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Term In Asia has so far been all I thought it would be and more. We are experiencing a whole new culture and way of livin

Koh Chang (Elephant Island)

Greetings Staff and fellow students,

Term In Asia so far has been all I thought it would be and more. We are experiencing a whole new culture and way of living. My best part of the trip so far has been the past 4 days which we spent on the island of Koh Chang (Elephant Island). The food was really delicious, especially the fried rice in a pineapple and squid noodle soup. Our rooms had the most beautiful view, overlooking the pool and the ocean. We also got to experience the sunset every evening which was amazing. We used the time on the island to relax. Some of us did this by getting a massage and facial at their elegant spa, or relaxing by the pool and beach.

-Tajhia L. Cartwright (NU-Florida Campus)-

Term in Asia 2009 – Week 2

Hello again!

It’s hard to believe another great week has gone by! Picking up right where we left off, we started our journey back to JHL from Kanchanaburi by stopping at the Phra Pathom Chedi,, which is one of the world’s oldest Pagoda‘s. This temple is believed to hold some of Buddha’s ashes. The building was under construction while we were visiting it, but it wasn’t hard to see how majestic it is, and how beautiful it will look once it is finished. From there we traveled to the largest Buddhist Monument in the world . It was an amazing statute, and the whole garden area surrounding it had a very nice and relaxed feel about it.

On July 1st, we started our day bright and early with a flight to Malaysia. Upon arriving, we went and met with students from INTI, a Northwood satellite school. The students were so friendly and hospitable! They gave us a tour of the campus and introduced us to some tasty local fruits while we chatted with each of the students about their culture and school life. This was a great way to begin our trip to Malaysia. We all felt so welcomed!

The next day we took a drive up to the Genting Highlands and enjoyed a cable car tour through the trees in to the main business area of the Highlands, filled with several hotels, restaurants, an outdoor theme park, and the world’s largest indoor theme park. We all looked around the indoor theme park for a while, but before then, we looked around at an outdoor Chinese cultural center. There were many interesting temples and artifacts for us to discover., and the scenery was outstanding.

Our last day in Malaysia involved a half day city tour where we had the opportunity to see saw the king arrive at his palace (through a high security processional, of course) , the national monument, the national mosque, a leather shop, a chocolate shop, and a fabric shop. We also stopped for a few minutes to take pictures of the famous Petronas Towers. Overall, each of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Malaysia.

Next on our agenda was a short holiday on Elephant Island. After a few hours of driving, we took a short ferry ride over to the island, and then took a scenic drive to the Sea View Resort. We were all blown away!. The design, service, food, and hospitality were all fantastic. It was just what we needed before our upcoming travels to Bangkok, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Each day has just gotten better and better! We can’t wait to see what the rest of our trip has in store for us!

Term in Asia 2009 – Week One

Term in Asia 2009
Ian Butters, Tajhia Cartwright, Bart De Jong, Annika Duveneck,
Natasha Elder, Brett Granger, Tyler Krueger, Edgar Macias

Greetings Northwood!

We all hope things are going smoothly where you are. Our trip has been wonderful so far! Term in Asia 2009 is made up of a great group of individuals, and we are all having lots of fun, learning about fantastic cultures, and eating some delicious food.

It’s hard to believe how much we’ve accomplished in only one week! After a very long day and a half of traveling, the entire group was very excited to see the beautiful JHL resort. We all feel very fortunate to be staying in such a lovely place. Our first day started off by visiting the Chinese Temples and Buddha Mountain. There were so many great things to see, each student took about one hundred pictures. From there, we went to our first fitting at Mr. Albert’s tailor shop, New Mode. There are going to be some sharp dressed students when we return! From here, we ate dinner at a very nice outdoor restaurant where Veched ordered our table a variety of Thai food to try, and we were entertained by some traditional Thai dancing.

(Annika Duveneck being fitted for a suit at New Mode Tailor Shop in Pattaya, Thailand)

For Day 2, we had an island holiday. We drove to the resort area of Pattaya and took a speedboat to an island, where we swam, relaxed, and walked along the beach and some of the little shops.

The next day, we woke up early and drove to Kanchanaburi where we went straight to a floating river market. This was such a neat experience. There were many different vendors to see and each of us got to try our hand at a little bargaining. From there, we made our way to a floating restaurant on the River Kwai for lunch and then took a speed boat ride down the river. Next, we looked around the local shops before heading to the Kanchanaburi World War II Cemetery. Many of the soldiers’ gravestones had very touching messages from their families. It was very moving, especially with the fact that many of the soldiers were close to our ages and from many of our home countries. Bart, who is from The Netherlands, even saw several De Jongs within the cemetery.

Day 4 was a continuation of our Bridge on the River Kwai adventure. First, we went to Hellfire Pass (pictured below) where we watched a short video covering the construction of the Thai-Burma Railway, and then went for a walk along the pass. It was also moving to see the video and pictures of the Allied POW’s who were forced by the Japanese to build the railway, and it helped us all appreciate our lives a little bit more. After our hike, we stopped by a neat little waterfall on our way to lunch. From there, we went on our elephant trek! It was quite an adventure, as it started to rain heavily once we were all on our elephants. We all had a blast with this jungle experience. After our elephant adventure, we took a scenic train ride back to Kanchanaburi and were able to see many lovely sites of the Thai countryside.


(Students at the Death Railway Memorial in Kanchanaburi, Thailand)

So as you can see, we’ve been quite busy so far. Next on our list is a trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Elephant Island near Cambodia, and about a one week stay in downtown Bangkok. Stay tuned for more!