Laanta Lanta Festival takes place in Lanta Old Town in March every year. For three days the roads are packed with food stalls and small shops selling local handicrafts, clothes and souvenirs. There are loads of things to eat and buy as well as music, dancing and games. Both students and teachers enjoyed several visits to the festival.
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.
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.
Students and staff have been practising their volleyball skills for weeks in order to prepare for Lanta International Language School's beach volleyball tournament 2012. Teams have been set up and volleyballs have been pumped. Finally the tournament day was here.
The weather was perfect with sunshine and a clear blue sky until about 3.30 pm. Then we could hear thunder and see dark clouds approaching. As we were scheduled to start the tournament at 4 pm everyone feared that we would have to postpone it due to heavy rain, but luckily the rain never got to Long Beach.
Everyone played very well but finally Team A turned out to be the winners. After a break for showers and some rest we met again for dinner and a prize ceremony.
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.
Updates and news about our school and Koh Lanta written by our staff.