Sunday, December 16, 2012

King's Birthday Celebration

December 6, 2012 was the King's birthday here in Thailand, providing Legacy's students and staff with a much needed holiday. So, we decided to pack all 22 students and staff into the sung tao and one motorbike and head to a nearby lake for picnic and games.

There was quite a bit of preparation for the outing, and the students prepared all of the food for our picnic. Each portion was wrapped in banana leaves. The ajans were so excited to learn how to prepare the leaves!

First, you have to burn the outside of the leaves to make them flexible.

Then, clean and cut the leaves so you can wrap portions of food.

Making the food was fun, and all the girls helped to cook.
Vegetables with sticky rice flour went into banana leaves and were steamed to make a delicious dish.
We also had banana packets filled with sticky rice, chicken and black beans with some delicious chili sauce.

After all the food was made, we packed up and went to the lake!

Lake Huey Tung Tao!

We had fun playing relay games on the lakeside.

We ate delicious food.

And then, we went swimming!

The King's birthday was a special treat here at Legacy. The students and staff had time to take a day off and enjoy each others company. Most students had never been to Huey Tung Tao, although it was only 6 km away from the school. It was a fun and uplifting afternoon for everyone.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Picking Mangos in Trees

Several months ago at Jet Rye, our loaned property where we grow corn, peanuts, and soybeans, we picked mangos.  Here I am trying to knock down some mangos with a bamboo stick.  

Sern Nay Htoo looking at the best way to climb the tree.
On her way up.
All of the students can climb trees pretty well!
Oh there's a mango
Ahgar a past student who is now an employee joined in on the fun.

We put the fruit in our hats because we didn't have any buckets with us.

Some of the mangos we took back with us to the school.

They were very sweet, delicious, and didn't last long!!!

Posted by: Aj. Abby

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The "Teacher's Garden" Transformation, Before and After!

For eight months now the ah-janns (teachers) and students have been working hard at revamping the "Teacher's Garden".  The beautifully transformed garden located at the back of Legacy school grounds has been a joy to all of us here that walk it everyday.  The pictures below are taken in succession as we worked.  Below is a pastel drawing I drew of what we thought the garden should look like when it was completed.
Ideas, ideas, Ideas!

The sad brown garden had once been a deck and then gravel had been laid down for a
path years before.  Here you can see the cement piers sticking out of the ground and an old bamboo bench in the back.  

Here we put the old gravel pathway onto black plastic sheets so we could reuse it.  

We reshaped the pathway to give it some character and then added the gravel back and bricks on the sides
that were originally surrounding the cement piers. 

Leaves, rock, and weeds were cleared next.  Recycled tiles from past projects
were added to give the walkway a special touch.

Plants were panted in pots.  River rocks from the farm were added on either side
in ellipses as a stage for plants and fish bowl.
Soil was brought in for the right side and pineapples were planted.
In the background students are constructing a bamboo trellis.

Attima, Sern Nay Paw, and Katree weeding around the gravel pathway.

Jay, a past student of Legacy, came to help build the trellis around the unsightly cement piers.  The "design challenge" turned out to be a good thing after all because it brought the garden in and made a place for cucumbers to vine.

A side view of the garden....getting close to being finished.
Here tomatoes grow in the foreground.
The sala bench is being completed here.  Rainy season has made the garden
extra green  and we enjoy the beautiful view from our office in the teacher's house daily.
Auntie Tumar and Muzar enjoying sitting in the sala bench during the Feast of Tabernacles.
Gourds that we grew at the farm.  We cut holes in them to house orchids and hang around the garden. 

The new garden wouldn't be complete without its own one of a kind sign.
Posted by: Aj. Abby

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mae Sa Waterfall

On August 13th, Legacy Institute celebrated the Queen of Thailand's Birthday. In recognition of this national holiday, classes were cancelled. A former teacher graciously funded a field trip for the students and so, we packed all of the students into our blue Sung Tao (pickup truck) and headed off to the Mae Sa Waterfall.

The whole park includes ten different falls and a market for lunchtime. The students enjoyed the natural beauty of the landscape. Here you can see Bancha, a third year student, taking pictures of the scenery.

Hser Nay Htoo, a first year English speaker, had fun climbing the falls. This was waterfall #10 at the very top of the falls. She was fearless!

All of the students had a great time climbing and swimming at the park - some even slid down the falls!

Jum Seng Pan and I visiting beside the falls.

The students crossed the waterfall and waved to us from the other side. This is Htoo Mye Shwe - he adds a lot of fun and laughter to the group!

No waterfall trip would be complete without a proper water fight. Here are Aj. Tristan and some of the students near the end of the day.

At the end of our trip, we filled up on grilled chicken and sticky rice from the market. All in all, it was a fun trip and a great break for the students who work so hard every day.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

How to Catch and Eat a Jack fruit...

Jack fruits are native to South Asia.  Its fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world,reaching as much as 80 pounds in weight, up to 36 inches long, and 20 inches in diameter.  Here you can see a small jack fruit
 is much larger than my head. 

Here one of the students climbs the tree at the farm to retrieve the fruit.

Waiting anxiously for the scream from above "Incoming!!!"...
And success!  We harvested nine using a screen to catch them and
used them at Legacy school in a number of ways below.
Freshly cut jack fruit that the students and I ate right away.

You can make chips that you dry in the sun.

We roasted the seeds and dipped them in brown sugar for a delicious snack that tastes much like a bean.

Sweet coconut and jack fruit soup is my favorite way to use the fruit.
Aj. Abby