Same same but different

My exchange semester in Thailand, Phuket.

Orientation week

So the school started 5.1 (have been busy :P) with a orientation week. On Monday 8 am sharp I was standing in PSU Lodge feeling nervous. There was a loads of other Finns, handful of Germans, couple of Sweds and the minority were presented by USA, Czech Republic and Philippine. If I forgot a nationality, I’m truly sorry. The heat melts my brains and I’m getting way too chill here. HELP! Anyways, we’re all together about 40? people so not too big or small, just perfect. And I have to admit, they all are quite all right.

So there we all were looking at each other and thinking who’s who and what’s their deal. From the Lodge we got a busride to a resort hotel called Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, must say: quite fancy! There we had a “welcome meeting” with loads of speeches (yep, maybe way too many) and some videos of the PSU (Prince of Songkla University) but got pretty helpful info too. Rest of the day we spent on the beach playing team building games. I was part of the winning team ( GO PIZZA/ MARIO TEAM!). That was great fun!

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On Tuesday morning we went to Phuket Town to purchase our uniforms. We’re supposed to wear a white collar t-shirt and a black (knee-lenght) skirt with PSU’s own accessories (buttons, pins and a belt). Boys wear trousers, of course. Now the question comes: why we need to wear a uniform in university?! Simple: they want us look equals. No poor or rich, just the same which is quite nice. I bought 3 shirts and 2 skirts for 1000 baht ( about 25โ‚ฌ) so it’s quite cheap.

Looking smart ;)

Looking smart ๐Ÿ˜‰

The afternoon we spent on campus and got to know different buildings. The campus area is huge, compare to JAMK and have to admit that I still get lost.

Day three was the most boring day of all week. Morning we spent in the computer room practising all PSU’s “programs” relate to Optima, Elmo and Asio. Well still don’t know how to use them all but I’ll learn. I also finished my course selection and I must say that my schedule is looking good: Monday is the worst because I start 9 am and finish 16.30. Subjects are painful too: convention & event management and marketing for tourism and hospitality. On Tuesdays I have only morning class: intercultural communication which is quite useful. And my week ends with a fun class of thai language so I have only school from Monday till Wednesday, AWESOME! I have so much freetime to do traveling around. Cannot wait! But back to the orientation week: In the afternoon Ajarn Nu (one of the teachers) told us about the policies, expectations and procedures during the semester and Ajarn Colin introduced us different activities which we can do on our freetime. For example: homestay which I’m going in Feb, clean the beach, cooking class and charity “work”. Excited!

On Thursday we had whole day learning about Thailand, culture and language. It was fun and I felt that I will never learn this. There are so many different tones and it just sounds funny. Sawatdii-kha!

The weekend we spent in beautiful Koh Phi Phi. We had to fix our own accommodation, but Asia Exchange bought our ferry tickets. There was no much planned program: only ice-breaking party in Ibiza club and clean the beach- bootcamp on Saturday morning. Well what you can do and what you’re supposed to do in Phi Phi is party. I looooove beachparties because first of all: you don’t need shoes, you dance on sand. Second of all: there’s the sea just next to you. No need to say more! I had a great weekend and I got to know more of my fellow students. Thanks guys!

Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi

On Sunday morning I spent my time in a toilet vomiting non stop ( yeap, great ferry ride back to Phuket)ย and next days having a diarrhea and fever, but most of us got sick after Phi Phi because of the icecubes there. Happy days!

Popping pills!

Popping pills!

That’s about it. Well this time I got the photos but I’ll try to be more active with this: pinky promise! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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