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Formerly a Spanish teacher in Wisconsin & Illinois, I moved to Bangkok with my husband in July 2011 to teach IT at a new American International School.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Prepping: Cheesehead to BKK

Those of you venturing on to this new site are well aware of where I come from, Green Bay, WI. Yes, I am a glorified CHEESEHEAD, or Cabeza de Queso, as tell my students. But come July 22nd, I will really have to change my thought from dairy products to fresh, tropical produce. You see, my husband, Joshua, and I, will be trading our lifestyles of cold, dreary winters, watching the Superbowl Green Bay Packers for life in "The BIG MANGO"-Bangkok, Thailand, or BKK, as it is often referred. Each of us will be teaching at a new American International School, Berkeley International School. I will be teaching IT (Information Technology) and Josh, Phys. Ed. We are excited, nervous, anxious, nervous, and um, did I say NERVOUS???!!!

Yes, we are moving to Bangkok. No, I have not yet seen The Hangover Part II, where it was filmed, but it is on my summer agenda, along with packing, packing, and um, yeah, more packing. No, I won't be bringing my cheese head puppet I used for skits and role-plays. It's endured enough over the last 11 years of teaching Spanish. Please rest assured, Mr. Cheese Head, you will always hold a near and dear spot in my plastic storage container in Jim and Cherie Tebo's basement, anxiously awaiting our return in two years.

Take a moment, and please click to subscribe to my posts either via e-mail to the left. Enter your e-mail address directly underneath where it says, "Follow by Email" , click Submit, and you can follow Josh and I on this wonderful, exciting adventure! Or, if you feel so inclined, you may subscribe via RSS feeds. I do not promise to outdo The Wolfpack in the Hangover, but I can almost assure you there will be lots of ordinary discoveries and many photos to couple those experiences a la Josh. After all, we are here for 2 years, minimum. I have been plugged as the 'travel writer' and Josh, Señor Fotógrafo. I just wonder who is going to freak out first, spaz, and who will learn how to best "save face"  One thing I have learned is that saving face is THE Thai way. You don't save face, you lose! So in the meantime, before Josh and I embark on this journey together, before we become one with the Thai people, we will be practicing with each other how to cool our jets, sanook and, most importantly, SAVE FACE!

I look forward to writing and I hope you enjoy what I have to say for the next two years!


  1. Cynthia from IowaJune 9, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Well, this sounds like quite the adventure! Can't wait to read all about it! I am hoping to leave my district as well, but just to another job in town. Nothing like this! Good luck:)!

  2. Holey Cow! Sounds like a great adventure. I'll definitely be reading this blog. Hey, maybe we'll have to stop in for a visit next year! Be safe!

  3. Hope to hear about 'chicken feet' in the future!

  4. Sharin, it's my posting on July 26th...Love ya MOM

  5. It's my first time to hear BKK as BIG MANGO, now I wonder why? Anyway, welcome to "Land of Smile". Smile has a whole lot of meaning here...better find it yourself, that'll be one of your agenda. Just enjoy every bit of Thailand and don't forget the neighboring countries as well.
    Don't point using your left hand, they consider it as dirty hand worst is pointing using your foot..NO NO NO!!
    Wai = don't wai back to servants
    Save Face = simply means Don't Lose Your Temper
    Hair is their crowning glory, never touch anyone's hair.