First 72 Hours in Singapore

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I’m here! Woohooooo!

Here I am at the end of my first 72 hours in my new home. I’m currently wrestling with a piss poor wifi connection in a pretty average hotel smackbang in the center of the Red Light District. My neighbours are sex workers and a lot of men but there’s an element of seediness missing from the area – Possibly due to the fact that prostitution isn’t illegal here.

View from my Red Light District window

View from my Red Light District window

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Sunday Post: My Last Weekend in Korea

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The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, and showcase books (and, for me, music) every Sunday.

What’s new?

So this is it.

I’m less than a week away from my big move. In fact, I only have 3 full days left in Korea.

At this moment I’m sitting on my bed, trying my best to calm down after getting overwhelmed with packing and then worrying about every little thing that could possibly go wrong this week. It doesn’t help that in the last 6 hours I’ve had 4 iced coffees and a can of coke.

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Mentally, I’m all ready to go. Even though it’ll be hard to say goodbye to my students, coworkers, and friends this week, I’m really looking forward to starting my new job and exploring my new home.

Even though I’ve had the odd night of weird dreams and occasional moments of doubt, this has been the calmest move of my life so far.

It helps, of course, that I have an incredible amount of support from friends and family who’re also keeping me from having an epic freakout every day.

Today actually marks the 2 year anniversary of being in Korea. I’d usually fill a post up with words of reflection on these occasions but I’m going to save it for Wednesday night – my last night here – so keep an eye out for that one.🙂

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Sunday Post: International Women’s Day & Teens with Attitude

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The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, and showcase books (and, for me, music) every Sunday.

What’s new?

International Women’s Day was this week but, thanks to work and being preoccupied with packing, I barely acknowledged it. Instead, I’ll leave links to some great IWD things at the bottom of this post.

Classes were back in full swing which meant that, by Wednesday, I’d lost my voice. I do wonder if this is something that’ll ever stop happening. For the last 2 years, after a long period of winter/summer holidays, I always end up losing my voice. Maybe I should start doing vocal exercises before the start of each semester. At least my students do the majority of talking in class. If I had to stand there and talk at them for an hour with a lecture, I’d probably end up completely mute.

Overall, though, all classes this week went smoothly with no hiccups. Except one.

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(A Late) Sunday Post: Back to School

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The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, and showcase books (and, for me, music) every Sunday.

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The new school year started: A batch of fresh-faced 1st graders arrived, staff were moved around to different offices, and the old students returned looking quite grown up. As everyone piled into the gymnasium for the school’s opening ceremony, I actually got quite teary-eyed (surprise surprise!): I’ve been teaching the 3rd graders for 2 years now but won’t be around to see them graduate; My 2nd graders have finally shrugged off last year’s wild beginnings and have returned with a long-awaited maturity; And the little ones? I won’t get to know them at all.

Seeing all of the kids together in one place finally made me realise that I’m really going to miss them. I love them all and worry about their future. They deserve an English teacher who loves what she/he does and puts 110% into teaching them. I’m not saying I’m the world’s greatest but, for the last 2 years, I’ve put my heart and soul into what I do because my kids deserve it. I can only hope that whoever replaces me doesn’t come here just to waste time and earn a bit of money (because, believe me, there are plenty of those). My kids won’t go to college so their English classes aren’t a priority. That doesn’t mean they only deserve minimum effort from their teacher.

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Sunday Post: Black History from Maya & Sammy

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The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, and showcase books (and, for me, music) every Sunday.

What’s new?

Not a whole lot to report this week from the Land of the Morning Calm. School was out again so I was back to desk-warming duty. While I didn’t actually have any work to get on with, my co-workers spent hours each day screaming and shouting across the office to each other, getting into arguments and storming out of the room.

As next week marks the start of the new school year, tensions are high. People are either trying to get their affairs in order as they prepare to transfer to another school or trying their best to get everything sorted before the new students arrive. Some were bound to butt heads.

Luckily for me, my deskwarming duty meant I had a lot of free time to read and get a few things ready for my upcoming move.

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Sunday Post: It’s All About Staying Calm

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It is with trembling hands (both literally and figuratively)* that I join the Sunday Post meme hosted by Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer Blog. The Sunday Post is a chance to share news, recap the past week, and showcase books (and, for me, music) every Sunday and, as I’ve been a little off when it comes to blogging lately, I figured I’d give it a go.

What’s new?

I haven’t blogged at all so far this year. I’m not entirely sure what to talk about these days because I’m afraid that writing so publicly about my feelings will only mess things up.

So far, things are going okay. Everything’s smooth and steady. I spent 3 weeks travelling around India in January which was wonderful and horrible and incredible and frightening and good and bad all at the same time. I spent the last week relaxing in Rishikesh doing nothing but sitting in cafes along the Ganges river, reading, and making friends with the locals. That last week gave me a chance to be present and not have to worry about anything – Not my job, not my life in Korea, not my impending move, not an itinerary full of tourist sites to visit. Nothing. I just ate good Indian food, drank my weight in chai tea, and stuck my nose in a book.

I loved it.

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Books Read in 2015

Pathetic. The amount of books I read in 2015 certainly reflected my mental state which was pretty abysmal.

I started the year with the aim of reading 40. I read 8.

My Kindle broke over the summer so that did bring things to an even greater halt. But, something amazing did happen over the Christmas weekend: My parents told me that as a Christmas/Birthday gift, they’d bought me a new one. (On a scale of 1-10, my parents come in at a ’12’.)

Hopefully this means that I can get my reading numbers back up this year. (Don’t I say that every January?)

I’m already undertaking the ‘Reading My Own Damn Books’ Challenge which is going to last until the 19th of March. After that, I’ll probably end up on a book spending spree so here’s hoping I’ll actually read them instead of having them just sit there.

Anyway, here is my measly list …

1) Bossypants by Tina Fey

2) Instamatic Karma: Photographs of John Lennon by May Pang

3) The Kid by Sapphire

4) Nowhere But Up by Pattie Mallette

5) Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

6) Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

7) Freak Show by James St. James

8) Elvis and Me by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley

Books I Tried & Abandoned:

1) The Shaman in Stilettos by Anna Hunt

Favourite Reads:

+ Freak Show by James St. James

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+ Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

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