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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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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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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 Weekend in Khun Yuam

I have just returned from a weekend in Khun Yuam. It was just what I needed. Back at the beginning of January, before I had left for my village, I met an American who had married a Karen lady 30 … 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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Back to School

I have recently gone back to school, in fact not just one, but three schools. None are school as I have ever known it before. Not only am I in a different country, this time I am a teacher. I … 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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