What the night ended up being was far different than I expected. Tables were set in an outdoor area of the school with a big stage in front. We weren't really assigned a table per say, but we were segregated by ethnicity, which seemed strange. All of the tables with a good view of the stage were assigned to the Thai's, then a few tables on the far end were assigned to western teachers, and another few were assigned to the Filipino teachers. There was very little intermingling between the tables, so not a whole lot of opportunity to meet people you didn't already know. It's a shame, I was hoping to get to at least attempt to talk to some of my Thai teachers, who still only know me as Teacher E, as in English. Also, from beginning to end there were performances on the stage, so as fun as it was to watch, it didn't really promote mingling. Each grade level of Thai teachers performed a dance on the stage, and then there was one western dance and one Filipino dance. This tradition did not really surprise me considering they make the kids dance for just about everything. I had been recruited to dance with the western teachers but ended up dropping out....bummer. (I have been trying to upload some videos of the dances below...I hope they work.)
Some people were super dressed up, as in ball gowns, and others not at all, so not sure what that was about. There were 2 MC's, a male and female, who were dressed like they were hosting the Oscars. There was also no free booze, though we were able to escape to the local 7-11 and bring back our own. The food was plentiful and pretty awesome. My K1 partner, a Filipino woman named Melissa, won teacher of the year, which was really great to see. She is amazing and helps me all the time.
Probably the strangest part of the night was a raffle where everyone won a kitchen appliance, either a toaster, electric kettle, blender, even big things like dish washers and refrigerators. I walked away with a toaster...which is actually cool because I have been craving toast almost since I got here! ....don't judge me.
When things started to die down around 10:30-11PM a group of us took the party to Khao San Road where there were literal buckets of booze and good times to be had. I'm not going to lie, I don't remember a whole lot about the end of the night. I think I got home around 3:30AM.