Well a week has gone by and I thought I would pop up another little update for all you wonderful lerds and ladies to soak up while you no doubt recover from your Saturday night induced hangovers.
Since I last wrote of my adventures I have become more than accustomed to dealing with the crazy nature of this city with a fair bit of help. On the Wednesday of last week i decided to mooch down to the beach to do some reading for my training course. Thai beaches are especially perfect for a milky white burn demon like myself as they are pretty much caked with shaded umbrellas and sunbeds end to end, actually finding a bit of direct sunlight can be a bit of a chore. But for my situation this was perfect, I'm still slowly adapting to the heat. So, as I was shuffling through my notes the girl next to me hears me practicing my Thai under my breath and corrects my scouse tinged pronuciation. I look over to thank her and she is absolutely stunning with a gorgeous smile on her face. We got to talking and she was reading a book herself, on Thai law, as it turns out she is studying in Bangkok Umiversity to be a lawyer. After a while I had to leave but was pleasantly surprised when she asked for my phone number, which I had luckily got myself a Thai sim the day before. (+66874821360 if anyone wishes to contact me with a cheeky text or whatnot) and I went about.
Shockingly, the next day she called me and we arranged to go out that evening. It was really good to have someone show me the places the tourists may not know about and we had a really good time. I have seen her every night since and she has been teaching me all things thai. From a ridiculously spicy curry reminicest of soemthing Zoe cooked me once when I couldnt feel my face to learning Thai slang phrases which has endeared me to alot of the hotel staff.
It has also allowed me to learn what not to do, crucially, though i learnt this from a number of faux pas's. One such incident occurred after a few beers on the first night out we had. With her name being "Na Na" (Thai nickname) I of course followed up with an N'Dubz style "Naaaiiii" a la Dappy. The confusion that ensued was not worth the minor chuckle it gave me. Humour is very different over here. I have learnt through embarassment that Thai's do not grasp sarcasm, and as a result they certainly do not understand a classic "so is your mum" joke. I launched one of these after a few Singha's and all hell broke loose. It took some careful diplomacy to diffuse that I tell thee.
But all in all its been ace to meet her and we get on really well. I dont think we are talking thai bride stuff like but its all good fun and boss to have a bit of companionship.
On the course side of things the first week was pretty successful. It was many theoretical stuff and next week is more practical. As a result I have spent a good chuck of the weekend planning lessons for some Thai schoolkids on Tuesday and Wednesday. I have to teach them about food and hobbies. I thought food was a hobby. It is of mine anyway. I also, and far more dauntingly, have to teach a group of German adults at the language school. I reckon the kids will be laughing, excitable and enthusiastic. The german adults however, I fear will be dour German stereotypes who will question my doubtless ineffiecient methods. We shall see though, but I am quite nervous I have to say.
Well that about wraps up my adventures for now. I promise things will get more exciting once I have got this course done and dusted. I am off to meet Na NA for some spicy scran and then to a bar to watch us probably get tonked by United, but I live in hope. Luckily the bar owner is an ex pat scouser I befriended so it will be a partizan atmosphere if that is possible.
Hope you are all in tip top form, loving your work.