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About TechnikaIII

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  1. The people who make these rules are, let's face it, not very intelligent. I am seeking to do postgrad studies in other cultural issues, but having second thoughts ( and third, and even fourth thoughts ) ... because I refuse to be judged by the ignorant. The officer who assesses me needs to be educated in something other than just taking bribes.
  2. I will believe that the police are serious about anything other than whatever they can do to supplement their income, namely that their efforts in combatting the road carnage reflect in: 1. A dramatic drop in road accidents. 2. Fines issued for speeding. 3. Corrupt cops who prefer to take bribes instead of issuing fines. 4. Multiple speeding offences resulting in the confiscation of vehicles 5. Multiple traffic offences resulting in imprisonment. 6. Both the driver and company manager of a passenger vehicle exceeding speed limits to be with fines and imprisonment and cancellation of licences to drive and permits to run a passenger service.
  3. Many are understandably patriotic. A young lady who I tutor in English occasionally recently failed the Army entrance exam and was very disappointed. (Note: "was") She says she wants to serve the country. So I told her that all is not lost because there are many ways she can serve the country, and in ways where she can have more control over her actions. Her eyes widened and she listened as though it was the first day of the World. Well, encouraging the use of initiative is not in the Thai education agenda. As most of you are aware, the education system is lacking in many areas, and it certainly fails in teaching the increasingly more important English language. When I pressed her, she said that her 'English teacher' couldn't speak English, and when asked various questions on grammar, the teacher would simply refer my student to Youtube. (deep sigh) We talked about all the possible avenues she could pursue, from education to environmental protection, whatever I left her house that day, a smiling and alive young woman .. with a tough road ahead of her, but with more promise. However, she likes the uniform she wore as a cadet .. needless to say ... and she has a 'boyfriend' who's in the army, ( another sigh) I said: "If it's the uniform you like, there are many positions which require you to wear a uniform. Have you ever thought of working for an airline?" ... Now she's thinking. Actually really thinking, but her mother is fond of the 'boyfriend' even though he's more than twice her age, and she gets to see him one every six months. (Maybe she'll get over that one.)
  4. When she says it's not about the money, it's about the money.
  5. The PM shamelessly pushes for coal-fired power stations in Krabi and other southern provinces. The environmental damage from these will be irreparable, whereas Shinawatra 'crimes' are merely yesterday's ablutions. Money is recoverable. Every act of environmental damage pushes the world closer to the abyss. The PM shamelessly gags public protests and media discussion on his agenda.
  6. What an absolute ****hole. I can only hope he gets a very long sentence, with treatment befitting the crime. Sickening ...
  7. TechnikaIII

    Car import - worth an attempt?

    In a heartbeat, I would order one of these but would prefer not to risk having it in Thailand for many reasons, quite aside from the exorbitant 'jealousy tax'.
  8. TechnikaIII

    Missing home

    There's nothing 'unreal' about the tomatoes I get in my village, and the onions grown locally are delicious. It is all so good that I have no need to seek out your New Zealand produce. I don't need it and am happy to patronise the local farmers.
  9. TechnikaIII

    Missing home

    Can you cook? I eat Thai food 90% of the time then make the occasional Western-style meal, anything from an omelette to the occasional casserole. A local stall has fresh tomatoes often enough, even potatoes! But I need to travel great distances to find real olive oil and pasta. But it doesn't matter that much. I'm much healthier now which is better. Seeing this sort of news from Australia seriously pisses me off: "Supermarket demands for unblemished fruit has led to a high level of waste in the tomato industry, .." The tomatoes I buy are visually imperfect but are fresh and taste better than most supermarket produce anywhere.
  10. Then their best hope is a sister who hooks a farang. In the West, we talk about "skeletons in the closet". In Thailand, you need to watch out for the unemployed brothers lurking in the rubber plantation. Your new mother in law will instruct your wife to extract money to support her male siblings. Your lovely new wife-to-be may seem too good to be true. Well, there is always free cheese in the mousetrap.
  11. TechnikaIII

    Big is beautiful at Nakhon Ratchasima pageant

    She runs a bakery, .. and eats all the leftovers? Other countries use that as an ingredient in pig food. And she willingly traded health for Bt10,000 in cash, a trophy, and some bananas.
  12. Well, that's fair enough. And as for criminal record checks, you should get one for any Thai you intend to employ. My ex-house cleaner, when she gets out of prison, will have a criminal record for theft in the special category: "Stealing from the employer." I have nothing to hide, but she and her dropkick, wimp of a husband will. ... However, fingerprints, iris recognition, whatever, are all valid tools in the screening process. They are needed now more than ever.
  13. Yes, well, let's not separate the tour operators from the 'care-free' tourists. It takes two to tango. 1. A real government capable of delivering on environment issues. 2. A nationwide awareness campaign. 3. An International awareness campaign ... There are several environmentally sensitive areas around the world whose access is strictly controlled. The reefs need to be added to the list.
  14. Abso-bloody-lutely. Cheers to that TVGerry.
  15. TechnikaIII

    Road carnage: January death toll goes through the roof

    All in the absence of good governance, ... generation after generation after generation. No road safety education. No credible police force. Fatalism and the culture of bribery.