The Terrifying Fact of Depression

It’s all……THOUGHT.

That’s right.  Let me superimpose it for you.

THOUGHT

Think about it.  Our mind, which is home to trillions of cells, can and has created everything around you at this very moment.  The environment, relationships, feelings, assets, friends, everything!

When I came to realize this back in early 2016, I literally unfriended every coworker I had because I was becoming them.  They would degrade me, look down upon me, and insult everything about Thailand and I was quickly becoming just that.

Was I depressed? Nope.  I had the conscious awareness to realize I was going down a very dark road. A lot of people don’t have that conscious awareness which then leads to depressive thoughts that accumulate over time and form thoughts on suicide.

The feeling of “not being enough” in the world.  I’ve had those feelings 4 years ago.

But what if I told you it can all be undone with just your thoughts? Literally, your thoughts create everything. Your thoughts have created depression (for those of you suffering) and a lot of people don’t even know what thought is.

I just saw a lady jump 17 floors to her death yesterday.  Two weeks ago a young boy was suffering from depression and hurled himself over an indoor balcony, killing himself in the process and sending people into pandemonium just 30 minutes north of Bangkok.

Get this, one was a student and the other had a 4-year-old child.

So, what is thought? I tried breaking it down in my podcast down below.

 

Why ‘Black Panther’ Could Be The Game-Changer In Asia & The World

When Michael B. Jordan said, “I don’t want to live.  I want to die like my ancestors did when they jumped off boats into the Atlantic (then pulled the sword out of his chest before falling),” it had a profound effect on me.

Michael Johnson, the prolific American sprinter from the 90’s, saw pictures at a university of the conditions of the slave ships from the 1650’s to the 1750’s.  Slaves were literally stacked on one another, defecating and urinating everywhere because there weren’t any bathrooms, and why would there be any on a slave ship?  Some of these slaves took their own lives by jumping overboard, drowning in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.  Those slaves, who didn’t jump overboard, suffered from the worst crimes in humanity.

There was a scene in Django Unchained where African slaves were involved in Mandingo Fighting, a term that you can see in…….those types of movies.

Anyways, this type of fighting was vicious.  For a slave to survive the fight, he would have to kill another slave to continue moving on.  Well, one of them ran away into the wilderness before being found by dogs – vicious dogs and a handful of them.  Jamie Foxx, known as Django in the movie, told the slave owner that he didn’t care about the “nigga” and they could kill him.  They, the slave owners, let go of the dogs, charging at the African slave before ripping him to pieces.

In saying that, all of these events have been shoved under-the-rug and now with Black Panther sending it’s own shockwaves across the planet, what can it really provide for people of ALL COLORS around the world?

If we can go back to the cast, Michael B. Jordan is African American.  Chad, too, is African American.  The women come from all walks of life (England, one born in Mexico and another born in the most remote town in Iowa – IOWA!).

Before I watched this movie, I saw herds of Thai people flocking into the theatre. I said to myself, “ummmm, well this is very interesting.  The racial hatred I’ve received five years being here in Thailand has been forgettable, so why are these people coming in to watch what it would essentially be (according to Bangkok Post), a BLACK MOVIE?

The slang of Michael, to the perfected African accents of the others, I saw Thai people looking at each other like, “huh? This doesn’t make any sense? Americans have black people?”

Ummmm….yes, they do.

It wasn’t even just that, it was the fact that there were insidious comments made within the movie.  Of course the typical anglo-American saying, “third-world country” over-and-over, to the sister saying, “omg! Don’t scare me, colonizer!” (which made me – the only one in the theatre – laugh my ass off). This director, who did a breathtaking job, put all these comments in there to show everyone…..the truth.  What we’ve been through and what’s still happening.

The Truth

China has denied more than 10 “black” movies over the past 8 years.  They said, “it’s not because we’re racist, but we don’t want to see “black” movies in China bomb.”  Just recently, people were marching down the street in Guangdong ranting, “we need to solve the BLACK problem here!” referring to African migrants who apparently bring drugs into their country (made me laugh while typing).

