Personal Development Series | Last Job Stole My Work

While lounging around on my bed, I wanted to see what previous language centers that I had worked for — were up to. I went to my last job, a language center with a lot of racial hate towards people of color, and I found this photo. For those of you joining me, this is the first time you will hear the backstory and how negative opinions of other people are completely FALSE.

The Background

The notorious Future Park Rangsit, located in Pathumthani just north of Don Meung International Airport, is known for its’ creeps. Pedaphiles would flock there and prey on children. Men would buy food for younger girls and touch them underneath the table while running their fingers through their hair (and the Thais just think this is normal and doesn’t report anything). Nonetheless, the job that I had accepted as a part-time role had a lot of problems when I first arrived in October of 2014.

First question at the interview, “Arsenio, how is it being a black teacher here in Thailand?”

Next statement, “just to let you know, there’s some racism around here.”

Wow, so much for a job interview. Unbeknownst, I had to win over management there. Ma’am, the name she’s formally known as, didn’t speak to me for one year because she was disgusted at the fact the head teacher from New Zealand hired their second-ever black teacher. So, the proving grounds were already set from the very beginning.

The Controversy

I made a personal development podcast speaking about my life and the things I saw on a routine basis. I told NO ONE about it, but after letting a snake from the Netherlands in the language center — after pleading to management not to let him in because he would create an obscene amount of division, they let him in. The amount of bickering, complaining, ignorance that developed in the office was heavy, feeling it as you walk through the doors every morning. Then one July 2016 day, the original head teacher who had hired me, walked into my room just before my 1pm class and said, “Arsenio, apparently you have a podcast that has gotten some people upset around here.” My jaw dropped. The guy from the Netherlands had google’d me and the only thing I had on google search at the time was my podcast. He shared it with everyone and the entire workplace was against me because I called out wife tourists. In the end, I was given a verbal warning for literally having an opinion, and the division was created.

Now, The Story

Kim Kim, a girl who I had brought onto my ESL podcast, who interviewed me on my personal development podcast, and has been my source of inspiration, had taken 200 hours worth of classes with me at this specific job (I should’ve told her to pay directly through me — lol). Although her speaking capabilities was astounding, she didn’t like writing so much, so when it came to getting her full score in IELTS, she received a 7.0 overall but a 5.5 in reading, which is quite low. Nonetheless, she just so happened to be on the promotional photo featuring one of my biggest critics EVER.

The Hellish Brit — My Biggest Critic Ever

Because I called him out on moving to Thailand to marry a woman, he never quite liked me — just like the rest of the teachers who had the same agenda in terms of taking advantage of poor-minded women. When this Brit had become the head teacher of my job back in April of 2017, ceasing the power from the previous New Zealanders, my workload evaporated. He wanted to get back at me as much as he could by believing in his feelings — you’re not good enough to teach these courses or that.

The frustration and discontent had been building for months, even working at corporate sectors, which I was actually forced to do. And then this happened…

The Infamous November Day

  • “If you want to continue working here, we need to have a meeting.”
  • “I don’t think you’re as good as you say you are.”

It was a threat, which he didn’t even have the power of using, and then the demeaning remarks that ensued over the course of 45 minutes during an afternoon. I went home, looked for a new condominium and moved to Bangkok within a month — following was the resignation in February of 2018. I felt that the oldies at this place had won, and because I wanted to feed my pride, I really wanted to send a brutally honest email with disparaging remarks towards everyone within the company, including those in Bangkok who didn’t like black teachers whatsoever.

Why I’m Writing This — They Took My Credit…lol

The photo of my student, unbeknownst to me, was put onto their social media page. I said to myself, “wait, they didn’t even teach this student! I DID!” Also, there was another native speaker who had learned with another teacher they promoted. These old photos are from 2016, and the two teachers they’re promoting in the photo (as you see from the blog post), didn’t even teach them, nor did they teach any of the others. What’s more is ALL OF THE STUDENTS received 5.5-6.0 in writing. The guy’s face you see, Mr. “I don’t Think You’re Good Enough,” told me I couldn’t teach IELTS because he said my writing was terrible? Yet, look at your work? At the time, your students got the same marks in writing! HA! So all of those ugly comments and degrading remarks in regards to my body of work was out of your “feels” instead of based on facts, as I stated years ago.

To sum this up, when I left, there was a lot of resent in my heart, but it’s because I accepted the negative opinions of those who slandered me without any real facts. They were part of Thai society which spewed as much racism at me as possible to get me to “leave” the country; but when I left the language center, it was because I knew that I had plateau’d there. There was nothing else for me to achieve there. This country and state is where oldies go to take advantage of weak-minded Thais who see only “white” through a monolithic lens. It was the greatest decision ever, because now I’m known worldwide and I get 6.5-7.5 in writing (with my students).

