Friday, April 20, 2018

Welcome Back, Elektra!

           This is me again! I'm back from deep sleep lols I was too busy about family life, my studies and teaching. We already transferred close to our schools/workplaces, the good thing about it is that my kids who are incoming Grade 3 and Grade 1 are both studying at my school. But, we moved in for about four years ago. This means that I haven't written any blogs from then on for 4 or 5 years. 

          Before we moved in to our house, I also resigned in the government school where I worked as English Conversation Teacher. Right now, I work as a Foreign Teacher in Grade 5, teaching Science and Health. But, I also have experiences teaching English Language, Social Studies, Arts and Crafts, Cooking, and Drama.

         Our school is a Catholic, a private and a bilingual school located in Minburi, Bangkok. I have 50% discount on tuition fees of my children (but, my partner pays for them, lol). From our place, it's about 10-15 minutes drive/travel going to work.

         It came to a point where the system in the government changed. Those who are non-education graduates must study units in education, which, I think is just right. They want to see to it that only qualified foreigners will be hired to do teaching jobs in Bangkok, Thailand. As there are many foreigners who are just backpackers, they will get the job and then resign later on after they have gotten a big salary offer from beautiful provinces like Phuket, Changmai, Koh Samui, Bangkok City, etc.

        Now, I had to decide taking up a master's degree in educational administration which, I failed to finish due to financial and time constraints. I couldn't be able to do the thesis writing because it required more time and costed me more money than I've expected. I could almost finish but not the thesis writing. It was really a disaster because the Thai professor wasn't too equipped enough to guide me where I supposed to go. There are two advisers but they don't agree with each other so I've given up to preserve my sanity, save my time and money.

        Trying to figure out how to go from here to there, I've learnt that my decision was actually a blessing in disguise! It's because Educational Administration is not equal to teaching. It has education units but, it's different, in terms of job description. It is more related to becoming an admin or principal. So, to cut the story short, I have downgraded in a good sense. I took Diploma in Teaching Profession which is only 3 semesters with 33 credits. If you are interested to teach in Thailand, but you have Bachelor's Degree which is not related to teaching, you may copy the link below and search for more information about this program. It costs 74,000 Thai Baht for the whole course. I have started in August of 2017 and will be finished in December (hopefully!)
     
https://www.stic.ac.th/postgraduate-program/graduate-diploma-in-teaching-profession

        Working, studying and home management keep me busy from blogging again. Now, it's summer time, I have extra time to blog. I love working in summer school. This year is different because we'll  go on field trip. This is the first time in my four years of working in this school, that I will go on field trip. It is going to be fun! They said it's somewhere in Ekkamai.

        Time to go! I need to catch some sleep.. Bye for now... Zzzzzzzzzz
 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Trip To Angkor Wat, November 2011

I went out of Bangkok on the first week of November with my youngest daughter to go to Ban Pakkard, Cambodia. I didn't actually plan to go somewhere far, but something came up, which I never thought it would happened. My docs weren't approved to get my visa extension in Thailand (sigh).. I couldn't do anything about it, so I finally decided to go on a package tour with four of my acquaintances who had similar situation as I was. We hired a taxi to Angkor Wat (Wat means Temple) and it took us 12 hours back and forth. It cost me 6,000 Thai Baht for the whole trip to the temple (all inclusive!). The entrance fee was 700 Thai Baht or $20.

It turned out that it was fun after all! Traveling is indeed a good stress reliever... Here are the beautiful sceneries @Angkor Wat.

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Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in the South-East Asia. It is considered as one of the UNESCO world  heritage sites.


























HIT: The Little Big Club Live in Bangkok

November 17, 2012, at 3pm The Little Big Club Live in Concert was held at Royal Paragon, 5/F of Siam Paragon Mall. This was really a one great show! The casts of the show are: Angelina Ballerina, Tom The Builder, Thomas, the Tank Engine, Sam The Fireman, Pingu and Barney and Friends. It was our first family bonding at the live concert here in Bangkok.

The tickets were expensive (3,000 Thai Baht/each). But, it was okay just for the kids.



This is the streamer
                                         
Our favorite and very famous characters: Barney and Friends (Baby Bop, BJ and Riff)

My children before the show starts

I love them all!



