Blogs from Mae Sot, North-West Thailand, Thailand, Asia - page 2


Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot February 5th 2013

I have 57 mosquito bites on one leg and 69 on the other. I'm pretty sure my Indian mosquito repellent is not only not working, I think it's actually attracting mosqitos. Fortunately, I made a stop at tesco today, and my new perfume is citronella. I did indeed find volunteer work, after all. I teach mornings at a school, really someone's house, and my classroom is the front patio, complete with a loyal dog I'm always tripping over, and a usually semi nude spoiled 3 year old son, who lives there. Two of my students also live there, because the woman's father just had a stroke, and they help out. It seems that family has a blurry line that includes school and teacher. My students make me a gigantic lunch every day, which includes more rice ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot February 2nd 2013

I knew I had to leave bangkok. If I wanted to be in a bustling city of tourists and people out to get my money, expensive crazy nightlife and more to buy than could ever be sold, I could have just taken the Q train to manhattan instead of coming to the other side of the world. On my last night there, I met a Finnish guy named thomas, and we braved the streets outside of the touristy square of banglumpur, in search of a particular so called authentic thai restaurant. It was worth the walk, just to get out of the incessant noise of tourists and music and opportunists. On the way back, we stopped for a few beers and shared our similar views on travel and tried to figure out what we were each ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot November 18th 2011

I never imagined myself looking back at the past 6 months and wondering where they went, even though we've been doing that our entire lives. I went to Greece and was home before I could even understand I had actually left Canada. I did the same for Nicaragua, and for Spain and for England and Switzerland and Italy and France. None of those experiences were even longer than a month. And here I am today remembering the day I was accepted to go to Thailand and I looked at my future as if it was the only star in the sky. And now I look into the sky and see a full moon that is thinning and dimming and disappearing before my eyes to the point where I'm not even sure there was a full moon. ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot September 12th 2011

by Polona After a short stay in Sukhotai and in the hopes of taking an off-beaten track we decided to make a big U-turn before heading to Chiang Mai. Our next destination was Mae Sot. Mae Sot sits close to the Thai border with Burma and has become a big Burmese- Chinese- Karen- Thai trading location. The main source of local revenue is the black market trade between Thailand and Myanmar. There isn't much to do in Mae Sot, it is far from being a tourist attraction, but the thing that I guess was what attracted us to go there was the Border Market. The market is located next to the river dividing Thailand and Myanmar, connected by a Friendship bridge. At the time we were there the bridge was closed though due to the increasing ... read more
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Mae Sot- market

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot September 10th 2011

I know I keep saying this, but i cannot believe how fast time goes by here. This week especially feels like it hasn't even arrived yet because it came and went by so fast.. I don't know where it's going so fast.. Yesterday i spent almost the entire day sleeping for some strange reason. Probably because I rarely sleep at all here and it's about time its catching up with me. But I slept maybe 16 hours of the day and then at night four of the volunteers went out to the Chicago house again.. maybe you remember from my blog post called chuck Norris counted to infinity.. twice. Well we went back there. This time the place was bumpin, there were a lot of people there- but unfortunately Opart wasn't around. I like this guy. ... read more
when mantic attack
karaoke dessert

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot August 28th 2011

Not to sound like a drama queen hypocondriact, but I think I have a serious sensitivity to mold. For those of you who know me pretty well, you were probably aware of the FOUR consecutive nasal/ sinus infections I had back to back during second semester. I like to think that I am not usually a sick person; i might not be in the best of shape but i'm fairly healthy. During second semseter at BU I had four nasal infections that antibiotics couldn't get rid of because I was living in a rat infested, rundown piece of garbage moldy shit whole thanks to my greasy land lord Carl. My house was literally made from carboard boxes that had been previously holding asbestos. The point is, There was mold in my house and that was the ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot July 28th 2011

I wish I could show you the stars in the sky- oh how I miss their clusters and isolations. it is a rare occasion to see the stars here because it is always cloudy and raining. Some might say that is a blessing because I have never noticed the shining stars like I did tonight. They brought me home and opened my eyes. I miss them, but i know in a couple months in the winter months I will see them again and when I stare up into the below zero sky, the warm breath that leaves my mouth and nose will frost in the air reminding me of all the clouds that forbid me from seeing the night time stars all to often here in Thailand. Scroll past this next paragraph if you don't want ... read more
she doesn't even like cake
happy faces
so much beauty

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot July 26th 2011

I stepped in dog shit, with my bare foot today. Full. On. Dog shit, it squished between my toes and i didn't realize for like 2 seconds,...and then I said YACKKKKKKk OH MY GODD ... oh I forgot to mention that this was at the front of one of my classes. Let me explain. Lhe Bee is my second priority school; I teach grades 5,4 then 3's for 45 minutes each- monday, tuesday, wednesday. and like i've said in many of my other posts- dogs are rodents here. they are disgusting- flee bitten disease infested, muts that are neglected and rarely deomesticated- so they are also not trained.. and therefore take dumps in front of class rooms ( how did they get in- well most schools here run by the open concept idea- so classrooms are ... read more
Aung Pi
the crazy game

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot July 20th 2011

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…I will dispense this advice now. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked…. You’re not as fat as you imagine. Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot July 18th 2011

What a nice weekend. I legitemately did nothing productive except .. nope WAIT I cleaned the spirit house. Oh you guys probably don't know what a spirit house is. Well let me tell you. Every single building here has a spirit house, for the spirits that lived in the area of the building before it was made. These houses are decorative you might say and stand on podiums in the yard of the house. The people make offerings to the spirits every day- light inscents, offer food, drinks, water and say prayers for the spirits. They do this out of respect for everything that was living in that space before. And every time the building gets an extension and becomes bigger, so does the spirit house. It is actually quite beautiful to see the respect between ... read more
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