Monday, February 6, 2012

Thai Muang in review.

Welcome to Home and Life Orphanage and Bakery.
From left to right. Front row: Sea, Ocean, Um, Cindy, Kho, Leela. Second row: P' Rosa, Peach, Spy, Steve, Pupe, Boom, Bim. Third row: Sun, Root, Pat, Sam, Faa, Benz, Bow, P' Kate, P' Bai Tuey (me).
It's crazy how in just two weeks you can learn to love so easily! This is Mook. If I could adopt any of the kids, it would be her.
Sea, the baby of the Home and Life family.

All of the meals they prepared were delicious. Manuela on the left was the other volunteer my first week. What a great Lady.
Lots of moving, painting, plastering, and working on the new bakery.
New-found forest friend. I didn't dare touch it though. Yellow = poison???  Who knows.
Visiting the temple is a weekly event for the kids. Breath in, breath out.
The kind monk let me take a photo and capture his pleasant state of being.
Found myself in a downpour more than once.
Also visited the local school a few times to teach English lessons. Isn't this girl the CUUUTEST thing in the world?
Older kidlets.
P' Rosa, taking care of her three-legged cat post surgery. Even my dislike for the animal subsided in this moment of pity.
P' Bom, a manager at H&L. To say we got along well was an understatement! Enjoying some shopping in Phuket.
Co-volunteer for week two in Thai Muang- Alexa! I completely lucked out on terms of fellow volunteers. Completely.
And just when I was missing A Bountiful Kitchen, Bom made delicious home made croissants for breakfast last Saturday.
He also lent me his "special drink from the marshmallow tree" which saved my sick little body more than once.
Brookie loves the beach. And floating on her back in the ocean. And getting freckles on her nose. Especially in February.
Sawadee Ka.
Selling their baked goods at the market. The little punks . . .
Market-girl-Gabby who hangs out with Fried-chicken-Chelsey. I think she should be a Baby Gap model. Or something.
Saying goodbye yesterday. So stinking sad. So satisfied, however, with such a meaningful experience. Thank you H&L!


Lauren said...

Beautiful. You are, Thai children are, Thailand is. Everything. I'm so jealous!

Sarah said...

Sarah loves the beach and children also. Sarah is jealous of Brookie.

Erin Blake said...

I want maddie to do this this year. We are in planning stages now. If she could go here or the place you went right before this one, which one would you do?
How many weeks, two? She really is going to do this. I love you Brooke! You just have it...that have it.

Kamille said...

oh brooke that looks so cool! i can't wait for what india has in store for you!

Brooke Shoko said...

Erin- This is PERFECT for Maddie. Super safe, great experience, and really not that expensive. Just make sure that if you do it you go directly and not through another company like I did (almost tripled my price). Two weeks would be great! I loved both projects. If she is going alone I'd recommend the orphanage for sure. And maybe the first project if she's with a friend. Ooooh I want her to go so bad!

Ry said...

: ( i miss thailand. and you. goodluck in india

you can call me Liz said...

I spent 3 months at a children's home in Joburg, SA last year. Saying good bye was the worst thing ever.