I fretted over making several nice orderly posts on different parts of the last few months, and then figured I’d never post anything at that rate. So here’s a mix.
I wanted to show PaaKow a temple that’s hidden a little bit, away from a village. It’s more peaceful than the other temples around, which are located right in the villages. We ran into 4 village grandmothers, who were not very friendly at first. I had met them previously, at this same temple, but they didn’t seem to recognize me (or maybe they were just thrown off my PaaKow’s presence). They scowled at us and looked us up and down until I finally thought to tell them who MY grandmother is. Then they remembered where they had seen me before and smiled and pinched our arms to see if we were being well fed.
My co-teacher invited PaaKow and me to go to Nongkai with her family to see the ‘Bang Fai Payana.’ Every year on the full moon of lunar month #__, a dragon-like creature living in the Mekong River shoots up balls of fire. While the legendary fireballs were a bit underwhelming, it was lots of fun to go and sit by the river and watch people play with fire.
I’m on the ‘ICT GIG’ (information and communication technology global initiative group). We’d planned to meet in Bangkok on Halloween, but that didn’t work out because of the floods. So we met in Khon Kaen on Halloween to discuss the very important business that is ICT.
This semester (which started the first week of November) is off to a much better start than last semester. The students still try to pull “can we go to the bathroom?” on me, to which I want to scream “don’t insult me with your lame tactics for playing hookey after attendance has been taken!” but hey, at least attendance has been taken (most days).
The school director at my secondary school decided that we should have English lessons for teachers at lunch. There’s a lot of talk about ASEAN and the fact that English will be the common language. Well, the English@Lunch ‘project’ has brought teachers together to eat on Mondays and Tuesdays (usually there are very well-defined lunch groups) but… the teachers are even worse at listening than the students.