These young doormen look slightly uncomfortable in their Santa outfits! They were very popular with the children.
After a whirlwind two weeks back in the Land of Oz for a well-earned holiday, I now have time to share with you all my myriad experiences of my first “Silly Season” in the great “Middle Kingdom”. For those of you who thought it might be a little lonely being so far away from home at a time when friends and families traditionally get together to celebrate, never fear! The following photo essay “documents” a mesmerizing range of activities from parties, tree plantings, cultural concerts, weddings and even a birth, all mixed in with final exams! Not a time for the faint-hearted! Read on and enjoy!
This blog was started in 2006 when I embarked on a new life adventure teaching English in China. It was a wonderful, enriching and enlightening experience. Many of you came on this journey with me.
For those of you who are searching for more meaning and satisfaction in your life and feel that teaching languages overseas might fit the bill, I enthusiastically encourage you to take up the challenge as I did nine years ago. You will never regret it. In fact you will probably say "Why didn't I do this years ago?"
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Corporate Xmas CelebrationThis was the second of four celebrations I was attending on this first Xmas Eve in China! I had earlier attended an Oral English Competition at Taizhou College of Nanjing Normal University.
Aussie ConnectionA surprise "visit" from our new Aussie friend Rod who was also attending this prestigious event.
VivianVivian looking "spiffy" with her new haircut. We teased her mercilessly about "sexing" herself up for her impending wedding on January 6!
Xmas ToastHans, Vivian and our vice principal Mr Xu's family (Mrs Xu, their twin sons and daughter!)raise a toast to Xmas.
Xmas EntertainmentOne of the performers gives a bit of reprieve from the deafening "disco" music. Note the "Santa Hat" chair covers- a fun souvenir of the evening!
Secret SantaFollowing the Corporate event we headed to Jeff's for a Xmas Eve Party and - of course "Secret Santa". Here "Big Dog" demonstrates the wearing of the "balaclavas". Apparently they are great for outdoor adventure sports.
Santas Helpers!Fourth celebration for the night! Here Rod, myself and Vitaliy ( one of our Ukrainian shipping friends) wow the crowds in Yilong Bar with our "Mary Xmas" outfits!
Vitaliy & Dimetri Having FunVitaliy and Dimetri ensure that Xiao Ling, the resident guitarist at our favourite bar Yilong joins in the Xmas spirit!
Karaoke KingMeanwhile Hideyuki entertains the Japanese major students at their Xmas party (photo courtesy of Hans, as I was unable to attend! I think 4 functions in one night is quite enough for me!)
Xmas ChatXmas Day was a day off for us, and in contrast to the previous evening, was a quiet uneventful day, with the exception of an official tree planting ceremony. Here we are having a casual chat prior to the start.
Xmas PresentationMr Xu, our college president presents me with a Certificate of Appreciation and an original piece of student artwork.
Tree Planting DignitariesThe tree planting was to acknowledge Hans' generous donation to encourage the "greening" of the campus. It will be known as "Friendship Corner"