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charmavietnam wrote:

Fastest way is buy some fake certificate :dumbom:

It would probably be the fast but, apart from it being immoral and probably illegal to use such toilet paper when applying for a visa, what about the poor kids you have to teach? They get some dumpling, pretending to be a teacher, but with bugger all idea of how to run a classroom. Using a fake also brings serious questions as to the moral nature of the applicant.

mas fred posted on the thread HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2014 - Indonesia on the Indonesia forum

Ner, they're after free customer surveys. HSBC are doing this purely for profit, nothing else. That doesn't mean I'm a raving communist, I love Maggie Thatcher, but I see no reason to help them for free. As a capitalist, I'll be happy to do it for a small fee.

mas fred posted on the thread Good novels in English? on the Vietnam forum

I have read many books and, for a variety of reason, a couple have stuck in my mind. The mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy The fourth estate - Jeffrey Archer (The writing style is puerile, but I enjoyed it anyway) Neither are new but both fit all the other criteria.

mas fred posted on the thread Question about Immigration at Jakarta airport on the Jakarta forum

The above answers seem to cover it. You'll pay a fee for the 30 day VOA in Bali but you'll use an internal fight to Jakarta. You'll arrive at a different terminal to the international flights so no visa desk at all. It's unlikely anyone will even ask to see your passport when you arrive in Jakarta. Have a tip. Make a couple of photocopies of your passport and give them to the hotels when you register. Keep the original in your pocket.

mas fred posted on the thread Live with girlfreind in malaysia? on the Kuala Lumpur forum

Beirut2014 wrote:

But would they knock doors of 4 and 5 stars hotels and ask for certificates and we are both foreigners?

Why not? These are religious police, not run of the mill coppers. As was said, the religious police have power over ALL Muslims but non over people of other religions. This suggests a better quality hotel.

mas fred posted on the thread The world’s happiest country is Indonesia on the Indonesia forum

HaileyinHongKong wrote:

Everyone seemed pretty happy when I was there - and it was the rainy season.

lukereg wrote:

The American scoffed. “I have an MBA from Harvard, and can help you,” he said. “You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat.

This sums up corporate America perfectly.

The fisherman sums up Indonesian attitudes. They tend to live for the moment, ignoring the future - in the case of traffic lights, ignoring the probability of accident if they go through red. The attitude finds its way into every aspect of life. No preparation, just do it and work it out later. I was never a boy scout but that lack of planning still alien to me. Before a flight, I make a check list, gather all the items, tick them off as I pack, and I'm ready two days before the flight. All I have to do is pick up the bag and lock the door. Easy. My wife ends up having to buy a new toothbrush every time we go away. Thing is, she doesn't care. A lovely attitude that keeps heart surgeons out of business. Stress is something as alien to most Indonesians as charity was to Scrooge.

mas fred posted on the thread Fred went a wandering. on the Indonesia forum

Back to that election. For some people, it hardly matters who wins - it'll make not a jot of difference to them. [img][/img] [img][/img]

mas fred posted on the thread True or not true? on the Jakarta forum

rblackmuir wrote:

Thanks Luke for that, learnt so much and gave us a chuckle too. Even more excited about coming to Jakarta....only 3 weeks to go! Now and cant' wait, looks like no where else on earth!

You'll either love it, hate it or, as with so many of use, hate it and love it at the same time. It's odd, the place is a mess, there's massive poverty and a boat load of other crap to contend with, but I can't imagine leaving. The more I wander around, getting to know the city, the more I love it. That and it's a great place to snap interesting photos.

lukereg wrote:

Working in a 'language mill' ish Mas Fred has pretty much hit all nails on the head. There are however exceptions to the rules for western teachers it being Indonesia. But degree qualified, drug and hiv free reachers are now expected norms and my company English First is now also expecting every new teacher to provide background checks before coming here which is a first for Indonesia. Whilst that sounds strict or over the top I see an end to the days of back packer teachers and the dawn of a more professional level and approach to teaching English here. After 6 years in this industry I can say I am seeing it change constantly for the better.

That is good news. EF had a terrible reputation for dodgy practices. Strict and OTT aren't bad things when it comes to hiring people who'll be looking after kids.

