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Salsa, shopping and games of speed! (15)

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Saturday was pretty much all smiles 🙂 We went shopping to a huge market, a few malls and then to the cinema. There was free ice tea too! But I guess if I had to pick one happy moment it’d be getting back here late last night, kooky on chocolate milk and watching Manasi salsa to that song from American Beauty…

‘I’m salsaing! Hello wall! You can salsa to anything when you have an ass….’.

I have no idea what was in the milk but we were up till 4.30…We played cards for about 3 hours; games I haven’t played since college like Speed and S***head!!

Oh and MIB3 was pretty good too… 😀


Friday smiles! (14)

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Today’s smile is 150,000% dedicated to my family. They were off work and school enjoying the sun in the garden so when I got home last night I had a proper catch up with my mum, big sister and two youngest nephews. It’s been months since I’ve seen most of them and they’re just so silly! From N3 popping his head up and down like he was on a spring to hearing about N2’s homemade fishing rod and plans for my sisters wedding, it was a really good to just spend some time with them, allbeit from 8000 miles away.

‘Why aren’t youuuuu at school Teacher Katy??’ ‘Umm because it’s 10pm??’ ‘Ah…ok then!’

I have the best family ever, left me with a huge grin on my face!

Unlucky for some…

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It’s the 13th smile day!

It didn’t start off great, I was short tempered and the kids were NOT cooperating. Then I ate something dodgy at lunch and spent the next 4 hours running to the bathroom, which was fun! But by 5 I felt so much better so decided not to cancel my evening plans and still go out! A friend I met travelling is staying at the moment so her, Keely and I headed to Sukhumvit for ‘the best street food in Bangkok’ (was good, but not THAT good! Though the mango and sticky rice was divine!) followed by a rooftop bar for free gin. Gotta love a ladies night!

And now it’s Friday, woo weekend!! Gotta go to work xx

100 smiles – day 12

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So today I took charge a little more with some of the lessons. The kids are always really asleep in the morning so I got them up out of their seats doing stretches and playing silly games. It certainly woke them up! In fact it was such a success that we did it for most of the classes during the day, just to get them to use a little energy so they were ready to sit and concentrate for a while! Then Loriel took them through about 40 minutes of reviewing the previous years work before I got to play more games, this time testing their understanding of what we’d done in class. It’s really easy to lose the attention of the class when they’re this young, activities and work needs to be kept short and fun or else they’ll be off chatting and you’ll never get them back. Being silly and playing games is the kind of teacher I want to be, it was fun to try a little of that today!

Then this evening there was skype time, always guaranteed to put a smile on my face!

Double smiles

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So maybe I wrote my smile a little early today, because this evening completely eclipsed this morning.

Today was the Leavers Ceremony at UWC Atlantic College. Some of you might remember my blog about last years ceremony, but even then I don’t think I managed to convey how magical this day is. This year the ceremony was broadcast live on the internet, so even though I am literally thousands of miles away I was able to see familiar faces and listen to the amazing students give speeches like professionals, sing like superstars and generally be the incredible people that attend they all are.

There were awards, songs, speeches and goodbyes. Lots of clapping and cheering, some well deserved standing ovations and a lot of laughs. As I type this the first years will be lining the moat path as the second years gather in the courtyard for their lap of honor. I’m so glad the sun is shining for you all, I hope you have had the best end to the best years you could have had.

I”d like to say thank you to the organisers for allowing so many people around the world to share in this day. Thank you for my mention, it really made me smile, but only a little bit, I was already smiling so much that any more and my face would have cracked! You’re all brilliant and very much missed.

Keep being awesome. Much love xx

Smile 9, 10, 11

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Sunday smiles

Created some lesson material for my first week of proper lessons. Not entirely sure what I’m doing but I managed to set homework!

Monday smiles

Monday is one of my early finish days, was good to be out of school before last period.

Tuesday smiles

Trying to wean myself off checking my phone in the middle of the night as I need to live on Thai time not UK time, but this morning they made me smile. Sometimes it’s good knowing people are only at arms reach.

Smile 8 – Try something new!

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So today was a day for new things; exploring new places, meeting new people, seeing new movies and new modes of transport! I took my first motorbike taxi! It was a little alarming when my driver donned his helmet and left me without one, but I really enjoyed zipping through the traffic. I really like travelling by motorbike/scooter, just wish I was brave enough to drive one myself! Though maybe not in Bangkok!