Monday, May 30, 2011

Blasts From My Past

It has been years, since I lived here in Bangkok. As I was looking back how I went through... Specially, how I got here for the first time. I laughed at myself so much.

My former co-workers and me having a pictorial while at work LOL

My mind traveled backwards, where I was still in Manila working as a Customer Support Professional at Stream Global. Those were happy, routinary tasks. But, I did enjoy my job. It was important because I could earn a decent living and be able to support my eldest daughter, that time. I loved my job because I felt good (the best among my past jobs).

In fact, if not for my loving better half, I wouldn't be here right where I am now! I would still probably working as what I was. He made me choose over my career and living with him. Of course, he is important to me so obviously, the latter was my answer. I have no regrets about my choice. It's just that I wanted to live with my two daughters and him. That is my dream. I believe that there are no mothers who could afford to forget or neglect any of her children.

Looking back still.. I was thinking on how we began to make friends, became close and morethan friends up to the time I have decided to follow him here where he lives. I just thought that I was braved with what I have done. I have faith and trusted in God that my decision will lead me to happiness on my personal life. Then, I have faith in myself and most of all... I have faith in him that he will take good care of me.

Why was I reminiscing? I did mention on my previous post that past is past and we have to look forward. However, I can only say that we won't be guided accordingly if we do not review or look back those things that happened before so we could assess ourslves if we achieved or will achieve the outcome that we want in life. It is difficult to look forward if we don't learn from our mistakes, too. We might end up repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Life is a cycle and so our attitudes.

I am assessing myself and I must say... I failed to do something for my better half while he's striving to do the best that he can. I may just giving him so much credits because I love him, but this is what I feel. He may not know that I feel guilty at times when I couldn't do some things for him. Like, the household chores. Have I changed drastically? Maybe changes in weight (silly grin)... But, I feel not.

In times like this, I feel something different. I have hurt his feelings many times but I was unaware, deaf or insensitive. It isn't my intention to hurt him. NO! But, why is this happening? I was reading our first emails and touched by our sincerest hi and hello. Each word was so meaningful and as I kept on reading them all... It reminds me of my intense feelings for him before. It hasn't change that much. I began to know him more and more... He was and is still the guy that I chose to love now and then. There are challenges in our relationship and I believe that it is normal. Every relationship has problems, joys and everything... That is LIFE!

I was looking back to improve myself so I could be someone worthy of his love. By doing so, I realized that I made mistakes and things that aren't good for us. I don't wanna lose him because he is someone special. I wish I could do something to make up for my shortcomings. Praying hard to make him happy again like my first day in Bangkok. He was happy to meet and pick me up at the Suvarnabhumi airport. Today, is my anniversary of living here in Thailand.

My picture in his wallet (1995)


The first photo that he saw (2008) via Nokia N70

His favorite picture of me (2009) via Nokia N70

I guess I have to cut back on my food intake as my weight is telling me I am no longer in shape and I don't want to be called over weight... Guess what??? I AM OVER WEIGHT!!! Awww.. I have to do something about this and other things that may ruin our relationship. It is good to realize it earlier...before it's too late! Mission Impossible: Bring me back in shape and youthful glow like this 2009 pic!!! :D

Sunday, May 29, 2011

CLS (Day 2)

Today's our second Sunday for Christian Life Seminar. The phrase that stuck in my mind is: CHRISTIAN... it was divided into two Christ and Ian. To become a Christian we must be in CHRIST otherwise it is only IAN short name for "I Am Nothing".

I have noticed and actually experienced last week's trials about my personal life. As something bad came up, that I couldn't be able to discuss here due to its sensitivity. Two bad things happened last week and to me, it's really the things that I've been praying for everyday and everytime I ask for blessings. No, I don't wanna blame God for what happened last week. I've noticed that since I joined the CLS and to belong in a spiritual group, my personal life has become like this and this started last week. I have even shared this during our small group workshop because those are really bothering me, up to now. They were right by saying... It wasn't God who are doing bad things about my life, but Satan. Satan is doing everything to pull me down and he is active thesedays as I am trying to become active and renewing my faith to God. It made me think that I MUST hold on all the more to HIM.

I know that it is challenging to make people who knew me believe of what I am doing right now, because I am not a good role model and I humbly accept that I have sinned and my dream is to be given a blessing of matrimony someday.

Session 2: What means to be a Christian?

1. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we became Christians. Since we now carry the name of Christ. We must know what it means to be a Christian in order to fully live out our calling.

