Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Pirate’s Life for Me

A Pirate’s Life for Me Our small TEFL crew gaped at one another in soundless horror. 93 children sat before us, patiently lingering in the awkward silence. Waiting to be entertained. All eyes were on us. Expectant stares from the … Continue reading

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Monk in a loincloth

Monk in a loincloth Koh Lipe Jungle was alive with noises. The wind had picked up a terrific pace during the last hour; it whipped through the trees resulting in a constant low wailing that sounded like the rising dead. … Continue reading

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Surviving Thai School

Surviving Thai School My first lesson in Thailand. The boss of Tantiwatra School ushered me through the door to my new classroom, then quickly turned and ran away. Yes RAN away. I was filled with apprehension, but really how hard … Continue reading

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Chewing Gum Shoes

Chewing Gum Shoes Angkor Wat. Cambodia. Spending the day at one of the most magnificent wonders of the world. Life had really thrown me a good card. Becky and I tottered around the ancient city, marvelling at the monkeys carrying … Continue reading

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The Disappearing Elephant

The Disappearing Elephant ‘Day off school! Day off school!’ sung Sinead, jumping up and down on our sorry looking mattress. I shortly joined her chant, dancing like a lunatic across the balcony. As a child, it’s hard to imagine that … Continue reading

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Baby Dinosaur

Home alone at the famous Farang House of Thung Song I considered my options for the evening: Number 1: Internet Café Number 2: Read a book Number 3: Visit the neighbours I was invited to the Chinese New Year Party … Continue reading

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A Titanic Experience

Tubing in Laos. Many travellers have experienced it. Most have the common sense not to attempt it in the dark. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this strange phenomenon, ‘Tubing’ is a hugely popular tourist attraction in Laos. … Continue reading

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Top Snacks at 7-Eleven

Top Snacks at 7- Eleven (Bravely tried and tested by Rebecca Kean) It’s that time of day again…lunchtime. The roadside food shacks are all closed due to the Thai’s enjoying another naptime. There is nothing in the fridge, since the … Continue reading

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Full Moon Disaster…Part 2

Double Disaster Bright and early the next morning, I set off down the obstacle course and made for the beach in the hope of finding a working phone to contact Antonia. Attempts to call her the previous evening had failed. … Continue reading

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Full Moon Disaster

‘Mai Pen Rai’ can be interpreted in a variety of ways.  Common translations include: ‘It doesn’t matter!’ ‘No problem.’ and ‘quite frankly we don’t give a shit.’ We should have predicted disaster from the onset, booking accommodation with a name like that. … Continue reading

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