Sunday, February 26, 2006
Speaking of which, my classes in the church this week started of really well! Both had a lot of new students, who hopefully will stick around for the semester. The pastor had an idea which was proposed to my students before I was told about it, but fortunately it's a good idea - to have dinner together before class on wed and fri downstairs in the coffee shop type place that the church runs. So we'll see how that goes next week and if anyone shows up early!
Oh yeah, and I have a funny language story, though I don't know if it's appropriate for this blog, so if you wanna hear it, ask me about kleenex!
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
- I started watching season 1 of Lost. It's pretty good, though not as riveting as 24, it's still a nice diversion
- I made french onion soup yesterday, particularly nice with the swiss cheese I bought in Carrefour on the weekend and am trying to use before it goes moldy on me
- I've had two further days of confirmation regarding the principle observed in schools and other public institutions across Taiwan:
a. One must acquire every variety of the latest technology for one's school/library/office/church and should display it somewhere within said institution, even better if it's all in one room
b. One must not actually teach anyone within the premises how to use previously mentioned technology (it would be breaking a sacred code I suppose)
- Technology woes aside, I've had a pretty good week so far. I've enjoyed showing some pictures of my time in Canada to my classes, and, after 6 classes only, can predict with accuracy when students will gasp, break into chatter, and otherwise react to the little slide show I put together.
- P.S. Does anyone know if opened spaghetti sauce (in a jar) is still good after 2 months? There doesn't appear to be any mold on it, and the best before date is in 2007... I so feel like a university student asking that :P
Monday, February 20, 2006
I am pretty much adjusted to the time again. The jet lag seemed much worse returning to Canada than it did coming back here. Maybe because I wasn't there for as long, so my body didn't fully readjust?
I'm starting classes this afternoon, and have a full week. First day of class is always interesting, and I'm hoping to implement a few strategies early on to help the semester go more smoothly. My classes in the church are also starting this week, so it will be interesting to see if I get a lot of new students or not.
Whew, it will be good to get a bit of a routine going again. So yeah, if anyone's looking for me, I'll be in Yilan (well, except for thursday when i have to teach in Hualian, oh yeah, and the holiday coming up next week... sigh...)
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
In other news, I'm off to Yuli this afternoon until Saturday, and I start classes on Monday with a rather full week, including teaching in Hualian on Thursday!
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Sadly I am not doing much today, but thanks to Jo, I have something to post:
Four jobs you've had in your life:
1) Residence Coordinator
2) English teacher
3) Tim Horton's cashier/baker
4) Library front desk
Four movies you could watch over and over again:
2) Lord of the Rings (um, all of them)
3) Finding Nemo
Four TV shows you love(d) to watch
2) The Simpsons
3) The Amazing Race
4) Corner Gas
Four places you've lived:
1) Castlegar, BC
2) Caronport, SK
3) Camrose, AB
4) Yuli, Taiwan
Four places you've been on vacation to: (Canada! LOL)
1) Quebec City
2) Sao Luis, Brazil (well it wasn't really a vacation, but it was a cool trip)
3) Hong Kong
4) Green Island
Four places you would rather be (or where you'll like to visit?):
1) The Great Wall of China
3) South Korea
4) Singapore (all places I hope to visit while I live in Asia)
Four of your favourite foods:
1) Pad Thai from the Thai place in Yuli
2) Sushi or Sashimi
3) Nachos with the works (lots of cheese, olives, sour cream, salsa, guacamole and extra jalapenos, but no onions)
4) Tortellini in alfredo sauce baked with cheese
Four websites you visit daily-ish: (besides whichever of my friends has updated their blog)
1) Sudoku Site
2) My Utmost for His Highest daily devotion
3) Daily Dose of Imagery - Canadian photo blog
4) Get Fuzzy
Four CDs you're digging right now: what a mix!