2. Misconceptions or incomplete notions about Christianity.
* a mere religious system
* a mere moral system
* a social humanitarian system
* an escape from the realities of life

3. The essence of Christianity is union with God, made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
* it is a relationship initiated by God, out of His mercy and love for us.
* in Christianity, we become a new creation and participate in the very life of Christ
* we take on the nature of God, which is holiness.

4. Practical implications of being a Christian
* we can trust in God because God is our loving Father
* we can stop worrying because God knows our needs and will provide for us.
* we are brothers and sisters in Christand are committed to care for one another.
* since life on earth is temporary, we are to look to things that will enrich us for our eternal life rather than for this eartly life
* we can have peace and joy inspite of any circumstances.


Session 3: Repentance and Faith

1. God loves us, God sent His own Son to die for us. God has initiated a relationship with us as Father. Our proper response to all God has done for us is REPENTANCE and FAITH.

2. The Greek word for repentance is "metanoia" which literally means "a change of mind".
* it is a change of direction in life. It is a change in the way we live our lives, dropping an old set of ideals and values and adopting new ones

* specifically, repentance means a turning away from sin, evil, wrongdoing and running our own lives

* further, it is turning to a life of obedience to God and having Jesus on the throne of our lives.

3. Specific serious sins we must renounced:
* participation in non-Christian religions
* spiritualism and the occult (ghost hunting,horoscope,fortune telling/tarot cards, witch craft, etc)
* sexual wrongdoing (rape,homosexuality,pedophile,casual sex and any kind of sex outside marriage)
* serious crimes (murder, rape, masacre, drug and sex trafficking, etc.)

4. Faith is a belief in the good news of salvation in Jesus. It is a belief in Jesus as our personal Savior.

5. Consequences of repentance and faith:
* salvation from sins, Satan, death
* forgiveness and eternal life with God
* new life in the Holy Spirit


It is so difficult to not sin but if we always pray God will guide us, protect and save us from evil Satan. We must only ACCEPT and BELIEVE in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Our strong faith in God and repentance of our sins will save us from hell.

Monday, May 23, 2011

CLS (Day 1)

I received a phone call Saturday night from one of the Church members in our area. She said that the Christian Life Seminar will be held on May 22nd, it'll be 6 consecutive Sundays at 11am to 3 pm. I was delighted because I knew that I will have time for this. Weekends are days and time devoted for my family and my fellowship with God. Although, this shouldn't be limited or not necessarily or literally mean that I care and love them during Saturdays and Sundays ONLY. Weekends are special days for family and God.


So.. in short, I joined the Handmaids of Christ yesterday (Sunday) and felt really good after. I think four hours of the CLS seminar is not enough to grow spritually. But, the facilitator did mention that we need to have spiritual growth... atleast, one day at a time. Open our hearts to the Lord one step at a time, slowly opening the doors of our hearts which was locked because of our own selfishness and earthy life styles.


I was moved to tears, as we sang the opening and closing song, "Open The Eyes of My Heart Lord"





One of my favorite Christian songs




Session # 1: God's LOVE

1. The situation in the world today
* Serious disorder in society: war, poverty, murder, etc.
* On a personal level: loneliness, depression, fear, etc.
* Man makes various efforts to improve the world, but is not succeeding because these are not based on God's wisdom.


2. God has a plan for bringing us out of confusion and disorder.
* God is interested in our lives.
* God wants to restore our fellowship and intimacy with Him.


3. We need God's point of view.
* Satan is real and is behind the evils in the world.
* On our own strength, we cannot overcome the challenges in our Christian life.


4. Jesus Christ is the answer.
* Jesus is the fullness of God's love.
* In Jesus, God's plan for restoration can begin to happen in our lives.
* We need simply to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.


We had a little group sharing in the afternoon, we were divided according to our status. I belong to the Handmaids of Christ group. In our group, we first introduced ourselves and shared how we personally experienced God's love..

I was not hesitant to share about my life because I know that is the truth and I wasn't telling them about my life because I am too proud of my mistakes nor too blind to see those mistakes that I had in the past. I was telling them because I believe that it will enlighten my burden and ease the little pain, to let it out in my heart so I could carry or take it lightly. Likewise, I am telling this to someone to tell them NOT TO DO WHAT I DID. Inspire them using my life's lesson that I fail and down, but I CHOSE and STILL CHOOSING to STAND UP after all or after the FALL. I believe that is LIFE all about. Learning from mistakes.

