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In Copenhagen I taught mostly EAL in both primary and middle schools, as well as beginning German classes in the senior school. I have had a quite lot of professional development and for several years gave workshops for ESLM (ESL in the Mainstream) I enjoy freelance writing and am presently writing short stories or excerpts from my experiences derived from living in various countries.

LYDIA

So, what is essential to living in Thailand? Patience, of course. Good humor, of course. And SMILE!

Sabaidee Kah!
THAILAND – MASSAGES, FITNESS, SCENES

Finally decided we should head back, because it looked like showers. Sure enough, it did begin to sprinkle. So we headed back along the beach under the trees until we came to the “Tourist Police Station” (new thing here in Laem Mae Phim). CONTINUE

LAOS – 1 MILLION KIP

Our big concern was when were they going to count the money and was it safe to leave that much cash sitting behind the counter…after checking with the bank and receiving our new bank book, everything seemed to be in order and we continued our school building projects. CONTINUE

DENMARK – IS LANGUAGE CULTURE?

Marion Webster defines integrating as “a form, coordinate or blend into a functioning or unified whole:  to incorporate into a large unit.” Not sure how completely that fits into cultural integration. Integration to me is a person who makes important contributions to society. CONTINUE

Golf and Clam Chowder
Winter here in Thailand. This morning it is 20C/ 68F but should increase to around 30C / 86+F by 13:00. Went golfing with another couple at a golf course called Wangjuntr Golf Park in Rayong, Thailand on Thursday. It was cool, so we walked! There are presently two courses, the valley course and the highland course. The highland course requires a golf cart and caddy – the cart to get over the rough terrain and the caddy to guide you where, otherwise you could get lost up there. Needless to say, we walked the valley course. You have to be a mountain goat to climb around on the highland course. Tough course but enjoyable.

Wangjuntr has the world’s worst caddies – and, of course, you are required to have a caddy. The caddy I had did not know how to keep score, which I did not discover until we were finished and back at the clubhouse. I guess I will have to keep my own score and just use the caddies take care of the golf clubs.

I like Wangjuntr, because you can shower afterwards. I always smile when we reach the ladies’ changing room; the attendant always greets us with the “Sawsadi Ka and 20 THB” which she wants us to put in her tip box. She then gives you a key to a locker and a towel. Nice to have a shower after golf. We then meet in the restaurant and have our usual, fried rice with chicken, crab or shrimp. A lot of Koreans come to this golf club because there are two golf courses and rumor has it that they are building a third course which they will call the jungle course. Think I might avoid that one along with the highland course.

Had a nice session with some of the residents at Seaview. Jørgen and I provided beer, wine and water. One of our friends and I arranged for snacks. The two cleaning girls and Nuch, the juristic person who oversees the maintenance of Seaview, stayed to help serve and tidy up. There were about 30+ people. Afterwards we went out for Thai food (what else?) with friends and their visiting son and family. Today we will just potter here, maybe go for a walk on the beach and a swim in the pool. CONTINUE

Laem Mae Phim

(excerpt)

Saturday, we went for our usual 4-km walk at 7:30 a.m. Not only is it pleasant and cool at that time of the morning, but there are very few people on the beaches. We got back and headed up to the apartment for our morning shower and then breakfast. We were both in the bedroom, the door closed, my husband  had just finished in the shower and I was getting ready to hop in when there was a knock on the bedroom door! We both looked at each other in surprise and amazement! I wrapped a towel around me and slowly opened the bedroom door and there stood the manager’s assistant giggling (Asians giggle when they are embarrassed, don’t you know), and handed me a mobile. I answered the mobile to hear the manager telling me that the repairmen from Electrolux were outside our apartment to fix the washing machine. So I quickly put on some clothes and headed out to the walkway at the back of our apartment to let in the repairmen. I explained to them what the problem was and they went to work.

Problem. “Cannot fix. Need piece (spare part).” So now (Sunday when nothing will happen, of course). we are waiting to see when the spare part will arrive and when the repairmen will come fro Pattaya (1-hour drive to here) to fix the washing machine, which they, hopefully, will. Meantime, the laundry down the road is very pleased to take care of our shirts, shorts, etc. while I hand wash the socks, underpants and bras in a bucket.

So, what is essential to living in Thailand? Patience, of course. Good humor, of course. And SMILE!

Sabaidee Kah!