Mariam Kartikatresni’s Directorship: In Memoriam

After we published the first of our updates on Jakarta TEFL fixture, Mariam Kartikatresni, one regular reader (who is mostly interested in stories on ILC) asked, “Who’s Mariam? What are her crimes?” In a sense that’s a hard one to answer, because Mariam’s crimes/sins/trangressions are so numerous. Where should one start? I suppose we could…

Of Gangster Tattoos and the TBI Mafia

What do gangster tattoos and the sheer, comic incompetence of the TBI Mafia have in common? Not much you would think. However, I recently read a review of a book called Codes of the Underworld: How Criminals Communicate¬†which made me reconsider my opinion. I now see that gangster tats and the incompetence of the Lilies…

TBI Malang: The Stench of Desperation

This blog on the rogues of the Indonesian TEFL world hasn’t visited TBI much lately. There has been too much going on in the so-called ”multi-language” schools such as International Language Center and Global Bahasa, with many of their branches closing their doors for months at a time and refusing to give refunds. The chaos…