First Super English Party of the Year!

After a superb yet busy start back to school, what better way to relax and get to know everyone a little more than over a feast of great western cuisine, great refreshments and great company. Sweet Kitchen never disappoints that’s for sure! Peter treated the Super English teachers across Thida, Noonoy and STIS to a banquet complete with roasted chicken, macaroni cheese, salad, vegetables, bread, Ice-cream and more. Naturally complemented by a tasteful variety of drinks, too! Of course after at least a month away from home now, people really enjoyed a taste of home. Red wine and macaroni cheese were personal winners for me!

Still so early on in the year, having the time to relax and enjoy getting to know more about each other outside the working environment of school is a much needed and really nice gesture. With not much time to spare during the school day and week, events like this are always something to look forward to.

After generous portions finishing several plates full of food, as a returning teacher I knew what was coming and tactically began to fill my plate before everyone caught on and proceeded to do the same! It was pretty funny to watch everyone battle it out becoming a table full of scavengers prizing food whilst simultaneously being served scoops of delicious choc-chip, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream! Leftovers for the next day went down a treat with everyone!

Sweet Kitchen is a personal favourite of mine and I’m sure a new favourite of some of the newer teachers. It made for a superb evening and I’m already counting down the days until the next Super English event! Thanks Super!

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Thanksgiving Party!

Even though we come from all different places, cultures, and norms, I think there’s one thing we can all agree on–it’s awesome to have a proper Thanksgiving spread to eat! Peter recently treated the Super English team to a lavish meal at Sweet Kitchen complete with chicken, salad, bread, potatoes, pie, etc….all the fixings from home! I probably let out some of the food, but my mouth is beginning to salivate thinking about it! Of course, plenty of drinks were had, too! After the seemingly never ending lunch cuisine of gangsom/salted fish, you can bet how everybody enjoyed the food!

It was a really nice touch to be able to get together with everybody and chat with some other fellow teachers who we don’t get to spend as much time with. We get pretty busy during the school day, so it was great to get to know one another a little bit more outside the school setting.

Perhaps the funniest moment came after the meal when the white styrofoam go to boxes came out…and the vultures starting circling the leftovers! Just kidding! It was nice to have some familiar food to squash any cravings the next week.

I hear this is one of the teachers’ favorite Super English events and it was not difficult to understand why. Only 11 more months until the next one, right?

 

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Rabiangsai Appreciation Party

Back towards the end of October, Peter threw a big party for all of us at Rabiangsai Resort in Khanom, a nearby beach town about an hour from Surat. It was the end of the first semester for those of us that teach at Thida and it was also an appreciation party for a few of us that have been with SE for a few years.

We all arrived Saturday morning and spent the day relaxing on the beach. In the evening, we had the party and Peter provided everyone with nice rooms (A/C!!), an awesome Thai dinner, and lots of drinks. The appreciation part of the party was especially memorable for me. All of the other teachers performed skits about us, ran trivia games, and talked about memories we’ve made working and travelling together. Some teachers that worked for SE last year even sent in raps and letters to read which made for a really special night.

Peter and all the other teachers really took the time to make the appreciation party special for us and I definitely had a lot of fun. It is definitely one that I will remember for a long time!

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Ice Cream Party

Last week, Peter treated us all to a little ice cream party. After school, everyone headed over to Swensen’s, a chain ice cream shop that serves up massive western style ice cream treats. Shortly after arriving, our tables were soon overflowing with waffle cones stuffed with ice cream and syrups, delicious shakes, and I think I even spotted one brave soul testing out the durian ice cream. Most of us don’t go to Swensen’s very often since it is a bit more expensive, so it was definitely a nice treat. It’s always fun to get everyone that works for SE together in one spot to catch up and it was nice to enjoy some tasty ice cream after school.image

SE Pool Party

Last weekend Peter treated all of us teachers to a pool party at Naraya Resort. I’ve been to a lot of pools in town and this one definitely makes the top of the list. The whole place feels like a nice resort that you would find on Koh Samui and to top it off it overlooks a river and lush jungle. The view is really nice and relaxing.

We all had a great time swimming and enjoying the food and drinks provided by SE. In the afternoon we played a trivia game together that was a lot of fun, especially since my team won and got a nice bottle of Finlandia as our prize.

The monthly SE events are always a lot of fun and are consistently one of my favorite things about working for SE. Thanks to Peter for another great party!

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First Party of the School Year

Last Saturday we had our first Super English funded monthly event of the school year at Sweet Kitchen, where we all met to enjoy some western food. For as much as everyone enjoys Thai food, it’s always a nice treat to get some western food, and Sweet Kitchen is one of the only places in Surat Thani that offers good western options.

 

We all enjoyed some alfredo pasta, mixed vegetables, salad, and garlic bread. Oh, and some whiskey as well. It was a good time and we’re looking forward to next month’s party already.

 

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Tonsai – SE End of the School Year Trip

At the end of every semester Peter usually throws all the teachers a party of some sorts to say “thank you” to everyone for their hard work throughout the semester. SE has provided some pretty awesome parties and weekend trips during my time here and they are always a good time. This time, we decided to take a weekend trip to Tonsai beach in Railay, a beautiful peninsula on the west coast of southern Thailand. After school last Friday, we all met up and hopped in the private minivan that Jade had set up for us, complete with 6 different types of mood lighting. Traveling in Thailand usually equals stopping every 10 minutes to pick up other passengers, for the driver to have a smoke break, etc, so it was really nice to have our own private van. We made it from point A to B with NO stops, which is pretty much unheard of here.

The bus dropped us off in Ao Nang, a beach town near Tonsai/Railay. We all hopped on a boat to Tonsai, as there are no roads connecting Tonsai to the rest of the island. Arriving at Tonsai at night was pretty awesome and kind of gave it a magical feeling. The moonlight revealed huge karst formations shooting up along the coast and straight out of the ocean.

When we arrived, we hiked up the hill to find our bungalows and get settled. A cool thing about Tonsai is that there are no paved roads, just dirt paths connecting all of the bungalows and shops. Our rustic bungalows were in a sweet location, nestled along the side of a hill. Thanks to Peter, we didn’t have to pay a dime for our accommodation all weekend.

The whole weekend was a lot of fun. Most people spent the days lounging around on the beach, soaking up the sun, taking naps in the shade, and enjoying the drinks that Peter bought for us. Railay is known for rock climbing, so a few people joined in on a climbing trip. A few others hiked over to the other beaches of Railay. Saturday evening, we all met up for dinner at a beach side restaurant that was offering 150 baht ($5) pizzas. Everyone had a great time hanging out and we then migrated next door and spent the night jammin’ away to this awesome Reggae Flamenco band. They were seriously awesome. Typical of many SE events, we hung out late in to the night and a good time was had by all. Did I mention Catherine hooped with fire?  That definitely happened and it was awesome.

To me, Railay is one of the most beautiful places I have visited in Thailand. I always enjoy a visit to Railay and going with all my friends/co-workers made for a very memorable weekend. It was nice to feel so appreciated by SE after a semester of hard work and barely having to pay anything out of my own pocket was the cherry on top.

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