‘Surprise!’ -Mae

6/15/16 Previously mentioned, “I couldn’t sleep,” in: https://elainewanderlusts2.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/may-june-whops/

At In less than 8 hours I was going to see my mom! What?! Also she didn’t call me when she landed or got to the hotel so I was pretty worried (RUDE!)

Sukhothai!:  6/16/16 In the morning I met with my Thai father’s ex-students who were visiting home (Sawankhalok) from university. He pretty much has these two boys whom I’ve never met to drive me and my mom around. I swear I can never repay him. We go to the airport and finally she arrives… I see her in the distance and thought, ‘Yeaup there she is.‘ Then I saw someone oddly behind her and I thought she made a friend, but then I realized that was MY FRIEND :0  I was truly surprised and kept on looking at SAM (my friend) for the first hour in disbelief.

It felt normal REALLY quick it was weird showing them around and talking but I could tell there was almost a spell between us. A strange distance was in the air and I didn’t feel like I had with them in the past; in America. 20160616_094843

A quick stop to a coffee shop then to the Sukhothai Historical Park for my 8th time! I swear I have an annual pass.

There after they OF COURSE had dinner with my Thai father who treated us all ALL Day by even giving his ex students money and not letting us pay for ourselves.

There was a lot of chats and silences in observances upon one another. Taking it in. 9 months: a lot can change. I think my Mom’s and Sam’s visit was the most reflective I’ve been about myself. It was almost overwhelming.

They came to classes with me after the caught up on a bit of sleep and we went to lunch with 2 of my host teachers: P’Yu and P’Am. It was I think the first time since October that I had 2 of my host teachers together. 20160617_114608

Kayaked (I love it!- Round 3) And it was their first time too! 13475171_1212434332108551_1169261791733254764_o

After I took them to my famous Ice cream shop and… What do you know we get caught in a STORM! water levels were even with the side walks and there was a lot of thunder and lightning cracking nearby to the point we thought we were going to get electrocuted. What normally takes me at MOST 20 minutes to walk too us 1 hour and 15 minutes running and hiding from shop to shop. Welcome to Thailand Mom & Sam! 🙂


When planning for only my Mom to come we planned to go to Phuket since I hadn’t been there yet. Personally I could have done without it. It felt like no other place in Thailand but at least I got to go and see. 20160618_083209

We saw the Big Buddha with an awesome view

Wat Chalong 20160619_123235

Siam Cabaret show

Patong Beach strip

Koh Phi Phi Island Hopping (round 2)

and had an awesome Thai massage. There was a lot of needed down time, eating and shopping for souvenirs (weird, I have yet to do this)


Siam Museum (round 2)

Wat Pho (round 2)

REUINION!- So Celeste was an impromptu plan, sorta. We idealized her coming in December but it was forgotten. She messaged me again in May and BAM there she was. 3 friends/ family from Calexico in Thailand… NEVER in my dreams. But I was so happy it happened.

Lumphini Park (round 100?)

Grand Palace (round 3)

Wat Arun (round 2)

Golden mountain (round 2)

JJ Market (round 2)

Famous Khao San Road (round 3)

Malls- Who can say they’ve been to Bangkok without checking out the acres of malls…

Rooftop bar (round 3)

I really want to say Thank You to my Mom & Sam; this one is for you both! love you!

Elaine ❤

p.s. for those wondering ‘What about work Elaine??’ -I did ask for my 1 week off to welcome my mom to Thailand since April. Luckily for me, the week I asked for off was the week right before a scheduled week off -Sports week- so I did have 2 weeks off YAY!

p.p.s Mae= Mom in Thai.


Back to Reality

Hello my name is Elaine Flores and I am a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (but I teach my own classes and assist no one)  M6 (senior in high school) English teacher at Sawananan Wittaya School in Sawankhalok, Sukhothai. I’ve spent the last 76 days away from this reality:

1 week in Bali// 5 Week internship in Bangkok// 4 Days in Laos// 4 Days in Chiang Mai celebraiting Song Kran// 2 Days in Pai// 4 Days in Lampang// 1 week in South Korea// 3 Days on a karaoke bus to and from Rayong// and 4 Days in Bangkok for a Fulbright meeting.

