It’s been a long while since I’ve experienced the type of computer frustrations that I went through over this last weekend. I blame it on ants. I have had many electronic devices fail during my 16 and a half years living in Thailand due mainly to ants eventually getting into the machines and eating through cabling or whatever else they like to do in there. … Continue reading Daily Phuket #62: 12 July 2021 – Hard Drive Woes
Ever since Phuket opened for tourism last week as Thailand’s guinea pig (AKA “Phuket Sandbox”), there have been a lot of visible signs meant to reassure the few adventurous souls who jumped through the many hoops to reach our fair island. I saw a big banner outside of Tesco-Lotus the other day stating, “Welcome Sandbox Tourists! We Are Vaccinated!” This matches Central Festival’s signs proclaiming … Continue reading Daily Phuket #61: 7 July 2021 – Sandbox Approved
Or, Easy Come Easy Go…. As I was getting dressed for work this morning, I received the first of several phone calls about my new school. It has been closed due to a student testing positive for COVID-19. I was told that it was a student in one of the classes that I haven’t taught yet (last Thursday’s lesson was cancelled so they could clean … Continue reading Daily Phuket #60: 5 July 2021 – Closed!
First of all, Happy Independence Day to my family and friends back in the United States of America. I had planned to do a bit more for the Fourth of July this year but a rainy day and buggy computer set me way behind on my task list. I have decided to not attend the Opening Ceremony of Phuket’s reopening to tourism this evening (a … Continue reading Daily Phuket #59: 4 July 2021 – Full-Time Teaching
Whew! I am glad June is coming to an end. Although it didn’t seem like the month dragged on and on as much as other recent months. Now that it is coming to an end, I feel like there are a million and one things I need to accomplish in the next day. As mentioned in my last “daily” post (12 days ago), I returned … Continue reading June 2021: Ending the Month on High Notes
After a complete work stoppage which began on 10 April, schools were allowed to open this past Monday (14 June) and I returned to work yesterday, the 16th. Sort of. Right now, I only have one returning in-house student — an eight year old girl who I have taught for about three years now. Her father has around 250 “banked” hours which means he’s already … Continue reading Daily Phuket #58: 17 June 2021 – Back to “Work”?
I am in the patriotic spirit today. In the United States, it is Flag Day and I took the opportunity to start two new blog “mini-series” posting a long article about the origins of the U.S. flag on Philatelic Pursuits and a much shorter one utilizing a postcard titled “I Am the Flag” on Postcards to Phuket. I plan to post a few more of … Continue reading Daily Phuket #57: 14 June 2021 – (U.S.) Flag Day
In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I was working on a new project to try and alleviate the day-to-day boredom of staying at home. That project is a means to (finally!) organize the vast amount of postcards that I have sitting around in plastic bins such as the one pictured in today’s featured photo. It’s a sort of “why didn’t I think of that before?!” … Continue reading Daily Phuket #56: 10 June 2021 – Postcard Project
It’s been about 17 days since my last “Daily Phuket” entry and nine since my end-of-month wrap-up. It had also been nearly a week since my last article on my Philatelic Pursuits website but I knocked out four of those this evening. Why the long silence, following a month of fairly constant online postings of various kinds? Well, in a word, I was bored. Doing … Continue reading Daily Phuket #55: 9 June 2021 – Semi-Vaccinated & Semi-Bored
As I typed the title, my somewhat flawed memory was telling me that was the title of a Bob Dylan song a long time ago1. I am too lazy now to pull up MusicBee and confirm but it describes my current state accurately. My job is broken and I have an increasing number of broken appliances. My sleep pattern is in need of repair and … Continue reading May 2021: Everything is Broken