These are the exotic, funny and sometimes bittersweet stories of an overseas childhood in Asia & Africa from 1957-1972. The author is the daughter of a State Dept. diplomat and through her stories, you can begin to appreciate the adaptability of children to other cultures and the fortitude of parents trying to raise their children to be citizens of the world as well as good Americans overseas.
It seemed a good idea at the time. The village chosen by Bob Andrews as a refuge from the chaos of Bangkok lay just off the north-south motorway. His partner Pan already ran the village store and noodle shop. Why not expand the business to include an English-style tea shop? But Bob hadn’t done his homework.
Living in Thailand can in turn be both rewarding and frustrating. But it is always enlightening, and the Thai people will extend a genuine welcome to westerners who are prepared to accept their way of life and unique culture. This book gives a light-hearted insight into Thai ways and customs and everyday Thai life, based upon the author's personal experiences and observations over many years.
The Ups and Downs part three continues on from where the story finished up, with the main character pondering over his future. How can anyone feel secure about living in a foreign country when visas have to be renewed on a yearly basis? Also he is drawn towards a return to England where he can earn a fortune compared to his salary as a teacher in Bangkok. Disaster seems to follow him like the plag
Go-go bars as a cultural asset, dentists, chicken's feet, soapy massage, trousers, being struck by lightning, tattoos, luck, breast enhancements, beards and being a foreigner—these are just some of the aspects of living in Pattaya, Thailand's most exciting city, that come within range of this lively and revealing book.
For all the new ESL teachers out there, a book to help you with those first moments and beyond. Alot of books focus on just the teaching but this book is there to give you a little help adapting to the new country and basically "surviving". Teaching isn't an easy job and you are going to need help which this book is happy to provide and with a few little stories as well.