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Mellissa Frangias
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Media Intern, Thailand
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Leaving the Land of Smiles

Posted By Mellissa Frangias on 02 Oct 2014
These last 4 months in Thailand have been incredible -  from the beautiful landscape of the country, to the people, young and old, who have shared with me their lives and homes, to the team here who has helped me grow in countless ways and who I can officially call my "Thai family", and lets not forget about all the smiles. Every where you go, you are greeted with a warm smile. I grew up overseas, and have been fortunate enough to travel the world.

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Posted By Mellissa Frangias on 16 May 2014
The number "5" Translates into "Ha". During a lesson, Drew, another volunteer started writing the number "5" over and over again. All the students started saying "Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha."     So I made it back to Mae-La. This time I brought over 2 new volunteers, April and Beth. We hopped on a bus about 9 in the evening and hopped in the back of a truck a little past midnight to make our trek to the village.

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"Farang" (foreigner)

Posted By Mellissa Frangias on 16 May 2014
Occasionally, well, often. As you are walking down the street, you'll hear this and know that they are talking about you. It also means papaya, so you might be safe if they dont look your way after saying this.   Another week is coming to a close in Thailand. Just spent a lovely week teaching english and photographing between 2 temples. Both temples are lovely, secluded well off the main roads of Doi Saket.

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Posted By Mellissa Frangias on 16 May 2014
Upon first arriving in Cambodia, you can instantly tell that the streets of Phnom Penh are much more congested than Chiang Mai and the Tuk Tuk drivers are much more fierce and flock from every direction trying to give you a ride. Unfortunately, I only got to spend a couple of days in Cambodia, but by far it had the strongest impact on me this trip.    Our second day was spent exploring the sites. Particularly, the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum (Prison S-21) and the killing fields.

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