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Cinema (Movies) / Bad Neighbours and X-Men: Days of Future Past
« on: May 22, 2014, 10:15:08 AM »
Thu 22 May, 9:55 am


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BAD NEIGHBOURS

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MetaScore : 68/100

Starring: Lisa Kudrow, Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron

Summary: A young couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.



                                     ***

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Three flavors:  Thai 3D, Thai 2D & English 2D

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MetaScore  :  74/100

Starring: Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage

Summary: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past - to save our future. [Twentieth Century Fox]


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Khon Kaen in the News / Thailand army invokes martial law
« on: May 20, 2014, 08:44:34 AM »
Tue 20 May 2014, 8:36 am

Read the complete story on ThaiVisa.com
 

Thailand's army invokes martial law: military TV



BANGKOK, May 20, 2014 (AFP) - Thailand's army on Tuesday declared martial law across the crisis-gripped kingdom to restore order following months of anti-government protests that have left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded.

An announcement on military-run television said martial law had been invoked "to restore peace and order for people from all sides", stressing that the move "is not a coup".

"The public do not need to panic but can still live their lives as normal," it added.

It was not immediately clear if the move -- which gives the military control of nationwide security -- had been approved by the country's embattled prime minister.

The imposition of martial law risks angering supporters of the government if it is seen as tantamount to a coup.

The dismissal of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra earlier this month in a controversial court ruling has sent tensions soaring in the kingdom, which has endured years of political turmoil.

Her "Red Shirt" supporters have warned of the threat of civil war if power is handed to an unelected leader, as demanded by the opposition.

Anti-government protesters refuse to participate in elections and say Yingluck's Puea Thai party administration lacks the legitimacy to govern.

They are calling on the upper house of parliament, the Senate, to invoke a vaguely worded clause in the constitution to remove caretaker Prime Minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan and appoint a new leader.

The Election Commission said last week that a general election scheduled for July 20 was "no longer possible" as polls could not be held without the support of the protesters.

An election held in February was annulled

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Thai army invokes martial law to quell unrest
by Boonradom Chitradon

BANGKOK, May 20, 2014 (AFP) - Thailand's army on Tuesday declared martial law across the crisis-gripped kingdom to restore order following months of anti-government protests that have left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded.

An announcement on military-run television said martial law had been invoked "to restore peace and order for people from all sides", stressing that the move "is not a coup".

"The public do not need to panic but can still live their lives as normal," it added.

The dismissal of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra earlier this month in a controversial court ruling has sent tensions soaring in the kingdom, which has endured years of political turmoil.

Her "Red Shirt" supporters have warned of the threat of civil war if power is handed to an unelected leader, as demanded by the opposition.

The country's embattled government was not consulted in advance about the imposition of martial law, said Paradorn Pattanatabut, chief security adviser to Prime Minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan.

"The caretaker government still exists with Niwuttumrong as caretaker prime minister. Everything is normal except the military is responsible for all national security issues," he said.

Anti-government demonstrators have vowed a "final battle" in the coming days to topple the prime minister.

Protest leaders now occupy a wing of the government headquarters, holding press conferences in an attempt to show the government lacks the authority to rule.

- Troops report for duty -

In a nationally televised statement, army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha announced that the government security agency overseeing the handling of the protests had been suspended.

"All army, air force and navy personnel should return to their respective units for duty," he added.

Under Thailand's constitution, the military has the right to declare martial law -- which gives the military control of nationwide security -- if urgently needed.

The move risks angering supporters of the government if it is seen as tantamount to a coup.

But the movement gave a cautious initial reaction to the news, saying that it would wait to listen to a full announcement by the army chief.

"With the declaration of martial law the government still exists and the constitutional laws still exist so basically it is not against our anti-coup stance," senior Red Shirts leader told AFP.

Thailand's army previously declared martial law in September 2006 following a bloodless military coup that ousted Yingluck's elder brother Thaksin Shinawatra as prime minister.

The kingdom has suffered years of political turmoil since his overthrow, which angered supporters of the billionaire tycoon-turned-populist politician.

- Political deadlock -

Thailand's military has staged 18 successful or attempted coups since 1932 but government supporters have warned that they will not accept another move by the generals to seize outright power.

Southeast Asia's second biggest economy has been without a fully functioning government since December, disrupting government spending, spooking investors and deterring foreign tourists.

The economy shrank 0.6 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of this year, official data showed Monday -- the first such contraction since 2011.

