Why I Love Pattaya

Pattaya is a vibrant coastal city located in the eastern part of Thailand. Known for its bustling nightlife, stunning beaches, and rich culture, Pattaya has become a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. As someone who has been lucky enough to experience the wonders of Pattaya firsthand, I can confidently say that this city holds a special place in my heart.

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One of the main reasons why I love Pattaya is because of its gorgeous beaches. The soft sand, crystal clear waters, and tropical atmosphere make for the perfect beach vacation. Whether you want to soak up the sun, swim in the ocean, or take part in some water sports, Pattaya has something to offer for everyone. Some of my personal favorites include Jomtien Beach, which is less crowded and more laid-back, and Pattaya Beach, which offers a lively atmosphere with plenty of vendors and activities.

Another reason why Pattaya is such a special place is because of its rich cultural heritage. The city is home to several magnificent temples and shrines, including the famous Sanctuary of Truth. This breathtaking structure is made entirely out of wood and is a true testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the local artisans. Additionally, the city is also known for its vibrant nightlife, with plenty of bars, clubs, and restaurants to choose from. Walking Street, in particular, is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the vibrant energy and excitement of Pattaya after dark.

But what really sets Pattaya apart from other tourist destinations is its people. Thai culture is known for its warmth, hospitality, and kindness, and this is especially true in Pattaya. From the friendly vendors on the streets to the welcoming locals at the restaurants and bars, everyone in Pattaya goes out of their way to make visitors feel at home. As someone who has traveled to many different parts of the world, I can honestly say that the people of Pattaya are some of the most welcoming and friendly that I have ever encountered.

Of course, no discussion of Pattaya would be complete without mentioning the incredible food. Thai cuisine is famous for its bold flavors, aromatic spices, and fresh ingredients, and Pattaya is no exception. From the street food vendors selling delicious Pad Thai and sticky rice to the upscale restaurants serving up world-class Thai cuisine, there is something to satisfy every palate in Pattaya.

In conclusion, there are many reasons why I love Pattaya. From its stunning beaches and rich cultural heritage to its vibrant nightlife and welcoming people, this city truly has it all. Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an exciting urban adventure, Pattaya is the perfect destination. So if you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you add Pattaya to your travel bucket list – you won’t be disappointed!

Workshops in Nepal on 28 December 2022

Theme: Technology-Supported Language Instruction (TSLI)

The three workshops that we have planned are under the same theme: the use of information technology to support the teaching and learning of foreign languages.

1.  The first session (2 hours) Asst . Prof. Dr Yongyuth Khamkhong- Haiku and other Poems for Students – Blended Writing Class

2. The 2nd session Lattapol Sae Aue (2 Hours)– Digital Tools for English Teachers- Cloud Platform, Database, Mobile Technology- AI & ML Overview

3. The 3rd Session (2 Hours) // afternoon Asst Prof Dr Janpha Thadphoothon (2 Hours)- Digital Literacy for English Teachers- Useful Applications (Google Forms, Blogs, and Sites)

1. Asst. Prof Dr. Janpha Thadphoothon

  • Digital Storytelling: Tools and Techniques
  • Telling stories using Google Forms and AI chatbots
  • How to create stories for English classrooms

About the workshop: Using GF to Write Short Novels

The 2-hour workshop aims to develop the participants’ digital story-telling knowledge and skills. Google Forms will be used to help construct scaffolds for students to create short and simple novels.

2. Asst. Prof Dr. Yongyuth Khamkhong

Haiku and other poems for students–blended writing class
Asst. Prof. Dr. Yongyut Khamkhong
Phranakhon Rajabhat University, Bangkok

Teaching writing skills in the local language is difficult by nature because writing requires the learners’ well-rounded knowledge from time-proved vast reading and high imagination. As an English teacher in Thailand, it is almost the ‘mission impossible’ for me to lead my students to the higher level needed. I experimented bringing Haiku to the online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the first aim of entertaining them in English, and saw some positive feedback and some changes in their attitude towards my writing class. This encouraged me more to bring in more Japanese poems to class with the same hope that it might bring a miracle as well. At this moment, my little experiments are still going on but I can’t stop myself to share with you our classes’ enthusiasm in English writing.