The Finale: Angelina Ballerina, Tom The Builder, Thomas, the Tank Engine, Sam The Fireman, Pingu and Barney and Friends

I've noticed that some of the people were just looking for Barney and Friends and not the other casts so they went inside late! The only downside was that it's kinda short of the Barney casts to perform live. And kids didn't like the other not-so-famous performers. But, if you're asking me... I had fun... so much fun to sing along with Barney and friends and my kids. Oh, and my hubby did his dancing and cheering with the casts, too! hahaha

I only wish we had souvenir pics with Barney and Baby Bop.. but, the organizer of the show didn't arrange for this, so many kids and parents were frustrated. I am just happy I took a video of them performing live! Oh well~ childhood, I miss it! (wink)  

Saturday, October 29, 2011

REPOST: 6 Diseases To Be Cautious During Floods

I've got this important message from my Facebook wall, it is actually from Samitevej Expat Club, where I am one of the members of the said group. I thought about reposting it here to help someone who needs this kind of information. Specially, now that we are experiencing this flood crisis here in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Technically, my family and I are still on the safe grounds, no floods (as of now).. But, we aren't sure of what's gonna happen tomorrow. Atleast, we are prepared on how to prevent getting sick by reading and understanding what was listed below:

Anyway, PREVENTION is still better than cure.


6 Diseases to Be Cautious During Floods



1. Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is an epidemic which is contracted from animals. It is caused by the bacteria called Leptospira which is present in animals’ urine such as mice, cows and buffaloes. Human being can be infected by leptospira bacteria through open wound or through skin that has been in the water for a prolong period of time. The bacteria can also enter the body through the mucous membrane of the eyes and mouth.

Symptoms: Leptospirosis has two different types of symptoms. The less severe one has the symptoms of a normal cold with headaches, fever and muscles aches. This can be cured if the patient acts early and seeks medical attention right at the beginning of the illness. The more severe one has the symptoms of red eye infection, watery eyes, unable to tolerate bright lights. When the infection spread to the brain, the patient will become delirious, slip into coma. And if the disease infects the entire body, it may cause internal bleeding which can result in death.

Prevention: Avoid walking and swimming in trapped flood water, especially children, who enjoy treading or swimming in flood water. If you cannot avoid walking through the flooded areas, try to walk quickly and try not to stay in the water for too long as the skin become soft and tender and can be infected more easily. You should wear rubber boots every time you walk in the water to prevent foot injury and to prevent pathogens from contacting the wound on the foot or leg as well as prevent being bitten by animals in the water. People who have an onset of a headache and fever, must immediately see their doctor, do not wait until the symptoms become more serious as it may be too late for treatment.


2. Cholera

This disease is caused by bacteria Vibrio Cholera which is spread in drinking water and food. The flies are carriers of this disease. The disease is contracted by drinking and eating food swarmed by flies that are infected with cholera bacteria and by eating uncooked food.

Symptoms: The patient has watery stool several times a day. He may have abdominal pain or vomiting. But if the infection is severe, the patient will have diarrhea of enormous volume that looks like rice-water and smells fishy.

Prevention: Eat clean and freshly cooked food and drink boiled water; wash and clean your hands and food containers. Do not use flood water to wash food containers and avoid contact with cholera patients. If you contract the disease, you must seek medical advice and follow the medical instructions.


3. Typhoid fever

This is caused by Salmonella Typhi bacteria which may be present in water and food similar to cholera disease. It is spread by contaminated drinking water and food.

Symptoms: When first contracted with this disease, the symptoms will not be apparent immediately. The symptoms will be obvious after about 1 week. The patients have headaches, loss of appetite, have high fever, diarrhea, some develop rash on the body, stomach bloating. The symptoms may go away within 1 month by itself. However, the patients should still seek medical advice if they contract this disease to prevent complications such as contracting pneumonia.

Prevention: Avoid food that may be contaminated. This means that you eat clean food from a clean container including washing your hands before every meal. You should also avoid street food in an area that is unclean or high risk for contamination. Alternatively, you can get vaccinated against typhoid fever.


4. Hepatitis A

The inflammation of the liver cells causes the liver to function abnormally.Virus that causes inflammation of the liver during the flood period is hepatitis A. This illness can be caused by eating dirty or uncooked food.

Symptoms: In the first week, the patients have mild fever, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, pain around the right rib cage, urine of dark tea color as well as an onset of jaundice and yellow eyes. The patients may be back to normal within 2-4 weeks.

Prevention: Eat clean and cooked food. Do not share the same drinking glass and spoon with others.


5. Conjunctivitis

This is caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis and Bacterial Conjunctivitis. It may be due to allergies or exposure to toxic materials, often caused by rubbing the eyes with dirty hands or with a towel or handkerchief.

Symptoms: The patients have itchy eyes. Some may feel so itchy that they have to rub their eyes all the time. Some may feel only minor irritation and have more discharge than usual. The discharge is pus like and makes the eye sticks shut in the morning. Their vision may be unclear or blurred. Some may have eye sore.
Prevention: Wash your hands, do not share cosmetics, towels, handkerchiefs with others. Avoid touching your eyes in all cases, do not share eye drops with others. If your eyes start to feel itchy or irritating, consult a pharmacist or doctor without delay.


