The Greatest Feeling in The World — Proving The Racist Thais Wrong

When I had woken up in the morning, I didn’t want to check my whatsapp because I just wasn’t in a good headspace. Over the previous few days, and after finding out the news yesterday; a bitch, who I should’ve stopped working for years ago, literally terminated our work relationship — over mere opinions. I called her out on her lyingness and she literally said, “if you can’t score over 650, you can’t teach here because other teachers in BKK can and students have gotten 630…blah blah blah.”

However, I had already gotten a perfect score in listening, grammar, and almost perfect in reading…but according to her dumbfounded-Thai logic, it all must be on the same test.

If this is the case with the scoring, anyone who gets over 650 can be a teacher of TOEFL iTP.

That’s typical Thai logic.

She doesn’t know about what I do online, the persona I’ve gotten, or anything. She applying a racist, white-people-only mentality saying “you must get this to teach this.” If that’s the case, chemistry teachers can’t be chemistry teachers because they’re not chemists.

Smh.

I checked my Whatsapp after thinking about a previous Peruvian student I had had, and there it was, her score and elatedness.

“ARSENIO! I GOT 114 OUT OF 120 on TOEFL IBT!”

I quickly posted the score on social media, taking shots at the ignorant Thais….most specifically, the rat-poison I used to work for.

I have never taken TOEFL before, yet she got a 114.

Hmmm, I wonder why that is?

For 7.5 years, Thais have literally put me in a box because the color of my skin. Even after getting results, passing two of their students who had taken the test 66 times and passed it on the 67th…..no thanks given, no pulling aside saying “omg, thank you so much!” They brushed it off like it didn’t even happen, and that’s when my frustration continued to grow because I know those bitches just have it deep-down inside that a brotha can’t do it.

So they invented the most preposterous statement, stating “you need to get this score to be a teacher.”

But what about your white teacher in Bangkok? Has he taken the IELTS? No. Has he proven himself? ABSOfuckinglutely NOT….he’s been denied jobs because he wasn’t good enough to land himself a job at a place I got hired at.

But when mentioned, she completely deviated away from the question, got all bitchy (which she did in January of 2018) and left the chat group, showing me “you’re finished.”

However, her companion knows how good I am, although I can really give a fuck because I know my greatness and don’t need anyone to tell me otherwise. She told me she was crying, which was definitely apparent, and that she didn’t want to terminate the relationship.

After making amends, I told her that I would NEVER work for rat-poison again (her ratchet companion) but this was also a very soft letting-go, too. She just doesn’t know it.

In saying that, this reminded me of the ugly-old Brit who said “I don’t think you’re as good as you say you are.”

The same Thai bitch at New Education World who wanted to test me in SAT and see if I can write — again, how does a reading portion of a completely different test indicate that I’m good or not good in writing is THAI LOGIC.

Having that photo and getting that respond was the greatest fuck you in all of mankind, and I’m so grateful that I’m able to continue getting better. This was to prove no one wrong but myself. It’s hard letting meaningless opinions, which is frankly cancer, make it’s way into my subconscious mind. But that score destroyed the self-doubt of me. “Can I really do this? Can she really attain this score?”

114.

Yes.

She can.

And you can do it.

Stop letting the negative cancerous opinions of broken mindsets become your reality.

Don’t Let People Minimize You

In this episode, I talk about how people get into FAD or PWM (people without money) markets.

For example, Bitcoin was a FAD market. In 2018, the hysteria was insane. You had people making podcasts, videos, etc….and they all fell for it. Sure, Bitcoin still exists today, but the hysteria has gone away and the voices are now silent.

I read a post on FB yesterday that someone I knew once tried creating a business for new grads. Well, if you just graduated from university, more than likely you’re in debt — therefore, you’re in a PWM market. I’m not lucky, but when I entered the ESL space, I knew that this was a billion-dollar industry with a massive opportunity to go to AR/VR in the future with an insane amount of collaborations. So, because I’m worldwide, I’m not reliant on economies that have deteriorated (Thailand and probably have the countries on planet Earth). There are economies that are surging, at the moment, and because I’m a trainer and have specific skill-sets, I attract those individuals because I have assets.

I’m in a People-With-Money market. This is something you need to consider before starting a business.

