The Week That Was #2019-03

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.

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Siam’s First Stamps

Siam's First Stamp - 1 solot blue - 4th August 1883The Thailand 2013 World Stamp Exhibition opened at Bangkok’s Siam Paragon this past Friday.  In part, it marks the 130th anniversary of the Kingdom of Siam’s first official postage stamps.  The 4th August 1883 release of those first five adhesives came some 43 years following the issuance of the world’s first prepaid stamps, Great Britain’s famed Penny Black.

However, there had been mail conveyance within the current boundaries of Thailand for even longer.  In fact, the earliest recorded mail from Bangkok was a stampless letter sent by an American missionary to his father back in 1836.

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