We are finally back to the states and over our jet lag!!! We had an incredible two months in Thailand and would both love to go back again!! Thank you so much for checking out our page and sending us messages! Checking our planet ranger page for messages was one of our favorite things to do! We cannot wait to show everyone more pictures in person, share our endless stories from Thailand.
We've been back for a week and a half now and we are starting to get back into the swing of the real life. We visited friends and teammates at Holy Cross for a weekend, visited the JFK Museum in Boston, and practiced our Thai cooking skills for CC's family in Portsmouth. Now, Daryl is on his way back home to Atlanta and CC will start working on Monday.
Thank you again for checking out our website so often! We cannot wait to fill everyone in on more stories!
Daryl & CC
Location: Si Saket, Thailand
We are back in Thailand after our trip to Cambodia with Dad Decha (the owner of SBAC) and his wife Khun Kai. We have already put a few albums up of our trip to Cambodia and there are still a few more to come!
We learned and saw so much in just a few days! We will put more information up about the places we visited and the history of Angkor, Cambodia, and the Khmer Rouge as soon as we can. So keep checking back for more information, blogs, and pictures of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom Bayon!!
Location: Si Saket, Thailand
We have been in Sisaket teaching at SBAC for two weeks now and things are going great! Our students are very shy and get embarrassed easily when speaking English in class. However, since going on the field trip to Phu Jong Nayoi National Park with a few of our classes, more students are coming up to us to say hello and ask how our day is going. Most of our students are good at reading and writing English, but lack confidence in speaking English. We are working on getting our students to feel more confident in speaking up in class and approaching farang (foreigners). Thai students often have a hard time pronouncing Rs and Ls
.which makes Daryl sound something like Dawee. As a solution Daryl has been asked to introduce himself as Darren and we have both been given Thai nicknames. In Thailand everyone has a nickname (often having nothing to do with their real name) and there is always a happy meaning behind the nicknames. Daryls nickname is Mesaa. In Thai, the month April (Daryls birthday is in April) is pronounced deun mesaa yon (deun means month, mesaa is April, and yon means there are only 30 days in the month). April is a highly anticipated month of the year because the beloved Songkran Festival takes place in April (we are still learning about why this festival is so loved). CCs Thai nickname is PiMi (pronounced Pee My). CCs birthday is December 21st, close to the New Year, which in Thai is called PiMi. Just as Thais love Songkran, they also love celebrating the New Year. Piggy, one of our English speaking Thai friends picked these nicknames for us so Thai people would immediately link us with very happy times in the year. Our students love that we have Thai nicknames almost as much as they enjoy listening to us attempt to speak Thai.
So far we can count to 999 in Thai pretty easily, were still working on the bigger numbers
we always forget the words that mean thousand, million, and so on. We have also learned the Thai words for please, thank you, spicy (Thai food is pretty spicy), water, the days of the week, months of the year, our favorite foods, animals that are everywhere in Thailand, like buffalo (kwai) and dog (ma),where is the bathroom, phrases that are useful in the classroom like very good (geng mak), ready (prah may yang), and a bunch more. Our host father, Dad Somporn (pronounced Some Pone) is not that great at English, so after dinner we usually sit with our phrasebook and quiz each other on different English and Thai words. Dad Somporns grandson, Heart, who is 6, thinks it is hysterical to listen to us try to pronounce the Thai words correctly.
Along with learning new words we are also learning a lot about different foods here in Thailand. For the first week and a half we pretty much tried anything Dad Somporn ordered for us at restaurants or cooked at home. Since he does not speak a lot of English we did not usually know what we were eating. After a trip to the grocery store and seeing that one of the things we had tried was congealed blood
we have started making sure to find out what was on our plates. Among other things we have tried that dont quite make our list of favorite foods are silk worms, flies, chicken liver, durian (a spiky looking fruit that we are not fans of), and lots of vegetarian food. However, for all the things we have tried and not liked there are twice as many things we have loved. Topping the list would be Singha Beer (the official beer of Thailand), Royalgo (a Cambodian beer), and Asahi (a Japanese beer)
.what can we say, shaking off the college lifestyle is harder than we thought itd be. We are also fans of Mangostein, Mango, Guava, Guava juice, duck, pig leg/feet, cream filled salampow (Daryl eats about 5 almost every morning, we even have a picture of him eating one in the Phu Jong Nayoi album), moo klop (white rice, pork, and a sweet sauce), kow makang (white rice, steamed chicken and a spicy sauce), Thai fried chicken, and countless other Thai foods.
We are working on internet access at Dad Somporns house. Once we get that up and running we will be able to update our blog just about daily! We have some videos that we will be trying to put up soon, we are not sure if our internet connection will be good enough to do it though. We will keep you posted! Thanks for all the messages!! We LOVE checking them and hearing from you all!
Kawp Kun Krop (thank you from Daryl) & Kawp Kun Kaa (thank you from CC)!!!!!!
Location: Si Saket, Thailand
Thank you everyone for sending us all the messages this past week and a half that we have been in Thailand. We did not know how to check the messages on our page at first, but now that we have figured it out we will be able to check them and respond much quicker!
For the first week and a half our internet access had been sporadic. But now that we are in Si Saket at the Si Saket Business Administration College (SBAC), which is where we are teaching for the next seven weeks, we will have internet access almost every day.
Our first week here at SBAC, we will be teaching the students, as well as many of the professors, how to pronounce common greetings in the U.S. Our first day of teaching was yesterday and we had a great time! The students and faculty here are very nice and constantly show their appreciation for us coming to help them with their English.
This week we will cover formal and informal greetings that are common in U.S. culture. Every class, including the class for the professors, has asked us to sing them an American song, so yesterday we sang them "The Hokie Pokie Song" hahaha. Please feel free to give us some more song suggestions!!
We miss and love you all!!! Thank you for continuing to check out our blog and keep us company on our trip!!! :)
The first diary entry!!! It's crazy to think that a few months ago a trip to Thailand was just a fun idea that we tossed around with no clue that it would soon be a reality.
But, in less than one day it will truly be a reality as we will travel to Thailand for two months. With our departure time (8:18 AM, 7/15) rapidly approaching, in true form, we still have to handle a few last minute details.... like packing. As you all can see, we should be packing this very minute, but instead we chose to update our travel blog haha.
We leave tomorrow morning with a few stops before we reach Thailand. We'll fly from Boston to Chicago, Chicago to Tokyo, and finally Tokyo to Bangkok. Our estimated time of travel, including layovers, will be 27 hours and 32 minutes. Our longest flight will be the 13 hours it will take to get from Chicago to Tokyo.
We'll be posting blogs, pictures, and videos of our experiences in Thailand throughout our trip!!! We'd love for you to post messages on our blog and we'll try to respond as often as possible.
Dit dor mah na!!!! (Keep in touch!!!!)