Building a Chinese house.

IMG_0442A simple foundation is laid. Like a zig-zag of concrete, or a honeycomb layout for the building to sit on(not the deep footers or foundations that we have in America). Once that’s done it’s a pole by pole affair to support the forms for the concrete. And it’s all concrete. No wood is used in the simple countryside dwelling.

Back from the Dead

Well, not quite. Living in out-of-the-way places(small cities within China) doesn’t lend itself to internet connectivity. I’ve had the Great Firewall to thank for not having access to my WordPress blog, or other social media. But thanks to a really good VPN, PandaPow, I am now back in the land of the living. Speaking of The Dead. I am a fan of The Walking Dead. Great show, great acting.

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A Strange Visitor With a Silver Bowl

A small monkey wearing a very small red hat appeared at our doorway. It proceeded to come into the house. Even more strangely it was carrying a small silver bowl, the monkey bowed three times and held out the bowl. Well I wasn’t going to give the monkey any money. But I did have plenty of rice handy. So I filled the small bowl with dry rice and the monkey bowed again and turned around and scampered out. I have got to get a picture of that monkey. Oh, the monkey’s master is a very old Chinese gentleman. I am told that’s exactly his job, to collect small amounts of rice, in return the village children get to see a monkey, a very cute monkey. And also a very polite little monkey.

Back to School 2012

It’s that time of year! Bright shining faces again light my classroom. The English is slightly rusty(no one speaks English in their hometowns), unless a handsome or attractive laowai happens by…haha. But it is very good to see them again. The old year is gone with all of it’s problems and woes. All mistakes are forgotten. The world is new, hope is reborn in the soul. I am blessed to live among these good people.

Not business as usual yet

Well, the Chinese new year(Jan 23), has come and gone. But I’m still waiting for most of the businesses to open again. This usually takes a week to a fortnight. And sometimes then they’re not in any hurry. However, living here lo these few years I’ve come to expect it. The Chinese have a lot to teach Westerners about relaxing, de-stressing. And getting together with friends and family. While the world turns frantically for the next Wii, iPod or other gimmick and gadget, folks here are catching up on eating and visiting neighbors. Not bad, not bad at all. Oh, yeah, the express post, that’ll take about two weeks at least 🙂

I thought I had everything in life…

Favorite School

Many people ask me which school is my favorite. Well, it’s hard to pick just one. There are very good points about each one. Some are private, some are public, some are strictly training schools. But I guess what I like best are the people, people interested in providing the best education possible. It is nice to see everyone working together to provide the best environment to work and teach in. And of course my students make for most of my satisfaction, especially the younger ones. They have boundless energy and active minds that never grow tired of learning. When you exhaust yourself from jumping and spelling at the same time and you see bright shining faces beaming back at you, it is all worthwhile. So my favorite school: all of them. All of them had something refreshing, interesting and challenging to offer me: teaching students 🙂.
My students are at the heart of my joy.

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