This school employs at least one SCAMMER that I know of.
I met a certain Ronald Rodrizuez, an English teacher at the INCA school, about three months ago. Mr. Rodrizuez informed me that he was the "Foreign Teacher Coodinator" (or something like that) and that they needed another ESL teacher.
I informed Mr. Rodriguez that I wanted to teach but that I would also need a visa. So...he told me that he would need 450,000 pesos and he could arrange for his (or 'their') attorney to get the visa.
Long story short....I never saw that money again. Myself and a bilingual lady-friend of mine went out to the school and managed to find out who Mr. Rodriguez's supervisor was (a Mrs Alba. Londono). We told her the story. Ronald claimed that he couldn't remember he last name.
In our discussion with Mrs. Londono, she professed to be appalled t this news about Ronalds misrepresentations and stated specifically that if he did not pay me back (I showed her the receipt which I had) that the school would take it out of his pay and get it to me.
But I never heard from her again>
I did hear from Mr. Rodriguez. Actually I've heard from him several times since then and each time I do.... it's another excuse.... to the point where it's obvious that he's just a con-man.
It's not a lot of money but it is a shame that somebody has to stoop that low for a lousy $170. And to think that a guy like that is teaching kids in school...??! I don't think he's a very good roll model and can only suppose that he could easily have pulled other such stunts in the past and/or could in the future.
It also seems strange to me, knowing that Ronald admitted to his supervisor what he had done, that they obviously have not followed up with Mr. Rodriguez nor have they felt compelled to offer more assistance to me.
It's pretty clear that they really don't care... just as long as Mr. Rodriguez turns up and does his job and doesn't rock their boat with anybody with any real clout locally.
I just got off an online chat with somebody at the school and, by coincidence, this person was one of the English teachers and apparently Mrs.Londono was/is his supervisor too. I suppose she was standing right there while he was chatting online with me.
Her message to him, from Mrs. Londono, was that it was my problem. In a sense, that's true. But in another sense, it's also theirs. But...I'm just another out-of-town gringo, so....no big deal, right?
I'd like to think that the professional institutions around here would be more concerned with the ethics of the people who represent them. But apparently not at INCA.
I can't wait to renew my registration over at daveseslcafe.com and put this news there. There might come a day when some foreign teacher thinks about going to work at INCA but I hope they find out how INCA handles ethical problems first.
Dr. Ben Carson, the famed brain surgeon, won a presidential straw poll conducted at the Western Conservative Summit, beating out other Washington outsiders former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Carson received 26 percent of the 871 votes cast, with Fiorina at 23 percent and Walker was at 22 percent. Texas [...]
I don't really have any opinion one way or the other about Carson. What I find interesting is that Huckabee got so few votes. And I'm glad that Bush got so few.
When it comes to the monthly cost of living and the ease of getting a visa to stick around for more than two months, Cambodia has huge advantages.
SE Asia is nice in general but Thailand and Cambodia have some unique flavors in common. Thailand is especially unique because it's the only country in SE Asia that's never actually had a war (even though they have sent troops to other wars).
On the other hand, Cambodia is unique because the Khmer Rouge killed almost an entire generation so, as the writer say, the 'gene pool' is somewhat low in quality.
But I can tell you that there's something dreamy about the ambiance of all that region and especially Thailand and Cambodia.
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I actually do not have an eBook reader (such as a Kindle) but I still like to bookmark sites like these. I love to read and know the value of it even if I don't do it as much as I should.
I'm not talking about reading stuff on the internet. I'm talking about reading the classics. The great literature of years past. There's just something about reading Jules Verne or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that still shine bright and maintains it emotional gravity even though the authors are long dead.
I'm even writing in that style and it's only because I just got through reading the first 3 pages of a mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle.
I haven't been through all this resource but there is supposedly some science-fiction in there (my favorite genre). And there's some history too. I love history.
So, check it out if you know you should read more than you do.
Another cool tool from The Grommet. I've actually been on their mailing list for at least two years but all I remember is that for some reason (which I can't remember) I never thought their site was very user-friendly before. Maybe it was also because I've lived abroad for the last 7 years (with the exception of S.Korea).
Author Frank DiMora gives you some information about the rapture of the Church. Many people have written to him asking him if the rapture will take place bef...
Frank brings some very timely instruction in this video about the timing of the Rapture that most Christians are eagerly awaiting. I tend to be a 'Pre-Trib' buy but, of course, there is no lack of people who are saying otherwise.
But what Frank points out, here in Scripture, makes perfect sense to me.
Big spenders are looking for unique pieces no one recognizes. And that’s bad news for these titans of luxury.
I WILL toot my own horn here. I saw this headline and it made immediate sense to me today. I've LONG said that I didn't like polo shirts with this silly little lizards and polo ponies, etc. on them. To me, I think, "If I'm an individual (which I am) why would I want somebody else's name on MY clothes?"
Yeah.... when you see me coming, I'm not a clone of anybody. I think a lot of people are getting intuitively tired of the that aspect of 'pop fashion'. People are going to start recognizing quality, creativity with basics, and individuality now.
