Miles of My journal
near the end of July, in 2003. This was my first time to go
abroad and of course it's the first time for me to get on an
airplane. I was really excited and was looking forward to
seeing how the opposite side of the world is and how different
it could be from my homeland.
could see how wonderful it is when I arrived at San Francisco
Airport. I couldn't believe myself that I was staying in the
same world, where I live. It opened my eyes and seemed like I
Meredith came to pick me up at the airport, I saw she was
slimmer than last year when we met in Thailand. I hugged her
tightly and cried….You made my dream come true!
We took the
subway and went into the city, I felt like I was in a movie. I
told her after we got off the train, I have seen that setting
in Hollywood movies. I smiled to her and we held hands and
walked together. I am sure we will have many stories to share
I stayed in
San Francisco for four days. We went to many places that tourists like;
such as market street , Union Square, Lombard Street,
Coit Tower, Cable car Museum , Fisherman's Wharf , Pier’ 39 and
my favorite, the Golden Gate Bridge.
is amazing and huge I just wonder how they made it! I think
it's the symbol of
San Francisco. I saw the San Francisco Skyline while I was on the
bridge…it's so beautiful and it made me think about the
Francisco song! One thing I really love here in
San Francisco is the Victorian houses they built on the hills.
They are so very pretty.
We left San
Francisco on Monday morning. I felt a little sad but I hope I
can come back here again …maybe I fall in love in San
and I took a flight to
the capital city of North Carolina. Her dad came to pick us up
at the airport... He is a big man but very kind. We drove to
Spencer where they live. There are four persons in her family,
her mom Kim, her dad Eric, her brother Nicholas and Meredith.
They are very nice and warm people. I just love them!
My first day in Spencer I went to visit her grand
parents and we went shopping at Wall mart. I got a new pair of
shoes. Then we prepared things that we will use in the
presentation for American students and put them in a big box.
I bought lots of things from
to show the students. I hope they will enjoy seeing them. On
the next day, it was my first presentation to the students. We
went to a high school in front of Meredith's house where her
mom is the librarian. It's a high school class, I was very
excited and nervous at first so I thought I should practice
more for my presentation. After I finished my presentation I
came back home and started to practice handling things I
I did it better than this morning. I tried
sandwich for lunch… hmm I think chicken is better! Hah, hah!
Meredith took me to a restaurant and I met a group of woman.
The group was called a women's circle. They are a group of
women from the church that usually get together. They are
very nice and friendly. They also gave me some pocket money.
After, the restaurant meeting we went to Gale’s house. She
was one of the women in the group. We had some homemade
chocolate cake for desert. It was yummy! I showed them how to
do a Thai dance. Today, I also met Meredith's friends and her
boyfriend, Jonathan. They came to her house and fixed the VCD,
so we could use it to show a CD of Thai dancing for the
I got up at seven o'clock, I was little tired and I had cereal
for breakfast. The first school is West Middle school where
Jonathan attended. I gave a presentation at the library. It
was better than yesterday. I had more confidence. I showed them
many things from Thailand, The handicrafts , Thai clothes,
pictures and taught them how to do Thai dance and how the Thai
Alphabets look like. I gave three presentations today. The
students love to learn about Thailand very much They asked me
many questions … I love them they are so cute and after the
classes everyone had a piece of paper and came to ask me to
write their name in Thai so they could show their parents when
they go back home.
I love the
questions they asked me like "Do you wear shoes in Thailand ?"
"What do you eat ?" or "How spicy is your food really?" or
"What does your house look like?"
question, Which language do the dogs in Thailand speak? We had
a lot of fun to replying to their questions. Meredith had told
me one girl, went back home and told her mom that she is ready
to go to Thailand! But she is still eight years old! I am
really happy to hear that!
finished the presentations Meredith took me to get a Snow
ball. It's almost like the Thai desert that mixes ice and
coconut cream. Meredith told me she missed the Thai desert so
much when she came back to the USA. She found the Snow ball
and it made her so happy! That's why she took me here to try
Meredith and Jonathan took me to three schools; Wood leaf,
Cleve land , and Mt.Ulla I got a pizza for lunch and we went
back to Jonathan house. He has some horses and his house has a
field for them. I took some picture with a horse too. In the
evening we went to Meredith's grandparents house. Her grand
mother cooked spaghetti for us and several of her neighbors
came to enjoy with us.
Saturday, I got up late at eight o'clock, we went to an
amusement park with Jonathan and his sister
Devon. We had a lot of fun there. We came back to Jonathan's
house and we had dinner. Meredith's parents came to enjoy with
us. Jenna, and Kelly came too. We went back home about
11 o'clock. Eric had changed the Flag in front of his house, and I
saw the Thai flag instead of the
Sunday, we just went to the Dan Nicholas Park. They had
religious activities for the Christians. They sang the songs
and had a show on the stage for the kids, then we had lunch
together … After that we played golf in a mini field in the
back home and took a nap. At night time the electric power was
off in the house, so we had nothing to do. So, they took me
to the cinema to see a movie. I didn't understand it at all
but it was cool to see the English movie in the theater and no
sub titles. It was my first time to see a movie in America.
to visit the schools again on Monday – Friday. Today, Monday,
we went to
and on Tuesday at Southeast Middle school The writer from the
local newspaper came to see my presentation. They wrote an
article about me in the newspaper and thanks to the Salisbury
Post! We had to make a new schedule for the schools that would
like me to come to talk with their students after they saw
articles in the newspaper.
presentation in the
Middle school was a lot of fun. The students and the teachers
came to participate with me to do a Thai dance.
