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Who’s Pla Sankhum

PLA SANKHUM is a business student turned librarian, turned preschool assistant, and speaker of three languages: English, Thai, and Laos.  While she enjoys interactions with students and professionals, creating and maintaining library systems, and now playing with, educating, and learning from preschoolers, she plans to return to University to finish her first degree and eventually continue to further her education.  At this time, she is soaking up every piece of professional development she can.

She comes from a different background than a typical North American or European with a humble upbringing in rural North-East Thailand.  From there she moved to the thriving metropolis of Bangkok where she learned the ins and outs of working in and owning businesses.  Many of her stories are those of hardship, but through and through she has proven to be a street-smart survivor.

Pla has passion for: Food, especially Thai and Isaan, Volleyball, Ping-Pong, Renaissance and Impressionistic Art, Great Music, Light-Hearted Funny Movies, Picnicking, Cooking, and her husband, Tom, but especially Mickey Thomas, her son.

Twitter: @plasankhum
Facebook: pakapon.sankhum
Pinterest: pinterest.com/psankhum

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Education | Professional Development


Proud accomplishments

Danced for the King’s son and Queen of Thailand
Raised a healthy, happy baby
Worked in the IICS Library
Teaching after-school activities

Things Pla’s glad she did

Bungee Jumping
Traveling and living around the world
Getting education
Getting into Computers
Read lots

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Pets and their names

White Toy Poodle – “Sugar”
Brown Toy Poodle – “Sugar”

Biggest fears

Heights
Snakes
Claustrophobia
Drowning
Burning
Earthquakes
Jail
Failing

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Past jobs

Librarian Assistant – Istanbul International Community School
Cashier/Bartender – Club on Soi 22
Cashier/Bartender – Samui Bungy Jump
Owner – Take a sit Bar and Restaurant
Owner – Billibong Bar
Baby Sitter

Favorite films

Wall-E
Love Actually
Transformers
District 9
The Fourth Kind
Ray
Dream Girls
Twilight
Twilight Saga: New Moon
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Harry Potter

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Things most people probably don’t know about Pla

Used to be a Tomboy
Very shy
Raised by Uncle
Only Child
Pla means fish
My first name was Bualoy (but it sounds too old)

Favorite restaurants

109 Baht Buffet
Street food in Thailand
Oishi Buffet
Red Lobster

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Favorite books

Thailand Fever
Tell No One
Missing
Twilight series
Japanese graphic novels

Childhood Books
The boss baby
Where’s Waldo
Dr. Seuss’s ABCs
Garfield


Countries Pla’s visited

Canada
Indonesia
Thailand
Malaysia
Vietnam
Cambodia
Laos
Philippines
Turkey
Germany

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Favorite toys as a child

Dolls
Books
Fishing Equipment

Best purchases

iPhone
Land
Elliptical (Gift for husband)
Degrees and Education

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Favorite movie stars

Anthony Hopkins
Woody Harrelson
Jack Nicholson
Harrison Ford
Morgan Freeman
Samuel L Jackson
Matt Damon
Liam Neeson
Mel Gibson
Juliet Lewis
Sarah Jessica Parker
Natalie Portman
Tom Cruise
Kate Winslet
Leonardo DiCaprio
Tom Hanks
Sean Penn
Robert Deniro
Cristina Ricci
Steve Martin
Kate Hudson
Hugh Grant
Sandra Bullock

Favorite TV shows of all time

Cheers
Simpsons
Dexter
Sopranos
Friends
Six Feet Under
Arrested Development
CSIs
Law and Order
Community
The Mentalist
New Girl
Up All Night
Criminal Minds
Castle
How I Met Your Mother
Bones
Drop Dead Diva
Southpark

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Things Pla would save if his house was on fire

Baby
Portfolio
Some Computers
Photos
Camera
Work Contract
Wallet

Biggest pet peeves

Complainers
Gossipers
Smokers
People who talk too much
Toilet paper roll underneath
Garbage bags that are too small

