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    TEFL-ers and bargirls that frequent executive networking events

    I've seen this from my own "executive" days working at an interior design company.

    There are many networking events around town, you know, places where talkative sales persons exchange business cards and the like and the drink is flowing because they decide to hold it at an expat pub or hotel ballroom.

    The point is that you will always see a TEFl-er lurking about under the impression that he can indeed contribute something useful to the executive world of people who hold real degrees and earn real salaries and are most probably on some kind of package.

    When asked for a business card, the card itself will never have the words "teacher" displayed on it. Variations of the word, or speech therapist, proof reader, will be sufficient substitue words to use but in most cases th card will be discarded by the real executive because what the hll use is a TEFL-er to him? One up from a sex tourist in his corporate mind.

    Many International school employees in high positions attend these events and they look far more genuine than their TEFL counterparts and easily hold their own in conversations at these events.

    A TEFL-er will in most cases attend with a friend and be present for the free flowng drink and he will also save a couple of hundred baht when there is a buffet served. He will for the most part lurk in a corner avoid eye contact with any high flying execs for fear of being rumbled. I mean can you imagine a high flying employee of the Canadian Embassy asking him what he does for a living? He'd curl up and cringe at such a question being fired at him.

    The older, veteran TEFL-er will be a rare sight at these places, such is their social standing and dress sense.

    There are also a few younger enthusiastic fresh faced TEFL-ers (early 20s) around these events that are not shy to tell all what their career option or night time activities or neither shy to imbibe one too many bottles of free booze on offer and their shameless behaviour often causes TEFL-ers in general to be considered a class just above that of a motorcycle taxi driver which leads me onto the next "guests" at these gatherings - Bargirls.

    Usually accompanying a clueless executive with only two months here under his belt, the BG will reluctantly become his social companion and attend many functions with Mr.Clueless, completely unaware of the social taboo that many other guests may be whispering about. The lowest case scenario is the TEFL-er who will drag his BG with him when his mate-with-decent-real-job asks him to "come along, lots of free booze"

    You will also see this phonomenon in the social pages of magazines like Big (crap) Chilli, Metro, Thailand Tatler (sometimes) where you see pictures of events like pub openings etc (I saw you Marmite in one magazine about a year ago holding up a pint glass) and the obvious TEFL-er or BG has blagged their way in and is enjoying a night out freeloading. The BG will show dead giveaways of her origins by gyrating to the background music or trying to ask for a Spy Cooler beverage. Her mobile phone will most surely be very busy and she'll be seen standing just outside the door holding her phone to her ear while her other hand covers her mouth.

    Also guilty are the social pictures from the Pattaya Mail paper, where the winners of an expat darts or golf competition are proudly posing for the cameras with what clearly are ladies of the night masquerading as "good girls". I can tell, Can you?

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    What is an 'executive'? - Honestly, I have no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat
    I've seen this from my own "executive" days working at an interior design company.

    There are many networking events around town, you know, places where talkative sales persons exchange business cards and the like and the drink is flowing because they decide to hold it at an expat pub or hotel ballroom.

    The point is that you will always see a TEFl-er lurking about under the impression that he can indeed contribute something useful to the executive world of people who hold real degrees and earn real salaries and are most probably on some kind of package.

    When asked for a business card, the card itself will never have the words "teacher" displayed on it. Variations of the word, or speech therapist, proof reader, will be sufficient substitue words to use but in most cases th card will be discarded by the real executive because what the hll use is a TEFL-er to him? One up from a sex tourist in his corporate mind.

    Many International school employees in high positions attend these events and they look far more genuine than their TEFL counterparts and easily hold their own in conversations at these events.

    A TEFL-er will in most cases attend with a friend and be present for the free flowng drink and he will also save a couple of hundred baht when there is a buffet served. He will for the most part lurk in a corner avoid eye contact with any high flying execs for fear of being rumbled. I mean can you imagine a high flying employee of the Canadian Embassy asking him what he does for a living? He'd curl up and cringe at such a question being fired at him.

    The older, veteran TEFL-er will be a rare sight at these places, such is their social standing and dress sense.

    There are also a few younger enthusiastic fresh faced TEFL-ers (early 20s) around these events that are not shy to tell all what their career option or night time activities or neither shy to imbibe one too many bottles of free booze on offer and their shameless behaviour often causes TEFL-ers in general to be considered a class just above that of a motorcycle taxi driver which leads me onto the next "guests" at these gatherings - Bargirls.

    Usually accompanying a clueless executive with only two months here under his belt, the BG will reluctantly become his social companion and attend many functions with Mr.Clueless, completely unaware of the social taboo that many other guests may be whispering about. The lowest case scenario is the TEFL-er who will drag his BG with him when his mate-with-decent-real-job asks him to "come along, lots of free booze"

    You will also see this phonomenon in the social pages of magazines like Big (crap) Chilli, Metro, Thailand Tatler (sometimes) where you see pictures of events like pub openings etc (I saw you Marmite in one magazine about a year ago holding up a pint glass) and the obvious TEFL-er or BG has blagged their way in and is enjoying a night out freeloading. The BG will show dead giveaways of her origins by gyrating to the background music or trying to ask for a Spy Cooler beverage. Her mobile phone will most surely be very busy and she'll be seen standing just outside the door holding her phone to her ear while her other hand covers her mouth.

