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This person thought shredding their £40,000 Banksy print would make it double in value - it went completely wrong

In a stunt that has now become internationally famous, on Friday 5 October, Banksy's 'Girl With A Balloon' self destructed right after it was sold for more than £1m at auction at Sotheby's.
Transport & Traffic / Re: Electric tuk-tuk dealer seeks drivers
« Last post by Taman Tun on October 14, 2018, 12:41:48 PM »
Electric Tuk Tuks? They will all need a loudspeaker add on to make a genuine tuk-tuk noise otherwise the pedestrian death rate will sky rocket.
Business & Economy / Thailand no pressure to raise interest rates
« Last post by Newsy on October 14, 2018, 12:39:59 PM »

Thailand no pressure to raise interest rates

Thailand's economy is not under "imminent" pressure to raise interest rates, Bank of Thailand governor Veerathai Santiprabhob said on Friday.

"I think Thailand is not under imminent pressure to increase our policy rate and if you look at the policy rate, at 1.5%, it has been below the Fed Funds Rate," he told an economic forum on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Unlike some emerging markets, Thailand has seen capital inflows that kept its baht relatively stronger than other emerging Asian currencies and enabled the central bank to keep a "certain degree of monetary policy autonomy" while the United States raised interest rates, he said.
Isaan News / Starbucks donates Bt2.5m to northern farmers - coffee farming
« Last post by Newsy on October 14, 2018, 12:37:45 PM »

Starbucks donates Bt2.5m to northern farmers

Starbucks Coffee Thailand says it is backing the sustainable development of coffee farming in northern Thailand, donating Bt2.5 million to the Integrated Tribal Development Programme (ITDP) to celebrate the 20th anniversary in Thailand.

The funds represent part of the proceeds from sales at Starbucks Langsuan community store and from the Good Coffee Day on July 18, where customers supported farmers by donating cash for a beverage.

Starbucks has been working closely with the ITDP for 17 years in purchasing Arabica from coffee farmers in northern Thailand for the Starbucks, Muan Jai blend as well as improving the livelihood of the coffee farmers.

Based on Starbucks’ ethical sourcing, the Coffee and Farmer Equity (Cafe) practices, coffee farmers are able to grow better coffee beans for themselves and the environment while Starbucks contributes to improving their quality of life.

ITDP will use these funds to build a coffee bean nursery, purchase Arabica saplings and support sustainable coffee planting.
Transport & Traffic / tuk-tuk
« Last post by Newsy on October 14, 2018, 12:34:24 PM »

Electric tuk-tuk dealer seeks drivers

Loxley and Government Savings Bank have joined hands to offer loans for tuk-tuk drivers to purchase new electric three-wheelers to create a new career opportunity.

Loxley’s Energy Strategic Business Group is an authorised dealer of the electric three-wheelers brand, TukTuk Factory (TTF), which distributes in Thailand and across Indochina.

Loxley’s tuk-tuk offers a high-performance engine and a car charger designed for use with a general household outlet (220 watts).

With machine parts are made in Thailand, the firm can provide maintenance service within 24 hours. This electric model meets regulatory, technical and safety requirements, and can obtain approval from the European Union.

“Our Tuk Tuk will help create good image for the country,” said Loxley’s Nimit Prasertsuk, executive vice president, energy strategic business group.

“At this stage, we have invited tuk-tuk drivers in Chiang Mai to apply for the loans. Later we will also focus on other business groups such as hotels, hospitals, serviced apartments, schools, and food trucks which need electric tuk-tuks for their business.”

A memorandum of understanding on the matter was recently signed between Loxley’s Nimit and Jiraporn Nugitrangson, GSB’s senior executive vice president, grassroots and public sector customers group.
Transport & Traffic / Air India jet hits wall, then takes off
« Last post by Newsy on October 14, 2018, 12:30:52 PM »

Air India jet hits wall, then takes off

Air India has grounded two pilots after one of its jets carrying 136 people hit an airport perimeter wall on takeoff and then flew for almost four hours with a damaged body.

The Boeing 737 suffered the damage as it left Trichy in southern India bound for Dubai, authorities said on Friday.

Officials at the airport in Tamil Nadu state “observed that aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall”, said an Air India statement.

“The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command. The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally. It was decided to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure.”

The jet landed in Mumbai four hours later and pictures of the damaged aircraft went viral on social media soon after it landed safely. The 130 passengers were moved to a new flight to Dubai.

Air India said the two pilots were “derostered pending investigation” and the incident had been reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for an investigation. “The airline is fully cooperating with the investigation,” it added.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday said the government had recently ordered an independent “airline safety” review of Air India.

Air traffic in India is booming but Prabhu said that “safety of the passengers is of paramount importance for us.”


Singapore Airlines jet lands in US after world's longest flight

An Airbus jetliner arrived in Newark on Friday after a nearly 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world's longest commercial flight.

It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013.

Singapore Airlines Flight SQ22 arrived at 5.29am, having left Singapore's Changi airport at 11.23pm, the Newark Liberty International Airport website said. That made for a flight of 17 hours and 52 minutes.

The flight had been scheduled to take 18 hours and 25 minutes.

The plane was carrying 150 passengers and 17 crew members as it traveled 10,250 miles (16,500 kilometres).

"I feel perfectly well rested," said Kristopher Alladin, a 37-year-old Canadian. "I'm lucky because I'm able to sleep on the plane."

Flying from New York to Singapore would be a longer journey, lasting an estimated 18 hours and 45 minutes. The first flight in that direction took off from Newark at 11.10am on Friday.

Singapore Airlines only offers premium economy and business seats on the flight -- no regular economy seats.

