Chang Klan

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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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  • 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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  • Day124

    Tempel Tour

    January 4 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Nachdem wie gestern nicht so viel gemacht haben, soll sich das heute ändern.
    So sitzen wir dann auch schon um 12 Uhr irgendwo nahe der Innenstadt in einem Café und essen Frühstück. 😂
    Danach geht es los zu den verschiedenen Tempeln. Diese sind hier eher chinesisch und burmesisch angehaucht. Die chinesischen Tempel können für unseren Geschmack besser mit Gold umgehen. Die Tempel sind edel aber nicht kitschig.
    Ich könnte euch jetzt alle Tempelnamen aufschreiben aber das ist für mich zu viel Arbeit und ihr überlest sie sowieso 😝.
    Nach dem Tempellauf sind wir beide kaputt. Vor Allem aber Annatina. Diese hat seit heute morgen Halsschmerzen, wahrscheinlich vom kalten Nachtbus. Wir holen uns also noch Strepsils im 7/11 und Halsspray in der Apotheke. Zudem ist es nicht so einfach heissen Tee zu finden. Hier wird er mehr kalt getrunken. Stephan wiederum ist wieder im Fruchtshake-Himmel. 😊
    Zur Entspannung gönnt sich Annatina eine Massage für 6.- CHF. Zum ersten Mal wird dabei auch auf ihren Beinen rumgelaufen 😂. Trotz diesem Fakt ist die Massage nicht so schmerzhaft und hilft den verspannten Muskeln. Gestern haben wir einen Platz ähnlich wie ein Foodfestival gesehen und gehen dort abendessen. Dieses war auch schon besser, zum Dessert gibt es dafür für Annatina einen richtigen Crêpe und für Stephan die gerollten Eis-Dinger.
    Danach bummeln wir noch etwas über den Markt und die Marktstände. Heute schlägt Annatina zu und kauft sich ein paar Armbänder. Danach geht es zurück ins Guest House.

    PS. Der Sturm im Süden von Thailand wird uns nicht erreichen. Die Inseln im Süden scheinen auch verschont worden zu sein.
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  • Day117

    My Chiang Mai Language Challenge Ends!

    January 7 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 86 °F

    My Thai language challenge has officially ended in Chiang Mai itself, and is now about to start a new phase: on the road! But let me catch you up on what has happened since my entry on Day 62 on November 13th.

    Thanks to 90-days-in-a-row studying in the Add1Challenge—and I do mean studying 3-5 hours a day—I reached my goal of 2000+ words in my active vocabulary. In a 14-day “mini-challenge” around Day 70, I succeeded in speaking Thai for a total of 47 hours—about 3.5 hours a day—bringing my team to victory! I officially finished this Challenge by making a “90-day video,” the final video required, in which I have a 21-minute conversation with a native speaker. In this case, it was my iTalki teacher Chonlada Yomchinda. It might be interesting for you to compare my speaking from DayZero and Day90, even if you don’t understand Thai. So here are the links:



    But the most important part of these last months is the closeness I am beginning to feel to my Thai friends and even the people on the streets. When I sat down and spoke to Khun Wisamun the artist, we poured out our stories since the last meeting, and are truly “puuean sanit,” “close friends.” Face-to-face with Khun Kit the dtuk-dtuk driver, we wept over his aged mother’s decline. On a 12:30 am video call with Khun Aan, the city bus driver, I gave him sympathy for having to drive until 2 am on an empty bus through the deserted Chiang Mai streets—an intimate view of Purgatory if there ever was one. Everyone has a lifetime of stories within, and they remain locked within—without WORDS to let them emerge as pieces of identity and soul. I do long to hear these stories, and let my friends hear mine. It is only through this sharing that I truly feel at home in any country. Otherwise, I feel I’m just passing through.
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  • Day81

    Hedgehog cafe

    November 17, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Last night we explored around our neighbourhood, and we came across something called a ‘hedgehog cafe’. I think it’s kind of like the cat cafe in Ottawa but I’m not sure because I haven’t been to the cat cafe. At the hedgehog cafe, you bought a combo of
    — 1,2,3, or 4 drinks
    — a waffle or piece of cake
    — and a pass to ‘enjoy the hedgehogs’
    We got three mango smoothies, and a water. The lady brought two hedgehogs to two separate glass cages with open tops. She also gave us each a pair of gardening gloves, a towel (to clean up) , a pair of tweezers and a bowl of dried meal worms. We got to play with the hedgehogs and give them meal worms. There was also a bunch of guinea pigs, and we got to feed and play with them too! They were so cute!!
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  • Day81

