I have been all over this hill and never knew about the hidden waterfall until this year so I was quite excited to go on the hunt for it!
Being away from home during this time of year, with friends and family posting updates of all kinds of holiday fun, that you'd usually be included in, can be a recipe for homesickness.
At the beginning of May my school here in Yangon, Myanmar moved some of its classes online. Despite having been an ESL teacher for two and a half years now I had no experience with teaching online and I was honestly dreading creating my first lesson plan! Now one month in, I finally feel like I’m getting the hang of it. So what have I learned over the past few weeks?
One of my favourite things about music is the joy of the memories a song can bring back. Now that we are stuck inside and travel is no longer an option I decided the next best thing would be to travel through music!
With everything that had happened since I arrived in Myanmar and the situation at home becoming increasingly apocalyptic I started to question whether I had made the right decision in returning to Asia. Should I have stayed at home? Could I have predicted any of this? I felt myself spiralling into an overthinking black hole!
Christmas was banned! Cancelled! Forbidden! Basically the Chinese government has told schools that they must focus on Chinese culture and as a result our school decided that there would be no celebrating Christmas of any kind, including the foreign teacher giving a lesson on the subject.
I can’t quite believe that December has come around so quickly, I feel like it was only last week I was on my way up to Harbin to celebrate New Year and see the famous Ice Festival but nope, it was a whole year ago!
When I first arrived in China and asked the school what they wanted me to teach in my lessons the reply I got was simply; “Have fun, play games.” No topics, no vocab, nothing! From talking to other teachers this is a pretty common instruction and it can leave you feeling a bit lost...
1st of December - 7th December Posting this a day late from my phone as my VPN refuses to work on my computer! In China, more often than not, events that must take weeks of organising are something that foreign teachers find out about as they are happening. This means that it is very likely …
Sunday night saw me locked out of my apartment after realising my key was not in my bag when I returned from the supermarket. The night before my first week back teaching in China!! This was almost a disaster...