Wednesday, June 29, 2011

American meal

When I was asked to make an American meal, I had to think of something that could be made without an oven and something that I could find all the ingredients here in Thailand. I decided on one of my moms specialties, chicken and dumplings! It was a challenge to find everything but I did! And the next challenge was for a type A like me to cook without any measuring utensils. But I did!

Here are pictures of the cooking process. I took a picture of the final result but for some reason it looks green, so I won't put it up here!

My Thai family liked it and of course ate it over rice! It's something I'll definitely cook again in Thailand.

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Sport day

Oh my favorite of all days, Sport day! Picture field day to the extreme with a parade, costumes, traditional dance, modern dance, and race after race for 2 days. The kids are divided into four colors that compete with each other. Here are some pictures of the festivities.

This last picture shows the four teams under their own tent. Each group has their own dancers in front of them. You can also see the track. These kids are troopers because it is HOT!!

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Monday, June 27, 2011

The latest

**I've been trying to post this since last Tuesday! So, the news is old, but better late than never!

I started school and all is going well! I'm using some of my introduction stuff that I used two years ago so I know what reaction I'm going to get with pretty much everything I do. You have to speak v e r y. s l o w l y. And enunciate like crazy. But it works! I try to imagine some French person was coming to talk to me and how I would feel. Even though I studied it a lot, it's way different with a native speaker. Here are some pictures.

Morning assembly - all students sit and wait, then stand for the Thai anthem, pay respect to Buddha, and meditate. Then they are deluged with lots of school announcements and lectures, from what I can tell.
Lunch - students can eat in the "canteen" but some choose to come back to the English department. The boy on the right always comes to talk to me! I can tell he works up his courage every time!

My second class, 10th grade - they are reading my introduction.

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Location:Khao Phanom,Thailand

My Saturday

This Saturday I had the day to myself. It was kind of nice to be independent after being taken everywhere. I washed clothes, then went to the park to read. You can see it's a very nice park! The first picture is of the exercise machines. Of course I went to 7-11. I go there at least once a day! I walked around town and had lunch. That evening, i went with Meow to a special market, like a fair. It was pretty fun and interesting. I found some American brand clothing there for CHEAP but I didn't see anything I had to have! It was a good day!

Location:Khao Phanom,Thailand

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bai Thoe

This post is all about the adorable three year old that lives in the house where I am staying. Her name is kind of pronounced like buy-toy. She has been coming up to my room in the afternoons when she gets home from school. She calls me Adjun Katie, which means Teacher Katie. The way she says it is so cute!

I introduced her to my iPad and of course she loves it. She loves the pond app where it looks like a real pond with fish and lily pads. I also downloaded an app called Talking Tom 2 which repeats what you say in a funny voice. That was a total hit!

Location:Khao Phanom,Thailand

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The offending roosters

Yes, these are the roosters that love to talk. All. Night. Long.

They are on the roof of the house next door.

In other news, check out this much more precious neighbor.

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Location:Khao Phanom,Thailand

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sightseeing on saturday!

On Saturday Richard, Linda, and I had a great time traveling around the province of Krabi. We got lost a couple of times, but it was a good thing because we found new places they had never seen before. Around every corner seemed to be another breathtaking view. Here are some of the pictures I took...

(you can always click on a picture to see it bigger!)

This is a little off topic, but i saw these dresses, Karlie, and thought of you!

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Location:Thanon Chamaianouson,Muang Krabi,Thailand

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My new home

A Thai Christian family has generously provided a room on the second floor of their house! This house is also the meeting place for church on Sunday afternoons. The family makes pork and rice and sells it in front of their house, as well. Here are some pictures of my new room.

Next, the view from my windows.

As I write this, it is Sunday night and I start my first day of school in the morning! I'm excited - even thought the past few days have been fun I will finally begin my real reason for being here. Check out my schedule. (To my teacher friends you might find this unbelievable!)

One more thing, the woman I am staying with is so very nice and thoughtful! I know she will be a good friend soon. (This is for Grandma!) The little girl - Bai Thoe - is so cute and I love the way she says my name! She calls me Adjun Katie which means teacher. She is 3 and I am really going to enjoy her!
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Location:Khao Phanom, Krabi, Thailand

Friday, June 17, 2011

First day in Krabi

I arrived in Krabi yesterday and have had a busy day today! First, we went to visit my new school.

Oh, I forgot to mention breakfast! I thought about you Wyndie!

Then we visited the house where I'll be staying. My room has the headboard for a bed but nothing else! Yes, a bed!

I will be staying with a Thai family. This little girl is Bai Toie. She is adorable but was playing shy. The next picture is in front of my house where the dad cooks noodles and people stop by to buy them.

We also visited two other schools where two guys from Texas will be working. They are about 15 minutes from my school.

We went to lunch at the market and then bought some fruit. I'll have to do a whole post on Thai fruit at some point.

After dinner I got to call mom and grandma (yay!) and then I did some recordings for Richard's radio show! My voice will be heard all over Krabi! Make sure to tune in to 100.7 True Love!

Love you all!
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