Creative Minds

It is just so incredible how people can be so creative and ingenious. This, my friends,  is definitely one.  They turned a mini-truck into an awesome, moving restaurant.

Amazing huh?!

Earlier that day my kids were on a Mr. and Miss Maker mood (inspired by The Mister Maker kiddie show).  They turn this tiny plastic medicine bottle into a prop plane, with a spinner toy for a propeller and pikachu as the pilot….hmmm.


Creative?  Imaginative?

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Tira-Tira Candy


This grandpa pulls something sticky and stretchy from an elongated pouch. I have to admit it was intriguing in fact we stopped by and watched, together with many others who can’t help it as well. To our surprise,  this grandpa is selling what seems like a candy my husband and I know from our childhood days in the Philippines, the TIRA-TIRA!
The only difference is that this one is a bit on the softer and chewy side.  The TIRA-TIRA we had before were tough and sticky on the teeth,  you would have to chew on it so hard it would feel like your teeth would chip off.
We tried it,  and indeed it is TIRA-TIRA, Thai version.

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Spelunking Phu Pha Phet Cave

Derick and Summer were the youngest in the group of tourists in Phu Pha Phet cave. I thought they won’t survive the two hour walk inside the cave, well I thought wrong. As a matter of fact they enjoyed it, Summer got so fascinated by the things she saw and Derick, oh well, because it’s so dark and he gets to use a flashlight.

We came as a side trip since the cave is within the vicinity of the waterfalls we went to earlier that day. Although unprepared it turned out successful. They love it and are looking forward to spelunk again.

This time though we have to prepare some things before-hand like.

  • Face mask especially if your kids are asthmatics. It might be dusty inside from loose soil or bat droppings.
  • Tiny backpacks for water bottles, face towel, and the likes
  • Comfortable rubber shoes are definitely better than open loose slippers
  • Long stretchy pants would be comfortable and it would be easy to crawl or duck if there is a need to.
  • Wear mosquito repellent lotion for protection.

For more details about Phu Pha Phet Cave Satun Thailand.

Here’s a slideshow of them in the cave

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Car Camera: Dengo

Having a car camera is in trend and beneficial. We are really not the type who would just jump in the bandwagon, but we found it useful, so we got one. Firstly, as we’re expats we could not speak the local language effectively and so explaining things is really frustrating at times. Secondly, nowadays some people would do or say anything just to get away with something, so it is better to have a piece of evidence.
We have scouted stores for the right one, by the way there are many choices to choose from, but eventually settled for Dengo Cam which is only available online. So what got us decided on this?Here are the reasons.

  1. It is a dual camera for a little over $56, great deal we thought. It has a 140 and 120 wide angle lenses for front and back respectively.
  2. It has an auto on and off, loop recording, and motion detection features.
  3. It has a built-in battery and a FHD recording resolution.
  4. Plus, installation is easy and the delivery is right on time.

Wow!

But there’s the catch.
Although the image quality is great, the recording lags all the time. We tried changing the memory card from a lowly 8gb to its maximum capacity as advertised of 32gb, then back to 8gb, and then to an even lower 2 gigabyte, it still lags. It is important that your car cam does not lag. What if an important thing happens right on the moment it lags and so that won’t be recorded.

Another is that it does not loop automatically as advertised. We found this out the hard way. We got bumped from behind and the driver initially denied it but immediately “agreed” when we told him it’s on camera. Looking through the recordings we found out that it has stopped recording two days prior to the accident. Good thing he didn’t ask for it. Whew!

We’ve learnt that aside from image and recording quality these two features mentioned above are total essentials.

Now, we know what to look for in the car cam.
Well, if something is too good to be true, it probably isn’t ……….

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You’ll Be Forever Remembered H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej

 

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The night of 13th October 2016 is the quietest in Thailand history.  The King so loved and revered not only by Thai people but also by foreigners, has died.  People are mourning, and those who have been praying outside the hospital where he was admitted, cried their hearts out upon knowing.  My family and I are one with our Thai friends, colleagues and the entire kingdom in this mournful time.  His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej will forever live in our hearts.  May he forever be remembered by his kindness, good deeds, and love for his people.

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How Do Majorettes Dress Like In Your Country?

Majorettes are dancers doing a choreographed movement, baton twirling.  They perform this during parades together with marching bands.  I remember as a grader I used to envy how great they look in their glossy, skimpy dresses and how awesome to see those tricky baton twirls.  All were always excited to see them. Young girls dreamed of becoming one but were told that only selected few could become one as there are qualifications to meet like one must be tall, slim, fair-skinned (oh so discriminating!) and must be pleasant looking.

