April 2022: The Month of Food Panda

April 2022 was the month of Food Panda with my meals ordered almost exclusively through their food delivery app. I saved a ton of money and ate fairly well. This blog is an account of my orders and experiences. Most of the time, I simply buy groceries at the Tops mini-mart in Limelight, a tiny shopping center a few minutes’ walk from my apartment, or … Continue reading April 2022: The Month of Food Panda

Daily Phuket #106: 14 February 2022 – Eerily Quiet!

The latest (on Sunday) news was that the Lower Primary students would return to our school for on-site learning today, Monday the 14th so I got up bright and early. The daily COVID-19 case numbers had yet to be publicized when I began the 15-minute walk to work at 6:30. It was eerily quiet, quieter even than when our fifth wave began in early January. … Continue reading Daily Phuket #106: 14 February 2022 – Eerily Quiet!

Phuket Weekly 2022 #6 (09-13 February)

This will be a VERY BRIEF post as I only took two photos and NOTHING different happened all week. Well, other than the number of daily cases of COVID-19 in Thailand surged from 10,000 to more than 16,400 yesterday (it’s around 15,800 today). I ended up staying at home all week — teaching online from my fourth floor apartment mostly due to the construction (and … Continue reading Phuket Weekly 2022 #6 (09-13 February)

Phuket Weekly 2022 #5 (01-08 February)

The first week of February saw a BIT more variety than the last two weeks of January, but not much. I did get out-and-about the evening of the first (the start of the Lunar New Year) to take some photos, my Sunday morning in-house students finally returned for the first time since December, and I taught my lessons from home yesterday rather than online at … Continue reading Phuket Weekly 2022 #5 (01-08 February)

Phuket Weekly 2022 #4 (22-31 January)

Another wholly uneventful week, largely the same as the one previous with a couple of exceptions. First, the teachers returned to our school to continue our online lessons following a week spent doing the same from home. I suppose they got wind that we were actually enjoying working from home, free of the problems that working from school entails. So, once again, I had to … Continue reading Phuket Weekly 2022 #4 (22-31 January)

Phuket Weekly 2022 #3 (15-21 January)

It was a relatively calm week. Sunday was National Teachers’ Day which meant nothing as it was a regular day off (my usual two-hour in-house class cancelled due to the continuing pandemic situation). I did receive a few well-wishes from my students so that was nice. Mostly, I spent the day preparing my new laptop for the upcoming week of online classes. Monday was the … Continue reading Phuket Weekly 2022 #3 (15-21 January)

Phuket Weekly 2022 #2 (8-14 January)

This really was a weary week. In fact, very little of note happened as I adjusted to the routine and pitfalls of teaching online and trying to be even more vigilant now that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is running rampant round the island. Very few people that I know have NOT contracted the virus and I think it is only a matter of time … Continue reading Phuket Weekly 2022 #2 (8-14 January)

Phuket Weekly 2022 #1 (1-7 January)

It has been a bumpy start to the New Year, to say the least. In Thailand, we have entered our Fifth Wave of COVID-19 and yesterday the government raised the Restriction Level to 4 (out of a possible 5 which is complete lockdown); they are anticipating 10,000 cases per day by the end of the weekend and three times that by the end of the … Continue reading Phuket Weekly 2022 #1 (1-7 January)

New Year’s 2022/2565: Backwards & Forwards On the See-Saw of Life

It has been my tradition for a number of years to make a vain attempt at recapping the year that was before plunging headlong into the year to be. With the last two years having been the worst in recent memory for virtually everyone on the planet, I would prefer to simply stop at this point. I mean, what difference does it make? It seems … Continue reading New Year’s 2022/2565: Backwards & Forwards On the See-Saw of Life

Daily Phuket #105: 26 December 2021 – Caught by the Rain

I ventured out to the Sunday evening Walking Street (local name: Lard Yai) on Thanon Thalang for the first time in months tonight. In fact, I first circled the Old Town area snapping photos of the always lovely Kasikorn Bank building and historic On-On Hotel on Thanon Phang Nga and a few festive buildings along Thanon Yaoworat before turning into the very crowded ground lane … Continue reading Daily Phuket #105: 26 December 2021 – Caught by the Rain