Play Center at Robinson’s Roi-Et

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A couple months ago, they opened a new mini-mall called Robinson’s Living Center in the next city over, Roi-Et. I teach in Roi-Et on Saturday mornings, so Nam and the kids went to check out the new mall… They had a very well equipped and expensive (for Thailand) play area where parents could dump there kids for a couple hours. We never leave them unsupervised in strange places, so Nam ended up with a lot of photos of their play session.

New Ransel (randoseru)

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On a trip down to Bangkok last month, we found a shop selling randoseru (Japanese school bags; link) in Pak Chong. We had been thinking about importing them for some time, because they are supposed to be good for posture, and the kids have to lug a ridiculous number of textbooks around. They had a pink one and a black one, so we didn’t even have to agonize over color choice. The kids love ’em, and a lot of other parents now want them, too.

Yukata Day at the School of English

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Twice a week, I teach a Japanese language class and a Japanese culture class to these students at Strisuksa School in Roi Et, the next town over. Last term I decided we should have a “kimono day” on the last day, so Nam came out to teach them how it’s done (she has a kimono cert from our time in Sumoto).