Working for the weekend? Yes and no.

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After almost 2 months as a teacher, I now know that they are not, in fact, strange beings with no social lives outside of school. They do not live in closets and hibernate during non-school hours. We have lives. And in Thailand, its a great life. The phrase “working for the weekend” does not necessarily apply in these circumstances. Yes we work so we can take advantage of what Thailand has to offer, but the week days do not feel like work. The kids are great, the teachers are great. Basically it doesn’t feel like work.

Some of my M6 kids

Some of my M6 kids

Last weekend I decided to meet up with some friends in Bangkok again, but just a few of us girls, to relax and have a good social time. We did some shopping, walked around, and enjoyed the city. Saturday night Katie (a fellow teacher who works near Suphanburi) and I bought “Wolfpack” bracelets for the four of us girls. Indeed it was a wolfpack weekend. As much of a cliché as it sounds like, I even heard “One Night in Bangkok” playing from hookah bar/café.

Wolfpack bracelets

Wolfpack bracelets

This past Wednesday was Loi Krathong, the festival of lights. It is an annual celebration on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the Thai lunar calendar (this year, November 28th) that takes place all over Thailand. Loi means “to float” and krathong is the name for the offerings that are made. The krathongs are usually hand made from banana leaves and can become quite fancy. Mine was fairly simple:

My krathong

My krathong

The tradition is to send them off in the river as an offering to the river spirits and to the Goddess of Water (Phra Mae Khongkha).

Some krathongs loi-ing down the river

Some krathongs loi-ing down the river

During the release of your krathong, you are getting rid of the negativity from the past year.

Letting my worries float away

Letting my worries float away

In the same idea, lanterns are also released into the air. You make also make a wish for the upcoming year.

Lantern about to set sail

Lantern about to set sail

We have been told that if couples go to this festival together then they will break up that upcoming year, but if someone is single and asks a love interest as a date to Loi Krathong then they will end up together.

Loi Krathong love is in the air!

Loi Krathong love is in the air!

Today I finally tried the well known Thai food of mango and sticky rice. I was not let down at all. It is one of the best deserts that I have ever tasted. For some reason I had no idea that there was a cart right near where we are (temporarily) living! This is going to be dangerous.

Deliciousness being prepared

Deliciousness being prepared

nom nom nom

nom nom nom

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2 responses »

  1. I love the traditions that you are embracing. It all sounds so magical and enchanting. Your blog is a wealth of cultural insights. Happy that teaching appeals to you and that it doesn’t feel like work. So proud of you! Love, Cousin Cammy

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