Friday, 29 July 2011

Inspiration Friday

The sky at sunset near our school

I have been finding some great inspiration in food, photography and design on the Internet. So I thought I would post some links to all the great inspiration I have been seeing.

1. Delicious recipes here I wish I could get all the ingredients to cook it all.

2. Amazing paintings here By Christopher Stott

3. Beautiful photography

4. Art love

5. Blog love here and here

Have a great weekend!,

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Have a great weekend

This weekend the school has important visitors from the Kings foundation. This school is one of many that were set up by the King to help under privileged children. It is such a great opportunity for many of the students, most come from hill tribe villages in the mountains and may not have had access to materials and equipment otherwise. All the students are happy all the time, they live at the school and have their meals, clothes and school equipment provided for them.

A picture of the students practicing for tomorrow, they are singing the King's song.

Whatever you are doing, I hope you have a great weekend!


Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Another thunder storm

The sky and the atmosphere can be really great here just before a thunder storm. It can be sunny and boiling hot one minute and then all of a sudden you see a huge dark cloud. Last night I jumped as without warning we had deafening thunder right over the school. Luckily we got back to the flat in time to sit cosy inside before it rained again.

*pictures of the dark cloud looming just over our flat


Some photos of our school

On the way back from lunch today I had my IPad with me so decided to take some pictures of our school. We have a surprise afternoon off ( although I have to write exams ) as all the students are busy cleaning the whole school grounds, there is apparently a very important visitor coming this weekend. So this afternoon I will try and relax a little- it was very sunny here and that means hot! Below are some photos, you can see mountains in the distance on a couple of them and the tiny fan in the classroom that doesn't cool you down whilst teaching!


Saturday, 16 July 2011

My sweet tooth misses.......

I know I have been eating my weight in doughnuts, waffles and biscuits since I arrived over here (I am currently snacking on Cream- o's-exactly like Oreos but they changed the name) but I still miss (in a big way) the cakes and puddings I used to eat back home. Here are a few of my favourites, I will drool over these pictures as I can't eat them....

Apple crumble

The hard to eat gracefully vanilla slice

Victoria sponge

Scones, always remind me of days out with my mum

And the two things I miss the most....

Chocolate cake ( I am yet to find any as delicious over here)

Custard ( the way my mum made it )

(Images found here, here, here, here, here and here)

Thursday, 14 July 2011

So far....


So far in Thailand I have managed to:

- have my bank card eaten by a machine
- lock myself out of my bedroom (weird locking on every door)
- lock us out of the flat ( again weird locking, another teacher opened the door with a butchers knife)
- smash the front of another teachers moped
- fall off a moped
- tread on lots of staples in one of the classrooms

I didn't think I was that clumsy.... I guess I am

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Three great designers

I have been lucky enough to work with and become great friends with these three designers. Gail of seventyseventyone, Clare of Mootsink and Helen of treesandwhatnot. After moving away I have missed them all and it's great to keep in touch with them through tweets and blogs.

Gail is the designer behind the beautiful products of seventyseventyone design. I am the proud owner of a pink loopy ring :). I have loved seeing all her new products. You can find her work all over the Internet for sale. She is a great business woman. Head over to her new snazzy website where she is offering 20% discount.

Clare creates beautiful illustrations, she has such a talent. I miss all my long chats with her. Please check out her great website and blog here and here

Helen is the designer behind this beautiful pieces. Her jewellery looks so delicate and I love the colours and textures. Follow her blog here
She has great sense of style and I love reading her blog posts. Be sure to keep a look out for her website :)

I miss all these three ladies. Enjoy their work :)

What I woke up to this morning.....

As we are living in the remote countryside at the moment, coming to the city is a treat for us. As we have no transport of our own we normally rely on lifts to the nearest town. So for now we are relaxing for a few days in the nearest city. Mostly scoffing our faces with treats..... :)

Monday, 11 July 2011

Living in the beautiful countryside

For the past nine months or so my boyfriend and I have been living in a boarding school in a remote part of the north of Thailand. It has been a real eye opener for both of us and a really different experience from what we are used to in England. The school has about 800 students, all are from poor backgrounds. The school is one of many that were set up to help under privileged children.
It has been fantastic to help them with their education. Living in the school grounds also means we are involved with lots of different activities and see them all the time.
I must admit I was very apprehensive when we first arrived as we had no idea how remote it was. I don't think I would have been able to do it by myself and it has been great having my boyfriend here as well.

Below are a few photos of the view from our balcony. Sometimes I love to stand out there in the evenings ( mostly because it is much cooler than the flat ).

I want to take more photos of the school to show everyone and will make it one of my tasks this week.

Bye for now!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

One year....

I can't believe it but yes it has already been a year since we arrived in Thailand. This time last year we were in Bangkok, adjusting to the heat ( I think we spent our time going from one air con building to another. Now a year on it is still hot but I think I am learning to cope. I suppose I have to when I teach a class full of students with only one fan in the room. The school we are teaching at is in the mountains in the North. The surroundings are beautiful, the weather a little cooler and great sunsets.
We have both had a fantastic year so far and really can't believe it has been one whole year already. We hope to carry on teaching in the country and move to Bangkok in October.
Above is one of many beautiful sunsets over the school playing field :)