It’s pretty easy to feel frumpy and less than attractive when you’re surrounded by tiny, gorgeous Asian women all day. I was contemplating this frumpy feeling the other day as I was walking home from Baan Unrak, and before I could start feeling depressed about it, one of my students, Chandra , came skipping down the street to greet me. She took both of my hands in hers and told me that I looked beautiful. It made me feel smiley inside. About two minutes later a Thai gentleman I’d only met once before also stopped me to tell me I was beautiful. I’ve never considered myself an exotic beauty before…but the feeling is kind of growing on me =)
I rode my first motorbike yesterday. I wish I could have taken a picture. It really wasn’t as scary as I expected it to be. I felt pretty balanced behind the “taxi-driver”, and the feeling of the wind against my face was wonderful. I got a ride into town for breakfast and then back up to the home again for a total of just 30 baht (about a dollar). Not a bad deal. Breakfast was nicely priced as well. Harj, Sima and I met up at a local street restaurant serving Mon food. I ate two Burmese donuts, five samosas (like a Burmese version of a spring roll), 1 Roti (a chickpea concoction wrapped in a homemade tortilla), and a hot glass of ovaltine mixed with sweetened-condensed milk—all for 41 Baht! That beats McDonalds any day. Yum.