Thailand teaches me body language

On the last day of class for my weekend term, I decided to have the students do a Christmas word find, which for whatever reason, Thai students love. (I like them too especially when travelling. Much more than crosswords, crosswords are not fun for me. Crosswords suck!)

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Schools of Hope

For the King’s birthday, I went to Arunotai or Nong Ook as the Burmese call it, located about 3 hours North of Chiang Mai, past Chiang Dao. We went for the Kachin Festival, and you can click here for my pictures. Afterwards we went to the Schools of Hope, a border town school for orphans and disadvantaged…

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5 Things to Hate about Chiang Mai

One of my colleagues, let’s call him Ben, asked me the other day if I would ever write about things I didn’t like about Chiang Mai/Thailand. I said, “No, I don’t think so.” I mean, I have written one post in particular about it already. Then he shared his top 5 things he hates about…

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Death and Dying

Death and dying seem to be the theme this past weekend. From the funeral of a dear Thai teacher, Tiew, to attending Gin Salat in Lamphun to celebrating Halloween at the lovely language school , to even the recording the next podcast for Thai Girl Talk! It’s been insane! Luckily, the Halloween party for the…

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Before and After Thailand

I love milestones.  I’ve been so busy with work lately and it’s because I signed on for another year, my third year teaching in Thailand! OMG! Before Thailand (hereafter referred to as BT), I was in a committed relationship. My social network was small and I found myself having a difficult time relating to popular news and…

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Hair (not the musical)

When I first heard Lady Gaga’s Hair, I thought it was brilliant because women strongly identify with their hair. All you have to do is watch any America’s Next Top Model makeover episode and you’ll see terribly attractive ingénues weeping for pity’s sake over their cherished locks being cut.

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Students draw me

My friend and colleague JP inherited one of my previous classes. So she decided to have them write down what they learned in their prior level, and draw a picture of their former teacher, complete with descriptions.

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Julia’s lesson plans

I’ve been here for 2 years, so I’ve seen a lot of friends come and go. One of the perks of knowing a transient population is you get to rummage through their castoffs and leftovers. Many of my clothes are hand me downs (thank you Aofie, Melanie, Sara, Yuko, Mia, and Julia!). My library collection,…

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This week…

I’m grateful for: Delicious food just down my street, @ Sunee Cafe Discovering new places, @ Marrakech Wiang Kum Kan?  My students… Of course!

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Grumble, grumble…

Sometimes I don’t want to be grateful. Sometimes I just want to go back to bed. I’m tired, okay! Okay! Music helps… click on me for awesome music As does after work tea… at a nice place,

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Why do we take pictures?

Why do we take pictures? To remember/capture the moment. And why are we trying to remember? Perhaps we want to be reminded to be thankful for a particular point in time. Or maybe we want future shots to be part of our Facebrag collection. But seriously, isn’t taking pictures just another way to express our…

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Welcome to my new site!

Update: Moved my site AGAIN, and now I’m at lanivcox.wordpress.com (Welcome to the Rabbit Hole)   >>>>>As of Aug 2013 I have deleted Tell-Thai Heart and am exclusively blogging here.<<<<<   As you can see, I’ve moved. If you try tellthaiheart.blogspot.com you will be redirected to tellthaiheart.com. Don’t be frightened. It will hurt only a little…

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What are Chiang Mai apartments like?

Living spaces in Thailand are so different that the US. Sometimes I peek into apartments and wonder how much space people need in order to feel happy. Apartments in Thailand, well, let’s talk about Chiang Mai since this is where I live, are tiny in comparison to the luxuriousness of the United States.

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Motorbike initiations, Becoming an expat

I’ve heard it said that driving around Chiang Mai is like playing a video game. My friend Denali compared traffic to a river, and all you needed to do was just gently flow into the river. I equate driving a motorbike to the 5 d’s of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge.

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Why are Americans so loud?

I remember when Bush Light was President and my friends went on holiday to SE Asia. They told everyone they were Canadians. And I remember, seeing the Canadian flag sewed on to backpacks, bouncing on sweaty backs whenever I was in touristic quarters. Yes, Canadians are proud, and they also don’t want to be mistaken…

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