Since then, I’ve had to cut off other testing centers who would employ me to teach TOEFL iTP because they would also insult my intelligence saying, “you didn’t get this on the test so that means you’re not good enough to teach.” A very backwards way of thinking, although I was handed perfect scores in the grammar, listening and almost reading sections. Although with 18 hours of learning, a student had passed his exam after 66 tries and another one after 21. No credit given; zero fucks given.

And the story ends like this. When someone insults your intelligence, it’s normally because they’re afraid of the amount of power bestowed in you and what you’ll become. They know that you’re way better than what they’ll ever be, but to “bring you back down to Earth,” they’ll blast with you with their perception and tell you you’re not good enough based on: race, creed, color, religion, gender, etc. They’ll steal your work in the end and perhaps even post a photo of two white men, giving them credit instead of a black man….because remember, in Thailand, you can NEVER give a black man credit.

And what a beautiful journey it has been. Now that I’m switching back to conversational tone (as the teacher had said during that life-changing meeting in November of 2017), I can tell you that I had to take quantum leaps through my journey here in Thailand. The student in my photo was encouraged, by me, to move to Singapore…which she did. She’s now graduating and has her own business at the age of 22. I took her under my wings and she knew that I had so much in me to spur her onto success. In fact, she veered away from other teachers because they were too “literal” and “boxed in.” I saw her potentiality, just as she saw it within me and accepted me as a teacher. After teaching her last year again, four years later, I can say she has matured much more than the previous two years I had seen her in Singapore. And with that being said, the dirty laundry has officially been aired out.

Someone else’s negative opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Discussion Topic | How Thai Students Have Failed At Learning English

I was sitting in class, going back and forth in what I thought was an amazing conversation with a new student.  While I was speaking to her, I was figuring out the specific areas of focus she needs: planning, sales, marketing, corporate finance, vocabulary that focuses on that, listening capabilities, developing confidence, personal development. This is why I do….with my online students.  A day later, the complaint had come and I was shocked. “Arsenio, teach 70% in the book.”  What? Are you kidding me? I just customized a perfect course in which I charge big bucks online for and you want to learn page-by-page like how the old foreigners have taught for centuries?

Do people still believe that the book is the key? I mean, if I need to learn Spanish 501 verbs, then the book is important.  Relearning something that you already know is a waste of time.

In the likes of Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and other Asian countries, it’s all about THE BOOK. The book has all the answers. Learning the verb “to be” is going to ultimately take you to the next level, and this is why Asia is lagging behind South/Central American, European, and even sub-Saharan African Nations. 

This brings me to your question: “what and how should I learn then?” In this podcast, I dive into details, systems and learning things in context.

Podcast

How I created a skillset before covid19 shattered jobs

The language school where I have been teaching since May last year had to close on the 18th March. I am owed three weeks pay, which should have arrived by 11th April at the latest. There are 8 other teachers in the same boat and we have all been unable to contact the owner. He isn’t answering his phone, e-mails or Line messages (but the messages are being read) I need my money!

Anonymous Teacher in Thailand

I’m fortunate enough to have built up my skillsets over the course of 5 years. However, the comment above, which I found on a website, shows a plead from an individual who works at a language center (like me) that sadly fell into the grim reality of a corrupted owner. He was supposed to get paid but the owner has literally went AWOL, or so it seems (because line messages are being read). I have empathy for these teachers, including the rest around the world, who have had their jobs completely slashed away. 36 million English speakers in America have lost their jobs and that toll will continue climbing because the spread of the virus will amplify.

In the past here in Thailand, there have been floods that wiped up a large portion of the country, inundating homes and districts for up to a half-a-year, coups that ran rampantly on the streets of Thailand, disrupting an entire nation. Riots between two political parties that saw dozens of lives lost, but this certainly trumps them all, doesn’t it?

The company that hires and sends us to teach in Thai public schools refuses to tell the teachers when our contracts will officially begin. Meaning we don’t know if they will begin in May or July. If our contracts don’t begin until July, it means we will have gone from March to the end of July with little or no pay. The fact the company refuses to be upfront with teachers, only highlights the poor character of this Thai-run company. 

They assume that they can string the foreign teachers along and we will be there when school starts. But they assume wrong. When the school term starts again, I suspect the companies and schools that have ignored and not looked after the foreign teachers will be left with giant holes to fill. Loyalty is a two way street.

