Monday, December 23, 2013

12-17-13 to 12-19-13 Improptu Visits and Some Holiday Cheer

     Another little random anecdote. This was from a while back, but either way, I believe our gym teacher monitors the back gate traffic every morning before school. One time, I was walking and looking terrified of the traffic, and when the cars slowed down, he blew his whistle, pretended to stop all cars, and went like, “Teacher, cross!” 
     I couldn’t stop laughing because he made it all dramatic, like he was stopping everything just for me. That made for a very splendid morning :).

     One of the items on my agenda for an extremely long time has been to visit Central Mall again, except instead of going there to shake in fear like I did during my first visit, I needed to visit True Move so they could fix my increasingly-irritating phone issue. So far, on most of our weekend trips, Jess has been the one using her phone’s Google Maps to track where we are and figure out directions to where we need to be. My phone has just served as a time-keeper and for texts and calls, just in case we can’t locate one another. 
     Before I begin my story, I have to explain that sometimes all my logic flies out the window. I sometimes still respond to my neighbor, and since I was still hesitant about going to the mall by myself and he has been inviting me to have Vietnamese food with him, I decided to go to the mall with my neighbor. 
     He is a nice guy, though; it’s just his facebook messages that are a little too pushy and a little over persistent. (Unfortunately.)
     We went to the mall, ate some “Viet” food, which was really Thai food that looked like Vietnamese food... I tried to enjoy my “pho” and the “la lot.” The la lot was definitely pretty similar, so I enjoyed it, but these Thai-style foods just made me miss Tank Noodle back at home. Maybe the next time I teach, it should be in Vietnam instead of some Cantonese-speaking place, which was my next goal. Argh, who knows. Maybe I should just stay in Chicago for the vast variety of foods! :) 
     My neighbor paid for the taxi ride and my food, so when he suggested we eat ice cream, (even though I clearly said I preferred GELATO), I insisted that I cover the tab. I ate about half of the cookies n’ cream ice cream along with brownies and the waffle bowl, and when we got up to pay, I saw him pulling out his wallet. HECK NO. I demanded in English to the Thai guy behind the counter, “TAKE THIS ONE!” and surprisingly, the guy actually listened to me. Thank goodness; I hate the feeling of knowing I owe someone. 
     I also ended up buying the book “Phantom of the Opera” because I really feel like reading and I seriously miss reading!

     Ashley, house guest #3, came to visit! I do miss my twin and wish I could see her more often... She is actually going to Vietnam during winter break on her own, so her visit to me was impromptu, as she had to head into Bangkok to visit the Vietnam Embassy. Honestly, I admire all my friends for being so independent and knowing how to plan their own trips. I still have so much trouble walking downstairs to buy food on my own, yet they can travel from country to country and adapt to other cultures so readily. I look forward to the one day when I can hopefully do that...
     We strolled my market, ate an omelet (told you I feed this to everybody, lol), and then we made it back to my room to watch the Big Bang Theory and the Mindy Project. Sweet and low-key; just how I like it!
     Last time, I ended up buying 2 dresses during Lindsay’s visit. This time, I bought one dress... (Actually, since I’m typing retrospectively, I do end up buying another dress when I’m out with dress. I should probably stop seeing my friends if it means I’m going to be blowing all my money on dresses haha)

     I was sad to leave Ashley in the morning, but I had to make it to school. Ashley cleaned my drain--she was the second house guest to do that. Actually, if they keep doing that, maybe it’s worth it to spend money on dresses if they’re all cleaning my house for me. :P Haha just kidding! I don’t know how on earth I can return all these kindhearted souls’ help. When I visit them, I’ll treat them or clean their houses too :) I’ve been meaning to try to make myself useful anyway...

      Class 1D made Christmas crafts! 

Plato working very hard on his Christmas connect-the-dots

Ou showing me his Christmas tree

Baitoey working on her Barbie ornament for the class paper tree

Peach and Aim designing their trees as well

This is the first time I've seen Herb working so hard in my class.
At least I know he enjoys coloring very detailed pictures!

Khow-hom and Nano doing some intense coloring artwork

This is Rich, not listening to me. I told him to make a Christmas
card for his parents. He proceeded to cut every single piece
of paper I gave him because I taught them how to make
snowflakes a few days before... Bad idea haha!

Proud of her completed art!

All the finished coloring pages! :)

Some of the finished Christmas trees and 1D's ornaments hanging
on my very, very fake Christmas tree lol

Because we were cleaning up our classroom, I decided to give the
students their turkeys from Thanksgiving. They actually made it a day
before the holiday, so I never bothered hanging them up. I really do
love how creative each student was with what I gave them though. :)

Baitoey's was very pretty!

     After school, we had a Christmas party too. It was fun, but I was just not in the mood for it because there were other things going on in my mind, like going to the mall to have my phone fixed before I went on my break. As I saw it, I was going to be somewhere for the weekend starting on Friday, so I would have only Monday, since I would be taking off for my winter holiday on Tuesday... so what would I do if I went to the mall on Monday and my phone refused to work???
     And yes, thank goodness I left some time during the party because I reached the mall with plenty of time to spare. There was also only one English-speaking representative, whom I feel like I bothered for an hour. But it’s okay! (Well, for me.) He ended up being able to get my phone to run on mobile data. I did have to pay for some type of plan, but it was monthly, just like back at home with the 1 or 2 GB cap. YES!!!

The Filipino teachers sang Christmas carols. Their voices were very melodic!

We all sat around the food table like we were at an awkward 8th grade dance.

That tree was where we plucked angels that contained numbers.
Each number corresponded to a different prize. I stayed through 1 round
of games: the first being an acting-out of popular Christmas characters,
(I hid in the bathroom for most of it so I wouldn't have to participate).
I left during the second one because I wanted to go to True. It was a game
called "Ha ha, he he, ho ho." The objective of that one was to be the last one
standing--the catch is that you have to repeat those in that order from person
to person, but you can't smile or laugh... or you're out.

     The games would have been really fun had it not been for my level of stress. I'm glad the school held this for us though :) Oh! I forgot to mention the prize I won from plucking the angel. It was a car air purifier. It is definitely useful for me here in Thailand... haha :P I gave it away to a fellow teacher who actually has a car. :)

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