So excited to bring on a student from a popular school here in Bangkok, Thailand (no, not the Mater Dei high school in California). Today we’re going to be doing the speaking task in terms of presenting a global city! Prepare yourselves! Here’s the podcast and transcript!
Speaker 1: (00:00)
Guys, welcome back to another ESL podcast man, I am your host. Arsenio as usual. Oh my God. Yes. Today is one of those special days cause I have had the opportunity. So bringing on one of my ex students, man, the first time I met her, you know I was teaching [inaudible] at the institution that I full time out. I will not disclose the name of that institution because it does not matter. But you’d know what this individual right here, she is fantastic. And she is out there. She’s a, she is, she is who she is. Tom Peacock of modern day out a year in Thailand. I’ll be like, thank you so much for joining.
Speaker 2: (00:40)
Speaker 1: (00:41)
Yeah. And got to join [inaudible] so what’s going on? Okay, so here we go. Oh my God. All right, so you’re in squelch grade. All right. You’re doing big things today. Speaking task of course is about presenting a global city. That’s going to be really funny and interesting. But, uh, tell the people briefly, uh, what you want to do because you’re going, you’re going to be transitioning soon from of course grade school to university. So what are the plans for you?
Speaker 2: (01:12)
So no, I am, I will join in my heat on university international college. Oh, you ask no ask MUAC I’m joined like media and communication is the name of I t yeah it might. And so media and communication, so like it’s like kind of kind of calm arts to do like fames do, do like animation kind of that true B to B products. Yeah, kind of that. So I learned to, I love to take pictures and I like to like to take a fame to make a story too. Have they people come to watch and make it and after that they haven’t watched my movie, they will be happy. So yeah, I like to do kind of, because I don’t like, like very much a theory because I I want to do like particle. Yeah. I have a one to do it. My yourself I have to do, I know like I read books and Blah Blah Blah.
Speaker 1: (02:18)
Wait, memorize the context of that. Okay. So you’re a creator.
Speaker 2: (02:25)
Speaker 1: (02:26)
And you know what? I see that through so many of your pictures. Of course on a Instagram you travel into, you know, to Japan and stuff like that. And of course the tie of course you see the education not only here in Thailand, around the world, it’s all about memorize and memorize and memorize and things that we can just Google. So I’m glad that you found something that you love, a passion, something you could drive for it instead of just, you know, academics, you know?
Speaker 2: (02:54)
Speaker 1: (02:56)
So here you are this evening. And again, thank you so much for coming on and you know what? We’re going to be deep dive in. Insert now, this is the speaking task presenting a global city. So there are going to be a number of people coming on over the next few weeks. Uh, some of my ex students of course, um, they were in our class. If you remember mint and sewer pot, uh, we’re going to be doing some role playing discussion soon. So, I mean, it’s just going to be all fun. It’s great to actually have some of my ex students on and have a little bit of fun and you know, just to, just the let that English go. So today we’re presenting a global city. What’s the global city you got for us today? Man?
Speaker 2: (03:38)
Yeah, I got like, okay.
Speaker 1: (03:41)
Speaker 2: (03:43)
Dubai, Paris kind of dance that like, that effect. Humans, well, I think around, around, around the world. They, every country they got like a big effect from like global warming.
Speaker 1: (03:59)
Oh, okay. Okay.
Speaker 2: (04:02)
Yeah. In Thailand it’s has like, like in the, um, like three’s London ago, they got like many of us that I’m off to stand that test sometimes in Shangmei they like got a peak at 300 more than 300, but the sense that about this [inaudible] is like quite of low than Nolan. 50 odd. Okay. Kind of 30. I’m not, I’m not sure about that. The data.
Speaker 1: (04:38)
Right, right. So, yeah. Um, for the, for those people who don’t know Chiang Mai and even Bangkok, we got choked out a few times, uh, and changed my man, they got slammed. They were in three hundreds, even sometimes four hundreds they peaked number one most polluted city in the world, probably around 30 times in the last, in the first 120 days. So there’s a lot of effects and I mean if you even check out the weather that just that we just had today, which is crazy in itself because of course when storms come, temperatures dropped, but it’s feeling a little wintery right now. And so, I mean there’s a lot of different things. So wait, have you traveled to a Hong Kong before?
