Just keep swimming.

18 Mar

On the eve of spending 5 weeks in Thailand, here is a quick update on our adventure…

I would love to say money can’t buy you happiness, but in our case, that would be taking optimism to a whole new level. Traveling is not cheap. Yes, you can reduce meal sizes, live in a dorm, not have a western toilet but there are only so many peanut butter and chip sandwiches, rowdy room mates and bucket-flushes one can endure… To carry on enjoying this amazing country, we need cash! :)

We came to Thailand unemployed, with the plan being to use our TEFL certificates and secure a teaching post at a school in an area we would enjoy. Being Thai travel-virgins, we made the decision to find a job after seeing a town for ourselves rather than signing a contract over the Internet. Well, we fell in love with Koh Samui. Who wouldn’t fall in love with the idea of working on an island, soaking up sandy shores, surrounded by pure beauty every day? So, dressed with smiles, a decent CV and bundles of enthusiasm, off we went. We tried. Boy, did we try. We spent a full day driving around the island (in long pants and closed shoes – a scorcher to say the least) dropping off CVs at every possible school and language centre… And then, we waited. And waited. And waited.


After two weeks of waiting for a response, we changed tactics. We realized that we cannot go on for much longer with the uncertainty of employment lingering over our heads. So, with our egos slightly bruised, we took the next logical route and sent our information (apprehensively) off to schools in Bangkok. The demand for teachers is far greater there and, although it does not fit the idealist, picturesque setting we envisioned, we need a job and cannot afford to let opportunities surpass us. The last few days haven’t been easy and it has taken some time to readjust our mindset to city life rather than island life but receiving positive feedback has boosted our confidence and we are, once again, ready for the next chapter…


Although things are not yet finalized, we are now ready to take on Bangkok and experience what it is like to live in this incredible (for so many reasons) city. We came here to have an adventure so why not tweak the story a bit, add some spice and make the most of, what’s bound to be, an adventure of note! My little message for the day…



8 Responses to “Just keep swimming.”

  1. alliblair March 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    Good luck in Bangkok! Teaching abroad has been on my mind for years. I’ll be sure to keep up with your posts!

    • katekingsley89 March 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

      Thank you! :) :) it’s an exciting change for us both… So lets see what Bangkok has in store!

  2. Sue Evans March 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Love reading your blog Kate, you write so sincerely. All the best with your travels, hope you two find that job in Bangkok. Words I always remember that were once told to me,,,, ‘less is more’ seem to fit into many aspects of life, all my love Sue

    • katekingsley89 March 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank you Suzie! Will keep you updated… Lots of love from us both <3

  3. Little Red Jenn March 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    I love that alphabet quote!!

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