A Poem for January 31st, 2023

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This poem is dedicated to

One of the ways I relax when all is chaos,

is to remember a time in Hawaii,

on lapping waves,

far beyond the cresting breakline,

I lay with my cheek on the surfboard,

my eyes lazily closed,

all went warm yellow.

I peeked out to see a turle doing the same,

basking the sunlight,

hoping for a green flash.


Poetry for January 25th, 2023


[Long wind up to a life quote.]

If life gives you melons, you might be ADHD.

Draft 4:

Thank you for the warm welcome to speak before you all today.  

Once upon a time, Kāl khrậng h̄nụ̀ng nān mā læ̂w, the Burmese and Thai have been in conflict stemming from ownership of religious artifacts rooted in Buddhism.  As a result, deep-seated political impact makes it difficult for normal people to get even a student visa in Thailand.  

Foreign nationals from other countries receive different standards based on the status of relations between countries.  Therefore, there are different standards in immigration processes.  Bringing it back home, I am fortunate enough to be a father, in a double-income household, where we are lucky to have two people helping us raise our young.  

After a year or so, they are in the process of building three languages: their own native language, English, and Thai.  Hopefully, I’ll take them from a total of three years of education, to the GED and enter university.  However, there are people who need them back home in Burma.  

There are the questions within their mind as they go about their day-to-day as they live in a society that looks down on them.

In a society where, when asking for help, people have become more and more shy.

Should I stay a year, save, and then return to my mountain tribe to care for my beloved elderly?

Or, should I develop my skills to max out my monthly earnings, create an annual rotation of family members caring for our elderly, and our generational home? 

They don’t believe it when they see an outstretched hand in front of them,

And sometimes, I see suspicion lurk beneath.

Or something else.


What’s right and good

Is just

Too hard to see.

What it takes, as I reflect upon my leadership path, 

Is waking up each day and looking them in the eye.

Smiling while acknowledging,

Wishing them a good morning and good day.

Explaining that as I am the oldest in the household,

I am at their service, as the bottom of the totem pole.

I will be ground to dust as I age and pass,

With each newest generation at the top, and each aging person in support and love for the next,

While being certain to look at the growing forest around you,

For they represent every one of the ten billion plus living souls on this planet.

Recently, two more souls dropped into this situation.  A Burmese English teacher and his wife, exiting their home country as the political and social climate continues to destabilize.  Unable to receive accreditation or even simple high school certification documents, they are here to stay, vowing not to return.  He will be a teacher in Thailand, but who will hire him and sponsor his visa?  Who will help him earn and then pay for a university degree that would help them obtain a visa that means sanctuary?

Without any organizational help, this husband and wife must labor and work. 

They must apply for an immigrant laborer visa and the mind of a teacher would be swirling as he labored with his hands.

The hypothesis to solve this sticky scenario is:

Open educational opportunities and language acquisition

Enable pathways and passage to barriers of entry.

Methodology and skills-building aside, how many years would it take for this couple to function as a social and educational gateway for people like the ladies who love and care for my sons, 

for students who want to learn?

For people seeking refuge?

For minds yearning for different dynamic work?

To break each barrier, the categories are four:


What can I and can’t do? Yet? Why?

What’s stopping me?


What funds do I need?


What documentation in society enables me passage? 

A ticket?

A degree?

A certificate?



What do I need to be able to do?

What skills do I need to be successful in?

What do I need to be able to do at the drop of a hat?

Rube Goldberg experiences and reflection in leadership

Be funny.

Day 1


Day 2

After showing a half-cylinder strut/support structure

Reflection time

Mindfulness time – 3 mins in a TeePee

Teamwork, collaboration, tone, vibe, understanding, environment, bringing people together

Needing simple things like a proper copy machine.

Website hosting costs.






Whiteboard markers. Oh the whiteboard markers.



Toilet paper. So much toilet paper.


trash bags.

There is a chasm between people these days.

What one person can do with a computer, a family struggles to find workarounds.

Over the last five years, I’ve tended to hire the people who are in most need of a job.

A sanctuary.

A place to be welcomed and listened to.

