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    Wow, only ever seen S.Korea in movies.

    Keep up the good work mate.

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    Great stuff.

    Amongst the teachers ... any you would?

    (sorry for the lowest common denominator)

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    Matthew's happily married

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    What's the skinny there, Matthew?

    Thought you were headed for a farang-land return and then...
    *boom,* you're a meeguk saram 미국 사람.

    ㅋㅋㅋ

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    Matthew's happily married
    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    would
    Key word there, Pat.

    It allows for conditionals and other 'what if' scenarios....not to mention, guy talk.

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    ^ Yep ... 'would' is correct.

    Me? ... fun to conceptualise, complicated if you do.

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    ...all those pics and not one Korean drunk throwing up...*cough*: expando-waist pants aren't generally available here...

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    Nice pics op...doesn't look like you've missed many meals lately, does it?

    You can always see if one of your ex-clown outfits still fits and Kindy it up for 60K+ a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    Nice pics op...doesn't look like you've missed many meals lately, does it?

    You can always see if one of your ex-clown outfits still fits and Kindy it up for 60K+ a month.
    Aww,. Look at the little anonymous girl having a pop. So sweet.

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    Lighten up you jaded old fart stain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...*cough*: expando-waist pants aren't generally available here...
    Heh. Well, I now plan to spend the first couple months not working...and we've just watched Toon Bodyslam complete his south-to-north Thailand charity run so I'm inspired - I hope to get healthy and maybe even slim down a bit by Songkran. :P

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    Hey-yo Matty. Do what you going to do. Best wishes in the New Year.

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    Best of luck Matty! Hope all is well with you and Apple. I may be seeing you in a year or so. (pb)
    Keep us updated.

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    Been in country for nearly two weeks. Thailand TESOL was pretty much as expected. Best part was meeting a few teacher-folk I've known online for years who were in town from other parts of Asia. We then went up to CR (nice), Mae Sai and the Golden Triangle (lovely, away from the border/tourist traps), and CM (so many Chinese tourists these days, wow). Train down to BK tomorrow and some logistics there before heading down home PKK province. I don't know why I feel the need to update this forum on my itinerary. :P

    Most interesting, maybe, is a person's emotional experience coming back to Thailand after a while. I've been noticing plenty of negativity coming up; mostly feeling wary of 'starting over' as a traveller, since that's the atmosphere I've been popping in and out of these last couple of weeks. Farangs haggling fucking 30B songtaew prices and shit like that. I wanted to sneakily strangle a few of the weaker ones, pick them off the herd.

    Maybe there's a deeper anxiety, too, about how I'm *actually* starting over here job-wise (don't have one lined up yet), etc. One thing I wonder about is how I'll feel about teaching Thais again after 6+ years in diverse, often intensely motivated/aspirational language classrooms in the US and doing a lot of teacher-training. I may keep doing teacher training, but I doubt I'll start there right off the bat.

    Anyhoooooo...off to buy some fisherman pants and eat a banana fucking pancake.

    Some of you I know if real life...watch out, I'll (eventually) hunt you down and buy you a Riceberry Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew View Post
    One thing I wonder about is how I'll feel about teaching Thais again after 6+ years in diverse, often intensely motivated/aspirational language classrooms in the US and doing a lot of teacher-training.
    ...begs the question, I suppose: knowing what you do about "education" here, why come back to work in the swamp? Wouldn't occasional vacations to see the in-laws suffice? What happens after the inevitable cultural stultification sets in? I suppose the top-tier international schools offer some respite...but still...compared to what you've been doing?
    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...begs the question, I suppose: knowing what you do about "education" here, why come back to work in the swamp?
    Haven't you heard? our own swamp is being "drained" and I feared I was next on Trump's deadly nickname list!

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    Wouldn't occasional vacations to see the in-laws suffice?
    To be honest I'm just as okay with occasional vacations to see the ol' flesh n' blood.

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    What happens after the inevitable cultural stultification sets in?
    You mean it won't be enough to build my annual kratong bigger and beautifuller each year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew View Post
    I wanted to sneakily strangle a few of the weaker ones, pick them off the herd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew View Post
    Maybe there's a deeper anxiety, too, about how I'm *actually* starting over here job-wise (don't have one lined up yet), etc. One thing I wonder about is how I'll feel about teaching Thais again after 6+ years in diverse, often intensely motivated/aspirational language classrooms in the US and doing a lot of teacher-training. I may keep doing teacher training, but I doubt I'll start there right off the bat.
    you will fit right in, it's like teaching to special needs kids, or full retards

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    ^ I never go that far, but I get your drift. It's important to remember that additional languages are inherently difficult. To learn AND to teach.

    I've seen a lot of kru farang go all in on how irretrievably useless their students are. Then you watch them teach...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew View Post
    Then you watch them teach...
    ...true, probably because so many have fallen into TEFLing as a survival strategy and have never had nor bothered to acquire appropriate teacher training...and since local schools will hire almost anyone not in an iron lung to "cover" classes, and since the MinofEd is staffed by non-educators, non-administrators and, essentially, non-thinkers, education in the swamp continues to torture students on a daily basis...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thailandbound View Post
    Hope all is well with you and Apple
    She was smokin cute if I remember correctly.

    Welcome back to THE DOOR Matthew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew View Post
    I've seen a lot of kru farang go all in on how irretrievably useless their students are. Then you watch them teach.
    You are in the TEFL industry, Matty. You will see all kinds of teachers and ways they teach. Use your own methods and style.
    If you want to see better quality, then get into an upper tiered international school. However, I don't think you have a teaching degree, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thailandbound View Post
    You are in the TEFL industry, Matty. You will see all kinds of teachers and ways they teach. Use your own methods and style.
    If you want to see better quality, then get into an upper tiered international school. However, I don't think you have a teaching degree, correct?
    It's official, you've reached new depths of ignorance....

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    No Shit. ^ Beyond belief. Soon we will be accused of stalking her...

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