Christmastime in Phetchabun

I actually thought that Christmas would be a non-event here.  I had heard that the malls in Bangkok set up a huge tree with decorations and put on big sales – because the Thais like to shop.  And I thought that mostly-Buddhist Phetchabun wouldn’t recognize the day.  And most didn’t.  But Christmas still came to town, and my school took advantage of this cultural learning opportunity. … Continue reading Christmastime in Phetchabun

Woe is my Visa Run – Problems with my Agency

Can you believe that my agency has just blamed me for my visa run failure?  Not only did they blame me, but they lied to my (email) face.  I’m out a lot of money.  And the worst part?  This isn’t the first problem I’ve had with the agency. Part of the reason one would secure a teaching job in Thailand through an agency is that … Continue reading Woe is my Visa Run – Problems with my Agency

Vientiane: More than a Visa Run

If Canada is America’s hat, then Laos is Thailand’s beret.  Similar but with a lot more French.  To occupy my time between meals, I hit the local sites. In the evenings I browsed the Night Market.  There’s a mix between tourists and locals and the stalls sell souvenirs and clothes, jewelry, and cell phone accessories. Between the night market and the Mekong river is the statue … Continue reading Vientiane: More than a Visa Run

Thailand Camping with Filipino Hospitality and a Mountain Music Festival

A long weekend means a trip out of town!  Off to Khao Kho we go! Mudslide Road The trip up the mountain is a mere one hour scooter ride.  After a burger and fries (with cucumber instead of pickle) we gas up just out of town.  Right on time for some rain.  So I throw on my bright red rain poncho.  It acts like a … Continue reading Thailand Camping with Filipino Hospitality and a Mountain Music Festival

Sports Day II

Last month’s sports day was multi-school, multi-location.  This sports day was entirely for our school. Sports Day included some skits.  They preform to audio clips from movies or music.  I think women from countries around Asia were fighting over one man.  But I don’t know enough Thai to really know. Egypt was the theme for this team.  They chanted to the rhythm of the conga, … Continue reading Sports Day II