After my last blog announcing I had prostate cancer, I thought I would give you something a little more light-hearted.
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I always get a kick out of cultural differences. It can give you a headache as much as it can make you laugh. For example, here is how things typically are as a teacher here in Thailand.
One day at work, a Thai teacher handed something to my friend Paul. It was a few pages stabled together written in Thai. He didn't have time to look it over that day but the next day he sat at his desk and took a look.
He knew how to read Thai, but didn't know many words. He said, "Hmmm.... This looks like a script to a play." He goes to the Thai teacher that handed it to him and asked, "Is this a script to a play?" The teacher said yes. He then asked, "Do I have a speaking part in this play?" The Thai teacher said yes. I know you know the next question my friend asked...... say it with me....
WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME?
Lucky for us, the Thai teachers were rock stars and always super helpful. They wrote out his lines in romanized script and he taped it to the front of the stage so he could read them. Everything worked out fine.
That is a way of life here in South East Asia. Things are very spur of the moment. You hardly ever hear about things until the last-possible-second. There is nothing you can do about it. No matter how hard you complain, it's not going to change.
It's not the end of the world though.
Bitter idiots who have been here for years, constantly complaining about Thailand and saying how much they hate it here but are too stupid to leave are going to tell you, "Oh Thais don't like you, they have no respect for you, you're nothing to them...." yadda yadda yadda.
This might be true in some places. I'm sure there are some schools that are an absolute nightmare to work in. The teachers there care more about their egos and reputations than they do for the students. That kind of attitude is pathetic because I will always put my kids before myself every time.
There are also plenty of good schools too where the male Thai teachers are stars and the female Thai teachers are angels. I've been fortunate enough to work with wonderful Thai teachers who I got along great with. Even though I've worked with great Thai teachers, I still got used to that last minute information.
From my 3 ½ years here my take on it is - it's their wiring. What I mean by that is if we're given information about work or what have you, we want to check with each other to see if everyone has the information because we assume people don't know it yet. It's our wiring. They are wired the opposite way. They seem to assume you already know the information and if you didn't, you would ask.
How do you deal with it? You need to roll with the punches.
Personally speaking I think I'm going to come up with a bribery system with kids I can tell are my best ones. If they let me know about an activity that is going to interrupt things a few days ahead of time, I'll give them 100 baht. Fair enough right?
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Karawacimatt signing off.