Monday, April 30, 2007

The Nong Bua Class

My first graduating class. These are the kids from Roong's Nong Bua district. They were a good bunch, and tried very hard. There were a few more than this, but we lost a few because either their school started, or they had to work in the family business. From left to right, top to bottom, their names are Kan, Mew, Hmo, Tao, Nan, Bres, Ohm - Pond, Ray, Boss, Kim, Ploy,Nook, Kwaung, and New.
We made a little certificate for them, and had cake and soda on the last day. Kong presented the certificates, and Poon took photos of them all. Everything seemed to go very well. I hope I can teach them all again next spring break.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

We are losing our favorite Ka-turi!

It's been kind of quiet around here the past few weeks. They are still working on the school, and I will probably start teaching there June 1st. They swore it would be ready on time, but the boss finally accepted reality. I asked him what he was going to do about the 2 weeks of class that the clients have already paid for, but won't be getting. He just looked at me, and in a very quiet voice said "I no have plan". Haaaaa! I am sure he will figure it out.
The photo above is of our favorite waitress at "Long Bia". Her name is "Thong", and yes, that is a man's name. And yes, her voice is just a tad deeper than one might expect from a small Thai girl. She's a hoot. She likes to raise fish, and has dreams of going to beauty school, and being a hair dresser. She and Roong yak away for hours about all kinds of things. I have no idea what they are saying most of the time. I just keep an eye peeled in case they both look at me and give me that slow, menacing, head nod. This of course means they are gossiping me, or men in general. When I see this, I know to look suitably humble, and to ask about the weather or something.
Anyway, Thong is leaving. She is changing to a different establishment. We will probably start going there. She says the music and the crowd is a bit older, so we might enjoy it more. The 2 bands that play at Long Bia are ok, but it has been almost a year, and they still haven't figured out how to balance their sound worth a damn. But that's ok, because anything is better than the non-stop karaoke at Bannok (geez that stuff is horrible). I think Thong said she will change places next week, so we will see what the new place is like then.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

No. 1 on Google!

This Dzi Stone and Thai Phra thing seems to be working. Who knew? I now rank no. 1 , 2, and 7 On google searches! Yayyyyy! Except for the fact that I have only sold $1.73 worth of stuff so far, I am doing ok with this. Yeesh! I am averaging several hundred clicks a week now on those two sites. My Squidoo guru says that it is the way my pages are layed out. She is busy with a contest, and writing a book now, so I am waiting for my next lesson. I like learning about the Dzi stones and the Phra, so it's still a lot of fun. I also have access to a lot of information, that most people don't, because of where I live. I will keep at it.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Roong's Buddhism 101

Lesson 1: "Life is not nearly as complicated as you are making it"...
The other day, Roong and I were driving into Soi Sip Song to get lunch. As we drove, I noticed a Monk walking down the side of the road, a very common sight here. As I watched him, he gracefully avoided a small puddle in his path as he was walking. Seeing this, prompted me to ask Roong, if she thought it had rained in Soi Sip Song recently. Without looking up, or missing a beat she replied, "I don't know, was the monk wet?"