It has been a fairly uneventful week-and-a-bit during which I have been going to work in a semi-holiday state of mind. April is definitely the slow period as far as education in Thailand is concerned as it is the summer vacation between school years. As the Thai New Year — Songkran — comes mid-month, most businesses close up shop as the entire country attempts to relax. I still have a few lessons each week with individual students as well as a business course on Saturdays but it is a very relaxing atmosphere at the moment. My agency will actually close down completely from this Saturday (April 13 is “official” Songkran Day) and will reopen next Wednesday. My student has already cancelled his Friday evening lesson (which happens to coincide with our payday), so I will start holiday festivities early. I do have some tentative plans for the long weekend but I will report on those in next week’s update, hopefully with some photos and video.
The New Year of 2014 is off to a busy start. I’ve spent most of the last week substitute teaching in one of Phuket’s largest municipal government schools in addition to working at two different language schools. My schedule hasn’t allowed as much time for reading as I would like but I have still managed to finish one book this month and another is nearing completion. I may need to read shorter books if I want to meet the goals I’ve set for myself this year!
Wow! I managed to finish a whopping eleven (11) books in November, the last of which I completed just an hour before midnight on the 30th. I did spend about 200 minutes longer reading during the month while absorbing almost 20 pages less. I think that means I’m ruminating more on what I just read before turning (sorry, is that flipping or flicking?) the page. I’m rapidly approaching 75,000 pages read since I began tracking such numbers back in January 2010.