Monday, February 28, 2011

Ting Ting's 13th Birthday

Saturday, February 26, 2011

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Space Shuttle Launch: Viewed From an Airplane

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bananas - Funny Animation by Zach Parrish

Keeping you up to date

Keeping you up to date

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Phonics | Ajarn Donald's

Phonics | Ajarn Donald's

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

KidZui | Ajarn Donald's

KidZui | Ajarn Donald's

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Best Teacher on Planet Earth

The Best Teacher on Planet Earth

Monday, February 21, 2011

30 Seconds to Mars - This is War - Music Video - "A Brave New World" - W...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Contests on Facebook

Contests on Facebook

HOME (English with subtitles)

HOME Trailer (NY Event)

Monday, February 14, 2011

ClickNKIDS

Friday, February 11, 2011

Facebook

Facebook

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bangkok: Language: Special Promotion.

Bangkok: Language: Special Promotion.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

GiveALink | Visualization

GiveALink | Visualization

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My Kind of Town Bangkok/Chicago Blizzard cuts power as deep freeze sets in - Weather - msnbc.com

 

Blizzard cuts power as deep freeze sets in - Weather - msnbc.com

 

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Island with a palm tree   Ajarn Donald enjoying a nice cold Beer at home in Bangkok.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ajarn Donald Says it is to Early to Tell But is it Within Thailand’s Future Reach? Foreign Teachers get the go to start a Union

 

ESL Daily: Korea: Heads Up, Foreign Teachers get the go to start a Union

A labor union comprised of native English teachers working for a language institute or "hagwon" has been established in Incheon, a legal expert on labor representing them said Tuesday.
This is the second teachers' union, said Jung Bong-soo. The first one was established in 2005 in Gangam, southern Seoul, according to the Ministry of Labor.
Jung said five native English teachers at a private language institute in Incheon were given approval to establish the union by a ward office on Nov. 24.
The union, headed by Evan Lloyd from the United States, has nine members, he said. Native English teachers belonging to the institute are eligible to join, he added. The union head was unable to be immediately reached for comment.
A pattern of "unlawful" behavior by the employer - unpaid overtime and threats of dismissal - drove them to unionize, Jung said.
The five founding members decided to set up the union after the employer forced them to work 40 hours per week rather than 30 hours stipulated in their contract.
"Under the contract, the employer is supposed to pay an overtime rate of 15,000 won per hour. But the employer paid nothing," Jung told The Korea Times in a phone interview. "In response to complaints about the unpaid overtime, the employer even verbally threatened to fire one of the five, who was a woman."
They visited Jung's office, KangNam Labor Law Firm, in southern Seoul in early September for consultations, leading to an investigation by a state labor inspector.
"The inspector acknowledged the teachers were forced to work additional hours without proper compensation and ordered the employer to pay," he said.
That ruling, however, was not good enough for them because their relations with the employer turned sour with one of the five being laid off. The dismissed teacher plans to file a petition with the Ministry of Labor for her reinstatement.
"The other teachers involved in the dispute also fear similar retaliatory action," Jung noted.
The expert refused to identify the language institute in question to protect the unionized teachers from further retaliation.
Yoo Mi-young, the labor inspector in charge of the case, said: "The number of petitions of this kind brought up by native English teachers here is on the increase."
Ahn Kyu-seok, a spokesman for the Korea Immigration Service, said: "Their activities aimed at protecting and boosting their right as legitimate employees will be guaranteed by law, but any activities with political purposes will be prohibited as stipulated in the Immigration Law."
A total of 22,905 foreign nationals are here on E-2 English teaching visas as of Oct. 31 this year, according to the Ministry of Justice. Of them, 134 overstayed their visa, the ministry said.

I really do not see any big differences between Korea and the problems foreign teachers are having and the Thai system and foreign teachers. Also I am realizing that now is the time we are going to see many differences because as what we have been witnessing for the last week in Egypt the world and the people want change now and change is long overdue in many aspects of our lives and in many countries. Therefore my prediction is that there will be some type of labor union here in Thailand 2011-2012 to represent the foreign teachers here.

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Blizzard hits Chicago; mass outages feared - Weather - msnbc.com

 

Blizzard hits Chicago; mass outages feared - Weather - msnbc.com

I just did a quick check of the weather in Chicago & Bangkok and as of 8:00A.M. Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 Bangkok time it is 72 F. sunny and outright nice. In Chicago however a little different situation. 22 F. with winds 50-60 miles per hour and right in the middle of a BIG snowstorm with a possible of 2 feet or more expected before it’s all over. Nyah-Nyah   Mug  Pizza  Sun  Birthday cake  Storm cloud  Island with a palm tree

 

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So far about 6,000 flights have been cancelled. Schools are closed. Students are sad.  Open-mouthed smile

Tuesday, February 1, 2011