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  1. Best automatic scooter ?

    Depends on needs; but I would take with a pinch of salt what people say about the scooter ride - none of them are very much like motorcycles because the engine sits on the back wheel, and the wheels are generally pretty small . If you want a level of comfort, I would say that on the wave, larger diameter wheels will ride over roads more smoothly than any scooter with smaller wheels - ignore what people say about PCX, it is better than many other scooters but I still find it rather bone jarring when the road gets rough - and when I get onto Bangna trad I think that the Honda wave has a better first cruising speed . Most days, I travel 15 km to send my son to school and then ride back home and pick him up after school as well, when I’m working I do an extra 30 km round trip - distance is not an issue , and when the roads are okay, then scooter can manage Fairly well , but it will not cope with problems with uneven services anywhere near as well as a basic standard 150cc CBR
  2. Best bilingual school in Thailand

    When there was a bird-flu scare some years back, I was 5 months into my KG3 year - with 3 separate classes in separate rooms. The order to cancel aircon before lunch negated my normal plan. English was special time, move tables, close curtains and set up the room for fun and games. Worksheet time (20 minutes at the end) was also fun, and a good opportunity for me to mess around with different styles/methods of completing worksheets and different shading techniques... After the order, we have open windows and kids wondering about the smell of cut grass, listening to strimmers etc. In spite of this, when looking for schools and having explained it clearly to my wife, she still ended up suggesting 'this is a good school, my friends said...'. Most of them look more like prisons!
  3. I'm starting to worry already. After visiting the office for a 'test' and getting messages from mum in her office, I snapped him sitting with his pencil and the office staff had hernias 'ooooh, no no no no photograph'. They also did this when I came the first time - are they paranoid of revealing some super high-secret practices in their boring little offices? The test itself is extremely basic (the same for many schools I imagine)>.. formula questions 'What is your name, what is your nickname'.... He got stuck when they kept asking for his nickname. I call him James because that's his name. They don't seem to understand that not everyone thinks it is necessary to have a name they don't use and then a nickname like 'fat' or 'pig' for everyone else... So he was put under unnecessary stress by this question but handled it okay this time. The next issue is that they wrote out a yellow 'pass' ticket with an appointment date without consulting me, and that date is not convenient. Worse service than a local dentist.
  4. Best bilingual school in Thailand

    Okay, confusion from IEP "Intensive" also being used for "International". It definitely sounds like the 'lesser evil' at 52k per term - about the only option I found palatable so far! After seeing the material used for Anubahn 1-2-3 I'm really not bothered by the loss... The target is fluent Thai with English as first language for further/higher Ed later here or abroad. Media at home is 99% BBC - all stored on a Plex server. He lost a few big jobs this year because his Thai was weak (we are talking 100-200k for media jobs taking 1-2 days) so I'm thinking Prathom 1 bilingual and go inter a year later. The biggest change I see at Sarasas are the sealed air-conditioned rooms - a new trend and something I saw making huge differences in my bilingual teaching history. Sent from my big slate
  5. Thai police seek Interpol help to find Yingluck

    Did they call in Interpol for information on how to find the Courts in Bangkok? Maybe Interpol can arrange training in use of mobile phones to assist in sharing locations and locating friends. Does Yingrak use AIS? Did she have a helicopter on standby in the car-park outside the Courts? Was her case heard on the Army's day off? So many questions... Sent from my iPad using Thaivisa Connect
  6. Apparently the main complaint in that article is introducing gender inequality by referring to her lettuce. Funny that sexism being so prevalent is used againat him. Next up they'll be telling him he should get a real job and stop writing poetry, eh, Prayut?
  7. Best bilingual school in Thailand

    Maybe confused about IEP. It's a Thai programme with 1/7 classes in English - just a bit of conversation etc. Sent from my big slate
  8. It's about the money - 4 strokes revving 8500rpm had half the power and nothing like the rush of a tunes 2-stroke. I had a GT250 That could thrash your CB750 at 1/3 the cost (but double the fuel and 1/4 reliability and #randomised seize factor). Adrenaline. Honda's Blackbird started tipping the seesaw... I always loved 4-strokes so after the VFR750 Pulling 135mph easily the Blackbird and then the GSX-Rs nailed it. Titanium singers- amazing rpm. From 2000 they just started going stupid fast, remember the talk about 100bhp limits? At the time I thought it was a lot... Now I think you can't have too much if it's well behaved.
  9. Sarasas primary / high school Hang Dong

    3 years later - what's the story? I'm in Bangna - just looking at a Sarasas here, they started an 'international program'. The way I see it is this - for a CHEAP international (Thai-Chinese, Thai-Singapore) touted as 'non-profit' - you're looking at a 350,000 fee for Grade 1. Sarasas offers the 'bilingual' with third grade English-Thai mirrored classes at 35,000 and now an 'international program' with 80% English teaching, and the other classes in Thai (Thai language and Thai social studies) not mirrored.... so I'm interested in the 'International' as we can actually afford the 54,000 fee. What we could do with is some honest John that actually works in their new 'International' program who can tell us really what's going on. Just remember the alternatives - outside International schools it seems there aren't any good options that won't break the bank.
  10. Be good to your mums, PM says

    Yes, I see this with my son - when mom is gone he's a completely different animal. Sent from my big slate
  11. Best bilingual school in Thailand

    Sarasas Suwannaphumi has both bilingual and now 'international' program. The inter is new, 54k per term and 80% English. I would be interested to hear from anybody teaching in their international program, but from what I have seen, the prices for just about anything else is ridiculous. One school that I looked at was boasting an IEP, for substantial extra fee, which would include to conversation classes per week in English, to conversation classes per week in tonight, and something else on Friday that I forgotten about it because I was already asleep.
  12. Old fashioned cologne/aftershave

    Those are similar smells, try Kouros. Or is this a wind up? Sent from my iPad using Thaivisa Connect
  13. Just recording offences might start - add publicity for a 'fine share' scheme for catching any manner of antisocial driving. Trouble is then you must prove whose driving - not easy from video. Really, no traffic cops means they support freedom over enforcement. Sent from my big slate
  14. For 3500 there was a fairly decent 30m condo in Bangna a couple of years back whilst most were going for 5000 and freshly fitted or could fetch 7500. 3500 included Daikin air and a bed, clean but minimal furnishing. We found one with a basic kitchen for 4500. Great view, park outside and great cheap food. Sent from my big slate
  15. 3000 up Sent from my iPad using Thaivisa Connect