Daily Phuket #58: 17 June 2021 – Back to “Work”?

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”?

Daily Phuket #57: 14 June 2021 – (U.S.) Flag Day

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

Daily Phuket #56: 10 June 2021 – Postcard Project

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

Daily Phuket #55: 9 June 2021 – Semi-Vaccinated & Semi-Bored

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

May 2021: Everything is Broken

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

Daily Phuket #54: 23 May 2021 – Saturday AND Sunday Stamps

What a whirlwind few days but I will keep it brief. Basically, our company (agency) lost the contract bidding process for the bulk of our schools for the upcoming term which means that a whole lot of teachers are now out of work whenever the schools are able to reopen. Two months of waiting without an income only to be told that there is nothing … Continue reading Daily Phuket #54: 23 May 2021 – Saturday AND Sunday Stamps

Daily Phuket #53: 19 May 2021 – A Philatelist in the Heat

Another very hot day although there were some early morning monsoonal rains that attempted to cool things off. Didn’t work as it was once again roasting inside by around 10 a.m. I couldn’t sleep well so I booted up the laptop around 4:30 and spent several hours working on school prep, completing another set of lesson plans and materials. Much of the time was spent … Continue reading Daily Phuket #53: 19 May 2021 – A Philatelist in the Heat

Daily Phuket #52: 17 May 2021 – Blurry Tops

Has it really been a week since I have endeavored to recount the minutiae of my extremely boring pandemic-period life? Well, I cannot think of a single thing really worth documenting as it is pretty much the same all day long, each and every day. Perhaps the only major change is that I have not had a look at the local news in the past … Continue reading Daily Phuket #52: 17 May 2021 – Blurry Tops

Daily Phuket #51: 11 May 2021 – 9 From Yesterday

As I didn’t get outside today, as planned, I thought I would just present a few photos that I took yesterday during my brief foray “out in the world”. It turns out that I need to venture out again tomorrow as the bank needs me to sign a few more documents (the twenty I signed yesterday apparently not enough). At least that will give me … Continue reading Daily Phuket #51: 11 May 2021 – 9 From Yesterday

Daily Phuket #50: 10 May 2021 – Back Out in the World

I rate today as a “good day” and I ventured fairly far from the cave I call home. Just after eleven, I emerged into bright (too bright!) sunshine and proceeded to the taxi stand just outside the now-closed 7-11. In retrospect, I am happy that I found it completely abandoned. I mean, how do you practice social distancing on the back of a 150-cc motorbike? … Continue reading Daily Phuket #50: 10 May 2021 – Back Out in the World