By: iamAldonLopez | November 28, 2018
Yes, oh Yes! It was an extremely mixed emotions because my Mediakids Academy journey has finally, started. On the other hand, I was sad because it was my first time leaving my friends and family behind for too long. I’m not even sure when can I see them again. But I had to set aside that emotion. I had to focus more on positive things, and I reminded myself why I was here and why I’m still here.
After the orientation, all teachers were so excited to travel to their assigned school and town. And so, was I? So, we headed out to Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal with my Canadian co-teacher. We bought a ticket from Sun Bus Company going to Chaiyaphum and asked the staff to drop us at Dankhuntot. The trip took around 4 hours before we arrived in Dankhuntot. We were surprised that my landlady picked up us at the terminal and toured us around before dropping us to our apartment.
“This place is amazing; I love this place; I want to stay here longer; What a wonderful place to live in.” Those are the words that came out from our mouth when we saw how magnificent ‘Dankhuntot district’ was. You wouldn’t imagine how elated I was because I was assigned to a place where it felts like heaven. This place is the exact opposite from the busy metropolis of Bangkok. Life here in Dankhunthod is quite laid back. I’m not saying the country’s capital is not a good place but if you want peace of mind and be away from crowded places, this town will absolutely be your perfect comfort zone. This is the best place to visit and stay long as you want; just make sure that you stay legal. You know what I mean? Now,I will give you a glimpse of this nice and peaceful paradise where I’m currently at.
Getting to know Dankhuntot District
To give you a little background of Dankhuntot District. This area is located at the western part of Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand. Dankhuntot was built before the reign of King Taksin. It became a district in 1908. This place is just 1 hour away from the heart of metropolitan area which is commonly known as Korat, a shortened name of Nakhon Ratchasima Province. There are generally three seasons in Isan region: Hot (February – May), Rainy (June – October), Cold (November – February). The economy in Dankhuntot and Korat has traditionally been dependent on agriculture. They are the center of processing for production of rice, tapioca, and sugar.
One of the reasons why I love this place because the weather and the economy is almost similar to our country, the Philippines. Aside from these, one would fell in love in the tranquility and serenity of the man-made lake known as Lake Banhan. The sunset is perfectly an ideal picturesque view of nature.Many people are walking in the afternoon till dusk. Children are running and playing in the playground.There are aerobics and dancing for everyone. One can’t miss feeding the huge catfish and turtles along the lake. Feeding them is definitely captivating.
Thai People in Dankhuntot
Some Thai people would feel apprehensive if they find out that you are an alien. Probably,because of the language barrier; However, please don’t be dishearten. Always, remember to use the most important gestures in Thailand which is ‘The Wai’ where in you must put your hands together and vow.You must be friendly and don’t forget to smile a lot. I will assure you that they will start loving you and would even respect you if they find out that you are a teacher. Of course, you must be respectful too even outside the school. I remembered there were times especially during weekends I want to have a blast,like party all night but I just can’t because I know that their eyes will be in me. I want to keep their first impressions in me being respectful. I would suggest, if you want to enjoy your weekend, partying all night.Then, you should go to Korat. Also, I noticed that Thai people don’t like confrontation. What happened was, I was listening to music with a mid-volume and my landlady messaged my consultant and complaint.It also happened to my alien neighbor as well.
to be continued…