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  1. She's welcome to punch our ticket anytime! Social media in meltdown over sexy conductress Picture: Manager Online Thai social media - and especially Thai guys - went into collective meltdown when pictures emerged of a stunning bus conductress. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004312-shes-welcome-to-punch-our-ticket-anytime-social-media-in-meltdown over-sexy-conductress/
  2. She's welcome to punch our ticket anytime! Social media in meltdown over sexy conductress Picture: Manager Online Thai social media - and especially Thai guys - went into collective meltdown when pictures emerged of a stunning bus conductress. And her BMTA uniform only served to make this dish look hotter than the spiciest Som Tam.. Everyone was wondering who she was as men clamored to find out what bus they had to get on to click with the woman going "click-click". But it emerged that this hot Thai cookie was not a BMTA worker at all - she was merely working as a presenter for the municipal transport authority. Her name is Nuttapagun Ladee and last year she was named "Miss Motorsale 2016". She comes from Mae Hong Sorn in Northern Thailand and has a bachelor's degree in ...wait for it.......communication arts. She appeared on a website for buses "rotmaethai.com". Source: Manager Online -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-09-27
  3. Locals step up to help after Phitsanulok school suffers staff crisis! Picture: Thai Rath A small school in Phitsanulok in northern Thailand has lost nearly all its teaching staff because of compulsory retirement. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004311-locals-step-up-to-help-after-phitsanulok-school-suffers-staff-crisis/
  4. Locals step up to help after Phitsanulok school suffers staff crisis! Picture: Thai Rath A small school in Phitsanulok in northern Thailand has lost nearly all its teaching staff because of compulsory retirement. But fortunately some locals are responding to calls for temporary teachers so that the students don't miss out on lessons. Pracha Samakhee school in Tha Chang sub-district found itself in a spot when four if its five teaching staff had to stop work this week - the end of September when civil servants reach the end of their careers at 60. This left only the school director Preecha Tunapong who has been desperately putting out adverts for volunteers to work for 5,000 baht a month in the meantime. So far the children have a soldier to teach code of conduct lessons and there is even a monk doing art classes. Hopefully the children will have some other replacements after the upcoming school holidays. Source: Thai Rath -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-09-27
  5. Buriram man has high hopes of getting first prize in lottery back after tickets were stolen Picture: Thai Rath A Buriram man who had his two first prize tickets for the national lottery stolen from his house before he could claim the money still hopes to get his hands on the 12 million baht. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004310-buriram-man-has-high-hopes-of-getting-first-prize-in-lottery-back after-tickets-were-stolen/
  6. Buriram man has high hopes of getting first prize in lottery back after tickets were stolen Picture: Thai Rath A Buriram man who had his two first prize tickets for the national lottery stolen from his house before he could claim the money still hopes to get his hands on the 12 million baht. As is customary in Thailand, Phansak Seuachumsaeng, 31, went to the police on 20th August after he won first prize in the August 16th draw. But subsequently the two tickets were stolen from his house. He reported that to the Bangrong district police too. But in the meantime a couple - believed to be married - went to the national lottery office to claim the prize. On the 23rd one ticket was redeemed for 6 million and the next day the other ticket was also cashed. However, police investigating have found that all 12 million is still in the suspects' account. These people were not named. Phansak was able to prove that the tickets were his because not only did the vendor who sold them to him remember him but he also had the stub to show who bought it. Police are in no doubt that the tickets numbered 715431 belong to Phansak who now feels it is only a matter of time before he claims what is rightfully his. Source: Thai Rath -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-09-27
  7. Thailand Live Tuesday 26 Sep 2017

    to continue: Thailand Live Wednesday 27 Sep 2017 https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004309-thailand-live-wednesday-27-sep-2017/
  8. Midweek rant: Thai culture is one thing – politeness quite another File photo If I walked up to one of those dolly bird university girls in the street and snapped her picture or started making a video there would be trouble. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004308-midweek-rant-thai-culture-is-one-thing-–-politeness-quite-another/
  9. Midweek rant: Thai culture is one thing – politeness quite another File photo If I walked up to one of those dolly bird university girls in the street and snapped her picture or started making a video there would be trouble. I wouldn’t doubt for one minute that my own image and name would be plastered over social media and the police would probably get involved. I’d be Thai public enemy number one – another foreign pest to complain about. I don’t of course – I don’t even ogle…well not much. I’ll keep my eyes and my thoughts to myself. Let’s face it anyone doing so would be harassing others – it seems obvious. So why do people thing they have the god given right right to snap pictures and make videos of my children – and expect me to suck it up as they are grinning and leering, even handling my kids like fruit in the market? I know my offspring are adorably cute “luuk khreung”. I know their skin is white and that is prized, their hair is a bit different and I’m sure we agree they will be models and movie stars one day. But can’t you ask me first before stealing their images