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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 24th 2013

Of all the people I was most nervous of telling of my news, the speech team tops the list. Of the people here at Peizheng, they're some of the most important. And some of the most senstive. I was worried about their reactions. I was even worried about hurt feelings. Sometimes, you just never know. As per my plan, we met for dinner tonight. (The captains agreed that waiting was a good idea.) 28 of us in one room at a restaurant. The case of beer appeared. We were set. I stood and gave my surprise farewell speech. A few knew ahead of time (current and former captains), but there were a few gasps. Without a doubt, this was the most difficult speech I've given; it was much more emotional than my commencement speech back in ... read more
Giving my surprise farewell speech
Giving my surprise farewell speech
Giving my surprise farewell speech

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 23rd 2013

It's time for your yearly update of what's next in my world. After five wonderful years I've decided to leave China. These five years have been some of the best and have forever changed me and my life. But don't worry, the adventures will continue! I've decided to move to Bangkok, Thailand. I've loved Thailand every time I've visited and last summer I knew it was where I needed to go next. The Thai ESL market is different than other places, mainly due to high demand by teachers for jobs. Many companies and schools want to see you face to face before they consider hiring you. Further, Thailand operates on "Thai time" and I've noticed many jobs aren't even posted online until a week before they need someone to start. Or the Thursday before the weekend ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 11th 2013

It's been a while since I've spent a decent amount of time in a Chinese park. Sadly, I don't live near any since my university's campus is a bit outside the city. But in the city, there are parts everywhere--some big, some small--and they're a gathering place for everyone around to come, be social, relax, play games, dance, and make music. If you want to experience the vibrancy of China, there's no better place than a park. The park I used to go to in Shenzhen was only 5 minutes from my home and was fairly small. But it always had people playing sports or laughing with each other. Some afternoons, a group of friends (or I assumed they were, maybe they're friendly strangers) would gather and make music. It was nice. Guangzhou has lots of ... read more
Martyrs' Park
Martyrs' Park
Oooh, what are they doing?

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 10th 2013

For their exam topic, my students needed to interview a married couple and tell their love story using past tense. Keep in mind that my students' parents and aunts and uncles would have all met in the mid-1980's -- mid 1990's. A student decided to talk about a celebrity actor and actress. When I asked how she interviewed them, she replied that she found the information on the internet. I explained that since she didnt' follow the instructions, I would take off a few points. She replied that she had misunderstood me. I pointed out that it was clearly written in her book as part of the questions they were assigned. She looked sad and sat down. The next pair of students stood before the class. One gave a brief introduction (less than a minute) that ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 3rd 2013

May 1 is International Labor Day, which means no school! My first year in China the 1st was on a Friday and we only got the one day off while everyone grumbled that it used to be a week. Ditto for 2010 and 2011. Last year we had three days off, Mon-Wed, making up the two extra days the previous weekend. This year, though, we were off for five days, April 29--May 3, and made up work both the weekend before and the weekend after. (We worked 7 days, had 5 off, and then worked 7 more. Which, in my opinion, completely negates the purpose of a holiday because everyone is too tired to enjoy it.) Most schools and businesses only had Mon-Wed off. We most likely had more time consecutively because some of our students ... read more
At the GD Museum of Art
At the GD Museum of Art
At the GD Museum of Art


Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou April 19th 2013

My favorite week of the term! Student groups write plays, not for themselves, but for another group in the class. The next week they practice and perform. Here are my favorites of the term: One group did a quick rewrite to include a student who'd been absent last week. They decided he was Garlic (the vegetable) and was responsible for all the problems two couples were having (where one half of each liked garlic and the other thought it was smelly). Then in the end he pleaded with them to not eat him because he wanted to live.A pair of crossed lovers made more interested because the actors ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou April 13th 2013

My friend loves exploring as much as I do. So on a perfectly beautiful Saturday, she and I took the bus into the city and hit the streets with our cameras and senses of adventure. We took side streets, narrow alleys, the road less taken (at least, for foreigners). Whenever I do this, I find a side of China that I don't often see: quiet, peace, curiosity, genuine kindness. There's no rush of the big city, no desire to charge me three times more, just a simple life waiting to be shared. And now I'm sharing the photos. Enjoy.... read more
Our favorite lunch
Worst dress ever

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 30th 2013

Saturday, 30th March 2013 to Sunday, 31st March 2013 Another round of dim sum affair greeted us at Jade Garden this morning. Located within Taikoo Hui Mall, the decor of Jade Garden followed a modern-fusion theme. It was weird that western teapots and cutlery could co-exist together with Chinese chopsticks and spoons. The attractive dim sum menu was colourful and the pictures were certainly useful for non-Chinese speakers. Food was ok at Jade even though our votes would certainly go to Guangzhou Restaurant anytime. After breakfast, it was time for some grocery shopping at Jusco Tianhe branch before heading back to our apartment. When it was time for us to say goodbye to Ascott at 1pm, we parked our luggages at the reception before continuing with the rest of our itinerary. Depsite the heavy rains in ... read more
The Guangdong Revolutionary Museum
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall obscured by the rains
Unique dinner

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 29th 2013

Friday, 29th March 2013 Happy Easter Friday We continued to make inroads into our Guangzhou trip this morning. First up was a fantastic dim sum breakfast at Guangzhou Restaurant, about 10 minutes walk from our apartment. While the prices did not come in cheap, the three of us agreed that this was money well-spent for the freshly made dim sum in a traditional setting. Our journey continued to the riverfront along Pearl River where the massive Canton Tower was located. Easily one of the highlights of our trip, we were impressed by the architectural feat of this modern, mega structure as well as the tastefully decorated promenade that was virtually crowds free. Tip: To capture the best view of Canton Tower, take the APM Line to Opera House station. Also within a short walk from the ... read more
Shishi Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral
The Garden Hotel with its revolving restaurant at the top

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 27th 2013

Wednesday, 27th March 2013 It was 7 years back since I last travelled with C and S, two of my greatest buddies from NUS. I remembered back then, the few of us travelled to HK & Macau as part of our graduation trip for 10 days. Actually, we did attempt to organise a trip to Bali a couple of years later but it had to be cancelled due to some security concerns. So there we were 7 years down the road. By this time, as working adults in our 30s, C and S had settled down happily. I was quite thankful that their better halves had given us their blessings for us to go away during the Easter long weekend. Our Guangzhou trip was decided quite smoothly during one of our recent meet-ups. Before we knew ... read more
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