Daily Archives: September 13, 2004

The letter to his teacher

I found the letter kevin wrote to his teacher, don’t tell him I posted it or even read it. But for us it was very touching, and made us proud. As mentioned previously he is an honor student and has never missed a day of school in his life and he is nearly 15 years old.

Dear Mrs. &^&%^%&^%,
My name is Kevin &%(*(^*(^% and I just wanted to write to you so you could know more about me. i thnk the more information you and I share, will help us get to know each other better. I’m a freshman at the &^%^&%&^ High School and I enjoy being here, even though I have only been here for about 3 days. So far your on my list of favorite teachers because your a very nice person. I hope we don’t get too much homework in your class!

I was originally born in Thailand, a country in Southeast Asia and my family and I came to the US when I was about 3-4 years old. I’m fourteen and to this day I love being in America because it has many freedoms and opportunities around. My parents are now divorced, but both my parentshave found someone else that they care very much for. To be honest I ca’t speak my language, i know it sounds a bit silly, but it’s probably because I went to school early as a child and focused more on English than anything else.

My mother has developed good English skill and speaks English to me most of the time, but she also speaks her language to me and I can usually understand her. My best friends are Casey %$%$ and Ryan #!@#. Ryan is in the same class as me when I was in your room. This summer wasn’t very fun because of issues with friends and things like that. Ryan and I saw some movies most of the summer and that’s about it. Someday i hope to work with computers and if not that, I would like to become a chef and cook.

I came from !$%%!$$%@%^ Middle School by the way. So far my life is free from violence and drugs, I plan to stay this way all my life. People still get my last name wrong, but it doesn’t really bother me at all.

Well, thank you for your time. I hope I haven’t made you fall asleep or caused you to become bored from my letter. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in your classroom throughout this year!


The typos are his not mine 😉

Hot Air

It has already been one week in my new house. Many of the main pieces of furniture have already been bought and delivered. The living room is very comfortable with the sofa and 29 inch t.v. The kitchen is doing OK with the electric stove, fridge, rice cooker, microwave and water filter. The office is just about finished as well as my library. The furniture for the third bedroom was delivered today. All that remains is the dining room table and some outdoor furniture.

The air-conditioning was fitted last week. I had a guy that services the air-conditioners at school install them for me. I have known him for a few years now. He came over to the house first to advise me on which brand names were good and what size I would need for each room. I knew this was going to be expensive but I wasn’t quite prepared for the final bill. The two small bedrooms worked out at nearly 17,000 baht each. That was OK. However, the office and my bedroom are twice the size. At first he suggested a 24,000 baht model, but then changed his mind and suggested a 30,000 baht model which is more powerful! He said the rooms were too big. That came to a whopping 100,000 baht! Most Thai teachers have a starting salary of 6-8,000 baht per month. So you can well understand why that in our row of 9 houses, only three have air-conditioning.

When I planned the house I insisted on having a big bedroom/living room for myself. However, I didn’t really take into account that a bigger room would cost more money to keep cool. I am not only talking about the unit but also the extra electricity needed every month. This is something I will have to remember for my dream house! Another little problem we have at the moment is that there isn’t enough power for us to turn on more than one air-conditioner at the same time! Apparently I have to increase from 5 amp to 30 amp. Like everything else, this costs money and I have to find 11,570 baht to do this.

The living room on the ground floor doesn’t have air. I wasn’t too sure if this was a mistake or not. I was trying to save money but I really want to be comfortable as well. However, so far it has been quite pleasant. With the doors and windows open at the front and back of the house there is nearly always a wind passing through. With an electric fan on the wall and one standing on the ground I have been OK so far. The temperature was around 31 Celsius for most of last week. Tonight it has been raining and it has gone down to a chilly 26 Celsius. I know that is not really cold for most people but it is cold for me. I suppose I have been here too long now.