My Birthday Weekend in Kanchanaburi

I constantly hear people say, “do it while you can!” or “do it while you’re still young.”  When I started telling people I was moving to Thailand, these were the go-to phrases from some older co-workers and family friends. These statements used to drive me crazy. I never wanted to have the mentality I couldn’t go after a dream because of my age or because my responsibilities were “in the way.” Obviously there’s more to it than just the drive to accomplish something.  Life takes off right before your eyes and you don’t even realize it’s happening. Continue reading

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Ayutthaya, Thailand

Hi Everyone! It’s been awhile.  The past few weeks have been busy but not in an adventurous way.  My students are finishing up different subjects randomly and I’m testing and grading worksheets and workbooks far more often than my first few weeks.  Busy is good though!  The past two weekends I’ve stayed in Chachoengsao and relaxed; but, I started to feel like time was slipping away and before you know it, I’d be back home in California wishing I did more while I was in Thailand. So, I planned a quick trip to Ayutthaya for the weekend. Continue reading

New Home: Chachoengsao

What a weekend! I moved to Chachoengsao at the beginning of the week to teach at a new school.  Originally, I was placed in Nonthaburi to teach high school science.  Funny story – I do not have any qualifications to teach science.  It wasn’t conversational science either (is science ever conversational? I HAVE NO IDEA! I don’t understand the subject at all!).  I took one science class in college.  I was a senior in a freshman chemistry class. If that helps you understand how little I actually know about the subject.  Anyway, it was obvious I was uncomfortable and I told the school that I felt I was not a good fit for who they needed as their foreign English teacher.  It was a hard departure as I really liked my students, the school, and my Thai family.  However, I knew it was not the right place for me.  So, I moved! Continue reading

Culture Week

This week has been very busy.  I’ve barely had time to sleep!  XploreAsia is giving us Thai language classes and culture/history lessons almost every day.  We’ve taken a Muay Thai class, visited a monk at the Khao Tao Temple, played with dogs at RescuePaws, ate pineapple at a pineapple farm, and fed rescued elephants at the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, and had a beach BBQ.  Needless to say, I’m exhausted – a good exhausted! Continue reading

Welcome to Thailand

I’m officially in Thailand! And let me tell you, it feels AMAZING!  I’ve been planning this move for months and time flew by up to this point.  Now the adventure begins… and it begins in Bangkok.

All I knew prior to coming to Bangkok was that it’s huge, hot, and humid.  All of those points are true – especially humid!  Walking out of the nicely air conditioned airport to the transporter van was like jumping into a pool of your own sweat (paints a nice picture, huh?!).  Around 3AM I arrived to my hotel, The H Residence.  After a quick shower, I climbed into bed and tried to sleep for a few hours.

Day One: Bangkok
My first day of exploration was overwhelming.  The heat and humidity, the constant traffic, the smog, crazy drivers, and the millions of people everywhere was a lot to take in.  First, we took a tuktuk to Wat Pho.  Wat Pho is known for the famous Buddha statues and the very famous Reclining Buddha. The Reclining Buddha is too big to fit in one picture!

I ate my first Thai meal – Spicy Pork Salad.  So spicy! and SO GOOD!  The street food in Thailand is fresh and made with all locally grown fruits and vegetables from the wholesale markets all over the city.  Street food, as shown in the picture below, is everywhere! Every block has a few stands.  You’ll never be hungry in Thailand, that’s for sure!

Day Two: Bangkok

Saturday was spent at the Chatuchak Market.  The Chatuchak Weekend Market has over 15,000 vendor stalls ranging from home goods, clothes, food, jewelry, to animals.  I was on a mission! I wanted to see the puppies, eat some great food, and buy some clothes.  Unfortunately, it was a heartbreaking seeing the puppies.  You aren’t allowed to touch them or take pictures of them.  They just sit there and cry and look so uncomfortable in the heat.  I took pictures anyway…oops!  After 5+ hours of walking around, we spent 250 baht (roughly $7.75) for a one hour foot and shoulder Thai massage.  It was a painfully perfect experience, that I will relive often.  For the entire hour, I had a hammer banging into my muscles (literally) and bamboo sticks rolled over my calves.  I didn’t walk away from the massage feeling relaxed – I felt alert.  Just what I needed 😉

Day Three: Bangkok

This was the last day in Bangkok.  Unfortunately, jet lag and the heat caught up to me.  I spent most of the day in my hotel room and out of the humidity.  There was a meet and greet meeting for the new teachers and we went over what the rest of our orientation period will be like and talked about how we find our placements.

Overall, Bangkok is wild.  I can’t think of any other words to describe the city.  I’ll be back soon to check out the roof top bars, see the Grand Palace, and do some more shopping.

Next stop…. Hua Hin!