Tag Archives: Hilltribes

Hoi Ku Pah School

Swimming in the river is not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Teaching English as a foreign language, but sure enough, last Friday, the students of Hoi Ku Pah and I went for a not-so-quick … Continue reading

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A Monk’s Cremation

My experience of cremation ceremonies in the past has been limited to loved ones dying, and the resulting ceremony tends to be an understated affair, characterised by dark colours and sombreness. Not so in Thai culture. Monks are treated with … Continue reading

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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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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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Matteyum

Thai school is different to English schools in a thousand ways. This is the first of three blog posts I will write about each of the schools I am in. Matteyum is the equivalent of secondary school. The matteyum I … Continue reading

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My home.

Nuan’s home, the house 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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