6. Dengue Fever

This is caused by virus infection with aedes aegypti mosquitoes as the carrier. The disease is frequently found in children. The outbreaks are common in the rainy season which is the breeding season for these mosquitoes.

Symptoms: Patient has high fever for 2-7 days, loss of appetite, vomit with some brownish materials, muscle pain, reddish skin, rash, red blood spots on the skin. In the advanced stage, the patient will have low fever, cold hands and feet, rapid pulse rate, small amount of urination. They may vomit frequently and may have a shock.

If they experience these symptoms, they should see a doctor immediately.

Prevention: Try to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by applying mosquito repellent. This is the best method. And do not leave containers with water around the house because they will become breeding ground for the mosquitoes. If you are contracted with this disease, you must avoid mosquito bites as they will spread the disease to others.



                                           Photos by: Cecille Cruda via Facebook


My special thanks to Cecille for these photo shots that I grabbed today. I'm glad she's safe notwithstanding this flood crisis. I hope and pray that this will end up soon.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Flood Hunting In Bangkok 2011

I got this article via CNN today:


Bangkok faces worst flooding yet, governor warns

October 26, 2011|By the CNN Wire Staff

Bangkok faces the highest flood levels yet and is preparing for the worst, the governor of the Thai capital told CNN Wednesday.

Residents are urged to flee the rising floodwaters, which have already forced the closure of Bangkok's Don Muang airport and the evacuation of flood victims who have taken refuge there.

Thailand's government has declared a five-day public holiday in flood-affected provinces to try to encourage people to seek safety elsewhere before high tides expected this weekend.

But Bangkok Gov. Sukhumbhand Paripatra told CNN the authorities could not evacuate a whole city and it was difficult to persuade the Thai people to leave their homes, despite the risk.

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All the 50 districts of Bangkok will be flooded according to Thaivisa.com and many people are scared about this. People everywhere are panic buying everyday. Those who have cars/vehicles decided to park on the fly over bridges. Most houses and offices have sand bags in front of their houses and fences as high as 1 meter. And some just have it fixed with concrete cement as wall so that their house or office entrance will be safe from floods.

We also made some preparations like putting our appliances and furnitures upstairs to the 2nd floor of our entertainment room. It is good to have a two storey house because we have more rooms to put and keep our valuable things safe from flood. In addition, We made sure that the breaker downstairs was switched off to avoid short circuit or damage of our electric system and appliances. We usually use electric cooker/stove and grill for our cooking. But, we also have a gas stove (LPG), just in case, the electricity will be cut off anytime. We have stocks of drinking water, too. All these were ready since 2nd week of October! But, Thank GOD! No floods in our Village.

Everyday, we go out to buy things that we need or go places just to kill boredom. I mean, who's going to be happy spending time the whole day at home. My partner has got two weeks off and sad to say, we couldn't go outside Bangkok because of this flooding situation here. His vacation has been extended due to flooding.

I wake up everyday with a thankful heart that we are safe from flooding and still continue praying that tomorrow will be the same. I just got lucky that I didn't have to cancel my part time job (tutorial) with all these flooding. We were thinking about moving out last August, but Thank GOD! We didn't. Because, if we do.. we won't probably be safe. Now, we have learned to appreciate what we have.

When we go out of our Village, there is no flood. When I go to my part time job, there is no flood. The Ramkamkeng Road Keha has no floods. I go flood hunting every day and night, checking downstairs if there is flood coming into our house. I worried about my hubby's car, though. I'll just leave it all to God.

I am praying for the victims and those who are going to be affected by this flooding. This is really alarming as half of Bangkok has been submerged in water. It will soon reach our place, too (but, I hope not).


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The following are excerpts from Press Release No. 15 dated 24 October of the Flood Relief Operations Center (FROC):
"At the FROC in Don Mueang, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that since flood water is passing through Bangkok before being released into the sea, Bangkok residents might be affected by the huge volume of water.

"Even so, she said, flood water in the city is likely to be between 50 centimeters and one meter high, depending on the situation in each area.

"Minister of Science and Technology Plodprasop Suraswai said that, based on an assessment, stagnant flood water would remain for about one month, or one month and a half. The most critical period would be this week when the water level is high."

Based on reports, the "critical period" starts on the 27th, Thursday.


THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW:


1. Stock up on water, lots of water using every available container. If you have bath tubs, fill them up with water too.

2. Make sure your cell phones are fully charged at all times.

3. Put your passports and other vital personal documents in a safe place. Wrap them in sturdy plastic to keep them from getting wet.

4. Call the Embassy hotlines (Philippine Embassy 08-9926-5954 or 08-4360-8405) at the slightest hint of an emergency.


God bless, Bangkok.. Let's pray for everyone, everyday. Take care.
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