The Journey Back to China

Getting off the plane was a relief; we had been blessed with sitting in front of a massive plonker whilst in the air. The man behind my husband insisted on sticking his big fat clown feet all the way under the chair as far as they could possibly go, so that when my husband peered … Continue reading The Journey Back to China

Time to go home…

After nearly 6 weeks of relative freedom, we were called back. School was gearing up to restarting on… Well we’re still not sure on what date. But sometime soon… maybe? What we do know was that we need to be in a position to be fit and well and able to teach back in the … Continue reading Time to go home…

Cambodia? Man, you kidding me

After an evening imposing on my brother in law, and a morning spent making sure that lessons were all up and running online, it was time to head to Hong Kong Airport. An hour in an Uber (hour one in a face-mask) just under 2 hours at the airport (now 3 hours in a face-mask) … Continue reading Cambodia? Man, you kidding me

Living in a Bubble

(This blog post was written months ago- my bad for not posting sooner - sorry!) We made the decision to become resident tutors and live at school a short while back, and moved into boarding at the beginning of December. Even after such a short time of being in China, it was still a task … Continue reading Living in a Bubble

That ‘no-mans-land’ between Christmas and New Year!

Back  to China and the weather has taken a turn for the worse- we are actually in jumpers! The cupboards are bare (except for Christmas goodies) leading to a foray to the local shopping area, for real food, before we consume our body weight in chocolate.  We moved into an apartment atop one of the … Continue reading That ‘no-mans-land’ between Christmas and New Year!

A Time to Think

Even the most mundane of activities, out here in China, can be filled with a sense of wonder. Sometimes you just need to look for the positives, and take a moment to appreciate the environment and everything good in your life, instead of dwelling on the things you can’t change.  People that know me, know … Continue reading A Time to Think

CPD in the PRC

Continuing Professional Development in the People's Republic of ChinaInto month three of being at an international school, and it is evident that the focus is on quality teaching and learning, with staff actively encouraged to attend training events (wherever they may be) and engage in meaningful professional development to better support students. So, along with … Continue reading CPD in the PRC

The Oil Painting Workshop

We've lived here nearly 3 months and this was somewhere we had planned to visit within the first couple of weeks. Anyway, stuff happens, but eventually we decided to head on over to the Dafen oil painting village and buy some pictures to cover our bland apartment walls. How to get to Dafen Dafen is … Continue reading The Oil Painting Workshop

Water, water, everywhere!

After the excitement and chaos of the Dongmen Road, a more sedate way to spend a weekend was in order. Following a Saturday spent watching dancing aunts and kites at Lizhi Park (see Paul’s blog from September- to get an idea of park life in the city) we decided to take a walk along the … Continue reading Water, water, everywhere!

This is High Speed Rail

The Guangzhou to Hong Kong high speed rail has been opened a couple of weeks now. I've used it a few times and on my last return journey I decided I'd photograph some key bits of info. What is High Speed Rail? For some time the Chinese and Kong Kong governments had been talking about … Continue reading This is High Speed Rail

Mid Autumn and Golden Week

It's holiday season in China and it all started last Monday, 24th September. With a full moon shining, everyone celebrated the Mid Autumn Festival. We headed to Hong Kong for the weekend and visited family and friends. I must add, traveling late Friday evening is much better as the border crossing was very quiet unlike … Continue reading Mid Autumn and Golden Week