1) Jack Johnson (Thanks Jo)
2) The Motorcycle Diaries Soundtrack (Really great Latin music from South America - Thanks Kaia)
3) Blindside - The Great Depression (It's really close to being my favorite Blindside album)
4) David Tao - I'm OK (Taiwanese pop)
I'm not tagging anyone, but if you feel like joining in with this fun little diversion, feel free!
Monday, February 13, 2006
Am I homeless or multi-homed? I don't think that's actually a word, maybe I should coin it? Homed to perfection?
Anyways, if this entry doesn't make sense I'll blame it on jet lag ;)
Here I am, back in Yilan, and unfortunately didn't blog much about my trip while I was there, but I did get some pics up . Overall it was a great (albeit expensive) time.
From Caronport I spent some time in Regina with Kaia and Vanessa, also seeing Krista and some family.
We went mini-golfing, which I don't think has come to Taiwan yet. At least I've never seen a mini-golf course here. If anyone knows of one, please enlighten me!
I also watched a number of movies including Memoirs of a Geisha (excellent, hope the film doesn't catch fire when you go see it), Syriana (not bad, but really heavy - make sure you're in the right mental space if you decide to go see it), and Pride and Prejudice (sigh...timeless).
I saw a ton of people and had some great visits, though most were way too short. I was particularly blessed to be able to visit with Shantelle for a bit, who is still undergoing cancer treatments.
On my last Sunday in Canada, I had the pleasure of hanging out with my friend and faithful blog reader, Sarah, and attending her church, my last English worship service for probably awhile.
The day before I returned to Taiwan, I went to my brother's Social Studies 6 class and talked about Taiwan. I had a bunch of pictures on powerpoint, answered questions, and had a little competition to see who could use chopsticks to pick up an assortment of items the fastest (one girl kind of gave up and held one stick in each hand). It went extremely well, I was happy with the way the class interacted and responded, and I was invited to give the presentation again next time I happen to be in the country. I think I'm a "cool" big sister, doesn't that rock? My brother and I also watched Kung Fu Hustle (hilarious) together on my laptop.
I flew out of Calgary at 6:15pm on Wednesday and (after a bit of a mix up) got to hang out with Johnny in Vancouver for a couple of hours. Finally at 1:00am I was on the 13 hour flight to Taipei. I think I'm getting used to the length of the flight, because each time I don't remember it being nearly as bad as the first few long flights I made. Though on this particulary flight there were loads of families including a 1 year old (i guess) who would periodically wake up and begin screaming. I managed to sleep quite a bit on the flight, thanks, I guess, to the inflatable pillow I got in the Vancouver airport. I just have to say, it cracks me up that they serve instant noodles as a snack on the flight to Taipei (both times I've had it). I guess they were invented in Asia. I arrived in Taipei at 5:45am on Friday, and proceeded through customs with a massive headache which progressed to nasuea on the way back to the office. Fortunately some air and a shower did worlds of good.
Well you don't need to be bogged down with the further details of my trip from Taipei which are slightly fuzzy anyways, so here's a list:
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
1.Charlotte needs to look beyond banks
2. Charlotte needs an airport that is focused on its hub but also on those travelers.
3. Charlotte Needs to Encourage a More Meaningful Dialogue.
4. Charlotte needs to control fans
5. Features: Charlotte needs your help!
6. Charlotte Needs You
7. Charlotte needs more breath taking, and more often.
8. Charlotte needs Get Fuzzy.
9. CHARLOTTE NEEDS YOUR VOTE!
10. I think Charlotte needs another low/middle-end grocery store.
My favorites have got to be 4 and 7.... I'll work on getting my fans under control.... they go a little crazy sometimes. ;)
Person making small-talk: So where are you from?Wednesday evening I'm off to Regina and then on Saturday, back to my parents. Somewhere in there I need to prep what I'm going to say to my brother's grade 6 class about Taiwan.
Me: B.C. originally
PMST: And where do you live now?
Me: Taiwan, actually