I said Krabi. Not Crabs. UPDATE NO. 7

Trip Start Dec 21, 2009
Trip End Aug 07, 2010

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

UPDATE NO. 7 - Sunday 31st Jan

Right, well, hello again. I can't believe it's already been a week since I updated my last post... I can't even begin to describe just how busy I've been and as to how many different things have been happening every day!

I'll try my best to get everything down accurately and in order and so on, so here goes(!):

First off, the teaching.. Yes, I have actually done a little of that of late (although you'll find it's somewhat eclipsed by other recent events in this post). Had a couple of 90 minute lessons since the last post, with no real problems. I think everyone's kind of understood what's required of us and we're now pretty much all comfortable with our own teaching styles and preparation techniques. Speaking of which, I've noticed the need not to overplan a lesson and managed to flesh out about 30 minutes of teaching material into a full 90 minutes by simply repeating pronunciation of all the words with the students a ridiculous number of times, lol. Who would have thought that 15 odd words of vocab (fish, french fries, bowl, ice, etc), the difference between 'i like' and 'i would like' and a couple of reading exercises would have been enough to fill out a full 90 minutes? Not me... but that's exactly what happened! Oh, and  pronunciation of the CH sounds in 'chocolate,' 'french fries' and 'ketchup' was severely exploited (literally, for about 10 minutes on that alone) until they were blue in the face with exhaustion. That was pretty funny.

I also bought myself a snazzy new little laptop (a cheeky bright blue number) this week to stop myself having to borrow Zed's macbook all the time, so I'm now a lot freer to update my blog/facebook and respond to email/skype, if that is so require.

Right, now for the real fun of recent times. Thursday night, as usual, was the end of our regular teaching week (because of community work commitments every Friday) and was met with another Thursday night party... With a twist!! Zed turns 30 tomorrow (monday) so we planned a surprise party for him, with a Mexican theme! Mexican food was the order of the evening (with REAL CHEESE making an unexpected but very welcome appearance), as was an incrrrredibly well made Penate, loving made by Sumera.  Literally, words don't do it justice... check the photos out to see how amazingly made it was. Everyone made costumes (ponchos out of paper, mustaches drawn on and sombreros brought out of the resources cupboard) to greet Zed, who had been tactically invited out for a drink by one or two of our group. The surprise element just added to what an amazing night it was, so all in all it was an incredible night. Sumera pretty much planned every single aspect of it and single handedly took care of all the food and preparation, so kudos to her for all the hard work she put into it - it really was an incredible night.

Friday was spent teaching English to kids (rather than adults) at a small rural school a bit further out from where we live than where we normally teach. This was completely different to the teaching so far, not only because of the much larger class sizes (between 12 and 18, as opposed to the three students I've been teaching this term), but also because of the fact that they were much younger and had almost not education in English whatsoever. The kids were, however, very cooperative and behaved extremely well during their lesson on 'body parts' that Ed, Scott and I taught together (think 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Toes' being screamed out loud by children and that's about right). The lessons themselves were pretty unremarkable and, in all fairness, could have gone a fair bit better - teaching on 3 hours sleep while still covered in golden glitter (a lot of glitter ambushing going on the night before!) was perhaps not ideal. Taking photos of the classes and having a kick about with the kids was by far the highlight of the day for me... look at the photos yourself and you'll see why!

Having got back early in the afternoon from our teaching, we were free for the weekend to do as we liked. A group of 6 of us had signed up to go snorkeling in Ao Nang on Sunday (today) and therefore decided to spend the weekend there, just to get away from base for a  few days. Ao Nang, incidentally, is where Mum, Marie-Louise and I had spent New Year's so I knew the area pretty well even before arriving. Friday night was spent chilling on the balcony of our guesthouse (5 quid per person a night!) and in the local bars, just the group of 6 of us. Martin, Lindsey and Ella hit the hay pretty early at about 1.30, leaving Sean, Tammy and I out on our own. We ended up meeting a crazy bunch of people (including someone who looked EXACTLY like Teddy Sherringham and an awesome Japanese guy called J) and going to some random club on the sea front called the Lunar Lounge. All in all pretty fun, but yet another post 4am bedtime was not good for the old body clock, that's for sure!

Saturday was a fairly chilled out day on the beach soaking up the rays and unwinding after a few hard weeks of teaching, and today was spent snorkeling, through a company that we'd booked with via GVI. We visited 5 islands in all, taking a boat to and then snorkelling off each one, swimming in the crystal clear waters.. something to be jealous of, for sure!  The views were absolutely amazing and we spent half the time swimming in between the fish and floating right above them.. It was scary how close we could get to all the awesome and different coloured fishies! I have a tonne of awesome photos to show you all, but unfortunately you'll have to wait until a few days time to look at today's snorkeling ones, as they were taken on our guide's (waterproof) camera. We had so much fun taking all sorts of underwater shots and so I do hope that the wait will be worth it for you guys!

All in all, this was probably the most action packed and most fun week
to date, so tryign to cram it all in one little post doesn't really do
it justice. In future, I'll try and update it more than once a week, but
it's just been so extremely busy here recently!

Anyway, I'm now as tanned as I've ever been and it's still January! Whattt?! It's also 11.52 pm (8 minutes until Zed turns 30 - he's sat right opposite me) and I have no battery left on my laptop so I must dash off to bed because of yet another busy week ahead of me.

Right, sleepytime. Love you all. I've put up many photos as I can for now, but do come back to this post in a day or two for the snorkeling photos!! xxx

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