“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

 

 

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Hello 2016 or Should I Say 2559

This past week flew. I expected it to, but it REALLY flew one day it’s 2015, the next it’s 2559. Crazy.

Monday’s highlight: During my evening jog, I saw my host teacher and waved. She rolled down the window and said, “Get in we’re going to eat.” (I might as well have been called Cady …Mean Girls reference anyone?) I replied, “Like this? I smell, no it’s okay.” Nope. I was sweaty but on my way to dinner. I love these moments I only find myself having in Thailand.20151228_184827

Next day I found no students in my classes and everyone was very SABAI. P’Buddy (my P I go get coffee with) asked if I was free. I sure was. We drove 20 minutes out, almost to where the next Fulbrighter was and I was getting a little nervous. We never leave more than 5 minutes past the school. We end up at a silverware factory/ store. Oh okay. We were going to look at some cool Thai culture and jewelry. Well I walked out of the store with some beautiful earrings that was apparently my Christmas gift. I also got to play dress up.

Wednesday came along and I was suppose to help MC the Christmas show on the 30th… Awesome!… Not so much. I did my opening duty and ran off to the office. The students at the assembly didn’t understand me, why was I even there? I felt like a monkey. I was also asked to tutor another student…I cracked. My two groups I have now were by choice, this one felt like too much. What made it worse was I couldn’t say no. One of the administrators was helping the other Thai teacher do charades to get her point across. ***This is the reality of being abroad. Very amazing and fun but also overwhelming.*** All was good after a 30 minute cool down. After I finished my MC-ing joined students for some karaoke and lunch. I also got a panda and M&Ms from the late Xmas santa 🙂

NEW YEARS ROAD TRIP:                                                                                         Start time: 12/31/15 12:30pm              End time: 1/3/16 11:55pm         Sawankhalok, Sukhothai to Khon Kaen (5 hrs 30 min.)                               Khon Kaen to Kalasin Bus Terminal [Pick up Ia] (1 hr 8 min.)                     Kalasin Bus Terminal to Ban Maha Chai, Kalasin (1 hr)                                         Ban Maha Chai, Kalasin to Sirindhorn Museum (55 min.)                             Sirindhorn (Dinosaur) Museum to Buri Ram (3 hrs 26 min.)                               Buri Ram to Prasat Muang Tam (1 hr 5 min.)                                                             Prasat Muang Tam to Mahasarakham University [dropoff Ia] (3 hrs 14 min) Mahasarakham University  to Sawankhalok, Sukhothai (6 hrs 33mins) Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 3.28.43 PM22 hrs and 33 mins in the car. Which means 1,566km aka 973mi.

Events:                                                                                                                                 -Fireworks and Countdown @ Khon Kaen

-Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon (Temple- 9 story chedi)

-My Thai Fathers high School students reunion party

-Farm in Kalasin

-Dirindhorn (Dinosaur) Museum

-Buri Ram /-Imobile stadium

-Phnom Rung:Khmer architecture site, aged over a thousand years old.Built on an extinct volcano, it was originally a Hindu religious site and later became a Buddhist one.

-Prasat Muang Tam: Shiva was mostly worshiped here

-Khao Kradong Volcano Forest (Many stairs, precisely 297 Naga raj steps)

Oh and to explain 2559, that is the year in Thailand. Thailand’s calendar follows the Thai solar calendar, Suriyakhati and now follows the Buddha Era. Luckily enough for me, they also understand 2016.

Happy New Year!                                                                                                         Elaine ❤

 

A Blissful Weekend in Chiang Mai

First of all a weekend is not enough to see and experience everything Chiang Mai has to offer, especially when you’re driving 10 hours in total to get to and fro.

Saturday December 12th:                                                                                           Get picked up at 9am and make our way to Wat Phra That Lampang Luang in Lampang. We also got to take photos with Lampang’s trade mark: horse drawn carriages.

After we got lunch and had amazing Kao Soi. *Note if you ever come to Thailand and try this dish, it’s better in the Northern provinces. Really delicious.

Mini drive by at a ceramics shop:

After we made a quick pit stop at Lampang’s ‘Thai Elephant Conservation Center.’ We didn’t ride any elephants, and I don’t think I would either since I am knowledgable of the fact that it hurts their hips in the long haul. I’d rather just hug their trunks.

