My post-engagement days and last 6 weeks in Thailand: As some of you have probably already known, I have made a rather sudden decision not to re-sign my contract with my current school in Thailand in order to return to Malaysia to pursue my PhD. As much as I’m unwilling to go back and many of my colleagues and my school director would love me to stay, reality has to be faced. My future matters, our future matters. In a year’s time, I’m going to marry my fiancée, and teaching in Thailand as a school teacher won’t do me any good in the long run as a foreigner, as someone who had served in the Malaysian higher education industry for eight years and who has plans to go back to being an academic. And yes, my better half and I just got engaged yesterday (will blog about this when I’m a bit more free), and it was a step forward for both of us. So these few weeks have been crazy with so many unexpected events and plans and tasks cropping up, and I’ve been juggling between classes, assessing students, prepping for my, err, post-Thailand life if you will, engagement stuff, and packing, among others. It’s a good thing, though. Going about all these tasks, big or small, I’ve begun feeling the amazing rush of adrenaline and excitement inside of me. It’s something I’ve not felt in a while. This also confirms that it’s time to leave this comfort zone that is the ever amazing and beautiful Thailand, for something more important, for the next chapter of my life. Anyway, this entry may occur to you as weird, which it is, because I’m posting this under the format of “aside,” which is styled without a title and similar to a Facebook note update. To follow my asides, click here.