Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Off to laos

It was Visa time again last month. Since my former company didn't bother to get our work permits when they should have, I needed to make a border run to start over again. I flew to Vientiane in Laos. It's only a 1 hour flight, and everything went very smoothly.

The people were extremely nice, and nobody tried to scam me, or raise the prices of things when they saw me coming. That was a very nice change indeed. The taxi driver I found at the airport suggested a nice hotel, and told me where to go in the evening to have a beer, and hang out. All in all, it was a very nice trip, considering it was just an overnighter. I will definitely go back there again.


Lots of changes here lately. First, I changed jobs. The contract I had with my former company was definitely not a win win situation. I'll just leave it at that. So, I went full time with ECC. I had been working with them part-time on the weekends anyway, and since that was going well, I figured I'd give them a shot.

I was working exclusively out of their office in the Future park Mall, but now I also teach at the Udom Wittaya school. I will be teaching 10th - 12th grade. I won't be teaching conversation this time. I was told that they just want to practice reading and comprehension. The last thing that they need more of. Whatever! I don't feel like fighting with the stupid fuckers any more. My boss, Taa, warned me that the students are lazy and I am just supposed to make sure that the little idiots pass the course. I got a 5000 baht per month raise, so once again, whatever.

Roong and I found an apartment that is literally right next to the mall, and only 15 minutes away from the school. The girls are quite happy about being right next door to a major shopping mall. At least I think they are, because they sure do visit a lot more often now. I also ended up with a larger apartment. This one has 2 rooms, and Roong is much more comfortable when she is here. Here are a few shots of it.