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Ellen Mann
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Budding Day and goodbye to the kids' school
We came to the conclusion at the end of the first semester that we were taking the kids out of school.  While we loved many things about the school, and think it has so much potential, it unfortunately fell very short of our expectations and standards in on...

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TEDx Chiang Mai
It's been a while since we went, but I'm still excited and motivated by our TEDx experience.  TEDx is an independently-organized TED event.  There are only a few actual TED events a year, worldwide.  If you haven't seen any TED talks yet, definitely go to  ...

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The chaos inside my mind
Since I can remember first thinking seriously about "what to do" with my life career-wise, I've been torn.  I've felt just as enthusiastic about the experiences I've had with event-planning and the travel industry as I have studying for a Masters in Public ...

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San Patong Buffalo Market
The San Patong Buffalo Market is mentioned on the map we use often here, as an aside.  It says what km marker it's at, and that there's lots of used motorcycles, too, in case it's not a buffalo you need.  The idea that people go there to buy actual buffalo ...

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Food poisoning
Even writing this post makes me queasy.  And I didn't have the food poisoning, just Kevin and A.  But let me start with some background. I'm pretty sure I have emetophobia (an intense, irrational fear or anxiety of or pertaining to vomiting).  This isn't th...

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Thoughts I've emailed myself & NES pics
Thoughts often occur to me at times when I can't do much about them, so when they happen I try to email myself the gist with the intention of writing about it later.  Well, I don't often get to the "write about it later" part, and they sit in my inbox.  I'm...

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School performances
Every few weeks, each class at the kids' school does a performance/presentation for the rest of the school at the Friday assembly to show what they've been working on and learning about.  L's and A's classes both happened to perform while my parents were he...

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G & G have a fish spa, and checking on the rice paddies
We had dinner at the Anusarn Market, and while shopping around afterwards, mom look up and noticed something she had been wanting to give a try... ...a fish spa Remember I did one with my friend Leah?   In case you were worried, see above The highlight of t...

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Wat Umong and eating at the CMU market
I was off working one day when Kevin and my parents went to explore Wat Umong, close to Chiang Mai University and famous for being super-old and in a very cool location in the forest.  So they took me back another day before we were to meet friends at the m...

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More food, and exploring our neighborhood
This is seriously disgusting, but the signs are everywhere.  This pizza place puts hotdogs, with cheese filling, inside its crusts.  And brags about it. Fruit stand Market We read about this place called The White Plate that's North of the Old City.  We mad...
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