Well hello lovely people. I hope you are all well. Things have been pretty epic since my last little epistle so hold on to your hats...
So last time I think I was just about to start week two of my course which was all pretty much practical teaching. That was pretty damn nervewracking I have to say, even ariving to the Thai school were there was 2000 pupils took some guts. Eventually the time to teach arrived and thankfully once I was up there things went pretty swimmingly. The Thai kids are a joy to be honest. Always happy and respectful its easy to make the classes a lot of fun, playing games and such. In fact, my classes went so well the school asked me to teach an extra class so I was pretty chuffed with that.
So come Thursday evening I was a fully qualified TEFL teacher and me and the gang went out for a few frosty ones proud as punch. I had also been given some job contacts in Krabi so I set about my plans to find some permanant work.
These plans were to be punctuated by a visit from Mr James Walker who was mooching about some jungle nearby, and we decided to head to Koh-Phang-ang for a few days or so in paradise before the job hunt.
This involved a motorbike taxi, a coach, a meter taxi, a night bus, a song tao, and finally a longboat taxi. About 600 miles for the price of a taxi from Liverpool to Birkenhead...
The story does not end there though, as on getting off the bus in Bangkok ready for the night bus to Surat Thani the police searched our bags...no problem, I thought..."Big problem!" they thought. It turns out that some sleeping tablets we had bought from Pattaya were valium and we didnt have a prescription for them, which you need in Bangkok. The police chief came down and to say we went white was an understatement. They were telling Walker he was is big trouble and he would have to go to the jail wth them. We felt sick and he was claiming it would take 40,000 baht to avoid this. Corruption is all part of life over here. You can on;y withdraw 10,000 at a time from ATM's though so thankfully he eventually agreed to that and we scampered off heart's beating faster than a carribbean drum.
So epic journey complete and heading to Hat Rin beach where the infamous full moon parties go off we decided to follow the advice of the wondeful Hannah Moss, who had emailed me saying we should go to Hat Yuan, a beach only accessible by boat and 2 mins from Hat Rin. Knowing Hannah I thought it must be a good recommendation and boy is this place paradise. I literally cannot put into words how beautiful the setting is, and the atmosphere so wonderful.
Last night we had a few ales and headed to a place built into a clifftop called Eden, and it was Eden for all. The party they had was something I had never experienced before in my life. They had it all and everyone loved it. Of course, being inaccessible by road means no police, so hedonism was rife. We had some mushroom shakes courtesy of the locals and it was insanity and joy till the sunrise. Thankyou Hannah! I wish all of you could be here, it is that amazing. Even waking up rough as toast is made a the easier by a picture postcard scene from my beach bungalow.
I must shoot anyway, the sunshine awaits, as does meeting my good friend Pete and a half moon party in the jungle on Friday, tough times.
Love to all...