After watching the elephant show and feeding the elephants our next stop was finally Chiang Mai.20151212_122220_HDR

First stop was the Umbrella Making Center in San Kamphaeng, Chiang Mai. It was really interesting and awesome to see how much hard work and detail go into these types of umbrellas. Also how fast they get it done. These people are talented!

It was time to head for dinner because traffic would make it so that it was time for dinner… Chiang Mai traffic is BAD. I would say it’s worse than Bangkok just because there is no transportation system to avoid it here; yet.

Dinner was served at Galae Restaurant. Ambience 10/10, Music choice 10/10, View 10/10, Price $$$, Taste: 3&1/2 out of 5. Would come again? YES! I absolutely loved this place. It reminded me of my nana a lot! She loved flowers! It was also romantic, which then made me miss someone. All of a sudden I’m home sick missing everything and everyone. Oh well, it was a beautiful place though, that’s for sure.

Next was ice cream at “Ice Love You.” Clever. It’s popular for having vegan ice cream. Sorry for sounding ignorant but I didn’t think Thailand would have vegan anything. I’m not vegan and mostly went for my friend who suggested it from California. Regardless it was tasty and worth trying 9 flavors of ice cream. We shared okay!?

Once we were stuffed we slowly made our way to Wualai Road, a famous and busy Saturday night Market.

Finally we were exhausted from the long day and went to one of Poh’s ex students house to sleep. It was a quiet place out in the country in Mae Taeng. At night it was a little scary, but when we woke up it was beautiful. I felt as if all my possible problems were millions of miles away. He also provided breakfast in the morning. Very hospitable person.

After breakfast the next day we drove 2 and a half hours South-east to Doi Inthanon: the highest peak of Thailand. There was A LOT of picture taking.

Lunch and a long road back was followed. Even if I was so exhausted I enjoyed the trip over all and on the ride back I saw MILLIONS of stars. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many stars with my bare eyes. It was amazing.

As for the Monday – Friday, the 14th-18th. I taught synonyms of feelings. Some students had previous knowledge others didn’t. It was a fun week acting out all of the emotions and having students come up and act with me to help them understand without using any Thai. The most successful part is I can hear them improving and learning the terms. It was a very “Happy Teacher” moment.

As I’ve mentioned before I’m now tutoring two 8 year olds, Namtan and Nena. They really brighten my day when I see them. Their grandmother Su also does because she cooks the yummiest dinners for me in repayment for teaching her grandbabies. (I’ve told her no or too much food several times). No matter what she’s feeding me. Even on days we don’t have tutoring like Fridays she’s inviting me for dinner. I love it.

Finally, this weekend consisted of R & R. Rest and Relaxation. I read, I cleaned my house, and did computer busy work. Even though at points of my day I wanted to be out and about, I benefited from staying home and regrouping after being on the go so often.

Happy Holidays,                                                                                                                 Elaine ❤

 

Go Go Go SPLAT

I must forewarn it’s been a tough week so if I don’t seem 100% throughout this blog, I apologize. Also there is a lack of teaching stories because I only taught 2 full days Monday and Tuesday.

This week started with a panorama of my street. I walked outside and for the first time it felt cool. I was so excited I took a picture.20151125_063909_Pano

Later that evening I went to karaoke with a few of my students I tutor. Surprisingly at a Big C, a nice little grocery store with karaoke boxes on the side; really random if you ask me. I introduced them to Eminem and rapped “Love the way You Lie,” where I received wide eyes and gawking faces after my performance. Oh yea, Kru Mo knows how to rap!

*Kru Mo is what they call me Kru = Teacher/ Mo for Monique. My name is impossible so that’s what the students call me. Other community members call me Alizaa; my thai name, which is perfect because it is a Thursday name and I was born on a Thursday (seems legit haha).

Tuesday was just a big downer. Normally I just skip over these kind of days and not mention them, but it seems important because it wasn’t a hard day it’s was a hard week with a lot of amazing moments as well! It’s just finding a balance. The weirdest part is I can’t even tell you what was bothering me.

The Amazing Moments: Wednesday: I woke up at 5am and ran in the coolness of Sawankhalok. It just started the day right and also the only time I can feel some good weather. Went to school for two periods, packed my bags and went to the Loy Krathong festival with the other foreign teachers. It was a bit of a waiting game once we got to the Sukhothai Historical Park. We sat with students who were going to parade for 3hours and ate and tried to stay hydrated. It was a hot one.

