“The Body”….hash tag Jazzercise

Like most people, I tend to get rather uncomfortable when a stranger assesses my body composition and become downright flustered….yes, flustered….when they feel the need to compliment it. Compliments in general turn me into a very awkward, mumbly human being.

There are only two compliments I will not immediately attempt to deflect. One, I’m a world class singer (Prestige Worldwide) and two, I’m a skilled scooter-ist. Saying I am the best teacher doesn’t count as a compliment because it falls in the category of (soon to be) universally accepted fact.

After today, I’m willing to make an exception for any compliment delivered in broken english by an elderly asian woman.

I found myself in the touristy part of town yesterday and thought I better take the opportunity to stock up on chopstix and elephant mating ceremony postcards. With encouragement from a particularly fun spirited shop owner, I veered off that original game plan quite a bit and came out with a new nickname and a plausible explanation for some of the daily struggles I encounter.

As I said, I just wanted a postcard but this lady was looking for big money from white laaaydeee and was willing to work for it. She talked me into kimonos and silk children’s dresses with relative ease but when she rounded the corner to grab some shorts, I put the brakes on.

Shorts and pants on any continent are not meant for me. In Asia in particular they’re a physical impossibility. As you may recall from my encounter with The Madam, most Thai shop owners agree that I shouldn’t have shorts and yell “not for you” before kicking me out of their store. I’m not alone in this struggle, almost every western female I know has been turned away from a store.

It matters very little what size you actually are, all foreigners are fat. To quote the sage advice of a guest speaker at the all Thai English Have Fun Diversity Day, “You cannot call your foreign teachers fat, even though they fat.” I would spend more time being angry about it wasn’t such priceless entertainment value. Kayla has had clothing ripped from her hands by a man in Bangkok who explained his actions by shouting, “Not for you King Kong!”

Not this lady though. Bless her canned sardine loving heart, she was blind to my non asian physique and ready to sell me some shorts. I tried dropping their own line on them and said, “I need big size, not have big size.” She grabbed my love handles (as is standard operating procedure) and said “nooooo not need, small size ok try on”.

I got small size about 4 inches past my knees and the smile dropped off her face.

“Oh…..I was confused about The Body. I think The Body look small…..but now not small. Ok I get big size.”

I knocked her down and she got right back up with a pair of size 34 used jean shorts that were left in a taxi years ago by a fellow fat, freckled farang. At first glance they were not looking like a slam dunk but I was willing to give them a shot because I liked her attitude.

This time the shorts made it almost to my butt before the wave of disappointment came back over her face.

“Oh….I think….The Body is…..too sexy.”

I laughed so hard, I bought 2 “free size” dresses I didn’t want. She’s right, why didn’t it occur to me before, I’m too sexy for this country. It’s unclear as to wether it was meant as a compliment or not but she got her big money and I got a great story.

One size fits all is all mine and can be yours too. $38 colors: red, purple, or pink. 100% of proceeds go to my charity. Email orders to info@makeourday.org
One size fits all is all mine and can be yours too. $38 colors: red, purple, or pink. 100% of proceeds go to my charity. Email orders to info@makeourday.org

Legally speaking, I believe Heidi Klum has trademarked The Body but this is Thailand, and we are nothing if not fast and loose with the copyright laws. (“real cucu chanel we not copy” in lowercase sharpie on yellowed paper….sprung for the real cucu but cut some corners on the sign)

Here it is folks, The Body. It recently replaced “selfies while driving” as the leading cause of traffic accidents among Phuket taxi drivers.

Disclaimer: when combined with bike shorts The Body may induce temporary blindness in teenage boys
Disclaimer: when combined with bike shorts The Body may induce temporary blindness in teenage boys

Sidenote. For fundraising purposes I am going to become a person who wears headbands while exercising and you should too provided you buy that headband from Make Our Day. #jazzercise

……..Jazzercise has nothing to do with this post but not a day goes by where someone from a random country doesn’t click on my blog post tagged jazzercise. It that’s you Im sorry for the bait and switch and I do not know where the nearest jazzercise location is.

Cupfake Wars

In honor of my golden birthday this weekend (28 on the 28th) the Munchkins and I are partying all week. It kicked off after school on Monday with “Cupfake Wars” 4 teams, 30 minutes…..victory, defeat, camera crew, an annoying host, and glitter, just like TV.

