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the fishtank.

i am proud to report being the FIRST teacher to properly break in the picture perfect BumbleBee® world. the library, play room, and art room that comprise the inside of the glass-walled fishtank have been relatively untouched since finishing construction on the project about a month ago. all of the ... read more

Emily  Little

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exam prep

i find out today that the time has come to start preparing exams for my class of 3-year-olds. yes, EXAMS. there’s not even a slight attempt to euphemize the fact that these poor little tikes, already severely deprived of playtime and overloaded with homework after a full 8-4 day of ... read more

Emily  Little

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hail the queen!

mother’s day. in thailand, this holiday is quite dissimilar to the commercialized flower, card, and breakfast-in-bed extravaganza that has developed in the united states. in fact, it is actually a nationwide celebration of the queen’s birthday, who is referred to as the mother of thai people, rather than for the ... read more

Emily  Little

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?????? muay thai

  boys in silky shorts are waiting around casually. only when looking closely is it possible to make out a faint sense of apprehension for the poundings and beatings these muay thai fighters are sure to endure and a well covered up hint of anxiety about putting on a good ... read more

Emily  Little

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photo op!

a regular snapaholic with my camera, i often worry if my photo-crazy tendencies while traveling interfere with my hope of always being a respectful and courteous visitor to my host country. after all, the last thing i want is for the camera around my neck to place me in the ... read more

Emily  Little

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the image of playtime

appearances are everything in thailand. as long as things look good, they must be good (right?!?) take my school for example... the rainbow shine of brightly-colored fun-shaped play equipment screams “safe!” “entertaining!” and “child-friendly” to prospective pattaya parents. to prospective working holidayers delaying grad school for the lure of travel, ... read more

Emily  Little

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people of pattaya: part one. of many.

people of pattaya: part one. all i need for an entertaining weekend night out is a 7/11 beer, a plastic chair on walking street, and when i’m feeling ambitious, my camera, to work on my self-appointed “people of pattaya” photography project. people watching is priceless here. the shirtless man with ... read more

Emily  Little

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free daycay

the poor teacher’s guide to taking a free ritzy daycay: pool crashing the royal cliff. i am in no way discontent in my poor traveling teacher’s budget place of street foodies and towels on the jomtien beach. if anything, i am glad to not be part of the opulence of ... read more

Emily  Little

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makeshift language class

every once in awhile, the idea of thai language classes makes its appearance in my brainstorm of ways to keep myself entertained aside from work…then my day to day experiences just living, eating, wandering on the beach remind me that i’m HERE in THAILAND. ha! language school, schmanguage school. let ... read more

Emily  Little

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koh chaaaang.

koh  chaaaaang. “elephant island.” after a week  of experiencing miscommunication chaos similar to a game of telephone gone wrong between stickler parents, traditional grandparents, giggly ex thai bar girls, nosy grandmother-in-laws, thai teaching assistants, chinese school owners, and too-happy thai principals, i was ready for the four day break for ... read more

Emily  Little

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thai massage

amazing! thai massages are very different from traditional oil Swedish-style massages that are pretty standard back home. ever since i got to pattaya, where there are 10 massage parlors on every block (most are mainly to complement the prostitution scene, though apparently they still offer traditional massages even without the ... read more

Emily  Little

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??????????? wai kru ceremony

  as i am finding teaching more of a stress than a heart-warming source of pride and joy, i was quite looking forward to the prospect of a whole day dedicated to honoring the grueling hours us teachers put in for the selfless cause of filling young minds with knowledge. ... read more

Emily  Little

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budding stardom

well as it seems teaching is clearly not my cup of tea for my traveling woman career choice, at least now i have a fallback plan: movie star. one thing i’ve learned about traveling –and life in general- is that it’s almost (almost!) always a good idea to say yes ... read more

Emily  Little

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floating market

  pattaya floating market: good prices, not quite as tainted by tourism efforts as i expected, and overall, a very pleasant surprise. first stop: coconut ice cream. one of my favorites from back home, the thai version is served in a coconut shell with a hearty scooping of peanuts on ... read more

Emily  Little

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karaoke: thai style

teaching always seems to get me in the mood to do anything and everything besides teaching, so i rarely turn down any sort of invite (provided it doesn't involve little kids or "e is for egg" or heads or shoulders or knees or toes...) so i don’t hesitate in agreeing to ... read more

Emily  Little

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defensive driving

  my glorious yamaha fino motorbike has simultaneously been the most life-saving and life-threatening acquirement of my first month as a kindergarten teacher in thailand. fun, efficient, thrilling, cheap (by US standards at least…), and unreasonably speedy, it has made exploring the beachside city of pattaya a truly enjoyable daily ... read more

Emily  Little

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school.

life as a kindergarten teacher is not all daisies and butterflies, i’m coming to learn. in fact, it’s starting to require at least 4 cups of coffee a day just to maintain the required energy level to be the english-speaking spectacle in front of 20 pairs of wide and curious ... read more

Emily  Little

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Uses for Porches

As I mentioned before housing in Thailand is changing into condos everywhere.  One nice thing about the condos at least is that they pretty much all have porches.  This is largely because you need them to allow the air to really flow through to cool the homes, not that it ... read more

Tiffany Lea M

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No Smoking

Looks like America really is one of the last countries to get the clue that smoking indoors is bad for your health!  Even developing countries have gone smoke free before us.   Oh well at least in July next year Wisconsin will finally join the get on the boat.  SomethingI am ... read more

Tiffany Lea M

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The Price of Booming Growth

Thailand is a country that is booming with growth.  Everywhere you go there seems to be construction going on.  On of the sadder things about this, besides the destruction on the beautiful natural landscape is that there aren't very strict zoning laws.  In the picture bellow you can see houses ... read more

Tiffany Lea M

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Books

Southeast Asia On A Shoestring (Lonely Planet)

Anna Schwaber

27 Jul 2009

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This guidebook is filled with helpful maps, history, and other info. To lighten the load in your backpack, I'd recommend making photocopies of maps and relevant pages. Also, while it's nice as a reference, don't keep your nose buried in your guidebook -- it can be very easy and fulfilling to travel without a specific plan!

