A trip with 2 contrasting phases

Hey guys;

The title says it all. The week-long Chiang Mai trip has finally ended, and I can say, that it’s not too bad at all, despite lots of internal assessment works during the second phase of the trip.

The trip kick off good, with a nice downtown hotel to stay in. It’s call The Small Hotel. In my opinion, it didn’t looked small at all, as the name suggests. The room was quite good, with TV and a built-in toilet. Everyone stayed on the 4th floor.

The Geography phase was quite relaxing, with good amount of free time. Most works were questionnaires and surveys around the streets close to the hotel, about tourism and globalization, and me and my group collected good amount of data for the Geography internal assessment (IA) write-up. Also during this time, I did have some nice food, for example at Coffee Club and Mcdonalds. Although…one thing, the food in town was quite expensive; most of my 2500 baht that I brought was spent on food during the Geography phase of the trip.

The ESS phase began on Wednesday March 26th, right after the Geography phase ended. This one was…a total contrast to the first phase. Instead of a nice comfortable hotel, the place that me and my ESS and Biology class stayed in was a small remote lodge in the mountains, called Pang Soong Lodge.

Right after arriving, my first impression is that it’s basic, very basic. There were no air conditioners and fans in the rooms, and most rooms don’t have a built-in toilet. I was lucky to be put in a room where the closest toilet and bathroom was just across the room. Since the area is so remote, there were no phone and 3G signals, and there were no shops and restaurants anywhere to be seen. Instead I was limited to basic food provided by the lodge, which isn’t too great either, but still alright I think.

Another big contrast is the amount of work. Geography phase was rather chilling, but the ESS/Biology phase was hard work, with lots of investigations during the day, and IA write-ups during the night. I was lucky enough to be put into a group full of nice people, that don’t give me any hard time at all, and often or not the task I was assigned to wasn’t too difficult to carry out.

Equally…all activities during this phase of the trip is worth mentioning, but…that will take too much time…one of these activity is the fresh water investigation that me and my group did today. It wasn’t too bad, and I did enjoy kicking water and debris into the net, hoping to find some species, which…appears to always be the case.

Now on to the travel…I get to Chiang Mai by plane, as well as going back to Bangkok. However one thing that I don’t like is how my seat was arranged. For the flight to Chiang Mai, I was lucky to sit with at least one other student from my Geography class, but on the way back today I was totally separated from everyone else, however one people from year 12 Biology did sit in a seat in front of me. I’m not sure why this happens though…

Also, another thing that almost affect the overall rating of the trip is an evil trolls plot, discovered on Monday. Actually it’s no longer a plot, since it’s have been done. Basically after returning to the hotel, or rather while I was having ice cream, I discovered that some rather stupid comments have been posted under the name of my Facebook account. I was shocked to find this, and quickly went into the mood of rage and anger. I’m not sure who did this, but…I doubt it must be someone that went on the Geography phase of the trip as well, as it’s impossible for other members of the trolls back at school to post under my account’s name without my account’s password. I’m really angry that someone managed to did this, as this damages my reputation. If I eventually found out, that person who did it will be denounced publically.

Anyways, in terms of the overall rating of this event, I think this whole trip deserves the rating as the second best event of 2014, as it’s not too bad, and is at least better than staying in school and doing class works.

That’s it for now…

Chiang Mai residential trip is about to begin

Hey guys;

So, it’s…Sunday, March 23rd. By the time of this writing it’s 22:43. Yep, tomorrow is closing in, and…guess what? The Chiang Mai trip is also closing in!

Tomorrow will be the start of a 2-phase residential trip. Although technically it’s a single trip, but due to the differences in subjects covered and the activities, as well as the hotels and stuff, it’s better to divide the trip into 2 distinct phases. Tomorrow will be the start of the Geography phase of the trip, which will run until Wednesday, before changing to the ESS phase, which will run all the way to Saturday March 29th.

Also…just an overview of March, already it’s looking like a great month, rivaling January. Mainly 3 events occurred prior to the trip; the first was the Pattaya MUN conference, the second was the Rag Week, and the third was the STA’s Got Talent show. These will be placed under the category of pre-residential trip events.

In terms of preparation, I think I’m pretty much prepared. This time for my phone I’m bringing along with me a portable charger, a chargeable iPhone case, and a power bank that allows multiple devices to be plugged in and charged in and charged at the same time.

Other than that, I guess that’s it for now…

Some updates plus upcoming events

Hey guys;

So, since the Pattaya MUN conference, I didn’t really write any posts. Well…this is because I’m kind of lazy and I’m also quite busy with school work…

Since the MUN conference, 2 major events took place. First is the STA Rag Week, from March 10th to March 14th. It’s alright, although I’m rather unsatisfied with the team I’m working for the Rag Week, mainly because my team didn’t really communicate well, and I think I’m not properly informed about my role for the activity. But…at least things turned out good…

Next up, is the STA Got Talent Show, which ran from Monday March 17th to today March 20th. It’s fun, and I enjoyed watching all of the performances. Congrats to the winners of the whole show!

Also…I did performed on the first day, although I didn’t make it to the finals. But…I guess it’s alright; winning or losing is not my main objective for entering this show, but rather what’s more important is that I’m being a risk taker by going up and dance in front of large numbers of people.