Tune in!

Helping a suicidal student

I wrote this on my 101 goals list about 5 years ago: “help someone NOT commit suicide and get them out of a dark place.” I don’t know why it felt good at the time, but the opportunity had presented itself.

Years ago I met a student who was on fire. She was insecure at the age of 15, but with her level of speaking capabilities, I told her she couldn’t stay here in Thailand because ALL universities don’t know what to do with her level passion. She ended up moving to Singapore to go to school and ended up building an online business at the age of 17. The last time I had seen her in 2018, she was so excited and driven. She carried herself like a 30-year-old business professional.

Well, we lost touch and finally spoke again through video a couple weeks ago — to my shock, she completely changed: tone, facial expressions, discontent, and now suffering from severe depression. She went from Singapore back to Bangkok and now she’s around people who AREN’T driven.

While she was telling me these horrifying thoughts she was having, I was glancing to my left and thought of one person that could absolutely help her….and so the introduction was given and now the ball is on her side of the course — but I’m asking everyone out there that you should NEVER be AFRAID to ASK for help.

Full podcast down below!

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.

Wheel of Life | Year In Review | Romantic Relationships | 2

As I’ve told you guys before, I’m going to go over every individual category in the Wheel of Life over the course of this month until Christmas. Today, I’m beginning with Romantic Relationships because it’s the easiest category. 

I must say that I made a number of mistakes at the beginning of the year. To kick off the New Year, there was already an argument and someone saying “I need space.” Later on that week, and when the pollution had gotten increasingly worse, we were supposed to meet up a shopping plaza, but because she doesn’t have good awareness, it took more than a half-hour to meet, ending in an argument, me paying for my bill, and storming off. She sent me a message later on that night saying, “I don’t think it’s going to work,” and that was the end. 

It was laughable, but her wish was granted until I let her back in my second time around. Huge mistake. Sure, at the beginning (and before my trip to Malaysia), we had dinner, said our goodbyes and I told her that I would go to Vietnam to visit her. Within a week she said, “I don’t want a low-quality relationship,” ending it for the second time. 

It was frustrating, but I said “good, goodbye.” She came back around three months later and I laughed hysterically. I said, “what do you want?” She thought she could literally just “sorry” her way back in for the third time? My dumbass, let her. Lol. This time I visited Vietnam and got a great insight into what could potentially come for my career. In about a month after that, she was gone again. The best part was I turned to a 1995 film by the name of “Money Train” and used a slogan right out of the money to frankly tell her to “fuck off.” Omg, great times. 

What did I learn? The first time is enough. The second time you’re dumb. The third time you’re desperate. You lose. 

Did I get better? I think I did….through personal development, but because relationships are so topsy-turvy, there’s not much else I can do but grow as an individual. 

How was your year?

10-Year Anniversary (First Time Traveling Abroad)

When I clicked “book flight” and got the confirmation, it felt as if my heart fell not only to my stomach, but right out of my body in general. I recall the moment when my mother was walking across the living room and I said, “hey, so I’m going to Australia.”

She said nothing but a head-shake.

Was this a good sign? Didn’t matter. It was what Arsenio wanted.

This trip was a concoction of so many emotions, gifts, overcomings, gratitude, seeing kangaroos, and seeing an entire new world that I never thought existed. This was beauty at a grand scale. This was waking up in the morning to the aroma of my mother’s pancakes. This was seeing money in the bank for the first time in 2005. Hell, this was greater than any of those things.

From the accents on the plane, to landing in Brisbane, Australia, to speaking to a Chinese-Australian for the first time. I was so in-the-moment. I was in awe, looking around and taking a glance at everything around me. Remember, this coming from a guy who’s only been to two deserts before in his life (and Cedar City, Utah, not much else to say about that).

Throughout those ten days: blue mountains, best hot chocolate in the world, best Belgian chocolate in the world, Darling Harbour, crazy nights out, romantic dinner (although that failed) and a surprise booking of a hotel with a girl who I was trying so hard to be with (but wanted nothing from me). When I left, I cried. I was sad, broken, so many things….I didn’t know if I could move to Australia, but with perseverance, I did. Sadly enough, the girl who I was pursuing cheated on me; and with the worst rude awakening, entered a year-long abusive relationship with another man.

