Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Fat Guy WIth a Day Off

I have discovered some nice advantages to being a fat guy here in Thailand.  First off, when it comes to the swimming here at the wonderful Naiharn Beach in Phuket, I have a built in life preserver. I have found wonderful peace floating at night in the gentle surf. I close my eyes, relax entirely in my bouyant
weightlessness and just chill.  There's nothing like it.  See, my belly floats.  I've got my own built in flotation device.

Second, I have had my belly rubbed more often in this last week than in the rest of my life put together. Maybe it's a Buddhist thing; I don't know, but in every instance where I've gotten comfortable with a Thai person, they
end up rubbing my belly.  I do have a certain Buddha-esque physique. I'm a walking good luck charm.

Buddha belly. Got it.  Buddha conciousness, a long way off, but I'm certainly closer to it now than I was a week ago.

The rumor going around the program is that tomorrow, we find out our teaching assignments.  The mystery of exactly WHERE in Thailand I will be teaching once this training is over ends tomorrow.  I'm so excited. I hope I get a good assignment!

Today, was our first full day off from our rigorous TEFL training. I kinda was hoping I could get someone to come with me on this journey, but touring on your own is actually much better. I went where I wanted at my own pace, and made a video blog I am happy with... With all Thai music!

Elephants! Big Buddha! Wat Chalong! Hordes of Korean tourists! Today's video has it all! 







4 comments:

  1. Sweet, man!

    You really know how to put together movies. I like your choice of Thai music, maybe mention the title?

    I was too scared to snap anything in a temple, did you ask for permission or what?

    The elephants are really interactive... Was that a squeal?

    The kat on the visitors' book a nice touch. Awe I miss my Siamese cat...saw one the other day that was its double, just looking at me...

    Nice, thank you,
    Mati

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  2. The CD I bought with the Thai music, as you might imagine, is written in Thai, the letters for which I haven't learned yet... Then there's the question of how do I get my computer to type those characters... Glad you enjoyed it, and yes the elephants squealed when the food ran out.

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  3. Loved it. Hope you get a good assignment. Tired tonight. Just spent a nice evening with my brother Keith.

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  4. Hey Joko,
    I really enjoy your blog a while, and hope you'll find in Thailand, what you're searching for. Just thought about Thai, and asked wikipedia (as I did in german wiki). Try it! And about High/Medium/Low-Speaking try translate.google.com e.g. for buffalo, chicken, egg (for phonetic separation use "L"). It's a pain ;-). "translate" even offers the types e.g. for Word.

    Best for you, Heinz (uu:elmann,yt:ktschp)

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