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we also went to check out the IHOP, the pancake place, that just opened in Siam Paragon. We tried pancake, crepe, waffle. I would say that you should just go for the fluffy pancake!
I almost forgot the dinner we had..Tom yam noodle with eggs
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I don’t think so.
I have participated in FGIs, Focus Group Interviews, as both an owner of projects and an attendant.
The recent one was yesterday. My company is doing an FGI for an internal training program for our local office. I did not know how did they pick participants but it turned out I was one of the 12 of our company of around 200 employees.
Since I knew it should be about training programs, so I prepared a little bit for what skills I would like my team or my coworkers to possess and what would be great for our environment and our company as a whole. I listed out in a separate note though.
Of course they are mainly hard and soft skills. Most of the time people would think that we lack only soft skills. But I would say to an extent, one might unfortunately lack of hard skills…even with numerous years of working experiences in the same industry.
Anyway, the leader of the focus group asked only about soft skills though. I then realized the future training program would be a lot about those soft skills which in the past were specifically for the leads’ training sessions. So, each different teams will need to continue coaching on hard skills to our team members by ourselves even for the fundamentals.
Whats were we being asked:
– Teamwork: Why our team succeeds? Why our team fails? What make it so?
– Conflict management: What we do when we have conflicts or difficulties working with others?
– International diversity: What are our experiences working with the diverse office? Positives and negatives.
– Communication: What is constructive communication? What is influential/persuasive communicaion?
– Employee loyalty: How to make employee be loyal to the company?
These questions are actually included in many job interview sessions and, of course, MBA admission applications.
So, let’s see what would the result be. I’ll come back and update after I get an update.
我先说第一吧。关于我的看法。来北京以前我不喜欢中国，中国人，和汉语。都不喜欢。可以说，我对中国有偏见。我不看不听有关中国的新闻。不知道为什么。我知道我是一个没有原因的人，所以我想改变那个不好的看法。 还有我想住在我不太喜欢的地方，我知道终于我应该改变我的感觉 。
第三， 现在中国经济和世界经济关系很紧。 如果你想知道现在世界经济怎么样？那知道中国经济是免不了的。既然有的人说中国的 生产总值不是真正的，但是我觉得那是不应忽视的。 不知何故, 现在我喜欢 共产主义。面试工作的时候，我说我希望泰国也是这样。因为在中国，当总统以前，有系统。
第一原因，我的看法变了，我在北京大概六七个月了， 我还觉得学习汉语不太容易，但是我越来越喜欢汉字，对它有感兴趣，因为除了汉字，别的字 不能表示这么多意思。我的意思是只有两个字，就明白了，就够了，譬如，饮食，英文是 food and drink。这么长啊。那样的。
- Can-do attitude: the first thing before you started to do anything is that you need to believe that it can be done!
- 80/20 rule: 80% of the outcomes come from 20% of the causes. So, don’t spend more time to cover the rest of 20% of the work especially if it will need others to review/approve/consider etc.
- Big picture: always step back and question: What is the final result we all want? Is this discussion leading to that direction? (pretty much are we wasting our time?)
- Answering to yourself: try to answer/find solutions for your questions first before asking seniors/others for comments/supports
- Ownership of the job: you need to be responsible for the tasks you are handling. You need to really find the way to improve (or make revenue)
- Being omniscient (know everything): Be open-minded, open-eared and open-eyed. Just be open to know everything bit by bit
- Asking why?: if this then that. Just always ask why, especially to things that we thought they are the solutions because they are probably not.
What's it like to study Chinese at Tsinghua University? by Pitchaya Tun
Answer by Pitchaya Tun:
So my answer is "It depends."
It depends on
1 which level you take – different materials and kinds of classes
2 what class (of that level) you were assigned to – different teachera
I studied at ICLCC (Tsinghua University International Chinese Language and Culture Center) for one semester and two months.
I was in a 'Beginner I' class for my first semester here, then I was in an 'Intermediate I' class for the next semester.
As far as I know, the levels start from Beginner I, then Beginner II, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, the rest is probably Advanced I and II, I'm not quite sure.
Classes and Subjects:
The maximum number of students in my levels are 20. (The afternoon session is less crowded than this, since many students want to take a morning class)
The Beginner I class has 3 subjects: General (or grammar), Speaking, and Listening.
The Intermediate I class has 4 subjects: General, Speaking, Listening, Reading.
I like the grammar class the most because I think I gained a lot from those classes. Most likely due to weekly dictations, homeworks, and quizzes.
While I think the class size were too big for the speaking sessions, so we would be divided in to pairs or small groups for practicing or discussing about topics. Of course it cannot be like one-on-one study that you have the whole opportunity to talk with a teacher and get he or she corrects your mistakes.
The materials used for the beginner level were all kinds of things that can make you get used to or make you like Chinese language, such as textbooks, audio CD, flashcards, songs, slides, etc.
On the other hand, they assume students who take an intermediate class would have some kind of idea what Chinese language is like and how to keep pace on stydying, so the material is sole textbook (and you can also count audio CD for listening class). Since the book for Reading class is difficult, the teacher provides us an extra sheet of each topic for us.
Thailand is famous for food stalls on street. Actually, vendors would sell anything on street such as clothes, toys, etc. The sad truth is that there are venal officers who ask for the protection fee….rental fee…or any fees?
My fave street food in Bangkok
- Iced Thai milk tea “Cha-yen” ชาเย็น: THB 35 less sweet please. It’s my all-time fave drink. It’s difficult to find the thick, creamy, and less sweetened Cha-yen nowadays. oh if you find cake or ice-cream of Cha-yen, please do order them!
- Iced Thai black tea “Cha-dam-yen” ชาดำเย็น: above one without milk. THB 25
- Iced lemon tea: get this at Au Bon Pain!, a cafe chain. I like to order from any places but my fave is from that cafe.
- Hot soy milk: less sweet
- Crepe: it is thin and crispy with variety add-ons to be stuffed >> “Prik-pao moo-yhong crepe” for sweetened pork and chili paste. You just need to try it.
- Roti: original one is thick but if with stuff inside would be thin >> banana and egg roti
- “Ka-nom-tuay” ขนมถ้วย: sweet thing served in a small size. THB 25 for six
- FRUITS ! fresh fruit is cheap here. Just pick whatever is attractive to you. I love coconut the most as well as the coconut ice-cream
- “Som-tam” ส้มตำ: Som-tam is a kind of salad that sweet and “VERY Spicy.”
- Grilled chicken “Kai-yaang” ไก่ย่าง >> The grilled chicken especially the one on stick is juicy and tasty.
- “Rad-na” ราดหน้า: thin big noodle with pork and veggies topped with slimy sauce. I prefer this one to the famous Pad-thai though