Green season has been busy and we haven't had time to update our website regularly. This is some photos from a fruit tasting lesson we had earlier. Nita showed us how to peel and eat some of Thailand's tropical fruits. We also learned how to cook "Fruit Soup".
Valentine's Day is celebrated throughout Thailand, especially at schools and in shopping malls. At LILS we made our own roses to give to our friends and loved ones.
Bua Loi is a very popular dessert in Thailand. It consists of small colourful balls made of glutinous rice flour in warm coconut milk. You can find it in street stalls as well as in restaurants, but you might have to pre-order it if it's not on the regular menu. It is also very easy to make Bua Loi at home or at school, like we did yesterday. You will need the following ingredients for your first test batch.
How to do:
Start by preparing the colouring. Boil and mash the pumpkin and mix pandan paste with water.
Put 1 cup of glutinous rice flour in a bowl. Mix it with enough water and colouring to make a colourful dough.
If you want you can add slices of young coconut flesh and poached eggs boiled in sweet water to your Bua Loi dessert.
Every year Lanta International Language School joins the Children's Day activities on Koh Lanta. We play and practice English with the kids, cheer at their performances, hand out milk and toys and donate English books to the Thai schools. It's great fun and a perfect place to practice our Thai language skills. In 2013 Children's Day was celebrated on January 12th and LILS took part in the activities in Pra Ae Park on Long Beach.
Job2Do is the most famous Thai reggae band in Thailand. The singer and composer Job Bunjob comes from the south of Thailand and the band performs mostly in the south, in Phuket, Koh Samui, Phi Phi and Krabi. Tonight they will play in the Palm Garden in Pra Ae.
The video below is Job2Do's most well known song - Do Teur Tam.
Loy Krathong is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Thailand. It takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar. The word Loy means to float and Krathong is the beautiful creation often made of banana trunk and leaves, decorated with flowers, candles and incense sticks, that Thai people float into rivers, lakes and the sea during the festival.
It is done in order to ask for forgiveness from the water goddess who provides water for every living creature but has to endure pollution and disrespectful treatment from humans.
Students and staff at Lanta International Language School joined up to make our own Krathongs for the evening. Our receptionist Nita had prepared pieces of banana trunks, leaves, flowers and candles and did a great job in instructing us how to put together our creations.
When we were finished some of us went to Lanta Old Town where the biggest celebrations take place on Lanta, but others stayed on Long Beach or went to Saladan to let their Krathongs float into the sea.
Our Intermediate Course student Oskar won his first Thai boxing fight yesterday at William's Thai Boxing Stadium. He impressed us all by doing the traditional Wai Kru ritual dance before starting his fight. The Wai Kru is done to pay respect to the trainer and very few foreigners learn this dance.
The fight started.
Our (alumni) Proficient Course student Sharon got the last fight of the evening, they started around midnight. She had plenty of time to get nervous, but she handled it well.
Unfortunately Sharon got a really hard kick in her stomach that made the judge stop the fight. She was angry with herself that she couldn't continue and automatically lost, but after a few minutes of rest she was looking forward to the next fight.
Many Thai people have Chinese ancestors who came to Thailand for work and business hundreds of years ago. They brought their own traditions which are still honoured and celebrated today. One of the most spectacular festivals that is celebrated in Thailand is Chinese - the Chinese Vegetarian Festival.
The Vegetarian Festival lasts for nine days and during that time the participants keep a strict vegetarian diet which means excluding meat, dairy, eggs, alcohol, onions and garlic from their meals. The purpose of the diet is to purify and cleanse your body. For this reason participants also dress in white clothes and follow special cleanliness and moral rules.
The most fascinating part of this festival is the processions that pass through the towns on their ways to different Chinese temples and shrines. Hundreds of people people dressed in white and yellow join in together with mediums who pierce their bodies (mostly their faces) with knives and other objects. The sound of firecrackers, drums and cymbals are heard from far away.
Chinese families and businesses prepare tables with flowers, food and offerings that are blessed by the mediums when the processions pass by. The mediums then continue to perform unbelievable feats such as walking barefoot on burning charcoal and climbing ladders with rungs made of sharp blades.
On Lanta the biggest celebration takes place in Old Town and we are now preparing for our trip there on October 29th. Please sign up at the reception if you would like to join.
Below you can see some photos from previous years. If you don't like to see a man with a knife through his cheeks you should click away from this page.
Updates and news about our school and Koh Lanta written by our staff.