GreenTree Inn Dongguan Houjie Business Hotel
Travel Blogs from Dongguan
I am lucky enough to have 2 visits from Carol & Don this year, transit stops on their way to Ireland.
They arrived very early on Weds morning, and as it was my day off we made the most of the time, starting with breakfast at McD's at the airport - that most Chinese of all experiences!
There is an airport bus that runs from the golf hotel at my complex, and we had a lovely tiki-tour ride back ...
... super-cool (not!) heat reflecting umbrella with me from now on.
On the work front I had a pretty positive appraisal last week, and we get a new DOS (teachers boss) starting after Dragon boat festival next week, so am hoping that things will improve. We are still short of 3 foreign teachers, and everyone has really heavy workloads as a result. Apparently there will be a new intake of teachers next month, in time to help with summer school over Jul and Aug.
As you may expect, days like Mother's Day and birthdays can be a bit tough when you are 5000 km away from the people you love, and 1 of the local teachers in particular realised this and invited me out to dinner with her and 2 of the other local staff.
The 3 of them all live in the area known as university city - it is on its own island, and has several (I think they said 10) universities located there. It is considered to be THE place to go to uni in the province and was finished ...
... are working very nicely - they are a pretty good class this one!
1 of the classes I had last night really blew me away. When we start class, we always do a ball-pass to drill introductions - My name's Deborah (yep!), what's your name? Lots of students like to reply 'My name's Deborah, what's your name? to me, so I then use their name when I greet the next student. They think its hilarious, and I have sometimes ended up with a whole class of ...
... I will tell them stories, and I will play games with them. I will also tell them my experience in America. Like these children, I do not see my parents for a year or two, and I have to face the difficulties myself. I will tell them how I resolve the struggle alone. Through my experience, I want to tell them that they can find hope and future through studying and hardworking.
I grow up in a well-off family, thus I rarely experience ...
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