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19

Jul

Cat has allowed Brian joint custody of the stairs today.

Cat has allowed Brian joint custody of the stairs today.

18

Jul

Why is it when the girl serving your food asks if you can eat spicy food, and you say yes, she takes it as a personal challenge to blow your head off!

Why is it when the girl serving your food asks if you can eat spicy food, and you say yes, she takes it as a personal challenge to blow your head off!

12

Jul

Beach loot.

Beach loot.

"I’m ready for my close up" - Beautiful Brian

"I’m ready for my close up" - Beautiful Brian

09

Jul

Kalim beach in low season. This could almost pass for the Cornish coastline - makes me home sick!

Kalim beach in low season. This could almost pass for the Cornish coastline - makes me home sick!

02

Jul

I recently found myself, like many others in my position, having to make a visit to Penang in Malaysia to apply for a visa to stay in Thailand.

My stay was short but I made sure to head out with my camera to capture some of the infamous street art that appears on the walls of the now UNESCO Heritage Site status city of Georgetown.

A handy map can be downloaded here to help guide you to the different pieces that now sprawl across the main town area of the island.

It was really cool to actually see something interesting on what could have been a pretty boring visa run.  So if you find yourself heading to Penang any time soon, I highly recommend seeking out some of the art that can be found on the streets.

The majority of the work can be found very close to Little India too, so you can get yourself an authentic curry and an amazing samosa while you’re at it – I highly recommend that too!

Travel Shots: Street art in Georgetown, Penang I recently found myself, like many others in my position, having to make a visit to Penang in Malaysia to apply for a visa to stay in Thailand.
#Phuket Old Town at night…

#Phuket Old Town at night…

30

Jun

Teacher Tuesday: Picture dictation listening activity

Check out my latest post as part of Teacher Tuesday: Picture dictation listening activity

teacher tuesday

Teaching English typically falls into one of four categories; reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Often, the listening aspect can be overlooked or be reduced to the poor effort of pressing play on the cassette that came with the twenty year old workbook your school provides you with, (if you are lucky enough to be provided with anything, decades old or not!).

Listening doesn’t have to mean…

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29

Jun

Meet Harold.

Watch out, I’m on the road! Meet Harold.

harold

People think it’s strange when they find out how long I’ve been in Thailand and that I still haven’t mastered the art of the motorbike.  Well if those people saw me on the humble bicycle they might start to get an idea why I haven’t embraced the 2 wheels and probably never will.

It’s not that I haven’t tried – even five years ago when I first first came to Thailand travelling, I rented a moped in…

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28

Jun

The Baba, or Peranakan, people are descendants of southern Chinese immigrants who made their way through Indo-China, finally settling in Phuket with the tin mining boom over 200 years ago.

Peranakan is Malay for ‘mixed race’.  As their ethinicity has traits of Thai, Chinese, Malaysian and Portuguese it is clear why.  Locally in Phuket, the group identify simply as Baba.

A staggering 70% of Phuket’s population is descended from Peranakan roots (source) which has heavily influenced the distinctive architecture found in older parts of the island, especially in Old Town, the different flavours found in food, the Batik clothing shops and the Chinese temples dotted across the island.

Once a year in Phuket, a special wedding ceremony for Baba people is held with multiple couples taking part.  This not only enables them to hold onto their unique traditions but helps to promote their way of life to the public.  With a procession through the streets of Phuket Old Town, the families taking part are able to show off their traditional costumes and the public are lucky enough to see all the colours of the parade and hear the brass bands and Chinese drums.

I headed down on Sunday afternoon with my camera to take a look for myself, you can click on any image to view it full size.

Take a look at the colourful Phuket Baba Wedding that took place last week… The Baba, or Peranakan, people are descendants of southern Chinese immigrants who made their way through Indo-China, finally settling in Phuket with the tin mining boom over 200 years ago.