mas fred

mas fred 

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mas fred posted on the thread Sexual Abuse in International Schools on the Jakarta forum

Omission or lack of management skills isn't an excuse. The principal is an expat, so should know the right thing to do. No excuses. Added. this school is a very expensive place, run on western lines. They should know.

mas fred posted on the thread Sexual Abuse in International Schools on the Jakarta forum

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/24/jis-confirms-us-child-molester-former-teacher.html

According to the FBI, Vahey was employed as a social studies teacher for middle school and high school students at JIS from 1992 to 2002. The FBI also recorded that in 1969, Vahey was arrested in California on six counts of child molestation. He pled guilty to one of the charges.

Yep, they hired a convicted sex offender. There is NO excuse for this.

mas fred posted on the thread Sexual Abuse in International Schools on the Jakarta forum

The story of JIS is hot at the moment so all news is potentially bad news. A wild kiddie fiddler working there, even years ago, is news, not just digging up dirt. However, they should be more concerned with how this gang managed to get in. Worry about the rest as well, including background checks for all, including long term teachers.

mas fred posted on the thread Sexual Abuse in International Schools on the Jakarta forum

JIS seem to, on the face of it, had experienced a list of problems. One event suggests a flaw in the system 0 several events suggest some major problems in that establishment. When I was in England, I had to have a police background check, proving I had no criminal record. I still have it, just in case I take up employment. That brings me to the question - Did the American chap have a record and did the school check background? Of course, a clean sheet doesn't stop a first offence, but it does tell you there is nothing so far.

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

Transport can be fun. This lot were working just down the road so the work's truck was their transport home. Seeing a bunch of kids hop onto some random truck is a common sight. [img]https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2897/13981415155_3ea4fd91ee.jpg[/img] Other transport is even more common. Motorbikes are definitely king of the road out here. Little things like a licence are minor points. This girl said she was 14, 10 looks closer. [img]https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2929/13978289951_6e58f8e824.jpg[/img] Her feet don't reach the floor. [img]https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5587/13981481155_827976c04b.jpg[/img]

Internet. Much of Indonesia has internet that could be described as, Poor, slow, terrible, or even, a waste of time. The cities are generally better served but it's commonly expensive, unreliable and slow. However, that's starting to change now. Several providers are offering faster speeds with little or no price increase. Speedy - Telkom Indonesia's telephone provider. I had these before and was glad to get rid of them. The headaches just weren't worth it. Mobile providers. Most seem pretty much the same. Not especially expensive but commonly slow. First media. I had these for two years and was pretty pleased with them. They offer 6mbps with a TV package for about Rp380,000/month, no data quota. I'm using Bolt at the moment. Its service area is still a little limited but the service had proven reliable, cheap and fast. 2 gb/month works out a a tiny Rp25,000 [img]https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2897/13981667234_09313c2dcf.jpg[/img]

mas fred posted on the thread Camp Manager on the Jeddah forum

I'm a little camp sometimes, but mostly butch. However, I'm lazy so prefer not to work. Good luck finding someone.

mas fred posted on the thread Health Insurance on the Bali forum

I haven't tried WR as yet, but it has to be worth a phone call. I did take a look at a couple of local ones, one looking very promising. I, as with most of my family, have no history of illnesses before death. The latter not tending to matter as you're past caring. More seriously, our lot tend to get to 80+ and snuff it of something quick. My dad went with a burst artery at well over 80. Luckily, he'd got out of the car and was on his way into the bridge club. Still active right up to his demise. Quite a handy place to go as it was the place he most loved. Seems like the best way to me. A quick, "what the hell was that?" and gone.

mas fred posted on the thread Health Insurance on the Bali forum

MikeWallace77 wrote:

Indonesian medical care is not all that good. .

There is little argument; some Indonesian medical services are rubbish, others middle of the road at best. However, your statement is untrue as there are many top class medical facilities available here. Sweeping statements, especially false ones, are unhelpful.

mas fred posted on the thread Health Insurance on the Bali forum

Richard Flax wrote:

After reading your comments you are effectively saying that you pay $1923 a year for top level cover including pregnancy ( that would be interesting ) and dental cover. With the greatest respect for someone over 60 this is amazing !

I've been rather lucky so far in Indonesia as I have yet to have serious injury or medical problem, but I will sooner of later. That in mind, I have been reading this thread, looking at options. Going out of the country for anything less than a very specialised illness seems more than a bit OTT and not something I'd consider otherwise. The insurance companies I've looked at were all aimed at expats and all absolutely stupid as far as costs went. After a trip to a hospital for a minor injury, I took a peek at a few local companies, asking advice as to the best value for money and least hassle. A couple of the more well known brands were said to be great at getting premiums but lousy at paying out for anything; others were said to be far better, not arguing with what the doctors suggest. So, why expat insurance, why not local insurance? I do have one aversion here, I dislike anything priced in dollars.

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. http://www.punknews.org/article/45732/wormrot-detained-by-religious-police-in-malaysia

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]https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5193/13800726545_c65a313497.jpg[/img] [img]https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7023/13800820323_aeee7daa27.jpg[/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.