sunketing's Guestbook



16th June 2013

Congratulations
Kris, We are so proud of your accomplishments in China and the connection with your students and the culture. We know that you will do as well and better in your new position. We continue to learn and enjoy your blogs. Good luck. AC & UB
16th June 2013

:)
Thank you, Aunt Caroline!
10th June 2013

WOW!!! how exciting~!!
Kris -- Wow and Congratulations on your new wonderful adventure. I am looking forward to hearing all about Thailand and your new position there. I've so enjoyed your posts from China and now we get to explore another region with you. -- Hugs Sweetie and safe travels! Vicki
4th June 2013

Thank you, and good luck
Hi Kris, I wish you the best of luck with your big move. And thank you for writing this blog for the past five years. I’ve been teaching in Zhuhai since August, and your blog has been one of my major sources of information about living and working in China, covering everything from Jusco to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong (which definitely has to be seen to be believed). I look forward to reading your final thoughts about China...
4th June 2013

Thanks!
Thanks, Seth. I've got a few things in the works. I've loved my time here and I'm really glad I can look back on it all and feel good about it. I know a few ppl who weren't so lucky and left feeling sour and burned out. I hope you keep reading. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions while in China--I'm happy to help!
3rd June 2013

When we were in Beijing in Jan., on a Sat. early morning (8:15) and were walking through a park where people were exercising, playing games, dancing etc, we came across a large group of people who were singing. It sounded like Chinese opera with instruments. They had music sheets they were using. There was a conductor. There may have been 100 people. Our group of 20+ were trying to move forward to see everything and then a Chinese lady motioned to me and another lady to come with her. So as our guide said "Go" we did. Soon we were holding hands with Chinese ladies and marching/strolling around in the circle. Still not knowing what was going to happen! Then they switched to singing American folk songs and we joined in. More and more Chinese came into the circle and took our hands. Much smiling!! More men joined us. Lots of hugs as they joined the circle and we Danced! Too soon it was over. It was my best and moving experience in China. Now - the band music. There were violins, saxophones and maybe other instruments. Maybe 5 instruments. But because it was sooo cold one man playing a sax had his sax wrapped in a flannel blanket or sack. We have a picture of him. It was awesome and very memorable.
4th June 2013

Wow!
I am so happy to hear you had such a personal experience when you visited. It's moments like those that mean the most and make the traveling so special. It sounds amazing--I must see your pictures!
3rd June 2013

So you didn't move to Hong Kong, but the Bangkok instead!
My son Will, who taught English in Bangkok last year, then traveled the Silk Road and the Baltics with me in March/April, ending up in Rome, couldn't find a job there for the summer. So he returned to Bangkok on 24 May, had several job interviews immediately, and started teaching again at a private language school on 2 June. He will return to Europe on 21 September to attend law school. Hopefully, you will find a job just as quickly. You should also try a private language school as the public schools started their year in early May. Private schools also pay more!
3rd June 2013

Great advice!
Thanks for the info. I've read much of the same online and heard rumors to the same effect, but it's always nice to hear from someone who has first-hand experience!
25th May 2013

This was great. I can't get enough of these stories.
25th May 2013

Thanks!
I really enjoyed hearing all 235 of them and scrawling notes on my favorites. Hopefully I can do this again sometime!
9th May 2013

Sounds fabulous!!
This all sounds fabulous. My mouth is watering and I just finished dinner. Reminds us of when we were at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC and walked across the lobby from the library to the dining room for one very elegant dinner. Experience of a lifetime!
7th May 2013

Will you be living...
I asked because you mentioned your apartment. My son recently taught English as a second language in Bangkok, and was curious as to what it would be like to do so in Hong Kong if you were moving there as opposed to mainland China which we just visited...and he was not impressed!
7th May 2013

Got it.
The apt isn't mine, it belongs to my university. That said, housing in HK is tiny and expensive. I lived in an apt in Bkk last summer as well and I'd guess the size is on par. I think many in Bkk are studios without real kitchens, while apts in China and HK usually have kitchens, even if they are small.
7th May 2013

Will you be living...
and teaching English in Hong Kong?
7th May 2013

No.
I have no intention to ever do that. Why do you ask?
25th April 2013

Singapore memories...
you have to do more digging someday and find more about your grandparents. My earliest memory of Singapore was the decorations at the Raffles Hotel for Queen Elizabeth's Coronation Day in 1953. We stayed there on our way from Darwin, Australia to Bangkok, Thailand.
25th April 2013

Singapore 1942
Hello, I have read your Singapore blog with much interest. I was there four years ago and like you had personal reasons for learning more about life under the Japansese. My Grandfather was stationed there with the British army and captured in 1942, where he then spent the remainder of the occupation in Changi POW camp. Not a nice experience which affected him the rest of his life, although he lived to be 88 ! Anyway, on a more cheery note I think your Orchid photos are stunning. Chris
12th April 2013

Changing of the Guard in London
Really enjoyed the article and am very impressed that seating is provided for spectators. Please email me if you would be prepared to share this article on changing-guard.com as I collating information about guard mounting ceremonies around the world to add to our website.
15th March 2013

Great pictures Kris! I like to follow your blog. Enjoy Bali and keep posting your great stories :)
17th March 2013

:)
Thanks! I hope you enjoy them all!
9th March 2013

Borobudur
This temple was on Amazing Race a few years ago and the views were amazing.
9th March 2013

Monkey Forest
Sorry to hear of your fall, but glad you were able to make your way through the forest as it is beautiful. The monkeys made me a little hesitant and on edge.

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