Speaking with my father yesterday, he commented on the lull in my blogging activity. When it reaches the point where even your parents are noticing, maybe that’s a sign that I need to exercise more discipline and post more regularly.
A quick update on recent activity:
I’ve been tremendously busy with work. My employer was bought three years ago by another company and as of April 1st our branding integration will be complete. This means that I have literally thousands of pages of training materials (and dozens of online presentations) that need to be rebranded. This involves a long checklist of look-for items from company names and acronyms to terminology changes (“district” instead of “region”) and new logos. Since this involves hours of monitor-staring tedium, you can understand why my enthusiasm wanes when it comes to spending more time on the computer after work.
After exploring several volunteering options, this past week I found a new opportunity that might meet my needs to do something societally productive with my free time. A graduate school classmate of my Thai language tutor is a teacher at a government elementary school nearby Thammasat University and the Grand Palace. The school is interested in having a foreigner come in and work with the students regularly, so they have an opportunity to apply their English language studies in a more real-world setting. Thursday morning I went to the school and taught one morning class (third graders) and one afternoon class (sixth graders). These students are a lot more rambunctious than the ones I taught in Samut Songkhram province in 2007-8.
Also last week, Tawn had appointments with buyers from Bangkok’s two largest department store chains: the Central group and the Mall group. We’re still waiting to hear any official response but Tawn said that the feedback from the two buyers he met with at Central was enthusiastic. It would be an exciting step for his brand to land a spot in one of the major department stores in town because it would give his brand tremendous visibility. Meanwhile, he is selling outfits through private showings and sales have been good so far.
Finally, we’ve had some really nice meals with friends lately. Not even focusing on the food (which is hard to believe that I can not do that), the visits have been really pleasant and I’m glad we’ve had those opportunities.
I hope you are doing well and I apologize for being behind in reading your blog entries.