Featured Posts

<< >>

Partnership Schools To Uplift Thailand’s Educational System

When there is a good educational system, a country benefits from the presence of well-educated and skilled manpower for different industries ranging from technology to manufacturing. In Thailand, there are public and private schools including Thailand international school which is the first and largest British school for students from 2 to 18 years old.

For this academic year, the educational system of Thailand will be upliftedby the introduction of 50 partnership schools all over the country. The term “partnership” was chosen in order to reflect on the collaboration of all relevant parties that includes the private sector that is providing educational services to schools. A significant fact which must not be overlooked is the schools are from other state schools that operate independently.

The partnership schools have their own managers that can appoint school directors and teachers on their own without the need to undertake complicated bureaucratic processes. Even the budget can be managed by themselves without any outside influence.

Meanwhile, the curriculum will be adjusted to reflect local context and global trends according to the policies of the school. These schools have the responsibility to function as community learning centres when necessary.

One of the few partnership schools in Thailand can be found in Thongchaineurwittaya School in the north-eastern province of Nakhon, Ratchasima. The school passed all the criteria required to join the partnership-school initiative because it has been very efficient in educating students and strengthening the community.

Apart from its status as a partnership school, Thongchaineurwittaya is also a participant of CONNEXT ED project where Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) guides the school on the application of HM King BhumibolAdulyadej’sSufficiency Economy Philosophy in education. With the assistance of CPF, the school was able to set up a Sufficiency Economy centre that focuses on Indian Oyster mushroom cultivation including harvest and distribution.

For nearly 60 years, Thailand international school is very proud of its distinct accomplishments in the academic, sporting and artistic fields. This is partly due to the school’s policy that allows the students greater scope to discover their passions and interests. Students are provided with an extensive campus and outstanding facilities to enjoy the greatest number of opportunities.


How Funeral Directors In Sydney Approach And Support A Family In Grief

It’s not easy to talk to someone who is in grief of the death of a loved one. It’s even harder to talk to a stranger about such subject. That is why funeral directors in Sydney know how to approach people experiencing the loss of someone they love. They feel the loss, grief and bereavement deep down inside. They speak with the bereaved someone so they know what they need and can provide the right services for the funeral.

You need to know few important things about the grief you try to fix it. Losing someone you love is the most difficult thing that one can experience in his or her life. Different emotions can range from the feelings of the bereaved. They can be initially depressed or angry depending on the loss of the deceased loved one. Sometimes, they feel guilty that they hadn’t done anything to improve the deceased situation. Others are also isolated and want to be alone from the world. All these things are feelings felt by funeral directors in Sydney and they know how to make the right approach.

Things a Funeral Director Must Say to a Grieving Person

  • Recognise the scenario in front of you. Don’t try to ignore or pretend that the client is going through a tough situation. Repeat back their instruction and ensure you are listening attentively to them.
  • Show your concern to their feelings. First, you need to be sympathetic or feel bad for them. Next, you need to empathise with them or you understand their current situation.
  • Be real with your response. Don’t try to fake your overly concern but show passion by the way you respond.

It’s crucial for funeral directors in Sydney to never show their discomfort when meeting a client in grief. In a previous survey done by the Therapists of America, 30% of people felt like they lost their relationships as others didn’t know how to speak with them after losing a loved one. If you follow the following tips, you’re one step closer to the best caring person in this field. All you need is to understand the grieving family’s situation.


Seed-Feeding Fly In Japan Causes Damages In Orchid Production And Diversity

In Japan, orchid suppliers are getting worried over seed-eating flies that could potentially harm the production of the different species of the plant. Japanese researchers have seen that the problem has been causing long-term concerns all over Japan, causing some species to be unable to reproduce through seeds.


Endangered Species

Researchers and orchid suppliers alike would agree that orchids are considered as one of the most diverse flowering plants. It has more than 20,000 species currently classified. Its unique shape has attracted so many people in the past, so much so that it has led to overharvesting. Overharvesting, together with the destruction of its natural habitat, has caused the Ministry of the Environment to declare more than 70% of the native orchid species in Japan to be endangered.


Why Seeds Matter

Considering the diversity of the species of this group, it is important that the plants are able to reproduce through seeds instead of cloning. Seeds can help pass on favourable traits to the next generation, while cloning may not.


Extensive Research

The importance of seeds in the reproduction process of the orchids mean that researchers must identify which insects help in the pollination process, and which parasites hinder the reproduction of the orchids through seeds. The researchers found out that a seed-feeding fly called the Japanagromyza tokunagai was responsible for the destruction of the seeds of different species of orchids.