I didn't even want to read the article. I already knew, in my heart and intellectually, that this beautiful young lady was brutally murdered by the scum that congregate in our nation's capital. Honestly, I don't that whatever this report reveals will make one bit of difference. Our government is morally 'broke'.
Every time I see this lady's picture it just breaks my heart. She must have been a very nice person.
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This young lady has a beautiful message and she's an example of a phenomenon that I predict we're going to see more of in the coming months. The real spirit of America, of the American Dream, is alive still in the hearts of millions of Americans of all colors all across our land. Some of them have been distracted by the evils of pop-culture but I think they're waking up. But the core spirit of the American Dream comes from the good side of the Universe. Even the Bible says that in the End Times (read...'now') there will be miracles and preaching of the word of God accompanied by signs and miracles. This is one of them.
Imagine a completely self-complete, multisensory-learning site with everything a beginning or 'beginner-improver' English learner needs to learn 850+ basic English words and the basic sentence structures to use them?
Plus there's a nifty little social aspect to it that allows these learners to interact with other English speakers and learners all around the planet.
Hard to believe this much functionality is free...but it is.
Mysterious footage said to depict three UFOs racing by Planet Earth is causing an out-of-this-world discussion on YouTube, as some people think it’s proof-positive of alien life. The 4-minute long video titled “UFO Mysteries: UFOs, Angels Or Biological Creatures Seen Leaving The Earth?” was uploaded a week ago and has more than 214,000 views. The video, reportedly [...]
Yeah, I think they're real. The question is: What's the nature of the intelligence that's driving them (and/or made them...keeping in might that the two might not be the same thing).
I think our government is 'in' this somehow...at a very high, 'need to know' level. So naturally the people who don't know what's going on have sincere, plausible deniability.
Look at some of the article that Intellihub.com has written about this issue.
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Another excellent blog. This fellow is obviously a good business person and very methodical and organizaed. I haven't read his site in depth but, from what I see, he's got a LOT of valuable experience to offer.
Info on prices for budget travel in South America as well as a recommended itinerary for exploring the continent without breaking the budget.
Here's the third of Tim Leffel's articles in a row that I've read tonight and I've noticed that he IS a very good writer. He make his points very well and it's enjoyable reading. This article takes an interesting premise...traveling all down and up Central and South America.
What it's like to live in Saigon, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) and what the monthly living expenses are, from web designer and travel blogger James Clark.
I saw this guys site on another, similar, site I was following. I really identify with what this fellow says about Saigon (it'll always be Saigon to me b/c I was there during the war[that we started]).
What he says about the Vietnamese food is surely true. Next to Thai food and Indian food, I probably love Vietnamese food the best. And if the women are still like they were when I was there, they're nice too.
I think in many ways the Vietnamese are the most westernized of all the SE Asian countries.
Yeah, I taught there for 4 years and it was a good experience as far as the Koreans themselves go. But the school administrators were a weird lot.. The school system is so bureaucratic and lethargic that the foreign teachers are always the last to know anything and they're often treated like 2nd class teachers.... like imported talking furniture. The don't get the same privileges that the regular Korean teachers do.
I’ll never forget the Oath of Office I took when I was commissioned as an Army Intelligence Officer all those years ago.
The most important part is where you swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and
Simon makes an excellent point here when he reminds the reader of the basis for the original formation of the country of The United States. We revolted because WE weren't being represented but we WERE being taxed.
Is what the government uses our money for right now what WE actually want them to do for it?
Hell no it's not. We, once again, have 'taxation without representation'.
I've watched several videos about Cuenca, Ecuador tonight. It looks like it's all that I've been reading about it in other expat retirement literature. Personally, I lean toward the idea of a bigger, more metropolitan area. But....
I lived quite happily in An Khe, S.Vietnam (a little bend in the road of probably less than 3000 people (not counting the VC) so....
I do hear that there is some Salsa dancing in Cuenca but I'm sure it's nothing like Seoul, S.Korea. Or even Houston (which doesn't hold a candle to Seoul.
This guy has a book I'll be purchasing soon. Cuenca sounds like my next stop.
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This is really a sign of an increasingly dysfunctional society where a guy can't even make a frigging video at a restaurant. I'd like to see a busload of band kids or a football team pull in there and be told they can't make a video. My guess is that management wouldn't say a thing....in which case InfoWars could probably sue their pants off.
Long time, no post. I've been busy editing my book, which is now up to 80,000 words. In the meantime, Sihanoukville continues to grow at an almost alarming rate. Apartments are being built all over the place. Why? It's because of the influx of workers and residents. Real Estate in Sihanou
This soon-to-be-released book by Robert Schnieder will probably be very interesting. If for no other reason than that he lives in a very exciting place...Cambodia. And particularly Sihanoukville.
I've only been to Cambodia once, back around 1971 when it was still a war-torn country. I went to Phnom Penh and it was really a dump them. But it's changed a LOT since then.
Think of Thailand before all the drunkards and sex-traffic screwed it up and...that's Cambodia (although admittedly Cambodia will probably be the same in 10 years.
But for now, it's the same basic land, the same basic mentality, and the same basic idyllic lifestyle. I would love to see Sihanoukville someday but until then, Robert does a marvelous job in showing and telling what it's all about.
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