Monthly Archives: September 2014

Thailand Memories – The Tsunami Part 2: My contribution to the relief effort

The week following the tsunami in Phuket was a difficult one for me and I was still in a bit of a daze, trying to figure out what I had been through and how I had managed to survive. I

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Thailand Memories – Sheer Terror: My Encounter With The Tsunami

With the ten-year anniversary of the Asian Tsunami coming up, I thought it would be a good time for me to report on my encounter with it, which took place on Boxing Day, 2004. It remains for me the only

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Thailand Memories – Appearance is Everything

During my time in Thailand I discovered and was reminded many times that appearances count for everything there. Foreign teachers are paraded in front of schools in the morning for no other purpose than to show passers by that the

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Thailand Memories: How I Let a Student Hurt Me

Despite all the awful things that happened to me at the worst school I ever taught at, one incident in particular affected me more than any other. What made it all the more unpleasant was that it involved one of

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Thailand Memories – The Worst School I Taught At (Part 2)

I began teaching my Muttayom 5 English classes by following the course outline that I had been given, which was getting the students to use greetings and getting them to talk a little bit about themselves. All Thai school children

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Thailand Memories – The Worst School I Taught At (Part 1)

Before I begin this post, I would like to point out that I realise that there are many excellent schools in Thailand and I am not suggesting nor implying that they are all bad. I taught at five different government

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