I got many
books from the students to take back to the Thai students. I
also had pen pal letters for my students that they are waiting
for me to go back quickly.
evening we went to the church to see the people play hand
ball. I like them so much. They were cool. Then we went to
play bowling with Meredith’s friends. After bowling we got
donuts at Krispy Kreme!
we went to
and China Grove school. I got to try Bar-B-Q and
Hushpuppies. When we came back home Meredith taught me how to
make Brownies. We had a birthday party for Eric, I gave him
a Thai sarong made from Thai silk.
My hobby is
now collecting visitors stickers from the school that I went
to. We have a plan to go to
Meredith, Jonathan, Jenna, Kelly and I left
Spencer about twelve o’clock.
drove for us and we stayed in Virginia and took a metro to DC.
day in DC we went to the Smithsonian Museums; Air and
, the Capitol , the Washington Monument , the Supreme Court
and the White House and many important people memorials. We
went eat Thai food at the Thaiphoon restaurant I had taught
Jenna and Kelly some Thai words.
I had a
good time in DC I have learned so much about America here. DC
is a big city and so clean. You can learn all about American
History here from many museums. It is a great city for
education -I think.
day in DC we went to the national cemetery when we drove back
we passed the Pentagon Building I remember the building from
the 9/11 attack. We arrived back in Spencer at six.
Jonathan and Kelly will go back to school. We said goodbye and
we hope we will meet each other again.
saw the newspaper article written about me. That was so great
and Kim bought some newspapers for me to take back home for my
family and friends
I was getting fat from the big plates with every
meal here and the ice cream taste is so good. I was a little
worried about it.
I went to
give a presentation in a nursing home on Monday evening and
Tuesday we went to Handford Dole Elementary school.
morning we had more than 500 students come to the presentation
and we had to use the meeting hall instead of the classroom. I
think maybe all of the students came to my presentation. That
is the most students I ever had in my presentations.
Wednesday, I had six presentations at Knox middle school I
also gave the folders of pictures from Thailand and the VCD
Thai dance for the teachers. This week, is also, the last week
I have to go to school.
I had a big
presentation for people at the church in the evening. I was
very excited but it was good and everybody was happy That made
me very happy too.
On Friday I
had two more schools. The first school we gave the
presentation in the Gym and the next we had at the
library…also in evening I had another presentation in another
and her family took me to see a football game. There is a Thai
restaurant near by the football field. I was so happy to see
Thai people there.
On the way
back we stopped to have donuts and hot chocolate. Oh, SO
weekend I spent time in Spencer I went to the train museum and
went to meet people who raised some money for my trip. I gave
them some gifts from Thailand.
we went to Meredith's school at
Chapel Hill. She took some things to her dorm. Tomorrow she
will go back to school.
Tuesday I have to go to another school to give more
presentations. Meredith went back to school and her dad will
take me to the schools instead of her. He helped me with the
student's questions. Sometime, I didn't understand what the
kids said. He took me to visit the local newspaper office and
buy some more copies of the article about me. We took a tour
in Spencer. He was a good tour guide. He told me all about
Spenser's history of the past. I like to hear stories like
I went to
Chapel Hill with Jerry on Wednesday. I gave him a souvenir
from Thailand. It is a little boat that has a doll of a
merchant selling fruit in the floating market. He loved it so
much. I stayed with Meredith at the dorm.
I had a chance to come to the Public speaking classroom at her
college. I can understand most of what the teachers taught. I
think my English has improved.
around her college and saw how the school works. Then we went
to Mexican restaurant and saw a baseball game.
I had a
presentation again at Meredith mom's friend school. So this is
really my last presentation. Then we went to shopping at the
big mall. I got souvenir for my family and friends. We had a
lot of fun together- Margaret, Meredith and me.
Saturday I went to a football game again but there are more
people than the last game and I could see how American people
are crazy about football. It was fun. Then we went back
Sunday I went to a friend's house to give them some gifts from
Thailand. They had a party for me at Meredith's grandparent’s
My last day
in Spencer, I was so sad. Meredith and her mom took me to the
airport. We promised we will meet each other again and I cried
all the way back to Thailand. It was a great memorial I had a
wonderful trip in
I gave 40 presentations, 24 at schools. More than 2,000
American students learned about the culture of Thailand. The
students enjoyed seeing the big box full of crafts, clothes,
and pictures from Thailand. I had 150 pen pal letters to take
back to my students with many more questions.
like to say I really appreciated everyone that gave me a
chance to come to America; my most sincere thanks go out to
you for caring and sharing to my Thai students.