At the time of the parade it was time to go inside and enjoy Loy Krathong ourselves.

Then Edie met up with us and we made our way to Tak, a different province where we were able to see a different version of Loy Krathong. Here we were able to light a lantern and send our wishes together. I was SO happy and stoked.

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At the Tak celebration, during a performance they have to send 1000 Krathongs into the river. It seemed tedious but they got it done.

If you thought we were done, you’re wrong we drove back an 1 hr and 15 to get the end of the Sukhothai celebration.

Did I forget to mention we were going to get picked up at 4am to fly to Bangkok for our ETA Thanksgiving celebration. Oops. 20151126_101504_HDR

Well once we got settled into Bangkok I had a happy Thanksgiving dinner. It was really nice and relieving.

Friday was here and we were taken to Thailand’s Navy Base where we got to plant Mangrove trees and have a mini workshop. I really enjoyed getting muddy haha.

We were finally released into the wild of Bangkok and we all just went in separate groups to get our city life fix. Note I was not doing to hot by this point. Awesomely enough I got to see a beautiful Christmas tree and pout by it too. Maybe I do know what’s been bothering me. Holidays. 

By the end of the night I was in the hospital. No worries, just intense stomach acid. Curiously I was not the only one to get sick. There was like 5 of us who had stomach issues but I was the only one to wimp to the hospital.

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The next day a day to return home and Check out our Sukhothai Airport/ Zoo!

That’s pretty much it apart from having Edie over another night and enjoying her company. Throughout all the highs and lows I really am happy and appreciative to be able to celebrate both Thailand’s and America’s traditional holidays.

Hoping to get over this hump and continue with awesome feeling experiences next week!

Elaine ❤

 

 

Ice Cream & Faith

Last week I said, ‘We’ll see what adventures my classes will give me,’ knowing I’d finally be able to be in the classroom Tuesday- Friday. Well The first adventure is that my M6’s (Seniors) got an extra day of tutoring for their exams so Tuesday I was a sitting duck; again, but not for long.

Before I talk about Tuesday, Monday is quite important. It was Beverly’s Birthday! This girl has been like an older sister to me and isn’t obligated to do so. I really appreciate her company especially since she is the only other foreign woman teacher at our school (Filipino). She’s really nice and extra funny. So my day didn’t have any students, but it did have Suki (melting pot style cooking) and ice cream… Home Made Ice Cream: Coffee Flavor, Chocolate Flavor, Thai Tea Flavor, Taro Flavor…ICE CREAM. Heavenly.

As Tuesday came I was surprised to find another day to be “Sabai.”  How are these kids gonna learn English again?’ flew though my head. Well I guess passing their exam is important too so I just had to find something else I could do. I sat, and sat, and then decided to take a walk around my school. To my surprise, SPORTS! Sports everywhere, volleyball, soccer (football) Big football, some kick over the net game and …DUN DUN DUNNNN BASKETBALL. I watched and felt giddy inside. A language I understood. I’d call what the refs called a second before and was screaming for our team! I was practically back in Viejas Arena at SDSU I was so giddy; Sawananan Wittaya High was my new team.

Later that day I slipped into Paul’s class, which only 3 students made it to class, had ice cream after lunch… (uh-oh) and for dinner I gave in to my first pizza since the U.S. while tutoring. -No worries it was worked off with Insanity

A full day of 4 classes was finally served for my Wednesday (sort of) for one of my classes only 7 students showed up because the sports day turned into sports week so there was that. Also, I left 30 minutes early for my last class because I had to go to the hospital… for a doctors appointment.

Hospital summary: leave Sawankhalok @ 3/ get to Phitsanulok @ 4:15/check in 4:25/  misspelled last name/ wait until 7pm to see the doctor/ Get home @ 9pm…3-9pm to find out: keep taking the same thing -Thanks

Thursday: Had ice cream at lunch, took a pic with the foreign teachers and one of my classes (SELFIE!)… smh and taught Thai students an intro to hula!!!

Finally Friday and sure enough I was excited. Not just because I didn’t have to go to school on the weekend, which honestly isn’t bad at all, but Edie was coming! The day started off with me falling off of my bike! Luckily I’m a ninja so I caught myself before I ate it. Day went fast and Edie came early so she joined me for my last class! She really just observed because I didn’t want to overwhelm the students. Then the girls who I tutor treated us to… ICE CREAM (You see a problem here? I don’t).

