Category Archives: Max Honch ’12, Thailand

Read posts by Max Honch ’12 (2012-13 Princeton-in-Asia Scholar)

Phom yuu tii nii nueng pii leyaow!

Twenty three days on the road, traveling through Nepal and Myanmar, had worn me out.  I walked off the plane in Chiang Mai, ready to go back to my apartment, collapse, and put off unpacking for several days.  Suddenly, I … Continue reading

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Gin Kaew Yhoung?

“Whats the food like there?” “Well its really spicy.  A lot of rice, a lot of noodles, and a lot of stir fried things.” A different relatives enters the room. “Max, how’s the food there?  Whats it like?” “Ha ha, … Continue reading

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Phom saawrn pasa an grit

Insight on the profession of teaching from a thirteen-year-old: “In the present, I’m still a student.  Don’t have special life or any money, but I’ve a lot of occupation in my dream that I hope one of them it will … Continue reading

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Sue saw dai, Cambodia

“You ATE those sandwiches?” “Ya, they were really good going down…” “They told you they were pork?” “Yes……” “I should tell you, local kids hunt for rats and sell the meat to the sandwich vendors.” . Oh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia!  … Continue reading

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Sports Day. Mai kaew jai.

Sports Day.  It’s finally here.  I’ve actually been hearing about this for months.  For the last two weeks, I’ve had about ten classes canceled for “cheer practice.”  Several classes are now multiple weeks behind others just because of the preparation … Continue reading

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Khun chue arai krap?

What am I doing up here?  I mean, I’ve climbed enough times to be used to the height and the fact that a few metal do-dads and a knot are keeping me from finding my next incarnation.  The real issue … Continue reading

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Enlightenment Has a Paved Access Road

I just came from the sprawling greenery of the Pacific Northwest and the hilly deserts of Southern California…Chiang Mai is cramped.  I’ve been having feelings of claustrophobia lately, and needed healthy doses of green and silence.  My friend Michelle told … Continue reading

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Mai Pen Rai, Be Happy

Oh man, its only 7:45am and I already have so much work to do.  I still need to write a lesson plan for today.  I didn’t have time for coffee before coming to the office….Alright, lets bust out this lesson-plan … Continue reading

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Phom bin khru

“Teacher, teacher!” “Student, student!” I respond. “Do you speak Thai?” “No, I only know a couple phrases.” “Oooooooooooooo!” If I had a time machine, this would be one of the mistakes I’ve made in my life that I would address … Continue reading

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Getting Around

I didn’t know the songtaos stopped running at 10pm.  Man…I’m more than a hour’s walk away from home and its midnight…this is going to be a long night.  One block, five blocks, a mile, I still haven’t seen any taxi’s…wait, … Continue reading

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