Now I go back to my reality stated before. I just flew in 4 hours ago from Bangkok and have gained a headache from sitting in my room with only 1 fan in 100f/38c degree weather. I have yet to know my exact class schedule and how many classes/ students I actually have.

Goals; I share with you that I may have more motivation to reach them: *Listed in no specific order…

  1. Learn Thai to be able to say I know ‘Elementary level’
  2. Create a fun, interesting environment to learn and speak English throughout all my classes (TBD)
  3. Save money …my future is in debt… 
  4. Find out what I will do starting October… (Yes this is TBD as well. If you have any openings for an English major intrested in Education/ loves writing, let me know)
  5. Play my ukulele more
  6. Continue to grow and make ties in my community
  7. Get fit… Extreme before and after pics with more piercings, long dyed hair, & some tats… (just kidding parentals) Just get fit


  1. My host teacher relied the info that every Wednesday we will have a 5-10 minute English exercise with the whole school during morning assemblies STOKED!
  2. There are 4 new foreign teachers in my school: 2 from Africa (sorry I don’t know the countries), 1 from the Philippines, and 1 American, Californian, girl, 23 (yes I’m excited to have another person who understands my Californian culture) But of course I am sad to not have Noe & Beverly who were my Filipino, co workers (technically siblings lol); it’s okay they’re still in Thailand 🙂
  3. DRUUUM ROLLL: My mom comes next month!!! What?!
  4. My grant ends in 4 1/2 months
  5. I’m completely phone-less there may be less photos

There you have it, many exciting factors and goals to keep me motivated throughout the next 4 1/2 months. I know I will have highs and lows and many more challenges to come but I am ready and regardless EXCITED to finish off my year strong in Thailand.

Wish me luck! I start teaching tomorrow,

Elaine ❤


Happy 5 Thailand

I’ve imagined myself cheating on my boyfriend with Thailand. I get excited when we reach new levels of comfort. I like that I feel home in Thailand. I also get really cute and celebrate how long we’ve been together and do monthly anniversaries. As so. 5 months in Thailand (well technically tomorrow) but luckily our honey moon stage isn’t quite finished yet.

See we were getting off on the wrong foot after my New Years trip. Thailand was giving me sas with it’s cultural differences. We were also spending too much time together. Luckily, I had some good company to get away from the situation and I told Thailand we needed some space and will being going to Bali, Indonesia for a week. It might have hurt Thailand’s feelings but he got over it and gifted me an internship with the Fulbright office in Bangkok. I think Thailand’s considering long term. We’ll see.

ANYWAY I’ve been MIA for a tad longer than a week but it feels like forever. I missed writing and sharing photos of beautiful Thailand, so i’ll update you:

  1. I got an eye surgery to remove my stye. SO painful! It was not enough anesthesia for me. Just 15 minutes and it healed fine; but still, I’m not sure if I would have done it knowing the pain I’d endure.
  2. I found out my students are going to change the world. For their final I gave them interview questions of their choice for either a sports team, a university, or a job. They answered I edited…344 papers. Once they were done they would type up the finished product and interview each other. I was mostly listening to their pronunciation, effort, and confidence in speaking English which has improved since I arrived!
  3. After their final was done SELFIE TIME! These students are seniors in high school so saying good bye really is Good Bye ❤   featured M6/01/1/2/3/4/5/6/7
  4. I’ve been given some extra love from students on Social media, that also answered my question if I was a good teacher this semester.
  5. I had a relaxing weekend with my Sukhothai Buddy: Edie! Where we found some good lounges, coffee shops, and explored Sri Satchanalai a lot more.
  6. Hung out with Kanoon, Cream, & Noe and FINALLY explored more of Sawankhalok (I’m never actually in town on the weekends).

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I feel relieved fixing this blog situation to continue sharing my upcoming adventures: Bali, Indonesia! 2/28- 3/5. I’ll be going with 4 other lovely Fulbrighters and already have a volcano tour booked.


Elaine ❤