We had back to back plans and before you knew it we were at the Sukhothai Historical Park for the Light and Sound of Loy Krathong. It was beautiful and left me speechless. It took me back to laying on my bed and showing my friend lanterns at Loy Krathong and saying “I’m gonna see that one day,” well there I was seeing it That day.

Saturday was rather relaxing. Edie and I first went to P’Yu’s home town…Village: Thung Saliam, we went to 2 temples and had lunch. A very lasting moment happened at the first temple, we went and respected a monk and he prayed over us and blessed us. My P translated for him saying that no accidents will happen and if they were to occur we would change our minds in order to avoid them. He also gave us bracelets, with a bell I’m fighting the urge to take off. It was lasting because it was different, I am not buddhist but he was happy to pray over us and bless us. He was happy to invite us to stay at the temple if we are ever too stressed. It’s almost the same concept as a priest, but this stood out because it was new, I felt warm.

That evening consisted of Pad Thai from Soi 8. THE BEST PAD THAI IN THE WORLD. Yeaup I’ve said it on the blog, it’s official. We also had Ice Cream… from the place I went to Monday. We ended the evening with a nice convo and drinks at my place making my house homier than it has felt in the last 3 weeks.

Sunday’s Highlights: I started another book and it’s dangerous… I may try to finish it by the end of Wednesday. Had Lunch with Paul & Scott & dinner with Beverly, Van & Noe.

 

Liking how the weeks are becoming less of an adventure and more of a lifestyle.

Take care,                                                                                                                               Elaine ❤

 

 

 

First Week of November (Already?)

I have lots to share but lots to do so hopefully I can break through this and give you all the stories I’m excited to share.

Halloween: was filled with spooktacular fun!… Just Kidding it actually felt nothing like Halloween. I was still in Si Satchanalai with Edie and we went to a home stay for lunch with our Thai friend Bom. They made their food traditionally there, more importantly it was Aroy Mak (very delicious)!                                               12025428_1082782015073784_850759060_n12235392_1082781988407120_132121698_o Later that day we went to my first ‘football’ (soccer) game! Our team was Sukhothai FC with a lot of orange to help root for the team.         12214003_1082782111740441_1393052096_o

Throughout the week: I started learning the Thai alphabet with P’Yu, was taken out to a few “Welcome to Thailand” lunches/ dinners, and started Insanity.

What stood out my first week of teaching is what the students wanted to know about me, 12218792_1082782478407071_985861117_o12227992_1082782458407073_1214396562_o         teaching Spanish to Thai students in my Spanish Club, 12212497_1082782368407082_1368697228_n                                                                       …and how one of my students came up to me and said “Teacher I need to improve my my listening and speaking skills, can you tutor me?” Of course I said yes enthusiastically, but she then asked “how much?” I was surprised. I even gave her a confused look which made her give me a confused look. I understand teachers may charge students and it’s normal here, but I don’t think students should have to pay in grade school. She wants to improve, so she will… FOR FREE. Even if Fulbright doesn’t allow me to have a side job and have any other form of pay, I still couldn’t charge a student for wanting to learn or any other student if they pile up on me with time. That is what I am here for.                               Also, because I didn’t take her money her mom was at my house the next day ready to take me and her daughter out for dinner. It was one of those lasting impression moments 🙂

Travelers Delight Weekend!                                                                                                On Saturday me and P’Yu decided to go to Phitsanulok so I can go to the mall and get a VGA adapter for my Macbook. I was picked up at 8am and we started towards Central World!                                                                                                  12227510_1082782578407061_1435893112_o It was nice to be in a car and feel an adventure upon me.        Just to be able to sit in the passengers seat of a friends car, I hadn’t done that since I left America. We got to Phitsanulok by 10am and got what I needed in 5 mins. We ate at the mall and then made our way to Wat Nang Phaya. 12228025_1082782735073712_1956889856_o     12213908_1082782821740370_1096262355_o 12214217_1082787671739885_113289424_o            12214003_1082782938407025_370082218_o 12218387_1082788661739786_143297623_o

