hazing sotus thailand Study Teaching 

Thailand’s SOTUS problem

Seniority Order Tradition Unity Spirit – that’s what SOTUS stands for. Sounds good, kind of, at least in the beginning but when looking deeper into what that actually means for students joining Universities here in Thailand it becomes clear that SOTUS is all but a good and timely thing to have. What is SOTUS exactly? Each year when freshmen join University the SOTUS committee consisting of senior students will create hazing rituals for the newbies. They call it “SOTUS” because that sounds better than calling it what it is, being…

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disasters in thailand Living 

Disaster? Shh! Mai pen rai! – Why Thailand remains quiet about disasters

What’s the last news you heard from Thailand? If you don’t live in a cave (ba dum tss) it’s probably been the story of the football team trapped in said cave, right? And while we all agree that that’s a tragedy (especially with one diver dying) it still is, somewhat, a feel good story. An event that brought Thailand (and the world) together in the pursuit of freeing those trapped by mother nature. Now is there any other event, disaster, incident that you know of? If you’re actively following the…

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Living 

9 ways how Thailand helped to improve my mindfulness

One thing that many of my friends and family keep telling me ever since I moved to Thailand is that I am more ‘relaxed’ now. Less stressed. And smile more. Now one could say: Of course. It’s the Land Of Smile. You gotta be all happy and smiley. Plus you’re a foreigner there. So you earn more and have a better live than the locals anyways. Wrong! First I don’t earn more than Thais in the same position and secondly I live a simple, ‘normal’ life here and don’t take…

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Living 

6 things to consider when celebrating Songkran

Woohooo. It’s Songkran season! Songkran is the Thai New Year and, since it is the most important festival of the year, it comes with 3 official public holidays (and more private holidays) in tow. Everybody loves Songkran and everybody knows it. Ask people what they think or know about Songkran, and not matter whether it is a foreigner or Thai, they will probably say: Water, Party, Holidays (hopefully followed by ‘Family Time’ or something nice like that). Songkran parties can be found literally everywhere. On the streets, temples, in front…

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Living 

Songkran Festival – Thai New Year festival – Water festival

It is again the time of the year when Thailand goes crazy! The Thai New Year Festival (Songkran) is almost there and it’s time to get the finalΒ preparationsΒ done. Since I already talked a lot about Songkran over the past two years let me just give some short links to existing articles here: Brief introduction of Songkran. What is Songkran and when does it take place? Background of Songkran (Water) Festival Experiencing Songkran in Sukhothai Songkran 2011 Recap Songkran 2012 Recap For the newbies a very brief (check out the links…

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vlogger in asia Featured Living 

Why controversial youtubers are successful in Asia

One of the few things that has always puzzled me since moving to Asia is why ‘controversial’ youtubers or social media icons are so successful. The beginning of 2018 now brought us a case where Asia, and the world, lost their shit over another controversial youtube video by a guy who’s infamous for making ‘controversial’ videos which happened to take place within Asia.And while the outcry was huge and loud, his channel still gained lots of subscribers, many of them from Asia. A little surprisingly Logan Paul is not the…

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big buddha temple koh samui Traveling 

9 of the coolest temples to visit in Thailand

Time for some #RealTalk here. No matter if tourist or expat, at one point in your Thailand journey you quite likely will suffer from something we here call “temple fatigue”. That’s nothing disrespectful, it’s just that you’ve seen lots of temples during your time in the Land of Smile and it becomes a bit repetitive. There are, even after you’ve seen a lot, still a few temples that stand out from the crowd and provide completely different vibe than most others. Here is a list of those 9 coolest temples…

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