Speaker 2: (05:22)
Yeah, I have been deaf for like
Speaker 1: (05:26)
two or three times in my life. Yeah. That Hong Kong teams some innocence and love it. So. Okay. So tell us a little bit now of course, I’ve been to Hong Kong too and I have some people of course from Hong Kong who actually listened to my podcast. And, uh, you know what, Hong Kong was just one of those places. I wouldn’t say it’s a love relationship, but it certainly is a little bit different, a little difficult coming into the airport, you know, because they, uh, they say, hey, where are you going? What are you from? Well, you bet. And I’m like, wait, what, why are you asking me?
Speaker 2: (06:09)
Hong Kong would be they before that they like, they leave, they like say, oh they used it [inaudible] Richard, right. Not the kind of going to like shyness before. Right.
Speaker 1: (06:24)
Speaker 2: (06:25)
because they have like, they have let me have my no into like in the queue on like, um, you know, they have to make, they know what they have to do.
Speaker 1: (06:37)
Speaker 2: (06:39)
Yeah. But some country then not have manner and they like shout to talk with other guys.
Speaker 1: (06:47)
It’s funny because in some cultures, of course, shouting is deemed to be respectable and you know, in particular cultures, which is very, very interesting. But um, yeah, so Hong Kong, you know what I loved so much about Hong Kong and I just made up my mind that I will be going to Taiwan. Have you been to Taiwan?
Speaker 2: (07:08)
Mm, no, but I want to go there. I want to, yeah, I want you like
Speaker 1: (07:13)
I want to go to eat. You can’t like to,
Speaker 2: (07:21)
yeah, like they have like sick nature of time. One drink.
Speaker 1: (07:25)
Oh bubble tea. Bubble tea. Right. Okay, so explain to the world what bubble tea is. Okay.
Speaker 2: (07:32)
It is like go like tea that put milk in there and it’s like a poor, it’s at pro. It had like a [inaudible]. They have two boys boy to be like to borrow and they will put like Chuka in there. I had like pulled to get sweetness and they will shake it out with the t on. They have to check, check, check with the machines. Are they hands on them? You can eat it. I think I love it. I love to, I like to drink them. I know you guy when you have to.
Speaker 1: (08:05)
Yeah, you must try. Yeah, it’s a rare, yeah, so I mean wait, I think it have bubble tea out there in the Philippines too. I tried it for the first time in a met
Speaker 2: (08:20)
bring in some temping thousand temping [inaudible] they have like no one will you love that. I know because you stay there 24 hours. They have a, I love Green Tech. I love green tea though.
Speaker 1: (08:32)
The, the green tea at Tom Tom’s and the next thing you know they ended up shutting down Tom Tom. So Tom Tom’s coffee shop that of course I would do some wonderful teaching with this magnificent student who I am speaking to right now. And they shut the place down. I don’t know what happened.
Speaker 2: (08:49)
They have to renovate I think so. There were no bed.
Speaker 1: (08:52)
Okay, good. Well they better open back up cause that green tea was damn near on Starbucks level. So here we go. Tell us about the food in Hong Kong because guess what? It took me about three hours on my second day there to find any kind of food. I don’t know what part of Hong Kong you were in, but please tell us, fill us in where the food is in Hong Kong. Chinese food, like Chinese symbols like Joel by rights. I’m Christie Park,
Speaker 2: (09:21)
Speaker 1: (09:23)
Speaker 2: (09:26)
Oh, so yeah. Roster that it’s so like maybe kind of food an 800, eight, eight techniques are fantastic. I love it.
Speaker 1: (09:36)
Oh, eggs for all my God famous. Yeah.
Speaker 2: (09:40)
Yeah. It’s so very, very delicious. I love them. I love it.
Speaker 1: (09:46)
I had one of my students, he said he went there and ate 20 of them in one day. I remember, I think he was a bit, he’s a business student somewhere out there near the main airport. So when a poon so, uh, okay. So the egg tarts, fantastic. You know what I love so much and this is how I made a decision that I wanted to travel to Taiwan because I checked out the transportation system and they just connected the airport with Taipei city. So I’m like, oh, that’s all I really care about is like a efficient transportation. So when you’re in Hong Kong, how did you get around?
Speaker 2: (10:21)
I’m go by and some way underground and it got an awesome time of bus. Okay. That time I go with my like relatives and my mom also to go to [inaudible]. Yeah. Match. Last time I go with two about the second and second time what the term I go with mine. Like I’m like cousin. Well with relative together like family, like a big Fam, not the big family trip, but like go have like this half in Hong Kong was still eight go to like go to temple to make a, which a life help kind of that.
