Bangkok

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

ImageReal men wear Purple… Purple Aprons… and take cooking classes!

My wife and I were on our 5 month backpacking trip through Asia and Europe when she wanted to sign up for Thai Cooking classes in Chiang Mai.

Not only did I make curry with a mortar and pestle, but I donned a purple apron.

I have to say, I’m a pretty decent cook and we may have bought the Thai Cookbook but  when offered the opportunity, I did not buy the apron.


expat

Expat: v. - To give up residence in one's homeland.
adj. - Exile. A person who is voluntarily absent from home or country

contradiction

April is the hottest month in Thailand (averaging 35 degrees C) and I am almost melting away at this point. Our school celebrated another random Buddhist holiday on a Friday so some teachers from my school booked a couple rooms in the close beach town, Pattaya to sit by the ocean, relax in the pool and get away from it all.

Soi Dog

I moved into a new apartment last month and to get home I have to drive my motorbike through a long and windy road with green palm trees, fancy houses and food stalls to get to my small apartment that I am totally in love with. It is a nice drive (except at dusk when the bugs fly into your eyes and mouth) and when I get home I greeted warmly by 20 beat up, dirty and stinky soi dogs that I am also quiet fond of. One in particular, we named Lil' Pup (cause you know she is a puppy but she is pretty hard from living on the streets) wiggles her whole body and jumps up to check if my bags have any food as she licks my hands and waits to get a little rub down. She does really love and trust us now and it has worked out, I feed her and love her (I should clean her) and then I can go up to my clean apartment with no dog hair and still feel the puppy love! Look at this face, who could not love it!

Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon -2012! 




new traditions

Let's hop on a boat and head into town stopping at ancient temples along the way, with a colorful group of new friends and watch the spectacular fireworks over the Bangkok skylne from the best seat in the city. Sounds like a NYE that will not soon be forgotten.

Korea vs. Thailand

Recently did a guest interview with Jason from Life After Cubes (a great blog by two Americans currently in South Korea, check it out!) about the differences between teaching English in South Korea (where I taught last year) and Thailand, where I am currently teaching. (Well kind of, the floods gave me two months of paid "vacation" right after I was hired but I finally get back to school on the 26th of this month, who ever thought you could tire of doing nothing? I am SOOO ready to get back to work!)

Check out the interview that Jason did (and kindly edited, my writing has really been hurting with all this time off!) and decide whether teaching in Seoul or Bangkok is for you!

this city.

I have been a resident of Thailand for a little over two months now, floating around the southern islands while the floods have ravaged central Thailand and the capital. With the floods finally "under control" (but still devestating the northern suburbs where I live) we came back to Bangkok, where it all started, where it all happens, busy and smelly, full of contradictions living in harmony, the city of sin in the East.

Bangkok smiles

This is an amazing video shared with me by a good friend... literally cannot help but smile while watching and remember what an amazing place I am living! Taking one day at a time now, that's all I can seem to do, no home, no job, no computer; practically no life at all except somehow I am loving it more than ever! People are wonderful and life is full of smiles. Enjoy!


Bangkok smiles from Travelettes on Vimeo.


All people smile in the same language.




wrong side of the road...

It's my fourth day at my new school, Little Dragon's International School and I am exhausted. It was a long day at the zoo yesterday, I have been teaching a class all week for a sick teacher and it is the most intensive training possible. I have been quite busy and therefore slacking on writing, about Thailand and about my travels, and I have a lot on my mind to share!

A few things I have noticed about Thailand thus far (I will share pictures and stories from our trip soon, I promise!)

- I am living in the suburbs of Bangkok, I had no idea there were rich spoiled suburban children here too. But boy is there. And I am their teacher.

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