My Long Summer Holiday 2018

Was it the 3-D Interactive Art Gallery, Underwater World, or Siam Frost Park?

Maybe it was lazy days spent around the pool, getting KFC delivered or going out to dinner?

Taking a break from English Teacher Online and spending time with my family in Pattaya was certainly the highlight of my long summer holiday this year.

My mum, dad, sister and nephew had flown over to Thailand for 2 weeks. We’d never rented a villa before, but this one had 3 bedrooms and a private swimming pool. It was all ours for 11 glorious days!

As we settled into our new holiday home, I quickly jumped on the internet and checked out all the tourist attractions in the famous seaside town of Pattaya.

The first thing that caught my eye was Art in Paradise, a 3-D interactive gallery, and the family quickly agreed that it should be our first day out.

As we walked around, inside the gallery, we were amazed at all the beautiful pictures and carefully designed camera points to help us take fantastic photographs.

Shots with T-rex, a magic carpet ride, dancing Gangnam style and holding Thors hammer, are just a few examples of the incredible memories that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

A few days later we went to Underwater World which boasts a 100 meter long tunnel, the longest in Southeast Asia. My nephew, Josh, fed the golden carp with a baby’s milk bottle at the entrance to the aquarium. He said that it felt weird but was very good fun too!

Inside the tunnel, it seemed as if the fish were following us around as we walked slowly through their incredible habitat. Some of the fish were well camouflaged and very difficult to see. Others were enormous and impossible to miss. My favourite was the manta ray, a flat fish which at one point swam right over my head. Incredible!

For our 8th wedding anniversary, the family went to Frost Magical Ice of Siam. We had to wrap up warm before going inside but it was still really cold. They used lots and lots of industrial sized air-con units to keep the room at freezing temperatures.

As we walked around, Josh spotted an ice slide so we carefully walked up the icy steps.  I sat down at the top of the slide and the ice felt so hard and very cold. I pushed myself off and followed Josh down the slide. I turned around to see Pom sliding down too. We all laughed so much!

Next we went to the ice bar and ordered our free drinks. Fanta arrived in thick solid ice glasses that felt as cold as outer space! My wife had never been to a place so cold but said that it was a really fun and romantic way to spend 30 minutes of our 8th wedding anniversary. That’s all the time we could stand as our noses and toes started to freeze and go numb!

Pattaya had such a variety of food and things to do. One evening we found a restaurant that served traditional English roast dinners which my mum, sister and I ordered. Josh had a pizza and my wife and father ate spicy Thai food.

All good things come to an end and soon it was time for my family to go back to England. We waved good-bye at the airport and promised to do it all again next year!

What did you do this long summer holiday?

Please share your memories in the comments section.

 

Fantastic Festivals In The World

A festival is a day or period of time set aside for feasting (eating lots of food) and celebration, such as the Songkran Festival in Thailand.

This week, English Teacher Online proudly presents Fantastic Festivals In The World. You will learn how to research – to find information about a festival that you have never studied before.

 

When you research your festival you need to answer these questions.

What is the name of the festival?

When is it celebrated?

What are the main traditions of the festival?

What costumes do people wear at the festival?

What ceremonies take place?

What does the festival symbolize? (Why people do it?)

What special food (recipes) do people eat at the festival?

Anything else you think is important and why?

Here are some ideas to get you started.

Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.

Skeletons are scary, right? Not if you’re celebrating Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Offering food to dead relatives and having a family party in the graveyard is quite a normal festival in Mexico.

Sopporo Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri) in Japan began in the 1950s when school children built six snow statues in a park. Today, the festival attracts over 2 million visitors who come to celebrate the festival of snow and ice.

Holi is a very old festival with lots of legends and myths. This colourful festival is celebrated by Hindus in India, Pakistan and Nepal.

Maslenitsa or Pancake Week in Russia isn’t just a festival for visiting friends and eating lots of food. There are many traditions associated with each day of the week.

La Tomatina or the Tomato Throwing Festival in Spain also attracts many people from around the world. The festival includes parades, fireworks, music, dancing and a paella (rice) cooking contest.

You can also search for other Japanese Winter festivals,  Tenjin MatsuriSakura Cherry Blossom festival or some Spring festivals … or Google to find out more information about some of the festivals below.

Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea
Smear yourself with vitamin enriched mud from the Buryeong Mud Flat in July. Paint yourself with mud at the Mud Square, become a scientist and invent soap and aroma oil at the Experience Booth.

Battle of Oranges, Ivrea, Italy
The Orangiere on their horse wagons, will fire oranges at the revolting masses; who will fight back with courage and gallantry.

El Colacho, Spain
One year old brave babies, all tightly wrapped are laid on the ground; and Colacho men in red and yellow attires, jump over them (no harm) and thus carry away the evil.

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake, England
A 9lb (4kg) round chunk of cheese rolls down the Cooper Hill, and people run down to catch the high speed cheese. Watch the video for more details.

 

Night of the Radishes, Mexico
Enormous radishes are displayed in Zocalo, Oaxaca City; and artists intricately carve out strange figurines on 23rd December at sunset.

Running of the Bulls, Spain, July
Is it a festival or just a dangerous race; where you are chased down the streets by raging bulls!

Of course there are many other fantastic festivals in the world for you to research. Just make sure you collect all the information so you can write about 100 words.

You will need to research 2 new festivals in week 8. They can’t be from Thailand and they must be from 2 different continents.

Good luck and as always ask lots of questions.