Sports Day

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Jan 25, 2013

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Today we started with breakfast at 8 am. My student is feeling better this morning but not back to normal. We met at 9 am to begin working on the student presentation, "Disaster and the Role of the Nurse“ for next Tuesday. BCNC is part of the Public Health Ministry so the students have participated in disaster relief. The BCN students from BCNC and BCNU will be presenting this topic from the Thai perspective and we will be presenting from the US perspective. Each session will be approximately 1 ½ hrs in length. Since Thailand does not experience snowstorms, tornados, and hurricanes, we decided to focus on the emergency preparation and relief that occurs during these times. The students were diligent and we finished the PP around 12 pm.

We ate lunch and the students had time to rest before the start of Sports Day at 2 pm. Pi Jip and I went to the Rimping Grocery Store to buy items for tonight's BBQ. They bought a gas grill, pork, beef, potatoes and a variety of vegetables to make kabobs. We got back just in time for the beginning of Sports Day. We all met on the basketball court. They had canopies set up around the edges of the court to help shield us from the sun. The students were divided into the Orange and the Blue Teams. We had water, coke and punch to drink. They had a sound system set up and they played American pop music during the event. The Thai students are very energetic. They are always cheering and dancing. Of course the drums kept the spirit going. We played several games. The Thai games included the Superman relay (slip underwear on and run to the other line where you take off the underwear and another participant puts it back on), Thai golf (a long eggplant is tied to the waist and the participant tries to hit a small lime to the other end of the court using no hands), basketball, and a blindfold game similar to the Piñata but it is on the ground. The MC students prepared some American games so we played the human knot and another game where teams line up holding hands and must pass a hula hoop down the line with everyone connected. We ended the games with a basketball game. We had some really good team building games today and everyone seemed to have a really good time.

For dinner we had an American BBQ. I showed Pi Na and Pi Fong how to cut the peppers, onions, mushrooms, and pineapples so we could make kabobs. I cut the potatoes in half, microwaved them until they were a little soft and then coated them with some butter and laid them on the grill. We grilled beef steak and pork steak along with the kabobs. Boy, was it good. The grill was small so it took us a while to grill everything but it was certainly enjoyable eating the final product.

Everyone appeared tired tonight so we used the time to rest. We are going to have a busy weekend so I wanted to make sure everyone was energized. Tantawan joined us for the evening as did Nam Jai. It was a joy to catch up with Nam Jai. She is such a mature young lady and so very talented. She plays the clarinet, sings and draws. We are so proud of her. She attends a college in Bangkok and she is studying Psychology just like her uncle Greg. She wants to be a college professor and come to the USA to obtain her PhD. When asked what university she wants to study and she said, “Harvard or Stanford". She does not have high aspirations, does she?  She works so hard that I hope her dream comes true.

Tantawan had Jigsaw look at her finger last night and she probably should have had a couple of sutures but the 6 hr window had passed. She put some antibiotic ointment on it and bandaged it up. Tantawan tried to show her appreciation by saying, “Thank you Doctor JigSaw”, but instead she said, “Thank you Dog JigSaw”. Everyone had a really good laugh. You see the word for doctor and dog is the same, “mauw” but it is said in a different tone. She used the wrong tone leading to a HUGE mistake. This is one reason why I cannot master the language. I am tone deaf when it comes to their language. The five tones include 1)medium, 2) low, 3) high, 4) rising, and 5) falling. Tantawan is coming to BCNC for the weekend so she is very excited. Greg now has to sleep with Jeremy. Oh, I am sure Jeremy will be thrilled. 
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Marti on

You were the perfect person to "man" the grill! I thought that was pretty fun. Go to Thailand to cook on a grill. Sounds like it was a great day. I have a great group of students at York. Putting LOTS OF MILES on my car! What a commute you have. Looking forward to having you home.

Tara on

I really enjoy reading your blog! Such a full and fun schedule; I don't know how you keep up!! The students are so fortunate that you and your friends in Chiang Mai have developed such an amazing cross-cultural experience for them. I can see that your light shines brightly!

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