Bangkok Phil

Renewing a UK passport in Bangkok

A fairly painless procedure


Like many bureaucratic processes in Thailand, advance preparation is key. In terms of paperwork, it's all about getting your ducks in a row so that the actual application day goes as smoothly as possible.

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Matthew Pape

The worst type of foreigner

Why bash other people's lifestyles and situations?


I live in a closet with no air-con and a fan. I live off of a diet of air, water and noodles. Sure, I can't afford to travel, save for retirement, get my own place and I haven't seen my family for years because I can't afford a ticket to go home and visit them, but I am living the Thai lifestyle man!

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Phil Hall

My first day at school

An introduction to the cast of characters (my teaching colleagues)


It was already 35 degrees in the shade, and the last thing I really needed now was to be doing star jumps and the like. But it seemed that all of the teachers were getting their own dance moves on, and I had to do the same.

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Sam Thompson

The price of ignorance

The recent pollution epidemic in Thailand


I think we should all exercise a bit of common sense. At the very least, be aware of the situation and help make others more likely to be affected (young children, for example) aware too!

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TEFL Course News

February 2018

We've got the best deals from Thailand's leading TEFL course providers


Now is the time to take to take a TEFL course in Thailand if you are looking to cash in on the busy teacher hiring season. It starts very soon!

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Steve Schertzer

Powerball TEFL

Sometimes we have to do what is ridiculous


As I lament the last 20 years of my life in and out of the TEFL industry, I can't help but wonder how I haven't completely lost my mind. Have things in the Powerball TEFL industry changed over the last 15-20 years? It depends on who you ask, who you believe, and what you believe, or choose to believe.

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Stephen Louw

Triggers in the classroom

How to grab attention


Now classroom management is a complex thing, and identifying the reasons for the students' lack of attention is sometimes hard to do while things are descending into chaos. The real issue is what to do about it when it happens.

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Mark Brown

Discipline in the classroom

The 800-pound gorilla no one talks about


On more than one occasion last semester when I was teaching at the local high school I walked out of classes because I wasn't able to control an unruly crowd of 35 teenagers.

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James Humphries

Be honest with yourself

Every teacher has made mistakes - including you!


I've read many teaching blogs down the years and I generally enjoy hearing about other people's experiences. However there is one thing I'd like to see more of - honesty

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Sion Binalon

Music and language acquisition

How music benefits the language learner


Learning language through music helps students' verbatim memory, improves pronunciation, speaks better, and promotes positive atmosphere in learning.

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Adam Crittenden

The benefits of working in an after-school language centre

Extra cash and more teaching experience for starters!


Teaching at an after-school has been a worthwhile experience. If you are willing to build your endurance and self-discipline then you will gain the rewards of more experience and some extra cash to boot.

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Mark Newman

The uphill fight to make a difference.

There are many obstacles in your way that you can do almost nothing about.


There are lots of good reasons why teachers are struggling to get the job done and the good news is that none of them are your fault!

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Blake Sibbitt

I'm very interesting. Please message me!

When language help and correction isn't always appreciated.


A large number of Thai people seem to have a complete inability to be corrected. The advice of "Here's how to say that right" always seems to be interpreted as "you're wrong".

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Joko MacKenna

Monsoon!

Surviving Myanmar's rainy season


I grew up on the west coast of the USA. We get rain, but we don't get thunder and lightning. I love experiencing it now. Don't grouse about it. Enjoy it.

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Mickey Sheehan

The all new 10-year retirement visa

Who is it aimed at exactly?


A buzz of excitement went through the Thailand expat community last week, when it was announced the Thai government planned to offer ten year visas to those over the official Thai retirement age of 50. That buzz of excitement was shortlived however once any street savvy expat decided to delve into the figures and requirements in more detail.

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Peter Clarke

Interesting Thailand stuff - October 2016

A selection of hand-picked Thailand blogs and articles


Johnny Chan

Thai health insurance basics

What are the basic health insurance rules to keep in mind?


Two points to consider are firstly, you must live in Thailand to purchase health insurance in Thailand, and secondly, insurance in Thailand is regulated by the Department of Insurance.

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