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