3. Lattapol Sae Aue

Digital Tools for English Teachers

ICT Specialist, Android, and iOS Developer
  • This workshop addresses the topics necessary for language teachers: Cloud Platforms, Databases, and Mobile Technology. The topics related to AI & ML will also be covered.

Arts Tour in Singapore 10-12 Jan 23

JCU Official Website

  • Date: 10 Jan 2023
  • Time: 2.30PM – 4.30PM
  • Agenda:
  • Campus tour: 2.30PM-3.30PM
  • JCU Singapore Info Session by Selena: 3.30PM-4.00PM
  • Education in Singapore by Jasper/George: 4.00PM-4.30PM
  • Price: Free of charge

James who? James Cook

Who was James Cook?

James Cook was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the British Royal Navy, famous for his three voyages between 1768 and 1779 in the Pacific Ocean and to New Zealand and Australia in particular. (Wikipedia)

James Cook University (JCU) is a public university in North Queensland, Australia. The second oldest university in Queensland, JCU is a teaching and research institution.

Here are some information about JCU for your reference:

The Singapore campus of James Cook University is fully owned by James Cook University Australia, which is ranked in the top 2% and top 300 universities in the world. 

James Cook University Australia established its Singapore campus in 2003 as part of its expressed intent of internationalising its activities and offers a suite of university level programs at the Singapore campus covering the areas of Business, Information Technology, Psychology, Education, Science, Commerce, Accounting, Aquaculture, Environmental Science, Games Design, Tourism and Hospitality.

James Cook University offers Higher Degree by Research programs such as Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and pathways to a higher degree. Additionally, the campus offers courses at the pre-university level, specifically designed to provide pathways for students who are unable to immediately meet university entrance standards.

James Cook University has the highest level of quality assurance in Singapore for Private Education Institutions. This is known as EduTrust Star and is a symbol of recognition for outstanding achievement. EduTrust Star is awarded to those institutions for attaining a commendable level of performance in managing their institutions and providing an outstanding quality of education and welfare for their students.

James Cook University has also been awarded the Singapore Quality Class STAR (SQC STAR). The SQC STAR recognises SQC organisations that have made further improvement in their business excellence journey.

James Cook University provides the opportunity for students to study in Singapore and in Australia and yet still remain as Singapore based students paying their fees in Singapore currency. This is a unique program in Asia because the university operates across both countries. The program is designed to ensure the students get the best possible outcomes from their years of study with the university.

Why JCU?

  • Globally recognised Australian degree: Students will graduate with exactly the same globally recognised degree as students who study at James Cook University in Australia.
  • Trimester System: With a trimester-based program, students can complete their Bachelor’s degree in 2 years and Master’s degree in 1 year (depending on the course taken).
  • Supportive study environment: Our campus is designed to support collaborative learning and collaborative study techniques. We provide you with access to a full range of facilities and services to support your learning. These include lecture and seminar rooms, library and associated study facilities, computer laboratories, apple rooms and financial lab. Additionally, you will have access to a range of sporting facilities and can join a number of clubs and societies. We aim to provide a full university experience and not just a study program.
  • Preparation for the global workforce: We provide you with the skills to find a job through specially designed ‘employment workshops’.
  • Research Focus: JCU is committed to conducting research of excellence and high impact, particularly on issues of critical importance.

Academic Entry Requirement:

  • Based on GPA of Year-12 (Mattayom 6)
  • Or IB Diploma

English Entry Requirement:

  • Pre-University Foundation Program: IELTS 5.5 no component below 5.0  (IELTS Indicator not accepted) or student may sit for our 1 time free VEPT test and may join direct entry with a qualifying score.
  • Diploma of Higher Education: IELTS 5.5 no component below 5.0 (IELTS Indicator not accepted)
  • Bachelors program: IELTS 6.0 no component below 6.0 (IELTS Indicator not accepted)

As for the course details, course fees and the entry requirements you may also refer below please:

– Pathway programs as per attached or here: https://www.jcu.edu.sg/courses-and-study/courses/pathway-programs

– Undergraduate programs as per attached or here: https://www.jcu.edu.sg/courses-and-study/course-level/undergraduate-your-first-degree

Should you have any questions, please feel free to leave your questions.

