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Groundhog Day – Thailand Salary Day

As exciting as living in Thailand is, there are certain things, happenings, that I still can’t completely grasp. Even though I understand why they are happening, I don’t quite get why it never changes. So maybe writing about it helps as, so some say, writing can be a point of catharsis. A few more of those topics can be found under the F-Word category here on my-thai.org by the way. At the end of every month something fantastic happens to us, the working class heroes. We get paid. Yeah. That…

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How to piss off someone from Bangkok

Land of Smile. Happiness. Big Mango. City of Angels. All sounds awesome and as if Pharrell wrote his song ‘Happy’ just for us. But don’t be mistaken, Bangkokonians (yeah!) can be pretty pissed. So if you don’t want to get roundhouse-kicked (’cause everyone in Thailand can do Muay Thai) while hanging out in Khaosan Road be sure to not do the following things: Food “Hey you eat those cockroaches and strange bugs, right?” Most of my friends or people I met that came to BKK asked those questions. While I…

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The missing sense of urgency & how to work with it

“What is the one thing that makes Thailand so different to your home country?” – That’s a question I hear on an almost weekly basis. Be it in interviews, conference appearances, classes or sport events. The expected answer is ‘the food’ or ‘the weather’ or ‘the friendly people’ or even ‘the culture’ in general. And while all of that is true to some extend those are all things that I was prepared for and that I was able to adapt to without much of a problem. One cultural aspect that…

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Chakri Day

April 6 is Chakri Day in Thailand, a public holiday to commemorate the founding day of the royal Chakri Dynasty. HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the ninth king (Rama IX) while his son, the current King of Thailand, HM King Vajiralongkorn is the current monarch. On Chakri Day, the king and other members of the royal family preside over a religious ceremony honoring the previous kings. In general people in Thailand are pretty patriotic so holidays like this are still rather important. Especially with prior Kings being highly regarded as important factors…

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7 stereotypes about Thailand busted – with infographic

The other day I overheard some exchange students talking about Thailand and what they expect to see and experience here. Lots of stereotyping there as they just arrived here and don’t know better yet. With this in mind I went to Facebook and asked friends and followers for their thought on Thailand and the stereotypes everybody has about the Land of Smiles.   The responses came in quickly and basically didn’t leave me with any other choice than taking them on and rebuking some of the most common perceptions. So…

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Thailand ranked amongst world’s most ignorant countries

Congratulations Thailand, we did it again. Ranking top in a ranking that you don’t want to be in. After being ranked as one of the worst countries in terms of education and road safety we now also make it into the top seven most ignorant countries of the world. Ipsos Mori published its 2016 findings and ranked the most ignorant countries based on the research (see the full research results here) score obtained. The top 7 countries are: India China Taiwan South Africa United States Brazil Thailand In case you’re interested, the…

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13 of the best Thai Proverbs

Thailand, as one could guess, is full of ancient wisdom and knowledge. It’s not only the best place to dive into Muay Thai as an art form but also to learn life lessons in general. Here are some of the best Thai proverbs I heard so far. [Tweet “Old cows like to eat young grass. #ThaiProverb #Thailand”] [Tweet “Friends for a meal are easy to find, friends until the end of life are difficult to find! #ThaiProverb #Thailand”]   [Tweet “Who that keeps the company with the wolves, will learn…

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Thailand’s Media Usage & Dependency

Thailand and the media! That’s a very special kind of relationship, one that is often thought to be rather superficial thanks to the success of lakorns (soap operas) and the huge amount of following they amass. However just leaving it with ‘it’s superficial’ seems rather one dimenisional and too easy of an excuse. There is certainly more going on in the relationship between Thais and people in Thailand and the media they are using and the way they are using it. Media, in Thailand, is more than just something to…

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TNLS: Graab ’em by the car

While goofing around with a friend earlier we were talking about current news in Thailand and how some of them sound like bad movies or bad TV shows. A synonym for bad TV shows here in Thailand is, as it is widely known, ‘lakorn‘ (people who now feel offended please send your complaints to [email protected]). Long story short, welcome to my-thai.org‘s latest category: Thai News Lakorn Style or, since we’re cool and hip, #TNLS. Episode dos: Graab ’em by the car. The original news The original story goes as follows: A…

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