Hold on.... Phuket is a real place?!?!
Yes, Phuket is for real; it's an island, and a province in Thailand, with motorcycles everywhere. They outnumber cars by about three to one.
Phuket is also the name of the young fellow in the picture. His father works for a friend who also has three kids of his own, is keen on sport, and does a great job of coaching youngsters. Since coming to Saturday morning cricket Phuket's self confidence and English have moved on, and he has been bumped up a class for English lessons at the state school he attends.
I am no cricketer (for us at a small rural school in NZ it was just an activity in the month between athletics and winter sport; we had no school team) but what like about the game is the social aspect. It can be played at various levels and is a great way for people of various social backgrounds to meet; and Phuket's population is quite diverse Most of the kids who come on Saturday mornings are the off-spring of ex-pats, but we have also introduced the game to kids at state, private Thai system, and "international" schools. It is great to get them all together to play against each other.
Originally Posted by Wynne G Oldman
You are very lucky to have such a fantastic view from your desk Michael.
Yup, sure am....
And lucky that I don't have to sit in the office at work, windowless, air-conditioned and artificially lit. I do most of my work out of class in my naturally airy apartment, just 5 minutes by bicycle from campus. I am only on campus for classes, or when I need to meet students outside of class. Then it is outside, under some trees, not in that dreary office.
I really miss Phuket
A lot of people return to visit year after year, with good reason. More than a few come to settle here. For me it was happenstance rather than planned.
Would / will I miss it when I move on, as sooner or later I must?
Some aspects maybe, but I have lived in various places that have been good in different ways. It is a wonderful, and interesting world that we are blessed to live in.....!