Wasted teachers

Postbox letter from George Bowman

About two kilometers away sits a rural school lacking in funds and teachers. And I can’t go there and help. For free.


The grass is greener!

Postbox letter from Mike

I had five excellent years living and working in Thailand, but the nonsensical bureaucracy eventually drove me away


New visa rule is ridiculous

Postbox letter from Dr John Smith

In my opinion I find it very difficult to understand the mentality or blatant stupidity of the Thai immigration section in Bangkok. Not only do they rip you off at every turn but now they have found a new way to get money from visitors.


New re-entry permit service at Suvanabhumi Airport

Postbox letter from Del

Although it still states on the Thai Immigration website that the issue of re-entry permits is at the discretion of the immigration officer, a "new" service is now being offered prior to passport control.


The system is in one big mess

Things that seemed like a good idea at the time

It's about time there was an update on the much-criticized teacher licencing laws. Please try not to laugh too loud.


The politics of Babopalooza

The joke is on us

The stress and aggravation of life in Korea for expats can be brutal at times, and that's why it's important to blow off a little steam every now and then. During times like these, most expats simply get together to eat, drink, and complain about life in a society that still views foreigners as less than equal.


A Taiwan and Korea story continued

Noble warriors and the culture of Irresponsibility

It has often been said that a lot of people--- whether it be Immigration officials, those who work in Embassies or Consulates, members of the business and academic community, and many everyday people--- don't want us in their country. Some want to learn English. Many need to learn English. And most parents want their kids to learn English. But many people don't want us here.


Hoop hopping

The dreaded Thai visa procedure

You go to the Thai Embassy in aforementioned UN least-developed-nation-status state and submit your paperwork. The immigration officer then asks you if the school that you’re going to work for is on ‘the list’. Then you say, ‘What list?’ and he says, ‘The list’, then you shrug and he tells you that it isn’t, then you say ‘So why did you ask,’ and he says nothing, and you say ‘What should I do?’ and he says ‘Damned if I care, but you ain’t gettin’ no stinkin’ visa unless your school is on “the list”.


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