January 3, 2012 |

Human Help Network Foundation Thailand


The Human Help Network Foundation Thailand (HHNFT) is an NGO based in Pattaya and was founded in 2008 as an independent branch of the global body known as the Human Help Network. It is now well established as one of Thailand’s pioneer advocates for children’s rights, working with children who are orphaned,  living in poverty in slums or on the streets, and are exposed to the dangers of child labour, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

I have been personally involved with the Pattaya Orphanage in Thailand for the past 20 years (themselves originally recipients of support from the international body of the HHN before setting up an independent branch); so  I was delighted by the invitation this week to act as a consultant to the board of the Human Help Network Foundation Thailand (HHNFT). I consider it a great honour to contribute to the wonderful work this group of selfless people perform and I look forward to working with them; most particularly the hardworking and delightful Director, Khun Radchada Chomjinda.Visit them at: http://www.hhnthailand.org.

December 6, 2011 |

LOL in Thailand

I’ve had a very long relationship with Thailand, most specifically The Pattaya Orphange (www.pattayaorphanage.com) from whence I adopted my son many years ago and where I still have strong ties.  To that end a couple of the ‘kids’ (I’m using that term kinda loosely as they are no longer teenagers) who I have family ties with but still live in Thailand, are my Facebook friends.

Well it has taken me ages to realise what 555 means on one of their posts – for some reason I thought it mean’t ‘fabulous’ or ‘great’ (misinformed by another Thai on that one!)  Well it doesn’t, it is their version of lol.

Why you might ask…..well:  in Thai the number 5 is spoken as ‘ha’, so putting 555 is saying ‘hahaha’, so they use it for lol.  How much do you love that??

And just because:

1 – Nhong

2- Song



5 -Hah.

I will be visiting the Catholic Orphanage of Pattaya at Christmas, here they are if you’d like to visit online: http://www.thepattayaorphanage.org.