I love it here but nothing is ever simple and I want to have a good moan about it!!
I met with the woman that owns Pandora, Wellie (No I'm not kidding......that's her name), she looked at my art work and offered to host an exhibition of my stuff over the entire month of September. She wants me to produce about 30 pieces which she will put on display - she will also organise and host a launch party and will do the marketing for it. All she's asking for in return is 20% of any sales made (Chris and I thought that, considering the work that would go into organising it all, 20% was pretty good). I'm scunnered because I don't think I'm going to be able to do it. I don't have a bloody work permit!! (And I am not prepared to do anything that might jeopardise Chris's job). The Thai's do not make it easy to do business here!! To set up a company I would need to have my own premises, employ six Thai staff and guarantee that the business would generate a certain income each month (Oh....and did I mention that I would also need an existing Thai company to act as a guarantor). Ok so are there any other options - well, I personally could be sponsored by a company but there are very specific rules about what kind of company can sponsor you depending on what type of work you want to do so that is not looking very likely (For Wellie to do it she would have to employ another six Thai staff (six Thai staff = 1 Farang Work Permit)). I have also discovered that I could get a work visa on the back of Chris's but it doesn't look like EY offer that service. Apparently it's very unusual for an organisation to do this (I don't think it's an easy thing to set up) - Chris is going to speak to the Managing Partner but told me not to get my hopes up. So the last option open to me is to get the contact details of a good lawyer and get some advice - I don't think there is going to be an easy solution but will keep you all posted!!
There is another thing that is driving me bananas at the moment!! Moon is teaching me Thai and I am teaching her English - I have been trying to increase my vocabulary using a programme called Survival Linkword which is a great idea for learning a language. It uses images which make you link the English word to another word which sounds like the word you want to remember. For example - The Thai word for Duck is Peh (t). So you picture, as vividly as you can, that you love to chase your Pet Duck. I know that this method works (my Dad has used it on many an occasion) but it doesn't work for Thai. Thai is a tonal language so Pet can mean Duck or Diamond depending on how you say it. Now, you would think that if you are standing at a food stall and you say Pet that the person serving you would know that you wanted duck but if you don't say it using the right tone then they just stand there looking at you blankly. I'll give you another example (and this one is a killer) - The Thai for Rice is Kao so you have to imagine a cow eating rice. Sounds simple - I tried this on Moon and have now learned that it can also mean Knee, To enter, He/She or Animal horn and to make matters worse there is another word Kaao (which sounds scarily similar) that can mean Fishy, News or White depending on how it is said so she had no idea what the hell I was on about when I proudly said 'Kao'. I then pointed at rice and said 'Kao' she apparently corrected me but I have to say that it sounded exactly the same as what I had just said. I am now trying to learn the different tones and am providing Moon with a great source of amusement (aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggggg!!)
Actually......I feel better now I have got that off my chest!!!