An environment in which growth mindsets reign

And keen awareness of a person’s desires that power them through each day…

If you’re sweet and kind and can tell yourself, “My job now is to teach, to open doors for those daring to cross its threshold.”…

You’re tidy, clean, an arranger, and an organizer. You have a big heart but have your personal tendencies as well. You’re a little crazy sometimes, but you have learned with time, experience, and care, to breathe in and out and maintain composure.

You like to sing tunes, and have a smorgasbord of rhymes stored in your head that come about suddenly from time to time and are filled with affectable ethics, morals, and tidbits of knowledge. Teaching basic arithmetic, scientific concepts, and sustainability are as natural to you as teaching a child to recognize shapes and animals. You’re savvy with online educational platforms and have experience adapting content relatively fluidly and with sometimes, personal style. You also like to tinker around with furniture and interesting adaptations of resourcefulness to create better surroundings.

You’re human and seeking an environment of growth, acceptance, and kindness, willing to focus on strengths to bring about positive outcomes.

We’re flexible and adaptive, and reasonable.

We can’t pay much.

Need funding.

Need experts.

Need people who want the endgame sync.


I think being a leader is being the bottom of the totem pole.

A person in the group who everybody hates the most. 

It’s the guy that has to be separate from everyone else when everyone else is having fun.

It’s the person who finishes everything and makes sure that everything is going well.

So that everyone can have peace of mind in whatever they are doing.

They can have all the tools that are necessary at arms’ length.

Within the environment they’re in,

And he does this silently,

And quickly,

Like a ninja,

And janitor.

And that everyone 


What I think I learned about leadership here.

The Gift of Education

In 2023, if you have spare funds and some time, the time is now to learn a new skill.

When choosing a new skill, make sure to factor in value for oneself.

How will the new skill help you in the coming years?

How could the skill help someone a little less busy than you?

Someone with a bit more time, in need of being able to think on their feet, at a moment’s notice.

Idiom of the Day:

Off the Cuff

  • Give the gift of improved spoken and written English skills.
  • Boost your loved one’s confidence in speaking English in various settings, such as in meetings, social gatherings, and job interviews.
  • Give the chance to learn and practice using the latest English language teaching methods.
  • Allow for a customized learning experience with flexible course options, such as online and in-person classes.
  • Get personalized feedback and support to help achieve specific language goals.
  • Get access to a variety of engaging materials, such as interactive activities, real-life scenarios, and authentic texts.
  • Give the opportunity to be a part of a supportive and interactive learning community.
  • Offer the chance to understand the cultural and social aspects of the English language.
  • Prepare your loved one for professional or academic opportunities requiring English proficiency.

Happy 2023 Chinese New Year | 新年快乐

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你的眼睛充满了移动的人、手、胳膊和告别和“pangna pangna gong xi fai chai”的喊声。


















Happy Chinese New Year. Atop an electric scooter, braving the cold winter of Beijing where one district is bigger than most metropolitan cities worldwide, I watched millions of people move in one day.

🧧🎉 The Spring Festival, also known as Lunar New Year, is determined by the lunar calendar and falls between January 21st and February 20th.

With a population of approximately 1.41 billion people (44.71 years in seconds), roughly 80% of them commute to family homesteads throughout the vast country. = over one billion people.

From a train seat, I was fortunate enough to witness the masses of people in a classic train scene:

…hundreds of people running to board a slowly departing train, with people handing fabric-wrapped bundles through windows.

Your eyes are filled with moving people, hands, arms, and shouts of farewell and “pangna pangna gong xi fai chai.”

As people travel to their loved ones, they analyze deeply their financial situation, or in other words, their “career” path in life and work. What seems to stand out is the current “liquid” status as well as societal and economic trends in how people adapt tradition to modern goals and new generations observing age-old rites.

This is me reminding myself:

  • Remember to look for what’s good in people as you go about your work.
  • Collaboration in 2023 supersedes competition strategization and diplomacy/tact.
  • Observe traditions respectfully, as there are time-tested value therein.

Some rare and interesting facts about Chinese New Year

  • The Chinese zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle, with each year represented by one of 12 animals.
  • This year, we welcome the Year of the Ox! 🐂
  • People sometimes decorate their homes with red decorations to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.
  • The lion dance is epic; it’s believed to bring good luck and drive away evil spirits.
  • And let’s not forget about fireworks at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve!

