Facing challenges as a black teacher in Thailand
For the sensitive minded people who live in utter oblivion about skin color, this is probably not the article for you. But this is the cold hard truth.
Some fascinating historical aspects of Thai food
The contribution of the royal court to the cooking of Thai food is perhaps more significant than in any other nation.
Schools all over Thailand are spooking it up today
Schools even have a legitimate excuse for celebrating Halloween, because it is covered in the Thai MoE's foreign language curriculum - ‘students should be aware of foreign cultures and festivals.'
The amazing characteristics and flavors of Thai food
The food most Thai people eat everyday reflects the simple, labor- intensive lifestyle of the paddy fields. Many families cook in an outside kitchen and Thais only consider a meal a meal if it is served with rice.
Isn't Thailand's penchant for the inappropriate part of its appeal?
Much of what is often dismissed as over-sensitive, politically correct, namby-pampy pandering comes from a good place. Words are weapons
Boom, Bomb and Bam Bam don't like Beer and Porn
How do Thai parents choose these nicknames? Sometimes a nickname is just a short form of an official name. If your name is Jiraporn, you'll probably be called Porn (this is a frequently used Thai nickname and has got nothing to do with being able to perform in X-rated films)
So what's the attraction exactly?
Bangkok might never be the place I truly call home but it's a place I'm happy to be right now.
Postbox letter from Mark
Here's an open letter to my next Thai girlfriend.
Some of the quirkier aspects of Thai culture
I want to be as respectful as possible when I discuss Thailand's quirks. I don't think I could have picked a better country to live in without having ever visited or knowing much about the culture.
First impressions of a novice
A couple of months into teaching at a school in Pattaya, I think I've learned a thing or two about living and teaching in Thailand.