Wednesday, March 30, 2011

samui fruit carving

Ah, back to Busan tonight. I'm always sad to leave Thailand, but I believe this time I won't be away for as long. Oh mangoes! You are my true love!

We went to the island Samui for a week. I can't say very much about it. I did take a fruit carving course while I was there! Here's some of the things I did.

It takes HOURS.

Apparently we left in time, the island flooded and they shut the ferries and airport down.

Monday, March 28, 2011

just in time for these words from our sponsors...

I'm back after a week in Chiang Mai and another in Samui. Samui was kind of a bust; it rained and I'm just not a big beach person. Chiang Mai - Oh I loooooooved it. Gonna get right on posting about it, I might just do several posts tomorrow since I leave Thailand Wednesday night. Erk.

It's a strange, cold day here in Bangkok. Yeah, that's right-- COLD. Never thought I'd say that about Thailand. Especially since the hot season is almost upon us.

So I wanted to run a little poll by any and all who have been reading my little blog. It's called where should that girl go next? Haha. But seriously, I'm feeling like I always do: lost, lost, lost. So it's back to Busan and then they have booked me a flight back to America which I cannot get a refund on, unfortunately.

I have been contemplating on living in Korea again. Lord knows it had its trials but I made it through them, to a point where I'm comfortable with the country. And the money's good.
But hell, it's Korea. Where life can get stagnant and decent people are hard to come by. Know how many good people I got out of living there for a year? 4. Just 4. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful that we even met at all and life should be quality over quantity, but this ratio gets depressing during those aforementioned stagnant periods!

I went about applying to schools in Thailand too. I actually finally got some responses. It would be nice to live in the country to connect more with my family. The weather is super agreeable! The food is to die for! And I love traveling around it!
But the money's not as good, let's not lie. And I met with enough hippies in Chiang Mai to know what I'd be getting into with making friends here. (But maybe better them than the die-hard drunks in Korea, hm?) Plus I don't fit in. Whiiiiiite skiiiiiiin. And whenever you see a white guy here, my automatic thought is: PERVERT. You watch, that second Hangover movie is going to come out and there's going to be an onslaught of them.

I met some interesting people in Chiang Mai that got me thinking too. This girl and her boyfriend/fiancee lived in India for two months. She was learning how to teach Yoga from a more meditative viewpoint. Before that they lived in London where he was teaching students how to cook. Why not go study abroad for a month or two?

And I have this dream of going to Tibet for some reason. I mean, I think India might be out of the question for me at this current time. I lack the 'balls' to be there on my own. My friend Sala went there and warned me its not for the faint in heart. (I am so faint of heart.) But hey, I'd go back to Bali and study how to teach yoga. And before the Korea ball started rolling last year I was planning on going to Costa Rica to teach English for a couple months.

Any input, dear ones?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

going away

I'm off to Ko Samui tomorrow. Before I go, I leave you with the photos from my going away/birthday party.

We ate delicious jim ddak in Seomyeon. My favorite Korean food ever!

We went to an arcade after to play some awesome games. This kid watched me play skeeball the whole time. A little awkward, kid.

We rode a 3D ride.

We found the best Noraebang above the arcade. I don't know the name, but the interior is like Mayan/Cambodian influenced. There was an incident when we got off the elevator, I thought we found a sex motel and we tried to run but the guy ran after us and stopped our elevator... Haha! I shall draw it sometime.It is mighty awesome noraebang, plus their song selection was more recent than any other place I've seen. I'm on a boat!

Happy cup says Drink Me!

Ended the night kinda bruised; fell down on my rendition of Singing in the Rain.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

recoup regroup

Greetings from hot and somewhat sunny Thailand! I am currently enjoying this drastic temperature change from cold, windy Korea... but I admit I fell prey to a cold right before leaving so I am still recovering.

My belly is full of delicious Thai foods and fruits... so full, in fact, I took a look in the mirror today and said to myself: Woah! I have to cut back on the sticky rice!

I have no updates as of right now. I've got a ticket back to Korea on March 31st. My job still hasn't booked my ticket back home, so I feel like I'm in limbo a little. Well, I do plan on taking a Thai cooking course in beautiful beachfront Samui, maybe do a little Muay Thai or go up north to Chang Mai. I don't know! Trying to get these good vibes going!

Don't be down, don't be down, don't be down!

And hey, my Thai is coming back to me! I'm thinking in Korean less and less by day! (I think)

Friday, March 4, 2011

i'm gutted

That's what P said about leaving and I feel the same.

Last day and my favorite good-bye was this: I taught my favorite student Richard how to give the 'Live Long and Prosper' sign and that is how we said good-bye.