So what's been happening lately in The Big Mango? Well, from my side of the mountain, I saw races zoom by, along with some accomplishments, a concert, and a weekend getaway.
The Thai-Japan race on
March 11th commemorated the 1-year anniversary of the Japanese Tsunami that
left many dead and lives torn. I ran the 11km race in Bangkok, which symbolized
March 11th, but it also benefited the victims of last year's Thailand floods. I
did take 6th place, and had I known my 5th place girl was right in front of me,
I think I would have tried to scoot past her. Oh well, it was much more
eye-appealing at this race to be able to look around and see the city, rather
than zoning out on a stretch of highway for endless miles.
A lot has been happening in the Education world as well. Wrapping up course
2 of a second Masters and starting my Ed. Leadership internship has made life a
little more exciting in some ways, stressful in others. However, learning that
my action research course was waived, as a result of a transfer of courses from
my previous Masters, is a welcome bit of news. Therefore, I officially go on
vacation from grad class for 5 weeks starting very soon. Can’t really beat
that, or the 4.0 GPA so far. I thank God above for a husband who bears with me
and encourages me along the way. It is helpful to have his guidance, as he had
earned his Masters in the same field.
Coupled with that school news, I was fortunate to meet Kim Cofino and Jeff
Utecht, a couple of my geek heroes from the Ed. Tech world, at the East Asia Regional Conference of Schools
(EARCOS) teachers’ conference that was held last week at the beautiful
Shangri-La Hotel on the Chao Phraya River here in Bangkok. I got lots of great
tips and have applied for a Weekend Workshop to have Kim come here to share all
her 21st Century knowledge with our teachers. Crossed fingers the grant
application is approved, and Berkeley International School can host her here!
Speaking of other approvals, I just learned I have been inducted
Tech4Learning’s prestigious group of Innovative
Educators for my work and students’ work using the software Pixie. It is
very exciting news. I feel special to be able to post my new TIE Badge here on
this blog. They will feature a special blog post on me and my work on their web
With all that recognition and hard work, one has to go play right? I had to
be young again, so it was a girls night out to see LMFAO, Afrojack, Lil Jon and
Thaitanium here in Bangkok. Of course I had no voice left the next day at
parent/teacher conferences, but it was worth the reminder that I don’t have to
be a party rocker til 1 a.m. every weekend or even once a year at a concert.
And just as soon as the week ended with a concert, it was off to Pattaya for
a long weekend of R&R at a friend’s beautiful, private home. We were able
to relax by the pool with friends all weekend long and enjoy time together. I’d
say it was the perfect beginning to a Songkran vacation! So for those of you
who don’t know what Songkran is, it is the celebration of the Thai New Year. I
don’t know any other country whose people can claim to celebrate 3 new years in
a single year (Western, Chinese and Thai). It happens all over Thailand, mainly
in the streets, mid-April, where people donning bright Hawaiian-esque shirts
with flowers on them, literally spray each other with water, soaking especially
the tourists. Josh and I have opted for a beach vacation to meet some friends
and relatives down in Koh Samui.
I said we will need our taxi to pick us up directly in front of our building at
the lobby so we don’t get sprayed on our way to the airport.
Looking forward to more rest and relaxation, a book and perhaps some sunny
weather to get my tan on before the real summer arrives. School will be ending