Anti-government protesters refuse to participate in elections without political reforms first, and say Yingluck's Puea Thai party administration lacks the legitimacy to govern.

They are calling on the upper house of parliament, the Senate, to invoke a vaguely worded clause in the constitution to remove the caretaker prime minister.

The Election Commission said last week that a general election scheduled for July 20 was "no longer possible" as polls could not be held without the support of the protesters.

An election held in February was annulled after demonstrators blocked voting.

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US Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

Security Message

Friday, May 16, 2014


Travel Alert for Thailand - May 16, 2014



The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens of the potential risks of travel to Thailand, particularly Bangkok, due to ongoing political and social unrest. On May 7, the Constitutional Court ruled to dismiss the caretaker Prime Minister and nine cabinet members, and an acting caretaker Prime Minister assumed the role. In March, the same court annulled the results of the February 2 national elections. Demonstrations, primarily in the greater Bangkok area and occasionally elsewhere in Thailand, are continuing, and there have been regular incidents of violence. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large gatherings. Protests may occur in Bangkok or in nearby areas with little or no prior notice. This Travel Alert supersedes the Travel Alert issued on February 14, 2014, and will expire on August 19, 2014.

Political demonstrations in Thailand have taken place regularly since early November 2013. Most protest activity has occurred in the Bangkok area, often around government, shopping, and tourist sites, but on occasion there have been smaller demonstrations in other areas of Thailand, including Chiang Mai. Although many protest activities have been peaceful, violent incidents involving guns and explosive devices have occurred at or near protest sites. Some have resulted in injury or death. In Bangkok, anti-government protests have been mobile throughout the city, with large numbers of demonstrators at times swelling quickly and closing major roads and intersections. The majority of the demonstrations have occurred in the vicinity of Thai government facilities and at major intersections. These have included Ratchadamnoen near Government House and Victory Monument, Lumpini Park, Pathumwan, Ratchaprasong, Sala Daeng, and the Government Center at Chaengwattana. Pro-government demonstrators are also maintaining a rally site on Aksa Road in western Bangkok. There is often reduced or no police presence at protest sites, where protest “guards” frequently control access.

On March 19, the Royal Thai Government invoked the Internal Security Act (ISA) in the province of Nontahburi, the district of Lad Lumkaew (province of Pathumthai), and the district of Bang Phli (province of Samut Prakan). The ISA is currently effective through June 30 and grants security forces additional authorities to set up checkpoints and restrict movement.

U.S. citizens are cautioned that even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid protest sites, demonstrations, and large gatherings. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to local news media reports. You should allow extra time when travelling throughout the city or to/from airports. Consider using public transportation.

U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Thailand are strongly advised to enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) https://step.state.gov/step/. U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in case of an emergency.

Unless otherwise indicated in a public announcement, the U.S. Embassy is open for all routine American Citizens Services by appointment. U.S. citizens needing emergency assistance do not need an appointment. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy (http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/service.html) is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok, and can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049, or by e-mailing acsbkk@state.gov. The Embassy's after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.

The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai (http://chiangmai.usconsulate.gov/service.html), located at 387 Wichayanond Road in Chiang Mai, is also open unless otherwise indicated. The American Citizen Services Unit of the Consulate General can be reached by calling 66-53-107-777 and by e-mail at acschn@state.gov. The after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-81-881-1878. You can also follow the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok's American Citizen Services Unit on Twitter for further updates.

Current information on safety and security can also be obtained on travel.state.gov http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html or by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's Country Specific Information for Thailand http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/thailand.html. Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html as well as the Worldwide Caution http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/travelgov and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/travelgov as well.Sat 17 May 2014, 5:02 pm

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Cinema (Movies) / Godzilla 2014 and Haunt
« on: May 15, 2014, 05:41:23 PM »
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GODZILLA 2014 !!!

On 3 screens; Thai 2D 3D, and English 2D

MetaCritic.com
MetaScore :  62/100

Starring: Aaron Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins

Summary: The world’s most revered monster is reborn in a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless. [Warner Bros. Pictures]

Rex sez:  The reimaging some years ago with Matthew Broderick was a disappointing piece of crap!  How the hell did Godzilla fit into those subway tunnels, anyway? The trailer for the 2014 version looks very promising, sets just the right tone.  Maybe be a nice payoff?



And here is the 1956 trailer for the original Godzilla, King of the Monsters!