Buddy Bear here is in charge of casting.  He gave me a good mix, 5th grade boys vs 4th grade boys and 3rd vs 2nd grade  mixed teams.
Buddy Bear here is in charge of casting. He gave me a good mix, 5th grade boys vs 4th grade boys and 3rd vs 2nd grade mixed teams.

Call me a monster, but my favorite part of any craft time is when a little one is dissatisfied with their work. They walk over to me holding their subpar creation away from their body like it’s going to bite them, and look up at me with the saddest eye, like “how did this happen?” Today was no exception. This cupcake business is tougher than it looks and Lek just did not have the masters’ hands.

He just mumbled....Teacha not beautiful.  Notice the third grade crew in the background just waiting for the jusges to nail him on presentation.
He just mumbled….Teacha not beautiful. Notice the third grade crew in the background just waiting for the judges to nail him on presentation.
I said....ummm maybe add some glitter? He still wasn't feelin it.
I said….ummm maybe add some glitter? He still wasn’t feelin it.

Another facet of human behavior that amuses me is when one member of the group is way more into the subject matter than is normal or expected. Like when Jared and Jay put the movie RV on repeat days or Corey asks if anyone else is excited about Banana Republic’s hundreth sale of the year. I’ll never understand their fascination but I love to watch the obsession in action. Cupfake Wars delivered on this front and found a real friend in Teoy.

Look at him trying to make a dainty little cupcake with those big mits....I had to let him go over on time workin with a handicap like that.
Look at him trying to make a dainty little cupcake with those big mits….I had to let him go over on time workin with a handicap like that.

With his ill suited King Kong hands and questionable eye for aesthetics, he was the first to get a team together and dive into the competition. First cook in the kitchen, last one out he was not up for any distractions. He declined to join F and Fanta when they went for crabsticks, he isolated all other team members and actually imposed a quarantine on his workspace towards the end there.

When he finally gave me his cupcake, he said ok do tomorrow. No....no we won't Teoy everyone is over it except for you.  I think we can arrange for another pack of neon clay to find its way into his desk though.
When he finally gave me his cupcake, he said ok do tomorrow. No….no we won’t Teoy everyone is over it except for you. I think we can arrange for another pack of neon clay to find its way into his desk though.

While my translation skills still are still in infancy, the Munchkins’ body language comes through loud and clear. I love to watch them go on a roller coaster of emotions trying to figure out what we are doing and if they are going to get to play or not.

Gin mai? (Can you eat it?) No. Exaggerated shoulder shrug. Can I have it? Yes. Day made.

Baikee's friend really wants to learn from experience wether its edible or not.
Baikee’s friend really wants to learn from experience wether its edible or not.

“Teacha mot lao? (is the clay all gone?) Tap into reserve stash and add a 5th team. Day made.

It's gone
It’s gone
HAVE MORE!!
HAVE MORE!!

Reach into a pink bag that holds the worlds greatest treasure, glitter. (Gasp) There are no words for glitter, eyes just widen to five times their normal size and get stuck like that. Week made.

Gollum moment
Gollum moment

When outlining the birthday plans for our number one benefactor Aunt Kayla she said, “I think you might have more fun than the kids.” Dear, sweet Aunt Kayla is correct. If for slightly different reasons, I always have the most fun, no mights about it.

Peyton from the blue  team is making his way to the judges table with a top heavy cupcake! Will he make it! ......find out after the break
Peyton from the blue team is making his way to the judges table with a top heavy cupcake! Will he make it! ……find out after the break

Wan Dek

Thai people live in a perpetual state of party preparation. If it looks like they are going to go a week without a holiday, they’ll borrow one from the Chinese or, in a pinch, just make one up. This Saturday was wan Dek or “Children’s Day”.

I found out about it a little late in the game and asked my private students if they thought I needed to bring the kids anything special. They said, no their parents will get for them. Well that answers that question, so off to MUNCHKINLAND I went to get the 411 from the munchkins themselves.

Straight from the horse's mouth.  If you want to know what's going on in MUNCHKINLAND Benz is who you need to talk to.
Straight from the horse’s mouth. If you want to know what’s going on in MUNCHKINLAND, you need to talk to Benz.

I’m working with some big personalities over there who know exactly what they want and within a matter of seconds they laid out the whole plan for the weekend with specifics. They said on Friday they want me to come to their dance recital at school and bring Oreos and BBQ Lays. Saturday they want to “make a party” with balloons and gum. Done. As it just so happens this is the perfect outlet for a donation from my aunt who has been know to invent reasons to “make party” herself.

