Sunday being my usual day off and the Friday afternoon announcement that local schools would be closed on Monday and Tuesday for Chinese New Year — not to mention extremely high temperatures and a huge dip in internet speed caused a great deal of relaxation (err, laziness) at the Jochim household over the past couple of days. The Thais really have the right idea on how to deal with the heat: they sleep through it. I haven’t yet mastered the art of not waking up in a pool of sweat, however.
This third week of the year was a little odd, albeit rather routine.
I didn’t teach very much this past week, which doesn’t really bother me. Living and working in Thailand, you come to expect more cancellations than not. I don’t ever have classes on Tuesdays at the large municipal school where I spend my mid-mornings to early afternoons but I still journeyed to my agency that day in order to teach a two-and-a-half hour lesson in the evening. I was informed five or ten minutes before class time that the student was ill. Wednesday was National Teacher’s Day in Thailand so all the government schools were closed and the students were extremely ill-behaved on Thursday. I was quite strict with them on Friday and they settled down somewhat. My evening student cancelled again on Thursday and a young girl I’ve been teaching for nearly a year now cancelled her Saturday morning lesson. On both of these particular days, the students had cancelled at least a day in advance but nobody thought to inform me to save me the bus trip to the agency. It’s really annoying, but I can always find something to do in the office.
>Another month, another set of accumulated statistics. I definitely read a lot more in July than in the previous couple of months and I also found time to watch a few movies. Now that I have a somewhat intermittent wireless connection in my home I haven’t been using an internet cafe but have been downloading some new (old) music onto my laptop. I didn’t listen to a lot of that music this month but that should change soon.
And now for the stats…
Wednesdays are currently a day off for me so I like to try and do something special. Yesterday I hopped aboard a pink bus (the correct one this time!) for the brief journey to Central Festival where I watched what will probably be my only cinema movie of the year — the second half of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Part one was my sole movie theater experience of last year. I wouldn’t rate the finale to be the best of the Harry Potter movies — it’s much too dark for that — but I appreciated that the director plunges one right into the story without bothering to explain anything that’s come before. You really do have to be familiar with the series in order to understand what’s happening. The battle scenes were magnificent and my one real complaint was that you didn’t see enough of the dementors.
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