Looking Back on the “Teens”… and Forward to the “Twenties”

As we move into the Year of Perfect Vision, allow me to take a look at both the Year That Was and the Decade of the Teens. Before I begin, I want to mention that a recent post I saw on Facebook had the user criticizing people thinking the current decade as ending at midnight tomorrow night.  She stated that the “decade does not end … Continue reading Looking Back on the “Teens”… and Forward to the “Twenties”

Signs of Christmas in Phuket 2019 (Part 2)

I believe that this year is the most Christmasy of any since I have moved to Phuket. Which suits this lover of the holiday very much. The new Central Floresta shopping center adjacent to where I work in the Central Festival mall is particularly festive and I have taken to wandering around the connected buildings each afternoon, discovering new areas of decoration. While I always … Continue reading Signs of Christmas in Phuket 2019 (Part 2)

Signs of Christmas in Phuket 2019 (Part 1)

With less than 10 days until Christmas, I am looking for evidence of the holiday celebration around Phuket in southern Thailand.  Certain areas are more heavily decorated than others.  Here are a few photos I took last week — at Limelight Avenue, a small shopping center in Phuket Town, and at Jungceylon, a large shopping mall in the main tourist destination of Patong Beach on … Continue reading Signs of Christmas in Phuket 2019 (Part 1)

An Active Week

I have been fairly active over the past week-and-a-bit so I thought this was a good time to post a short update. The first thing I did on my birthday last Thursday was to walk to the Phuket Philatelic Museum (about five minutes from my home). It was the date of release for Thailand’s last stamp of 2019 — a 5-baht commemorative marking the nation’s … Continue reading An Active Week

Birthday Meanderings & Annual Wrap-Up

Hmm.  Eight months since my last entry on this blog.  I haven’t been lazy in those eight months.  In fact, I have been busier this year than any in recent memory.  At least I have had more happen to me.  And so, on the occasion of my 54th birthday, it is time to bring those who visit here an update.  I usually become quite nostalgic around this time of the year anyway…

The year of 2019 followed the same basic routine as most of the last three or four years that I have held the position of Deputy Head Teacher for the Phuket branch of Thailand’s largest agency of English teachers.  My routine remained largely the same as differences abounded all around me.  Chief amongst these was the retirement of our Head Teacher (NO! I have never aspired to do THAT job — mine is far more interesting, stress-free and rewarding) who remained fairly sane through his nearly seven years in the position. That change came early in the year.

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