Working as an English teacher. There are a lot of schools wanting to hire 'native' English speakers. These range from the language mills, many offering poor salary and lousy working hours, to top quality international establishments, offering massive salaries and very nice working conditions. The former start at about Rp5,000,000/month, but more commonly Rp8,000,000. You can live on it if you aren't a party animal but, if you like the night life, you'll be scratching around after the second Saturday of the month. Real schools generally offer from Rp20,000,000 upwards. To be legal, the school should provide the work permit and KITAS (immigration document) and you have to be from any one of five countries. UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand As with every work permit/KITAS I've heard of, you MUST get an exit permit. You can't get that unless the school signs it off. The moral here, don't bug your boss and don't bother trying to do a runner, the airport immigration will turn you back.

mas fred posted on the thread Need a Job in Indonesia on the Indonesia forum

A foreign English teacher is normally from one of a very few countries - Sudan isn't on the list so finding legal work would be very hard in Indonesia.

mas fred posted on the thread Observations on the Vietnam forum

being unfamiliar with a foreign tongue

I understand, in many bars, you can become familiar quite cheaply.

mas fred posted on the thread True or not true? on the Jakarta forum

link wrote:

Despite of its quirks, the floods, and horrible traffics, we love this big city unconditionally.

Yes, despite all the faults, I really love the place.

mas fred posted on the thread Swimwear on the Ho Chi Minh City forum

Katielou wrote:

Any ideas on where to buy swimwear separates? I am large top but small bottom so buying a swimsuit is difficult if I cant buy the top and bottom separately.

I have no clue. .. But, if you buy, please post photos of you wearing it.

mas fred posted on the thread Fred went a wandering. on the Indonesia forum

I can't do so. However, I'm giving thought to going WNI. My UK passport must be renewed next year so I'm taking a serious look at options. I have to see what happens to pensions and so on.

mas fred posted on the thread Fred went a wandering. on the Indonesia forum

Back to the election. As I mentioned, Indonesia is a new democracy so most people take elections very seriously. Many shops, even bigger ones, opened in the afternoon. The voting stations were well set up. This station asked me to take photos as they were keen to show the election was being run properly. You register as you enter the station, using a photo ID to prove who you are. [img][/img] [img][/img] You sit down and await your turn. The controller reads out your name and you get a voting form. [img][/img] You must leave your mobile phone on the table. These aren't allowed in the booths. [img][/img] Fill in your ballot papers [img][/img] And vote [img][/img]

mas fred posted on the thread Fred went a wandering. on the Indonesia forum

In the UK, there are very strict laws regarding knifes, tasers and so on. These rules tend to be more relaxed in Indonesia. This was snapped in a supermarket a few days ago. [img][/img]

mas fred posted on the thread The world’s happiest country is Indonesia on the Indonesia forum

Added to my above. I tend to think visitors to any given country see that country through their own eyes. So, if you're a bad tempered, miserable sod, you tend to see the whole world that way. If, like me, you're a happy bunny, you see the good in people.

mas fred posted on the thread The world’s happiest country is Indonesia on the Indonesia forum

Again, I have to agree with the gentleman from Bali. It makes little difference who wrote the article and why they wrote it, Indonesians tend to look at things in a very positive light so, even if the piece is a load of old crap written for cash, it's still accurate.

mas fred posted on the thread The world’s happiest country is Indonesia on the Indonesia forum

I have to agree with the esteemed gentleman from Bali. People here tend to look at things in a 'half full' sort of way. My wanders take me to places where you'd expect the people to be bloody miserable but you just don't see it - they make the best of what they have. Of course, that doesn't mean there isn't sadness in Indonesia, but people here have a very positive attitude. It's one of the things that makes Indonesia such a wonderful country. Malaysia and Thailand are similar in many respects, but Indonesia wins the smile league hands down.

mas fred posted on the thread Fred went a wandering. on the Indonesia forum

Tomorrow sees election day. Every Indonesian citizen has the right to go to the polls and vote. The polling stations are commonly tents, spread around in every locality so as many people as possible can vote without travelling very far. No election is perfect and I've every confidence there will be some dodgy dealings but Indonesia is still a new democracy and most people take their right to vote very seriously. I suspect anyone nabbed cheating will face time in gaol. [img][/img] [img][/img]