days! We have four more days of school, no school this Friday, but rather prep for our first program (Friday evening), then Saturday will be our second program. I can’t believe it’s already here! It seems like just yesterday we got back from our break in October.
Christmas time here in Thailand feels like any other time in Thailand. It’s still warm, yet cooler than when I first arrived and also during rainy season. All the malls are decorated extravagantly, some even more than I’ve seen in NYC. It’s like magic, or it would feel like magic if it were cold. Christmas just isn’t Christmas when you aren’t home. That’s what I’ve come to realize.
I need prayer for this week. Stress-wise I’m doing just fine, but I have a feeling as the week goes on, it may get worse. I’m also sick again. I really need prayer for that. I’m so discouraged. I have been sick on and off for nearly 3 months now with one thing after another. I had to miss our all-Staff Christmas party on Friday because I had a fever (again). I think my body just isn’t used to being so warm all the time, and not having the seasons. (Who ever would have thought I would say anything like that!) Anyway, so just pray for healing in my body, and that I wouldn’t struggle with sickness for the rest of the year. It really does a lot for well-being.
We have a two week break again after our programs, and I’m really looking forward to some down time. For the first week I will definitely be staying here, and enjoying the peace and quiet around campus for that time. I will be spending Christmas Day with our Pastor and his family, which looking forward to. Our church has a Christmas Eve service as well, which I hope to be involved with. My friends will come back from a week in Chiang Mai on Saturday, the 27th, then we will take off for the beaches down south. Maybe I already mentioned this.. in fact, I think I did, but none the less, I am really, REALLY glad to have a break soon.
Exciting news for Nonthaburi, we just had a mall put in near the school called “Central Plaza Chaengwattana” and I went there last night, but only for dinner, and was BLOWN AWAY! It’s HUGE! 23 Stories to be exact! Next time I go there, I’ll take some pictures, but I think it’s potentially one of the largest malls I’ve ever been to. Downtown, “Siam Paragon” is rather large, so maybe it’s competing with that mall, but for way out here in Nonthaburi, this is definitely BIG NEWS.
Oh, so yesterday in the midst of my sickness, I went with a family of one of my students to a puppet play downtown. It was actually really well done, and the puppets were controlled by 3 people, and performed traditional and modern Thai dances. Here’s just a picture I pulled offline.. I’ll put more pictures up when I get them.
Alright, well the night is quickly passing, and I need to head to bed early tonight.. for REAL! I hope you all are well, and again I apologize for all the unnecessary concern from the email sent out last week! I still feel awful about it!
Blessings and peace to you all!