Make party took wan (everyday)
Make party took wan (everyday)

I walked the munchkins home and was about to leave to go get started on the party prep when they ran back out with one last request. “Teacha can you look beautiful tomorrow?” I laughed and asked what do you think is beautiful? Again, they knew the answer immediately. “Lip red color, shoe (hand motion for tall)”. Parents are invited to the dance recital and they want to make sure mom looks pretty. Can’t be embarrassing my babies on their fictitious holiday.

They've requested lipstick before because they want lipstick smudges on their cheeks.
They’ve requested lipstick before because they want lipstick smudges on their cheeks.

I was less than thrilled about this makeup request first of all because, as later pictures will prove, Joe wears makeup better than me and he’s a 9 year old boy. Second because I had to acquire this altogether unflattering cosmetic which meant a dreaded trip to the Korean Beauty Supply. Ever since I purchased some “big money” face cream for my mom last fall, I’ve been on the owners radar as a VIP customer and potential wife for her grandson in Chicago.

I arrived to the dance recital all ladyboy-ed out and the munchkins were thrilled. “Ohhhhh Teacha so beautiful!” Crybaby had been saving me a seat by the other parents for hours, which I may as well just call a booth because it ended up seating five of us. It also served as home base for storing the children’s day gifts they acquired, a “Fisney” princess doll named Elfa, and an “Interchangers” robot. Don’t worry, we not copy.

Teacha here!
Teacha here!
Full house.
Full house.

I wanted to take a picture of the packaging on the toys but Benz had run down the battery with her 17 minute video capturing everything except the dance performance. Which, to her credit, was much more interesting. Turns out children’s dance recitals are long, boring, and loud in every country.

There's Joe on the right. He sees my lipstick and raises me glitter, blush, and cat eyes.
There’s Joe on the right. He sees my lipstick and raises me glitter, blush, and cat eyes.
They love having something to pass out to their friends and it's a good thing we had snacks because the dance was nearly 4 hours long.  It's a good thing they left that detail out or Teacha may have been MIA
They love having something to pass out to their friends and it’s a good thing we had snacks because the dance was nearly 4 hours long. It’s a good thing they left that detail out or Teacha may have been MIA
Em just knows she can get closer to my face.
Em just knows she can get closer to my face.
Until tomorrow munchkins, the balloons and gum are waiting for you!
Until tomorrow munchkins, the balloons and gum are waiting for you!

Your eyes they shine so bright, I want to save their light

5 Days of Christmas

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the island,

not a munchkin was caroling, Why? Cause it’s Thailand.

Not a candy stuffed stocking or sweet cookie platter

With all of your help Teacha fix this sad matter

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Away to the workshop she flew like a flash

After 5 hours of wrapping, she had quite a stash.

Set off the next morning, presents in tow

You sent so much cheer, the sleigh wouldn’t go

When what to her wondering eyes did appear

But a grumpy-ish elf who will work for beer

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Teacha arrived, called the munchkins by name

This week with your help, Gods’ love overcame

The struggles of language and money and loss

Reminding us why Jesus died on the cross

To show us that love is worth any plight

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night

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Merry Christmas From Munchkinland

Luke 3:10-11 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”

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I still remember dropping my mint chocolate chip ice cream outside 31 Flavors as a child. Involuntarily forfeiting even a bite would have emitted a wince but watching a perfectly formed scoop of ice cream tumble from the top of a waffle cone was utter despair, particularly when little brother’s cone was staring tauntingly, fuller than ever with chocolate sprinkles. Flash forward 23 years later to a room full of orphaned munchkins running towards me with ice cream cones. I’m thinking we’re headed for heartbreak and big headaches for Teacha, “he get more” “I want sprinkle” But despite the crybabies, cranky pants, and the inevitable wrong side of the bed tiffs we get into, this is an attitude I’ve never seen at the orphanage. They are running not to dispute ice cream injustice but because they all want to be the first to share with me. I’ve never bought a school lunch because, no matter how much I protest, they insist of pooling their money (.40cents) to buy it for me as it is their greatest joy to share what little they have with me. I chose this verse not because it’s what I claim to be teaching them, but because it speaks to their embodiment of the golden rule and a love that beckons me to give more of myself each day.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year.  If you would like to make a donation to Make a Munchkins Christmas, you may use this link:

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or mail a check to:
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Selfies at Sea

The best (and perhaps the only good) thing about boat travel with Asians is that they hate the outdoors. So when I boarded the cruiser to PhiPhi, 30 minutes after it was already to have departed, the sundeck was completely unoccupied.