The J. tokunagai lays its eggs in the young orchid fruit, where the young insects grow up by eating the seeds inside. They then turn into pupae and make holes in the fruits so that they could come out once they have fully developed into their winged forms. The problem is that the fruits may seem healthy from the outside, and the growers may not notice the damage until they look inside. The damages caused by seed-feeding flies has been known since the 1980s, but due to how difficult it is to monitor the damages, researchers still have no concrete figures yet as to how grave the impact has been. Research has shown that the fly could damage up to 95% of the sample population used in the study.


How Someone Can Facilitate Processing Of TheThailand BOI

I was only 22 years old when my former business partner chose Thailand to do business. Thailand was our target especially that he had done his internship here. The main reason why we chose Thailand is having lower expenses and the flexibility for the web-based business. Things seemed very cheap and for most of our customers, it didn’t really matter if we were doing business in Thailand or Germany. My business partner knew whom to contact in Bangkok, with his brief experience here. However, he was uncertain if they were people to trust and possible to ask. However, we found someone who helped us with the Thailand BOI as it was needed to do business here.

We needed to be diligent especially that we needed to comply with some government laws and regulations in Thailand. Questions like will we see our business with foreign investors succeed? Are Thais happy to associate themselves with expatriates? Is the infrastructure from the local labour market to the global internet connections useful to that certain degree we demand? Are the costs really much lower as to those offered in Germany?

The truth is all these questions seemed difficult to answer especially that we needed help for some information. What we did have were impressions gathered from people we knew past and present, the interactions regarding the Thailand BOI, and other than that we knew nothing.

However, looking back, we knew we were on the right approach. The decisions in life and business did make us come up with relevant figures. So, we look at these figures to perform a sanity check and see our assumptions way off. So, we resorted to a business service provider in Bangkok to help us with our needs. It ensured us that we were starting our business, just as planned and as successfully.

Thankfully, the help from a professional really did great wonders. We went through the process, the Thailand BOI, and other relevant paperwork needed to start a simple online business in Thailand. They really did a great help to us and we felt we can simply live and do business in Thailand; however, with some limitations. But it’s a fulfilment as we were able to establish a business that can possibly generate income.


Chinese Tourists In Phuket Choose Other Options For Golden Week

It seems that the recent incident with the sunken boat in the island has led to Chinese tourists avoiding the Phuket boat charter and the country itself for their trips. This is according to Vichi Prakobkosol, President of the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta), who expects that this shift in demand would lead to the Kingdom losing about B2.1b in revenue from China, calculated from average spending of B6,000/head/day or B42,000 for a week-long trip.

Atta warned that the number of Chinese tourists to Thailand would drop by at least 10% during the Chinese National Holiday or Golden Week, which starts at October 1 annually then runs until October 7.

The Phuket boat charter tragedy that struck the island in July, which was then followed by dengue fever epidemic in Thailand as well as an incident of an airport official at the Don Mueang airport attacking a Chinese tourist in early September have damaged the country’s reputation as a tourism destination.

He says that the boat accident in Phuket is most likely the major factor in the reduction in Chinese tourists, which was followed by a number of tour cancellations while airline and charter operations in China have omitted Thailand from their seasonal trip schedules.

Mr. Vichit has said that Chinese tourists are option for other destinations like Japan and South Korea in the three months following the incident, which prompted the Chinese government to issue travel advisories on Thailand, as well as asking their travellers to avoid Phuket and other islands in the Kingdom.

This is problematic as the Golden Week is the key point of the year where Chinese tourists visit Thailand in droves. Chaiya Rapuepon, President of Andaman Tourism Business Association, implored the government to improve the safety and security in the islands and across the country in order to restore the confidence of travellers from China. He says that, if tourists see clear preventive and security plans, they will likely return to the country in the remaining months of the year.

Current expectations forecast that 7 million Chinese tourists will head for the Golden Week period, which is up from 6 million in the same time in the same time in 2017. China Tourism Academy meanwhile, reported that 71.3mn Chinese made overseas trips during the first half of 2018 which is a 15% from the prior year.



Get Pampered By A Luxury Spa In Sukhumvit

While Bangkok offers you the best tourist attractions, exotic Thai cuisines, and seductive shopping possibilities, it can also provide you some treats when your bodies are tired and exhausted through an abundance of spas. That’s why you’ll love the luxury spa in Sukhumvit if you’ve chosen one.

The spas can offer you a spur-of-the-moment setup to sensual splendours, and all offer the same primary product, which is the Thai massage.

What Will Buddha Do?

It’s believed that Thai massage is older than Christianity. The practice dates back to thousands of years ago to a medical doctor from North India who was believed to be the personal physician of Buddha. The knowledge of Thai massage improved over the centuries to instil medicine from the southeast Asian, Indian and Chinese traditions through the practice of applied herbs and aided stretching.