Me, on the other hand, moved to Australia two years later and started one of those memorable journeys of my life (and still continues today). Tune in for the entire podcast down below!

When Defamation Happens

This was odd, but I believe it was the first of what could be a very unwelcoming and complete fall out of what something used to be.

When ex-employees get mad and begin the vilification process, know what you truths, capabilities, results, integrity and everything else is. It’s important in the process.

Let’s just say I used to be one of those ex-employees that would point, blame, discuss, and always rant about the ignorance I had to overcome in the process of overcoming myself. I guess you could say I was a disgruntled ex-employee, and I had to figure myself out. Yes, the boss said everything to me, marketing director said “white teacher instead of black teacher,” and I had to jump in-and-out of hoops just to get work.

Hey, it’s a process I can now make into a personal enrichment course.

Now, when you’re on the receiving end, that’s when things get really interesting.

An ex-employee of mind, who I appreciated so dearly, just started the beginning stages of vilification. I commented recently on an Eric Thomas post, and oddly she posted on my comment (after three days of not speaking to her).

You didn’t practice what you preached in our one year of a friendship.

Ummmm? How so?

Now, most people know who I am and what I represent. When I had first met her, I had doubts because of the weird things she would say, also the ranting she would do on a constant basis at specific individuals and always talked bad about individuals.

Even before that, she had messaged my content writer and said, “I don’t think you will work for him anymore. I don’t think he will work with Motivational Mentors anymore.”

I laughed with my content writer, in an abrupt manner, and said “how does she conjure up this madness?” Both him and I had a really good laugh, but I just said “ahhhh that’s just ________.”

Two days later, it became apparent that she was becoming someone very odd. Not only that, the people who I interviewed once before are now contacting me. She’s trying to — in a way — turn some of these close people against me. So, this was the perfect time to address this issue.

  1. If you don’t hold your half of the bargain and don’t continue getting better, there’s nothing else I can do. This could’ve happen because of me, or possibly you taking me granted.
  2. 100% Accountability. If I no longer need your help, it’s because you’re not improving and making my life easier.
  3. Whatever you say about me is perfectly your opinion, but I know the values I represent.

This post was on a public page. I’ll give her two strikes. This is her first and last one. If she’s going to stalk and comment on things in regards to the companionship we had, I will have to block and ban her from all my pages. It will take a solid 6 months for an individual to overcome that, but you have to quickly address the issue.

  1. Ask your employee for a follow-up talk. Ask them what’s the problem. Heart talk preferably.
  2. Address the issue in bolk via your platforms — not to clear your name, but to provide clarity.
  3. Let things blow over.

What’s your Inspiration?

First time I came to Thailand, I was put in such a crazy, uncomfortable position. Seeing green rivers covered in days/weeks/months old trash, the way people were looking at me (which ended up being a huge foreshadow of things to come); nevertheless, I saw the ultra-gorgeous, lush green vegetation towering over turquoise waters down below.

Was this inspiration? Not necessarily, but this was the beginning of my journey.

Vietnam – 2016

After visiting the Remnants War Museum in HCMC, I saw the absolutely destruction of what the United States Military did to Vietnamese people, also known as “communists.” I stood next to a Chinook (ironically named after a tribe of Native American Indians — a group which that was wiped out by the colonizers), and then switched to a heavy-artillery propeller. A plaque read, “this machine causes mass damage and casualties in Vietnam.” I then glanced up and said, “you’ve killed so many people.”

I took a step back, clicked on the photos app in my phone and deleted all the militaristic garbage from my phone. When I went inside and went up 5 floors of anguish and hell, it caused so much grief. I saw my friend tearing up, who was Vietnamese, and all my life I’ve been told to respect a military.

Not anymore.

I was going to @ Borack Obama and all United States military channels and berate them words of hell. Never again have I saluted, represented or mention the military anymore and I never will again.

Innocent people in Laos are still dying today because the bombs that were dropped 45 years ago.

Americans would say, “look at the brightside,” I would say, “well, with how pooly you treated blacks, and with the Native American genocide, you’re now depicting us as the monsters….but in fact, no one knows about what you’ve done.”

