Monday, August 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day from Thailand

Mother's Day?  Wasn't that in May?  Not here, my friends. We celebrate Mother's Day on August 12th, Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday.

So, I have the day off!

On Friday morning, my school had a big assembly where we honored Her Majesty as well as a whole lot of students' invited mothers.  It was kind of a touching ceremony.

Now, I know I haven't shared any videos or pictures from my school so far.  That's been on purpose as I wanted to establish myself there a bit before I started running around like a tourist with my camera going.  

All in all, things are going great.  I really enjoy being a teacher, and after 3 months of doing it, I'm getting the hang of it as well.  I feel comfortable.  I'm about 90% certain come October, I'll be asking for another contract for the second semester this year and then be here through March.

So, in today's video, you get to see my school!  

I wanted to show off this one framegrab that really highlights the typical teenager attention span.  Note that the ceremony is going on in front of these boys, straight ahead.  Not a single one of them is watching....


  1. That's a very formal celebration. So much different from what we do in the west.

  2. Looks like a thing we would have done in Poland in the 70s-80s.

  3. Every mother secretly hopes their grandchildren will give their kids a little bit of a hard time just as a payback. )). Teaching is like having lots of kids at once. Will you go thru the agency you are contracted with now? You said something early on about the school only working thru that type of arrangement. I think it would be great if you got a second contract there because then you would be able to build your experience without the stress of a new situation. Getting setteled in takes time and energy.


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