and sharing for likes with millions of friends on the internet. I honestly don’t mind that much – but it would be polite to ask. I have always believed that the Thais are a polite people – I read it in a guidebook - and comparing them to people I’ve seen around Asia in particular and the world in general I have no reason to change my mind. So why is it so many think they can do selfies with my kids as if they were their own? Would they do that if the parents of the cute offspring were Thai? I don’t think so. Are they not asking me because they don’t know how to in broken English? Perhaps – but wouldn’t you think that a man with a Thai wife is likely to understand “khor thay ruup noi kha” or words to that effect? Maybe they think that simple sentences in Thai are impossible for any foreigner. Sunday at Dream World was not spoiled as a result. That would be absurd. It was a great day out but got me thinking. It started with those guys who snap your picture as you arrive so they can flog you a crappy plate later. It has happened so often that I don’t really expect them to ask and I don’t buy their wares. In fact, it amuses me that they won’t get a baht and might waste money as a result. He he… But shouldn’t they ask. Later it was the many people all over the park who spent their entire day taking pictures of themselves. Tiring of that and seeing a selfie opportunity they turned to my kids. At least four or five times. I said nothing. I didn’t forbid it. The wife would find it strange – almost rude if I did. I certainly didn’t want to spoil anyone’s day by making a song and dance of it. But weren’t the people rude not to ask? What makes my kids somehow your property to do as you like with? Too often you see Thais hiding behind their culture in situations like this. The culture says we all love children. The culture says we should all be one happy family. The culture says we shouldn’t make trouble, especially in public, for no reason. But doesn’t the culture also talk about “grengjai” or imposing on another person’s feelings? Doesn’t the culture also stress the need to consider the needs of older people to a greater extent? It seems a lot of that goes out the window when a foreigner is involved. It’s fair game! Fair sport! Is it an almighty leap of the imagination to think that I might object to my kids being all over the internet, being shared by all and sundry? I think not. My kids are only one and four but my point is you should ask. If they were older – heaven forbid in bathing costumes at a water park perhaps – then I’d certainly ask you not to. As a teacher responsible for hundreds of children in public on school trips we had a policy. We had to. We’d ask people angling to take snaps not to do so. If anyone did we’d ask them to stop – even delete the image and explain why. If people were suspicious – men at a swimming pool perhaps - we’d have to call the police. Fortunately in my experience it never came to that. Yes, this wasn’t a school trip. I was just having a day out. I kept smiling. But I couldn’t help feeling that at the very least people should have asked. And I was left with a sense that some people had left their famous good manners at home. And thought their behavior was just fine. Is the internet and smart phone era responsible? Rooster -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-09-27
  10. Thailand Live Tuesday 26 Sep 2017

    Couple agrees to remove Buddha images from fence By The Nation CHIANG MAI: -- An American and his Thai wife on Tuesday agreed to remove 36 Buddha-head images from the fence at their Chiang Mai house following a Facebook uproar. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004253-couple-agrees-to-remove-buddha-images-from-fence-at-their-chiang-mai-house/
  11. Couple agrees to remove Buddha images from fence By The Nation CHIANG MAI: -- An American and his Thai wife on Tuesday agreed to remove 36 Buddha-head images from the fence at their Chiang Mai house following a Facebook uproar. With tears in her eyes, Nualchan Sonchanthuek, 34, said she and her American husband, Paul Blum, 68, did not expect the images would generate a commotion and they simply wanted to live their lives quietly in Chiang Mai’s Hang Dong district. Nualchan said she and her husband thought that the use of Buddha heads would just be an artistic decoration, and did not think it would be considered disrespectful of Buddhism. But she and her husband agreed to remove all the heads and workers began to do so on Tuesday, with the work expected to be completed within two days. A picture of the fence with the Buddha images was posted on Facebook by a Chiang Mai resident who voiced concern that it was disrespectful of Buddhism. The post generated a lot of criticism of the couple and prompted district officials to visit the house. The officials instructed the couple to remove the Buddha images within two weeks. Nualchan said her husband initially had refused to remove the heads but she explained to him that the issue was sensitive for Buddhists. She said her husband loved art and had bought many Buddha heads from sculptors, collecting so many of them that he had no place to keep them so he had placed them on the wall and along the path to the house. “At first we thought it was right to keep them like this, but we have to respect the voice of the majority and we will take them down,” she said. “We would like to issue our apology to the public. We just moved here and we did not consult anyone before doing this.” Sergeant Pairin Kawai, a leader of Ban Phae Kwang village, said the issue was sensitive because it concerned religion. He added that when he to the wife to remove the heads, she had replied “thank you” and complied with the order. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30327743 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-09-26
  12. Thailand Live Tuesday 26 Sep 2017

