. The gift was a beautiful Thai vase displayed in a gold trimmed case. It is absolutely beautiful and will look great in my Thai room.
Following the presentation we joined the students for lunch. We had a mushroom/cabbage soup, fried rice and stir-fried vegetables. After I ate lunch, Nong Maew brought me Som Tom and Moo ping. I just can't get over how much food the Thai people eat yet they are so skinny. At 1 pm the students gathered at the basketball court for Sport Day. The first year BCNC students put a lot of time in preparing for this day. The Thai students love to dance and sing so they started out the program teaching the MC student some of their cheers, dances, and songs. Drums kept the rhythm and encouraged the excitement of the day. We played several relay races and the students/buddies were divided into 3 teams. So, MC students were dressed in green, blue,or pink. The first game was a relay where the students tied a long egg plant around their waist and had to swing the plant so it would hit a lime that was laying on the ground. They needed to roll the lime to one end and then the other team member had to roll the lime back.
The second game was an eating game. Each team had 5 members and each member was lined up in a straight line with a plate of food in front of them
. The first person ate their dish of food and ran to the second team member who ate their plate of food and than ran to the third person who ate their food....... The third game involved blind folding the student and handing them a stick. The team members had to give directions to the blind folded student on how to get to the opposite end of the court so they could hit the tin box located at that end of the court. The fourth game involved a relay race where the student had to apply powder to their face, put a shower cap on as well as a pair of underwear. Once they were dressed they had to run down the court and back. This game continued until all 5 students participated in the race. A surprise event occurred when the faculty of BCNC went out on the court with their hula hoops. Some of them have really mastered their moves including Pi Jip. Following this event we had a water balloon toss with a group sling shot, then with our shirts and then with our hands. The last game was a basketball game: MC vs BCNC. We had such beautiful weather for today's events. The weather has consistently been in the high 70's during the day and 60's in the evening. The sun has been out and there has been a slight breeze. Believe me I really do not want to return to the cold, brisk and snowy weather of PA.
Tonight we went to Pi Jip and Kuhn Anan's house for the pork pan dinner. This is an activity that the students really enjoy
. We sat in groups of 4-5 around a clay pot that is heated with coal/wood. A large metal tray sits on the top of the clay oven. Broth is poured around the edges of the tray and is used to cook the vegetables while the meat is cooked in the center of the tray. This is a perfect way to socialize for the evening. You just take your time and eat for several hours. We added a little American culture tonight by serving S'mores for dessert. I know the students have been looking forward to this dessert for some time. They have been craving American chocolate.
We returned to campus following our evening with Pi Jip and family. We need to pack and prepare for tomorrow because we leave Chiangmai for the weekend. This weekend's events are new for this year so I am excited to find out what we will be doing. Hang tight and I will update you as soon as I can.
Today I woke at 7 am and ate breakfast in my apartment. I wanted to give myself enough preparation time for my morning presentation. I presented a 3 hr presentation on Trauma Care in the USA. The EMT students, the third year nursing students and nursing staff from 5 different hospitals were in attendance. BCNC was expecting 100 people in attendance but I do not think it was that many. I believe the presentation went well.I always enjoy talking about trauma so I have been looking forward to this day. In Thailand they do not have designated trauma centers like the USA. If you are a trauma victim you go to the nearest hospital. The staff that cares for you is whatever is available in that local ED. They also do not have a 911 system like the USA. If you need a police officer you call one number, if you experience a fire you call another number, etc. The nurses had a very difficult time understanding our dispatch system and pre-hospital care because it is so different from what they know. At the end of the presentation Pi Jip presented me with a gift of appreciation for conducting the conference