Thus, the first month of the Twenties comes to an end. January’s are usually one of my slower months but this one was anything but. I did my share of fill-in days (when I cover classes for an absent teacher) throughout the month. Last Friday, I was at a school that contains at least 3,500 students with some classes bursting with more than 60 students … Continue reading 01-20 Fin (Or, the End of January 2020)
Twenty-twenty thus far has been nineteen days of unstressed productivity and that looks to continue for the foreseeable future. I do not recall as being as organized as I have been since the New Year fireworks faded to silence and that certainly has helped with my overall positive attitude. I am happy and content and I owe a lot of credit to Microsoft To-Do along … Continue reading Nineteen in ’20
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
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.
Yes, I’m still in Phuket, Thailand. Still teaching English. Still collecting stamps and postcards. Still reading as much as I have time for. Still healthy. Still single. It my be a new year, but life continues at the same relaxing and stress-free pace that keeps me rooted in the “Land of Smiles.”
I turn 50 years old in just a few days. I had planned to do a few things in order to celebrate my first half-century on Earth — a “50 things about me” blog series for one thing, putting together an article picturing “my life in stamps” for another. I thought about “issuing” a series of birthday stamps for my personal local post but, aside from some preliminary designs done back in July, I shelved that commemoration as well. I could blame my increased workload and general lack of free time — November was brutal — or I could blame my complete laziness in the time that I do have away from work. The truth be known, I’m just too tired to do anything beyond a watching a bit of television and reading for an hour or so each evening.
October was one of my more active months in recent memory despite the fact that I didn’t work at all during the majority of the month. I’ve been an hourly employee for my teaching agency the past three-and-a-half years so I don’t earn any income if I don’t work. Luckily, my savings cover those rare lean months of the between-term school breaks but that tenuous existence is about to change in a big way. More on that in a bit. As my “forced” holiday coincided with the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival, I took full advantage of the time off and participated as much as I could. Both during and following the festival, I finally started exploring the many interesting cafes and restaurants that have been sprouting up all around the Old Town area.