Hǎojiǔ bùjiàn

Suddenly it’s November and I haven’t posted in two months. Partially, because I haven’t been able to do anything of great interest or excitement lately, and partially due to lack of free time.

Going into this, I didn’t realize how much mental, emotional and physical energy it would take to be a full-time teacher. Overall, these past two months of teaching has had its ups and downs. Some of my classes are so great and make me think that I actually could make a career out of this, and some students make me afraid I am going to go grey before I turn 30. I have been trying to find my “teaching style” which has turned out to be a lot more difficult than it sounds. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if it is because of my age or my gender (I think a combination of both), I do not instill the same sense of fear on the students that my older male coworkers do. (Which shatters one of my life-long aspirations to instill fear in the hearts of children world-wide) but instead I just come off as an evil b*tch, which doesn’t help. But, when I try to make a fun interesting class they take advantage or I get empty blank stares. I attempted to get glasses to make me look more serious but, as one of my coworkers pointed out, it just makes me look like an anime character.

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Jesus explains (in perfect Chinese with English subtitles) an excellent summary of what every foreign teacher faces here.

Trying to manage lesson plans, quizzes, disciplinary issues, and testing for 400 different students makes me want to rip my hair out by Friday afternoon. Then working every other Saturday is an added stress.

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Add four hours of Chinese classes a week, kickboxing and yoga classes, and training for a half marathon (upcoming in two weeks), I think I have a valid excuse for not blogging for two months.

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I’ve gotten pictures of snow from New York while it is just starting to feel like autumn here. With Halloween past coming up on Thanksgiving (American Thanksgiving) I have been extremely homesick missing my favorite part of the year. So I’ve thrown myself into making it fall here. Luckily I’ve had two awesome roommates to help me through this period of homesickness. I don’t know what I’d without them.

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I just wanted to give a brief summary of what I’ve been up to in my free time the past few weekends.

A month ago we took a bike and hike trip to Dakeng mountains.

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A failed bungee jumping expedition that turned into a nice scooter trip around Taoyuan county.

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A school anniversary fair in which I worked a henna tattoo booth with the art teacher.

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And planning a Halloween surprise party for my roommates birthday.

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Which included a trip to the Gaoguang Flower Market

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And a fake parking ticket to get her out of the house.

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One more weekend of Saturday hours then I have my first half marathon race at the Taoyuan Reservoir and then I will have my weekends back to myself so I can get back to exploring Taiwan before my time here is done.

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