Apr 24, 2015

Whirlwind week

Final stretch has arrived for my cousins departure. Barbecue on Sunday,  ladies night on weds, dinner and drinks on Friday, dinner and drinks on Saturday,  I'm sure there will be more in the next four days.

I also had my improv drama competition with my drama students, they did great! We didn't win but such is the way sometimes.

I also had a monkey incident on my way to work, all these monkeys kept coming and coming and coming down into my village. I know better than to think I can go near them, especially when there are babies around, so I kept my distance and waited. Not a good start to the morning, and I didn't even get great pictures. Ugh.

At the barbecue two of my favourite little boys came, they are so cute, as I'm sure you can see from the photos. They also really livened up the place, everyone was playing with them and dancing with them. Haha so sweet.
Today is the final dinner and drinks so far so we'll see how it goes. Lol

Apr 17, 2015

Rough week but still going

Whoooweee it has been one hell of a week! First weeks back after holidays are always hard but this felt nearly impossible. It is currently Saturday morning at 9am and I am on the train and not in my bed.
The week started ok until I got an email for my schools drama club. Every year we enter an improv competition and this year we have to use an imaginary prop in our play. Ugh very difficult!  So the next four days were filled with me staying after school until 630 sometimes,  that's late when you start at 745 and wake up at 530. I also have recently developed some haters in my classroom, they have decided that having English classes in English is unfair and would prefer to have a local teacher  who can teach them in Cantonese. They have also decided to not do anything in my class and just give me bad attitude and death glares. It's only two, sometimes three, students but it's still saddening for me and it unnerves me on class.I also tried to give my class a practice paper since they have an exam on Monday,  and only two students did the paper. TWO!!! It also makes you question your teaching methods. Especially since in Hong Kong you are judged by how well your students do in the hkdse.
Added to that is that my cousin Anne is leaving, she's moving to London with her boyfriend. This sucks cuz that means all the rent and bills are now mine. Yikes!!  Also it's so hard to find a good roommate. Lol.
All in all the week is not so difficult now that I'm writing it down,  I think it's just more the tired effect. And as I said it's Saturday morning and I'm up. I'm on my way to teach English conversation classes at another school. Maybe this one will appreciate me more. Haha
So the school was a lower level school but the kids were fantastic,  a little bit shy at first but once they got into it they were great.
Hopefully the next week will be better. And my group wins an award  

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Apr 12, 2015

Time to give in

So I have this weird holiday thing that I do. Holidays for me mean freedom, so I hate wearing a bra on holiday. I wear bandeaus and sports bras just no straps. It started a few years ago out of necessity one day as I had a burn on my shoulders and it caused great pain to put those straps on. Now I've just continued doing it every holiday. Well today I took that fated step to signify that holiday time was officially over and I put that bra back on. Oh how I will miss freedom, but summer is coming soon so I will just have to hold on until then.
Last night I went to my friend Dave's birthday, such an awesome guy and his wife is pretty amazing too. Everytime I get together with Ashley and Tiffany I laugh so hard. It's always nice to have people around that you can just let loose and be silly with. I have her in the picture I posted, she's playing her leg as a guitar.
I also spent the majority of yesterday writing a paper. I will be so happy when this PGDE is finally done.
So tomorrow I go back to work, early morning and lots of classes. Ugh back to the grindstone.

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Apr 10, 2015

Back to reality

So after an eventful and long day of travel I am back in Hong Kong. I've already gotten a much later start to the day but after only ten days away I must admit I'm finding it hard to adjust. I still want to go lie on the beach with an apple San Miguel. Instead I am heading to school to finish writing a paper that is due today! Yes, you read that right. I procrastinated until the last possible moment. Ugh.
On a brighter note my cousin shawna and her husband Michael flew in this morning. So provided I get this paper done relatively quickly I cam still have some fun before work starts again on Monday.

Apr 9, 2015


Boracay is beautiful, pretty cool people (except for those who find it necessary to remark on my size)  gorgeous beach, great food, and cheap drinks.
I tried paddle boarding for the first time today, it was super fun but much more difficult than I had anticipated. Haha
This is the last day of tropical bliss before heading back to Hong Kong and shaking myself awake to the reality of work and writing papers. Ugh three papers until I get my PGDE, can't wait.
So far on this trip we've had greek, mexican, Italian, American, French and philipino food. It's been a great holiday but all good things must come to an end I suppose.