Bangkok's waterways could improve your life no end
Any reader who has lived in Bangkok near a canal for any length of time, will know not only how efficient and inexpensive the system is, but also how unappreciated and unused the system is by expats in general and how they could easily benefit from cheap, reliable and extremely quick transport around Bangkok.
The ties that bind
The strain of living miles away from ailing parents and loved ones
Listening to family members tell you about their serious health worries never ever makes for a pleasant telephone conversation and I'll admit to putting down the phone on such occasions and becoming a little emotional. You can offer all the support you can over the phone or even via Sype webcam but nothing ever beats being there with them in person.
Certificate (7), BA (1), MA (1)
American (male, 49 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 45 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Dane (male, 42 years old, native Danish speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (18), Diploma (1)
Filipino (male, 23 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), MA (1), Certificate (1)
American (male, 58 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), MA (1)
Filipino (male, 29 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BSc (1)
Australian (male, 55 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), Diploma (1), BA (1)
South African (male, 57 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BSc (1)
American (male, 41 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Cameroonian (male, 34 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Ajarn.com was started as a small hobby website in 1999 by Ian McNamara. It was a simple way for one Bangkok teacher to share his Thailand experiences and pass on advice. The website developed a loyal and enthusiastic following. In 2004, Ian handed over the reins to Phil Williams and 'Bangkok Phil' has run the ajarn website ever since.
Ajarn.com has grown enormously and is now the most popular TEFL site in Thailand - possibly even South East Asia. Although best-known for its vibrant jobs page, Ajarn has a wealth of articles, blogs, features and help and advice. But one principle has always remained at Ajarn's core - to tell things like they are and to do it with a sense of humor. Thailand can be Heaven or Hell for an English teacher. It's always been Ajarn.com's duty to present both sides of the equation. Thanks for stopping by.
Will I find work in Thailand?
It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.
The dreaded demo
Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?
What are the most common mistakes that teachers make when they are about to embark on a teaching career in Thailand? We've got them all covered.
Can you hear me OK?
In today's modern world, the on-line interview is becoming more and more popular. How do you prepare for it?
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Renting an apartment?
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