Browsing Archive: February, 2011

Snapshots

Posted by Harri on Saturday, February 26, 2011,
Well only a few days to go before we leave Phrae Thailand. Weve been here for over 9 months and we are leaving on Tuesday, to go to the other Mercy centres at Petchabun and Khon Kaen, and then heading back to Aus. I thought I should give you a little video snapshot of our time here (dont blink).

Snapshot

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Better than caviar

Posted by Harri on Wednesday, February 23, 2011,
I haven’t mention the culinary delights of Thailand for a while, so I thought I’d mention today I got to try some ants eggs. Don’t know if that’s classified as caviar, (though I think caviar is only fish eggs), but calling it caviar makes it sound more palatable. Anyway, so how did they taste, well in the dish I had, they were quite nice. I think the chilli hid the flavour, but I cant see myself going for more.

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Fire

Posted by Harri on Wednesday, February 23, 2011,
Scrub fires in Thailand during this time of year are an everyday occurrence. People light up all the dry grass, and there are many small fires everywhere. The sky can be very hazy at times. (Yes, this is all a big no no in Aust.).
Today we were all having lunch, and we could seek the neighbours paddocks were on fire, but the fire was a fair way off. John commented how he does this each year, and the smoke blows through the houses here at Mercy. A bit further into lunch, we could see the flames...
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Community Visits

Posted by Harri and Lisa on Friday, February 18, 2011,
We went to visit Jeab again the other day. Jeab is always full of life despite her circumstances. She always is talkative - I guess when your alone 24/7, blind and lame and discarded by the community because of a HIV infection, it's good to have company. She was telling us how the Thai girls from the northern areas like Chiang Rai and Phayo are very beautiful but also considered "dumb" due to the lack of education offered to them.  This is mainly because their parents (this ...
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Plk

Posted by Harri on Tuesday, February 8, 2011,
The 2 new children Plk and Oht, were taken to the doctors here for a check up yesterday. Plk (2 month old) has a big lump on his belly button poking it out about 3 centimeters (and its not just an "outty"). The doctor said that it was a hernia, most likely caused from the a child crying and crying with no one comforting him. How sad that this child has been left for so long just crying that it now has a hernia. The doctor said if he is well looked after the lump should just go within a year. ...
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New kids

Posted by Harri on Saturday, February 5, 2011,
On Thursday arvo, I drove down to bangkok, with a couple of the staff, to pick up 2 boys, a 2 month old and the other boy is about 2. We were told he was 14 months old, but found from his paperwork he is actually a 2 year old. I dont know how to pronounce their names yet, so I wont try typing them yet. Also Thai's seem to have multiple nicknames they go by, so I may find they give him a new nickname thats easier to pronounce. The older boy was very inquisitive. We stayed at Rob & Jeans apartm...
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Visiting Jeab

Posted by Harri on Saturday, February 5, 2011,
You might remember Jeab from an early blog entry. She is a lady who is HIV+, blind and crippled, and lives on her own. Lisa had promised that we would go back to visit as a family. Finally, we visited her together. The boys were amazed at her tiny, rickety “house”, which is really a few bits of termite eaten wood slapped together, with a tin roof.

One of her daughters had previously lived in a house next door with her grandparent. The grandparent has since died and now no-one lives next do...
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