End of my journey in Thailand

I can’t believe I have come to an end of teaching in Thailand. This was the most amazing and informative experience of my life. My school and my students were equally as wonderful as each other and I could not have thought of a better way to introduce myself into teaching than within U-Thong School. The things that I learnt along the way will be forever a part of me. I’m no longer scared of interacting with strangers or asking for help when I need it. I’ve also grown patient and appreciative of students in school who learn languages; it’s so difficult but they try their best and really give it their all. I will miss my school so much but it is time for me to move on to other things but we’ll get to that in a little bit.

The whole month of March was free for me in Thailand to do as I pleased so obviously I slept for around a week and binge watched Netflix shows in my apartment for as long as possible. I envy those who travelled after teaching but for me that wasn’t an option due to money issues but I honestly loved my town so didn’t mind staying there. I did however, manage to make it to Koh Phangan to meet up with my friends and had the time of my life. A one hour plane journey and a 3 hour boat ride and I was with all my friends on the beach in probably the best hostel I have ever stayed in (Echo Beach luv u 4eva).

The whole reason we went to Koh Phangan was for the Full Moon Party which was on the 20th March. It was probably the best night I’ve had in Thailand, so good that I even Facetimed my mum and dad at around 3am to tell them how good my night was whilst listening to heavy drum and bass. I danced on a beach until the sun came up and then threw myself in the sea at around 6am. All in all the best night ever, my friends made it 100% better and I’m so lucky to have them in my life although my liver does not agree. The day before I was leaving they tried to convince me to stay in Koh Phangan with them and extend my travels but I couldn’t face drinking another smirny ice or staying up until 7am on the beach. My body needed a rest from alcohol and my clothes needed to be rid of sand.

My friends are the reason that I have stayed sane in Thailand. We became friends during our orientation or during working at school and have stayed in contact after finishing our contracts, despite some of them living in towns around 10 hours away from my town we managed to see each other during our 4 months of teaching and have stayed really close friends. Being on Koh Phangan with them made me realise how much I love these insane people. I can see us all being friends for a really long time and I will miss you all so much!  Thanks for making Thailand better and my liver worse – Taylor, Kate, Ciara, Em, Jen, Jenna, Izzy, Khalil, Chris, Rhea, Carlos, Jackie and Carly.

Moving on to April.

I was told to move out of my apartment by the 1st of April by my lovely landlady who has been nothing but nice to me during my time in Thailand so of course I obliged. I wanted to try claim squatters rights so that I didn’t have to pay for anywhere to stay for my remaining days in Thailand but she was too cute to do that to. Instead I headed to Bangkok for a week of pure humidity. I stayed in a hotel in central Bangkok for 6 days, it had a pool which is quite a luxury and it was in the perfect place for everything I needed which was basically food and sleep. On the first day I asked the reception staff if there was a nearby supermarket and they said they could call me a taxi, me being a cheapskate said ‘no no I will walk’, the staff proceeded to look at me like I was a moron but gave me the directions regardless. 20 minutes later I arrived at Tesco looking like a drowned rat, covered in sweat and feeling like I’d taken a trip to the sun. Bangkok heat is like no other I’ve ever experienced, you can’t even describe it you’ve just got to experience it for yourself. Apparently April is the hottest month in Thailand although I beg to argue that all months in Thailand are the hottest. From what I have learnt Thailand has 3 seasons – hot, hotter and hottest. Now I know that April is not the time to visit Thailand. My skin will not miss the Thai heat but in a strange way I will miss it. I’ll miss everything about Thailand that I have grown to love so much.

I flew out of Bangkok on the 8th April at 1:45am to Incheon airport to start my new life as a teacher in South Korea.

I’m currently writing this from my apartment in Gwangju, it’s very cold and rainy but it already feels like home. I’ve already had to call my mum and ask her to send me some jumpers over but I love that, I miss having real seasons. I can tell I’m going to love it here.

I’ll keep you all updated on my adventures.

See you soon

Steph

Hello 2019

Hi, hello friends.

Happy Lunar New Year from Thailand! I wish you all health and happiness for the year of the pig.

It feels like ages since I wrote a blog post. Before I moved here I set out to write one a week but I am always so busy I’m lucky if I can write one a month. January felt like the longest month of my life and I didn’t even really do anything exciting.

I brought in 2019 in central Bangkok outside a huge shopping mall called Central World. I’ve never spent my New Years’ Eve in a capital city but I would definitely do it again. The firework displays were out of this world and it felt so nice to be bringing in the new year in Thailand, living my dream life and loving every second of it. I am so grateful for the support my friends and family offered me in 2018 and can only hope that it continues in 2019.

After we brought in the new year we took a tuk tuk back to Khaosan Road to have a bucket or seven. This tuk tuk was potentially the funniest journey of my life. Jen almost pissed herself as we weaved in and out of traffic at a dangerous speed singing at the top of our lungs with a driver that looked like Steve Aoki in a bucket hat. All in all some wonderful new year’s celebrations – thanks Jen, Em, Khalil, Ellie and Josh for making it wonderful.

January was a month of saving for me because I have bills to pay at home. The car sat on my drive at home is really draining me of life and money and I don’t even drive it. Try not to take out a car on finance if you’re moving to another country, just a top tip for you there. Help me I’m poor.

I’m also saving to travel Thailand for a few weeks in March and April so realistically I couldn’t do anything fun. I stayed in a lot and I’ve watched a hell of a lot of movies in January.

Payday weekend has just been and gone so I ventured to Bangkok with some of my lovely American friends I made in Thailand. One of who has just got into Law School in the states so we were celebrating (congrats again Carly, super proud)!!

One thing I did do this weekend was experience my first Thai massage and I can honestly say it was the worst experience of my life. Never. Again.

A little cute older lady took me to this very soft cushioned area and gave me a 30 minute shoulder and neck massage. I was lead into a false sense of security with her cute face. 

When I laid down she basically hulk smashed me into the floor. I wasn’t aware that the massages were so intense but I found out when she had her elbow in my spinal column that actually they are anything but relaxing. At one point she was massaging my temples (why?) and she pressed so hard that I was close to letting out a sob and blacking out.

I’ve never felt anything like it before and I still cant move properly since it felt like she was trying to rip the muscles from my shoulders. Lets just say I’m glad I have a skull because I thought she was going to pop my brain.

All my friends absolutely love these massages and I don’t really know why. I was scolded for wriggling too much when in actual fact I was flinching away from her insanely strong hands. She had a death grip like a baby.

All in all I’ve had a pretty boring month and don’t have much to update you on.

I still love my life and I’m very happy with my students. I’m currently writing out their final exam which I hope they all do really well on because they’re good students who work super hard.

It’s my mum’s birthday on the 11th February so happy early birthday Sandy babes. Hope you have a fantastic day.

I’m not doing much for February so I apologise for the boring blog posts. I swear they’ll be more exciting in the months to come!

See you soon

Steph

P.s I miss cheese and bread. Don’t take your cheese and bread for granted people.