Now living in Thailand, it’s amazing to know that anyone could be a majorette.  Qualifications? Nothing like what were mentioned above. Anyone who’s interested is welcome to join.

Amazing Thailand.

And totally amazing costume!

Majorettes here look like Moulin Rouge dancers.

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How do majorettes dress like in your country?

 

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Stylishly Versatile

After-work means going-out time for my family.  Park, mall, and the beach are few of our favorite destinations.  However, having to go home and change into something is just too tiring. It takes time, energy; and it fades the thrill and excitement of the moment.  The yehey-we’re-going-out glee is gone.  So there could be three possible scenarios thereafter. The plan is postponed, completely cancelled, or  you’d just go with the motion of doing it because it has already been planned.

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So I thought a versatile attire should do the trick.  What I needed was something I can wear in the office and yet still be comfortable wearing while strolling around with my family later.

Zalora Thailand

Recently I got a panelled Pencil Skirt from Zalora Thailand collection. It came exactly when I needed it. The timing is just perfect. Anyway, it is elegant. It is definitely comfortable, one important quality I look for in my clothing. I love that it is made from stretchable material.  A pencil skirt sometimes can feel restrictive but because it is stretchable, you can move around comfortably without looking stiff and choked. The fabric has just the right feel.  It is neither too thin nor too thick.  It feels cool to the skin.  Being in Thailand where the weather can be very hot, it is something important to consider.

You might want to check out their wide variety of skirts, or you can simply click Zalora Thailand banner at the sidebar for discounts.

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Krathong Making Contest

Loy Krathong is celebrated on the month of November.  The word “loy” means to float in English.  Krathong, on the other hand, does not have an exact English equivalent as far as I know.  If you have any idea please let us know in the comment section below.  It is somewhat like a floral “float” made from either banana trunk or bread, with a candle and incense sticks. They then float this on a river, lake, or pond.

Some schools run a contest to make krathong making even more exciting and memorable.  In the university I work with, students majoring in English were responsible in running the entire program, which started with a brief history of the celebration; followed by the krathong making; and finally the contest.  Students and staff were welcomed to participate.  Everyone gathered in the faculty hall, took the materials, and made their krathong for an hour.

 

Here are this year’s beautiful krathongs (2015)

Happy Loy Krathong!

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Reasons Why You Should Consider Educating Your Child in an International School

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Here are some reasons why parents should start thinking of sending their children to an international school.

1. Children educated in an international school are trained to become open-minded individuals.

Learning and socializing together with children of different nationalities will give our children a holistic perspective of the diversities of this world.  As early as the formative years, they learn, play, talk, and build bonds with children from different family backgrounds, culture, traditions, and religious affiliations.  This exposure instills in them great values of respect and acceptance for people regardless of their race, religion, and skin color.  This would also enrich and strengthen their love and understanding of their own culture.

2.  Teaching is relatively personalized as compared to local, mainstream schools.

How is this possible? You may ask.

Classes never go beyond 15 students (at least in the international school I know).  So within the time allotted for each subject, the teacher has ample time to look into individual student’s works and needs. With this class size, classroom management is far more easier, so most of the time is spent doing actual discussions and activities with the students.

3.  Children are prepared to be globally competitive.

Our children will run this Earth.  They are the future of this world.  In this era, the world is the market.  Businesses, companies, and industries are no longer confined within four walls.  Together with this change, is the challenge to be competitive.  Academic excellence is not enough.  Being able to speak more than two languages including English is definitely an advantage.  The ability to adjust, adapt, and deal with variety of situations involving diversities in attitude, perception, and values of people which may only be attained from years of exposure are important as the future looks like one big melting pot of culturally diverse individuals.

4.  Children in an international school acquire English Language quicker.

The rate of language acquisition differs in each individual.  But most often than not, environment exerts the bigger influence.

For Thai students, speaking English is a challenge.  Cable and TV shows, magazines, newspaper, street banners and ads are 99% in Thai.  The medium of instruction even in Bilingual schools is Thai.  Movies and famous cartoon shows are translated to Thai.

In an international school, English is the medium of instruction in the classroom.  It is the language used in the office, in the canteen, and in the playground. This is the best environment for Thai children to learn English.

 

If these reasons are important to you and are now planning of sending your kids to an international school, and you happen to live in Songkhla Thailand, or moving to Songkhla, or living in nearby cities, I might be of help.  I know of a reasonably, affordable, child-oriented international school here.  Please send me a personal message at MitchRyan’s Blog or email me at mitchelle.juaban@gmail.com. ^_^

 

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