Being Beautiful Inside: There is No Shade to that Beauty

For my lovely Sandha. Remember that "there are NO SHADES" for being beautiful on the inside! Here is the deeply moving and empowering message from Oscar winner Lupita Nyong: "I received a letter from a girl and I’d like to share just a small part of it with you: "Dear Lupita," it reads, "I think … Continue reading Being Beautiful Inside: There is No Shade to that Beauty

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Year 6, Grade 5.

Summer is over. School starts today!  Ahhh thank goodness. She has little people her own size (sort of) to play with again. Emma got her bag ready last night. Tried rolling her hair with rollers to prepare for her big day at school, but her hair was a bit too short.  She set an alarm … Continue reading Year 6, Grade 5.

Homeschooling in Texas – Part 2

We did very well in Arlington keeping up with the schedule and being creative with our time. Lots of time with the cousins in Arlington and that's always great thing for M.  On some Thursdays, she got to tag along with Ah Ma and Ah Gong to do Tai Chi.  She played with her hoolahoop … Continue reading Homeschooling in Texas – Part 2

Chiang Mai Aquarium

We visited the Aquarium yesterday. M has a holiday on Monday and despite our itch to go somewhere out-of-town, we decided to stay in Chiang Mai.  Traveling out-of-town means extra expenses for us. With our plan to return to the US this summer we will inevitably increase our spending- eeeek- in dollars.  Therefore, we have … Continue reading Chiang Mai Aquarium

M’s Favorite Place to Play: Kad Suan Kaew Indoor Playground in Chiang Mai

  Being the only child is not easy. It's hard on the parents too because she is constantly recruiting us to play with her. This was my biggest challenge when we were back in Texas without having enrolled her in a summer program.  I simply had to come up with a summer program of my … Continue reading M’s Favorite Place to Play: Kad Suan Kaew Indoor Playground in Chiang Mai

M’s First Songkran ~ Thingyan in Chiang Mai: The Assembly

M has been talking about practicing the Songkran dance for school at Assembly for weeks.  Her Thai teachers were coordinating the festivities. It's been exciting. Are you still learning Thai in class?, I asked.  M's answer "NO, we're learning the Songkran dance, Mommy!"  Fair enough I say.  Apparently, many students and teachers were participating in … Continue reading M’s First Songkran ~ Thingyan in Chiang Mai: The Assembly

Got Passport Photo: Donating at Temples

No, we're NOT doing a "daily photo" thing... We'll leave that to the serious photographers; plus, we're not THAT ambitious! For some reason, I really enjoyed this photo of donation miniature bowls at a temple (wat) in Chiang Mai.  It was taken on 5th December during the King's birthday holiday.  You will find these bowls … Continue reading Got Passport Photo: Donating at Temples