Now being an economics major, I’ve always been one for budgeting.
I make daily decisions about when to splurge and when to save my money.
The following are two options for budget-friendly activities in Bangkok: Nong Bon Watersports Center and Cinema City.
Nong Bon Kayaking
This past weekend I went to Nong Bon Watersports Center.
When I arrived, I easily signed up for membership, which cost me two passport sized photos and a mere $1.50.
Anyway, the rain didn’t surprise me, since July is the wet season, and storms are likely almost every afternoon.
Our school driver has even invested in a little rain hat. So cute! ❤
Wednesdays are 100 baht night movie night at Cinema City.
For less than $3 you can find quality entertainment, and even a few strange cinema snacks.
Thais like to eat hot dogs without the bun, and their candy selection is also quite puzzling. 😕
On the plus side, most hit movies are shown in English and tickets can be bought beforehand using their English website. As well, the chilly theaters are a great way to escape both the heat and the rain. Thank you, Thailand. Kob Khun Ka! 😀
Also, don’t be sad if you’re still craving a bun that was missing from your cinema hot dog. 😥
The ice cream man on my street sells literal ice cream sandwiches- a buttery roll topped with two scoops of coconut ice cream and a few salty nuts. A nutty idea that strangely works. 😛
Anyway, now let’s talk about when to splurge, especially when it comes to food. Thailand has delicious cheap food, but sometimes dining is more than just the taste. It’s also about the presentation. 😛
Royal Thai Cuisine: Thanying Restaurant
Thanying Restauarant was named in honor of a Thai Princess Sulabh–Valleng Visuddhi, and the restaurant is run by the princess’s son.
The decor appears incredibly regal, with teak wood furniture, vintage chandeliers, upscale wall covering, and fine porcelain china displayed in the cabinets. The restaurant was even recommended in New York Times Magazine. 😀
The wait staff had exquisite table etiquette, serving platters from the left and removing dishes from the right.
Food was priced around 8-15 USD and wine ran around 40 USD per bottle.
Overall, it was an excellent night with friends, and a classy way to ring in the big 3-0. 😀
Teaching in Thailand
CLIL: Content and Language Integrated Learning
This term our English program has taken a new approach to teaching in the classroom.
The CLIL approach aims to teach a subject, such as science or math through the English language, and in turn, the students understand English by studying these subjects.
As an example, my Year 6 classes are learning about space and the planets in their science class.
As a way to teach ESL using the CLIL method, I’ve integrated this space vocabulary into my lesson, creating a “space station project,” where the kids had to design and advertise their own space shuttle.
The students were put in groups of four, and each was given a job, like project manager and designer.
Next, they created a poster advertising their space station. For example, the poster on the left had a hamburger restaurant on their space shuttle, and the Pepsi canister was their human waste compost. So gross! 😮
Next up I’ll be heading to Chiang Mai, spending five glorious days in the mountains of northern Thailand. Can’t wait to tell you all about it. Until then. Take care and enjoy your week. 😀