85 and sunny, better get inside
85 and sunny, better get inside

The VIP room on the other hand, had been standing room only for hours. Don’t be seduced by its alluring name, the VIP room is a place to keep the Koreans who can’t swim. The windows are heavily tinted so there’s no chance of accidentally catching a glance at the scenery, and it’s climate controlled. They herd them in there, slap on a Mr. Bean video and lock the doors. Everyone in this room also wears a life vest and this is not at the instruction of the staff, just personal preference.

These ladies are an exception to the rule, a handful of real go getters right there.  Their little romp in the ankle deep water caused quite a photo frenzy.
These ladies are an exception to the rule, a handful of real go getters right there. Their little romp in the ankle deep water caused quite a photo frenzy.

VIP passengers only emerge twice during the two hour journey. Once for the obligatory titanic photo….(ok 30 photo) and once to take photo of “famous bay from famous Hollywood movie, the bee-sha, Leonardo, hope you’ve seen it.” A third trip would be in order had the cruise line not had the foresight to keep the VIP concession stand fully stocked with strawberry Pocky and seaweed strips.

Uh oh, here they come, one hand always on the camera.
Uh oh, here they come, one hand always on the camera.

This bay is a really big deal and they start danglin the bait about it right away. Follow up announcements are made so frequently that you start to wonder if you’re on the wrong boat because they haven’t said a thing about Phi Phi. The bay itself is unbelievable, they are not exaggerating about that but the confusing part is, you never actually go to the bay. The boat approaches the channel into the bay, cuts the engine for a full 37 seconds (I took a video to time it) then revs it back up and takes a hard right completely bypassing the bay.

This is as close as we get but they don't care. Famous bay is just another thing taking up space in their selfie
This is as close as we get and it’s just for a……..yep, yep we’re leaving now

Those 37 seconds are the equivalent of the Times Square ball drop for the passengers of the elusive and exclusive VIP room. These 37 seconds are the only thing they came of the trip for…..it is their dream….and they go after it.

Hold onto your hats and respect the selfie stick.  ($80 from SkyMall)
Hold onto your hats and respect the selfie stick. ($80 from SkyMall)
It's always best if you can be pretending to eat fruit in your picture.  Also note full color Minnie Mouse calf tattoo.
It’s always best if you can be pretending to eat fruit in your picture. Also note full color Minnie Mouse calf tattoo.
The announcer said something about a bird to distract everyone from the fact that we were already leaving "famous bay".  They took the bait......and if I had to testify, there was no bird.
The announcer said something about a bird to distract everyone from the fact that we were already leaving “famous bay”. They took the bait……and if I had to testify, there was no bird.

After the excitement of posing for famous photo with famous bay, people are really off their game and troll around the boat feigning for more. This gives me the opportunity to surreptitiously slip into the “get me off this boat” seat directly to the left of the drawbridge for a little game of what I call”to wee or not to wee.” I watch people cautiously approach the bathrooms and use racial profiling to assess the likelihood of them using said bathroom once they’ve seen the interior. Today’s score is 3-1 in favor of no.

There are a lot to of rules in this bathroom, but lucky for this crowd, NO SELFIES is not one of them.
There are a lot to of rules in this bathroom, but lucky for this crowd, NO SELFIES is not one of them.
Famous bay on a separate, more interactive excursion.  Life jacket optional.
Famous bay on a separate, more interactive excursion. Life jacket optional.

Day 10: F is for Famous

Day 10: F is for Famous

A picture is worth a thousand words. Well the munchkins and I literally have 1,000 pictures of our last day together and only one word for the lot of them: FAMOUS.

