I thought of this ingenious idea, I think you’ll be impressed. Basically what happens is I type semi-thoughtful and semi-grammatically correct sentences throughout a longer period of time by typing blog entries into word and then pasting them on the page.
Now that I have you….
I went to a Thai funeral which continues on for seven days. A very interesting experience to say the least; it was easy to feel like the five “farangs” on the front row, the ones weary of the octopus soup (it was delightful as is seemingly all Thai food), were the center of attention rather than the life of which was being celebrated. “Farang” refers to the “foreigners” that are taking over the province with their crazy bike riding tactics and loud highlighter green bike helmets; as if the issuers didn’t know we stick out enough already! Day five of Thai funeral…ate broth with pork skin…questionable! My conversation back home at the dinner table will no longer consist of questions regarding the preparedness of foodstuffs. Dad, Joe, Boars Head meat will never go bad…
On a more serious note, the last day of the funeral was rather moving and a real gut check. It has been easy to get lost in the newness of the culture and country but the final day of the funeral helped me to realize how all human beings are related so closely even though we are raised in ostensibly two different worlds. The daughter of the woman that passed gave a “final speech” before the burning of the body and even though it was given in a different language I could feel what she was saying. I cried along with the other attendees as she choked through the final words. The family was so selfless and gracious throughout their grieving. They fed the funeral guests and showered them with gifts and smiles through such anguish and the pain only showed in the last ten minutes of the funeral. I don’t know how Thai people do it, but their generosity goes beyond anything I have seen or felt. Anyway sorry to ramble, I just wanted to share that.
Thai classrooms are different than in the states. I observed a fifth grade English class, there was no teacher. From what I understand class is somewhat optional. If the teacher is there, class will ensue. If the students are there but the teacher is not, class consists of playing Takaw (Takaw is the same as volleyball but is played with the feet and with a smaller wicker ball; chicks dig it) or football. So in short, the observation went really well, instead of observing I took the liberty to teach the American chicken dance which is very different from the Thai version of the chicken dance. I like to believe that coming from the chicken capital of the world, my version is most likely to be correct (silly Thais). The students are very eager to learn English. In
, English is like the P.E. of America (so I will have the best job in the world). Besides the great job, the Thai kids and people honestly believe I am Harry Potter; my celebrity status is through the roof! Thailand
Elephants are big and the ruins in
are pretty awesome. I got to tour around the province and visit the Tesco/Lotus which is a fairly large “mall” with a “walmart” type store connected to it. They had an A and W so I went large; cheese sticks, chicken sangwhich (for you jersey shore watchers), French fries and a large root beer in a frosty mug. The only thing my plate that did not have a “Thai twist” was the root beer, totally worth it. The Thai version of “Twilight” was filming in Ayutthaya , I was able to watch, I thought the main “actress” was gorgeous, my host mom told me it was not a girl; story over (lesson learned). Ayutthaya
We had an activity called “Thai Day” which was a lot of fun and a much needed break from the day to day activities of PST. My group performed a cross country performance; I was in the South group so naturally I felt it my duty to teach everyone how to call them hogs. You may now take pride in the fact that people halfway around the world love and can perform the hog call. HOGS BEAT VANDY! NICE!
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Cross-Cultural Note of the Day: The Thai word for “Guava” is also “Farang”. If you say the sentence “Farang gin farang” (gin=eat) they laugh for days…