UPDATE: If you have been following our Instagram page you will know that we have settled in Chiang Mai Thailand for the next while. We have accepted jobs as teachers and our plan is to spend the next year traveling to neighbouring countries of Thailand and exploring our new home country. We are very lucky that we had rented an apartment and secured jobs just before this pandemic kicked off in Thailand.
At the moment the situation in Thailand is getting worse. The number of Covid-19 cases are on the rise. All unnecessary facilities are now closed with only essential services remain open such as grocery stores, pharmacies and banks.
We are pretty much hiding away in our apartment and keeping our social distance. We are starting to loose track of the days. The last time we ventured into the city is a distant memory.
During these times of uncertainty and social distancing it is important to keep busy and stay active. Try turn this negative situation into a positive. Use the free time you now have to better your self, upskill or take up a new hobby.
These are just some of the things we have been doing to stay busy:
We download Skillshare for the first time last week and we are now asking why we have not used this online service earlier. Skillshare has a wide variety of courses all at the click of a finger. Skillshare offers courses from crafts, cooking, photography, languages, writing etc.
As we have just moved to Thailand we have been focusing on learning Thai. Each day we have been practicing our Thai speaking skills. It is still work in progress but we will get there in the end.
We have also complete a photography course and a cooking course. We have a long list of courses we plan to work our way through over the next few weeks.
Cooking our meals
We have been cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Just last month we were still living in hostel and traveling around.
Now we have our own kitchen to enjoy preparing our meals. In particular we have been trying our hand at some Thai dishes.
We found excellent tutorials on Skillshare for Thai cuisine.
YouTube is a great source for free online workouts. From yoga to more challenging HIT workouts. We are trying to stay active and work out for just a few minutes each day to try combat all the delicious food we have been cooking and eating.
We have always listened to audio books on Audible as we traveled. It is a great tool to keep us occupied on long travel days. These days we have been listening to a lot of audio books as we cook, clean, workout etc.
Teaching English Online
There are two options the Official Kids Course (you must be a native speaker and have be TEFL certified or equivalent) or you can free talk. Freetalk is popular with adults. They basically call you through the app to practice their aural and oral skills and you have a normal conversation. You don’t need any experience or be a native English speaker to freetalk. The best thing about freetalk is you get paid by the minute and you can set your own rate.
Catching up on Netflix
We have been trying to limit our screen time but in the evening it is nice to sit down, relax and watch some Netflix.
We have particularly been enjoying rewatching Mad Men and Friends. Other Netflix shows we recommend you add to your list are West World, Brooklyn 99 and The Witcher.
Planning future travels
To keep us sane during this pandemic we have been planing our future travels. We don’t know how long it will be until we can travel again.
We are hoping within the next few months the world will be back to some kind of normality again.
However, in the mean time we are researching destinations and catching ups on YouTube travel vlogs to get some inspiration.
If you need some travel inspiration why not read through our previous blogs. We have tips and guides for many Asian countries and Australia.
- Why we Chose to Teach in Chiang Mai
- Day Trip From Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall, Pak Ou Caves and Whiskey Village
- 10 Destinations on Our Post Coronavirus Travel List
- One Month Teaching in Thailand
- Things to do in Luang Prabang, Laos
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