Messiah in the News Once Again
Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
27Trip End Jan 28, 2011
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Next year they would like to open the event up to others and announce the event on the local radio and TV. We did pick up a few bikers throughout the day which was exciting to see. Aj See John and Aj Potjanee rode bikes along with the students. Pi Jip and I followed the bikers in a van. We carried the first aid kit and assessed the participants at each stop to make sure everyone was ok. I only had one student not feeling up to par but I believe we have that under control. The weather was just perfect for the event. The students really enjoyed seeing downtown Chiangmai. The Thai buddies introduced my students to a variety of foods throughout the day. No one could say they were hungry. Lunch was eaten at a small pub in downtown Chiangmai. We had fried rice, soup, fruit and vegetables. The owner is a man from Holland who settled in Chiangmai after marrying a Thai lady. American music from the 70’s & 80’s was played in the background. It was very enjoyable. This activity is definitely a repeater.
Our stop at the orphanage was very informative
So much was learned today about the Buddhist religion. I will not be able to share everything learned but I will try and highlight some of the beliefs/practices. Buddhist do not hold services as we know it. They visit the temples at any time of the day and week. They meditate, pray and perform rituals during their visit
Buddhism teaches suggest that merit can be obtained through good
works while Christianity believes that the “good works” performed is as
a result of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and does not
result in merit. Another interesting observation was the grid of string that was strung overhead in the temple. Apparently this string is another way they receive blessings from the Monk. If there are 9 Monk (9 is a good luck number in Thailand) giving a blessing, each Monk holds a string and that string is bound together with the other string and is strung throughout the temple. The string is strung like a grid. At each connecting block the string is dangled. The Thai worshiper then stands under those strings so they touch their head. That way when the Monk gives his blessing it is passed on through the string to their heads and then they are to pass that on to others through good works
We finished our bicycle event around 3:30 pm. The students were taken back to BCNC where they enjoyed eating pizza with their buddies. I was told that the Thai buddies would doctor up their pizza with
ketchup and spices. None of my students felt adventurous enough to try
it. They did say that the pizza had toppings that were different from
what we are able to get in America. Still everyone enjoyed it.
I was treated by Pi Jip’s family to a Japanese meal. This was like no Japanese Restaurant in America. We sat at a table and a conveyor belt of food passed by our table. The conveyor belt had small colored dishes with a small amount of food on each. Some of the items included: shrimp, various kinds of fish, port, chicken, various kinds of vegetables, noodles, tofu, etc. You would pull your food off of the conveyor belt as needed. In the middle of the table sat a warming plate and on the plate was a large pot divided in half. Half of the pot had a clear broth and the other half had a milk broth. You would place all of the food except meat into the pot. Then you had a ladle with holes in it that you would place the meat in. You would dip the meat it in the broth until it was cooked. You would then add that to your soup bowl along with the other items that were cooking in the broth. This type of meal is called Suki. It was quite an enjoyable experience.
Upon my return to campus we held a debriefing session and had some “down time” for a little while. The students are looking forward to tomorrow’s event as we learn to cook Thai food.