Friday, August 20, 2010

Wow school

alright i just finished my second day of school and can I say it's completely overwhelming. when we got there yesterday I was finally able to meet Elyna (her thai nickname is Arri) she's kind of quite but really nice and knows a lot more thai already then I do. Anyways, they took us and stuck us up in front of the entire school which is 2,700 students HOLY CRAP thats scary enough, then they asked us to speak to everyone. Elyna was able to say stuff in thai which got thunderous applause. I could not. also I have to wear a uniform... (insert grumpy face here) and mine is still having the name sewn on the pocket so I got to wear the PE uniform which isn't so bad as certain classes wear it when they have PE that day.
I've got a lot of different classes as they structure a schedule completely different then Canada. I have:
Thai Grammer
4 different english classes
Math (which I thought I would never have to touch after CHS)
Science (again with the though I was done)
and I think that's it
yesterday everyone was introducing themselves to me and it was so overwhelming and I got laughed at a lot for not knowing anything but I was laughing too so it was fine.
Today was much easier. I know my class and I've already made friends that are really nice, kind of the loud ones of the class but I'm fine with that and there is this one girl in class that is super pretty and I'd love to get photos of her (wow creeper much?)
Also I have found someone to officially bump Mitchel out of my top "totally gay spot" a boy in my class is so flaming . He's really funny but wither he talks thai or english he was that gay guy way of speaking that I can't help but smile at, I also caught him plucking his eyebrows in science class... don't get me wrong he's really nice. all the kids are nice aside from the staring, which I knew would come but every person always stares as I walk by ( I keep thinking I have something on my shirt)
there are 3 white teachers here which is cool. There is Howard from England who is so funny, and a really good teacher.
Then there is Matt and Steve from Pittsburg. Matt is freakishly tall tall and Steve looks like Clark Kent (sexy in a can)
Today I played basketball with Matt and about a dozen other students, guys vs. girls (we got Matt) and wow these girls rock at this sport. Though playing in a gym when it's 27 Celsius and there no air conditioning and theres about 80 students playing on sport or another in the gym makes you sweat, and I mean SWEAT I have rarely ever sweat like that in my life, a good work out ( I'm going back monday)

Alright next up host grandparents
Grandma is really nice and always trying to help me, she also constantly tries to stuff me with food as she thinks I'm not eating enough. She's always laughing at me for something silly and she should as try and get on "Thailand's worst driver" SERIOUSLY I fear for my life when we drive =).
Grandpa is  really kind and is always trying to teach me new words or helping remember words he's already told me, he's also pretty lax about everything which is surprising for a guy who was a judge for 30 years
together they are some of the nicest people out there, they help me with anything, get me everything i need, they also are getting me a cell phone without me having to ask about it. I know it's going to be difficult at times with them being more elderly then parents would be, but I'm so happy they are my host family
their housekeeper who's name escapes me is also really nice. She knows zero english so there is a lot of sign language going on between us. she even gets up at 6 just to wake me up as I still need to go buy an alarm clock. she also has control over the 4 dogs which is nice 2 of them (which look like retrievers or setters) are named donut and waffle, how great is that? waffle is adorable.
Alright on to the things I've noticed.
so first and foremost Thailand is surprising familiar in way which is unexpected. It looks like (buildings, phone lines, trees, ways of driving) all of it reminds me of central america to a tee. which is surprising and a little disappointing. south america was the place I was hoping to avoid and yet here I am in a way (stupid laugher). oh well I'll deal.
the thunder which seems to come every time I get home from school seems about 3 times as loud as thunder in Canada. it's rainy season so it is expected but the thunder surprised me a little.
I discovered this morning my lawn was covered in huge snails, about a dozen or 2. really strange...

anyways I'll stop blabbing
p.s my thai name is Jintana and my thai nick name is Jieb

p.p.s my shower doesn't have cold water, is that good or bad?


  1. Hi Gina,
    Great information feed you have going, I'm curous about how long your school day is (what time do you start and end) and how many days a week do you attend school?
    I'm glad your host family is nice and the dogs names are hilarious!
    Just wait till you see your first elephant, tiger or temple, that won't look like central America!
    Love Mom

  2. Hey Gina!
    I finally decided to get an account (sorry it took so long). Thailand sounds simply amazing! I'm glad you are having a good time there. Wow that's a good amount of classes you are taking too, holy smokes. Haha omg waffle and donut? XD too cute! I'm sure you're overwhelming school will get better and better after you get used to it.
    ohhh basketball is fun you should keep that up!
    I loved reading your blogs so keep posting them when you have time! :)
    I miss you so much already, love youz <3