I live not on evil, I thought, I live on sweets…desserts, I stressed, desserts were on my radar. So, I went to the ATM to repaper my wallet then approached a street vendor, “Madam,” I said, drab as a fool, aloof as a bard, “I need a reviver. Perhaps a smoothie.” “no lemon, no melon,” she replied. Therefore, my initial testset was a chocolate croissant. So good. I won’t give you all the stats, but I can tell you it’s as level good as your mom or dad would make, maybe better. It’s my civic duty to tell you, that I have deified this pastry…would sing solos to it, run, bike, fly just to get another. I’d take a Toyota, a racecar, even a kayak for another bite. It is a basic tenet of traveling, always partake of the sugary dewed street food.
(inspired by the date 31-8-13 which struck me as numerically palindromic. I managed to cram 21 palindromes in the above.)
Yep, I’m The Funniest Person They Know
The day starts early. Leanne and I meet for breakfast at 7:15. She is taking a couple weeks off traveling to simply breathe. Me, well, I’m to be on a boat at 8:30 according to my line of thinking yesterday, but as the time approaches, I am less inclined to move. When in doubt about a next step, sometimes it is best to stand still. So that’s what I’ve decided to do. Continue reading
My First View of The Mighty Mekong
My wanderings today take me to Laos. The bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong leaves at 9am and takes roughly six hours. It makes a brief stop in Chiang Rai which brings back so many good memories of the White Temple, the Black House, and the IHF Rescue House for children. I’m taking the Green Line because its cheap, quite comfortable, and my past experience was positive. The ticket is 451 baht (~$15US) and can be bought at the Chiang Mai bus terminal. Continue reading
A kilometer north of the North Gate of the Old Town of Chiang Mai, there is a massive sports complex. From Google Earth, it appears to have more than 60 buildings, though somewhat difficult confirm on the ground, it’s just too big and spread out. There must be a hundred sports and activities played here, including football, volleyball, ping pong, badminton, and a very exciting and unbelievable game called Sepak Takraw. Continue reading
It’s not what it sounds like! Ok, it is…sort of….
The Chiang Mai Womens Correctional Facility (read: Prison) is in the heart of Old Town Chiang Mai. And here, the ladies are offered a chance to learn a trade. Some women learn how to make clothes or other handicrafts, some learn Thai massage. Continue reading
Actors InThe Job Placement Circus
There has been a great deal of drama surrounding the placement of my peers during (and following) the TEFL training course. There has been an even larger dearth of professionalism throughout the process.
Overall, the placement process was rushed, expectations were poorly set, individuals were unprepared, and there was an utter lack of customer service. It’s really not my battle since I haven’t asked Entrust TEFL to place me in a job, but let me explain so that those of you thinking of enrolling in the Entrust TEFL program or teaching in Thailand will have some background that my peers in the program and I did not have. (Thank you for your questions and emails.)
Goodbye, Shaun. See You Soon.
Our class of eleven students is now down to five, literally dwindling by the hour as more of us head to the bus station and far-flung teaching billets. We’ve all graduated, even the two of us who have not taken the final exam, so this week is basically ‘filler’. Continue reading