After we went to the Phitsanulok Museum and the Sukhothai Historical Park!  12218234_1082789238406395_98670050_o    “Private tour”   12218268_1082783081740344_339617185_o      12214301_1082783131740339_1517778231_o         12227389_1082783108407008_1766889203_o     12214305_1082783355073650_1655602428_o        12213887_1082787518406567_1451851657_o 12218871_1082787541739898_708317554_o                 12214360_1082790818406237_1371517557_o      12214284_1082783311740321_1843978301_o         12227261_1082790848406234_1347766335_o   12227483_1082783771740275_1719396071_o        12236700_1082789701739682_1320013848_o          12218176_1082787485073237_918389884_o              12235614_1082790251739627_930228815_o12235222_1082789385073047_1923989674_o           12214382_1082789521739700_268747682_o                    12236506_1082790555072930_1207316574_o               12236887_1082786221740030_462256887_o (1)                      12235763_1082790981739554_967550925_o                                                                            It was really funny, throughout the entire day P’Yu kept apologizing for her driving. I was more entertained than anything. I could also tell it was out of her comfort zone but she was still having fun. After we went to my place and cooked.

How to Sunday Fun Day!                                                                                                     Step 1: See monks get initiated    Step 2: Free breakfast at the temple  Step 3: Go to Flower making factory   Step 4: Phitsanulok and say hi to Central World again (not for me) Step 5: Go to 3 Chinese Temple on the hills of Phitsanulok (I wish I had the names for you)   Step 6: Eat free lunch at the temple    Step 7: Joke about going to Phetchabun   Step 8: Actually go to Phetchabun    Step 9: Stop at Route 12    Step 10: Go to Khao Kho to see the temple   Step11: Dinner                                                                                    12214340_1082791108406208_1851253938_o         12214347_1082791245072861_546180484_o        12214340_1082791175072868_939929334_o                              12218974_1082791401739512_1278498720_o                      12214263_1082792001739452_1691435904_o             12218226_1082792455072740_294477344_o         12235657_1082791908406128_603235894_o 12214035_1082792045072781_1324844506_o

12218318_1082792388406080_1776714810_o  Beverly Mink and Master Paul & I 🙂

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Bpai Lá Ná Ka! (Bye/ I will go now in Thai)                                                                            Elaine ❤

Watch Out! It’s a Long One.

I’d like to start with, Hi. I missed updating you all since it’s been 2 weeks since I went to the Amphawa Floating Market. My lack of blog activity can assure you that I’ve been a busy bee. ‘So, what have you been busy with Elaine?’

Micro Teaching                                                                                                              From the 19th to the 22nd of October I got my first experience teaching an actual Thai class (unlike the university students I practiced with for 15 minutes). On the first day, all 22 of us loaded onto 4 vans at 7:30am. We were taken to Chai Chimplee School. We loaded off, the higher ups gave us words of advice, and then we went to assembly where all the students were sitting in rows. In front of them was a row of 22 students standing with flower leis (not like the big Hawaiian ones …wristlet size?) in their hands. We were told to sit in chairs in front of them. We sit, I meet eyes with the girl in front of me and smiled. All of a sudden they get on their knees after something was said in Thai. ‘Oh okay.’ Then another command in Thai and their heads and hands were on the floor and they were ‘Wai’ing to us (a way to praise someone older or with more respect). I didn’t feel deserving of this and I wanted to give the girl in front of me a hug. Then again it made me motivated to make this the best 4 days I could.                       20151019_085244

Now, these were 4 days with only two hours of teaching each day. The good thing is that I also had a partner: Tom YUM! His actual name is Thomas… The four days of Micro teaching consisted of: Introducing themselves// Holding a three way conversation// The months// Halloween// How to Express themselves// How to describe where they’re from// and Camping. It was challenging and I felt as if those 4 days flew because I was just trying to make sure my lessons were feasible. I think the students had fun and got easily attached? I mean by the end I had 12 new Facebook friends and they all were posting how much they loved me and Tom Yum 🙂                                                                      Real talk though: I really enjoyed them and got attached myself.20151020_10401520151020_105334                                                                                  Showing off their Halloween creations

On the last day our host teachers were there to observe us. (We had met them the night before. I will get to that) I think it went well and I actually wasn’t nervous at all. What was surprising is that we had to sit in front of the students again. This time there wasn’t an indicator like flowers to tell what would happen next. We were told to cup our hands in front of us. After many students walked by ‘blessing’ us with rose aroma water. Another action students or even people do to teachers or monks. Moments like this remind me I’m in “Amazing Thailand.”