                 *****

HAUNT


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MetaScore :  33/100


Starring: Harrison Gilbertson, Jacki Weaver, Liana Liberato

Summary: An introverted teen sparks with his new neighbor, and together the couple begins to explore the haunted house that is family has unknowingly just purchased.


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Cinema (Movies) / OCULUS and 13 SINS
« on: May 08, 2014, 06:08:33 AM »
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Thu 8 May 2014, 6:02 am



13 SINS


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MetaScore 44/100


Starring: Ron Perlman, Mark Webber, Pruitt Taylor Vince

Summary: Elliot Brindle is a bright, meek salesman, drowning in debt - and desperate as he's about to marry the love of his life. Upon receiving a phone call informing him that he's on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks to receive a sum total cash prize of $6.2M, Elliot dismissively follows through with his first two instructions: swat the fly that is currently bothering him, then eat the fly. With thousands of dollars suddenly appearing in his bank account, Elliot remains skeptical, though comforted by the knowledge that he can stop playing at anytime if only to lose every penny that he's won. Trapped into the horrors manipulated by unseen spectators, Elliot's need to complete the game escalates as the tasks grow more extreme, to a devastating point of no return.


 

                          ***********

OCULUS


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MetaScore: 61/100

Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff

Summary: Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force—unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again.


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Open discussion / Affordable Housing in San Francisco
« on: May 01, 2014, 04:23:12 PM »
Thu 1 May 2014, 3:59 pm

Hi ForumMates,

I happened to catch a feature on Fox Nooze this morning about some cities (in this case, San Francisco) attempt to provide affordable (sic)  housing via a new concept, "Micro-Apartments." As the name suggests, these apartments are very small, 220 Square Feet (or 20.44 Square Meters).  Think two parking spaces to get a sense of how small that is!  If you are familiar with apartments in Thailand, you know that 30-35 Square Meters is a standard small size, and is about the smallest I would consider livable on a long-term basis.  Add a balcony, and you get your standard 45 Square Meter Bangkok or Pattaya condo.

What developers are doing in some cases is converting six-unity apartment buildings into 24-unit "Micro-Apartments" or "Mini-Condos."

But cities are crowded these days, space is at a premium, and real estate is v. expensive.  So, at least these little boxes are affordable, thank goodness!  Only US$1,600 per month! 

I lived in San Francisco for ten years until 1984, mostly in the lower-Nob Hill area, very charming and very affordable (really!) for average working stiffs. 

I wanted to have all kinds of snappy remarks to make about this . . .  but it leaves me speechless, and just grateful that I can afford to live in Thailand with a bit of dignity and even luxury, where as the best I could do in San Francisco would be a refrigerator box in an alley in the Tenderloin.





220 Square Foot (20.44 Square Meter)
"micro-apartment" in San Frnacisco
http://www.wired.com/2012/11/san-francisco-micro-apartments/

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Cinema (Movies) / Rex's thoughts about Railway Man
« on: May 01, 2014, 02:57:53 PM »
Thu 1 May 2014, 2:19 pm






Railway Man is a beautiful film.  I am surprised it got such luke warm review overall.  Granted it is slow-moving (very), and quietly intense, and probably does not have broad commercial appeal.  However, it is extremely thoughtful, sensitive and well-done.  It is a "real" movie and we get damned few of them these days.  The film explores universal themes of human cruelty, the horrors of war, suffering, redemption and forgiveness which everyone can relate to. It also gives us a window into posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at a time when little was know about it and no treatments were available.  None.   It also happens to be a fascinating story about some horrible incidents in a nasty little corner of World War II that no one would remember at all if it were not for the 1957 Hollywood hit "Bridge on the River Kwai" which paints a much more rosy picture of the terrible crimes committed there.


As Screamer says, definitely well-worth seeing. Get it on DVD if you miss it in the cinema.


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Cinema (Movies) / Amazing Spider-man 2
« on: April 30, 2014, 11:03:46 AM »
Wed 30 Apr 2014, 10:52 am



Spiderman has the entire cinema entangled in his web!   On 4 screens; English 2D & 3D and Thai 2D & 3D.  






I wonder how many bzillions of dollars the film industry has collectively spent making movies about comic books?  There seems to be an insatiable appetite for this kind of entertainment, which I find mildly diverting . . . sometimes.  I was never much of a consumer of comic books as a kid, and never became a geeky-hip collector as an adult. I do wonder what historians will say about all of this in 100 years.

