"…Explore. Dream. Discover."- Mark Twain

Thursday November 21st

After 3 solid months of motivating and encouraging my Level 13 “zombie-never say a word or study” class, they have earned their prize for actively participating in English (less Chinese!) and getting higher scores on reading, vocabulary, and verb tests! They have also asked about Level 14.

bubble tea treats!

 On Saturday…I stood in the longest line at 7:50 A.M

sunny Saturday!

looonnng line! 

For this…

yeah….

I have no idea what it is…it was…uhhh…interesting…

Sunday November 24th

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0PUjvdMbfw&list=RD7z-TcxEx8eA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyhhSwzGGE4&list=RD7z-TcxEx8eA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io6K8TxzLyY
These are my recent jams.

Lately I have been chatting with my dear friend who I met about 7 years ago studying abroad, then I saw an African song post on another friend’s wall, and the word Milele in another friend’s status…some nights I dream of Africa. It was my first time out of the country. Ever. I hadn’t even been to Mexico. And then I was dropped off in Nairobi, capitol city of Kenya. Those four months were amazing…challenging…eye-opening. From seeing the beauty of the vast Masai Mara, the crystal clear waters on Zanzibar, trying new food, living on a University campus, interning at in the housekeeping department, being surrounded by different languages, making friends with people in a new land, and getting robbed by a street kid. And sometimes I dream of going back being the person I am now. I know I was a completely different person in 2007 when I stepped onto that red dirt for the first time. Africa is a vast continent… and Morocco is on my bucket list, but going back to visit friends would be amazing as well. Someday though, I will go back. I really can’t believe it will have been 7 years in January.

I don’t know if I’ve ever said, but 14 is my favorite number. I don’t really believe in luck, so I wouldn’t call it my lucky number, just my favorite. Some people like the number 7, I like 7×2. So I’m really excited to see what 2014 brings…Want to know why 14 is my favorite? When I was in second/third grade I was super into the Thoroughbred Series…horse books. And the girl who nursed this filly back to health and ended up riding her in one of the triple crown races was 14. I know, really cool huh? But she was a fighter, a girl who believed in the impossible, a spirited girl, and I thought to myself, she’s only 14, only a couple years older than me (at the time of reading…) I can do something big too. I’m looking forward to 2014…can’t believe 2013 is winding down…

 

I made a green smoothie tonight after my kick butt spin class…
http://detoxinista.com/2013/10/pumpkin-spice-green-smoothie/

On Tuesday…in my apartment complex lobby…a lady was selling rice cakes…so I bought some.

one is sort of a chocolate/ peanut butter.. I think?
and the other is strawberry

Wednesday November 27th

Could the Taiwan Postal Service be any better?
Me- “hello!”
Post Office People- “Ahh it’s so good to see you again! We like seeing you, we can practice our English. You should come here more often. That’ll be 129NT”
Me- “aww of course! It’s good to see you too! How long do they take to get there?”
P.O.P- “7-9 days”
(say what?!? and 6NT= $.20)

Tonight in Chinese Dancing Yoga…this song played… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNzCDt2eidg… it was so serene going through the moves and listening to this. And I have more friends in this class, yay! In March, I am signed up with them to run a 7K. I know it’s not as far as I have ran in the past, but hey it’s a start in getting back up to speed. Plus the people I’m running with are really nice!

Thursday…in my USA class…when the kids were supposed to be making food items, a student yells…”TEACHERRR LOOK…” and shows me his crafty detailed angry bird…”soo cute!” as my co-teacher Nikki would say! 🙂

Friday November 29th
Happy Birthday to my dear friend Sara…wish we could be celebrating together! 🙂

Last night was Thanksgiving. My co-teacher invited me to have hot pot for dinner. It was so delicious…the perfect combination of cozy and warmth against chilly winds outside! (Ok so chilly is like 50 degrees, I’m becoming such a pansy, but really the winds are strong!) I was able to skype the family and show them the my friend, the restaurant, and the food. I was laughing and there were no tears… I am thankful for so many many things…including having a friend to share Thanksgiving dinner!

  

Today was a really good teaching day…my USA class was well-behaved, and I’ve finally started cracking down on the mischievous kiddos in my Level 2 class, in hopes for a calmer more relaxed environment…with a revised seating chart and a few stricter rules, the class is shaping up and the kids seem to be more engaged and participatory as well. Phew! In my middle school conversation class, we played Scrabble and during my conversation hour with the Sociology professor, I helped her edit an email and she also asked if I would help her edit her thesis and research papers! SO EXCITED!

I came across this quote tonight…by Mark Twain.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did..so, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. 
Explore. Dream. Discover.

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