Monthly Archives: February 2016

Family Life

Whilst I cannot claim to be any kind of expert on Thai or Karen life, it did not take much time here to realise that there are some profound differences between family life here and that in the UK. For … Continue reading

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A Collection of Conversations

Conversation 1: It was not late, but it felt it. It was a few weeks ago and the nights were still drawing in quickly and thickly. Nuan and I were drinking Lao Kow (“White Whisky”) on the porch outside. One … Continue reading

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Fire

Thailand has just three seasons, the Cold Season, which we are just coming to the end of, the Hot Season which is just beginning and the Wet Season which happens later in the year. No prizes for guessing what each … Continue reading

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Scout Camp – Thai Style

Scout Camp in Thailand is different to that in the UK. For a start, whole schools are part of Scouts, and if so, one day a week they have Scout Day on which they dress in Scout uniform and take … Continue reading

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Mae Sariang

Being the only “Farang” (Westerner) in the area is great, giving me a unique opportunity to immerse myself in local culture and practice Thai. However, sometimes it is tiring and I was excited at the prospect of a weekend away … Continue reading

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Pretom

The Pretom school in Mae La Luang is part of the same school as the Matteyum I work in but is located elsewhere in the town. Every day I ride my bicycle through the temple grounds to get to it. Usually … Continue reading

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Celebrating in Style

Like a new house, it is Thai tradition to celebrate a new building of any kind. My Matteyum is opening to a further three year groups from May this year, the start of the new academic year, and as such … Continue reading

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