Nonetheless, this movie is soon to debut in China and in a few days in Japan.  Could it possibly trump the mindsets of people which are controlled heinously by the west? I’m talking about the media.  The Chinese, Japanese and Korean are so swayed by the western media to a point that it’s sickening.  You have Japanese actors painting their face black trying to depict Eddie Murphy, and schools across South Korea putting Africans on the front covers of children’s books, showing them eating bananas.

So what could this movie possibly do? Tell the truth.

But are they, on the other end, willing to listen? It remains.

Over the last week or so, my students have come to class saying, “I like Black Panther – black man handsome!” My jaw dropped.  Sure, that’s a stereotypical comment, but a very positive stereotypical comment (lol). On T.V. in this country, you get your weekly newsflash of the African being caught pedalling drugs in Pattaya, influencing and suggesting that all colored people are black and to stay away from them.  Just the past few months, I had a job prospective contact me saying, “could I see your picture?” indicating they want to see if I was color or not (was much worse 4 years ago).  So, now with a story of what we’ve been through, and colored people all over the world coming together, can we finally put to rest an image that was created by the media?

Podcast

https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/why-black-panther-could-be-the-game-chan

 

TOEIC: Text Completion #2 + PDF – Continuation

Here are parts 7-12 for everyone who tuned into my last blog.

Dr. Jim Croker of Budapest Lab says that people _____(7)_____  always travel with their own pillow.  “If business travelers can

  1. might
  2. will
  3. should
  4. can’t

bring their laptops on board, there’s no reason why they can’t bring their own pillow,” said Dr. Croker in a recent podcast interview.  An even _____(8)_____ solution, according to another celebrity doctor, is to avoid business travel altogether.

  1. good
  2. the best
  3. better
  4. greatest

The studies have also shown that time away from families can be detrimental to family life. 

After all, everything from _____(9)_____ meals to driving kids to and from school is affected when one parent goes away on business.

  1. preparation
  2. prepared
  3. preparing
  4. prepare

Leasing Office Memo

Is your work space overcrowded?  Are you looking for a _____(10)_____ office at

  1. more spacious than
  2. more spacious
  3. most spacious
  4. the most spacious

affordable price?  Here at the leasing office, we have a solution that will help you.  It offers a full-service building with a parking garage.  All offices have great views and the rates start at $500 per square foot.  With advantages like these, why consider _____(11)_____ anywhere else?  Call our rental office today.

  1. rent
  2. rents
  3. to rent
  4. renting

A five-year lease ______(12)_____ be signed in order to qualify for this special rate.

  1. must
  2. might
  3. could
  4. can

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Text Completion (2)

TOEIC Grammar: Determiners & Pronouns

Determiners and pronouns

Point 1 Determiners Definition :

A determiner is a word that is normally used at the beginning of a noun phrase. Determiners include:

  • articles. There are two types of articles: – the definite article: the
    – the indefinite article: a/an
  • possessive adjectives
  • demonstrative adjectives

 

Some and any are usually followed by plural countable nouns and uncountable nouns and are used as follows:

some cars

any cars

some money

any money

         Some is used:

  • in affirmative sentences: He’s got some books from the library.
  • in offers and requests:Could I have some books, please?
    Why don’t you take some books home with you?

    Any is used:

  • in negatives (not any = no; hardly any; never any): There isn’t any reason to complain.
  • in questions: Have they got any children?
  • in affirmative sentences, any = “no matter which”, “no matter who”,“no matter what”
    You can borrow any of my books.

    Their compounds

    Their compounds, which are always singular, are:

    • someone/somebody, something, somewhere. I have something to say.
    • anyone/anybody, anything, anywhere. Does anybody have the time?
      You may invite anybody to dinner, I don’t mind.  You can invite anyone to dinner.
    • no one/nobody, nothing, nowhere. Homeless people have nowhere to go at night.
    • (everyone/everybody, everything, everywhere).
    • They can be followed by else. There’s nothing else to do.
    • What else do you want to watch?

However, you can also use “someone’s car/somebody’s coming” in contraction form to show position or just using the LV “is.”

