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  1. Yes, can report the park is open again.
  2. Good luck with that. Will require 24/7 attendance of BMA staff to keep the vendor mafia out.
  3. Get some legal advice. You may options through the courts. Sorry, no actual experience with this. The TV lawyers might shed some light but an actual lawyer might be more useful.
  4. Given the very low capital gain on property in Thailand, combined with very poor or almost non-existent planning controls. I really believe it is best to rent. Even in a Moo Baan it is possible for residents to open bars and restaurants in the community itself and there are plenty of examples of that. Inevitably they decline as more and more residents refuse to pay common area fees. It is very common. Rent and if/when things start to decline simply pack up and move on.
  5. All the best with it. You have obviously thought long and hard about it so good luck!
  6. Wildwillie89 you sound like someone with the very best of intentions. It sounds like you are an Aussie and no doubt concerned about the costs of living in Australia, especially Melbourne. If I may I'd like to share some experience of the Thai school system with you, both public and private. Both of my daughters attended a private Thai school from Kindergarten through to late primary school. By Thai standards it was a good school. Well qualified teachers, good facilities and resources. Unfortunately that was where the good ended. It was all form and no substance. The emphasis is on how it looks and not how well it works. The class sizes were ridiculously large, sometimes as many as 45 kids in a class. That's not teaching, that is crowd control. The pedagogy (teaching system) is heavily embedded in what is known in the 'reproductive mode of learning, otherwise known as rote-learning. The kids are treated like parrots or performing seals. The content is also very poor. In terms of history, geography, social studies etcc. , it is all taught as if Thailand is the centre of the universe. You child will be able to recite the names of all the Thai monarchs and their great victories over the Burmese and the Khmers (very dubious history there) but will know nothing about the great civilizations of Greece or Rome, the industrial revolution, the Ottoman empire, the two world wars etc. The timetable will be disrupted by mindless marching up and down the playground and kowtowing to visiting officials. And on it goes. At the end you will have a child who cannot think for themselves and has a very myopic view of the world. Of course there will be exceptions. And I'm talking about the Thai private schools. My experience with the Thai public school system comes from a medium term project with eight Thai government schools in a large provincial town. The project revolved around teacher training and capacity building. If I thought things were bad in the private system they were tenfold worse in the public. All of the above amplified and then exacerbated by poorly trained, poorly paid and poorly treated teachers. This combination resulted in teachers being very poorly motivated. And then there are poor facilities and resources. The other big difference is that at least in the private schools the parents tend to be assertive and put pressure on the school management to at least try and do some things well. I worked with school administrators and teachers over a three-year period and feel I have a reasonable knowledge of what was going on and where the priorities lay. The thing about Thai schools is that they are designed to keep the populations docile, compliant and to not rock the boat, not to think for themselves. If I had my time over again I would have probably have put my kids straight into an international school (which is where they are now) or have home-schooled them up until age nine or ten and then put them in an international school. They are both teenagers now and look back on their time at the Thai school with bemusement. The whole family breathed a sigh of relief when they changed schools. I neglected to mention the three hours of mindless homework assigned every night - to a five year old! Good luck to you and I hope it goes well but I would be re-thinking my options if I were you. That pastoral utopia you speak of may not look the same after a couple more years there.
  7. Why on earth would you send your child to a Thai school?
  8. Oskars on Sukhumvit Soi 11 have some great bartenders - they really know their stuff. They make all the classics very well and also some pretty interesting 'fusion' cocktails
  9. Have kids at NIST. I'm a big fan of IB as I think it gives a much more rounded education than IGCSE - but that is probably just a matter of opinion. I also like the fact that NIST is whole of school IB and is not offering some kind of hybrid program as many of the international schools here do. Enquiry-based learning, a hallmark of IB, also has a lot going for it. A couple of things to look at when considering an international school here; Class sizes - anything over around 22 -25 kids per class not so good. Teacher turnover rate- high teacher turnover is probably a bad sign. Percentage of Thai students versus non-Thai - pretty obvious problem there Look at the average school pass mark - for example the global IB pass mark is around 33 - at NIST it is 36 Where are the graduates going - look at their further study destinations - usually a good indicator of quality of education % of school fees spent on teacher salary - at NIST it is around 76% - that is pretty high and reflects a school's priorities - if very high % is being spent on capital works then you are just paying for the furniture - so to speak. just a few thoughts - my top three would be ISB, NIST and Bangkok Pattana - not necessarily in that any order.
  10. A dinosaur system. Run by dinosaurs. The Thai education system is so utterly broken that it is hard to know where to start to try and fix it. And yes, I had both of my kids in that system for a while. A decision I will regret for the rest of my life.
  11. Hi-So behaving badly in Bangkok. Oh what privilege. I'm sure an appropriate amount of tea-money will sort this out. Just another example of the parlous state of law enforcement ad justice in this country.
  12. You know you've been in Thailand too long cease to be bothered by cleaning lady mopping around your shoes while you take a find it quite acceptable to put ice in your put chilli on virtually everything, even toast......... you don't blink as you are overtaken on the sidewalk by a motorbike........... and you start whistling yourself into your own carspace!
  13. The military have always been in control - ever since 1932 anyway. All the rest is a facade.
  14. Justice delayed is justice denied.