Check out my mansion!

Before we came over here, I didn’t really think too much about where we would live. I was sure we’d just find an apartment or something, but I didn’t really have any idea what to expect. 

When Mike signed up for the TEFL course, the school recommended a hotel that rents rooms by the month. It’s comfortable and close to campus, plus it has AC – what more do you need?  This is a little peek at where I currently call home!

There is clearly no equivalent to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) here.  The elevator only has buttons for floors 1, 3 and 5, even though there are six floors in the building. Plus, it stops on landings between floors, so wherever you get off, you have to walk up or down a half-flight of stairs to get to a floor.
I don’t have any pictures of our room because it’s a mess…but it has two twin beds shoved together to make a king, a TV (with a couple English channels!), a desk, and a wardrobe.  The bathroom has hot water and a Western toilet (yay!) but the shower head just sticks out of the wall so you the entire bathroom gets soaked when you take a shower.
My favorite part is the view off our balcony.

This makes me feel like I’m living in the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse! (Which, by the way, I still can’t believe they switched to Tarzan’s Tree House…lame, Disney, very lame)
It’s really nature-y out there!  So nature-y, in fact, that we hear the most bizarre bird calls and songs I’ve ever heard in my entire life.  There’s one that sounds like one of those squeaky dog toys, and another that sounds like a rusty gate closing. There are also dozens of roosters.   It doesn’t matter if it’s 2 AM, they feel the need to serenade the world all night long!  

We recently discovered that the place across the street costs half as much per month, so we’re moving very soon.  Fortunately, we’re not leaving the neighborhood because I’ve completely fallen in love with it!

4 Responses to “Check out my mansion!”

  1. 1 Joelen February 25, 2009 at 12:31 am

    What a great place! How I wish I were in SE Asia!!

  2. 2 Rebel February 25, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Nice Place! It looks a lot like the place that I stayed in, and I’m pretty sure we have exactly the same furniture. 😉

  3. 3 ttcole February 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Those bizarre bird calls might actually be lizards.

  4. 4 Amy February 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Malee sounds very Australian–as I recall, it meant thicket of trees.

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