I feel there’s something poetic about writing my first blog as my bowels show evidence in the toilet of becoming accustomed to Thai food. To fellow 127ers, there is no reason for you to be reading this, as there is enough to explore in Thailand, and enough on our plates as a greenhorns to turn to massive amounts of strong drink (though remain “rip roi”). But if you are in a mood for droll, or at the very least find me bearably adorable, I may have some advice on par with your common American breakroom decorations. A smile can go a long way and pay for more than its dollar amount, especially in a land whose name literally translates into “the land of smiles”. Be wary of currency, though, as it can be a troubling power, and equally as potent a drug. Whatever your personal goals may be, strive for more. Applaud those who take the extra step, and never let jealousy spread in your program like STDs in a coed dormitory. Lastly, give your new Thai friends in your program the same dignity you give yourself and assume their strengths and flexibilities are as at least as strong as your own.