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Getting Around

Longtail boats open up new possibilities

Anna Schwaber

27 Jul 2009

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On the islands in the Andaman Sea, many beaches are only accessible via hand-built flower-adorned longtail boats, or taxi boats. For certain beaches, there needs to be a minimum of people on board or the taxi will not leave. Without these boats, your island-hopping options would be much more limited.

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Festivals & Events

Songkran is not just about the water fight

Anna Schwaber

27 Jul 2009

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During the Thai New Year, the northern city of Chiang Mai celebrates with five days of food vendors, crafts, and parades. Families and friends get together for this time, which is meant for ritual cleansing. Besides the chaotic city-wide water fight that continues for days, there are special ceremonies to give alms to the monks and to bathe the images of Buddha as they are taken around the city. Birds are also bought and sold in small bamboo cages to be released for good luck.

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Culture Shock

Some days you may just prefer a squat toilet

Anna Schwaber

27 Jul 2009

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Throughout Asia, there are variations on the squatter. Nightclubs, airports, and other large public establishments sometimes offer both the Western and the squatter. The key is to learn how to use the water (sometimes a hose is provided) as toilet paper. Otherwise, carry your own tissue pack and make sure to throw it in the bin. In some more primitive areas of Southeast Asia, you will use gravity as a flushing device by just pouring water down the toilet to flush things down.

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Etiquette

Watch your feet!

Anna Schwaber

27 Jul 2009

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In most of Asia but specifically in Thailand, you must take your shoes off when entering a home. Also, when it comes to feet, do not prop them up on ledges, chairs, or furniture, as it is considered quite rude.

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Food

The International Stall of Pancakes

Anna Schwaber

27 Jul 2009

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Thai pancakes (roti) are very popular and can be cooked to go. In small villages and islands, you can stop a motorbike-powered pancake stall and have yourself a roadside snack. Served savory or sweet like crepes, these little pancakes offer a good on-the-go treat.

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Packing

Pick it up as you go!

Anna Schwaber

20 Nov 2009

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Don't freak out if you've forgotten some key travel essentials. You can find nearly everything you could possibly need in Thai markets, and for cheaper than you would find them in the United States. The first thing to pick up and carry with you at all times would be Tiger Balm. Its menthol relieves pain, soreness, and most importantly, it can relieve the itch of the many, many mosquito bites you will likely encounter.

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Politics

King of the kingdom

Anna Schwaber

01 Dec 2009

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As you drive around the streets of Thailand, you will see many photos of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, both popular figures. While neither holds direct power in Parliament, they still wield political power. In 2008, for example, the King spoke out against the Prime Minister, and this was a catalyst for public protest, legal trials, and eventually the replacement of the Prime Minister.

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Music

Rainy day? Brush up on Thai pop culture.

Anna Schwaber

20 Nov 2009

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Sick of hearing American pop music even when you are abroad? If you're ever stuck inside because of the rain of Thailand's monsoon season, turn the TV to Channel V. It's the MTV of Thailand, and the best way to stay in touch with all the Thai pop stars and Thai music, culture, and fashion.

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Sports

Looking for a full body workout on the beach?

Anna Schwaber

20 Nov 2009

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Head to the islands in Southeast Thailand and you will find amazing rock climbing on the beach of Ton Sai near Krabi. From here you can take an ocean kayak through the clear blue waters to islands of limestone cliffs. Still restless? Inquire about evening poi or fire staff lessons.

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TV

Thai TV on demand!

Anna Schwaber

24 Dec 2009

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Want to watch some Thai sitcoms or even a Thai reality show? Catch up on the latest in Thai drama online at Thaitv.tv. No need for a TV to watch it and no need to even be in Thailand to stay current!

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Health

Consider medical tourism

Anna Schwaber

20 Nov 2009

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Even though Thailand has seen a slump in its tourism since the United States issued a travel alert in late 2008, medical tourism seems to still draw many to the country who are in search of good hospitals. And don't forget about the many spa and mental therapists, healers, and treatment centers. You can also become a student in the great techniques of Thai massage or foot reflexology.

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Slang

Same same, but different

Anna Schwaber

20 Nov 2009

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"Same same, but different" is a phrase commonly used to help farang (foreigners) understand what something is by comparing it to something they already know. It is also used in business to appease a consumer who is concerned about the bootleg/pirated item being sold. Since there are few laws pertaining to copyrights and patents, oftentimes the item is similar in appearance to the original item (hence, same), but of lower quality (hence, different).

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Nightlife

Forget the Full Moon party. Find a jungle party.

Anna Schwaber

20 Nov 2009

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When traveling to the islands in the South of Thailand, many will try to convince you to visit Koh Pah Ngan, where the Full Moon party takes place. The island's town of Haad Rin is a party town, but if you want something more private, take a taxi-boat to Haad Yuan (only accessible by boat). If you ask around, you may be able to catch a jungle party amidst the networks of bungalows. They go all night long and are some of the best island parties I've ever experienced.

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