April 2018

No To Songkran 2018 At Summer School 😥😧😭

Every year during Summer School, we celebrate Songkran Festival with smiles. Apparently, for whatever reasons (nobody knows), our school did not advise us that there’s no Songkran Activity, this year. Everybody was surprised for the first time that the school will not hold a very important, meaningful event like this.

Generally speaking, Thai people and foreigners from everywhere are expecting this kind of special event. Songkran is not just an ordinary festival. It is the Thai New Year’s festival. The Thai New Year’s Day (also known as the water festival) begins on the 13th of April every year, but the holiday period includes 14th to 15th of April as well.

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At school, students and teachers were not happy with the announcement that there’s no Songkran celebration. There were rumors that the school was conserving “water” for this year. Others have said that, there’s was no explanation why because the Thai teachers were not given answers and they’re not allowed to question, either.

For whatever it is.. still there are speculations that the school may have planned to shut down in the future because the number of students enrolled this year in summer are less than what is supposed to be. There are no nursery enrolled for the first time, this summer. It indicates less students or no more students in this level for the first semester. Too much cost cutting on the budget or financial matters. We used to have our office supplies such as A4 papers, inks and markers, colored papers, pens, and the like. It’s  getting worse to worst each year. Last year, we have office supplies/materials available but now, it’s for reimbursement and on a limited/tight budget. We cannot buy any markers and pens anymore, unless it’s the refill inks. In the other department, the school deducted their after school pay for no reason at all. There are too many things to mention that really sounds stupid, odd and malicious.

I was just thinking, if the school cares about the quality assurance and certification from the Khurusapa or the Teacher’s Council of Thailand and the Ministry of Education. These two departments are responsible if ‘Thai Buddhist holidays” are being implemented and observed by the schools. I am not certain if the school can still get away with this. But, It’s like something fishy is going on.

April 2018

I Believe in God ❤️

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I believe in God almighty. I may not be perfect or I fall short so many times and I admit I’m a sinner saved by God’s grace but at least I don’t pretend to be a saint when I know I’m not.

Believing in God does not mean judging other people just because they sin differently. When we start thinking and acting that we are “better Christian than” anyone who didn’t go to church every Sunday; who didn’t go to confession; who got into something or anything.., it defeats the whole purpose of believing in God.

Merely sitting in the church does not guarantee anyone that s/he is a good Christian, this is not limited on Sunday worship/mass. Believing in God means having faith in God and keeping His commandments, one of which is “loving your neighbor as yourself”.

Just because I don’t socialize so much, I don’t go to church every Sunday, I don’t always post Biblical verses online and I have a busy life going on don’t mean I have less faith in God anymore, I have no time for God or I’m a bad person… ✌️😂 I have daily conversation with Him. I do read my Bible online apps everyday. I may be too busy but I’ve never stop praying or talking to God. Too many judgmental Christians always go to church but forget what the teaching/sermon was about right after they left the church.

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Sunday’s Best

First of September, 2019 was the first Sunday of this month when I was chosen to be a Secretary in Legion of Mary here in Bangkok. This is my first time to accept this responsibility in an organization, in service for the Lord. This is my way of giving it back to the Lord (aside from my regular monthly tithes, donations and love offerings)❤️ This is my Sunday’s best because it’s my opportunity again to serve the Lord🙏 May God be praised😇🙏

As a Christian, I want to be involved in serving the Lord through different resources that I can offer and sacrifice. The group meets at 9-10am every Sunday (before the 10am English mass) at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

The newly elected officers and members.

June 2019

Wai Kru 2019

It’s the month of the year when we celebrate “Teachers’ Respect Day”, here in Thailand. It has been an awful journey this year, as I struggle being a “compassionate home-room teacher” of Year 6A again, this academic year 2019-2020. I honestly believe that my 18 students are one of the most difficult classes to handle in the IEP Department.

I would say, it has been a bittersweet journey. Teaching students with special needs is not a joke, when I haven’t got any experiences or sort of a degree in special education. Meanwhile, there are also students who are hardworking, smart and reliable.

If students aren’t discipline at home, how else are they going to behave outside? I believe that discipline is learnt at home (learned behavior) and when parents failed to do so, they’ll act up in public unconscious (or even aware of doing bad things is worst) of what they’re becoming.

As a teacher, it is my responsibility to impose “discipline”, in the classroom where it seems to be impossible. Discipline does not mean mere punishing them for what they have done wrong, but to set up classroom rules in a consistent manner, wherein students follow without resistance, unless it’s necessary (between life and death). When, subject teachers or co-teachers do not apply the same classroom rules, students act up irresponsibly. I don’t wish to punish them all the time, it’s not my intention. I only want them to follow classroom rules politely and correct their bad behaviors.

Classroom management is not only to carry out lesson plans or doing interactive activities to teach, but, it also deals with classroom discipline. Both of these are very essential part of teaching and learning. Students couldn’t be able to focus on the lesson because of one or two misbehaving students continuously disrupting the whole class. Neither one of us is happy. Yet, I believe in myself, my enthusiasm as a teacher that I could handle this and carry on, lifting them to the Lord, praying over them that they’ll be able to do their best to behave and become better students in all their subjects For nothing is impossible for the Lord.

Teachers’ Respect Day or Wai Kru is a Thai tradition; a day of giving thanks; honoring; showing love; and respect of students for their teachers. I love my Y6A for being so thoughtful and sweet on this special day for teachers. May God be praised 🙏 always and forever.

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My 41st Year On Earth

It was a great day celebrating my birthday here in Bangkok with my family and friends.

In the morning, my kids and hubby handed me birthday cards with cash inside. They greeted me a happy birthday.

At school, early in the morning, my close friend surprised me with a small cake with a candle and the huge subway look-a-like sandwich. I was amazed and surprised by the presentation. I’ve never had it on my birthday. I was so touched that some of my co-teachers cooked food for me.

At lunch, I ordered pizza for my co-teachers and friends as a thank you for their thoughtfulness.

We had simple dinner time together with my family.