TBT: Travel Essentials

Now that I’m home for Christmas it’s been quite quiet on this blog, but mistake me right: its not because I’ve put my boots in the air and braids in the beer. I wish. No, I’ve been busy preparing for South America in three weeks (ish) time by studying TEFL, Portuguese and Spanish. However, let’s…

La Gorn (farewell), Thailand!

It’s been a long 30h travelling from Thailand and back home – jumping around on one foot with 45kg luggage – and I’ve only just gotten out of a very long recovery sleep. However, I’m surrounded by Norwegian “koselig” Christmas decorations and in company of my cat – life is good! Starting a new travel fashion trend…

But how did the teaching go?

So some of you might remember that I struggled with the teaching in the beginning. However, around the second week I had assessed the children’s skills enough to figure out that I’d only been planning a bit too advanced activities. I had to plan the activities as if they were pre-preschool than preschool, meaning I…

Not everything goes according to plan

I should have spent my last days in Thailand giving some amazing lectures that would make my kids scream with joy, spend some extra time in the nursery to cuddle with my toddlers and then I’d round of the trip by swimming with dolphins and go elephant trekking. Even more so, I was finally, after…

A Visit to the Fountain of Life

Like mentioned I got to go with the mobile unit today and here’s my report as promised. My thank you’s to Sarah Hansen for providing me with the information below. The Fountain of life has two purposes. One is to be a day centre for street children who either live on the street or the…

Name’s Qvam, Christina Qvam

Well, it is nearing close to home departure for some Christmas Celebrations (only 6 days to go!) so I made up my mind that I couldn’t really be leaving without seeing more of Thailand (I’ve only ever seen Pattaya and Bangkok and I’ve been here 4times!). I therefore got the tickets, contacted a recommended accommodation…

The Adoption

Moustaches might dominate November in the UK (how did your Movember go?), but in the US November is also the month for celebrating the initiative national adoption month. To say goodbye to November i therefore decided it would be a good idea to fill you in on the bits and bops I’ve learned about the…

On the Streets of Pattaya

The Orphanage and the CPDC are both locations and homes of children who have been credited on this blog after the amazing things and environment they provide for the children. However, it is still important to remember that these places can only help a handful and that there are a larger amount of children who still…

Visiting the CPDC with the U.S. Navy!

There are a few organisations in Pattaya that work towards providing orphans and street children safety, healthcare and the childhood they very much deserve. Two other organisations in Pattaya is working close with the Pattaya Orphanage and Saturday I got to join some volunteers from the Human Help Network Foundation in Thailand (HHNFT) to go visit…

Ghosts of the Past

Thailand is many things for me. It’s my roots. It’s beautiful childhood memories. It’s part of my pride. However, it’s also the country of where I last saw my dad and where both my parents passed away. When I walk around I’m a living version of my mama. “Your mom Thai?” “Your mom sway?”. “This…

When in Thailand…

…one kind of have to take a tattoo..! Don’t worry, it’s not the first time I’ve taken a tattoo at Tiger’s tattoo (located at Pattaya Beach near Walking Street). I took my first one here as well and it’s my favourite and best tattoo. The ink still looks almost as new five years later. Moreover,…

Training With the Greatest at WKO

photo//original photo belongs to D. chin Many people wondered what I was going to do with my fitness routine and gym craze once I went travelling. However, I’m pleased to assure you I’m still all about those gains, ’bout those gains, no treble. When you go travelling you experience many amazing things; things that would…

The Pattaya Orphanage

I’m halfway into my second week volunteering at the orphanage and I’m feeling more settled and less clumsy than in my first week. I’m more familiar with the system and people working here which makes the Orphanage a homely working place. That is what this place is for the majority of the people here: a…

My First Thai Massage!

If you’re someone with neck and back issues that causes migraines, then you might, as me, value the enormous relief a good massage can do for your poor head. After settling into a new routine of piggy backing kids and learning martial arts in 30degrees heat, my migraine seemed like it had come to stay….

I See the Light(s) – Loy Krathong!

Yesterday was the last day of Loy Krathong and it’s the day where most people all over Thailand usually release floating and flying lights – or more correctly Krathongs and Lanterns (and fireworks) – with their personal wishes. Krathongs (either made on a slice of a banana tree trunk, bread (both biodegradable) or styrofoam) are…

How to Support the Children of the Pattaya Orphanage

As promised, here is a number of ways you can help support the children of the Pattaya Orphanage: Making a contribution at the Pattaya Orphanage or in a donation box of the Orphanage;  Visiting the Orphanage and show the children that there are people who care (and the children LOVES visitors).  Letting others know about their efforts…

A New Day is A New Day

I definitely won’t be worried that every day is going to be the same when spending most of the week #volunteering. I started my day playing with the toddlers, or more correctly being run down by the same darling girl as yesterday. She ran towards me as soon as I stepped through the door (again),…

First Day at the Pattaya Orphanage

Today was my first day volunteering at Pattaya Orphanage. Due to the sensitivity of the children, photos will have to go through a screening process of approval before they can be used so I will post you some later. I was quite nervous upon arrival; not knowing precisely what I would be doing I definitely…

Settling into My New Old Home

The weekend has been terribly busy settling into the flat and attempting getting to know my way around Pattaya. I’ve only been here two days, but I got many stories already. They go from sweating away to being washed away or from accidentally walking on a dead rat while exploring by foot to go on…

Arriving in Pattaya

It’s five to 12 and, while you lot are probably preparing to ring in the ghostly hours, I’ve just got in bed from my journey to Pattaya and I’m well ready to pass out. Christina 1, jet lag 0. The journey itself went fine, although I’m not as impressed with Oman air as I am…

Only the Beginning of the Adventure

I never thought I’d write my first travel post on my phone. I can assure you my laptop is having a strop somewhere in all my travel mess. However,I guess it’s fitting as I will be on the move for most of my journey so I can’t guarantee lengthy updates. I’ll guarantee you important ones…