Archive for the ‘rain’ Category

Typhoon

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

A big typhoon is hitting Jeju island as we speak, and it’s going to make it’s way up the mainland. I live in the southernmost tip of Korea, and I live on the top floor (the second) of one of the tallest buildings in my town. My co-teacher just suggested that I buy tape and tape down my windows.

I’m honestly less worried about my windows, and more depressed about having to walk to school tomorrow in the middle of a gigantic rainstorm.

Another thing I hate about rain

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

is that all the bugs come out of the woodwork. Literally. I just watched a bug trundle across the floor of the office heading straight for my desk. A pretty big bug. I swallowed a scream, and kicked it, and it turned around and headed for another desk. The teacher’s office is practically empty, so no one saw me do it, and we’re going to pretend this never happened.

 

Also I looked up “like the dickens” and found out that it is not at all related to Charles (though that is a very common question) and it’s actually a euphemism for the Devil. This makes more sense now.

Em in Asia! 2012-04-24 22:00:30

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

It is raining like the dickens outside (… what does that even mean? Charles Dickens? Why are intense things associated with Dickens? Did the person who coined this even READ Great Expectations?) and students have midterms next week. It’s a weird mix of crazy and exhausted, and damp. This morning I woke up at 5 am because the shutters in my apartment building’s hallway kept banging open and shut. It’s only 10:50 and I can already tell it’s going to be a strange day.

I pointed out the window and asked my advanced 1st grade students how they would describe this weather in Korean. Interestingly enough, this seemed to stump them. After class a student came up to me with a post-it note:

Storm

- 폭풍우: 폭풍 (violent wind) + 폭우 (violent rain). * 폭: (Chinese) violent; 풍: (Chinese) wind; 우: (Chinese) wind*
- 비바람: rain (비) + wind (바람)
- 거친 (adjective) 날씨: turbulent weather. (거칠다: V, Be rough)

 

While students are self-studying I’ve been writing in my Korean language diary, but unfortunately when it rains that is all I can really think about, so my entry today is only about rain. I’m tempted to go up to students that are goofing off instead of studying and asking them grammar questions and making them correct my entry, but then they might see some of my weirder entries (or the ones where I talk about them), so I’ll probably just leave it be.

Anyway, onward to third period, where I’ll be teaching teenage boys right after they’ve finished an English listening test who’ve been cooped up inside during their breaks because of the rain. Let the games begin.

By Land, Air, Longboat, and Tractor

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Our last morning in Chiang Mai was an early one, we ate one more amazing hotel breakfast and then loaded into busses for the trip to the airport. We flew from Chiang Mai to Bankok, where we met a connecting flight to the Island of Krabi. Getting off our first flight into the Bankok airport was quite an ordeal, as it was thunder storming quite violently when we landed and so they could not bring out the long metal tubes to get the passengers off the plane and into the airport for fear of them being hit by lightning. However, the personel at the Bankok airport were able to very efficiently resolve this matter by brining rolling covered staircases up to the front and rear exits of the plane and getting everyone off after only having to wait for about twenty minutes. Our layover in the Bankok airport was less than an hour and by the time we landed in Krabi we were greeted with a stifling heat and humidity so thick it felt like we had walked into someone’s mouth.

Waiting for us at the arrivals gate were representatives from the Railay Bay Resort who were holding a huge banner that said “Welcome Study Australia Students.” They escorted us out to the parking lot where we placed our checked luggage into a van that would deliver it to the hotel we would stay at in Phuket, and we were left with only our backpacks, packed with the essentials that we would need for the next three days. The reason for this downsizing in luggage was because the bus then took us to a dock where we all loaded into two long boats, which were not big enough to hold all of our checked luggage.

Views even from the dock were absolutely incredible. All the posters and postcards you have ever seen with images of crystal clear blue water with jagged vegetated mountains in the background and the wooden longboats in the foreground was exactly the reality I found myself in. It was incredible and I was wide eyed and blinking hard trying to take it all in.

Other longboat headed for the resort

view from the longboat ride

more mountain outcroppings

It looked like we were on the set of "Lost" except it was REAL

Longboats are everywhere in coastal Thailand

Almost there!

The estuary side of the peninsula

We had arrived!

When we arrived the tide was on its way out, so a tractor with a large platform on wheels backed out from the shore to our boat and we all loaded onto it and it took us the remaining 40-60 feet to the sidewalk lining the beach. We were given some sort of iced guava juice and cold washcloths upon arrival and were then given keys and sent to check out our rooms. What I did not realize was that this was no ordinary hotel, this was a RESORT. A resort whose predominant clientele base is honeymooners, so the rooms were designed in accordance with that demographic group, meaning every aspect of the room was designed for optimal private honeymoon…activities.

Every "room" was really more of a one bedroom apt, each with a private entrance.

Each room had a private entrance, and a private enclosed patio that surrounded it. It also had a doorbell outside.

Once inside, each room had a private deck area complete with two reclining chairs, two patio chairs, an outdoor shower, and a small hot tub.

Hot tub/outdoor shower

We totally had a moat, the ultimate in honeymooner suite security

Our moat had fish in it, I don't think they were flesh eating, but hey, you can't have everything right?

Bedroom, notice how low and wide the bed is. Like I said- DESIGNED for private honeymoon activities

These rooms were so obviously designed for sex it was hysterical. The shower was HUGE and had a super wide bench seat in it and everything was private and enclosed. If you wanted to have your room made up every day you had to turn on a light that indicated that, otherwise the maids wouldn’t come in. I half expected the mini fridge to be stocked with gatorade and power bars and have a complimentary basket of condoms next to it. Shortly after checking in and throwing our stuff down we all changed into bathing suits and went exploring. There were two pools at the resort, one that was very close to our room and one that was overlooking the beach. After a swim we enjoyed a complimentary buffet style dinner on the beach at sunset, and once the sun went down tiki torches and candles were lit and we enjoyed our dessert via candlelight. After dinner it was dark and a fire spinner came out and did a routine for us, collectively it was the most scenically stunning dinner experience I have ever had.

One of two pools

A monkey. You know, just hanging out.

hotel bar

Sunset over the Andaman Sea

The water was so clear, and so pleasantly warm.

Where we ate dinner that night. It was a complimentary meal provided by the hotel for our group.

Lindsay, Anneka and I about to enjoy our dinner on the beach

Me, Lindsay, Anneka and Danielle on the beach at sunset

Fire dancer

After we had eaten our fill of dinner and finished it off with the freshest pineapple and dragon fruit I have ever tasted we went back to our rooms to shower and change with the intention of checking out some of the nightlife. Danielle and Anneka came over to our room and chatted with Lindsay and I as we got ready, but somebody turned the TV on and because this resort is fancy as hell they had all sorts of movie channels so we got sucked into watching “The Blind Side” on HBO and by the time it ended and we headed out it had started to rain. We ignored the rain at first and kept walking towards the bars but pretty soon the drizzly rain had evolved into a full on torrential downpour. That seems to happen a lot in Thailand. Before we reached any of the bars we decided to turn back, and ran all the way back to our rooms in the pouring rain returning completely soaked but laughing hysterically. So much for blow drying my hair. Since it was almost midnight at this point we all decided to turn in and vowed to get up early the next day to thoroughly explore the island and get in some time on the beach.