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Mind-Body / Hari Om Yoga Studio class schedule for May 2014.
« on: April 29, 2014, 10:22:43 AM »
Tue 29 Apr 2014, 10:19 am

Hari Om Yoga Studio
Khon Kaen
May 2014 Classes


Kru Fon


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Cinema (Movies) / Brick Mansions and Railway Man
« on: April 25, 2014, 07:49:52 PM »
Fri 25 Apr 2014, 7:15 pm

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BRICK MANSIONS

MetaCritic.com
MetaScore : 38/100

Starring:
David Belle, Paul Walker, The RZA

Summary: In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when drug kingpin, Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city.



RAILWAY MAN

MetaCritic.com.
MetaScore  :  59/100


Starring: Colin Firth, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jeremy Irvine, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard

Summary: Eric Lomax, a World War II British Army officer who was captured and forced to work on the notorious Death Railway, sets out to find those responsible for his torture.




Quote
Rex Sez: Surprising that this one got mixed reviews.  It is a thoughtful, complex, emotionally intense.  Wonderful actors and film makers.  It took forever before they were able to get it made.  Definitely only list for next week, although I reckon you wouldn't lose much seeing it on DVD. Let us know what you think

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Holidays & Festivals / Thailand Holidays 2014
« on: April 25, 2014, 10:58:48 AM »
                   Thailand Holidays  2014
Wednesday 1  January New Year’s Day
Friday 31 January Chinese New Year’s Day
Friday 14 February Makha Bucha Day
Sunday 6  April Chakri Momorial Day
Monday 7  April In Lieu of Chakri Momorial Day
Sunday 13 April Songkran Festival Day
Monday 14 April Songkran Festival Day
Tuesday 15 April Songkran Festival Day
Wednesday 16 April In Lieu of Songkran Festival Day
Thursday 1 May National Labour Day
Tuesday 6 May Coronation Day
Friday 9 May Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day
Tuesday 13 May Visakha Bucha Day
Tuesday 1 July Bank’s Mid Year Day (I not stop)
Friday 11 July Asarnha Bucha Day
Saturday 12 July Buddhist  Lent Day
Monday 14 July In Lieu of Buddhist  Lent Day
Tuesday 12 August H.M. The Queen’s Day
Wednesday 8 October End of Buddhist Lent  ;Day
Thursday 23 October Chulalongkorn  Memorial  ;Day
Friday 5 December H.M. The King’s Birthday
Wednesday 10 December Contitution  ;Day
Wednesday 31 December New Year’s Eve

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Relationships / Keep yer woman in line!!!
« on: April 24, 2014, 08:46:35 AM »
I am picking up on a thread from the other Khon Kaen Forum, this one with a lot of rhetoric about how falang have to "lay down the law" and keep their women folk in line.  One bright bulb cites what he believes to be an axiom :  The one who "pays the freight" sets the rules, therefore it is only natural that the falang is the one to do so in relationships.

My high-horse reply:

Thu 24 Apr 2014, 7:58 am

I am letting this thread continue because I think it is instructive in rhetoric,  not because I or the Forum endorse the silly generalizations used to arrive at dubious conclusions.  Generalizations are problematic, especially when they are pronounced without any evidence to back them up.  When that happens, we call it  "opinion," which like assoles, everyone has, and everyone is entitled to.

Much of the impetus of the Womens Movement--admittedly running out of steam these days--was to empower women economically and professionally so that they do not feel forced into relationships with controlling men because of economic disparity. Maybe some women don't realize what they are getting into; selling their soul and their cultural integrity  for a Hondo Nuevo. However, in reality, this sort of dominant-submissive relationship rarely works out very.  Anyone you make dependent upon you "may" feel initial relief and gratitude . . . which will grow over time into resentment and even hatred.  Murders happen this way, and leave observers scratching their heads because they are naive about the internal dominant-submissive dynamics of the relationship. Dominant-submissive games are fine in the bedroom, if that is what you are into, but are destructive and dehumanizing if they represent the scaffolding that supports a relationship. In places like Thailand, women "take the money and run" and everyone blames them, concludes they are nothing but gold digging bitches taking advantage of the wonderful falang who gave them "everything."  Then it gets generalized to  "all Thai women" are nothing but god digging bitches.

Of course, some of what I am saying is generalization . . . which one should NEVER indulge in.  Hehehe . . .