I didn’t make it a mission to expose anglo-America/Europe for their genocides that wreaked havoc around the world, but I did want to give back. Seeing the children, the photos of my friend teaching at poor schools in the war-torn, ravaged middle of Vietnam…..I found my inspiration.

No one deserved to have anyone come in their house and kill them, but in saying all of that, Vietnamese people of BOTH SIDES came together after the war and has coexisted to this day. What I saw was an inspiration for me to give back — to come back to Vietnam, and to help people who desperately need help.

Laos – 2018

I was approached by an amazing manager of a hotel who had sent me a number of whatsapp messages, wanting to know about my arrival. I arranged a taxi and a few other services with the hotel. It delivered (although loud from music), but the hospitality was amazing compared to other places. The manager of the hotel invited me for drinks at night and took me to a wonderful noodle shop before my flight.

He invited me to come back and to volunteer at a poor school about 1.5 hours outside of the main city.

This was my dream. This brings more happiness then making 5k-10k per month. This is true fulfillment.

Finding my inspiration. It dealt with a lot. Seeing poverty, seeing death, but also seeing my soul open up to the masses out there. People need my voice, and that’s why I created it.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 75 – Grammar – Mixed Conditionals

Welcome back to another ESL podcast, everyone! Mixed conditionals is on the menu for today, so let’s get into it!

Mixed conditionals are a mixture of the second and third conditional. They can describe an imagination present situation and its past consequence.

If I liked that group I would have gone to see them in concert.

Or they can describe an imaginary past situation and its present consequence. If I’d had breakfast, I wouldn’t be hungry now.

If + past simple….would/wouldn’t have + past participle.

If I wanted a coffee, I would have asked for one.

If + past perfect….would/wouldn’t + infinitive.

If I had passed my driving test, I’d drive to university.

Task

  1. If I’d studied photography…..

A. I take photos for a newspaper.

B. I would take photos for a newspaper.

C. I would have taken photos for a newspaper.

2. I would have gone to the cinema if……

A. I like science fiction movies.

B. I liked schieve fiction movies.

C. I had liked science fiction movies.

3. She would be ill now if…..

A. she doesn’t take the medicine.

B. she didn’t take the medicine.

C. she hadn’t taken the medicine.

Podcast

Traveling Pod: Episode 011 – Malaysia for the First Travel of 2019!

YES! Omg, this year is going to feature some super interesting travels, but none are better than kicking off the inaugural flight to one of my favorite places in the world — MALAYSIA!

YES! Omg, this year is going to feature some super interesting travels, but none are better than kicking off the inaugural flight to one of my favorite places in the world — MALAYSIA!

Yes, Spartan Super…..really not looking forward to it (this will be my first and last of the year), but it has to be done and i have to test my body and see if it has progressed since last November (absolute sure).

Nonetheless, this is kicking off with some sneak peeks.

Klook.com has helped me significantly. I’ve already bought my KLIA eskpress train ticket (QR code rather than going to the counter) and it’s on my phone. The SIM card is ready to go, too. So right when I land and stand in that 45-minute line, I can send messages and communicate with the world. It’s pure BRILLIANCE!

Amari Don Meung

What a smooth ride all the way over. Going to this side of town gives me nervous jitters because it was a place that I used to live for 3.5 years. I can’t say they were bad years, but more character building years. The last time I had flown out of this airport had to be July of last year, so to see the surrounding facilities and the massive skytrain develop the way it has…is pretty amazing.

When I arrived at the hotel, I had to walk through the restaurant, which was serving some DAMN “smelling-good” type food. I went down an escalator and arrived at check-in. For the first time in years, I was greeted with a smile and check-in was smoother-than-ever.

HOWEVER!

There was a bit of an issue. A guy smiled at me….well, I thought he did. I looked over my right shoulder and didn’t see anyone.

He did it a second time before coming over from where he was sitting….to sitting directly behind me at the check-in counter. This was reminisce of the mayhem I went through when I first visited Bangkok.