    Also guilty are the social pictures from the Pattaya Mail paper, where the winners of an expat darts or golf competition are proudly posing for the cameras with what clearly are ladies of the night masquerading as "good girls". I can tell, Can you?
    No offence Pat but you left school at 16, so weren't you just another wannabe trying to blag it?

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    ^^Pretty much so mad dog but I became a DJ who did pretty well. (by my own lowly standards that is)

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    I don't really get the whole TEFLer as scum of the earth thing... I come from a reasonably well off family and could live here quite well without ever working... I find teaching more rewarding than drinking myself to death... I am not esspecially proud to be a teacher but nor am I ashamed.
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    If you take away the 'tefler is scum' stereotype then quite a few people would have nothing to post about on these forums - they might even have to look at themselves....not Pat of course.

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    What is a wannabe DJ doing at an executive party anyway. Only good reason would be the Christmas disco.

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    A good post Pat!

    I had a brief brush with 'the other' side of working in Thailand when I first arrived and soon found out that the TEFLers aren't the bottom of the barrel here, it's the sponging fast-talking salesmen who haunt the meetings that you're talking about.

    'Networking' is a accronym for finding a way to scam the locals or their expat staff.
    A lot of the 'Robert' Kiyosakis' out there looking for the easy way to make money and they are the falsest people I've ever met.
    No personailty at all just sleazy fuckers looking for a quick buck.
    A few handshakes and earfulls of their patter and you're making a b-line to the nearest Suk bar to hear an honest whore sell you her spiel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poolcleaner

    'Networking' .
    Anyone who brings up the subject of networking are obviously scum... It is a favourite of wannabe s.epos. Good post pc

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat
    I've seen this from my own "executive" days working at an interior design company.
    As usual I am konfused. Every other new and upcoming shop in my 'mooban' seems to be either a place to get your haircut or an interior design company. Most of these shops last about 3-6 months.

    Maybe your experience was different...

    People that tend to go to these events reminds me of an old saying. Birds of a feather tend to fok each other, or something like that.
    Last edited by hillbilly; 14-05-2006 at 05:01 PM.

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    Note that he said "days".

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    In the UK Interior Designer and Estate Agent always rate highest when people are asked which professions they most respect.....No, hold on, I've got the chart upside down....

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    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    If you take away the 'tefler is scum' stereotype then quite a few people would have nothing to post about on these forums - they might even have to look at themselves....not Pat of course.
    That's a truism. Can't give you green Danbo, I need to spread myself around a bit.

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    So according to some of you, TEFLers are lazy, unambitious wastrels. If they had an ounce of ambition, they would be doing something better with their lives. But when they try to improve their lot in life, they are mocked for trying to rise above their station.

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    I have no idea why this post could be of any interest Pat

    ot why you think it only applies to Thailand

    If it is a social observation, it could do with a little more detail, and the reasons why you need to comment on it

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    I'd never networked in my life, in fact the whole fake atmosphere was rather offputting, my boss telling me to "get myself about and hand out cards" which did absolutely bugger all for my so-called "career" as an 'executive' rather than teaching or playing compact discs.

    The bespectacled freeloader europeans who are what I call "networking nazis" are the fucking worst of the lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsquirrel
    What is a wannabe DJ doing at an executive party anyway. Only good reason would be the Christmas disco.
    at least doing the Xmas disco, you get in, set up at 8pm, play a load of crap until 12 midnight then fuck off with 450 quid plus in your hand.

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    Me and marmite went out last night networking, did you know there are still some gogo bars that have gals dancing that cant afford knickers? It was quite a shock, anyway to find this place you need to goto Center Condo, park in there carpark and look for a great big bar, walk thru that and go into the gogo bar behind, it is quite good

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    I've seen this from my own "executive" days working at an interior design company, where I was employed as the night cleaner.
    That sounds better

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    ^^DD That's the networking I was used to...I didn't realise it was in fact having to socialise with twats I'd only ever meet normally if I was kickin fuck out of em in a nightclub

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    ^^DD That's the networking I was used to...I didn't realise it was in fact having to socialise with twats I'd only ever meet normally if I was fuckin em a nightclub

    Really

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    Oh jeez an amusing stalker on my hands

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    Oh how the tables have turned

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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    You mean the shoes on the other foot now? That happened with Captain Sensible too.

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    You tried on CS shoe?

    Why on earth did you do that?

    Or did he just put them on the wrong way round to start with?

    Just make sure you don't start calling people kiddy fiddlers and getting all upset with them

    I am sure the lynch mob could do with a break

    (fuckign hell how many times do I need to edit that to make it read right)

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