Speaker 1: (11:03)
Okay. And the temples, are they kind of similar to what tied temples are? They’ll tie now what is a tie? A Tie temple, basically Buddhism predominantly. Although pseudo sock not too far from where you are, your school and whatnot. On the other side, cheat Loam, but suicide, they have a mosque, they have a church, they have a temple and they had all in one place. That’s amazing. Yeah. Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. Right, right, right. Yeah. So your church, is it Catholic or Christian? Nice. Good.
Speaker 2: (11:38)
Speaker 1: (11:39)
it’s not, oh, it’s Catholic. Okay. Okay. I think so. Okay. Yeah. All right, so what, how different are the temples from Thailand compared to Hong Kong? How are they there? In Hong Kong? Yeah. Like,
Speaker 2: (11:55)
yeah, like the place, I feel like the stack too of how do, how, how do you call to off monkey the way that the face, the body of the Mongan. Yeah. So among that demand, who the people that they’re close is, so their thing like entirely they have like, um, they had like strict, strict, like the Mung, you can let have a head or oh, I’m brown. You have to like, you can touch the, um, the women bodies some new, when you walk to like go to the, delete the list ghetto in the morning, you can’t, cannot wear the shoes. Kind of that I think about how in Hong Kong they’re like, they be shoe, right. I’m not sure about the monk. No, I bought in Hong Kong the pace at the tempo. It’s so, so be be like kind of relax, but it have like many of smoke from the, the heck okay. From the, like the just stick to no is just stick.
Speaker 1: (13:17)
So like incense. Oh yeah. Got You. Okay. Incense. Yeah, sure. Yeah.
Speaker 2: (13:24)
Speaker 1: (13:25)
Yeah. Oh God. Okay. I’ll write end out when it comes to, um, that’s the thing, you know what? They have a beautiful, you know, Oh my God, I don’t even know how to say it. But you know the Buddhist statues, right? The actual Buddha person. So they’re building one right here in the heart of Talar. Plu. There’s a temple here. Right. And I don’t know what the name is, but they’re constructed. Yeah. Yeah. It’s like a guy with no hair. I don’t know his name though. Is that Buddha or is that another guy? I don’t know his name.
Speaker 2: (13:57)
I mean, I’m not sure.
Speaker 1: (13:58)
This is the biggest Buddhist statue of a person that they’re building in Bangkok. They don’t, well, unless there’s something that [inaudible] other places, other temples around the nip around the river, but there is one, they’re going to be finished. I don’t know when, but there are, it’s going to bring a lot of tourists in this area. So pretty smart. It’s almost something similar to the small province out there in northeast Thailand by the name of booty dumb. They have a big [inaudible] at the top. Yeah. Okay. So tell me about the prices out there in Hong Kong. That would be, of course I’ve experienced it, but I want you to tell them how, you know, is it expensive or is it cheap?
Speaker 2: (14:42)
Okay. In mind and my perspective, I think Hong Kong like hi and like expensive
Speaker 1: (14:52)
[inaudible]. Yeah, because like if you want to eat something, you have to buy it. The like, yeah. Okay. How would you, you have to buy a no, no nature because of the likes. It’s expensive. Like the like one day they have like expensive in that light, like expense, you know that at home cheap like, like, like, like, like expense is so high. Yeah, yeah, yeah. If you will entail and you got like 302 days, right? So 300 baht per day. Similar to $10 a day out there. Yeah. Yeah, yeah. So it has the extra, they live their money in, like they have like a high, so definitely it’s gonna be expensive also. Right. [inaudible]
Speaker 1: (16:00)
it’s so expensive also. Oh really? So tell me, so tell me, so the past, if you want to, that’s my something. You can have like one handed that UVV have like five thing in your bag, but now now’s a day. If you have 100 bad, you can be like two or three things in your bag too to have it. Because like from the economists from big government, but they can like that they can be worded the money. So you’d be like ethic comparing. Hmm. So, so basically the prices on goods are going up. The salaries are not, so that’s probably don’t, it’s kind of like the wage gap out there in Hong Kong. You have apparently the ultra rich and even tutors students such as myself, right? These guys are millionaires. They’re more popular than the actors and the actresses out there in Hong Kong. Right. But then you go to other places in areas where they don’t want to talk about, I don’t know, maybe cal saloon. And then you have like five people living in something as big as the bedroom that I’m sitting in and it’s ridiculously expensive. Like, like 1500 US dollars 45,000 bought are probably much more, I’m sure it’s much more, probably about 2000 US dollars, something very similar to New York. So. Oh Man. So, okay. So your outlook, like in terms of Thailand, in terms of the economics, do you believe that wages will go up or do you think that expenses will continue climbing and the wages, the monthly salaries will stay the same?
