Asia-How much I spent

Wednesday 21st June. A truly momentous day. This was the day that I got paid from my teaching job and in turn the day I stopped living from my savings. It took me a year to save up enough money to solely depend on for 6 months- which I don’t think is too bad. For…

It’s Britney, Bitch!

Yesterday was the day I’ve been waiting if not my entire life then certainly for over a month when I booked the tickets-I FINALLY got to see Britney Spears live in concert in Bangkok! I hope you’re all extremely jealous- I know I would be if I were you. I have grown up listening to…

A weekend in Kanchanaburi

As you’re all probably well aware by now (because I don’t stop complaining about it)… I’m bored. Actually, this week wasn’t so bad. I’ve completely taken on the Thai ‘Mai Ben Rai’ (it means no worries, hakuna matata basically) mantra and have been much more chilled, relaxed and enjoying living in the moment and appreciating…

TEFL in Thailand; the good, the bad and the ugly

I have been teaching in Thailand for 5 weeks now; I know, I can hardly believe how quickly the time has passed either. The last you heard from me was right after I’d completed my first week of being a bona fide TEFL teacher; I was a fresh-faced, naive graduate and I honestly had no…

A tourist in Bangkok

The idea of living in Thailand has been all I could think about for the past 12 months. Amazingly though, it was the mundane things that I have fantasised about the most; what would my home look like? Would I make any new friends? Would I pick up the language quickly? What would I do…

A vegan’s survival guide to 7/11

Like churches in Poland, pubs in England and Mcdonalds in America- 7/11’s are a BIG deal in Thailand. Like an infestation; where there’s one, there’s another right next door, across the road or just down the street. I don’t think I’ve gone a single day in this country without seeing at least 5 different 7/11…

The not-so green lungs of Bangkok

I live in Phrapradang, Samutprakarn- which I’m guessing none of you will have heard of; not to worry, I hadn’t either until I got here. Before moving to this unknown town, I did a little research, and by that I mean I googled the town name. Unfortunately, very little came up (in English anyway), I…

The mythical fish of a cosmic ocean

Living just a 15 minute drive from central Bangkok means it can become very easy to spend all of your free time in the incredibly exciting, brilliantly tacky, sensory overloading, deeply cultural metropolis. I feel as if I’m jumping on a sky train every chance I get; but as much as I still have to…

Teaching in Bangkok-Alleh wah?!

Before I became a teacher I read so many articles and blogs discussing how respectful Thai kids are, how well behaved they are and how much they respect western teachers…can I move to their school please? As much as I have already fallen in love with a lot of my kids, a lot of them,…

Goodbye TEFL Heaven

I never realised just how difficult it would be to; take part in a full time teaching course, make new friends and socialise, spend time with Joe, keep in touch with family, move into a new apartment, prepare for a new career AND maintain my blog. Hence my blog has been suffering a little lately….

How to Budget like a boss

Sometimes it can be really difficult to stick to the budget you’ve set for yourself whilst backpacking. There are always temptations; new clothes, partying, sightseeing tours and these temptations always seem to set you back a fortune. Pretty soon you’ll be on the phone to the Bank of Mum and Dad begging for money as you…

Ode to a Dorm Room

I’ve stayed in many, many hostels in my time travelling 2 different continents. It doesn’t matter what country you’re in or how much you’ve spent on a dorm bed-hostels always attract a specific kind of person. The names may change, as may the faces but you tend to meet the exact same kind of people…