The end of October and November was just absolutely chaotic with several projects for school and final exams. In addition, trying to squeeze in quality time with all of the exchange students as we’re nearing the end of this semester and will soon part ways.

Fortunately for me, I do not have to say goodbye to Bangkok just yet because I’ve decided to stay for one more semester. wooo!

After making this decision, I felt less pressured to “see everything” before leaving because as time was winding down I began to feel like I had no time left to travel and see a few other places I really wanted to see while also getting to know my beloved BKK, because there is also so much to learn about this amazing city!

So, California…see you in May 2011!!
My quest to further discover SE Asia continues.

Some highlights since my last update:

The infamous Full Moon Party in Koh Phangnan where thousands of tourist flock to the beaches on this island and get crazy under the full moon until the sun rises the next day. Bumping music all night long, tons of alcohol, rave paint, jumping in the warm water and tons of backpackers who probably haven’t showered for weeks dancing all night long! It was a very interesting (and exhausting) experience but I think once is enough for me. Definitely a great time partying with about 30 others from the exchange and spending the weekend in Koh Phangan with them.

The ONLY photo I have from the party and this was just in the beginning.

Unfortunately I only lasted until about 2am but I will use Victor and Robin as an example what the party-goers looked like at around 7am the following morning. haha
Thankfully there was a lot more to see on this island than the full moon party. Lush jungles, waterfalls, clean & quiet beaches away from Had Rin. Overall beautiful scenery around the island!

Dinner with the girls at Soul Food Mahanakorn. Really good food and even better cocktails!

Carlos & Beaver were in town for a couple days and it was so refreshing to see a familiar face. Carlos insisted on trying this fish massage where the fish eat the dead skin off your feet. I couldn’t even complete my session because I was so darn ticklish. Really weird feeling having tons of fish nibble at your feet…especially between your toes!

It was really nice having them around for a couple days.
Cocktails with Lynn, during his visit at Sirocco Sky bar. AMAZING view of Bangkok.
VOILA! I really AM here to study. I’ve had so many people ask me if I’m just on an extended Holiday and it’s hard to prove that I’m not when I’m traveling almost every weekend but I still manage to go to class during the week.
Because my pals here don’t see much asians at home…they think I look like Tila. HA! anywho, looks like tila kicked butt this time around in bowling :p
Loi Loi Krathong!
A celebration on the night of the full moon in the 12th lunar month. “Loi” means to float and “Krathong” is this beautiful, circular floating object made of banana leaves, flowers, a candle and incense sticks. On this day everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE because there were thousands of people by the river and local klongs (canal) launching their Krathongs together. The purpose of this ritual is to pay respect to the Goddess of Water, expressing gratitude for the plentiful use of water by launching your krathong down the waterway.

It is also considered a romantic night because couples will launch their krathongs together to predict their future by the direction it floats…Since Luke was not here I snapped a photo of another couple doing it…HA, yea kinda creepy of me..but I thought it was uber sweet!It is also believed that floating away the beautiful krathong signifies letting go of your misfortunes in the past and asking for good luck in the future..
Truly one of the most beautiful celebrations I’ve ever witnessed.
Enjoying the Loi Krathong Festival at Chula with some of the girls. Yep, farewell already! 😦 Chula hosted a very nice farewell dinner for us…Very glad to have these girls with me for one more semester ❤

The last few days of this month were quite sad because good byes are no fun. So thankful for all the friends made throughout the exchange, unique personalities that I’ll never forget and so so many great memories.
Last day w/ the roomies.
Our hilarious taxi drivers at NonsiLast dinner at China town with the frenchies, Lea & Anne Contance. Amazing women!Last days at Nonsi!

Thanksgiving: had my very last exam this day and Luke has arrived!!!!

Next Up:Move out of Nonsi. Travel to Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Krabi (Thailand) with Luke!