Category Archives: The Karen

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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The walk to school.

Last night I went with Cru Aew and her daughter, Boh Beng, on a spontaneous┬ávisit to Mae Sariang. Cru Aew works in Maela Suksa Pretom (primary) and speaks very good English. She used to be the English teacher in Matteyum. … Continue reading

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A Perfect Evening

Last night was one of those rare perfect evenings. Not because of anything in particular, but a combination of lovely things coinciding. The evening started well with lesson planning over a rare fresh coffee at the cafe opposite school. It … Continue reading

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Never a quiet night.

I have been here just long enough now for the novelty to have worn off and the reality to set in. There is not a lot to do here, especially on an evening. By 9pm everything is winding down. Used … Continue reading

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My home.

Nuan’s home, the┬áhouse I live in, is on the edge of the village. The only building beyond it a small church, red in colour and used only once a week for a few hours on a Sunday. You would not … Continue reading

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Learning Thai

I think 90% of learning a new language is desire. If you want it enough, you will find a way to learn. When I arrived in Khun Yuam 3 weeks ago today, my desire increased exponentially. I was nervous about … Continue reading

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A day in the life.

How can I explain my new life to you? The smell of roasted rat greeted my nostrils when I woke up this morning. Last night Lipo returned home armed with a plastic bag full of lean, charred rats. I have … Continue reading

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A House-Warming

I am based across three schools, the Mae La Suksa Secondary and Primary Schools in Mae La Luang and Hoi Ku Pah Primary School, 5km further into the mountains. I first met the Headmaster of Hoi Ku Pah when I … Continue reading

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Family Life

I live with Nuan and her husband Lipo. Nuan is 47 years old. A sprightly, energetic lady full of laughter. She smiles all the time, and though she speaks about as much English as I do Thai, so not very … Continue reading

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