"Although you're in premium eco, you feel like you're in first class," said Alladin, adding that he had taken the same flight in 2008. "The flight was very smooth, very quiet."

"The flight was great, smooth, enjoyable and ended too fast!" said Danny Ong, an engineer and flight enthusiast from Singapore, after landing in Newark.

"We were served a supper of three choices after takeoff. I slept soundly, woke up and realized [there were] around eight hours left," said Ong, who took the first flight back to Singapore, straight after landing in Newark.

"The crews were attentive, professional and responded promptly. Highly recommended if you are flying from Singapore to NYC in future."

A one-way ticket from Singapore to New York on this flight costs about US$2,150 (70,000 baht) in premium economy and $3,500 for a roundtrip itinerary, according to the Singapore Airlines website.

Singapore Airlines originally flew the route for nine years using the gas-guzzling, four-engine A340-500 plane before abandoning it in 2013 because high oil prices made the service unprofitable.

This trip was made with the new, more fuel efficient Airbus A350-900ULR, which consumes 25% less fuel than its predecessor.

It topped the previous longest direct air link between cities -- Qatar Airways flight QR921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.

The A350 is these days considered the go-to plane for long-haul flights, nudging out the A380, which was previously the flagship for such long distance journeys, and which carries up to 850 passengers, more than twice the number of the A350.

The Singapore Airlines flight had been specially configured to seat 161 passengers for the service between the two global financial hubs.
General Discussions / Re: What does make an expat depressed
« Last post by Johnnie F. on October 14, 2018, 08:20:22 AM »
the expat community doesn't do enough for each other, instead most think they are in competition, like i'm doing better than you, would you feel like that if you knew you could save a guys life, just by befriending him when in need of help or support. of course not.

Lending each other a hand was originally the intention behind opening the first forum for expats in Korat, the old But for one it became just like you said, a place for competition. Worse, not just ignorance, it became a battlefield, many attempting to make other's lives even more miserable by bullying, when they spotted a weak point. Why can't there be solidarity?
General Discussions / What does make an expat depressed
« Last post by thaiga on October 14, 2018, 12:54:39 AM »
You mention the flying club, so many sad stories we read about the flying club, yes it is very sad, although lot of articles treat it as a joke, like the guy that tops himself has failed, but i'm doing fine, your a loser. Yesterday being mental health day, a good topic, depression comes in all shapes and sizes, more of a power over your mind when you are on your own, no one to talk to, in a strange land, miles away from home, money short, fell out with your partner, could make the smallest of problems into a big one.

easy to see what can make an expat depressed, the airport seems to be a regular thing for jumping to death, perhaps not being able to face going back home to tell your story, how it all went terribly wrong, maybe you'll hear the words, i told you not to marry a thai girl.

some expats have a problem communicating with their other half, who might not want to listen anyway. but who can you tell or would admit to, making a mistake coming here in the first place, always nice to have a friend from your own country who you can relate to, that will listen. money another problem or the shortage of, the stress that can cause expats, that have to provide for themselves and family, a good thai wife will and can survive on very little to help. if your lucky enough to have a good one, that doesn't sit all day checking her line account or facebook to see who's bragging.

I always feel the expat community doesn't do enough for each other, instead most think they are in competition, like i'm doing better than you, would you feel like that if you knew you could save a guys life, just by befriending him when in need of help or support. of course not.

Separated from thread Finding a Wife or Girlfriend - Sunday’s Seven’s top 10 tips for own topic by admin.
Education and Teachers Forum / teachers salary & quality of life
« Last post by thaiga on October 14, 2018, 12:47:46 AM »
Is it worth moving out of Bangkok (teachers salary & quality of life)

People often cite the lower cost of living, better quality of life and a more Thai-style existence as reasons to be based outside the capital.

In general you find the best wages in Thailand if you’re based in Bangkok. There are obviously jobs outside the capital which pay well but it’s rare to see.

I’m happy in Bangkok but people cite the lower cost of living, better quality of life and a more Thai-style existence as reasons to be based outside the capital.

I love visiting new towns and cities in Thailand. Bangkok can get a bit too full on and lacks the beauty of many other regions in Thailand. However, it’s difficult to argue that Bangkok isn’t the place to be if you’re looking to make decent money. The big question is whether it’s worth living outside Bangkok despite getting a lower salary.

What are the different salaries offered?

I’ve done a little research through the jobs offered here on and come up with some example salaries in different regions in Thailand. Whilst this isn’t an exact science it should give a good guide of  potential earnings.


Government school native speaker (degree holder)– 38,000 baht per month

Government school non-native speaker (degree holder)  20,000 baht per month

Bilingual kindergarten job (degree plus CELTA) – 50,000 baht per month

International School (home country qualified native speakers) 100,000 baht per month

Part Time teaching – 400 baht per hour


Language Centre (degree holder + TEFL) – 36,000 baht per month


International School (degree in Education from UK, USA, Canada, Australia + 1 year experience) 50,000 baht per month

Government School native speaker – 35,000 baht per month

Chiang Mai:

International School ( Education Degree + PGCE) 55,000 baht per month

Government School native speaker – 30,000 baht per month


Government School – Filipino teacher – 15,000 baht per month

Qualified History / Maths teacher – 30,000 baht per month

Part time teaching – 300 baht per hour.

As you can see Bangkok does have jobs which pay on average slightly higher than other regions in Thailand. I’m not saying that there aren’t good paying jobs outside Bangkok but the capital is the place to be if you want to easily find a higher salary, especially at the top end jobs. When you look at government school jobs there isn’t much in it.

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