Monday, February 27, 2012

In the mind of a 12 year old

I recently asked my student to write about what they would do and where they would go if they had a time machine. I really enjoyed some of the results. This is a slight view, a short perspective of 12 year old Thai girls and what it is they really want. Here they are. Do you have a favorite?

If I had a time machine, I would like to go to Canada because in Canada have maple leaf.

I would make more merit. Talk about Buddhism more than before time. I would go back to the day of my beautiful memories. I would live with happiness. I would obey my grandma and my grandpa more before time.

I went to the beach again in the evening in order to see sunset which is very beautiful. If I can talk to the sun I will tell him he is very nice and warm in the morning and in the evening. During the day, he is very strong and brave. It is the time which I am very happy.

Make my mother to be proud to me.

If I had a time machine, I would to go to the zoos everywhere in the world and I would to fun and very happy because I liked animals very much and I wanted to give happy to every body in the world.

Go to America. I would study in University of America. I want to eat chocolate of America. I want to play snow. I want to meet Santa Clause. I want present and eat chicken. I love Thailand. I like America. I want a time machine very much.

I would go to a future city.

I would either go to the past since have magic, princess, prince, witch, wizard, and dragon. I want to know about origin of everythings. And I would rather go to the future. I want to know the progress of country/ of thought of people and everythings. And I would rather go to past life, I want to know living of me in past life and background of me.

If possible I want to talk to Buddha and important persons such as King Rama II, Santa, MonaLisa, Etc.....

According to my opinion, I estimate that time machine in 2300.

Go to edit my bad past.

I want to eat the food of the future.

Journey with my family, my family is my favourite thing my favourite people.

I will see dinosaurs.

Go back to my dad and my mom when they wedding's day. I think everyone is so happy and I want to go back to my birthday. I want to know, who is happy, sure my mom and dad is so happy, will everyone exciting?

fuchiko F fuchio, he is directed Doreamon movies but he died for long time. I want to see him. He is my idol.

I like to go to the Baroque era to visit Mozart. I want to see how he write the song. I will go around the city and try to find out, what inspired him to produce such a great music.

I will talk to myself in future or past by the words, "Hello i'm Ploy from future/past nice to meet you." I think that my friend will surprise and said, "OMG!!!"

To the Doraemon room because I can get anything from a magic bag's Doraemon. And I would like to visit Mammos in Flinstone.

Go to Koh-chang. I like the sea, I would always swim in the sea.

I would see god and fairy.

I want to see the world. Does it have Thailand? Or it disappear in 2012?

I think the present is the best. The past perhaps it has bad memory. The future is not fun. So the present is best.

I would do something for my parents.

Start all my life new. The thing that I would do is I will work more hard. I will make my father and my mother more proud in me.

Stop the time and go to some place alone, because sometime I want to stay alone, and talk with my favorite singer/ban such as Cold Play.

I would like to do American hamburger.

I would like to do Kimchi and talk to Korea people.

I could sneak my way into history and get myself hinted. I don't try to convert anyone.

I would like to go and see a Shakespeare play, with the bard himself in it. Then, I save John Lennon from being shot, and I would go to Jerusalem 30 AD. I would follow the story and report on the details.

Get my secret, and dig a soil and put my secret in land.

Go to comic, I would like to meet Doraemon. If I were in the story with Doraemon, I would tell him to put a magic pen. The special magic pen that I want, it can do all homework all subjects especially it can help me do exam tests and have grade fact, it doesn't have a time machine. Thus, I have to pay more attention to my study.

I would go to an outer space on the sky to see a beautiful star and a big galaxies. I would gently catch them and keep it in my pocket so nobody can take it away. I would talk with them every night every hour and every minute. And if I meet an alien I would talk with them like my best friend and I will teach them how to speak Thai language, and told them about Thai culture may be they wants to come back with us to Thailand.

My favorite singer is Eminem. (this is for you Allison...and yeah, this is really what she wrote)


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Something True


I never really use this blog - and I never really use it to talk about anything meaningful. Until now. Kyle and I have the priveledge of living in an exciting part of Bangkok. Exciting because it is in the city center, it is where the notorious sins of Bangkok take place. We are priveledged because of our neighbors. We live behind a market in a small Thai apartment building with many friendly families who greet us regularly with awesome smiles, and we have become particularly close with 2 families who live on the bottom floor - they have inspired us in so many ways.

So I want to name drop - and share some of what we have been exposed to, and some of what we do along with teaching at our schools.

One family originally from Boston has been living in Bangkok for 4 years as 'contemplative activists' with Word Made Flesh a missions organization that desires to serve Jesus among the poor. One aspect of what they do is build relationships with vulnerable families who do business at night in the red light district. I have joined these friends on night walks in Phatphong and Nana where they enjoy time with friends they have made - these friends usually very young girls, but also whole families, make a living by selling flowers, drugs, themselves, or by asking for money. There are numerous organizations we have been acquainted with who focus on providing an outlet or alternative for individuals who don't want to remain in this destructive industry. Night Light is an organization that does jewelry making with women in transition - their website has some good information to know more about the problem with human trafficking. There is also a foundation called Dton Naam meaning 'source of the purest water' which focuses on helping katoys, Thailand's transgendered "lady-boys," get out of prostitution by offering employment at a local cafe. Word Made Flesh, in building relationships, is partly connecting people to organizations that might be helpful as a service, but mostly their ministry is something different. A large percentange of this vulnerable population is trafficked from neighboring Cambodia, Laos, Burma, and Vietnam - meaning they are not legally permitted to have any Thai services. At this point Word Made Flesh is advocating for these friends to have legal sustainable living which means getting people safely out of Bangkok.