 

Also, “else” is one of those words that’s very difficult to understand, simply because there’s not much of a translation into the Thai language.  Example, “what else do you want to do?” My students look at me cluelessly because they just can’t wrap their heads around it.

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TOEIC: Incomplete Sentences + Text Completion

Welcome back to a full-on blog and episode (in the YouTube video down below) about the two areas of grammar that’s features on the TOEIC test.

Without further ado – let’s get into it.

Directions: Select the best answer to complete the sentence. 

  1. The Stock Market falls when the unemployment rate ____________.
  1. will rise
  2. rises
  3. risen
  4. have risen

2. The company plans to issue ____________ for the first time next quarter.

  1. divide
  2. dividends
  3. divisive
  4. divider

3. Hix & Co. will announce sales figures from the last quarter which __________ expected to be low.

  1. will
  2. is
  3. are
  4. were

4. It is up to the head of the division to use the ___________ funds.

  1. discretionary
  2. discreet
  3. discretion
  4. discreetly

5. His budget always tends to be ____________, which protects his department from unexpected costs.

  1. inflation
  2. inflationary
  3. inflate
  4. inflated

Text Completion

Park, Lee and Associates started as ______6_____ two-person firm more than 75 years ago and has grown into South Korea’s largest Independent Certified Public Accounting firm.  _____7______ got that way by focusing on the special needs of our clients.   

We always put the client first.  We offer traditional accounting services such as audit and tax services.  We also act as consultants and can provide a number of new, innovative services such as fund start-up services. 

We help business owners save money and protect themselves from risk.  we help individuals protect ____8____ assets, plan for the future, and minimise taxes.

____9____ services set us apart from other firms.

6) a, one, this, the

7) They, She, We, It

8) our, her, its, their

9) this, that, these, the

 

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TOEIC- Incomplete Sentences + Text – PDF

TOEIC Grammar: Double Comparatives & Order of Adverbs

Double comparatives

  • Our nation gets fatter and fatter every year.
  • more and more + adjective :
    The problem is getting more and more difficult to solve.To say that something is increasing all the time.

    We can use comparatives with the definite article the

    The more you say, the worse the situation will be. The more, the merrier.

    To say that two changes happen together.

    Order of Adverbs

    Adverbs that go in mid-position express:

    • frequency: never, rarely, always …
    • certainty: probably, certainly, obviously …
    • degree: nearly, almost, quite …The word order for adverbs in mid-position is as follows:

Tense

Subject

Auxiliary verb

Adverb

Main Verb

Complement

To be in simple tense

I

am

usually

right

Perfect tenses

He

has

already

seen

this film

Modal auxiliary verb

We

can

sometimes

play

tennis

Simple tenses

She

hardly

cooks

dinner

Passive with two auxiliary verbs

He

has

never

been remembered

for his novels

Only and even go just before the words they emphasize. It will only take (only) five minutes.

  • They have even forgotten (even) his name.

Sometimes / sometime / some time

Sometimes: means occasionally

Sometime: means at one moment in the future (it can also mean “one day”)

Let’s have dinner sometime next week.

Some time: means a period of time

She’s lived in Italy for some time, so she speaks Italian quite well.

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TOEIC Grammar – Comparatives & Superlatives

 Comparatives and Superlatives

Adjective

Comparative

Superlative

one-syllable

hard

-er harder

-est hardest

two-syllable ending in –y early

-er earlier

-est earliest

other two-syllable and long tiring

intelligent

more more tiring

more intelligent

most most tiring

most intelligent

some two-syllable quiet

clever simple

more or –er more quiet

cleverer simpler

most or –est quietest

most clever most simple

Some adjectives have irregular comparatives and superlatives as shown in the following table:

Example: The situation should get better soon. How much further is it?

The new model uses less gas.

+) A lot, much … with comparatives

Before the comparatives of adjectives you can use:
much, a lot, a little, a bit, far, any, no, rather, slightly, and significantly

  • If we leave any later than 5.00, we’ll get caught in rush hour.
  • This task is much more complicated than that one.

