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  • Day119

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

    December 25, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    For anyone who wants to watch our “Celebrating Christmas in Thailand” parody on Winter Wonderland, just click here:

    (We can’t post the whole thing on the finding penguins platform...)

    Performance and lyrics by all of us
    Video by Chloë

    These are the lyrics:

    [In this land, the land of smiles
    We must shed our winter styles
    Our flip-flops are out
    As we walk about
    Celebrating Christmas in Thailand

    Lanterns shine in the twilight
    Kids all whine on Muay Thai night
    No traffic lights to be seen
    But there’s still red and green
    For celebrating Christmas in Thailand

    So this winter we can still wear tank-tops
    Though in temples girls must hide their knees
    At the corner we can buy some ice-pops
    ‘Cause it’s the only thing that makes us freeze

    Mosquitoes hum
    Our Christmas carols
    While we sweat
    By the barrel
    Our life’s full of cheer
    But we wish you were here
    Celebrating Christmas in Thailand

    Celebrating Christmas in Thailand
    Celebrating Christmas in Thailand ]

    Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Much love from the Paisley-Taylors
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  • Day126

    And a happy New Year !

    January 1 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    To ring in the New Year Chiang Mai-style, we headed to the Old City, stopping at a Wat to send our New Year wishes up into the sky via lantern. After the kids were in bed, Geoff and I snuck back out to join the party by the city moat. I can’t get enough of these lanterns. They are so beautiful (until the next morning when the streets are littered with ashes and metal rings!). Happy New Year everyone and best wishes for 2019!Read more

  • Day116

    Cooking class

    December 22, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    A few days ago my Mom and I went to a Thai cooking school (Lana Smiles Cooking), to learn how to make some traditional Thai dishes 🥘. This is how the day went: first, we walked down to the Tha Pae gate, where we met one of the people who would be taking the class with us, named Mino. Then, we got picked up by Pim and Nim, the instructors, in their songthaew-like pickup truck 🚘. The other people doing the class with us were: Mino (Italian) 🇮🇹, Colleen and Rachel (American) 🇺🇸, Caleica 🇧🇷 and Eddie 🇳🇱 (Brazilian and Dutch), and of course, Pim and Nim (Thai) 🇹🇭. The first thing we did was drive to a market which was pretty far away, and Pim told us about some of the ingredients we would be using for the meals 🌶🌶🌶. Then, we had about 15 minutes to walk around the market separately and buy/try stuff. Mom and I found some delicious oranges 🍊, dried mangos 🥭, and some yummy fried dough that tasted a lot like Canadian Timbits 🍩!! After that, we drove to the cooking school, where we learned how to make different kinds of Thai noodle dishes, curries, spring rolls, desserts, and soups 🍜 🍛 🍨 🍲 🍚 . After we made each course, we got to eat it while it was still hot! I didn’t eat too much, but everyone else there was stuffed by the end of the day (I brought most of my food home for my dad to eat, because he loves Thai food!) It was a very fun and delicious way to spend time with my Mom!
    - Chloë
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  • Day106

    Fish spa

    December 12, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Last night when we were on our way home from Muay Thai, we came across a ‘fish spa’ which was a bunch of cushioned benches, and at the bottom of each bench there was a fish tank with at least 50 fish in it. Malcolm and I were the only ones brave enough to try it (my dad was too chicken to go near it). We got a 10 minute treatment for only 60 baht each (less than $3 each). First, you have to clean your feet with a wet cloth, then you stick them in the tank and all the fish come and nibble at your feet. Everyone who walked by was staring and smiling, and a few people decided to try it after seeing us do it. It almost felt like they should be paying us instead of the other way around because we attracted so much attention! Malcolm had to take his feet out of the tank after about 5 minutes because it felt so weird. It felt really weird and tingly but after a while it felt pretty good!
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  • Day94

    Meeting an elephant family

    November 30, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Today, we took a bus to meet an elephant family and their owners. We were a small group - just us and two couples from Canada and the UK. First we fed the elephants bananas and long stalks of grass. There were Four adults and one baby named mini and a teenager named Bella.Then we went on a hike with the elephants and one almost brought a whole tree down. When we got back we had lunch of rice, passion fruit juice and delicious curry (for my parents.. I ate peanut butter sandwiches). Then we covered two elephants in mud (their shampoo) and brought them to a stream for a bath. We got really wet, splashing the elephants and each other. It was really fun! The elephants pick up sand with their trunks to keep mosquitos away, to dry off, and for “sunscreen”. Before we visited the elephants, daddy and I did some research and we learned a bunch of facts - their poo is used for lots of practical things, like making paper, and they have over 100 000 muscles in their trunk. I could see that they use their trunk for breathing, drinking, smelling, trumpeting, showering, balance walking up hills, a snorkel for swimming, grabbing food, and throwing sand. It is amazing! Then we gave them another snack and said goodbye. I slept on the long bus ride home. - DaleRead more

