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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.
... the man below me is watching a movie on his mobile and has no intention of sleeping. This would be fine if he was wearing headphones but he is not and he has it very loud. It’s one of these shoot em up movies with lots of gun fire. After a while, I decide I’ve had enough and lean over to speak with him. I dangle my headphones in front of him, saying to him in English he should use some or switch it off. He doesn’t know English but gets the message and the ...
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 ...
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