They always put on a show but this one was extra special and “supa famous”. (For those of you that have visited Phuket, you know that’s a buzz word they throw around for everything, ah and this street, you know? Supa famous. Now to see restaurant supa famous, ok take photo now, sunset….famous. Don’t even get them started on supa famous movie, The beach)

Getting ready for the red carpet, pre partying is always the most fun and Win agrees.  Look at him shake his little groove thing.
Getting ready for the red carpet, pre partying is always the most fun and Win agrees. Look at him shake his little groove thing.
Ming pushed his way to the front of the line and demanded to make the first entrance then as soon as he put the props on he changed his mind. Did not like the limelight.
Ming pushed his way to the front of the line and demanded to make the first entrance then as soon as he put the props on he changed his mind. Did not like the limelight

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Gift and Kwang, still dancing and partying 45 minutes after everyone else is gone.  They must be Stephens Girls!
Gift and Kwang, still dancing and partying 45 minutes after everyone else is gone. They must be Stephens Girls!

As luck would have it, their social worker was there today for my famous send off and spoke English so she was able to explain to them that I will be gone for 3 weeks but I am coming back.

I left them with these and we are going to make picture frames with their photos when I get back.
I left them with these and we are going to make picture frames with their photos when I get back.

I miss those munchkins already.

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Day 3: Attack of the Angry Birds

Day 3: Attack of the Angry Birds It has been raining here in Phuket for almost 2 full weeks, and when I say raining , I mean all day, all night, violent winds, no sun. Yesterday the wind was so strong it ripped my poncho off my body Incredible Hulk style as I was driving. I was feeling pretty miserable for a few seconds until I got to a stoplight and spotted this bunch.

There are three adult women and a baby int hat sidecar and guaranteed a couple bags of raw fish....snuggle up!
There are three adult women and a baby in that sidecar and guaranteed a couple bags of raw fish….snuggle up!

Needless to say the weather is making everyone around here “wary cranky”, especially the munchkins. Its time to get out some aggression. I made this last night and wasn’t sure how they’d like it until I ran up and hit Ben over the head with it while he was cooking. It both terrified and enraged him, so I knew they were gonna love it.

Voice from that crocodile arcade game: NOW IM ANGRY!!!
Voice from that crocodile arcade game: NOW IM ANGRY!!!

I sat them down in a circle and ran around hitting them all with my angry bird so they could learn from my shining example that today would be all about violence. After I got some good hits in I let them make their own. We were going to color them….but they were way to anxious to get revenge on me to waste time with that.

Gift has been the angriest bird of all this week but we finally got a smile out of her today...turns out angry birds actually make people very happy.
Gift has been the angriest bird of all this week but we finally got a smile out of her today…turns out angry birds actually make people very happy.
What sound does an angry bird make......just about the worst sound ever.  I still have a headache from hours of angry bird sounds.
What sound does an angry bird make……just about the worst sound ever. I still have a headache from hours of angry bird sounds.
Show me your angry bird face....Gop (bottom left) cheated but it was clever so I'll give it to him.
Show me your angry bird face….Gop (bottom left) cheated but it was clever so I’ll give it to him.

After a couple of (somewhat organized) relay races and contests, it was time for all out war, every angry bird and chick for themselves.

Time for everyone to get Angry! Look out.
Time for everyone to get Angry! Look out.
There were casualties
There were casualties
Two hours later, we had the best day yet...but it almost cost me my life, those angry birds are dangerous!!!
Two hours later, we had the best day yet…but it almost cost me my life, those angry birds are dangerous!!!

But the best thing about today was…..IT FINALLY STOPPED RAINING!

Rain rain went away, YAYYYYYYY!!!!
Rain rain went away, YAYYYYYYY!!!!
Thank you guys again for supporting us is week. Love, Teacha Katie and the Munchkins (pictured Fluke 4th grade)
Thank you guys again for supporting us this week. Love, Teacha Katie and the Munchkins (pictured Fluke 4th grade)

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Make a Munchkins Day

Mother’s Day is a big event in Thailand, so naturally, they take 4 days to celebrate it. For my kids in town, a long weekend means a shopping trip to Bangkok or a sleepover with junk food and new computer games, but its a long, lonely weekend for too many of my little munchkins in Koh Siray with no mommies or daddies.

As I was leaving last Friday (not to return until the following Wednesday) this little chunky monkey grabbed me around the waist and said, “Teacha sleep here? 4 day long time” By here, he meant the orphanage next to the school.  Over 100 munchkins from my school live there as a result of losing their families to the Tsunami or being removed from abusive homes.

I always have to make extra time for little man on the left.  He's the smallest boy in the class and is always getting strong armed out of the group hug.  As you can see he isn't quite as close as he'd like to be and he'd really prefer if Ball (chunky monkey) would back off a little.
I always have to make extra time for little man on the left. He’s the smallest boy in the class and is always getting strong armed out of the group hug. As you can see he isn’t quite as close as he’d like to be and he’d really prefer if Ball (chunky monkey) would back off a little.