To know where to find the authentic Thai massage in Bangkok, go to Wat Pho, a cloister just near the Grand Palace during the reign of King Rama I dating back to the 1700s. For only $12, you’ll be having an hour-long of treatment through local massage by school students with very willing recipients relaxing on massage beds and plastic mats. Or you may choose to find a luxury spa in Sukhumvit somewhere in the area.

Here the apprentices will stretch your limbs, use their weight to leverage the pressure or bear down on muscle groups. If you’re here at Wat Pho, wear loose clothing so you can be comfortable as the students do warm, dry compresses with ancient herbs.

Bangkok’s Massage Outlets

If you want a more secluded place for Thai massage, there are a plethora of luxury spa in Sukhumvit where you can have a foot massage or two-hour body works. They can also be located in sidewalk storefront spaces with overstuffed chairs and clean surroundings. If you like it here, you can pay around $5 to $7 for the service.

For higher-end pampering, you can head on to independent day spas along the Sukhumvit Road. Here you’ll be treated in the secret garden where calming water falls and lotus ponds are flanked with treatment rooms.


Sustainable Fuel Could Come From Azolla Next

Climate change is everywhere. Every nation is thinking of ways to reduce our fuel consumption while others focus on finding other sources of biofuel before our main source runs out. This is when expert trader and entrepreneur, Leonardo Gonzales Dellan, comes in with another prospect – Azolla could become the next source of biofuel if the possibilities are explored.

According to the popular trader and banker which is a native of Latin America, there is a need to study more and develop a new type of feedstock known as Azollla. This could become a source of biofuel and it could be cultivated and grown in Latin America. He expressed his belief that the Azolla plant has the potential to become a big investment for Latin America and it will also present the region the chance to have a say in developing sources of sustainable biofuels.

Furthermore, the competition remains for emerging markets that could provide sources of biofuels and it is an essential move for Latin America to be a part of the competition. According to researchers, the possibility is huge for the so-called green gold mine. Aside from being a source of biofuel, studies have shown that Azolla plant can be utilized as a green manure that can be used in rice fields, the plants can also be used as a feed supplement for a number of marine and aquatic creatures and it could also sustain terrestrial animals. There are a number of applications with the plant including water purifier, medicine, used to control weeds, fight mosquitoes, biofertilizer and even as human food.

The plant is aquatic in nature and its natural environment is similar to wastewater. It is utilized as feedstock in order to harvest bioethanol. When cultivated in contaminated body of water, a substantial amount of biomass can be created and the growth of the plant will greatly improve the water’s quality by eliminating the chemicals. According to Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, Latin America should capitalize and invest in Azolla as a major crop in order to dominate the biofuel market which is one step towards a more sustainable future.


Brit Facing £100,000 Hospital Bills In Thailand Thanks To A Lack Of Insurance

A Brit who’s fallen ill in Thailand is now facing the possibility that he’ll be stranded in the Kingdom’s KohSamui island following his hospitalization, where his hospital bills have gone up into the thousands.

George Gannon, 29, woke up on September 25 and discovered, to his horror, that he could no longer speak or move his legs. The social media consultant and DJ, who has lived in the Kingdom since 2014, was hospitalized, where diagnosis revealed that he had a malignant brain tumour.

Now, the Basing stoke-born expat, is facing increasing medical bills, which include, among others, £3,500 for an operation, as he hasn’t consulted some of the best health insurance in Thailand meaning he was caught off-guard.

His family, who was informed of his condition by his girlfriend Natalie Hobbs, have been told that getting George back home would cost around £100,000. His 53-year-old mother, Sarah Evison, describes the situation as utterly terrifying. She says that she was in bed and noted that she had missed several missed messages on her phone. It wasn’t until she went downstairs that she learned that it was Natalie informing her of what had happened to George.

Doctors believe that the malignant tumor, located on the left side of his frontal lobe, could be a recurrence of his skin cancer, which he battled back in 2013. The self-employed consultant, who lives in KohPhangan reported about headaches for weeks before suddenly losing movement on the 25th of September.

They report that the best-case scenario for George that he could be home by three weeks, but they are uncertain of the matter. The doctors say that it was unlikely that something like this would happen, considering the operation George underwent.

The family has opted not to get the best health insurance in Thailand, and have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help George get treatment back home. In five days, they’ve already raised £20,000, which Ms.Evison describes as overwhelming and heartwarming.

She says that they’re quite lucky, receiving donations and messages from concerned people from across the world.  Even amidst the locals, people are holding raffles and bucket collections in KohPhangang.