As usual LILS celebrated the Thai festival Loy Krathong by making beautiful floats from banana tree and flowers together before heading to Lanta Old Town and the big celebrations there.
Lanta International Language School's students need to stay focused and open to new knowledge for many hours every day. This can be exhausting. That's why LILS is introducing Yoga for Memory and Brain Power as optional afternoon lessons twice a week.
This type of yoga is specifically put together for helping LILS's students improve their memory and ability to focus. During the practice you will calm your mind and develop the functioning of your brain. You will acquire better multitasking skills, more focus and better retention power. As with all kinds of physical yoga your body will also benefit by improved flexibility and strength.
We will do the yoga practice at the super nice couple Thip and Dan's Lanta Yoga Home in Saladan.
Today Khun Eak showed us how to make the popular Thai dessert Bananas in coconut milk. It was a fun and very delicious experience. We learned how to make coconut cream and milk from fresh coconut meat but if you don't have access to that you can buy it ready made in cans or tetras.
This is what you will need to make this delicious dessert:
How to do:
On the second Saturday in January Thailand celebrates Children's Day. On this day there are activities and shows in parks and recreational areas. The children are given gifts and candy and everything is free to do and enjoy. Lanta International Language School participates in the celebrations every year by arranging activities. This year we decided to paint t-shirts at Pra Ae Park which is the place where Children's Day is celebrated in our area.
A couple of years ago we played games and handed out gifts to the children on Children's Day. Below you can watch a short video clip from that day.
Loy Krathong is celebrated in Thailand in November each year. A Krathong is a small decorated float made by a piece of banana tree trunk, leaves and flowers. The creation includes candles and incense sticks that are lighted right before putting the Krathong in the sea, river or lake. The word "Loy" means "to float".
The ceremony is celebrated as a way to ask for forgiveness from the water that we have used and polluted during the year. We also wish for happiness and success for the coming year and think about the generations that have gone before us. Everyone who puts a hair or piece of a nail in the same Krathong are believed to be reborn together in the next life so the Krathongs have many deeper meanings than just their beauty.
We made our Krathongs at school and then went to Lanta Old Town to put them into the sea. Lanta Old Town has the biggest official celebrations on Lanta and this includes a contest for the most beautiful Krathong. This year LILS entered this contest with a Krathong made by the staff. They were awarded second place.
Our teacher Bow entered Lanta's version of the traditional Loy Krathong Beauty Contests that are a part of the celebrations all around Thailand. She did a great performance (in the drizzling rain) but did not end up as one of the top three contestants.
It might look like nothing happens at LILS as our news section hasn't been updated in a long time. But the situation is quite the opposite. We have been super busy testing new ways of helping our students learn Thai faster and easier. It's a lot of fun as we have used a lot of creativity and explored new ways of adding to our holistic teaching methods. As soon as we have all results from the testing and have made the final decisions of what to keep and what to discard, we will officially release Lanta International Language School's Intensive Courses: Version 4.0. :-)
In the meantime - here is a photo of two of our latest Beginner Course graduates and Head Teacher Ying.
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".
Today we had fire safety training. Lanta fire brigade came to teach us what to do in case of fire, and how to put out fires. For example in a gas tank.
37 students and professors from NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences located in The Netherlands have spent almost three weeks on Koh Lanta researching the impact of the tourism industry on the local communities as well as on the environment.
Seven areas have been covered, for example beach side accommodation, snorkelling tours and sea gypsies, and hundreds of local Lanta people have been interviewed by the students.
After collecting the data they wanted to present their findings to the local community as well as ask for clarifications and additional information. This was done by inviting Lanta residents to a meeting where we listened to their presentations and participated in the discussions initiated by the students.
LILS helped by translating between the students and the local people as well as answering a lot of interview questions. The research project brought up many interesting questions about how to improve different areas of the tourism sector on Koh Lanta and we believe that the new input that came up during the meeting will add energy to the continuous work that is done locally to improve Koh Lanta.
We would like to thank the students and professors of NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences for their hard work and we are looking forward to reading your reports. We would also like to wish you the best of luck in your future careers. Hope to see you on Lanta again!
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.
Updates and news about our school and Koh Lanta written by our staff.