Meet the SE Bloggers: Susan


Name: Susan Devore

Age: 23

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Other Places I’ve Lived: Gainesville, Fl, Jacksonville, Fl, Chicago, Il

Former Lives/Occupations: I’ve worked in a lot of restaurants in my time, some as a server, some as a bartender, and most recently as a reservationist and then food runner at Next in Chicago. I got my first restaurant job when I was fourteen, but I came to Thailand vowing never to go back to one. I’ve also worked as part of the Box Office Staff at the Hippodrome State Theater in Gainesville.
At UF, I studied English and Film and Media Studies. I spent a lot of time watching and making short experimental films and videos. It’s still something I’m very interested in continuing.

Education: Magna Cum Laude, University of Florida, August 2012

Currently Teaching: First Grade IEP (Intensive English Program) at Thidamaepra

Favorite Thing About My Job: I love working at Thida. The kids are very sweet, and for the most part, very well behaved. My Thai co-teachers could not be more helpful. Also, lunch is pretty darn good sometimes! If not, there’s a few great places close by. I get to work with some awesome Super teachers, too!

Coolest Thing I’ve Done/Coolest Place I’ve Been: I studied in Berlin for two months during the summer of 2012. I took a class on digital photography and a class on Super 8 filmmaking. While there, I went to Kassel, Germany to attend a huge international art festival called Documenta. This was Documenta 13, and they are only held every five years. The whole town is transformed for the festival, with art pieces scattered throughout the parks, stores, streets, libraries, and museums.

Favorite Thai Food: Pad See You (I have no idea how to spell it), Yam Pla Duk Foo (again, no idea), Sohm Tom (papaya salad), those hot coconut cups they sell at the night market, anything at the vegan restaurant on Nam Muang…

Thailand Bucket List: I would love to see James Bond Island in Phang Nga. I would also like to take a motorbike through Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Pai.

Meet the SE Bloggers: Eric

snorkeling in Thailand

Name: Eric Brown

Age: 28

Hometown: Humble (Houston), Texas

Other Places You’ve Lived: Dallas, Texas & Anchorage, Alaska

Former lives/occupations: Various jobs in non-profits, youth ministry, and substitute teaching.

Education: Texas A&M University, B.A. Philosophy

Currently teaching: 4th grade MEP & 1st grade IEP at Thida

Favorite thing about your job: #1. There is an infinite supply of high-fives from any and every student at Thida. #2. I really enjoy talking and joking with my MEP students outside of class. It’s fun and rewarding to hear them using what they’re learning in actual conversations.

Coolest thing you’ve done/coolest place you’ve been: I can’t pick just one. Living in Alaska was absolutely amazing. Roadtripping around different parts of the U.S. has created some awesome memories. And this current adventure – everything about living and traveling in SE Asia definitely counts as cool.

Favorite Thai food: Massaman & Roti, Pad Kaprow, and Thai Tea.

Thailand bucket list: Most of what’s left on my list is more about other countries around here. I want to visit China and go trekking in Nepal.

Meet the SE Bloggers: Jade

tuk tuk fun

Name: Jade

Age: 30

Hometown: Gainesville/Miami, Florida

Other Places You’ve Lived: Gainesville & Miami, Florida, Italy,  Busan, South Korea.

Former lives/occupations: Cognitive Neuroscience research assistant, office manager, private chef.


Bachelor’s of Science- Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience, Minor: Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Florida

Post Baccalaureate Studies – Create Writing / English, Florida International University

Currently teaching: MEP 5th grade, English, Math, Science, and Health, as well as Anuban 3 (they’re too cute).

Favorite thing about your job: The friendship I have with my students and watching them improve on a regular basis. The need to improve myself to become a better teacher and how it pushes me to do so (hopefully).

Coolest thing you’ve done/coolest place you’ve been:

Coolest thing I’ve done:  In Asia: learned to scuba dive and subsequently saw  a whale shark in the wild while diving in Malaysia, hiked the great wall, hiked the rice terraces in northern Vietnam with a local , snorkel with the phosphorescent plankton in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand… too many to mention.

Elsewhere: Backpacked Costa Rica and Europe.

Coolest place I’ve been in Thailand: Koh Tao or Railay. Coolest in Asia other than Thailand: The northern regions of Vietnam , China: Beijing, The Great wall, Suzhou, Longman caves and rice terraces in the southern region, Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Elsewhere: Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica, Fez and Chefchouen in Morocco, Park Guell in Barcelona and Plaza de Espana in Seville and Granada, Spain, Florence and Rome in Italy, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal. Again… too many. Seeing the Statue of David and the Sistine Chapel are definitely up there.

Favorite Thai food: Massaman Gai, pad-ca-prau, pad-see-ew

Thailand bucket list: Live in a Muay Thai camp for an extended period of time, do the Buddhist silent retreat, and do a diving liveaboard in the Similan islands (December break!).

Meet the SE Bloggers: Kristin

942653_10103462807672544_2027737380_nName: Kristin Brown

Age: 26

Hometown: Granbury, Texas

Other Places You’ve Lived: Dallas, Texas

Former lives/occupations: I taught 4th grade for 4 years in Dallas before moving to Thailand.

Education: Texas A&M University, majored in Elementary Education

Currently teaching: Anuban 3 (Kindergarten) MEP, IEP, & Regular

Favorite thing about your job: Currently, my favorite thing is getting to see my MEP students use English outside the classroom. It is so rewarding to see that students who didn’t know any English at the beginning of the school can now communicate and talk with me in English.

Coolest thing you’ve done/coolest place you’ve been: In Thailand, definitely scuba diving. And staying at the floating bungalows at Rajjaprabha Dam. Definitely one of my faves.

Favorite Thai food: Penang curry

Thailand bucket list: scuba dive more, visit Ang Thong Marine Park, volunteer at an elephant rescue center