Map of James Cook University Singapore


How to Get There


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Let’s sing a song!

Singapura, oh, Singapura,
Sunny island sets in the sea.
Singapura, oh, Singapura,
Pretty flowers bloom for you and me.
Come along and join the song in merry singing,
Blend our voices,
Join in the chorus.
Singapura, oh Singapura,
Pretty flowers bloom for you and me.

The AKITA Instructional Model (AIM)

The Akita Instructional Model or AIM is a method for the development of students’ knowledge, skills, and mindsets so as to enable them to discover the issues or problems on their own. It is an inquiry-based method.

Within the model, the students are also expected to communicate, interact so as to deal with the problem or issue and deal with it by themselves – enhancing their agencies.  They are expected to ask questions and seek out help and support their classmates or from other sources such as the Internet.

The key components of AIM are: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Criticality, and Responsibility. They are responsible for their own learning.

The emphasis is on self-discovery and support by peers and teachers.

There are four main stages:

1) Students are encouraged to observe phenomena – natural and social 

2) students then develop their own ideas – through reading and setting hypotheses  

3) students work in small groups discussing the issues – seeking more stimuli 

4) students reflect on their learning – They review the lessons and the learning methods. 

Example: The teacher may ask or show the class a photograph of a polluted canal. It can be a short video clip. The students watch the video and observe the phenomenon.

Salient Features of AIM:
– Active participation – students actively participate in the learning process
– Process-based – Learning is a process
– Cooperation as a value
– Communication
– Self-discovery (SATORI moments)

Bots and Elon Musk

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk#/media/File:Elon_Musk_Royal_Society_(crop2).jpg

The fact in the online world is the prevalence and threats of automatic systems such as bots. Bots have been deployed by humans to create problems on the Internet.

So, if anyone is thinking of creating bots to post contents or comments or even to advertise anything, please think again.

สุนทรภู่ (Sunthorn Phu – A Great Thai Poet)

UNESCO or the United nations for Education, Science, and Culture Organization recognizes and acknowledges many poets around the words, and one of such great persons is a Thai poet born about 250 years ago – Sunthron Phu (Thai: สุนทรภู่). He is considered by many as “the Bard of Rattanakosin”. He was born on June 26th.

His statue in Klum sub-district

His father was born in Klang, located in Klaeng district in Rayong province, Thailand’s eastern region. Sunthorn Phu himself was born in the western side of the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok or Krungthep.

Sunthron Phu was a keen note-taker and recorder of events and places, including people that he met.

He was a prolific writer and poet. His many notes and poems now function as historical records of Thailand in the past. The peoples of Thailand and the world owe him a great deal when it comes to learning about the past and Thai ways of life and traditions.

He was probable the father of Thailand’s soft power. In his long epic poem – Phra Aphai Mani (a 48,700-line epic poem), he conveyed the message of non-violence and the hero (Phra Apai Manee) has a pipe as his decisive weapon. not a lance or sword. It’s the power of music that would win over people’s heart.

A UNESCO plaque of Sunthorn Phu in the Historical Park – Klum Sub-district

Coffee and Reading

This is the perfect combination – drinking black coffee and reading good books.

Hi My name is Janpha Thadphoothon. I am an English teacher in Bangkok, Thailand. I enjoy reading and sipping black coffee at the same time. I am now writing – or rather trying to compose a haiku in my garden. Do you write any haiku?

I am thinking of drinking less coffee. But some say drinking coffee is not a bad habit as long as you do it in moderation.

I maintain my belief that there varve few joyful activities than reading and drinking coffee.

Senryu (川柳)

Senryu (川柳) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all.

Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions.

Senryu often makes use of wabi or “the beauty of ordinary things”.

Senryū is named after Edo period haikai poet Karai Senryū (柄井川柳, 1718–1790), whose collection Haifūyanagidaru (誹風柳多留) launched the genre into the public consciousness.

Below is an example of a senryu haiku:

When I catch,
The robber,
my own son

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