The dragons pictured above had two kids in each dragon, meaning one poor kid had to walk slouched over the whole time.
Me, Myself, and Thai means spending hours everyday after school running, playing volleyball, and batone with my students. Playing these sports with my kids is my favorite part of my day and I love seeing how excited my elementary students get when I tell them I’ll stay and play with them.
Fun Fact: the word “Selfie” is one of the most popular English words in Thailand so as soon as anyone, student or adult, sees your phone they will immediately ask “Selfie, Selfie”?
Thai people love celebrations, ceremonies, and dances of all sort. In this school term I have seen so many performances that I’ve honestly forget how many I attended until I looked through my photos. There are performances to celebrate Thai Language Day, Say No to Drugs Day, Fashion Shows, and many performances with religious significance. I can’t keep up with the language in the performances but I am always down to watch as they are well done and the costumes are incredible.
There was a nation wide “Say No To Drugs Day”. This is not what you are used to in America where a DARE officer would come to the school and show you scarring before and after pictures of people who used Meth. The worse was when in high school when we had to watch very graphic commercials about how your life gets ruined when you use drugs. Thailand does drug education programs differently than America. They had a 2 hour play; I can’t tell you what this play was about because I didn’t understand it at all, but there was dancing, mermaids, and an evil wizard and somehow this had to do with drugs. After the play there was a parade where the students march around the school with anti-drug signs.
Never seen one of the very graphic Meth commercials from the U.S? Take a look: http://www.methproject.org/ads/tv/tracy.html
I constantly joke with my host mom that I am no longer a foreigner as I am now a kon Thai (Thai person). I can now stomach more spicy food, understand a little bit more of what is happening around me, and occasionally understand a joke in Thai. Though I don’t think I will ever stop integrating during my time here so far my efforts in IRB(intentional relationship building) and trying to understand the Thai way of life have been enjoyable and humorous.