It’s About Thaim…

… I’ve started a blog!

This is my first blog in English, (I have blogged, but only for a Chinese class.)  Also, I like to write, but I haven’t done it in a while, so bare with me. I was finally convinced to start because so many people said that if I blogged, they would read it, and so I thought I’d let my voice be heard.

I hope to tell about my experience, so that you can imagine what it might be like to come to Thailand to teach English at Santisuk.  So far, I believe that this is a great way to do ministry and I can envision many people feeling comfortable living in Thailand for short term missions.  Not to say that missions should be comfortable, but there is a sense of comfort that maybe if you’ve never done cross-cultural missions, this would be a great place to start.  And yes, for those of you first tuning in as to why I’m in Thailand, I am here only for a month to teach conversational English, but mostly I’m here to help this ministry share about the good news of Jesus in a very natural and relational way. (More on that later…) For now I just have a couple things to say about my experience.

And now for a commercial break. My favorite meal I’ve tried:

One day after my 10am-12pm class I went with two of my students to this place called, Happyland Market in English.  It’s about a 15 minute walk from where I live.  You can google it! It’s feels a little bit like you are outside because it’s an open on all four sides with a roof. All around the edges there are so many different places to eat.  Eating basically outside is not uncommon.  As I ate a fan blew directly on my back which was nice because everywhere is hot in Thailand, but I had to put my hair up to eat, which is always a good idea.

If you look at the picture on the right you’ll notice a spoon and a fork. Fun thing to know is you use them both, AT THE SAME TIME.  What I’ve picked up on is you can use your spoon in your right hand and push a heaping mound food into your spoon using the fork.  This is a cause for maximum food intake. It is quite satisfying.  So, if you don’t know how to use chop sticks, it’s okay! Eat the Thai way! Okay, sorry for the rhyming, and okay, sometimes you do use chopsticks.  So far it’s only been for these noodles called boat noodles.  They are just brought here by a boat and that’s the end of the story of why they are called boat noodles.

Anyway moving on.  If you must know, here is what my room looks like:

With the money I’ve raised for this trip I will be paying 100 US dollars for my room plus utilities, about 60 US dollars for 1 month. I’d say that’s pretty doable.  I learned last night that my place is actually relatively expensive for the average Thai person.  Right now for your information it’s about 34 baht to 1 dollar.

Some other cool things include COFFEE!

Unlike China, (I will most definitely make a lot of China comparisons, even though they don’t really compare), you can pretty much get good coffee in many places. I’m not sure that everyone in Thailand drinks a lot of coffee, but it is absolutely a thing.  With the hot days and one of my classes being at 7pm coffee is a need for me.

Well, there are plenty of more things to say about this beautiful place, but for now this is all you get.