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People from history you would like to have a conversation with

Michael Jackson
Buddha
Mary (Mother of Jesus)
Thai King number 8

Bad things Pla did as a kid

Bullied other Kids

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Ways Pla’s changed since her teens

Got Braces on
Hairstyle
Dying My Hair
Eye Problems

Favorite games to play

Poker
Volleyball
Connect 4
Majong
Solitaire
Hearts
Rummy
Pokdang

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Favorite cartoon shows

Dragon Balls Z
Sailor Moon
Detective Conan
Simpsons
American Dad
South Park

Favorite songs

“Halo” Beyonce
“Rolling in the Deep” Adele
“Someone like you” Adele
“Loving you” Jennifer Lopez
“Come away with me” Norah Jones
“Baby one more time” Britney Spears

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Favorite bands/Singers

Norah Jones
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Beyonce
Black Eyed Peas
Adele
Britney Spears

Things people should remember Pla for

Street Smart
Easy Going
Quick to Learn
Dedicated
Loyal
Loves her Family
Funny

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Favorite magazines

OK Magazine
PC World
Mac World

Personal fashion trends over the years

Sexy
Sporty
Professional

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Favorite cities visited

Bangkok
Toronto
Istanbul

Bands seen live
Beyonce
50 Cent
Linkin Park
Black Eyed Peas
DJ Tiesto
Deadmaus
Madonna
Boy George
Akil

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Times Pla’s had an audience

Thai Dancing (Used to do this once a week)
School Presentations
CPR Training
When Tom Proposed to Me

Best gifts ever received

Mickey
iPhone
Trip to Koh Chang for a week
Flowers
All the gifts I got for my first Christmas with Tom
Computers
Hair Dryer

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Things you think everyone should do if money is not an issue

Travel
Go on a cruise
Visit Europe
Donate Money
Buy big gifts to give to others
Go to Asia
Live in Another Country
Buy a Car
Buy a House
Get a Good Education
Give your Kids a Good Education
Get a Nanny

Websites visited the most

Facebook
Gmail
Follett Destiny
Youtube
Google
Kapook
XE
eDreams

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Favorite Subjects

Phys Ed
Statistics
Art
Cooking
Math

Professions Pla would like to try

Teacher
International Business
Company Owner
Tour Guide
Artist
DJ
Professional Dancer

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Things Pla likes to do on days off

Rest
Play on computer
Read
Wakeboard
Play Volleyball
Do something new
Snuggle
Watch TV
Learn computer programs
Write
Research
Work on Blog and Tweet

Places Pla would like to visit

England
South Africa
Egypt
Bora Bora
Japan
Ibiza
Czech Republic
Wales
Scotland
Ireland
Italy
France
Holland
Hungary
Fiji
Russia
Chile
Peru
Brazil
Argentina
USA
North Canada or Alaska

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Favorite albums

Norah Jones
Beyonce
Britney Spears
Black Eyed Peas
Craig David
Jennifer Lopez
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Best things about Pla

Nice
Smart
Always logical
Easy to get along with
Good at computers
Easy going
Good dancer
Quick to learn new things
Good at sports and games
Funny
Great with iPhone
Advanced Facebooker
Can Fix Most Things

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Hobbies past and present

Computers and Games
Blogging
Dance Club
Library Club
Ping Pong
Volleyball
Football
Takraw (Thai Foot Volleyball)
Playing with iPhone
Reading
Cooking

Things to do before death

Get Undergrad Degree
Go to Ibiza
Go to Burning Man (with a nice toilet)
See Red Square
See Pyramids
Blog lots
Go on a Cruise
Go to Korea
Get Plastic Surgery
Have a House and Car
Have a Big Wedding
Take my Cousin on a Plane
Take my Family to the Beach
Buy my Uncle and Aunt Gold

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