A Bad Day in Bangkok – RGAT

When I think of Bangkok, I can't help but quote my favorite musical "Chess." The song is catchy and fun and paints the picture of a beautiful city, despite it's shortcomings. I don't know if it molded my expectations at all, but only one line from the song really stuck true to my experience. "One... Continue Reading →

Unable to Leave — RGAT

I would be lying if I said that my trip to Thailand wasn't – in part – an attempt to escape West Texas. It wasn't the whole reason. And it wasn't an escape like the kind I talked about in my post "Escape to Atlantis". I just needed a reprieve from the dull, rolling plains... Continue Reading →

A Quick Note from Cambodia

A quick note to my followers (and those who care to read this blog): My time in Cambodia has consisted of food poisoning, smoke-filled lungs, and little to no wifi. My apologies for the lack of posts. Everyone should expect a slew of them over the next couple of days. Okay, maybe not a slew.... Continue Reading →

Bubble Shows – RGAT

While showing me several video clips on YouTube, my Chinese friend Karen asked me if I like bubble shows. Lately, she's been showing me all of her favorite Thai, Chinese, and Taiwanese dramas and introducing me to some of the actors she likes. "You think he's cute, yeah?" she'll ask. Of course, I'll agree. It's... Continue Reading →

Feet to the Floor – RGAT

Shoes come off upon arrival, sandals slip off at the door. Heels hit hard on tile, feet flat to the floor. Shoes are considered the lowest part of the body in Thailand and it is a huge disrespect to wear any shoe within a school, church, or personal residence. Many salons and shops also require... Continue Reading →

“Fasting and Study” Haiku Series

Inspired by the equipping lessons at my summer internship. These discussions were led by Emily and Mahya respectively. I just can't help writing about some of the awesome topics we discuss. Still, I apologize for the haiku spam: After our hunger Satisfy our ev'ry need Let us break our fast Emotions surface Our personal weaknesses... Continue Reading →

“Meditation and Prayer” Haiku Series

Another series of haikus based on our spiritual discipline equipping time in Thailand. These were inspired by two studies combined, led by me and Aryn: Eyes closed to the world Mind open to more than just Possibilities No hidden secrets Addressing what is within Not problems without Retreating into An inner sanctuary A part of... Continue Reading →

Sawatdee ka… – RGAT

(For the record, this was meant to post a week ago, but I was sick and the internet was down. So here it is now. It made a lot more sense a week ago. Because now I've already progressed a lot more. But I wrote it. So I'm posting it.) While I'm here, I intend... Continue Reading →

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