Going to School

Dad did a show for the local school on Koh Lanta. The kids loved him and his goofy act. Later after the show Isaac and I were invited to classrooms of our age. The girls were very kind and lead me to the classroom. There I was examined by the other kids, I was taller than most except for the tallest boys who were my height. I was asked for my phone number and to draw pictures for the girls while the boy messed around laughing and making jokes. After that we went down to the school’s mosque where the Muslim girls covered themselves and then lined up and began to pray following the teacher. Before I left I got to play volleyball with  them. The teams were made up of about ten people each it was very disorganized. The ball flew back and forth sometimes getting sent back. I will miss my new friends and want to try to keep in contact with the school.


Riding an Elephant

Riding an elephant was a crazy experience that one probably has few chances to ever do. At first it feels like you are about to fall off because you aren’t used to being so high up. Soon the steady and sturdy steps of the elephant turn into a wonderful perspective of what it is like to be so tall in a tropical paradise! After our ride we got to feed Klong and Gaow (who are a couple). They would stretch out their trunks then cradle the pineapple to put in their mouth. When we left the keeper told Gaow to thank us and he bowed his head to us! -Alexandra 

Rubber Trees

Did you know that some rubber products are made from trees? The sap from a rubber tree acts like rubber. We rented a car and drove around Koh Lanta, along the way we saw rubber trees. We stopped the car to have a look and we saw the rubber all right. – Isaac
Previously I had seen trees with white sap in cups and as I read my science textbook a few days ago, I realized it was rubber trees. I confirmed that by touching the white sap which was stiff like silly putty. – Alexandra




Koh Phi Phi

Today we went on a ferry to Phi Phi Island. We went to a beach and the water felt like hot tub water. We hiked up to the island view point. On  the way up we saw a black worm. We called it the hammer-head worm. Once we got to the viewpoint I thought it was a spectacular sight. You can look and find out where the tsunami hit. – Isaac






Thai Cookery School

I went to Ya’s Thai Cookery School. I learned so many tips on Thai cooking and new great recipes also. Ya’s favourite saying and tip was “bang,bang,chop,chop,yummm!!” It means that you whack out the flavour of lemongrass of galangal, then chop it up. This releases the flavour in the cooking. Ya has cooked at very high levels and is a great teacher!

Ants, Crabs, and Other Crawling Things

Ants are nature’s vacuum cleaners.  If you drop the littlest bit of food ants will come in swarms and eat ’til it’s gone.  One of the ants we saw was a Bull ant, it’s jaws are jagged and hard to explain, so please look at the picture of the red ant.  Even if they aren’t very big, they still clean until absolutely nothing is left.  Check out these critters. -Isaac 


I found all these dead ants in Viantiane Laos. It must have been their graveyard.


This spider my dad saw in Tam Hoi (tam means cave) near Vang Vien, Laos was as big as m y hand!