Speaker 2: (17:50)
I think you’ll be increasing, but the salary will be the same. But that the price from the product we will be oppor it will be increasing. Yes. Because like from awesome from the, I don’t know what in others countries, but [inaudible] knows daily [inaudible] government cannot do why that Oh, they’ll still have the problem that the prize is the prize of the product school high. Right. Okay. So I, I will like my example in front of House, if you want to buy the French call to cook something, um, the pot, the pot like one kilo, you can have like 60 bucks and I’m just like, for example, but nowadays one kilo, it’s high, like 100 bucks because it’s effect it fixed from the government and the money that okay. That not slow in the system.
Speaker 1: (19:09)
MMM, okay. Okay. Okay. It’s Kinda like, uh, the money does it rotate in and out? That’s what you’re trying to say. Yup.
Speaker 2: (19:18)
Okay. Yeah. So whole, like so in low people in Thailand, they have [inaudible] they have like to do, like to save them or me to be careful to use it because the money does not flow in the system. You know that. Yeah. Wow.
Speaker 1: (19:42)
And this is why some Thai people, um, what do you, what’s your opinion about the train and what the prices are with the train system? Because if we look at it from this perspective, um, if you commute from the northern airport by the name of Don belong and to Bangkok, if you think about it, this perspective, if you make 300 pot, I’m talking $10 an hour with the minivan that you take and potentially the new sky train system a long with the sky train here in the heart of Bangkok and to go back home you’re spending $6 literally 180 bought worth the transportation are ready and you only get a daily budget of 300. So this is a huge problem.
Speaker 2: (20:33)
Yeah. Okay. So from my perspective, pain like you know, it translates them in, in Thailand they, we call it bts. M. I t like pocket transport, Bob, um, [inaudible] in Thailand they are like not convenience and not connect to anywhere like others country in European of right in m and t they, they have like some off station. They not connected with the pts at all. Sometime like in more shit. Oh, so a Salem, they have like many people in there around like the office hours [inaudible] much on in the morning and in the evening. So we have to be paid like for an hours to go to work. Hmm. Because like if you want, if dude, if you want to drive a car and you’ve got like one to two hours to go there. So it’s not only, it’s not good at all by your health. If it, you’ll be like effectful your health in the future because if you are driving you have to go to like, um, get up early. You have to be an express that, oh shit. So today I have to be like sporadic cookie. I will go to work on time. I know that am the prize of train day go like so high. So be [inaudible] changing.
Speaker 1: (22:11)
Yeah. Right. And so, I mean, I mean the thing is when it comes to rush hour, and especially out there in, I’m really zen out there in uh, New York in especially Japan. Have you been on Japan? Have you been on Japan strings or in rush hour? I heard that you got the guys pushing the people onto the train, you know what I mean? So yeah, I think that’s unavoidable. Um, you know, it’s funny cause a lot of foreigners would say, oh well maybe they should get more trains and it’s like really like more trains. I’m like good. Yeah.
Speaker 2: (22:45)
Yeah. But in Japan, the train, the bad twin is aunt in in time. If they, if they, you can use Google map to use, um, to go and you were in Japan. Right. Okay. In Google map they will say, oh, they run all five train route coming to go to. Okay, so go to Osaka. Right. Okay. It’s 1105 the the train you’ll be at you on your station that you stand and what about that? Ah, okay. It has to be like, oh stay, we can go on time or not go. The train will be like two you, we stopped at some stations or stop at the middle of this, you know,
Speaker 1: (23:36)
probably middle of the track. Yep. They just, somethings I’ll never understand. However, I do believe that MRDC again,
Speaker 2: (23:46)
the MRT for the people that don’t know is the underground. Then you have the bts skytrain, which is above the ground. Las Vegas. They were thinking about building a sky train, but of course the commissioners and the fools that actually run the damn state say, oh no, it’s going to be an eyesore. It won’t make Las Vegas some of the most ridiculous ideas. So honestly, there are days, there are days that I, there were days that I had to wait one hour for the bus and so welcome to Las Vegas. You know what I mean? I know that there are a lot of the, you know, people who complain about this and that, but honestly, if you have to wait, I’m talking about a simple bus on the simple street. I’m not talking about a bus to go cross country. I’m talking about a simple bus. So again, transportation one to use. It will be hard to that because I know, okay,
Speaker 1: (24:43)
why? Why, why? Why is it that buses are inadequate? Meaning why is it that
Speaker 2: (24:49)
they’re not very efficient? Lots of stories of course. Yeah. Lot of like, I, I can find this off the bus in Thailand. Hmm. You know that he’s had like, you’d have like made naked here. Um, I have like the naked here. Nicotine. Yeah. Right. Like [inaudible] it’s more, it’s so doc sometimes some, and they have to be like, did they not go into passing day? They stop at the middle end.