Some of you are asking yourselves “who was he? Who are these people?” Well, let’s just say these are sex solicitors. How do hotels allow these types of monsters to operate ON PROPERTY, is beyond comprehension. They try selling dumb ass services such as suits, sex massage, and other repugnant things. Luckily, I knew exactly what he was going to ask me. So while the lady was checking me in, I was like “speak Thai to him….he’ll go away in an instant.” These types of people target non-Thai speaking foreigners/solo travelers (especially men because they know the men want to experience a lot of exotic things). I, on the other hand, was too difficult to solicit because I knew his malicious game. He tried giving me a high-five at the end and I kinda blew him off (didn’t want to be that much of an asshole….but it happened). It was a quick exchange, he knew I was a teacher, and once I told him “yes,” he shifted his body language and turned away because he knew I wasn’t falling for his scam. BOOM!

The room was very quaint. It had a like a 90’s retro feel to it. Spacious, comfortable seating, and a dated alarm clock (which I actually liked). I didn’t go swimming or anything, but it was somewhat quiet. And although the price may seem a bit steep for a lot of travelers (about 90$ a night), you can also stay at other hotels in the area but you have to walk through sweltering traffic to get there and it’s not connected to the airport.

Upon check-out, I literally woke up, walked downstairs, got my deposit, and walked across an air-conditioned pedestrian bridge to the airport, and took an elevator one floor up to get to the departure lounge. Honestly, other than Changi Airport, tell me a more convenient way? Transit hotels are popular only at Changi airport….or else you would have to pay a lot of money to stay at big-name hotel chains.

Rating – 9.0 out of 10

Yes, Spartan Super…..really not looking forward to it (this will be my first and last of the year), but it has to be done and i have to test my body and see if it has progressed since last November (absolute sure).

Nonetheless, this is kicking off with some sneak peeks.

Klook.com has helped me significantly. I’ve already bought my KLIA eskpress train ticket (QR code rather than going to the counter) and it’s on my phone. The SIM card is ready to go, too. So right when I land and stand in that 45-minute line, I can send messages and communicate with the world. It’s pure BRILLIANCE!

Amari Don Meung

What a smooth ride all the way over. Going to this side of town gives me nervous jitters because it was a place that I used to live for 3.5 years. I can’t say they were bad years, but more character building years. The last time I had flown out of this airport had to be July of last year, so to see the surrounding facilities and the massive skytrain develop the way it has…is pretty amazing.

When I arrived at the hotel, I had to walk through the restaurant, which was serving some DAMN “smelling-good” type food. I went down an escalator and arrived at check-in. For the first time in years, I was greeted with a smile and check-in was smoother-than-ever.

HOWEVER!

There was a bit of an issue. A guy smiled at me….well, I thought he did. I looked over my right shoulder and didn’t see anyone.

He did it a second time before coming over from where he was sitting….to sitting directly behind me at the check-in counter. This was reminisce of the mayhem I went through when I first visited Bangkok.

Some of you are asking yourselves “who was he? Who are these people?” Well, let’s just say these are sex solicitors. How do hotels allow these types of monsters to operate ON PROPERTY, is beyond comprehension. They try selling dumb ass services such as suits, sex massage, and other repugnant things. Luckily, I knew exactly what he was going to ask me. So while the lady was checking me in, I was like “speak Thai to him….he’ll go away in an instant.” These types of people target non-Thai speaking foreigners/solo travelers (especially men because they know the men want to experience a lot of exotic things). I, on the other hand, was too difficult to solicit because I knew his malicious game. He tried giving me a high-five at the end and I kinda blew him off (didn’t want to be that much of an asshole….but it happened). It was a quick exchange, he knew I was a teacher, and once I told him “yes,” he shifted his body language and turned away because he knew I wasn’t falling for his scam. BOOM!

The room was very quaint. It had a like a 90’s retro feel to it. Spacious, comfortable seating, and a dated alarm clock (which I actually liked). I didn’t go swimming or anything, but it was somewhat quiet. And although the price may seem a bit steep for a lot of travelers (about 90$ a night), you can also stay at other hotels in the area but you have to walk through sweltering traffic to get there and it’s not connected to the airport.

Upon check-out, I literally woke up, walked downstairs, got my deposit, and walked across an air-conditioned pedestrian bridge to the airport, and took an elevator one floor up to get to the departure lounge. Honestly, other than Changi Airport, tell me a more convenient way? Transit hotels are popular only at Changi airport….or else you would have to pay a lot of money to stay at big-name hotel chains.

Rating – 9.0 out of 10

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