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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University April 15th 2009

I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT THE TRAVELBLOG SITE MANAGER HAS NOTIFIED ITS CONTRIBUTORS, THAT MOST OF THE PHOTOS THAT HAVE BEEN POSTED ON THIS AND ON OTHER ENTRIES DURING A SPECIFIC TIME-PERIOD HAVE BEEN LOST. I AM SO SORRY. I HAVE TRIED TO POST MOST OF THE LOST PHOTOS AGAIN ON THE NEXT TRAVELBLOG #114. AFTER READING THIS ENTRY, PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT TRAVELBLOG #114. ********************************************** It seems as if the world has changed since my last TravelBlog entry, and I am still catching my breath. There is my joy of the inauguration of President Obama and the changes it will bring, and the agony of the near collapse of capitalism as we have enjoyed it and its consequences. Maybe this entry will bring you a little diversion from both. So let me begin ... read more
Different varieties display their unique blooms and colors.
Spring-colors as far as the eyes can see
Poets of Taizhou have been inspired by these blossoms.

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University January 19th 2009

In China, the preparations for the Spring Festival (2009), in anticipation for the "Year of the Ox", are nearly completed. This year it falls on January 25th. Our excited students, teachers and staff from Taizhou Teachers College are heading home, to spend this "most important festival" in China with their families and their friends. Another group, an army of migrant workers, are also returning to distant provinces, expecting to be with their loved-ones. They may have not seen their families for a long time. It is now a time, when all of China seems to be on the move!! Public Transportation during China's Spring Festival is strained beyond capacity, as during no other time of the year: BUS-tickets can only be purchased 6 days before departure in China, and the lines at the bus-stations stretch beyond ... read more
PHOTO JOURNEY #1:For the average person, these are the most common, mass-produced shapes.
Soon these red and gold lanterns will decorate the doorway of a Chinese home.
The Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the First Lunar Month.

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University January 1st 2009

TO MY LOVING FAMILY, TO MY WONDERFUL FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD, TO MY FORMER COLLEAGUES AND STUDENTS AT CORAL GABLES SR. HIGH SCHOOL, THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, AND REVERE HIGH SCHOOL IN BOSTON, AND TO MY CURRENT, KIND COLLEAGUES AND SWEET STUDENTS AT TAIZHOU TEACHERS COLLEGE IN CHINA: IT IS TIME TO BEGIN ANOTHER YEAR OF LIFE. THIS PRESENTS THE SATISFYING OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS THE GRATITUDE FOR THE BLESSINGS OF SHARING A LIFE WITH SOME OF THE MOST WONDERFUL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. I AM REACHING THE AGE, WHERE EVERY YEAR IS A GIFT FROM GOD, PROVIDING VALUABLE OPPORTUNITIES TO ENRICH NOT ONLY ONE'S OWN LIFE, BUT ENHANCE THE LIFES OF OTHERS. SO MANY OF YOU HAVE FILLED MY LIFE WITH JOY, HUMOR, EXCITEMENT, COURAGE, DETERMINATION, CURIOSITY, HAVING BEEN THE CATALYST FOR WHAT I PERCEIVE AS ... read more
Best wishes for the New Year.
A whole herd of Oxen for the Lunar New Year (2009).
The cutest Ox I have every seen.

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University December 24th 2008

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS HAS ARRIVED AND THE NEW YEAR 2009 IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. FEW EVENTS IN ONE'S LIFE , OTHER THAN A BIRTHDAY, REMIND HOW QUICKLY TIME AND THE YEARS PASS. I HAVE EXPERIENCED THREE YEARS IN MY SECOND HOME, TAIZHOU TEACHERS COLLEGE IN TAIZHOU, CHINA, (THE YEAR OF THE PIG, THE YEAR OF THE RAT, AND SOON TO BE THE YEAR OF THE OX). AS ONE'S AGE ADVANCES IT IS TRUE, THAT TIME SEEMS TO BE MORE FLEETING; BUT I AM GRATEFUL TO SAY, THAT THESE PAST 2 YEARS WITH MY STUDENTS, STAFF AND MANY CARING FRIENDS AT TAIZHOU TEACHERS COLLEGE HAVE BEEN FILLED WITH DEEP SATISFACTION AND GREAT JOY. I CAN ONLY HOPE, THAT THE PAST 108 ENTRIES AND ALMOST 4,500 PHOTOS IN MY TRAVELBLOG HAVE ENTERTAINED MANY OF YOU THESE PAST YEARS, ... read more
Christmas is a time for giving.
Another winner!
I am happy being with my students...

