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Who Lives in Those Little Houses?

Who Lives in Those Little Houses?

Posted on 05. Sep, 2009 by .

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In America, we don’t give much thought to the spirit world. Sure, maybe as Christians we think about spirits after reading a Frank Peretti novel or something, but they are not generally part of our daily life.
In Thailand, however, it’s different. People here are very attentive to spirits and they are a very real part of everyday life. Buddhism developed in Thailand alongside the existing Animistic (spirit-worshiping) beliefs. Thus the two are very intertwined…

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Koh Kret

Koh Kret

Posted on 12. Aug, 2009 by .

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Since we had a day off for Mother’s Day, Sucharn took us to another tourist destination near Bangkok: Koh Kret. Koh Kret is a small island on a river north of Bangkok that is open for tourists on weekends and holidays. It has many old-fashioned houses on the water and the people who live there work making traditional Thai crafts and desserts.
The day was filled with trying new foods, seeing traditional Thai ways of doing things, and enjoying the breeze on the river boat…

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Posted on 10. Aug, 2009 by .

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Yes, this post would be very late if we were talking about American Mother’s Day… but we’re not. :)
In Thailand, Mother’s Day looks a little different. It is celebrated every year on August 12, the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. The queen is considered the mother of all Thai people, so on her birthday the country honors her as well as all mothers…

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Grand Palace & Party

Grand Palace & Party

Posted on 19. Jul, 2009 by .

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On Nicolette’s last day in Bangkok, Sucharn took us to possibly the most famous tourist attraction in Bangkok- The Grand Palace. I guess I was expecting to go inside some impressive building. But rather, it is the whole complex that is impressive. The “outer” part of the complex is a series of temples, monuments, and tomb-like structures. All covered in either gold (tiles or paint), colored glass tiles, or intricately painted ceramic tiles. There was so much to take in, and the pictures don’t do it justice…

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Eating Out

Eating Out

Posted on 01. Jun, 2009 by .

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Eating out seems to be the way to go around here. With full meals for as little as 80 cents on the street, and all you can eat for an hour for $8.00 (I was very excited to discover that sushi restaurant!), it leaves very little motivation to cook. My ladies class confirmed that if you’re only cooking for two, eating on the street is cheaper than buying groceries. Here are things that stand out when you first get to Thailand…

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