Thailand

Random Thoughts

October 18, 2006

It is really hot here during the day.  Usually in the upper 90's at around 3.  Nights are beautiful though.  About 70 degrees. 

I tried an octopus today!  it was whole.  8 little legs sticking out.  not bad I have to say.  I am still not up for fish eyes though.  That's ok I have 6 months and 3 weeks to do it.

Feeling Better

October 16, 2006

Well we didn't have the Monday meeting so no structure yet, but I am having fun working in the Montessori class.  I have even considered getting certified and teaching Montessori.  It is a really cool method that is really student centered. 

Party

On a more positive note:  Yesterday I was feeling quite like a hermit.  I wanted to go for a walk after I finished my yoga class and cleaning the art room. By that time it was getting dark so I couldn’t really leave.  I was sick of reading and working on the computer so I was just going to go to bed early again. 

Overwhelmed

Teaching Yoga

On the positive side I had my first class today.  I taught Yoga (yoka in Thai) to all the kids that don’t take a nap.  I did a lot of work to get ready.  I had calm music, a routine, even a drawing of a circle to illustrate the movement of some of the poses.  Well just because you don’t take a nap doesn’t mean you are well behaved in a class.  I had one crier, two singers (loud singers) a napper (shouldn’t she be in the other class???) two beauty queens (doing their hair in the mirror) and one who wouldn’t do anything. 

First Day Teaching

I worked in the Montessori class today.  This is the first time I have worked in a Montessori class and it was very manageable.  I had between one and four students at a time.  English is basically the subject I work with because the other teachers are all Thai.  I worked on Letters and the difference between a letter and a sound.  Some of the children are ready to read.  Most of them are at the most basic level reading such as the cat sat on a mat.  Ahbe read me a b

Food

October 13, 2006. 

Well lets talk about the food.  Although I like rice I was very glad to see bananas for breakfast.  Corn flakes too, but I am most happy about the fruit.  We mainly have rice and sides.  There is a lot of meat in the dishes but they always make sure there is something I can eat.  Some of the other teachers are vegetarians also. 

Adjusting to School

October 12, 2006

Thursday.  I woke up this morning and didn’t really know what to do.  Sleeping in a real bed seemed like a nice idea, but also made me soar and stiff after so much plane sleep (or attempted plane sleep)  I unpacked a little so I can try to feel more at home.  Then I wandered around and found the flag ceremony.  This gave me a chance to talk with the other teachers and volunteers to get a feel for the place. 

Flight to Thailand

California

October 7, 2006. 

75 degrees in Huntington beach California.  Wow, what a difference this break makes.  I am packed so no more worrying about that.  Now I can relax and have a little vacation before I leave for this great adventure.  Beth and I went to the Modern Art Museum where they had a conceptual clothing exhibit.  How perfect!