    The International Language of Ping-Pong

    November 17, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 30 °C

    Malcolm and I wandered through the old city to a physical education park where we found the Chiang Mai Table Tennis Club. For a whopping 2$ we acquired day passes and enjoyed a couple of hours of ping-pong. After a while we invited a young Thai fellow to join us. He was much better than both of us, but very polite with his play. His parents were so excited to see us playing together that they asked to make a movie with their phone, so I grabbed a picture too. We couldn’t say much to each other except smile and laugh at ourselves. Before we parted ways, we exchanged a wai (a bow with the hands clasped in front of our chins) and more smiles.
    - Geoff
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  • Day88

    At the Bear Hug café near our house

    November 24, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Normally I don’t post food photos, but the cuteness factor here was so over-the-top, that we just had to share. If your kids are cranky from heat, math, and Muay Thai sore muscles, the fix in Chiang Mai is apparently sweets shaped like bears (with a latte for mama and a bacon burger for dad)! The café is also equipped with stuffed bears at the tables. I think Malcolm has finally found his birthday meal restaurant... so we’ll be back in 3 days.Read more

  • Day87

    Muay Thai

    November 23, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Yo everyone, its Malcolm😜
    Muay Thai is a kick boxing fight that uses eight limbs to fight. To be a fighter you have to have a strong set of fists, knees, legs and elbows. Muay Thai is just like boxing but using legs to kick your opponent. We take a Muay Thai class twice a week with a training group half an hour away from our house. At the start of training we do skipping with heavy ropes for 15 minutes non-stop but most of the time, Dale and I get on huge bouncy tires and jump with weights in our hands. After that we do stretches for 10 minutes but for me its more like break every bone in your body because all the trainers keep pushing me to do extra work. After “stretches” we all get seperated into 3 groups: Dale and I go with Sep, the adults go with Bagi, and Chloë works with Tam. Everyone works on different stuff for most of it but sometimes we all go to the punching bags for fist strengthening. At the end we all come together to repeat the stretches.
    That’s all for now but I will talk to you all soon!
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  • Day86

    Wat Daowadung

    November 22, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    This Buddhist temple is only a few steps from our home and quite apart from the Old City temples. It is small by comparison to other temples and quite peaceful. We had to dress appropriately to visit the Wat, women must wear long clothes to cover down below their knees and at least over their shoulders while men need only wear shirts with short sleeves and shorts. Once we had removed our shoes, we were invited into the temple by several elderly ladies who brought us sticky rice treats and offered us chairs to sit.

    We were joined by a young monk named Somsi (sp?) who sat with us and chatted about the life of a Buddhist monk in Chiang Mai. He explained about their daily routines and how someone might become a monk. We learned that some of the youngest monks have been orphaned and are taken in by the monasteries. There are female Buddhist monks, but they have many more rules to follow than the men. Some Thais don’t want to socialize with the monks because they use “elevated” words which not everybody knows.

    Somsi’s English was excellent so I asked him how he had learned? He told us that the monks study English at school but YouTube is the best source!
    - Geoff
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  • Day79

    We're in Thailand!!

    November 15, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    We just got to Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand, yesterday morning at 6:30 am. We were so jet lagged, that we fell asleep a few hours after we got settled into our new teak house, and when we woke up, we thought it was the next morning, even though it was only 3:00 in the afternoon! Afterwards, we went exploring around our neighbourhood, and discovered a day market selling clothes, shoes and Thai food/sweets. For dinner last night, Malcolm and I had pork satay and rice, and my parents had green curry chicken soup, and chili cashew chicken (Dale had a peanut butter sandwich, of course!). When we went to sleep for real, every single one of us woke up at 1:30 in the morning, because we were still so jet lagged. I ended up getting out of bed at 11:00 am. Then we went out for a snack and card game at a local bakery, and on the way home we stopped at a Thai restaurant, and had rice, chicken pad Thai, and spicy pork with basil. The whole meal only cost 130 Thai baht, equivalent to 5$ Canadian! We live in a teak house, which is an old wooden house, where only the living room, bedrooms, and one of the bathrooms are inside. The rest of the house is outdoors. I only have one pair of shorts out of three, that apparently aren’t too short to wear in Thailand, and only two t-shirts out of five, that cover my shoulders enough. The bad things here, are that we have no washing machine, or dishwasher, but it might be okay, because there’s a laundromat around the corner, and my guess is that we won’t be doing many dishes anyways. I don’t think we’ll be eating at home very often, because getting groceries is more expensive than eating at restaurants here! The temperature here is 33 degrees C outside right now, so that means most of our house is hot. A few yeas ago, someone turned this original teak house into a bar, but it closed down because it’s across the street from a temple! Now it is a house again! All the cars and motorbikes drive on the other side of the road, which can be annoying for me because it’s not what I’m used to.
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Chang Klan, ช้างคลาน

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