Looking forward for our next session on Sunday. May God be with me always.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bonus Reward

Christmas bonus and the 13 month pay aren't that familiar to be heard here in Thailand. Obviously because Thailand is a Buddhist country. Although, some people, families, schools and companies nationwide are celebrating Christmas as Catholics/Christians do.


I had random interviews with expat teachers and other personnel who have been working here in the Kingdom for years and that they mostly say that they haven't experienced receiving bonus or anyting extra similar to that kind.


Expat workers in Thailand have their own versions of performance appraisal. The benefits of passing this depends on the needs of the company. If the company is not happy with your service, they might easily tell you these:


1. "You're fired!"
2. "We will not give you a working visa"
3. "The Management has decided not to renew your contract..."
4. "Your performance is telling me not to give you an increase.."
5. "You won't get promoted because of your performance this month.."


Finding a job here is not easy if you don't have any idea how to deal with the local people and foreigners, work environment, Thai's social and cultural aspects and the nature of job that you're applying for.


If you're lucky, you will receive this kind of letter below saying that you did a good job! Hence, you will receive a bonus reward equivalent to your one month salary. Not bad! But it takes lots of time and effort to pass the performance evaluation. It's like passing through the eye of the needle. Or maybe so easy for others. Others may perform very well. However, some companies do not have this kind of benefit.


Take a look at this. I wonder when will I ever get this kind of appreciation from the employer LOL. I admire both my mom and my hubby because they are hard working and dedicated about their jobs. I wish I could be like them. But, I understand that people are different and they have their own special way of being human LOL.




The letter above was addressed to my hubby. We are so proud of him. He is inspired because he is happy with us. He is such a good person, father, husband, teacher, staff/co-worker, neighbor, son, friend and most a GOOD MAN. Kudos to my hubby! As the saying goes... "Behind every success of a man is a woman". But, I will edit this into: "Behind his success is a wife and a daughter.." :D


Thanks be to God!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Friday The 13th: The Blogzilla Fever

Whoa! Finally, I've got time to post a new blog for this week after my lost post... What happened last time that I couldn't be able to post? It's not that I'm too busy or haven't got enough time to do so.. It's because the blogger site experienced a crash or whatever. It took like 2 or 3 days to have it fixed. But, I am happy that Blogger has been restored in "normal mode"...

Last May 13th(Friday), I witnessed how Blogger.com made bloggers like us felt so bad, depressed and disappointed. When I woke up that morning, the first time I checked was my blogger account before reading my emails and chatting with friends. It was in read mode only. I couldn't log in and the web banner saying that blogger is under maintenance, blah blah blah.. So got frustrated to get in to my dashboard to see and check my post or even to create a new blog entry.

I know that Blogger is still the best, user friendly and coolest blog service platform in blogging arena. This is my first time to experience trouble but it's nothing serious because all my blogs are complete.. (Thanks a lot!) But, there were or are people complaining that they lost their recent posts after the Blogger has announced that it's back to normal.

Hereunder are screen shots that I got from Facebook expressing bloggers' (public) feelings, disappointment and anger...








I wish this incident won't happen again because I rely on Blogger.com so much. This blog is my main and I have no back up copy of these posts that were written down here. If these posts will be completely erased... I don't know what to do. I love blogging and this is my hobby.. my passion and obsession. Blogger is still my favorite among the rest. So please do your job not to make this thing happen.. EVER again. I trust this site.

In this case, this only shows that many people are now using blogspot aka Blogger.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Celebrities Look A Like

I am amazed about celebrities who have similar facial expressions or resemble other celebrities from other countries. I don't know if you agree with me or not.. But, this is based on my honest judgment hahaha

Are they cloned? Separated at birth? What do you think? ;)



Lucy Liu and Pokwang (Host-Actress-Comedian from Philippines) LMAO too bad for Lucy or Pokwang? It was funny but they are really look alikes! :D

Angelina Jolie & Tiffany Claus

Christina Ricci and Shiela Durcal

Coty Alexander Gwen Stefani

Danny Lopez and Johnny Depp

Helen Hunt and Leelee Sobieski

Jennifer Sullivan and Jennifer Aniston

Lynsey Nordstrom and Jessica Simpson

Natalie Reid and Paris Hilton

Here's another one! :D





She is the famous Girl Next Door and My Sassy Girl lead star.

Elisha Ann Cuthbert (born November 30, 1982) is a Canadian film and television actress. Cuthbert is known as the former co-host of the Canadian children's television series Popular Mechanics for Kids. In 1998, she had her first film role in Airspeed.






