My apologies for the late post regarding this advisory. I am sure that most of you (and our forum readers) have already received this. But for the sake of those who are not based here in the Kingdom and are planning to visit Thailand, this is for you. And also please read the latest travel advisory from The Department of Foreign Affairs for Filipinos wanting to visit Thailand. Also for those who are already here, Mr. Fitness (an SiamPinoy.Net active member) shared several good tips that you can make use of in times like these. Read all the tips here.


To : The Filipino community in Thailand

Re : Political tension in Bangkok

Due to the escalating political tension in Bangkok the past three days, the Embassy would like to advise the community to take the following precautionary measures:

1. Do not take sides in the ongoing political crisis;

2. Refrain from going near any of the rally sites or its vicinity; and

3. With the present tense situation, it is best to stay at home, as much as possible.

Please be guided accordingly.

(Original signed)

15 May 2010

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Dear Kababayans,

Please be reminded to cast your ballots for the forthcoming Philippine presidential election.

If you have not yet sent your duly filled-out ballots back to the Philippine embassy or, have not received
your ballots, you are kindly advised to go directly to the Philippine Embassy.
Or, for inquiries, please call 02-2590140

According to information from Vice-Consul Randy Arquiza, the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok will be open this coming Saturday and Sunday (May 8 and 9) for all registered voters to cast their ballots. Last day to submit your ballots will be on Monday, May 10, 2010.

Please pass on to other kababayans in Thailand.

Exercise your Right of Suffrage —- Vote now, Vote wisely.

“Don’t ask what the country can do for you, ask what you an do for your country” – John F. Kennedy

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang mga Pinoy!

Kabayang Daisy Mendiol

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You might find this post a bit odd considering the current situation in Thailand.  But since people are in need of a bit of an info about working in Thailand, I thought why not share what we already know. Besides, I can find no fault in doing so. Plus, no one can stop people who are really determined in finding a job in Thailand look for  info’s on the net. So here are some of the things why Filipinos like working in Thailand.

Most people who work in Thailand, either entered the Kingdom on a tourist visa at the start, or they were hired by their company from the Philippines, and entered Thailand with a non-immigrant visa.

A majority of the Filipinos who work in Thailand are in the teaching profession,  from kindergarten through university levels.

There are also a number of Filipinos who work with international NGOs (non-government organizations), in the IT, as well as Engineering profession, and in the hotel/travel industry.

Why Work in Thailand Full Story here…

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Filipinos in Bangkok can now attend a holy mass in Tagalog. Finally after years of living in Thailand, we are blessed with this opportunity.

This is especially good for those families with kids and you’d like them to hear some Tagalog words, sing Tagalog songs, and yes, meet Tagalog-speaking people. Our daughter, who is 8, and who only mostly hears Ilonggo at home, asked in the middle of the mass, “Mommy, what language is this?” Nge!

But it was so great that this has been started. There’s even a fellowship after the mass, so your kids get to bond with other kids of Filipino parents. Feel free to bring something Filipino to share with others at the end of the mass.

Next week, I have to make sure I’ve learnt how to say “Ama Namin” come Sunday, kasi yung Ilonggo version lang ang alam ko, eh. Haha!

For details about the mass and the location of the church please visit this Filipinos in Thailand Forum.

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The Philippine Ladies Group Foundation, a duly registered and one of the most active Filipino Associations in Thailand is holding an event this coming Saturday (24th of April 2010) entitled “An Afternoon Delight” starting from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Everyone is invited to join.

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Yesterday, I decided to add a Google map plugin which tells me where visitors comes from. It’s actually quite fun and interesting to have it added to the site. I know there is one map widget at the bottom right of the page. But it could be easily missed out. Unlike this one.

So far, after installing the program, the result showed us that a lot of our visitors coming from Thailand and the Philippines, Europe and then North America.

You can click on the image to show a larger view.

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With the Overseas Foreign Workers remittances amounting to $17.3 Billion in 2009 despite the global economy slow down. This is a good news to all of you hardworking Filipino OFW’s.

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are now exempted from paying documentary stamp tax (DST) on their remittances as well as travel tax and airport fee.

This is contained in the amended Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act.

The law exempts migrant workers from the payment of travel tax, DST, and airport fee upon showing of proof of entitlement from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

“The remittances of all OFWs, upon showing the same proof of entitlement by the OFW beneficiary or recipient, shall be exempted from the payment of documentary stamp tax,’’ Section 22 of Republic Act 10022, stated.

Former labor undersecretary and now Nacionalista Party (NP) senatorial bet Susan Ople immediately urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Department of Finance (DoF) to immediately issue the new law’s implementing guidelines. Read more

Share your thoughts or read about what Filipino OFW’s say about this.

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Some thoughts posted about living and working in Thailand. You can read about Visa information in Thailand, Do’ and Don’t etc..

I’m sitting here, in front of my computer, wondering at and about life – has it been indeed more than ten years that we have been living in this Kingdom of smiles, lotus flowers, and orange-clad monks walking barefoot in the mornings, holding pots of clay at their waists, ready to dispense merits and receive offerings of food from Thai residents who are kneeling in front of their homes by the road?

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We always receive emails from fellow Filipinos asking where is the best place to go in Thailand on a budget? How to get there safely and cheap. What is the best budget hotel/hostels that you can recommend which is located near the city or the nearest BTS or MRT train stations? And how much is the budget?

As much as we want to answer all of those questions, we are always limited by what we learn from hotel directories, heard from other Filipinos in Thailand or from first hand experience our Filipino Forum members.

So what I did is to find some useful programs to help out kababayans with their travel research. Below are twelve budget hotels in Thailand that you can check out. Hope you find the one that suit your needs best.

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There is a new post in the forum regarding this topic. I would like to share it with you and perhaps get an insight of your thoughts on this one. Why care? So what? Let’s face it, at times there are undeniable reasons that you just hate being a Filipino. Others have and we might have something to say and learn from it. Do you have one of these Kabayan?

Here is the “Don’t You Just Hate Being Filipino?” thread. Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.

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