Tuesday, November 27, 2007
-We went to the MCG this morning! Yay!
-I have self appointed myself to be the navigator as Lynsey and Caroline took about 20 minutes to find the internet place they had been too twice already.
More soon, maybe photos too.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Anyway I spent the weekend in Hong Kong. I think their tagline should be 'Like Singapore, but different.'
Although skylines don't compare. Mind you, despite all this, Singapore is still more densely populated. So yo!
Yesterday we went to Macau which used to be a Portuguese colony so it was all European looking.
I know my eyes are nearly closed but I put this one on here just to show that I did in fact have a tan. Just so as when you see me after I have wintered in America you'll not comment on how white I am.
Every night they do this sound and light show. This video doesn't really do it justice, because it was amazing! I smiled the whole way through it. Actually I had one of those moments where I just couldn't believe where I was and what I was doing.
Anyway, I think it's about time I made my way to the gate. Missing a plane would put a right dampner on stop 2, Melbourne.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I actually have so much stuff to do I don't know where to start. Let's review, shall we? ('It's too late for 'shall we''.)
1. I have left my job.
2. I am moving house.
3. I am going on a trip.
All three of those are bad enough, but let's add in these facts:
a. I have no future job.
b. I am moving across continents.
c. My trip lasts nearly three months, around the world
in all weathers.
Any one part of 1-3 are enough to give anyone a nervous breakdown, but simultaneously and adding a-c and...well you can imagine.
I will be cutting my internet soon so this may be the last you hear from me for a while, which is a shame as I've done some pretty cool things recently. Gutted I'm sure.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
So tomorrow is my last day. I think there will be tears. In fact they may have already started.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I know, it's not nice to see (even without the bites) but you had to see them to believe them.
This is why I go on about mosquito bites. But I don't think I've had as many as this since summer camp in 2001. Today I went to the pool (to reenact the soothing waters of the lake at camp) and two girls stared at me like a was a leper. I don't blame them. They are hideous.
I've got my responses down pat now 'They are all individual bites'...'Yeah, mosquito bites'...'No, I promise I didn't scratch them'...'Yes, maybe I do have some sort of allergic reaction...'No Tiger Balm doesn't help mine.'
Annoyingly it gives a whole set of new people to use the line 'sweet Irish blood'. So help me, I nearly went for them.
So yes, this weekend we were in Malaysia on a staff conference. I enjoyed all of it, except the mosquito bites. We were right on the coast of the South China Sea which was beautiful.
Our hotel was right on the beach.
Sadly though, what I am going to remember most is being driven to distraction by the little beasts.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Anyway I know it's been a while, and I have a shedload of things to tell you and photos to show you but I'm tired (see above) so I will keep this short.
Quite in contrast to last week, I have had a good week. Today it was all capped off with two of my students getting two, count them, two of the three Year 1 prizes for the end of the year. One of them wasn't that much of a surprise (although I am pleased for him obviously). But the other one? The other one nearly made me cry.
I might have told you this story, not on here, in an email or face to face but if not I'll give you the highlights. A bad wee rip of a boy got transferred from another class to my class back in March. I wasn't impressed. Actually I made a pretty strong case as to why he shouldn't be moved to my class. He threatened to upset the carefully crafted balance.
But just like a cheesey Hollywood movie, he has turned himself around, improved his grades and as a result is the proud winner of most improved effort prize. I don't claim to be the difference (aside from anything else, sometimes he can still be far from the perfect student!) He is the difference. He did it, they are his grades.
But sometimes I love my job.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Some days he even used to cry (with joy I might add) 'You're back!!!'
I never knew his name (he was called Smiley Security Guard Man in my head), and I hadn't seen him in a while so today I asked where he had gone. It turns out he left to go work somewhere else.
Today was such a pisser of a day I could have done with a nice cheery 'You're back!!!'