And…of course, I have to talk about the trolls…

Since my last post, I think I had came across yet another potential trolls plot, but it poses no immediate threat, as of yet. The latest one was not as strong as the earlier one before the MUN conference, as the earlier one involves another rumor that could potentially turn into something scary, but the latest one doesn’t really involve anything.

But…these 2 plots do still have potential to evolve into the eighth trolls campaign. What’s worse is if the trolls decided to combine these plots, and the resulting trolls campaign could be hard to control/eliminate. As of yet I still can’t come up with a definite way of eliminating the trolls, but…ignoring or trying to exploit the trolls’ language weakness by saying some random stuff in other languages like French could work.

But…I had just come up with another idea. Since I do know some friends from younger years on Facebook (years 9 and 10), I’m thinking of developing further friendships with those people and form the so called “Inter-Year Organization Against Trolls” (IYOAT), which will be an expanded version of OAT. The main reason for this is that I think there weren’t enough people in year 12 that I can rely on as my allies, so…people from other years is needed. If I’m able to get the IYOAT established, it would be then easier to crush all rumors that the trolls spread.

But, this move do have some drawbacks. First of all, if the trolls find out (in which I doubt they would, since they often reads this blog), the trolls could launch counter allied formations, which could be bad as…I don’t know how many people in other years that they know and trust. In addition, there is a risk of the trolls launching a new trolls campaign based on my newly-created alliance. In fact, the eighth trolls campaign could even be based on that!

Now, on to what’s coming up…

Oh yes, the long-awaited Chiang Mai trip! This will be the third residential trip of year 12, and also the third in IB! I’m very excited for that! It’s going to be a week-long trip, from Monday March 24th to Saturday March 29th.

And…after that comes Songkran celebration, which could be fun, especially the water splashing part at the end of the day. I’m looking forward to that too.

That’s it for now…

MUN conference yesterday; was not too bad actually

Hey guys;

So, the MUN conference at The Regent’s School in Pattaya has finally ended. Overall, I can say that it’s not too bad, but it’s not as good as the Ekamai one.

The conference starts off quite normally, with the opening ceremony. But…things started to get twisted and weird right away when reading the position papers. Normally everyone’s paper will cover 2 topics, but this time the chair asks for only 1 topics; the civil unrest and modern technology. But after that, things went pretty much normal through until lunch, with the drafting of resolutions as usual.

After lunch, the debate starts. The form is pretty much like the previous conferences, with for and against speech, as well as points of informations. Sounds normal, right? Well it is, but…

The weird part starts when the debate finishes. Normally the debate of another topic would start immediately, but this time the debate just stops at the topic about civil unrest and modern technology. Actually there’s also another question about censorship, but it is not put up for debate, because I think the chair viewed that the 2 topics are very similar. So…an entirely new topic was chosen; the topic of women education and women rights.

After that, every delegates spoke their position on the topic. That’s basically like a position paper.

Now, here comes the really weird part. Normally resolutions would be drafted, but this time there were no formal resolutions; instead the solutions to the topic was given out verbally, and at the end the voting was just whether a country is for or against the education and empowerment of women, which is not normal because usually the vote would be for or against a resolution. Despite this, everything went pretty well and everyone seems to be enjoying this conference.

Also another odd thing that I noticed is the placards. They were made of paper with no polastic covers, and the country flag and name were shown on only one side, instead of 2 like the previous conferences.

Next, on to the sconference venue in general…

The school where the conference took place was massive; most likely bigger than the November conference last year! All the conference rooms were on the second or third floor, I can’t remember exactly. The rooms were small, much smaller than the ones at Ekamai.

In terms of the rating for this event, I think giving it as one of the best event is possible, although the rating will not be so high, mainly due to the weird things encountered at the conference, unless if I decided to combine this event with the upcoming residential trip.

That’s it for now…

Some updates

Hey guys;

So, it’s been a while since my last post, and…since then, a number of things had taken place.

First, my birthday has finally passed, and I received a number of good ‘happy birthday’ messages from my friends, both in school and on Facebook/Skype! I’m now 18, which is quite a major milestone as this means that I can vote in elections and…I think gain some civil rights as well.

Next up, is…of course the trolls. They remained relatively inactive, but this Monday I witnessed signs of a possible plot of a new trolls campaign.

Basically, what happened is that the trolls simply tries to provoke some sort of incidents, and then immediately uses the seat of which I’m sitting during tutor periods as a key component to annoy me, pointing to one possible hint that the next false rumor would involve someone that is not a new student. But…luckily, this only surface for a day, and then disappears, until now. This means that the incident is just a brief annoyance that doesn’t pose any significant threats, but…it is also possible that the trolls are secretly planning the said plot; they just need to find the right time to launch it.

Now, if this happens, this would be the first time that a new trolls campaign is created out of an incident. Previously, the trolls either make a random selection, or exploit special events, such as Valentines Day. Once again, the birth of a new trolls campaign, or shall I call it the eighth trolls campaign, will be scary indeed as the initial rumor can spread very easily and very quickly. And…worse, this might even happen tomorrow! Who knows what will happen next!

Lastly, is the MUN conference in Pattaya.

It’s now March 5th, which is very close to the Pattaya MUN conference. I’m very excited for this conference. The Geography+ESS trip is another 2 weeks away. I might eventually combine these 2 events into a single event, if I feel like doing so.

That’s it for now…