Christmas in Bangkok this year is really quite spectacular. Last year was our first Christmas here in Thailand and because of the year of mourning in honour of His Majesty King Rama IX, all celebrations were rather muted. This year however, Bangkok is all lit up! Almost every grocery store has a big tree decked… Read More Selfies, Santa, and a Saviour
Matthew here to talk about a potential growth moment I’m navigating that started with my language class buddy dropping the class and then the country. We’ll call him Q (because, thanks to Bond, it sounds mysterious). Q and I have sat together in class for about 2 months now. We talk on breaks and we… Read More Why I’m NOT Writing my Language Exam
It was 11 years ago today that I (Amber) signed my first contract with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) to be a Global Worker. Writing that out… makes me feel old. In working with PAOC, I’ve served as a Global Worker overseas and with Summit Pacific College’s OMEGA Program. When I truly reflect on… Read More A DECADE +
As we write the title of this post we can hardly believe that today marks our one year “Thai-iversary” as we’re calling it. We’ve lived here 365 days and we’ve survived – and in some areas, even thrived! How do you quantify all that we’ve experienced and learned in a year? All of the people… Read More THAI-IVERSARY
We’re celebrating ten years of marriage – our very first wedded double digit! Our vows, originally scribbled on napkins on a drive home from Whistler, are the promises we made to each other. Some of these vows have come more naturally, others we’re still working on – all of them are just as true today… Read More Ten Years and Counting
Intimidating is a great descriptor of the Thai language. Over the years, pronunciation, reading, and writing have thrown more than a few learners of Thai. And here we find ourselves with 3 months of speaking lessons and 1 month of reading and writing lessons under our belts. It’s coming along and we’re doing our best… Read More Oh, Thai – Why, oh, Why?
There are so many things that we have come to love about Thailand, however there are some things that are just not nearly as delightful. One of those things, is Tong-Sia. “Tong” meaning “stomach” “Sia” meaning “death”. Put them together and what do you get? Stomach-death…better known as “diarrhea”. Tong-Sia can strike without notice and… Read More Tong-Sia