My Long Summer Holiday 2018

Was it the 3-D Interactive Art Gallery, Underwater World, or Siam Frost Park?

Maybe it was lazy days spent around the pool, getting KFC delivered or going out to dinner?

Taking a break from English Teacher Online and spending time with my family in Pattaya was certainly the highlight of my long summer holiday this year.

My mum, dad, sister and nephew had flown over to Thailand for 2 weeks. We’d never rented a villa before, but this one had 3 bedrooms and a private swimming pool. It was all ours for 11 glorious days!

As we settled into our new holiday home, I quickly jumped on the internet and checked out all the tourist attractions in the famous seaside town of Pattaya.

The first thing that caught my eye was Art in Paradise, a 3-D interactive gallery, and the family quickly agreed that it should be our first day out.

As we walked around, inside the gallery, we were amazed at all the beautiful pictures and carefully designed camera points to help us take fantastic photographs.

Shots with T-rex, a magic carpet ride, dancing Gangnam style and holding Thors hammer, are just a few examples of the incredible memories that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

A few days later we went to Underwater World which boasts a 100 meter long tunnel, the longest in Southeast Asia. My nephew, Josh, fed the golden carp with a baby’s milk bottle at the entrance to the aquarium. He said that it felt weird but was very good fun too!

Inside the tunnel, it seemed as if the fish were following us around as we walked slowly through their incredible habitat. Some of the fish were well camouflaged and very difficult to see. Others were enormous and impossible to miss. My favourite was the manta ray, a flat fish which at one point swam right over my head. Incredible!

For our 8th wedding anniversary, the family went to Frost Magical Ice of Siam. We had to wrap up warm before going inside but it was still really cold. They used lots and lots of industrial sized air-con units to keep the room at freezing temperatures.

As we walked around, Josh spotted an ice slide so we carefully walked up the icy steps.  I sat down at the top of the slide and the ice felt so hard and very cold. I pushed myself off and followed Josh down the slide. I turned around to see Pom sliding down too. We all laughed so much!

Next we went to the ice bar and ordered our free drinks. Fanta arrived in thick solid ice glasses that felt as cold as outer space! My wife had never been to a place so cold but said that it was a really fun and romantic way to spend 30 minutes of our 8th wedding anniversary. That’s all the time we could stand as our noses and toes started to freeze and go numb!

Pattaya had such a variety of food and things to do. One evening we found a restaurant that served traditional English roast dinners which my mum, sister and I ordered. Josh had a pizza and my wife and father ate spicy Thai food.

All good things come to an end and soon it was time for my family to go back to England. We waved good-bye at the airport and promised to do it all again next year!

What did you do this long summer holiday?

Please share your memories in the comments section.

 

Songkran Reading Comprehension

Songkran is the name for Thai New Year and it’s celebrated between the 13th and 15th of April each year. English Teacher Online is proud to present our Songkran Reading Comprehension to help you build vocabulary and talk about this fun Thai water festival.

Directions: Read the story, “Ploy’s Songkran,” and answer the questions below.

Ploy’s Songkran (by Teacher Steve)

“Bang, bang, bang!” I woke to the sound of firecrackers, driving away the evils spirits in our village.

Full of excitement, I took a quick shower and put on my most flowery shirt, ran downstairs and said good morning to all the family. A pot of hot rice porridge was bubbling away on the gas fire in the kitchen so I quickly grabbed myself a bowl.

“Happy New Year,” everyone exclaimed. The kitchen was buzzing with anticipation.

After breakfast, we got in the car and Dad drove us to the temple. I filled a small silver bowl with scented water and carefully poured it over the Buddha statue’s hand and legs.

Grandma and Mum headed into the temple with home cooked food they had brought in ornate food containers. Mum placed them down in front of the monks and everyone put their hands together. I closed my eyes as the monks started chanting and I felt myself fall into some kind of deep trance.

Suddenly, I felt water splashing over my head and I realized that a monk was blessing me with lucky water. That’s when I remembered it was Songkran, nearly time for the biggest water party of the year!

When we got home we all rushed off to filled up our water guns.

Reading Comprehension
  1. What sound woke Ploy up?
  2. What shirt did she wear?
  3. What did Ploy eat for breakfast?
  4. What did she do with the small silver bowl?
  5. What broke her trance in the temple?
  6. What did you do this Songkran holiday?

Please write your answers in the comment section or send them to Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org

 

Student Friendly Home Stay

Do you have a long trip to school each day?

Not enough time to talk with friends or do homework?

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English Teacher Online helps students cut travel time to school so they can give 100% effort to their studies!

Auntie Pom and Teacher Steve provide a student friendly home stay environment which includes an air-conditioned bedroom, washing and ironing laundry service, plus breakfast and dinner. We provide some help with homework and even have a keyboard in the living room to keep young musicians happy.

Accommodation costs 6,000 Baht a month per student, which includes breakfast Tuesday to Friday and dinner Monday to Thursday.

Minivan to school is also included in this amazing price.

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XPCoin May 2018 Update

This week English Teacher Online got an exclusive XPCoin May 2018 update and off-road map from DigiWarFare, the XPCoin developer and executive responsible for writing computer code that allows me to earn XPCoins playing Rust!

He explained that XPCoin was rebranded last year and is making great strides forward without the usual cash boost an ICO brings. Despite this major financial hurdle, XPCoin has obtained investment from within the gaming community. It has more than 20 VPS (Virtual Private Servers), and a vast staff dedicated in their quest to monetize computer gaming and integrate it into the mainstream 21st century economy.