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University November 22nd 2008

For the past weeks I have been dealing with "writer's block", and hundreds of photos began to accummulate in my Blog, as I was trying to overcome my daily anxiety dealing with the 2008 Presidential election in America. I have now survived the strain and the stress of the daily English news about the direction and conclusion of the election on China's television CCTV-9, and the internet coverage of MSNBC, CNN, and the New York Times. I have also noticed that my hair has become more gray and a little thinner, something a "political junkie" like me has to expect every four years. The news of Mr. Obama's election as America's new President has been greeted in China with applause by most of those here interested in international affairs. I have added some photos of the ... read more
A casual stroll introduces the visitors to the garden campus of Taizhou Teachers College.
A face to face meeting at TTC's conference room.
TTC President, Mr. Xu (center), greets the visitors

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University October 12th 2008

One of the important Blogs I have neglected to publish earlier this year, 2008, concerns our school's evaluation by the Education Department of the Province of Jiangsu, China. It is a process that is mandated for the provincial educational institutions every 5 years, and Taizhou Teachers College was ready for this rigorous examination of its academia and facilities. I observed the faculty and staff of our college work day and night and into the weekends, making sure that no questions would be left un-answered for the visiting team of educators, who would look into every aspect of college life at Taizhou Teachers College. Our school was well prepared, and under the guidance of TTC President, Mr. Xu, they presented the best our small teachers college had to offer to its students. Taizhou Teachers College deservingly received ... read more
Greetings from the English representative of the visiting evaluation team.
At one of the many meeting with the evalutation team.
An auspicious day!?

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University October 8th 2008

One of the most surprising experiences for a first year student during college and university life in China has little to do with academic endeavor or performance. The Chinese college freshmen, who usually arrive 2 weeks after the classes for the upper classmen have already begun, must first participate in compulsory and strenuous two to three week "military training". That national practice will end a few days before China's National Holiday, October 1st. This military training is obligatory for all entering students to any college or university, anywhere in China. In other words, it is a nationwide experience, without any exceptions, where males and females are treated as equals. Arriving at their respective college, at which point parents turn over the responsibility for educating, safety, and raising their "child" to the college authorities, all entering freshmen ... read more
The Chinese Flag is raised and opens the ceremony for the military training ceremony.
The college permits me to sit with the administration and civic leaders on the review platform.
Mr. Xu is the respected President of Taizhou Teachers College.

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University September 27th 2008

Over 5,000 years of history, the Chinese have created a brilliant and vibrant culture, and at the same time they have formed their own "moral code", that has played an important role in Chinese social development and progress. The "moral code' is based what are called "Traditional Virtues", which still have great significance today. Their values to the development of human civilization have also received world-wide recognition. These include: 1. Filial Virtue, respecting and taking care of the aged parents. 2. Respecting the aged and loving the young. 3. Integrity and Credit meaning righteousness, word being true to action, keeping one's word and never cheating others. 4. TO RESPECT TEACHERS and VALUE EDUCATION. It has been a long-standing tradition to value education and respect teachers in China, and from ancient times, education has been paid much ... read more
The Foreign Language Department of Taizhou Teachers College
Administrative Staff and Foreign Teachers of TTC
We are seven Foreign Teachers at Taizhou Teachers College.

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University June 30th 2008

Welcome from Cesky Budejovice, Czech Republic to Part 3 of my blog series on the wrap up of my final teaching semester at Taizhou Teachers College and Nanjing Normal University Taizhou College. May was a month of great contrasts and an enormous emotional roller coaster for the people of China. The horrific earthquake that struck Sichuan Province on May 12 absolutely paralyzed a nation. Everyone was glued to their TV and computer screens for weeks, watching shocking footage coming live and in gory replay from the epicentre in Wenchuan County. The country was in official mourning for 3 days where no entertainment venues could be open and even the Olympic Torch Relay was suspended as a mark of respect. For my students, their safe little worlds were shattered in a moment. Many walked around in disbelief ... read more
Toadally Crazy!
Business English Earthquake English Corner
A song to uplift the spirit!

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University June 30th 2008

Hello this time from Neu-Purkersdorf (near Vienna, Austria)! This is the fourth and final episode wrapping up my final semester at Taizhou Teachers College and Nanjing Normal University Taizhou College! Yes, I know, it's been a long time coming, but here it is with 100 photos to boot! My last couple of weeks were a whirlwind of farewells from graduation dinners for ex-students , special banquets from both my work teams, a few casual get togethers with friends and even a hen's party for our good friend Yama! It was such a fun time, but it made it all the more difficult to move on! So enjoy this and a big thank you to all my friends, colleagues and students for sharing with me this amazing 21/2 year adventure. Your friendship and companionship is sorely missed! ... read more
A Special Night Out With The Boys
Business English Gents
05EE Grad Dinner 1




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