Angelica Panganiban (From Philippines)

She is a Filipino American actress-model-host in the Philippines, her famous movies are Separada, Santa Santita and A Love Story. Date of birth: November 4, 1986







Maria Ozawa aka Miyabi (From Japan)

She was born on January 8, 1986, who used the name Miyabi (みやび) early in her career, is a Japanese adult video (AV) actress known in Japan as an AV idol.




Whoa! Really look a likes! These three pretty ladies have same faces. Elisha Cuthbert, Angelica Panganiban and Maria Ozawa or Miyabi. Angelic faces :D They are all actresses in their fields and surprisingly, they're born in 1980's. Angelica and Maria are both the same year! :)


How about you? Who's your celebrity look a like? ;):D

If you wanna know who will that be.. try to upload your pictures to picitup.com and myheritage.com (the look-a-like generator)
















Sources:
http://www.google.com
http://www.usernetsite.com/film-tv/separated-at-birth.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisha_Cuthbert
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelica_Panganiban
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Ozawa

Monday, May 9, 2011

Siam Park City Bangkok, Thailand

My family and I went to Siam Park City last time and we had a good time. I just wanna share my review and photos when we went. There maybe some of you who are interested going to this huge and wonderful place. This is a good chance for bonding. You can take your children here and child-like adults are welcome here, too! hahaha






Here below are videos from you tube. Next time, we will have it videotaped so we have our own version here hehehe


Water Park

Talay Krung Thep The world's biggest wave pool with cascading waterfalls and numerous rock pools.



Log Flume

I had fun here but, I had no chance for picture taking, so afraid to bring my camera with me because I thought it would only soaked in wet :(



Siam Park City (Thai: สวนสยาม pronounce in Thai as "Suan Siam") is an amusement and water park in the Khan Na Yao district of Bangkok, Thailand. It opened in November 1980.

The wave pool is now the largest in the world as certicified by Guinness World Records and stretches an impressive 13,600 sq m and is the only man made beach in the city. The theme park originally started off with only a few rides, but over the years the owner has expanded and it now has over 30 different rides.

Theme Park Attractions/Rides

Vortex
Is one of the two largest suspended looping coasters in the world, and the first of its kind in South East Asia. It is 765 meters long and consists of 5 loops with several drops. Designed and built by Vekoma co.ltd

Giant Drop
75-meter free-fall ride.

Boomerang
Reverse roller coaster with 3 loops. It is a well-known coaster custom from Vekoma co.ltd

Log Flume
The park's newest attraction and a truly impressive spectacle as well as a thrilling ride.

Topspin
Will launch you up to the sky and then spin you in and out of the fountains, so be prepared to get wet

Siam Park Tower
A 100-meter high automatic observation tower which offers a 360-degree panorama of Bangkok.

Mega Dance
will swing you around with its spider-like arms.

Double-Deck Merry-Go-Round
One of the very first attractions in the park and is a double decker merry-go-round.

Twin Dragon
Pirate ship ride with a dragon theme.

Africa Adventure
One of the newest attractions to the park. You can choose to go on either a boat or train trip round the Island. Here you will see animatronics of tigers and elephants and evenKing Kong.

Jurassic Adventure
A Jeep ride into the world of ancient creatures. Using Animatronics you will see over 30 different species of dinosaurs, and an exploding volcano.

Dinotopia
Dinosaur museum. Here you will learn the history behind these amazing creatures.

Condor
Will spin you around and launch you into the sky at 24m meters high.

Aladin
Magical flying carpet with centrifugal spin.

Astrofighter
Copy of Disneyland's Orbitron.

Trabant
UFO-themed thrill ride.

Enterprise
360-degree thrill ride without any safety belts. It is the same model as in Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Astro-Liner
Space-themed flight simulator.

Monster
Spinning thrill ride for adults.

Rock & Roll
This ride will have you rockin and rolling round the track

Tagada Disco
Spinning giant plate ride, where the sheer G-force of the ride will have you glued to your seats.

Big-Double Shock
A terrifying haunted house tour.

Balloon Race
A new ride that opened in 2009, which will send you gliding through the air.

Water Park Attractions

Talay Krung Thep The world's biggest wave pool with cascading waterfalls and numerous rock pools.

Speed Slides The 75 feet high slider that was recorded as the tallest slider in the world since 1970.

Super Spiral 4 integrated spiralling slides at varying levels.

Lazy River The flowing river moving throughout the water park.

Spa Club The health spa club with original Thai message.


