From Hat Yai back to Koh Samui

Whew, it’s been a while, sorry everyone. Life took a sudden crazy turn. You might remember last year I did a TEFL course (to learn how to teach English) on the beautiful island of Koh Samui. Read about it here and my month enjoying Koh Samui here.

Anyway, as you know I was teaching at a private school in Hat Yai and started doing that in September 2012. I loved it, I loved the teaching, I loved the kids and I loved the lesson planning. Earlier this year I was holidaying in South Africa and I heard that a writing position might become available back on Koh Samui. Weighing up my options and comparing life in Hat Yai to life on Koh Samui, I quickly made the decision to try and apply for it. After some discussions with the editor and showing him some of my previously published articles, I was offered the job.

So from May 2013, I became a feature writer for Siam Map Company, the premier publishing company here on Koh Samui. They publish a glossy magazine called ‘Samui Holiday‘ and a high quality newspaper called ‘Siam Wining and Dining‘. I write approximately 10 articles a month about the hotels, restaurants, spas and various activities available on the island. I absolutely love it. I meet so many interesting people and enjoy some wonderful food and drinks courtesy of the various customers I’m writing for.

Beautiful Samui

Beautiful Samui

Each month I get given a list of assignments. It’s always so exciting waiting to see where I’ll be going each month, which hotels I will visit or which restaurants I’ll get to try out. I get to learn so much about this little island, I’m discovering that it might be small in size but it has a huge heart filled with incredible things.

Make sure you follow my Facebook page if you’d like to see pictures from the places I get to visit. Maybe it’s the stunningly beautiful Conrad on the hillside or the fancy W Retreat hotel overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Thailand and across to Koh Phangan, maybe it’s a photo of the tasty Kantoke I ate at Poppies restaurant or the fancy cocktail I enjoyed at Cha Cha Moon Beach Club.

The view across Bangrak Beach

The view across Bangrak Beach

I live in a nice one-bedroom apartment and feel spoilt as I even have a small kitchen WITH a gas hot plate. After not having a kitchen AT ALL in Hat Yai, I feel thoroughly spoilt and got ridiculously excited the first time I fried my own egg.  Ah, the simple pleasures in life.

So things on this blog will change focus slightly. Obviously without travelling constantly, the posts will all be about Samui and what’s going on around the island. It’s a stunningly beautiful place and I pinch myself every day feeling incredibly lucky to live here.

If there’s anything you would like to know about the island, drop me a note and I’ll do my best to find out for you.

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5 Responses to From Hat Yai back to Koh Samui

  1. Sunday says:

    WOW! Congratulations for the new job:D I’m very happy for you! You’re an example for me Colleen: we should always pursue our passions and never give up dreaming. At the end we can get what we were looking for.

    • admin says:

      Thank you so much. It’s wonderful to know that I’ve been an example for you. I’d been writing for 2 years freelance and mostly unpaid before I got this job so NEVER give up.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. Take care…

  2. Sunday says:

    That’s what I’m doing, too, so let’s hope for a paid opportunity in the future. I’ll never give up! 😉

  3. Fantastic news! Looking forward to reading more posts about Samui.

    Best wishes, Alex

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