But most importantly, let’s gather with our loved ones for a delicious Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner and give red envelopes filled with money to children and unmarried adults (LOL).

Yet another way to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits.

Chinese New Year represents to me a chance to review resolutions from the Gregorian calendar. Once reviewed, it’s time to update and adapt to changes in order to ensure your end results are achieved.

Bubble Language School and the 中国人

If you’re a newly relocated Chinese family, here in Thailand to start a new life, then Bubble Language School is the school for you.

Bubble Language School can build and execute approved educational visa programs for foreigners wishing to live in Thailand (a bit of a more relaxed place to be while the world continues to be entrenched in conflict).

If you’re a Chinese student applying to an international school here and have spent much of your English education learning in your native language, but lack practical usage in English to enter the school of you or your family’s choice, then we can build the specific learning program for you based on your skills, interests, and global standards.

If you’re in another country because educational specialists in China have become harder and harder to find, then Bubble Language School is the language institute to contact.

We’re here for you and wish you all a prosperous and lucky year ahead! Gong xi fa cai! 🎉🎉🎉

In gratitude,

The Janitor

[บทกวี] A Poem for January 23rd, 2023

This poem is dedicated to

Harry Potter

This poem, young lady,

is for you.

There will be a wide range of influences in your life,

Sometimes, there will be ups and downs, full of strife,

But remember, be yourself,

for everyone else is already taken.

I love and appreciate who you have become,

and I have nothing but hopes and dreams for who you will become.

When I look into your bright eyes,

I see sparkling intelligence shining back at me.

A life,

A mind,

A person,

A wonderful human being,

brought to this planet,

to add whatever she chooses.

Happy January 23rd, 2023.

Hover over me.

IELTS Speaking Prompts on Memory

This post is dedicated to

Why do some people have good memory while others just don’t?

Why do more people rely on cell phones to memorize things?

Are you good at memorizing things?

Have you ever forgotten something that was important?

Would you say you have a good memory?

What is your earliest memory?

Have you ever forgotten an important date, such as a birthday, anniversary or deadline?

Which do you usually remember more clearly, happy moments or sad moments?

Do you know anyone who has a ‘photographic memory’? (A photographic memory means you can look at something once, but still remember every single detail about it, such as a phone number, a street name, or someone’s clothes)

What are some of the benefits of having a good memory?

What sort of things do people need to remember every day?

Are there any things that are especially important for people to memorize?

Do you think having a good memory is important for students?

Do you believe that technology helps people recall past events? How?

Do you think there are important things left out when we rely on cell phones for memory?

[Poem] For January 21st, 2023

This Poem is Written By

Workers without a master are just rogues without a goal

Fumbling, mumbling, and tumbling around

Without working, without toll

The workers of today have no shell or soul

Alike ants without their queen, they are just mounds

Everything is not what it seems

Everything could just be a dream

What is reality even

Is it just a priest’s preachings and amens

Is it just a king’s tale and his omens

Or is it sinners and their confessions

In reality, we’re all lost.

[कविता] A Poem for January 19th, 2023

This poem is dedicated to

I live vicariously through you.

I am North/South Korean and American.

I am not a communist.

I am not what South Korea represents.

And, I am definitely not what an American should be.

Therefore, it is through you and helping in your journey in any way I can,

that a bonus effect is achieved.

For had there been no fateful marine stemming

blood from my father’s wounds on the plains of North Korea,

I would not be here writing this or that.

[POEM] A Poem for January 17th, 2023

This poem is dedicated to

Happy for you

A gang and community around yourself.
connecting deeply
mixing cultures

A work in progress. 😛

What relates to fact?
What relates to me?
What relates to beyond me in other people around me (micro–> macro)
What provides evidence of a clearly defined moral compass and leeway from it?

Reputation is the cornerstone of the digital ecosystem.

Through reputation alone, you can achieve lifestyle design and financial independence,

given you have the skills.

Once your reputation slips, however, you become open to judgment without true understanding.

Make your reputation a filtered deluge. The masses (of data), show that you represent your core beliefs,

your authenticity is truly represented…

They will judge no matter what. But remember, that you can curate how and eventually why they judge you.

So much depends on reputation.

Especially in a digital age.

Make your observations as you go and see how you create your own version of self-expression.


remember, it’s a blacksmith-of-an-event.