ดี part 1: ดีมาก

5 May 2015, TV = 1163.5 hours

AUA: advanced class = 1153 hours, total class time = 2091 hours

Late last year: In a last-minute add-on to my trip, I decided that  instead of going straight back to Bangkok, I’d take a detour to Lamphun, a small city in the north that was the former capital of the ancient, pre-Thai Haripunchai empire (how mysterious!). I didn’t have any kind of travel guide on me, or any information at all, and I hate showing up in a strange place without even a map; at the very least, I wanted to know where the bus station was in relation to the central part of town.

I was in Tak, a city in western Thailand, and luckily there was a fairly centrally located TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) office; and, they had a pamphlet for Lamphun — in English, no less — with a small map of the city at the back. I chatted a bit with the guy behind the desk, and then he pulled out a big register for me to sign.

It seemed kind of odd — I’ve been in TATs before and never been handed a register; for that matter, I can only every recall signing registers back in the U.S., at art exhibitions in galleries or small museums; but I gamely printed my name, and then in the comments section added ดีมาก.

At the time I’d been practicing writing out certain Thai words and phrases, and ดีมาก was one of them. I think it was maybe the first time I ever wrote something out in Thai from memory, without having to copy it from somewhere (for example see this post).

Just a short two word phrase, but it was another small step on the path to literacy. On the other hand, the map itself proved pretty much useless for several reasons, the main one being that it completely mismarked where the bus station was — but that would be another story altogether….

But by now I’ve gotten lazy (or bored?) with writing practice and haven’t done it for quite some time….

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4 thoughts on “ดี part 1: ดีมาก

    1. adamf2011 Post author

      In Thailand? Long enough that by now things like this should not be completely unexpected. In Lamphun? Only a couple/three days, the bum-steer-map didn’t delay my exit, just made it, shall we say, a bit less straightforward.

      Enjoy the journey, as they say…. :/

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      1. Things That Never Made It Into Print...

        Ok. I had actually had been composing a response when I got distracted by a conversation with another human being – actual, person – and I couldn’t do both at the same time and since I wasn’t prepared to send an unfinished message, I clicked and deleted it. There!

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