“Gun Pah Pan” aka February in Thai

** Written 2/8/16: still having upload problems

So a lot of differences happened last week that made January disappear before my eyes. Gordon flew in on the 28th of January, and is now gone, safe back home in Sunny San Diego. Honestly, him coming refreshed my perspectives about life in Thailand and even made me consider a longer term with how comfortable and happy I feel here. We’ll see.

The 1st day of February: We got impromptuly picked up by my host teacher P’Yu, and went to her home town Thung Saliam. We went to pick up her car because she graciously lent me her car for the week Gordon was here. She is the real MVP! I also gave her daughter Mexican candy… Let’s just say her “liking it” was an under-statement.

Driving in Thailand: Gordon took the wheel first. I was use to it, being in the passenger seat… or the American drivers seat without a wheel. When he said, “I really don’t think I could have done this if we hadn’t driven with your Thai father for so many hours.” whoa! I know it’s different here in Thailand, but I’m use to it! With that after our stop to the zoo it was my turn to drive.

The Zoo:

Sukhothai City:

Tuesday was a “DL” (Down low) day where we chilled until the evening where we drove an hour to Phitsanulok to have dinner a movie! My second movie in Thailand, The Finest Hours.

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Wednesday came and I taught the 1st out of the 2 classes for the week. My M6 (Seniors) had Onet prep (an exit exam) all week therefore I didn’t miss class at all when Gordon was here. Which was GREAT! We then went to a cute coffee shop with 2 of my students and 3 of my co-workers. Stuffing 7 people in a small car and all.

After it cooled Gordon finally got to see my province’s main attraction: Sukhothai Historical Park. I think I’ve been here 4 times now… It’s always fun regardless.

On Thursday I taught my 2nd and last class of the week and then waited until the evening to celebrate my Thai Father’s Birthday! It’s funny how him and my dad were born on the same week. 20160204_204742

On Father Birthday notes: SHOUT OUT TO MY DAD! He turned half a century on Jan. 31st!

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We got to visit Edie and get Mango Sticky Rice! 20160205_113817

The LAST DAY…: Was a mess. Not emotionally. Well, a little. Not the point. I don’t know how it happened we were under the impression Gordon was going to fly out at 6am… why I don’t know his itinerary clearly says 9:50am… so we were under the impression if he took a night bus he wouldn’t get to Bangkok with enough time to get to the airport to check in. So we booked his ticket for 1:30pm, 7 hrs less that what we thought we had. So I booked a second ticket and went with him, and then after an hour in Bangkok bussed back 7hrs home and said goodbye. Poor him, had to wait from 11pm-9:50am! Sorry Gordon!

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After Gordon Left:

Went to an Orange Farm: YES, those are oranges and not limes!

Sunday Fun-day Exploration in Uthai Thani:                                                                       Wat Tha Sung-

Tom Yum: A sweet and sour soup served on over a fiery coal 20160207_133116

Wat Tham Khao Wong- (These pictures do not give justice to the Wat itself. I can’t upload anymore photos for some weird reason)

Khao Wong Cave-

Ban Rai- the truck is a sugar cane truck and VERY dangerous they make traffic slow and cause many accidents unfortunately

That’s 20/77 provinces in 4 months! I still have 8 more so we’ll see how far I can go within Amazing Thailand.

Bai la na ka,                                                                                                                        Elaine<3

 

 

A Little Difference Makes the Time go Faster

They say time flies when you’re having fun but I think it flies when times are different. Certainly this last week was very different from my new norm.

1st: It got COLD! When I say cold I mean cold for a native Southern Californian. All of my students were in jackets and even blankets. 15 degrees C = 59 degrees F. That was in the day, therefore getting even colder in the evening.

2nd: It was raining. HARD. At first I thought “It’ll stop.” Nope. It didn’t. It got harder and harder for longer and rained straight for 2 days about.

3rd: I took a flight to Bangkok mid week to meet up with an old friend. I waited for 8 hours at the Suvarnabhumi airport but it was well worth it because that old friend is Gordon! le boyfren.

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Since He’s Been Here:

We stayed at an awesome hostel named “Rest Dot.” Super clean and friendly family owners.

He’s not been so good with being a new ‘farang’ (foreigner) in Thailand but he’s getting better

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Good old fashioned breakfast.

We traveled through boat.

Went to the Nonthaburi Pier Market.

The Grand Palace: where I had to rent out a nifty shirt since my shawl was too see through and Gordon had to buy ‘elepants’ since he was in shorts.

Wat Arun: Temple of Dawn, unfortunately under construction, but fortunately we were blessed by a monk who was there and tied yarn around our wrists for good luck. Also we contemplated the fact of updating the temple and whether it was taking away or adding to the temple. We went with adding to the temple because that means it is still an active temple and not something old you just go and take pictures by.

We went to an Indian Restaurant. -Initially for food but the end result was for ambiance since we are able to find better Indian food in San Diego.

Flew to CHIANG RAI! I had personally never been here before and I was done with my duty as a tour guide for 2 days because my Thai father went out of his way to pick us up and take us around. 20160130_071509

In CHIANG RAI!: 

Stop one: Flower Garden festival going until Valentines day. Suay Mak!

White Temple or ‘Wat Rung Khun’: a contemporary artist’s take on a Buddhist Temple. It’s beautiful and still growing. It is only built upon donations since the owner and creator, Ajan (Professor) Chalermchai Kositpipat, did not want anyone else’s influences upon his art work. He sounds very dedicated and passionate according to the pamphlet they offer, also it has the most beautiful toilets in the world (my belief).

Singha Park: A green tea park with a beautiful view and other activities we didn’t really look into.
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Wat Hyua Pla Kang: A new Chinese temple that is very beautiful and still in the works.

Wat Phra Kaew- Temple of the Emerald Buddha: f19504640

Chiang Rai Night Bazar (Little & Small):

Doi Mae Salong- Tea and temples:

Mae Fah Luang Garden- Where the King’s mom changed and renovated the lives of the Hmong hill tribe people:

Dinner at Kwan Phayo (Phayo Lake):

This was actually written on the 2nd, but downloading & adding photos was a real problem this week. I’d be a liar if I told you these were all the good photos that give these places justice, I’m just done with “this” more like last week in terms of photo uploading. Also I’m trying to figure out how to use this Nikon D5300 properly and see how to make the files smaller so I don’t take a week uploading my photos to my blog. 20160128_082357

Wish me luck with technology,                                                                                       Elaine<3