 

Integration was the theme of our interview as Digi explained the 3 step process needed to get independent game developers onboard using XPCoin. We also discussed the role of XPCoin investors versus consumers, and a no holds barred appraisal of those who would disrupt his organization in their pursuit of a quick buck.

Digi has logged over 2000 hours playing Rust and I could tell that it has a special place in his game playing heart. Despite it’s ruthless and salty reputation (built up over many years in Beta), Rust has so much potential. As a social experiment, Rust gives psychologists ongoing insights into role playing minds that you just don’t get from other games.

It’s no surprise then that Digi made Rust a top priority when it came to paying gamers for their time. That’s why I was one of the first to sign up to ladder.xpcoin.io and start earning XPCoins. As promised, here is a screenshot showing latest payments into my XPCoin Wallet.

XPCoin Ladder Payment

Digi also explained how Rust events (that run around the clock) are designed to help the community grow. Economy points are paid to event winners and losers alike, so there’s even more incentive to improve your combat skills in game.

The XPCoin Rust server only has 200 slots and Digi is keen to “stress test” having that many players all earning XPCoins at the same time – I don’t have a crystal ball but I do prophesize that this server will be full very soon!

Digi is now off to monetize 7 days to Die, but he will still be tracking Rust through his admin panel and listening closely to Gabriel in the XPCoin Rust admin team.

 

It certainly is an exciting time to be part of the XPCoin Crypto-Gaming space and I am very grateful to DigiWarFare for sharing his vision for May, 2018 and beyond exclusively with English Teacher Online. Please comment, like, share, follow or subscribe to show your support.

Sign up here to earn money playing computer games such as Rust, 7 Days to Die or Minecraft.

Find all the latest official XPCoin news.

Role Play on XP Coin Rust Server

Sheriff, shopkeeper, pirate and farmer are good examples of “roles” you can “play” within the world of Rust.

Join us and Role Play on XP Coin Rust Server with English Teacher Online.

Roleplaying (RP) adds extra spice into the game because PvP does not mean kill on sight (KOS), unless you are in a war situation.

Role players engage in conversation first, working out if the other player is friendly or not. Usually a 20 second conversation is the minimum amount of time needed to play out a scenario.

 

Town Rules & Role Play

Most role players are interested in building a town with people they play with on a regular basis. Large towns may be home to a number of different clans who each have their own clan rules. These towns also need a set of town rules and a sheriff to help keep law and order. Trials may be needed and punishments for crimes such as KOS may include exile from the town or even worse!

Conflict Resolution Events

Don’t let conflicts get out of hand. Good role players use these incidents as opportunities to host conflict resolution events in or outside of town.

Outside Town Events

Event Idea 1, Rocket Siege: Set an amount of preparation time (24 hours) to build 2 towers within rocket distance from each other, and announce the event time to be streamed live by a judge, sheriff or admin.

Event Idea 2. As 1 above but with 2 teams of 5-10 players. Adjust the preparation time as required.

Inside Town Events

Event Idea 3, Melee dual: Build a cage/arena and fight to the death. Make it a best out of 5 (first to 3) if you wish.

Event Idea 4: As 3 above but with up to 10 players in a cage/arena!

Setting firm rules and resolution events can help your RP server thrive BUT without rules, towns often descend into chaos.

Role Playing as a Bandit

Saying “You are going to die” is not RP and is considered KOS.

To role play a bandit you should say something like “Give me all of your stuff or I will kill you.” You must give your victim a chance to comply, MINIMUM 20 seconds, and if you start counting down you MUST finish the countdown to zero!

If your target is running you must declare a robbery – telling them to “Stop” or saying “I want to speak to you” is NOT enough. You must also give them enough time to stop or respond so make sure you are in audio range before attacking.

You CAN’T just say “Robbery” and murder them. They must either; (1) refuse, (2) attack you, or (3) try to run. Then you may engage in combat.

If they DO give you stuff and you attempt to kill them after, then that is KOS.

Personal Protection Rule for Role Players

If you approach someone or their base and they say “Don’t come any closer or I’ll shoot you” you must attempt to get away. If you continue to follow them or do not leave their base, they are free to engage you after the 20 second rule.

If they threaten your life first, you are free to engage them upon a threat of death (I’ll kill you/shoot you).

Witness to a Raid or Banditry

If you witness any form of aggression, such as raiding or banditry, then you are free to engage in combat.

If you are raiding, it doesn’t give you permission to shoot a passer-by wandering through that area.

If they are coming directly towards the base you’re raiding with their weapons drawn, then you may engage.

If they running by the base you’re raiding and not directly towards it, then you cannot engage without further role play!

If they are hanging around the area but not coming close, you must ask them to leave before firing a warning shot.

If you run into a raid/war zone, then this is not permission to be killed, but be warned. If you get too close during a fight you may get shot.  If you do not want to be killed, stay out of active raid zones.

Self Defense Rule

If you are being robbed, you may defend yourself and kill your aggressor after 20 seconds or within the 20 seconds if you verbally react to the robbery. This also applies to being raided.

Going AFK and being unable to respond to role play is NOT considered KOS.

Community Rules

Different towns and servers will have different rules and punishments. It’s up to each community to work it out for themselves. There may be squabbles and fights but a lot of fun to be had when you Role Play on XP Coin Rust Server.

Please leave a comment here, follow my streams live on Twitch or email: Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org if you need any advice with role playing.