Having the opportunity to host guests is always a tonne of fun. You get to see your city through fresh eyes. This past weekend we didn’t just get to host any guests; we got to host the Thais.
17 years ago I did a Canada World Youth exchange, 3 months of which was spent rice farming in rural Thailand and living with a host family. My counterpart from this exchange, Luck and I have remained friends over the years. Several times Shaun and I have gone to visit her, her family, my host family and other Thai friends from the exchange.
Now imagine my excitement when Luck announced she, her husband and her two sons (It and Op) would come on vacation to Malaysia. The 4 day weekend was full of many firsts for the Thais and their excitement was contagious. Click on the photo gallery below to read all about this adventure of firsts.
TinAAAA (phonetic spelling of the way my name is said by Thais)
First-time ice skating – Besides a run in with the ice police when we tried to snap an unauthorised photo on the ice, a fun time was had by all. The boys were surprisingly good on skates due to rollerblading. Luck and her husband stuck pretty close to the boards.
First time at a teacher party – “I very impress,” said Luck, “In party in Thailand people all be เมา (drunk).” It was 8 o’clock when we left and we were on our best behaviour:)
First time on a plane – Luck only had one epic flight to Canada with 27 other Thais under her belt. She had all sorts of questions we take for granted about how to navigate the airport. The boys had never been on a plane at all. Note that on It’s shirt is an aeroplane montage just for the occasion.
First time outside of Thailand (besides Luck when in Ontario for part of the exchange). Here they are buying all the Twin Tower chocolates that the mall had. Malaysia may now have a shortage on these and Milo cubes because these were the requested souvenir items from all Luck’s family and friends.
First time whitewater rafting and caving – It was an adventure for everyone. The look on Neung’s face says it all!
First time eating a meal without rice – It didn’t happen very often but they did manage to have wraps for lunch one day and pancakes, bacon and maple syrup for breakfast. Here the boys stopped for a local dessert treat of ais kacang. All other meals contained rice. The Thais loved the delicious Indian, Chinese, Malay and “Canadian” cuisine we ate.