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Meeting My Host Teachers                                                                                              On the 21st we had dinner with our host teachers. Unfortunately, only one of the two that were in Bangkok showed up because the other was sick. I actually have 4 host teachers, aka: P’s (Pi is for elders or older sister). Fortunately P’Amm was so sweet and easy to talk to. We took selfies and I felt comfortable with her. Dinner was good and filling then we all took a picture… as in the 22 of us with our 2 host teachers each making 66… A lot were on tip toes and even my host teacher was hidden. The next day I was able to meet my second Host teacher P’Yu. I’m happy to announce I had another way of comfort which led me to be calm about my departure to Sukhothai that was then, happening in a week.1445438253913  1445438263370

P’Amm                                            Edie’s P’s and My P’s

 

20151021_181113 20151022_144240P’ Yu & P’Am

Koh Phi Phi                                                                                                                           On the last day of Micro teaching we still had a long day ahead of us. We were going to Koh Phi Phi Island for our four day weekend Thursday to Sundayish (get to Bangkok at 6am Monday).

Where is that?

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 2.34.59 PMWe might as well have gone to Malaysia too.

So to get there… it took a 12 hour bus ride! YAY!!! Also there was a delay because there was a confusion with our bus tickets. What happened is that 8 of us told 1 to get our tickets together and they accidentally bought the one for the night of the 23rd not the 22. Really it was no big at all even if she felt bad we were all “Sabai” (patient and happy). So 8 went on the 7:10 pm bus that ended up leaving at 7:40 and our 8 went on the 8pm bus. Easy fix.

I slept on and off but it was not enough sleep. We got to Krabi and then got ferry tickets which took about two hours to get to the island. (I was not so “Sabai” by this point)20151023_12314220151023_12365020151023_123939

We got to the island and all problems were lost we went to our guest house, changed and went to the beach! Finally! It was cool but kinda dirty. Also it was smoggy season. We still got in. Then I got cut with a rock which hurt all weekend long; oh well. We went kayaking (which was real work) then enjoyed a night of fire spinning. 1445599785103<DEE! // MIMI> 1445599738114144559970300920151023_17072620151023_205028

 

The next day we went up to the view point and explored a nicer beach (Long beach).20151024_113926_HDR 20151024_114606 20151024_114646_HDR 20151024_120855 20151024_121705 20151024_122112 20151024_162428-PANOLong Beach

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20151025_093703Of course it got beautiful once we left20151025_123040_HDR 20151025_130521 20151025_101041 Breakfast<3 20151025_104823 20151025_093753

Finally it was time to go back onto the 2 hr ferry and 12 hour bus ride. Oy Vey. Well Worth it before we got to our various provinces.

The Big Move

On Wednesday, the 28th of October, it was time to depart Bangkok and all the wonderful people I met all month long. I was ready. Edie and I are both in Sukhothai so we were able to fly out together and opened bank accounts as well.20151028_05581820151028_081737_HDR20151028_090441_HDR

Immediately after we were taken to our individual cities. It all happened so fast!                  So what have you done since being there?

-Bought stuff  -ate stuff  -saw my school  -spent a day in the office  -greeted students in the morning   -went to a coffee shop  -made my home a home  -visited Edie

1446039150392   1446039153803  My four Pi’s and I out to dinner with their children for my first night

Sawananan Wittaya School!!!!                             20151029_080626 Assembly

 

20151029_08053920151029_080438 Elephant Garden 20151029_113018P’Yu & P’Oy 20151029_111737 Famous Sukhothai dish 20151029_111019_HDR  20151029_184325                                                                                 My house from the outside @ night

20151028_161252 My bed and New bedding20151030_074600 My desk at the office

20151029_080039P’Yu and I doing our Thursday Morning Greeting

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Finally visiting Edie and Making a new Thai friend: Bom                12192847_1079474878737831_56395626_o 10717448_1079474895404496_116871548_n

Well there is your two week update. I will now return to once a week posts, because recalling and adding so many pictures to one post took 3 days. I can’t wait to see what rural Thailand has in store for me.

Talk soon!                                                                                                                                Elaine (: