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... answers to possible questions. The problem is their English level is low, their answers are so scripted, and they feel enormous pressure to pass these interviews. It was so boring for them spending hours each day memorising these dozen or so answers about their family and schooling experiences, and English books they had read. I actually fell asleep briefly in one of the private lessons while she was reciting, I was trying my hardest ...
... motorcycles, scooters, bikes, and pedestrians. The light just turns green and you go. Driving is insane, there might as well not be any lanes painted on the road. Driving here is kind of like a cat, "if it fits, it sits", so "if it fits, it goes"... and sometimes not even if it fits it still goes. But the taxis are pretty cheap which is good.
There are a ton of markets around here, so we went to the supermarket to get food to keep ...
... like bed sheets, a kettle and other bits and pieces. It was quite a saga shopping for things that have no English labels and conversations with the staff would often at times end up with them trying not to laugh at my obviously poorly spoken Chinese. They are very patient though. I managed to get most things, except finding a bed sheet was proving difficult, as was a bath towel. The supermarkets seemed to have hundreds of hand towels, but no ...
... having had that kind of experience in Malaysia I feel I can deal with it. I will start that in July.
I also met an English girl at Chinesetown and she was friendly and we exchanged details. She has been here 7 months, she said there is a group of them who hang out and that she would invite me to go out for drinks with them. That sounds great! I am looking forward to starting the classes and getting to know others who are living here.
... how to catch the bus myself tomorrow. Unfortunately it started pouring rain and we went a couple of kms too far, which meant a fair walk in the rain, but at least I think I know the way. By the late afternoon I was totally exhausted and lay in my room for a couple of hours and wrote this. I am optimistic about tomorrow, as it will enlighten me about what I will actually be doing here in the coming months. I think it will take a few days yet to adjust.
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