If you can’t keep your kids away from computer game or can’t tell them not to spend much time on internet. Why don’t you just guide them to where you know it’s fun and safe for children.

Recently launched eco-oriented online edutainment for kids ‘Ecobuddies.com’ is a safe online virtual world where your children can socialize, play games, create avatars, enjoy purchase and customize things. It was designed for kids aged between 5 – 12.  Log on for them and start instilling green values in your kids at  www.ecobuddies.com.

Source: greenlivingideas.com

Photo: ecobuddies.com

Phuketindex.com speaks with students at the British Curriculum International School Phuket.

With Phuket’s development as a world class tourist destination, so it has become more international in focus; responding as it has to the needs of the foreigners that have come to live here. Education is one area that has benefitted with international schools springing up all over the island. Among them, British Curriculum International School (Formerly Dulwich International College) is probably the foremost, having been in operation over ten years. The school is divided into two educational institutions: Primary and Secondary Schools which provide a British based education system for both day students and boarders.

This month Phuketindex.com visited the campus and briefly spoke with three students about their impressions of their school.

Guy or Eakkaphob (left) was the first student we spoke with. A Thai student ‘Guy’ reveals he likes the school environment because it is very conducive to learning. ‘It is beautiful place’ he told us before continuing “We have great teachers here. As well as Mathematics and Arts I love to study Chemistry, which is my favourite class. I like attending it because of the lecturer; Ms Christine Easton who in my opinion is an interesting and kind teacher.”

16 year-old, grade 12 student Federick (centre) is Swedish. Federick has been at the school for two and a half years. He tells us  “I think the school is generally good. Studying here I have the chance to study and learn from many good teachers. I have made a lot of friends here. I love it!”

Sae Jin (right) is a female Korean student. When we asked about her impression of BCIS she states “I like this school, because studying here, I meet friends from around the world. People are from many countries, and we have different cultures but we can honestly live together. That’s what I love about my school”

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Jian Grandma’s Restaurant [หมี่สะปำคุณยายเจียร] is one of the earliest and longest open hokkien noodle restaurant in Phuket. Well-known for its second to none stir-fried noodle (with seafood and egg) by their ancestor. But now, though it’s very popular among tourists and locals alike, I think the noodle isn’t that much yummy anymore.

Many decades passed, Khun Yai Jian Restaurant today in my opinion is like an old brand computer we can’t throw it away. There have to be someone want to get close to the legend (actually they are not), therefore we see the restaurant is often crowded as the brand still sells itself.

For me, it is Hoy Tod (Thai Fried Mussels with Eggs) and some other dishes like Hor Mok (Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf), Fried Tofu, etc. are more attractive. Thanks they have other choices for us.

Service and management should be fixed as soon as possible. Seriously.

Study in SwitzerlandThe Swiss Federal Government offers a number of scholarships to foreign postgraduate students (Master’s degree holders) only who wish to pursue post-graduate studies in their field of interest at a Swiss university. The scholarships are granted mainly for subjects which can not be studied in the student’s country of origin, but are considered important for the development of the country. Furthermore, they are intended to support graduates whose financial situation does not permit to study abroad.

The candidates must be less than 35 years old (01.01.1975 and younger) and have a good knowledge of either French, German or Italian (official Swiss languages of university instruction) in order to be able to follow the courses without difficulties.

For interested people, the Embassy recommends to study carefully the full information for foreign candidates for a Swiss university scholarship academic year 2010-2011 which can be found at www.sbf.admin.ch/htm/themen/bildung/stipendien/eskas_en.html especially the paragraph “Application requirements”.

If you feel after its lecture that you qualify for a scholarship please contact the Embassy in order to receive the following documents in electronic form:

  • Application for a Swiss Government Scholarship
  • Medical Certificate

The application file has to be submitted to this Embassy at the latest by 20th November 2009 for the
academic year 2010/2011. Please see the paragraph “Application procedure”.

Source: Embassy of Switzerland in Thailand

Click to access ScholarshipInformationEmbassy2010-2011.pdf

Gernmany's Black ForestWonders of Nature

The voting of New 7 Wonders of Nature is coming to the final round. Announced by the New7Wonders Foundation on July 21, 2009, 28 names of the finalist were chosen by panel of experts based on its unique beauty, ecological significance, and historical legacy. (There are 261 landmarks all over the world suggested and it was cut down to 77 nominees by polling in an early stage.)

The finalists includes Amezon Rainforest, Dead Sea, Galapagos, Great Barrier Reef, Halong Bay and Black Forest just to name a few (of course you can see the full list of the finalists in www.new7wonders.com).

You can also vote by internet (simply log in to the website) or phone before the winners will be announced in 2011.

All I hope now is the wonders still be wonders after all these has passed.  Tourism will not harm the nature, will it?

Source: nationalgeographic.com, new7wonders.com, AP News

Photo: nationalgeographic.com, new7wonders.com