2013: A year in review

It’s that time of year again when we all look back on the year that is almost over, and look forward to the year coming up ahead.

Before I start thinking of what New Year’s Resolutions I am going to attempt to keep up next year, I thought it would be a good idea to look back at 2013 and all that I have got up to; I’ve added some links if you want to have a nose at the posts from that time of year…

We saw in the new year on beautiful Koh Samui.  It didn’t quite go to plan, with storms and cancelled speedboats throwing a spanner in the party plans, but we still managed to have a great time exploring all that the island has to offer.

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Sunset on Lamai beach, Koh Samui

We moved out of our Hat Yai city centre apartment and into our own Thai home in the village of Ban Pruh.  We got to know the locals, adjusted to the Thai way of living and welcomed a few unwanted snakes, scorpions and other delights into our home!

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Our humble abode.

We found and rescued a tiny, weak kitten from under the stairs in one of the school buildings.  Luckily, with a bit of attention and a lot of love she got fit and healthy and Cat is now a fully fledged member of the household.  Love her!

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The box that Cat called home for a short while.

It wasn’t long before we stumbled across another animal that we couldn’t help but take in.  Patches the puppy didn’t stay small forever and he’s now almost fully grown and has his own pack of street dog friends, but he still calls our front garden home.

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Patches the puppy.

We took part in the world’s biggest water fight at the Songkran festivities in Chiang Mai up in the north of Thailand, stopping off in Bangkok on the way where I developed a newly found hatred for ‘traveler’ types (sorry guys) and we also discovered a culinary gem of a place in Little India.

We’ve been caving, lived the traditional life on the river for the weekend, found the most beautiful waterfall in all of Thailand, visited a whole load of temples and discovered paradise on the island of Koh Lipe.

At school I’ve been dressed up like a Thai princess for the day, helped the students to perform for super important Malaysian visitors and tried out different lessons in my new English Writing class.

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I visited home and got to see all my family and friends, ate far too much western food and generally enjoyed the simplicity of home life for three weeks.

We’ve seen the protests (and there are more to come), a very wet rainy season and a very un-Christmassy Christmas period.

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Happy protester.

I’ve moaned about teaching in Thailand quite a bit, and the general annoyances that come along with it.  But once I  let those frustrations go, I can see that I’ve had a cracking year in Thailand and I really look forward to whatever the next year brings with it.  With no real plans with regards to staying put or moving, who knows what the next year has in store for us?

Finally, I’d like to say a big Happy New Year to all who have been kind enough to visit, follow, comment and like posts on the cornishkylie blog over the past year.  I’ve whizzed up to 16,000 + views and counting which I am truly grateful for and humbled by.  Here’s to another twelve months of whatever life may bring.  Enjoy it!

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2 thoughts on “2013: A year in review

  1. Lovely review of your year in Thailand. We all have moans about our jobs (especially when we’re teachers!) I’ve had my own fair share, but like you, I’ve let them all go, and realised I’ve had a great year to! Happy New Year, and I wish you all the best for 2014 =)

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