Location: Bangkok

Many kids today were still overcoming jet lag, as people woke up from times ranging from 3 o’clock in the morning till 8. The breakfast buffet still never ceases to amaze me, with foods ranging from french toast to sushi. Afterward, we left for another day of intense and rewarding work. Today, our primary task was to mix cement for the playground of the kindergarten that we visited yesterday. This is done by mixing sand, rocks, and cement. Fortunately, now I know how to make cement. Maybe someday I can open a cement business. Initially, there was a bit of general messiness due to a large number of people working within a relatively small space.

However, we eventually became organized, as different groups of people switched on and off. Space was not nearly as crowded, and work was much more efficiently done. Amazing what you can get done with a bucket brigade! An interesting aspect about today was the dessert that we were given as our third snack, after an awesome lunch of Thai dishes. The taste of the dessert itself was not that bad, but the texture was, different, to say the least. People were given soups that were green, blue and pink. The pink, in my opinion, was probably the best. Green and blue, however, had texture equivalent to … worms, kind of? I don’t know, it’s hard to explain. It was coconut milk based with yummy but strange gummy type fruits. Anyways, it was a good experience! The most impressive part of the day was, as the title suggests, a woman who could impressively lay cement with ease. She used a large metal beam to spread out the cement, despite the fact that she was considered relatively “elderly.” I hope that in the future, I can be as fit as her. But that’s probably not going to happen. It’s not every day you come across someone who can outdo a group of young, “fit” people. However, we haven’t mixed or laid cement before, so we’ve got that going for us.