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)
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)
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.
I don’t really go to many parties, particularly what I’d classify as the high-society type. But when a good friend gets married, one really has to do what one can to participate. I’ve known Andrew for a few years now; he’s probably the most interesting Englishman I know, a former Special Forces officer in the employ of Her Majesty the Queen as well as being a Shakespearean thespian.
His “After Wedding Party” was held at the beautiful O2 Beach Club in Chalong Bay on the Monday before Christmas. It was quite the affair – all guests dressed in white (well, save one) and included Andy singing a few songs while accompanying himself on guitar plus a truly interesting fire-dancer (I’ve seen many that were extremely boring and predictable; this one was anything but). The food was awesome; I fell in love with the larb (spicy meat salad) packed in celery rings. However, the highlight for me was being introduced to one beautiful, intelligent and financially-stable single woman after another. Where had they all been hiding?
Enjoy the photo album after the break…
Today I enjoyed the second of two straight days off due to student cancellations. I was able to spend some rare time off relaxing and even did a bit of Christmas shopping for myself. I’ve been extremely busy with various projects over the past few weeks and the rest of the ten days remaining until Christmas will be just as busy if not more so. In fact, my next day off will be the 26th of December (yes, I will be working both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). I cancelled my lessons for Boxing Day because it is the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami and I intend to mark the day in a couple of different ways.
The last Thursday of November is American Thanksgiving. Through most of my life this was my favorite holiday of the year. Coming a week before my birthday and a month before Christmas, Thanksgiving always felt like the start of, well, everything. I love the entire holiday season but this day felt extra-special.