Well I certainly dropped the blogging ball 😦
I’m so sorry I haven’t been better about keeping this blog up-to-date, but I have just been so busy between school, Muay Thai and traveling!
It’s officially the last week of school! I can’t believe it. The time went by so quickly.
My kindergartners are as sweet as could be and I always have fun with them – they are certainly the highlight of my week! I adore how loving and cuddly they are. It always puts a smile on my face.
Although I’ve had my issues with my P3 and P4 kids, at the end of the day, I can’t help but love them and all of their different personalities. I’m going to miss my girls, always nurturing, always making sure my hair wasn’t out of place or ensuring my shirt was tucked in. I’m going to miss my boys being crazy and trying to practice their Muay Thai moves with me.
I’m really going to miss them all.
There are a couple things I’m not going to miss though:
- Backwards grading systems – tell me again why I’m not allowed to fail a student even when they never show up for class?
- My co-teacher yelling at me/not answering any of my questions/being straight up rude
- Kids stabbing me with pencils/running me over/trying to see who can slap my hand the hardest/crying for absolutely no reason
Besides school, I spend the majority of my time at the Muay Thai gym. It was a bit difficult at first to find my place in the gym here, if you can remember from my earlier blog posts. But, after spending so much time there, having the help of a Thai friend who can speak English and translate, and proving myself to the guys, they really started to accept me as one of them and integrate me into the gym more. I eat dinner with them as a “gym family” about twice a week and they are always trying to show me different moves, offer advice and joke around with me. I’ve learned so much at the gym about myself, my body, how much I can accomplish physically and mentally, and how much more I need to learn. It’s definitely been a complete turn around from the beginning and I’m sad that just as I’ve really solidified my standing at the gym, I am going to be leaving.
That being said, I should probably tell you all about my upcoming plans! 🙂
As of my last day of school, February 29, I will be moving to Chiang Mai! Chiang Mai is where I lived for a month while completing my TEFL course during September – October. I am so so excited to be going back! I will be teaching kindergarten at a school there starting in May and I could not be more thrilled. The school appears to be very similar to what it would be like teaching back in the US so it will be a great test to see if teaching is something I would really like to continue when I get back home (as of now, I’m 95% sure I will be continuing to teach when I get home). Speaking of home, the contract for my new school is one year, so my plan is to finish next March, travel for a bit (really would like to make it to Australia/New Zealand, China, Maldives, etc.) and then make my way home right before summer. Obviously, plans could change, but this is what I’m thinking for now! 🙂
On February 29, my friend Amanda and I are taking the overnight bus from Chaiyaphum to Chiang Mai! She will be there with me for a while and then she leaves right before my parents arrive on March 11. I am BEYOND excited for my mom and dad to come! We will be staying in Chiang Mai for a few days, then heading to Siem Reap, Cambodia to check out Angkor Wat for a couple of days, and then flying to Sihanoukville, Cambodia to take a boat to a private island resort called Song Saa. I can’t wait to show them around Chiang Mai, one of my favorite cities in the world, and explore Cambodia with them, too!
After my parents leave, I’ll be back in Chiang Mai for about a week, and then I will head to Bangkok to meet Chelsea so we can fly to Bali! It looks absolutely magical and I can’t wait to explore Ubud, Lombok and the Gili Islands with her. It’s crazy that I’ve lived in Thailand for 6 months now (6 months!?!?!?) and we haven’t seen each other yet. I’m so excited to spend time with her!! 🙂
From Bali, we will fly back to Bangkok where we will stay for Songkran, a festival celebrating the traditional Thai New Year consisting of a giant water fight. Then, Chelsea will head to work an English camp and I will fly to an unknown destination! I have about 2 weeks where I can travel before school starts so I’m thinking of doing Japan or Singapore/somewhere else. Leaning more towards Japan right now!
Living in Chaiyaphum has really taught me a lot about myself and what I want in life, and has given me the opportunity to know some truly wonderful people. Although I am sad to be leaving the people who I have come to know/appreciate so much, I am really excited for the next chapter.
Looking forward to writing the next post from Chiang Mai! 🙂