I have heard about the prevelance of child trafficking in the poor districts of India, Thailand, and in parts of the Americas, but I never understood how or why it worked. I still don't understand - but I have learned a lot about particularly sex trafficking since our time on the streets. A big issue is that many people come to Bangkok as refugees, or fleeing their own country without the ability to get any documentation. Unfortunately The Kingdom of Thailand does not recognize refugees. Meaning regardless of their status they will be picked up, jailed, and deported. Therefore people come or sell their families into Bangkok with the promise of business and wealth, often resulting in prostitution and detention.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Back in Asia - Bangkok

So, Its been a while - Kyle and I moved to Bangkok, Thailand in May. We have been living in a condo near the Chao Phraya River, and teaching english to teenagers in single sex Thai schools. We have come to enjoy a lot of things here, not to mention the food, the friends, and the freetime. We have missed home a lot over the last few months, and thought we would finally post a couple photos.

We tripped to the Ancient Capital - Ayuttaya - It was the capital a few hundred years ago, and was destroyed by the Burmese in the late 1700s. The city is surrounded by rivers, making a natural moat. The island, as it is called, is scattered with ruins of temples and places of importance. We biked around the city, stopping off at some incredible sights.

Flowers from home. In our condo, there is one green wall and one gray/blue wall. Kye say's it reminds him of Seattle. We just celebrated our three year anniversary, and Kyle bought me some of my favorite pink daisies. As we sit here, it is storming outside. It is rainy season now, and it has been pouring for hours. We have been watching lightning from a distance for a few hours now, and finally way after sundown it is upon us. The thunder is louder than I may have ever heard, and the lightning reflecting off the clouds paints the sky bright white. The bolts are almost simultaneous with the claps, and it feels as though we are the target.

Its nice to be in Bangkok

Thursday, February 17, 2011

And now for the most inspirational...

In the past I took the opportunity to show a film to my students - Not only was it relevent in many ways to the english curriculum - it is relevent to life - for All. The following quotes come from some of the students, who in turn inspire me.

I learnt that what you will for, you can get no matter what. As they say, every will has its way. Thankyou.
Go for what you beleive and don't worry about anyone else.
Never underestimate yourself, and don't care about criticism.
It doesn't matter if you win or lose, the important thing is to be proud and honored of yourself.
Whether you cross the endline or not, you should not lose your feeling of proudness and dignity.
If you are not enough with the medal, you won't be enough without it.
What I did really like about the movie is that although they don't have ice, they competed in an ice sport, and that means that you don't have to own something to be good at it. The most important thing is to do it in your own way.

Guesses anyone...?
Be Jamaican, Act Jamaican, Walk Jamacian, Talk Jamaican.

You may think it cheesy, but I think it timeless. I suggest everyone take a moment to watch or re-watch this classic and be inspired.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wadi Hadhramout

Kyle and I took the opportunity to go out to the North-Eastern villages of Yemen, the Wadi Hadramout. It was majestic. We rode a bus for 14 hours through the various terrain of the country. And as usual it was all incredible.
We visited the city of Shibam, the oldest city around. It is surrounded by a wall made of mud bricks, just like the 5-8 story skyscrapers that fill the grid which is set in the valley of these monumentous ridge canyon walls.

We were able to hike a bit up on the hillsides to get stunning views that overlooked the various farm towns at sunset.

Their unique architecture is very functional, green, sturdy, and so appealing. The boxy and beautiful repitition spotted the landscape.

As we bussed along the coast, through the sand dunes, old lava cast deserts, up on the mountain cliffs, and through patchy green valleys, Kyle and I were amazed at the sheer greatness of it all.

Thank you.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The peaceful protests

Some of you have asked about the current protests in the Arab world. I am delighted to say that the protests in Yemen thus far, have been peaceful, the most peaceful of them all.

I could regurble some of the news you can find online, or from CNN, but instead i will give you a quick look into how this relates to us:
Thursday of last week was the beginning of the protests. We were told by everyone, to stay indoors at least through the afternoon. They all said it would be fine to go out in the evening because the protests would end as everyone would be chewing qat.

Students are giving a lot of input mostly pro-protest; meaning pro- new regime, and even separation between northern and southern Yemen. Some say that employment is a right and there aren't enough jobs in Yemen, others say that this is not a problem that will be easily solved by a change of presidency. From those in our sphere, the complaint is about wanting more money, and wanting more jobs.
I think that peace is one of the most powerful ways to protest.

The silent truth

The day to day in Yemen to this day is incredibly beautiful. The mundane drive to work reaveals sites that inspire.

I wanted to take a moment to mention - that one of the saddest things about blogging our updates is the limited information we share. For the sake of the privacy of our friends here, and to keep up with cultural and religious values, we don't share photos or even stories of those dearest to us. Therefore, it is hard to give a visual for the good things we are experiencing, and the fun we are having.... In spite of the silence of our friends along with so much more, we hope that you can feel the love of Yemen through our commentary.
This is a shot of the British Petroleum Division in Aden at unruly/lawless speed.

Desert anyone? I love the dusty terrain.