 As … as

We use as … as … to say that people or things are equal in some way. Note:

  • as much … as …, as many … as …
    I didn’t get as much money as I hoped.
  • twice/ three times … as … as …
    A US worker is 10 times as expensive as a worker in Mexico.
  • the same … as …
    My hair is the same colour as yours.

Adjective

Comparative

Superlative

good

better

best

bad

worse

worst

far

farther/further

farthest/furthest

little

less

least

much

more

most

TOEIC QUESTION

  1. A customer requesting a refund must be prepared to wait __________ 4-6 weeks for the request to be processed.

a. rough

b. rougly

c. rougher

d. roughest

 

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Career Goals For 2018

Well, this is the big one! I mean there’s Tedx, working for companies (on my own contracts), there’s the podcast, Herbalife, YouTube, selling things on my website, business cards, meetings, presentations.  Omg! I mean I really need to thing and plan this one out thoroughly.

Podcast

One of the biggest goals of course for this year is building a bigger audience. Stagnation does happen from time-to-time.  Has my podcast been on the incline? Absolutely YES.  I mean in 2016, I would be excited if I get 1-5 plays in one day.  Now that I’ve enabled downloading on my podcast, everything has taken off.  There are third-party websites picking up my podcast.  I’m on iHeartRadio and Stitcher along with dozens of others.  I bought a year-long subscription on SoundCloud to reach out to people on there and it’s all going very well.  The next big step is obviously Spotify.

I definitely need MORE INTERVIEWS! Since I’ve already established a schedule, there’s a one day void on Monday and I would love to do four interviews a month.  I have two prospectives at the moment.  One person, who I was suppose to do a podcast interview last week until technical difficulties, has gone completely silent.  Perhaps he was frustrated with the entire ordeal – and he had a reason to be. LOL. It happens.

Collaborations are extremely important.  Having people put me on their podcast and provide a link…or even attaching the link to a blog is very important.  Example, there was one particular “hollywood” personality who I got in touch with and I think she was all up for the podcast on my end; however, she then asked for $995.  I laughed because she had just a hair over 1k followers.  Smh.

YouTube

My students, at the company that recently expunged me (I love saying this – lol), looked my educational videos up on YouTube back in October.  When they did this, I realized my plays went from 2k to 3k in a months span.  Since then. My videos are at 4.6k.  I’ve looked at the geographical location and it points basically everywhere: Indonesia, Brazil, Antigua, France, Reunion, South Korea, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Switzerland.  You name it.  I couldn’t believe it because I hadn’t made an educational video in the past two years! So, I decided to make a ton of videos and I make sure content is being distributed rapidly.  I now have my graphic designer working on a new banner and a few other things.

Herbalife

I’m not one of those people that like shoving products or anything down others’ faces.  I did this probably a few years ago in trying to convince some of my friends that they should try Herbalife…and it never worked.  After that, I just didn’t care anymore.  If I could just live it, people will come.  Since then, lots of people, including co-workers and students, have asked me about the products.  No, I haven’t gone up the ranks since 2013, but I do want to take the great leap sometime in the last quarter of this year and start set up a new stream of income.

Book

Grrrrr this is the one! I was thinking of having a ghostwriter do it for me, but no one knows the story of what I went through here in Thailand more than I! I mean I have to tell it very vividly and descriptively.  I wish I had documented everything when it occurred, but I didn’t.  I just recently watched a TedX about a girl saying, “staying silent is the worse thing you can do.”  Well, I need to speak up about the experiences I’ve had in this country once and for all.  Just doing it is the catch…but if I can just brainstorm a couple of pages in the morning and make it my number one priority for the year = BINGO!

Website

The website is going to come into fruition over the next few months (before my anticipatory leave to South America), and on there will be lots of PDF’s templates and other things for my students all around the world to buy and stuff.  Luckily I have a graphic designer that’s doing amazing work at the moment; and what’s even more is I have the savings to pay for it all.  Very ecstatic and grateful for it.  Now, when this website launches, this WordPress site is going to be switched over there.  WordPress hasn’t provided me with much of anything except traffic.  Even the payment button is faulty.  If I want to sell things and plugins, I have to pay an additional 150$, which isn’t even worth it (sorry, WordPress); so I’m going to have a brilliant graphic designer build my website from scratch.  WOOHOO!

