Friday, October 21, 2011

2011-2012 School Hua Hin Retreat

Towards the end of last month, Hobbit and I drove to Hua Hin for my school's annual retreat at Courtyard by Marriott. To be honest this was our first drive out to Hua Hin even though we had been to this lovely place many times before. We had to rely on the gps handheld garmin to take us there. Thankfully, the journey was a smooth one. Usually we take the van or the bus to Hua Hin and these public transportation take their passengers on a usual route instead of using the motorway. We decided to take the motorway because we would spend less time traveling.

Thank God for the pleasant weather. We managed to stop at several stoplets and drive thru. One spanking nice and clean stop was right after several kilometers of the Rama II bridge. I love the restrooms there and the McD drive thru as well. I should have taken a decent picture of that place. Yet all I took was a picture of my orders and some silly pictures of me standing next to a sitting McD figurine and a standing one. :) In short, lots of restroom stop overs before we got to the hotel. We reached at about 10ish in the morning. The Social Committee were already there working hard ensuring our smooth stay. It didn't take us long before we were taken to our breathtaking sea view room. I will try and blog about the room and the stay after this post. Stay tuned if not. :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Need Grading Day Back

I am exhausted and wish to take off for a while. Grading incoming notebooks, incoming worksheets, incoming test papers while having a mountful of essays has really taken a toll on me! For 2 consecutive days I have been getting up at 5 every morning and going to bed at 1 in the morning. Such is life! Tomorrow, I am going back to my old schedule...Lights off at 9 sharp.

Sometimes I wonder how those in nursing uniforms survive? Or those party goers? Stock market people? Ahh well, one of my students was right in some ways...I don't get paid more even if I stayed in school the whole day. Yet, I just can't help catching up with work because hey, I do love what I am currently doing and to see myself reaching my daily goals is just...pheeeww! :)

*Nevermind, I'll look forward for next week's upcoming hols then..

Dig My Status Today

People...In the days of the flood!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Flood Encounters

"...the worst in decades..." uttered the current PM, Yingluck Shinawatra.

Flood is one of the worst natural disasters that submerges land. Those who have never encountered with flood before can never grasp the idea of how severe it can be. My first encounter with big flood was when I was 5 years old and our house back then was just next to a small stream.

As far as I can recall, rain didn't stop that day and my parents were at work. The ones who were left at home at that time were my Nini (grandmother), my brother and I. Of course our house was elevated several feet to the tiny Kionsom stream but as I said, the rain didn't stop that day and what I didn't know to be flash flood at that time suddenly gushed out from way up stream.

That moment, Nini must have noticed the current was strong enough to wash all the small trees that grew along the river bank, she ran passed the kitchen to the semi-detached bathroom to look at the metal fences that surrounded our house and was suppose to defend our bathroom from being touch by the river water. The rain was loud and I could see my 3 year old brother was already in his boots, holding a stick, enjoying the rain and chasing after my Nini, who at that time panicked since the flood water was rising. To mitigate her worries, she tried catching our floating tampui (baby potties) and used it to drain away water that began to cross over the fence. I was silently praying that mom and dad would come home fast but not until later got to know that they were stuck on their way home because of a big tree that fell and was blocking the road home. Perhaps, to think over it now, it was impossible for them to cross the two one way bridges that led home anyway because of the flood!

While trying to get rid of the excess water, I caught glimpses of Nini chanting her prayers and kept doing the tanda salib (the sign of the cross) in hope that the rain would stop and flood won't enter our house. When she saw brother and I happily playing sword fights with our sticks, she grabbed us, put us on comfy clothes and ran to our closest neighbor who lived 150meters from the river. There, Nini found comfort and was relieved by having several adults to empathized with her fears. This familiarity just showed me now, how much she worried and sacrificed for us.

I guess if I couldn't recall any other flood experiences other than the above, this expected Thailand mega flood will be the next one. Many nearby provinces such as Ayutthaya, Nakhon Sawan and Nonthaburi have been or still on the verge of evacuating residents to safer grounds. Bangkok residents have also received warnings to stay alert of unusual incoming flood water for the next few days. So far, many automobile galleries have moved their cars elsewhere, banks have stacked piles of sandbags and schools have prepared themselves just in case they will open as temporary shelters. Most of the supermarkets I visited yesterday were out of rice, vegetables, water and instant noodles! Hobbit and I were glad to be able to shop earlier.

In school, nescient of their actions and thoughts, most of my students are praying that flood will take over our school for the next few days. Little did they know that flood ain't just flood, calamity and adversity come with it too! One main reason for what they are wishing for is that this week is our final week for the quarter. Therefore, they are anticipating tests from most of their subjects. Yet some of them who have families lost their homes, Black diamond earrings and other possessions were able to identify with the nation's major stress.

I hope nothing turns bad despite of some superstitious belief that this year is a punishment year for Thailand because of all the delinquent sins. I totally choose to debunk the thought because I still believe that God's forgiveness prevails to those who love Him.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Retired Husband Joke

I had a good laugh when I read this from a friend's blog. You know how some husbands are, they get bored easily waiting for us wives to finish our shopping and strolling. So just before the adult diaper is needed, we could mitigate 'bored' symptoms earlier by leaving them in the car or at home. :)

After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women - she loves to browse.Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Target.

:Dear Mrs. Harris, Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Harris, are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras:

1. June 15: He took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people's carts when they weren't looking.

2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.

3. July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women's restroom.

4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, 'Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away'. This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance,causing management to lose time and costing the company money.

5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.

6. August 14: Moved a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.

7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children shoppers he'd invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets fromthe bedding department to which twenty children obliged.

8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, 'Why can't you people just leave me alone?' EMTs were called.

9. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.

11. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the 'Mission Impossible' theme.

12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his 'Madonna look' by using different sizes of funnels.

13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled 'PICK ME! PICK ME!'

14. October 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed 'OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!'

And last, but not least:

15. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, 'Hey! There's no toilet paper in here.' One of the clerks passed out.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The I Talk At School

I was shushing a student in our week of prayer chapel today because she not only started a bunch of students talking but she was fiddling with her blackberry phone before that. Shushing didn't work, I walked to her seat and asked her to move to the 'special' seat at the far end of the hall. She quickly grabbed my hand and with a daunted expression, she said to me "Steve Jobs died already!" I couldn't hear a thing while she repeated "Steve Jobs...The MAC!" Ahh, got it. So I told her, "it's no wonder dear, he was sit and listen!" Still, the news spread like fire...

How do you stop fans from talking and grieve about their idol? You can't. So I let all of my classes talk about it for 3 minutes before we started our dictation test today. One of the classes started talking about careers and how they want to be in Data Mining Specialist Jobs because they were inspired by Jobs' Stanford speech. I thought it was inspiring. Halfway through our dictation test, I asked how the word "attribute" can be used in a sentence. The moment I mentioned about all the "i" gadgets and how they attributed to Steve Jobs, they were actually enlighten by the new formula: iPhone 4 Steve.

Anyway, I first blogged about Steve Jobs here. RIP to the "Hungry & Foolish" man.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

iPhone 4s

Bleh! I typed a bunch of words in here and the internet went kapooooffff in school that it left me with the video!

Anyway, some of my students stayed up late last night to especially witness the launched of the new generation of iPhone on the net. So my first question this morning was, "So how did you like the new iPhone 4s?" Their answers??

"Looks like a lame iPhone 4 a**..."
"The updated features aren't bad after all.."
"I'm still waiting for iPhone 5!"
"Who cares..."

What do you think of the 'newborn baby'? :)
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