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  1. Dont know- I must admit. On the one hand the car appears to turn without indicating, while on the other the biker is riding fast and undertaking- 50/50. Certainly nothing that merits outrage. And quite possibly the biker is driving recklessly.
  2. Cure for acne - over the counter?

    Only Sheryl can comment on the availability of said drugs, and, probably more importantly, Thailands policy on treating acne. Since the drugs can have side effects, and acne sufferers are not suffering from a disease then some doctors may be reluctant to prescribe I suppose. However, the antibiotics in question will undoubtedly be available just about anywhere including the local pharmacy since they are used in a wide range of diseases and infections.
  3. Cure for acne - over the counter?

    I'm only guessing but this should fall in to the remit of a public hospital, and depending on treatment the cost may be much lower than anticipated. The antibiotics used for instance are really quite cheap, and a doctor's consultation will only be a few hundred baht. It may be that stronger treatment will be necessary in which case I'd guess a few thousand baht tops.
  4. Cure for acne - over the counter?

    Adult acne is only similar to teenage acne. There can be an underlying hormonal imbalance which may stop well short of being a clinical problem. There are some very effective treatments ranging from antibiotics to treatment with roaccutaine (I think it is called). Both courses can have side effects and it is imperative that they are medically supervised. A doctor might also prescribe a topical cream like retin A, which prevents the dome of a spot from forming, and has an ability to tackle some scarring issues. Mild cases may respond solely to a better diet, and a good health regimen, which would include stress control, but your friend is another matter. There is a great deal of hope here for your friend. With luck the solution could lay with one of the cheapest, oldest and safest teracyclines such as doxycyclin. Good luck, but she probably won't need it with good, standard treatment.
  5. Poor really are getting poorer in Thailand

    This is indeed how it works imo. Moreover, it is not a physical theft as in a scam, or burglarly- it's just undervaluing labour. Quite often people target the poor, with their underlying belief being that the economic system works for everybody, particularly those who try. It may be the case that one can criticise a peer for being lazy, stupid, etc, when all things are equal, but to blame the poor for their predicament is quite wrong imo, as they are victims really.
  6. Poor really are getting poorer in Thailand

    None of the postings so far countenances the notion that the great capitalist dream - every one a winner- could very well be ending as we know it! In countries like UK, USA it relied on growing debt, rabid consumption with environmental impact, and ever increasing population base. As we are now seeing, for someone to be very rich it is also necessary for thousands of others to not to be.
  7. Poor really are getting poorer in Thailand

    Partly true, but rather over-simplistic! Most true poverty involves the elderly, rural, or in some way handicapped, and it isn't a case of 'get on your bike'.
  8. Poor really are getting poorer in Thailand

    We know this already, but those in power seem not to recognize this, or simply don't want to do anything about it.
  9. 6 Year waiver is up. What can I do?

    It's because, unlike most countries, there does not seem to be an appreciation of the difference between state qualified teacher and ESL instructor; many on this forum (not you) seem to struggle with the difference too. Perhaps many think this way because their experience is Thai-centric. But if you think about it, this basic failure to understand the difference is the heart of the confusion, and it is the Thais that are out of step with USA, UK, Oz, etc. The two are quite distinct in the UK- an ESL instructor can not step foot inside a state school, and there again it is perfectly possible to teach in an appropriate establishment with just a CELTA. TESL establishments are simply ancilliary to main schools, are optional, or vocational specific. They provide a useful, but limited role that the national curriculum can not provide. Arguably, ESL teachers are better equipped to teach in these environs, because of the more casual approach, and also because the CELTA is a vocational qualification. I'm puzzled as to why the Thai authorities think that a farang with a post graduate qualification would then decide to stay within the state system. He/she would still not be recognized as a state school teacher, and would undoubtedly be falling well short of the wage levels the new qualifications would indicate. Logic would dictate that someone with a PGCE for instance, would be seeking employment at an international school, rather than slogging away for chump money. Thus, all that is achieved is that a teacher is lost, and no doubt replaced by a newcomer less qualified and experienced. Moreover, because this teacher may have nothing but a degree, he may be no teacher at all!
  10. Probably Brits are a little less liberal in their application, ie, they watch where they are going and drive with a sense of self preservation.
  11. It's a strategy that is often applied to make an example of someone. Generally, there is a heavy penalty. Different variations involve teachers working without a permit, and bringing an ecigarette in to the country. Next month, someone might be caught doing the same and just be fined a token amount. There is no rhyme or reason- the police know that uncertainty causes a great deal of insecurity.
  12. Yes, but he's right about the authorities interpreting some laws the way they want. Mostly it's about small stuff and nobody challenges. To my mind though, the internet is largely a safe haven when there is no actual Thai client, or the delivery of a product for instance.
  13. Phil Neville is driving me nuts

    Me too. I think he could do with being more involved in the game, perhaps as a coach, or manager in the lower leagues. I find him hysterical- in the wrong way!
  14. Yes, I think there would be a 'good citizen' reward. In that case, I'd rather be a bad one.