Speaker 1: (25:36)
Yeah. So that’s like three lanes.
Speaker 2: (25:44)
Oh, it’s on the left. Right. They, they stopped at the, to the middle and know what they think.
Speaker 1: (25:55)
That’s just amazing. And even when they drive in the left lane, people park their car on the main road and you, no one does anything. No one does anything. No. The towing company or this or that,
Speaker 2: (26:10)
nothing gets done. So it can become very frustrating on the roads. That’s why the train is so important, you know? Yeah. Like the drivers, some I call some day not have like men, they have, they not have men who
Speaker 1: (26:31)
oh yeah, they have no manners. Yeah. Like, yeah, give me, give me, give me an example of doe banners.
Speaker 2: (26:39)
Some is they like drive so she can
Speaker 1: (26:44)
dress like that in the law. They have like not be over than 100 I don’t know. I don’t know that exactly, but they drive into like 150 like to have to fly I think so different to fly so fast. And they’re like, she said, oh the time change, change shit into left and no I don’t really, if I could right. It’s good to meet him. Straight stress. Right. They believe in certain, they believe it’s one of those race games, you know? I mean they’d light in the lane changing. I mean it’s unbelievable. I remember my taxi just a few days ago, he was getting ready to get in the right lane but then he came back to the middle and then there was a red Porsche fly right by at some of the most insane speeds I’ve ever seen in my life. And these same people, we called it out here in Thailand, we call them high.
Speaker 1: (27:36)
So meaning high society meaning the very wealthy but often the very, very dangerous. So these people are notorious on a year in and year out basis to fly on these roads in cue people and they get off with it. Now that’s a completely other topic that I don’t even want to touch, but you guys understand the dangerous and of course Thailand does have the highest percentage of fatalities on the road, unfortunately. And a lot of it involves motor motorcycles, motorcycles in Thailand. They’re also known as mopeds out there in America. So Thailand has its issues and whatnot, but building a mass transit system, hopefully this will be able to clear up a lot of the messages that are on the road or at least decrease the traffic fatalities that we see on the roads out here in Bangkok in present day. So yeah, with that being said, oh my God, I am so happy again, man.
Speaker 1: (28:35)
This was a good one. Because again, speaking tasks, presenting and talking and being able to effectively communicate the language to other people. And it’s so great because you held it down. This is your first time. And again, there are a lot of different people that listen to this podcast from Japan, Brazil, I rack, I’m talking about 40 plus different countries. So I love it. Cause you came on and you were like, yeah, yeah, no problem. Yeah, because I can improve my speaking skills to be like to be taught in Ios examiner. Exactly. And so now the best part about this is that this is recorded. This is going to be given to you, it’s going to be on podcasts. So anytime you want to go back and listen to yourself now you could say, Ooh, okay, I did this. Okay. You know what I mean?
Speaker 1: (29:30)
And of course it was funny and whatnot, but you can see how much you improved too. So again, thank you so much for coming on. Okay. Okay. And what I’m going to do. Absolutely. What I’m going to do, of course, you guys who are listening to this on the podcast, you guys are going to get this on Sunday and I’m going to be bringing that, of course, you and so many other people on to talk about a wide variety of things, including ILT and other things. So man, thank you so much for taking your time this evening to come on. Okay. Thank you so much. You’re very welcome. And guys, would that be a said that, I hope you guys have this wonderful ESL podcast questions. Let me know. And with that being said, guys, have a wonderful morning, afternoon, evening. I’m your host, Arsenio as usual, over and out.