Is your favorite vacation a beach getaway with blue waters framed by green palm fronds and white sand? There is a lot to see and do when exploring Asia, but if you find yourself returning again and again to sunny, sandy shores it might be time to consider investing in your own personal piece of paradise in Koh Samui.

In this excerpt from The Almost True Story of Sandy Primary School by James Lambert, we find out what happens when the school ‘borrows’ a baggage cart from the local airport to use as transport. It’s an insane idea and the children love it until a wee accident occurs…

The working from home, the school closures and the quarantine zones. The temperature checks, mask wearing and hand sanitising. The rising number of global cases and the waning number of flights. Life in the time of COVID-19 is familiar enough to those of us who made it through SARS, and Bird and Swine Flu but still, no one could have predicted the outbreak of this particular coronavirus. Or could they?

COVID-19 has had Lantau kids studying at home for two long months, and, at the time of writing, the date when schools will reopen remains uncertain. This situation is challenging for schools, teachers, parents, pupils – but most of all, perhaps, for older students for whom exam time is looming. Few educationalists believe that there is a viable long-term alternative to face-to-face teaching in an interactive classroom setting but there are ways to make the most of the online learning experience. Here are some tips for students looking to maximise their productivity, while reducing their stress levels.