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)

Update #2019-10

Greetings, readers! I’m (almost) back to “regular” blogging.

No, I didn’t fall off the edge of the Earth. I am just trying to recover from what was simple exhaustion. My 53-year-old body essentially rebelled against my unrelenting schedule.

For weeks, I had been looking forward to taking a bit of a vacation/holiday break at the end of the school year. That came at the end of the first week of March. However, on Wednesday of that week I was asked to plan for and run a two-week Summer Camp due to start the following week at a Buddhist temple school on the opposite side of the island. While we are normally given much more advanced notice for even the one- or three-day camps, I told my boss, “Sure, no problem!”

The Summer Camp was held each morning between 11 and 22 March 2019 at Wat Kitti Sangkharam in Kata Municipality on the west side of Phuket island, Thailand.

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The Week That Was #2019-09

Wow! Last week was extremely busy and the week to come looks to be even busier. As I start to write this, it is early Sunday morning and I need to depart soon on a “reconnaissance mission” to the unknown reaches of western Phuket. I need to find the location of an obscure temple where I will be starting a 10-day English camp tomorrow; supposedly, it is on the route of a songteaw (local bus service) and I want to ascertain the travel time and observe local landmarks so I know when to tell the driver to stop.

I only took a few photos since my last update (and absolutely no video), including several of my two classes at Phuket Town’s oldest and largest school…

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The Week That Was #2019-08 (The Music Video Edition)

This is actually the second version of this particular installment of my “weekly” update column. I only needed to add a few images in order to finish one I wrote earlier in the week. However, I got busy and forgot about it. I decided to scrap it and start fresh.

Thus, this will be a very brief update.

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10 Years Ago, Part 7: First Songkran

This is the sixth of a series of photographic blogs highlighting my last days in the U.S.A. and my first full year as an expat in southern Thailand. My girlfriend-soon to be fiancé-later to be ex-wife at the time was from the north of Thailand and shared her birthday with one of the grandest of the nation’s holidays, that of the Thai New Year or … Continue reading 10 Years Ago, Part 7: First Songkran

10 Years Ago, Part 6: First Thai House

This is the sixth of a series of photographic blogs highlighting my last days in the U.S.A. and my first full year as an expat in southern Thailand.

Now that I was a full-time expat in the Land of Smiles, the time came to find a home to live in rather than the dingy but cheap Thai motel in the center of the island.  It was important that we have someplace by the Thai New Year (Songkran) holiday on 13 April as this also happened to be my girlfriend’s birthday and she was planning a huge party. 

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10 Years Ago, Part 5: USA To Thailand

This is the fifth of a series of photographic blogs highlighting my last days in the U.S.A. and my first full year as an expat in southern Thailand. Ten years ago – on 5th April 2006 – I left U.S. soil for the last time to date.  However, I have very little recollection of the journey.  Seeing how I had been in Kansas City for … Continue reading 10 Years Ago, Part 5: USA To Thailand

ECC: Open House at Ban Aonambor School

This morning, the ECC Events Team (Big Boss K. Anusorn, new desk staffer Arm, and yours truly) journeyed to the remote Ban Aonambor School on Phuket’s Cape Panwa for an Open House and Kindergarten graduation ceremony.  Although we don’t have a regular English teacher at this particular school, we have held several English camps and other projects here over the past two years or so.  … Continue reading ECC: Open House at Ban Aonambor School