Meet Parit (pronounced Paliet) the newest edition to the extended family. Beau (my stepmums niece) had a beautiful baby boy on Dec 13. He is sooooo cute, I am teaching him English by chatting to him – someone has to teach the little lad that his grandmother (Granny Moet) is not really his sister as she claims!!
Beau and her baby boy:
Dad, me and Kob with Moet (Kobs sister, the grandmother) who is holding Parit:
Parit gets his haircut by the monk. The hair was saved and will be released into a river (I think) as an offering to something/someone. Sorry, a bit vague I know… Im not sure what the story is with the hair.
This weekend Kob has organised a Buddhist meditation weekend. She invited a monk and some of her friends over for the weekend. They arrived on Friday and have spent the weekend meditating, praying to Buddha and learning from the Monk. They will stay another night and go home on Sunday.
Today I participated in some of the prayers, gave an offering of food to the monk and later in the afternoon had a chat with him (with Kobs help to translate the bits I didn’t understand). It was quite an interesting day, I am glad I got back to Bangkok in time for it!
Today I had to say farewell to my host family. While waiting for one of the teachers to collect me some of the people in the village came to say good bye. Here are some photos:
Here are some photos of my host family:
This is Wan, the 3 year old that lives with my host family (she is the niece of my host parents). She is soooo cute and was my good friend. I spent many hours entertaining her consequently she picked up a few English phrases.
This little baby used to wander over to our house, take one look at me and start crying. This was a bit of a joke, ‘the baby is scared of the forang’ they would say. I am pleased to report that a few days before I left I managed to convince the baby forangs aren’t scary and this little boy became my friend, would crawl up onto my knee – happy as larry!
This old lady is really cool. She would chatter away at me oblivious to the fact I couldn’t understand a word she was saying! Her teeth are red as she chews bettle-nuts all day. I took a photo of her and the kids on the digital camera and showed her – she thought it was very cool, I don’t think she has ever had her photo taken on a digital camera before as she had such a big reaction to seeing herself – she thought it was hillarious!