Mya, Outbound to Thialand

It’s been 7 months! Time really does pass by so fast. It’s been almost 2 months since my last journal and quite a bit of things has happened. Mostly I’ve been going to school and hanging out with my Thai friends/YE on the weekends. I think I’ve come to the point in my exchange where I’m comfortable and living daily life. I can already tell I’m going to be so sad when the last few weeks come.

February has been fun! I didn’t really have anything to look forward to since I don’t really celebrate Valentines day and didn’t think Thailand did. They don’t celebrate it as much as we do at home, but they do like to give out chocolates and put heart stickers all over you which is cute. They celebrate it commercially like decorations and special items at the mall or in cafes but I think it’s just for tourists.

One thing that’s very renown in Chiang Mai is the Flower Festival. It’s usually in the beginning of February and very popular. It’s a big festival with a lot of beautifully decorated flower floats parading across town along with dance and drama performances. My school does the performances for the parade but unfortunately, I couldn’t partake. It was still fun to see and watch since it’s only in Chiang Mai.

The most fun thing I did though was participate in a dance performance for my school! I didn’t think I was going to be able to since I don’t have nearly as much experience as my classmates, but they let me participate in the school’s end of year performance evaluation. I actually got sick right before so I had to practice harder and wake up early to get dressed up with makeup and stuff. It was real fun even if I had quite a bit of stage fright. I’m happy to experience something like that and my school was proud of me. They even did a little interview afterwards on how long I’ve been at the school and if I’m enjoying it.

My rotary club had two big events this month. They first held a charity ball with live music and entertainment for guests. The second was a Walk Rally to help destigmatize mental illnesses. The YE in my club helped with both events. Both were great causes and glad to have helped.

Right now it’s exam time in Thailand since school is ending soon and my classmates have been very busy studying and practicing their performances. Now it’s the university’s end of year performance evaluation. I don’t know what I’ll do once school ends but I think I’ll take the time to explore some more and definitely study my Thai. My Thai language has improved but it could be better. I really want to be fluent in reading, speaking, and writing when I leave but need to step up my studying skills. I think schools begins in May but I’m not sure what grade I’ll be in and what I’ll be doing exactly. I’m excited for the months to come though!

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