No…this love story is sadly not about me.
The other day I was talking to my coordinator about who knows what. We always talk to her about the most random stuff because she is the most adorable human being ever. Her husband also works at our school and she mentioned how they met here. She never elaborated on this, and since I’m a sucker for love stories (who isn’t!) I asked her what the background was. Here is what she said (some paraphrasing):
“We met 22 years ago when we were both starting to work here. I was actually applying to leave to go back to my hometown of Chiang Mai. He had just been accepted to work at the school from Chiang Mai….Oh at first I did not like him! He was very handsome but he was such a flirt! He wrote me little notes every day….every day! Little small notes! He gave them to the students who brought them to me. I did not answer them though! Some of them said ‘Have you had breakfast already?,’ ‘You look beautiful today’ or things like that. Finally I started answering them and realized he was very nice, and not just handsome. And now we are married!”
Clearly sending small love notes is the old school version (pun intended) of text messages. I would much rather receive the former.
December 5th is the King’s Birthday. It is also Father’s Day in Thailand because he is so important. We had the day off and the day before there was a special assembly full of dances, singing, speeches, etc.
Here are some pictures from that day:
This is one of the students I teach on Sundays. He is 9 years old and very smart. He told me we can go to Japan together because there is a Disney Land there.
Sunset captured on my iPhone
Last weekend we had a three day weekend. This has been the first since I have arrived. 3 other girls and I decided to go to Koh Chang, which is an island near the Cambodian border. “Koh” means “island” and “Chang” means “elephant”….so island of elephants. Side note: there are no native elephants on the island; it is called that due to its shape, which supposedly resembles the massive mammal. We met up with some fellow teachers who work at another school, and it ended up being a great, and relaxing, weekend.
Delicious coconut water
The beach where we were staying faced the greatest sunsets. My friend Kevin and I got massages on the beach one evening and as we were leaving we noticed the sun was just setting. Naturally it was a great photo-op. (Photo credit goes to him)
high fiving to a great weekend
It was also possible to look up into the sky at night and see the constellations perfectly. I haven’t been able to do this since being here due to the pollution in the towns and cities. The moon also perfectly resembled the Cheshire cat’s smile.
We had heard rumors of a good Mexican restaurant near us so we decided to check it out. Turns out its owned by a husband and wife who are French and Mexican respectively. Talk about a whole mix of cultures blending together. We ended up eating dinner there 2 nights in a row because of the food, but also because of the good atmosphere. If anyone ever ventures to Koh Chang I highly recommend eating there (Barrio Bonito).
After returning from Koh Chang I realized how much trust we put into the Thai people to get us there and back. To get there we took a van then a song taew, a ferry, and then another song taew. All of us barely speak any Thai which means a lot gets lost in translation. Somehow we managed to get there and back without any problems: such as getting lost…or kidnapped (don’t worry Mom and Dad!) Thinking about this made me realize just how helpful and caring Thai people are. I would definitely not rely on anyone in the States to help us out like they did for this trip. What makes me smile more is that this is normal here: unwarranted help happens every day.