Sai Bai Dee Phi Mai! – Buddhist New Year Celebrations

Throughout my time in Thailand and traveling in Southeast Asia, I experienced countless unforgettable experiences that would be difficult to express fully in writing.  Out of all the experiences I had, I’d have to say one of the most unique and memorable was celebrating “Songkran” or “Phi Mai” – the Buddhist New Year.  The Buddhist…

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100 Best things in Life

I started thinking about those little things in life, all those millions of tiny moments that add up and make up life so amazing.  It’s important to remember some of those little things that make you feel alive and grateful each day.  I had a moment and I started thinking about all those many things I love…

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Daily Life: Kamphaeng Phet

It always happens, time flies by and next thing you know the thing you were waiting for and excited about is happening.  And the next thing you know, that experience is over and somehow 6 months have passed.  I knew it from the beginning.  I made sure to appreciate each day and live for the…

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To laugh or to cry…

Native English speaker… check, College graduate… check, TESOL certificate course in Chiang Mai (learn to be a teacher for 3 weeks before arriving at your school)… check – okay, looks like I’m ready to go! Sounds simple enough right? Teach English in Thailand and get paid, free travel, easy life? Well it’s not exactly as…

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Culture Shock – “What’s Different?

I’ve now officially been living in Thailand for three months. People back home often ask questions like “What’s it like there?” and my first response is “It’s very different”.  Then I get a question like “What’s different there?” Now that’s a difficult question for me to answer, as that would entail just about everything. Transportation, food, culture,…

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Learning to Teach…

Some days my life still doesn’t feel real. I lived abroad before, but this has been a completely new experience for me. First a week in Bangkok, then a month in Chiang Mai, now I’m living in a local city Kamphaeng Phet. Every day is something new, every day still I find myself amazed. Still,…

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Week 1 – Exploring Bangkok

It’s Thursday September 22nd around 7pm – all my bags are packed and in the car. It’s all I’ve been thinking about and preparing for all summer, and the day has finally arrived. My parents and my best friend take me to the airport – I arrive at JFK around 10:30pm to wait for a…

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Slow Down. Stop. Take a break…

It sounds simple, but it’s so easy to forget. In this fast paced world we live in, people seem to forget to slow down. They forget to stop when they need to stop. We’re so used to moving, going, doing, constantly on the run to get something done. We need to remind ourselves it’s okay…

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How Meditation Changed My Mindset

Learning to practice meditation has changed my life in immeasurable ways. Even in the times I am not meditating, I have learned to hold a different mindset: a mindset of awareness and openness in everything. I am always mindful (or reminding myself to be mindful). I am aware of my existence and the existence of…

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Six Things Costa Rica Taught Me

I knew going to Costa Rica would be a big change for me, but I couldn’t have predicted just how much it would change me. It was a new experience adapting to a new culture, but for me it seemed to be a positive adjustment as I easily connected with their values. Ultimately, I was…

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