Showing posts from January, 2010

Look at the pretty sunflowers and the tank

I decided to take advantage of the wonderful sunshine today at lunch time and took a walk by the river, which is less than 10 minutes from my house. Predictably, there weren’t many people out since Taiwanese people tend to avoid the sun. It’s such a beautiful green area with flower beds along the walking and bike trails. I once saw a woman posing her dog among the sunflowers for a portrait. But my favorite part of the river park is the bridge (I’ve always been partial to bridges), and especially the adult-sized swings underneath. I’ve always loved swings, and usually stop for a swing before I turn back to go home. Today I had company though. There was a group of about 6 business guys in their early 30s in suits, perhaps looking for a little levity, who had come down on their lunch break to swing on the swings. It was actually kind of amusing to watch them. I wonder if it’s a regular thing for them. On the way back I saw one more very random thing. A large flatbed carrying a tank. A re…

A quick look back...

I think January is one of my favorite months. It's filled with hope at the beginning of a new year, and often includes some time off for winter vacation or Chinese New Year. If all goes according to plan, I'll be in Thailand next January completing my second study term for my master's degree!I was thinking it would be fun to take a look at some of my January activities in the past 5(!) years. Last year, 2009, I went to the Philippines for New Year's and celebrated Chinese New Year with the Chen family, and had lots of fun with my favorite girls.

2008 - the first speech contest I entered was in January!

2007 - I had surgery to get some pins out of my leg and my parents came!

2006 - I went home for the first time after being here in Taiwan for almost a year and a half.

2005 - Teaching new friends in Yuli how to bake cookies. This is really fun because that's exactly what I'm planning to do this month! I'm having students from my bible study and girls from the high…
I changed my blog template, hope you like it! New colors for a new year.
I'm still looking for a theme verse for 2010, which will go at the bottom of the picture. I also still need some ideas for my 2010 archive section.
Here are some things I'm looking forward to:
Being done with all my grading!
Having students over to bake during winter vacation.
My friend Jeanine coming for a couple of days at the beginning of Chinese New Year.

Top 9 of 2009

I've been doing this ranking activity with my students, asking them to discuss what the most important things that happened in 2009 were. There was an interesting mix of things in there, and here are some of the top ones:
H1N1, which I blogged about not too long ago.

American beef, apparently causing a strain on U.S. - Taiwan relations, in daily life, it means signs popping up in all the restaurants reassuring patrons that American beef is not served there

Michael Jackson's death, I remember hearing about it via Facebook before going to one of the summer camps I taught at.

Taiwan's former president being jailed...was that 2009 or 2008? or maybe he was jailed more than once...

Obama winning the Nobel Prize

The global warming summit in Copenhagen, although the movie 2012 was equally popular

Typhoon Morakot, Taiwan's biggest natural disaster in recent years, which occurred when I was home in Canada

Wang Chien Ming being fired from the Yankees, I guess he is no longer the "…