Podcast

https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/career-goals-for-2018

TOEIC – Incomplete Sentences #5 + Podcast + YouTube Video

Welcome back to another edition of incomplete sentences.  If I’m not mistaking, this could be the very first blog I’ve written along with the YouTube video and Podcast for Incomplete Sentences.

Anyhow, here’s a breakdown of gerunds.

Gerunds are verbs in their base form + -ing, e.g. doing. Infinitives are verbs in their base form + to, e.g. to do.

Short Exercise

Match the sentences (a-f) with the rules down below. 

a. That will give us more time to go running.

b. I’d be interested in finding a new pair of shoes.

c. I don’t like doing homework.

d. I think cleaning will change over the next few decades.

e. You use a fridge to keep your food chilled.

f. That’s easy to fix. 

Rules

  1. We use the infinitive/gerund after prepositions (except to)
  2. We use the infinitive/gerund immediately after adjectives.
  3. We use the infinitive/gerund with go to talk about physical activities.
  4. We use the infinitive/gerund after verbs of liking or disliking (except would like).
  5. We use the infinitive/gerund to explain why we do something.
  6. We use the infinitive/gerund as the subject or object of the sentence.

 

TOEIC EXERCISE

  1. Although I advised her to go by train, she decided _____________ instead. 

A) drive     B) to drive     C) driving     D) drove

 

      2. He was out when I called, but the receptionist kindly offered _________ a message for me.

A) to take       B) taken     C) took      D) taking

 

3. It appears that our competitors are considering ____________ our takeover proposal. 

A) to accept     B) accept     C) accepting     D) accepted

 

     4. When buying a new car, it is advisable to __________ the best deal you can find. 

A) go through     B) look for    C) get into     D) fill out

  • If you take a look at the sentence, what verb in the answers is closely related to the word “find?”

 

 5. We are ___________ on you to make a good impression at the conference next month.

A) taking    B) counting    C) putting     D) picking

 

 6. After waiting for more than thirty minutes for my entree to arrive, I asked __________to the manager.

A) speak    B) speaking    C) spoken    D) to speak

 

Podcast Link 

https://www.spreaker.com/e/DNmcCSXeUJ8

 

YouTube Video

TOEIC Grammar: Countable & Uncountable Nouns + Articles. Podcast & YouTube Video Included

Unit 2: Countable/Uncountable Nouns + Articles

When a countable noun is singular, it is used with an indefinite article a/an; when a countable noun is plural, it ends in –(e)s.

Example: To request extra credit card for other members of your household, call our automated service line. (not correct)

A countable noun must be used with an indefinite article a/an in the singular form; otherwise it should end in –(e)s in the plural form. (card/cards)

The electronics company has recruited staff from several of its competitor. (not correct)

A plural noun must be used after such determiners as several, some, many, etc. (competitor competitors)

B. Uncountable nouns

Uncountable nouns refer to substances, concepts etc that we cannot divide into separate elements. An indefinite article a/an cannot be used with an uncountable noun. Besides, an uncountable noun in the subject position must be used with a singular verb.

Uncountable nouns are singular in form.

Example: The equipment you ordered are scheduled to be delivered on August 26. (not correct)

Because equipment is uncountable, it is singular and is used with a singular verb. (are – is)

Uncountable nouns cannot be used with an indefinite article a/an.

Example: They helped needy people by the provision of a clothing, food, and shelter. (not correct)

Uncountable nouns cannot be used with an indefinite article a/an. (a clothing)

Uncountable nouns that frequently occur in the TOEIC test

advertising, equipment, information, pollution, traffic, advice

furniture, machinery, recreation, luggage/baggage

clothing, knowledge, homework, merchandise, money, stationery, scenery, fun, employment, leisure.

 

Podcast Link – learners in Mainland China.

https://www.spreaker.com/e/QbaQEXYMZkN

 

Youtube Video – Rest of The World