Living In Chiang Mai – DD3

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Visiting Chiang Mai

 

Before Tracy and Dom moved to Chiang Mai, they went up there to have a look around first.  They rented a bike and got to know the city a bit and looked at places to rent.

First place was dangerous for Dom, as he would have smashed his head going up and down the stairs.  The second place was too massive and too far out for both Tracy and Dom to live.  Third place was perfect, had a small yard with a parking area, also, Tracy and Dom bring their two (2) cats, Roso & Lily with them to Chiang Mai, which the landlady says is fine.  Dom also explains a half bath, three quarters bath and a full bath for those that don’t know.

 

 

Moving To Chiang Mai

 

PhantomWaveOnce Tracy and Dom move to Chiang Mai, the first thing they need to do is get motorcycles.  Dom gets a Honda Phantom 200cc and Tracy gets a Honda Wave 110cc.  Dom talks about what it was like to try find a job by emailing language schools, but they don’t respond to him.  Tracy and Dom adopt their dog Spike.

Dom finds work at a few places in Chiang Mai before finally being hired by Tracy to work for the British Council in Chiang Mai.  Overall it was a good place for him to work, and was a great learning experience for him.

 

Motorcycle Trips

 

domphantomDom talks a little bit about their motorcycle trips.  They did two (2) trips around Northern Thailand.  For the first trip, they went from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai to Chiang Saen to Thaton to Chiang Dao finally back to Chiang Mai.  The second trip went from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai to Chiang Saen with a day trip to Chiang Khong, from Chiang Saen to Mae Sai to Thaton to Chaing Dao for lunch then back on the road to Chiang Mai.  Dom also talked a little bit about their motorcycle trip to Lhamphun and their motorcycle trip to Pai, and he talks about their time in Pai.

 

Friends

 

dombeardDom finishes his show talking about some of the great friends they had while they were in Chiang Mai.

 

 

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Living In Bangkok – DD2

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International Flight

dom_dumais01Dom's PassportWhat it was like flying internationally for the first time.  Dom flew Baltimore/Washington International to JFK International to Ted Stevens Anchorage International to Taoyuan, Taiwan International, Don Mueang, Bangkok International, and how long it took to get to Bangkok.  He goes on to talk about going through immigration and customs to get to Tracy and what it was like to see Tracy for the first time.

 

Language, Food and Getting Around Bangkok

What his first meal was like and how hot it was (hotter than anything he had ever had).  He and Tracy go and buy a stereo.  Dom goes out and buys a TV and has some keys cut.  Dom talks about the trouble he has getting a taxi to take him home because of the language barrier.  Some of the modes of public transportation in Bangkok are taxis, BTS, MRT, motorcycle taxis, tuk tuks and songthaews.

 

Tuk tukSongthaew

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping Centers, Markets and Getting Conned

Some of the places to do some shopping in Bangkok are Siam Discovery, Siam Center, Central World, MBK, and Central Chidlom.  Dom also talks about the time he was conned, and how he felt about it at the time.

 

Some of the markets that you can go to in Bangkok are the Night Bazaar, Khaosan Road and Chatuchak Weekend Market.

 

CELTA and Teaching

After a short time, Dom gets on a Certified English Language Teacher to Adults (CELTA) and talks about what it was like for him and how he fell in love with teaching.  Once he finishes his course, he starts teaching a general English course.  He eventually does the Certified English Language Teacher to Young Learners (CELTYL).  He also does a young learner course and starts teaching teens, and eventually starts teaching in a school.  He also teaches business English classes for two different companies, one of which sends him quite far out of Bangkok.

 

Eventually, Dom becomes a manager for the main company that he works for, hiring teachers and putting them into schools.  He talks about his troubles hiring teachers and what it was like for him putting teachers into schools and managing those teachers.

 

In the end, Dom decides he doesn’t want to do this job any more, and finds another job as a kindergarten teacher, which he does for about a month before moving to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 

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