Jessica Johnson

ShoestringPrincess

Jessica Johnson

Traveling



Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Banda Aceh May 1st 2014

Hey everyone! I've decided to switch blog sites for one thats a little easier to use and has mobile ability so I can blog from my phone while traveling. Thanks for the views :) Check out my new site here!! I'll be updating it from my Sumatra trip this week!!! http://shoestringprincess.blogspot.com/... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukit Lawang April 22nd 2014

Still in the transition phase for updates Read all about our 2 day trek through the Sumatran Jungle here!!!! http://shoestringprincess.blogspot.com/... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket April 11th 2014

Today was a nice reminder of how Thailand really brings out the best in people. It started off like any other day…slept in till 1, made some ramen and lounged around until Lala and I couldn’t take it anymore. We decided we’d check out the outlet mall in Phuket. We’ve been here for 6 months and managed to avoid it, but I was in the market for a GoPro camera and that seemed like the best place to find one. We hopped on my bike and headed down the road. After turning off the highway, within sight of the mall, my bike gave out. We figured I must have snapped a belt since no matter how much gas I gave it; we slowly rolled to a stop. There was a small parking lot just a couple ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town March 14th 2014

It's been a while since my last post, so lets see if I still remember how to do this. After 5 months of being in Thailand we finally got all the stamps, visa extensions and nods we needed to actually leave the country without nullifying our work permits. After going through this whole process, I have a whole newfound respect for immigrants living in America...this is hard! The week began with my first visitors from back home. First to come visit was a coworker Jimmy who came to Thailand to visit his sister up north and decided to swing by the islands before heading back. Next came one of my oldest friends, Jessie and her (recent, congrats by the way) fiancé Brian! They were a welcome reminder of home and a much needed reality check of ... read more
Malaysian Crest
Batu Caves
Batu Caves

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Singburi January 13th 2014

Day 3 of our Chai Nat adventure continued. When I woke up this morning I slowly rolled over to grab my phone to see how much time I had left before the 5am Music Fest. I almost couldn’t believe it when I saw it was 530. A break at last, turns out yesterday was either a 1 day event or I just so happened to get here on day 99 of the 100 days of mourning. We started the day by greeting the monks on the street with some fresh rice and ramen. After we put the food in the pot they were carrying, we bowed down and they blessed us, which I figure can’t hurt when you are in a new city. Our first stop today was to a pre-school. Now let me tell you, ... read more
Preschool
Making the insecticide
Bamboo weaving.

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Singburi January 12th 2014

I woke up today, at 5 am, to the sound of BLASTING Thai music. As if the music itself wasn't abrasive enough, after about 3 minutes the local animals started calling back, which created quite the Thai Symphony. I, like any rational human being, was pretty surprised by this and was walking around trying to figure out what was going on. No one else seemed bothered by it, and every time I'd ask a student what it was, they'd just shrug. I later found out that it's common practice to play music from 5-6am for 100 days after someone dies as a period of mourning. Looking forward to the next week of this.... We eventually got up, dressed and headed back to the pavilion for breakfast. Afterwards we caught a tractor to the Lao Khrang Village, ... read more
Temple
The infamous translation bottle
We took a lot of group pictures

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Singburi January 11th 2014

So today we embark on an epic adventure to try to teach 15 students the true meaning of Thai culture. Who better to lead them on said adventure than yours truly (along with 2 other Thai teachers). I've been given very little information before we began. I had an itinerary that had been translated for me and a note that said to be at the school by 9am on Saturday morning. I motorbiked in right at 9 to find half of my group already assembled. We waited for a few stragglers to catch up, but we eventually took off 5 students short of our roster. I started to ask questions, but then I remembered I was in Thailand and figured I'd be better served to sit back and just let it all unfold. As it turns ... read more
So many selfies
floating market
Trying to keep 15 students together at the airport is a mission

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket December 13th 2013

So today half of my M5 class (11th grade) was out "attending a sport event" (whatever that means) so instead of teaching the few students that were in class just to reteach them the material next time I decided to pull up pictures of Christmas things and have them explain what they saw. This is how it went: I started out easy and just asked then "What is Christmas?" Response: "Birth or Death of Jesus...We aren't sure...but definitely something to do with Jesus." Next question I pulled up a picture of Santa on his sleigh and asked what this was. Response: "That's Santa." Me: "Who is Santa?" Response: "Old fat man who has tiny children slaves who make toys." Me: "Why does he make them make toys?" Response: "To give to children." Next I showed them ... read more
Christmas Pickle
Coal

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Saraburi November 28th 2013

After a month of being on the island, we decided it was about time for a great escape. Lala, Lauren and myself packed up our bags and jetted off to Saraburi to visit our friends Deana and Lainie. Our journey started right after school. We called our favorite cab driver Yao and piled in 7 people deep since Lauren's parents were also flying with us to continue their Thai tour in Bangkok. We arrived in Bangkok a few hours later and walked down the car service lane to try to find a cab that would take us to Saraburi, about an hour away. There was a bit of a language barrier, and every time we said we were trying to get to Saraburi the drivers would look concerned and say "not good for you to go." ... read more
Ruins
Google Street View
Wat Phra Phutthabat

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket November 12th 2013

A month, it's been a whole month since coming to Thailand. It somehow simultaneous feels like yesterday and a life time ago. Its the little changes you don't notice until you do...like, I'm no longer picking all the peppers out of my food or how sometimes after school, it'll take 10 minutes of being in my apartment until I remember I forgot to turn on the AC or instead of cursing the speeding motorbikes passing by I've now joined their ranks. It's been a week and a half since school started. I am teaching 3 courses: Algebra, Physics and Communication. The kids are amazing. Don't get me wrong there are a few I'd like to strangle from time to time but they always win you back over. It's when you are in the front of the ... read more
My backyard
Phuket Islanders
Typical electrical work




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