  • Day124

    Elephant Poo Paper

    December 30, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    A few days ago. we went to an elephant poopoo paper factory with Grandma and Grandfather. At the factory they take elephant poo and clean it, boil it, colour it and make it into paper using coloured or neutral balls of elephant poo pulp. We mashed the balls of pulp onto large screens in water. Then we got to make our own paper on the screens, but it takes about five hours for it to dry, so we took home paper made by people before us. Then, we got to choose something made with elephant poo paper to decorate with elephant poo paper. The things you could choose from were bookmarks, notebooks, paper fans, wallets, greeting cards and other things like that. I decorated a wallet for someone special. At the end there was a big gift shop and we spent a lot of time there!!
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  • Day122

    Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm-tastic!

    December 28, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We visited an orchid and butterfly farm in Mae Rim with Grandma and Grandfather - it was full of different kinds of orchids, with their roots hanging out of the ground. These orchids don’t need soil - they need light, moisture and air to grow. The middle of the flower, called the column, can look really funny - they are that way to attract insects so that their pollen can be carried to other orchids. The butterflies were really cool too. One landed on my sister’s hand when she was holding the phone so she took a photo of it with her nose. The Bai farm makes jewelry out of their orchids by putting lacquer on the petals, then outlining them in gold.
    By Dale
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  • Day133

    Busy Busy Busy!!

    January 8 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Right now we are leaving pai after only staying for one night. This is what happened since we left our old home in Chiang Mai that we stayed at for about 1 month:
    - we took a big bus (3 hours) out to Chiang Rai, and stayed at a very nice hostel called the Mercy Hostel, for 3 nights. (There will probably be a different post about what we did in Chiang Rai)
    But by the way Malcolm and I held a giant snake together...

    - Then we took another big bus back to Chiang Mai, and stayed at the Big & O Hostel for 1 night.

    -Next we took a minivan/bus to pai. We were at the very back of the bus, and the road from Chiang Mai to Pai was very bumpy and very curvy (792 sharp turns to be exact). I know some people who might be reading this would’ve hated this ride.
    On the bus ride, we were all feeling a little sick, but Malcolm thew up on the bus (in a bag) and I was feeling rotten until about 7 o’clock at night, when I threw up in a
    7 eleven garbage can.

    - last night we stayed at a campground/hostel, with a pool and pool playground. My dad says it wasn’t camping, it was ‘glamping’ because the tents were huge and we slept on giant air mattresses. There were also two pool tables (Malcolm was in heaven).

    - We are now on our way to the Cave Lodge near Soppong, and we are taking a taxi.

    - Chloë
    🤮 🤢 🤮
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  • Day96

    Muay Thai Fight Night

    December 2, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We have been taking Muay Thai classes twice a week at a local gym. The coaches are excellent with the kids and with Lara and I. Two of our coaches were scheduled to fight this evening so I headed out to a stadium in rural Thailand with a bunch of the gym regulars to support them. It was great to see these guys in action. There are many rituals that precede each bout including both fighters greeting their opponents corner. Each fight consists of 5 rounds, a round lasts two minutes for women and three minutes for men. There were a few fighters as young as 8yrs old competing before the more seasoned veterans were called up. What struck me the most is how much fun the fighters are having. Each round begins with a high-five and ends with a hug, and they joke with each other between punches and kicks. It is truly a sport and not the grizzly display of bravado I was expecting. The last thing they do after the fight is over is go and drink out of their opponents water cup. Fun night, and I learned enough to know that I won’t be entering a ring anytime soon. I value my bones and what’s left of my brian cells too much.
    - Geoff
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  • Day136

    Sop Pong Sunrise

    January 11 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We all woke up at 5:45am to catch this beautiful sunrise. Kai made us tea and hot chocolate because it was a little chilly this early in the morning (a brisk 16 degrees C). I have never seen this kind of ocean of mist before, it is an amazing spectacle. It captured Malcolm’s attention for at least two minutes!Read more

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