The entrance fee costs 300 baht for adult and 100 baht for kids. Toddlers about 1-2 years old is free. There is a certain height they require for children to pay the entrance fee. If you want to have a special package you need to pay 600 baht.

Don't forget to ask a map so you won't get lost hehehe. The chair rental costs 10.00 baht for the whole day and if you have lots of things to secure, you need a locker. They will ask you to pay 30 baht (with deposit fee already). They have swimsuit for rent, but I suggest that you have to bring your own because that is technically unhealthy (ewww!!).

If you're a tourist and you wanna know how much would be the budget to go here.. it would be more or less 1,000 baht only that includes your entrance ticket (300 baht) and your food. The cheapest that you can buy there is 15-20 baht for snacks. But, you can bring your own food to save a little. Just buy at 7-11 for your snacks, so cheap! There is also a Mc Donalds driveway nearby, it is facing the Ram Inthra road. But, eating in Mc Donalds is soooo expensive, I tell you!

If you have any questions, just visit their website or email me LOL


Sources:

http://www.siamparkcity.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siam_Park_City

Thursday, May 5, 2011

TOEIC: In Focus

What is the TOEIC test?

The Test of English for International Communication - TOEIC®, is an English language proficiency test for people whose native language is not English. It measures the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment. TOEIC test scores indicate how well people can
communicate in English with others in the global workplace. The test does not require specialized knowledge or vocabulary beyond that of a person who uses English in everyday work activities.

Today, the TOEIC test has become the world’s leading test of English language proficiency in a workplace context. More than 8,000 corporations worldwide have used the TOEIC test and more than 2 million people take the test every year.


What are the benefits of using the TOEIC test?

The TOEIC test:

• Gives an objective assessment of English as it is used in the working world.
• Is highly reliable - scores are always accurate and consistent.
• Is reasonably priced and available on demand - there is no need to wait for the next testing
session.
• Offers rapid test scoring and reporting - results are returned within a maximum of ten working
days. (In some locations 24-hour turnaround is available.)
• Is recognized as the main worldwide standard of English competence in the workplace.
• Allows trainers and human resource managers to plan and budget the amount of training
necessary to bring people to the appropriate English-language levels for specific jobs.
• Provides a continuous scale that allows for monitoring of improvement and comparison of
individual candidates.
• Uses equated test forms so that a score on one test form means exactly the same thing as on
another test form.
• Measures proficiency rather than achievement so that trainers can focus on the needs of the
learners, rather than on the needs of an exam—no costly “preparation” materials are required.
• Provides descriptions of probable candidate performance on work-related tasks.



What are the contents of the TOEIC test?

The TOEIC test was developed to meet the needs of the working world. The test questions are developed from samples of spoken and written language collected from various countries around the world where English is used in the workplace. Test questions incorporate many different settings and situations, such as:

• General business—contracts, negotiations, marketing, sales, business planning, conferences
• Manufacturing—plant management, assembly lines, quality control
• Finance and budgeting—banking, investments, taxes, accounting, billing
• Corporate development—research, product development
• Offices—board meetings, committees, letters, memoranda, telephone, fax and e-mail messages,office equipment and furniture, office procedures
• Personnel—recruiting, hiring, retiring, salaries, promotions, job applications and advertisements
• Purchasing—ordering supplies, shipping, invoices, shopping
• Technical areas—electronics, computers, laboratories and related equipment, technical specifications
• Housing/corporate property—construction, buying and renting, electric and gas services
• Travel—trains, airplanes, taxis, buses, ships, ferries, tickets, schedules, station and airport announcements, car rentals, hotels, reservations, delays and cancellations
• Dining out—business and informal lunches, banquets, receptions, restaurant reservations
• Entertainment—movies, theater, music, art, the media
• Health—medical insurance, visiting doctors, dentists, clinics, hospitals


These settings provide the background for TOEIC test questions—candidates are not required to know specialized business and technical vocabulary beyond that of a person who uses English in everyday work activities.


Who developed the TOEIC test?

ETS developed the TOEIC test in 1979 to serve the English assessment needs of corporations in Japan that wanted to improve their ability to compete in the area of international business and trade. Over the years, the TOEIC test has been adopted in many other countries and has quickly became the global standard for assessing English in work-related contexts.

ETS is the world's largest private educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in education research. ETS is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals, educational institutions, and government bodies in nearly 200 countries. The organization develops and administers more than 12 million tests worldwide.


What is the format of the TOEIC test?

