Mickey Sheehan

Mickey Sheehan's blog on Ajarn.com


New term conversations

Eavesdropping on the first day of term

So how will the new teachers turn out?


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.


How to write the perfect Thailand travel blog

You can do it. You can avoid all those over-used cliches.

You're seriously missing out if you don't refer to Bangkok as a ‘cosmopolitan melting pot' or ‘an assault on the senses'.


The rise of the pedestrians

Will we ever claim back Bangkok's footpaths?

I've never met Khun Vallop but I'm warming to him already. I'm a pedestrian you see. Not only that but I really love walking. I'll support any man whose first thoughts are for the rights of Bangkok's crazy pedestrians.


All hail the mighty khao pat gai

Boring yes, but never a dish to be underestimated

How many times have I been out for dinner with a group of Thai friends and that enormous bowl of khao pat gai has saved the day?


My take on dual pricing in Thailand

There are some battles you will never win

Few aspects of living in Thailand seem to grind a long term expat's gears quite like the dual pricing system.


Nowhere to sit

Why shouldn't Bangkok coffee shops get tough?

Nothing astounds me quite like other people's selfishness and lack of integrity.


The paradise lost syndrome

Something that affects a lot of foreigners in Thailand

The ordeal was over. The four of us looked at each other, waiting for someone to break the silence. Eventually the three Thais started to chat amongst themselves and ask questions of their own. What was the farang's problem? What had we done wrong to make him so angry?


I don't go to see movies these days

In fact there's a whole bunch of stuff I don't seem to do anymore

It's funny isn't it how sometimes your habits change when you live in a foreign country for a period of time? I got to thinking of stuff that I used to do in the past but just don't seem to do anymore for various reasons.


Know your Bangkok cabbies

Do you know your boy racers from the quiz masters?

For those of us still chancing our arm with the regular Bangkok taxis, here is my guide to the different types of taxi driver who you are sure to encounter at some stage


Say hello to technology related stress

Stress comes in many forms - but how about this one?

There isn't an acronym for it. And there damn well should be. So I'm going it call it TRS. It stands for technology related stress. I can't put my finger on why but TRS always seems different to any other form of stress.


On yer bike!

Is Bangkok's new rent-a-bike scheme doomed to failure?

On the 1st May, Bangkok introduced a bicycle rental scheme, presumably in an effort to encourage more people to go green and to go some way towards reducing the awful traffic jams that have become part and parcel of our daily lives in this city.


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