Being ‘Miss Rumphius’

lupine flowers in full bloom I’m not a parent, so I can’t say much about what makes “good parenting,” but I can tell you this: we read so many books as kids, and those books, with their poetry and pictures, still stick like stamps firmly in my mind. The picture books especially remain close to…

Home

It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s spring time, and somewhere outside of Bangkok there are flowers blooming. But the time I’m referring to is decision time. Transition time.I have always associated the months of March, April and May with stress, stress, stress. As a student, this is crunch time: exams, final projects, papers, recitals, formals, etc….

What I learned from Travelling in Vietnam

What I learned from Travelling in Vietnam: 1. Culture shock is real, even if you only stay in a country for ten days. 2. Ten days is not nearly enough time to appreciate all that Vietnam has to offer. 3. Vietnam is diverse. The south is hot and humid, much like Bangkok. Yet the North…

Backpackers Unite!

Backpackers unite!Crowds of tall, blonde andcurly, strong merry wanderers,balloon pants wave andtattoos adorn. See their beards and long hairblow in the dusy wind,Lit cigarettes fall to the earthbeneath elephant feetand ancient temple sand-stones. “Another beer, please!” They cheers–Proust! Salud! from the balconyas dark skinned locals pourthem shotsand dancethe merengue. ““““““`The List “One, two, trois!”Take a…

Cambodian Complexities: I have a feeling we’re not in Thailand anymore, Toto

Today I’m typing from a close friend’s apartment in the Udom Suk neighborhood of Bangkok. Yesterday I walked through graves in Cambodia: the Killing Fields, one of many sights where the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia’s most notorious mass-murdering regime, slaughtered hundreds of thousands of innocent Khmer people not more than thirty five years ago. As I…

The Truth About Teaching ESL Overseas

Celebrating the End of the Semester with Fire and Sand. Hi everyone! Well, I made it. I began teaching at my university outside of Bangkok, Thailand on August 18 (incidentally, that was the same day I became an aunt for the first time). Except for that one glorious week in Chiang Mai, I’ve been going…

A Trip To Chiang Mai

This trip happened over a month ago, and yet I was in denial about its brevity, so I neglected to write about it until now. But I think I’m finally processing it all! Over student midterms, for a much needed break from teaching and from city living, I took a trip up north with two…

The Time Has Come (The Walrus Said) to talk about Home Sickness

It’s finally happened. I’m homesick. The feeling has been creeping on slowly like a cold for the past few weeks. I’ve been trying my best to combat it. I’m taking regular doses of social events, drinking lots of classroom prep, and getting at least 8 hours of Thai commuting a night, but still, even through…