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!!! Culture Shock !!! / Books about Culture Shock
« on: April 23, 2014, 01:30:40 PM »
Wed 23 Apr 2014, 1:26 pm

Hi ForumMates,

In a long thread on that other Khon Kaen Forum , two excellent books were mentioned, and I added my thoughts to the mix:

Unless "Thailand: Culture Shock!" and similar have been significantly revised and updated recently, you need to take a lot of the stuff in there with a grain of salt.  "Thais Mean Business" is another good one.  The title is misleading, it has as much more to do with general cultural issues than with business, and it's slant is in many ways superior to "Culture Shock . . . " in my opinion.   But it suffers from the same problem of being dated.  With "globalization" and other powerful forces, cultural world-wide is changing so rapidly, books such as "Culture Shock . . ." really need to be online rather than on paper so they can be refreshed and updated as needed.

For example, in or or both of the books I mention here, the authors talk about Thais not saying "Thank you" as frequently and as effusively as falang (and Japanese), and that this cultural difference can lead to (unnecessary) conflict and misunderstanding. The explanation for why this is so is interesting.  However, clearly this is not the case any longer, and my theory is that due to globalization, and cultural exposure over the past 20 years, Thais have adopted the Western mannerism of showing gratitude often and freely. If anyone disagrees or has a different theory or explanation, I would love to kick it around.

In any event, these culture books I think are very helpful if taken with a grain of salt, especially if you mentally preface every pronouncement with "Traditionally Thais did such and so forth . . . but many Thais no longer follow that behavior or style."

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Discuss Health & Wellness / Electric heating pad in KKC
« on: April 23, 2014, 12:52:26 PM »
Wed 23 Apr 2014, 12:41 pm



Hi ForumMates,

I realize that this type of item is often hard to find in Thailand, let alone KKC.

Just got this eXeter Thermo Pad electric (moist) heating pad at a pharmacy in KKC.  No gotti at Boots, Watson or PF :o{



We got this at Pharmacon Health Center on Na Muang, opposite Number 1 Bar (Tel 043-237-277) for 1,585 THB.  I little pricey, but a seemingly v. good product with does the job.  2 yr guarantee.

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Discuss Employment / Jobs for falang in hotel industry in Thailand?
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:33:28 PM »
Mon 21 Apr 2014, 5:18 pm

Hi ForumMates!

A member on another forum, a farang, is seeking work in Khon Kaen (although this would apply to most "upcountry," non-Bangkok locations, excluding the resorts.  He describes himself as near to completing a bachelors, a Dutch/British national, native English speaker, with proficiency in German, as well as some Spanish and French.  He is hoping to find something outside of Bangkok in trade, marketing, HR, hospitality or SCM.  Quite a tall order!  And as this is a perennial topic, it is worth raising again here.  My answer on that other forum appears below, but first let us get it out of the way: Unless you have very high-level, technical, or other type of specialized skills (where a Thai cannot be found to do the work), you employment opportunities in Thailand are pretty much limited to teaching English.  Of course, if you have the finances and the "right stuff" there is always the option of starting a business, albeit not usually a very wise choice.  Anyway, here is how I responded.  Please contribute to the discussion and add your own experience and take on the subject.

                                     ******

 
Many educated  locals seeking a professional career would prefer to work in KKC, however the realities of the marketplace force them to leave family and friends and familiar surroundings for the "Big Mango."  The same can be said for anyplace "upcountry," I suppose.  Resorts (Phuket, et al) would be more pleasant than Bangkok, and certainly would offer more possibilities than KKC.

You say that you could probably get a job in Bangkok with relative ease, but you don't say what you base that assumption on.  Being multi-lingual would definitely help, but I am sure, but many Thais  have the same  "smattering" of languages as you do, plus the fact that they speak Thai! What do you have to offer that they do not? I am not trying to be difficult; it is just that (legally) you are not supposed to do a job that a Thai can do as well.   (Good) jobs in the hotel and hospitality industries are highly coveted, and there is a lot of competition from falang as well as Thais who have your skills.  Clearly, hotels are the place to start your job search, but you had better find some way to distinguish yourself from the competition and bring something to the table that a Thai does not. The principle of the laws concerning hiring falang are about not competing with Thais who can do the same job, and staying out of protected industries such as agriculture, and retail, and a long list of others.   Non-teaching jobs for falang are definitely limited, not only in terms of availability and competition, but in terms of what type of jobs non-Thais are allowed to have legally.

Sorry to come across as negative.  Other falang have managed to crack this nut.  Perhaps you can too with a lot of ingenuity and persistence.

Good luck.

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