Orpahanage 2 and Valentines!
Trip Start Dec 29, 2006
11Trip End Jul 01, 2007
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Rainbow Guest House
Continued painting the classroom that we'd been given to improve instead of dismantling the building where the kids slept. First job was to sweep the ceiling free of spider webs which was funny because there were gaps in the floorboards of the class room above and bits of paper, straws etc had fallen through and got stuck in the webs (it was literally that thick and sticky) which made them colourful. Also had little boys from the classroom pressing thier faces to the gaps and shouting: 'hellooooooooooooo!' and 'I love yoooooooooou!'. V sweet. Also had to dissemble the shutters and doors to the classroom because they didn't shut anymore and all the fixtures were rusty, Zoe and Hannah had fun with a hammer and screwdriver for a day or two. The tiler who came in to do there floor put us to shame though when he saw me struggling with a door and just walked over and with a couple of yanks with the hammer managed to take it off completely
All this time the kids were getting more and more friendly and as we started running out of things to do (largely because of Num dissappearing for hours to get us 'supplies' whereas really he is visitng his 17 year old german girlfriend whom we think he is having an affair with and is a total PSYCHO with cuts all over her arms and legs) they would come up to us and ask us to write our names for them, so we got them to sign our hands and we'd play ball with them and they'd say: 'you're beautiful!' (clearly a lie because we were allways sweaty and wearing dirty paint covered clothes) and we'd reply: 'no you're beautiful!' and so it would continue. A couple of times I took my hair down and let the little girls play with it and make plaits and things. Thai people seem to like my hair, not sure why, it is frizzy and knots easily, but these girls all had the same bob haircut so I think they liked its length, although the girl who brushed my hair got really angry with it (I could hear her swearing in thai hill tribe language I'm sure) because of all the knots. Tee hee.
On wedensday it was valentines day and we were sitting around doing nothing (again) when all of a sudden kids came pouring out of their classrooms with bits of paper which they shoved in our hands and before we realised what was going on they quickly ran off again
We are planning a big waterfight with the whole school using water balloons soon, on our last day, maybe? And have bought them 2 ping pong tables and flip flops (we looked RIDICULOUS in the shop, we literally had a trolley full of flip flips), also got fans for the classroom and with our remainding money with either buy something else nice for the kids or just leave it with the monks to do more repair work (the monks are awesome, so far they have been welders, electricians, engineers..
Got one more week at the orphanage and will just make the most of it, this past month has gone so quickly! Can't believe it. We've spent each weekend doing something different, the first we went back to bangkok (just me, Hannah and Zoe) and met up with Zoe's friend from india. Went back to the night bazaar where I bought jewelary mostly and stayed in the Rainbow Hostel which has the most AMAZING pat thai, YUM. It's my favourite food in thailand along with green curry and the stuff we cooked ourselves which was wide noodles, egg, soy sauce, oil and green leaves all stir fried in a wok. Apparently though the soy sauce you get in england is different to thai soy sauce so I wont be able to make it there, but I will try! Went to the Grand Palace that sunday too which was lovely, really really beautiful and worth the hassle of having to borrow a shirt because the stupid guard didn't trust me to keep my shawl around my shoulders while I was in there (the Thais are very touchy about shoulders and legs - apparently they're indecent). Walking back to meet the others my cultural experience was tempered somewhat when a greasy old thai bloke blew his nose on my foot. He just closed one nostril and snorted the snot out of the other and it landed directly on my toe! I was so horrified all I could do was stare at him as I walked past, and he stared back, just as aghast as if to say: 'where the hell did you come from?'. I carried on walking in shock for a few paces before realising I should wipe it off, fortuately I had a tissue and some of emma's alcohol rub which I used to disinfect the area, but EEEEUW! Gross gross gross. That was the low point I think.
We didn't have much money so decided to be cheeky and hitch a ride back from bangkok with the new realgap volunteers who were being picked up by Lim (our old coordinator who loves us)
Last weekend we had the guys from the north come and stay with us, it was Kabir (whom the northen Thais call Fibre), Alex (whom they call 'Lek), Mary, TP and Jordan (whom the northeners don't have names for). We just went to singburi both days and visited Hatboy in the evenings, gave her pictures of us and sang her praises to the newbies. Lim already fancies one of them, a tall, beautiful, willowy indian looking boy called James, who we think is gay, but is actually very nice. Lim totally favoured us above her newbies and gave us all roses and doughnuts. After a little persuasion she gave James a rose too. Awww! I fell out with and made up with Alex because he asked me if I hated him and I told him: no but you're annoying because you're an attention seeker and tease me a bit too much which upset him (truth hurts apparently) but the next day he appologised so all is right with the world.
Ok, that's enough for now!