A new week so I wanted to start it in a more relaxed manner than I left the old week. I had a bit of a lie-in (that means “I slept late” for my American readers), finally pulling myself out of bed around 11 a.m. I have my blackout curtains to thank for that — it is as dark as a cave in here if … Continue reading Daily Phuket #49: 9 May 2021 – Stampy Sunday
This was a rough week. Was it my worse week since coming to Thailand more than 16 years ago? If not, it certainly is close. The bottom line is that all we can do is wait and see what happens next. There is nothing else to do as we are all stuck with the important questions left unanswered. When will we (teachers) be allowed to … Continue reading Daily Phuket #48: 8 May 2021 – Endlessly Waiting
My first “Daily Phuket” of May 2021 and the photo is a view that I see most of the day, every day. Only what is on my screen changes. Still, my laptop is on its last legs and sometimes it takes hours before everything is working correctly. Today, that screen was filled with lesson plans for most of the morning. I wrote five over the … Continue reading Daily Phuket #47: 3 May 2021 – Staying Busy
All things considered, the month of April went by extremely quickly. It was nothing like the same month last year with its endless uncertainties and constant contradictory tightening of restrictions. A year later, we are experiencing much the same restrictions with this wave of the pandemic giving us higher statistics than the entire previous year but the officials are still giving us the illusion of … Continue reading April 2021: It Just Flew By!
Another day largely like all the others in recent memory. The only difference is that I am sleeping quite a bit later with each and every passing day. While I still wake up initially around 5 a.m., I have been falling back asleep after a short period of getting my bearings. Today, I finally rolled out of bed just before 10 which is extremely late … Continue reading Daily Phuket #46: 29 April 2021 – Sorting Somewhat
This proved to be a real “three strikes” day as far as errands went. I had just three things I wanted to accomplish when I was finally able to venture outside and did not succeed at any of them. Other than early this morning, and just an hour or so ago, it has been pouring rain all day. I really don’t mind the monsoon season … Continue reading Daily Phuket #45: 26 April 2021 – Parking Lot Clock
Today was pretty much the same as the previous five days or so. I read for a few hours (just got the new Anne Hillerman novel, reminding me how much I really do miss New Mexico) and spent most of the remainder of the day and evening working on website updates and scanning “new arrivals”. I am almost finished with the big stack of items … Continue reading Daily Phuket #44: 25 April 2021 – Free Pizza!
The days have blended together so seamlessly that I honestly thought today was Friday until I looked at the date just a moment ago. Each day has been entirely like the one before, the only differing factor is the book I am reading and the stamps I am looking at. I have finished three full books in the past several days (a couple were admittedly … Continue reading Daily Phuket #43: 24 April 2021 – Masked Mona
Probably the least popular aspect of living in Thailand is the requirement to report to the nearest office of the Royal Thai Immigration Department every 90 days. The process is not a lengthy one but you are never quite certain if the official handling your case will be in a good or bad mood and decide to create some additional hoop for you to jump … Continue reading Daily Phuket #42: 19 April 2021 – Reporting to Immigration
Saturday, 17 April. The last day in a while when everything was more or less open as normal. That will all change starting at midnight here in Phuket and at least 17 other “red zone” provinces throughout Thailand. I took the opportunity to retrieve and deposit my Thai tax refund check (amounted to around US $60) and get a bit of shopping done. It had … Continue reading Daily Phuket #41: 17 April 2021 – Beer Sound