The TOEIC test itself is a two-hour, paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice test that consists of 200 questions divided into two separately timed sections: Listening Comprehension and Reading Comprehension.

The new TOEIC Test began around 2006. Between 2006 up to this time, the format hasn't changed much. The TOEIC test is 100% multiple choice. It is important to know that you won't get penalised (minus mark) for your wrong answers.

How long is the new TOEIC test?

As of April, 2006 the test has two main sections: (1) Listening and (2) Reading.

The Listening section is 45 minutes long and has a total of 100 questions. It is divided into 4 parts: (1) Photographs-10 items, (2)Question & Response-30 items, (3) Short Conversations-30 items and (4) Short Talks-30 items. This section has a total of 495 points.

The Reading section has a total of 100 questions. It is divided into 3 parts: (1) Incomplete sentences-40 items, (2) Text completion-12 items and (30) Reading comprehension-Single passage 28 items; double passage 20 items (48 total).

The new TOEIC test has a total of 990 points and is 2 hours long. There is a total of 200 questions.

For further details of the test format please consult The TOEIC Examinee
Handbook (available in several languages) which can be obtained from your local area.

Or visit these sites for more information:

http://www.mstoeic.com
http://www.cpathailand.co.th


TOEIC Strategies

1.) Improve your time management skills when taking the test. Yes, it is time-pressured test. But, you have to keep in mind that the success of your exam lies on you. Discipline is a key in managing your time.

Do not spend so much time on one question. For instance, If you had a 10 minute test with a total of 10 questions, you should be able to spend 1 minute each question.

If you need more time to think about answering hard questions, might as well leave it for the mean time and answer those easy questions, as fast as you can. So that you could be able to go back to the ones you've left to answer. This is applicable to the Reading section.

2.) Reading strategies

Improve your reading speed and comprehension. Before the test you should read as much as possible. Choose material which is easy for you. Read as fast as you can everyday. Learn new vocabularies everyday.

3.) Skimming and Scanning

Sometimes, we can find the answers without reading the whole story or all of the text. There are two reading styles: Skimming and Scanning.

Skimming is quickly identify the main ideas of the article without reading the whole thing.

Scanning is used to spot specific information in an article. The type of information that you might be looking for is specific like phone numbers or address. It is important to note that when you are scanning a passage you aren't reading it!

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EDIT: I would like to share my experience about taking the TOEIC test here in Bangkok last March 5, Saturday. It was a fun experience. I had phoned the Center for Professional Assessment office http://www.cpathailand.co.th before the day. I had my test scheduled arranged, it was at 4pm. I hoped that I would have the same schedule as my neighbor, her schedule was at 9am. But it wasn't possible because there was no slot available for me, then.

Don't forget if you are interested to take the TOEIC test.. you have to make an appointment by calling them first!!! So you could reserve a seat and they will give you your schedule. You will be asked to provide your name and other important details which can be found in your passport.

I had to go an hour earlier than my test schedule because I didn't wanna be late or I'll miss it.. When I arrived, my stomach was asking me to buy something so I went to Family Mart to buy something. I made sure that I wasn't hungry before I take the test.

The Center for Professional Assessment Thailand is open for business from 8:00am-4:30pm, Mondays to Saturdays. The TOEIC Listening and Reading test cost 1,200 baht only (as of 2011). I payed it in cash before I took the test. The Speaking and Writing test cost 3,000 baht.

Step 1. Registration
2. Printing (they will print your profile info and give it to you)
3. Cashier
4. Validation (they will check if the info in your profile sheet is correct, they will also explain to you what you will do before, during and after the test)

Inside the testing room, you need nothing but YOURSELF. Bag, mobile phone, pencil or ballpen etc are not allowed inside they will ask you to leave it outside. I had my personal things left at the counter to be safe.

After taking the test...

Step 5. Test result will be picked up or send to you via EMS (your choice!)

In my case, I had it mailed through EMS. They asked me to pay 50.00 baht additional charge for that service. They gave me the white envelope to write on my complete name and address. I was told that the result will be there in my mailbox on Tuesday or Wednesday. But, if it's for pick up the result will be after 5-7 working days (oh no!). Too much hassles of going back to pick up my test result because we are living a little far from that area. More or less, I will spend 130.00 baht to go there (back and forth).

I'm interested in taking the Speaking and Writing test, too. I have been saving my pennies for this. The TOEFL and TESOL tests are so damn expensive! Wishing that I could take these, too... Oh, just one day at a time. Dream, dream, dream.. dream on! LOL :D
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