I haven’t kept everyone updated on all the changes around here this summer, but I’ve left the high school in Phuket Town where I taught last year (Ben still teaches there) to work at a small school on the neighboring island of Koh Siray. It’s less than 10 minutes from my old school but worlds away in terms of socioeconomics. Those of you who have seen it can attest that it looks like The Elephant Graveyard from The Lion King and just like the Elephant Graveyard, you really don’t want to be there after dark.

Yes those are large aggressive (probably diseased) monkeys roaming around near the school, and yes that guy is wearing a KFC bucket on his head....don't ask, they do a lot of meth here
Yes those are large aggressive (probably diseased) monkeys roaming around near the school, and yes that guy is wearing a KFC bucket on his head….don’t ask, they do a lot of meth here
This is not common just five minutes up the road, but once you cross into the Ratsada neighborhoods, you see a dramatic change
This is not common just five minutes up the road, but once you cross into the Ratsada neighborhoods, you see a dramatic change

Koh Siray is home to the Sea Gypsies, a migrant community with its own language and religion who rarely use currency or integrate themselves into society. This means their children do not attend school. My school has encouraged these kiddos to join classes (something that would never be allowed in town due to extremely prejudice attitudes towards the migrant community) but its a steep learning curb as almost none of them can read or write and many parents prefer their children to work instead of learn.

The Sea Gypsy Village itself is a makeshift settlement with no running water or sanitation where families live 10 to a room. Domestic violence and sexual abuse are common. Not a day has gone by at school that a child doesn’t gasp and cower away from a high five for fear that I’m going to hit them. But once they’ve decided that I’m not going to hurt them, I can’t get those little snuggle bunnies off me, they want hugs and kisses so desperately.

Snuggling and photos, two things that never stop with these munchkins
Snuggling and photos, two things that never stop with these munchkins

The orphanage in Koh Siray is self sufficient in terms of funding. They can provide the kids with decent clothes, food and healthcare but the need for love and affection oozes out of their little puppy dog faces each day when its time to go home. At 4pm, they sprint towards me at the school gate screaming, ” TEACHA ONE PLEASE!!!!!” (Goodbye hug)

Hugs and play dates with Teacha are free but small gifts go a long way in communicating love to them as our verbal communication is somewhat limited. If you would like to donate and Make a Munchkins Day, I’ll buy them a book or toy and go play with them on your behalf, because let’s face it, their present is only fun if it comes with someone to play with.

 

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They don't have expensive taste, it's just a matter of being able to buy enough to go around....hugs are still free though
They don’t have expensive taste, it’s just a matter of being able to buy enough to go around….hugs are still free though

I am also saving and collecting donations locally to do a weekend activity each month. Today we did “Bracelets and Bubbles” which was a big hit. In true crasian form, they wore down the battery on both my camera and my ipad from “take photo” and I left with a broken shoe, 4 oddly placed “Elsa” braids, and no voice left.

I wish on Mothers Day that they had good mommies to buy them Frozen pajamas and tuck them into bed in their very own room, but at least tonight they will go to bed with bracelets on their wrists and bubbles around their neck, knowing that Teacha will be back tomorrow with more hugs.

I only allow them the use of one app in my ipad but boy do they take full advantage of it.  I have to hand it to them though, this one gets the theme across, I'm seeing both bubbles and bracelets featured. Good job munchkins!
I only allow them the use of one app in my ipad but boy do they take full advantage of it. I have to hand it to them though, this one gets the theme across, I’m seeing both bubbles and bracelets featured. Good job munchkins!

Happy Thai Mother’s Day Mom, I love you!

In a Bangkok Minute

The words “easy” and “reliable” have no place in a conversation regarding Thai transportation.  Bangkok in particular is quite the Bermuda Triangle of well laid transport plans. I have never made it out of Bangkok on the day or via the mode of transport originally intended.  However, last week I was on an especially tight schedule for my BKK visit and there was no margin for error.  My options were, beat Bangkok or beat it out of Thailand.

The bright colors give you a false sense of optimism.  Like the teacup ride.."Ohhh I want the blue one".. ..And then you puke.
The bright colors give you a false sense of optimism. Like the teacup ride..”Ohhh I want the blue one”.. ..And then you puke.

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