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I would be a big, fat liar if I said that TESOLers who blow their money drive me bonkers. In reality, I know how exhilarating it can be to spend all that shiny, new cash we make from teaching on clothes, dining out, drinks, and whatever else suits our fancies. Spending money is fun, but what I've come to realize, is that saving money is oh-so-much-more gratifying.

When you move to another country to teach English abroad, it is highly likely that your dating life will move with you. Dating in a foreign country can be slightly daunting as language barriers and cultural differences make an already difficult to navigate road even more difficult. Here are a few tips to make your dating life abroad more successful.

Living day to day surrounded by a culture different from your own you notice little things that you wouldn’t have the opportunity to observe as a tourist. These little things are for me the defining features of a micro-level, present-day culture.

With just four weeks to go I am happily planning my next steps in Southeast Asia. Many teachers have decided to stay on for a full year while I am happy to be soon leaving Ayutthaya and the teaching. Do I sound eager? It has been an experience and that is all I was looking for in this… just a different experience in life. Would I do it again? Well that depends on a few things I guess.

Imagine: a 1975 film about sexual liberation recreated for the stage some 37 years later in Thailand by a bunch of cross-dressing high school students. I made a joke and a few days later I was among a few other teachers and over a hundred high school students doing the Time Warp.

In Thailand, colours are assigned to different days of the week and Thais wear those colours accordingly. After teaching a few weeks, I noticed that teachers wore the same colour on the same day of the week. When I asked a couple of locals about it, they confirmed that in Thailand colours represent different days of the week.

I fear this song may still be with us for a while. It is like an infestation in Thailand and appears to be part of the school curriculum. I had to compete with it for my students’ attention today during an outdoor lesson that involved doing the Hokey Pokey.

I can’t help thinking about sad stuff at Christmastime. Or things that make me nostalgic. Maybe it has to do with certain poignant songs I hear this time of year. Lennon’s Happy Christmas is definitely one.


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