Anonymous Teacher

I think you guys get the point. Because this gentleman is a 1 in 2,000 foreigner teachers (give or take a couple thousand) here in Thailand, he can be disposed of, just like most Americans who have lost their jobs to COVID.

However, because I’m a podcaster, online trainer, teacher, have proven my capabilities and have gotten results, I’m probably a 1 in 3 here in Thailand, putting me in a category that’s hard to get into.

“Arsenio, do you have a lot of work here in Thailand?” Absolutely NOT. There are forces beyond my power that play a pivotal role in this white-ocracy, but because I’m well-known online because the videos, and worldwide because my podcast….there are people inquiring from all corners of the world for my services. How did I do this?

  • Become an asset; not a number
  • Learn skills that others don’t know
  • Build an online persona
  • Strengthen your four cores of credibility
  • Content creation

Whether you’re at home and stuck — or wondering what you can do with all the free time, this is the best way you can start strengthening skills that can provide you with extra income…not waiting on others to open their doors.

Ramble of Positivity: 5th Anniversary In Thailand

It’s been an unbelievable 5 years.  Wow, how can I even put it into context. I will try highlighting this through pictures.

First Three Years

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You understand where my focus was, right? 2013-2015 were the rough years with lots of racial influences, advertisements, and me focusing on “what I didn’t want.” I had a woman from Thai Airways threaten my life, stating that she would get dangerous people to kick my face in.  I got the “ewww black man! Low-class! Pimp!” comments from lots of women.  I was denied jobs for being black.  My language center (New Education World if you must know the name) denied me dozens of jobs stating, “ohhh, they want a white teacher.”  All of these culminated for three years (and even well into this year after cutting off the unknowledgeable job)…..until the beginning of 2016.

Then this happened…..

Last Two Years

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And just like that, within two years time, I was able to overcome all of the ignorance — ignorance that I saturated myself in.  Let’s look back at the years that transformed me into the influential figure I am.  It’s time for the ramble!

My first photo, which was taken at a night safari deep in some forest in Bali, is possibly the best trip I’ve ever had in my life.  Bali, an alluring island that’s tucked away in the bottom of Indonesia, was one of those chips that changed me as a human being.  It should’ve been the trip that made me quit my current job, but it never crossed my mind.  This island is inhabited with white sandy beaches, quiet beachside fronts, jungles, monkeys, and a rich history.  The indigenous people there are full of smiles, big round eyes, and possess such a wonderful heart.

The second Spartan Race, which took place in Chon Buri, Thailand, was a memorable WALK.  I’m kidding.  However, I’m not kidding about it just being a long walk.  Regardless of laziness and the willingness to push yourself, this was one of my favorite runs because the amount of smiles and people pushing each other.

Maldives.  I’m laughing while writing this because this was a country that featured no currency.  That’s right.  I went there with Thai currency, only to be turned away and had no means of getting any currency while I was there.  Until I was met with the most incredible gesture anyone has ever given me.  This trip, which could’ve been a hell of a lot better, taught me a lot about myself in general.

Ho Chi Mihn City – the city of beautiful souls.  Well, not all.  I got cussed out roadside by a Vietnamese boy who was soliciting me for services *curling eyes*.  Going inside the remnants war museum and seeing the pure destruction the USA Army unleashed upon all Vietnamese crippled me inside.  Not only that, but it made me realize how strong-willed the Vietnamese are.

First Spartan Race in Malaysia (and the one just two weeks ago) were FUN! Wait, I’ll take that back. The first Spartan race SUCKED.  Ok, yes….it was near public transportation (versus the last one that was in the middle of a damn jungle), but there weren’t comedians or anyone cheering each other on – on the course.  Get what I’m saying? But a Sprint and Super have been achieved.  It’s time for the BEAST!

Moving into my new condo and leaving a place that was killing my insides…was a monumental feature.  I believe I brought all the pain from the beginning of the years to my last job and it held me down.  I took the leap of faith, left, and I could finally breathe again.

Anyways, enough of that.  How about checking some things off my list! Sheraton Hotel, which is a five-star hotel in KL, was put on my 101 goals list in 2015 — ACHIEVED! It wasn’t the only one to join the “checking” list with several others being highlighted.

And last but not least, the trip back to Arizona — a place I haven’t been in years.  I competed in a Tough Mudder after fighting off food poisoning (courtesy of Singapore Airlines – Thank You!).

All in all, when I was looking in my camera roll on my iPhone, I began to tear up.  How was I able to overcome all of it?

Personal development, of course.  5 years in Thailand and I still go through the craziness of it all.  So, I want to just say THANK YOU to no only my loyal followers and supporters, but the fact that I never gave up.