    Bali's menacing volcano puts some tourists' plans on back burner By Nyimas Laula A farmer works in his field with Mount Agung, a volcano on the highest alert level, in the background near Amed on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Reuters) - Clouds shrouded the top of Bali's highest volcano on Tuesday as the risk of an imminent eruption began to persuade some tourists to have second thoughts about visiting Indonesia's paradise island. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004251-balis-menacing-volcano-puts-some-tourists-plans-on-back-burner/
  13. Bali's menacing volcano puts some tourists' plans on back burner By Nyimas Laula A farmer works in his field with Mount Agung, a volcano on the highest alert level, in the background near Amed on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Reuters) - Clouds shrouded the top of Bali's highest volcano on Tuesday as the risk of an imminent eruption began to persuade some tourists to have second thoughts about visiting Indonesia's paradise island. Strong volcanic tremors and billowing white smoke seen over the crater have raised alarm in recent days, prompting the evacuation of more than 50,000 people from villages dotting the paddy fields at the base of the forested slopes of Mount Agung. Indonesian officials have imposed a 12-km (7.5-mile)exclusion zone around the volcano, whose last eruption in 1963 killed over 1,000 people and destroyed several settlements. President Joko Widodo was expected to visit evacuation centres on Bali later on Tuesday. Several countries, including Australia, Singapore, and the United States, have issued travel advisories alerting holidaymakers to the risk. And a hotel operator in Bali said news of the volcano had caused some guests to cancel their plans. "Business is getting low since Mount Agung's alert status was raised to the highest level," said Ketut Purnawata, manager of Dasawana Resort, which is in the same district as the volcano, normally popular with tourists and hikers. Nearly five million people visited Bali last year - most of them from mainly from Australia, China and Japan. Airlines in Australia and Singapore said they were preparing for any possible disruptions due to an eruption, but flights were running normally for now. Virgin Australia and Jetstar, both of which fly to Bali from Australia, said they would carry extra fuel in case they needed to reverse course quickly. Jetstar and Singapore-based budget carrier Scoot said they had been contacted by a small number of customers looking to change their travel dates. "Less than 100 customers chose to rebook to a later date," a Scoot spokeswoman said. Singapore Airlines and its short-haul arm SilkAir said customers travelling toBali until Oct. 2 could rebook or request a refund, while AirAsia said flights were operating normally. Passengers spooked by news of the active volcano also took to Twitter to ask airlines about cancellation options, and several mentioned cancelling their plans altogether. One Indonesian travel agency said it had seen some cancellations from domestic and international travellers. "There will definitely be an impact on (sales of) tour packages but we don't know the figures yet," said Agustinus Pake Seko of PT Bayu Buana travel agency. For now, life was going along largely as normal on the island famous for its beaches, temples and gentle culture. One Spanish tourist, Jordi Portalo, 23, said he was unperturbed by the rumbling volcano. "I think it could happen but...maybe we'd have to stay here a couple more days, so nothing to worry about," he said sitting at a cafe next to a white-sand beach in the Nusa Dua area. Sitting on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country. Many Indonesians live near volcanoes because lava flows can make the surrounding soil and land fertile for farming. Ash clouds from volcanoes and eruptions have disrupted tourism in Bali and other parts of Indonesia in the past. Hundreds of domestic and international flights were disrupted in 2016 when a volcano erupted on Bali's neighbouring Lombok island, sending up columns of ash and debris. (Additional reporting by Jamie Freed in SINGAPORE, Cindy Silviana and Fransiska Nangoy in JAKARTA and Ed Davies in NUSA DUA; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore) -- © Copyright Reuters 2017-09-26
  14. Thailand Live Tuesday 26 Sep 2017

    ADB forecasts strong economic growth in Asian region BANGKOK, 26th September 2017 (NNT) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has forecast that Thailand's gross domestic product (GDP) will expand by 3.5% this year on the back of strong export figures, while government investment policies are expected to lead to 3.6% GDP growth next year. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004250-adb-forecasts-strong-economic-growth-in-asian-region/
  15. ADB forecasts strong economic growth in Asian region BANGKOK, 26th September 2017 (NNT) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has forecast that Thailand's gross domestic product (GDP) will expand by 3.5% this year on the back of strong export figures, while government investment policies are expected to lead to 3.6% GDP growth next year. The ADB cited the country's strong export performance, which is expecting no less than 5% growth, as well as continuous expansion in tourism and private consumption. Although government investment has slowed in the first half of the year, activity is expected to pick up in the second half due to the acceleration in building infrastructural projects. State investment, coupled with a recovery in private investment, is expected to drive growth next year to 3.6%. The rate of inflation has been adjusted down from 1.8% to 0.7%. Internal risks include the general election expected to take place next year, while external risks include currency volatility. Overall, the ADB expects developing Asian economies to grow by 5.9% in 2017 and 5.8% in 2018, higher than originally forecast due to a pickup in domestic investment and recovery in global trade. The region's exports expanded by 11% in the first five months of the year. China's economy is forecast to expand by 6.7% this year and 6.4% next year. India is expected to grow by 7% and 7.4% in 2017 and 2018, respectively. -- nnt 2017-09-26
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