Trip 3, Day 5-11?
Lost count of the days… >v>;
Anyway, its been a busy few days.
The first two days here in China were relaxing. It was a lay around and get rid of jet lag sort of relaxation. Liaoda and I got our hair cuts, but the ladies I went to last year moved. Instead we had to go to a place that had four guy haircutters. All were young and had interesting hair~
Liaoda wanted me to get bangs, a common style in China, but all the men there agreed that bangs would not be good on my face. I don’t remember the last time a guy cut my hair!
Sadly I don’t have a picture of the guys who cut my hair, but I have pictures just of myself after we went shopping after the hair cut:
After that day, the rest seem to blend together. I began getting offers for teaching jobs.
The first interview and demo class was for an elementary school with their British teacher leaving China to care for her ill mother. I went to a few classes of her’s the next day, let us just say that 50 children per classroom is very loud, especially the first and second graders.
The hours for this job were about 30 a week for $16, some days having 5 classes, some days having 2, but each day of the week was an entirely different set of young wiggily kids.
I declined that job for it was way to overwhelming!
The second offer was to teach a class of 5 students once every Sunday. Sounds easy enough, but the class turned out to be two hours, and children being forced to come to a class on a weekend aren’t very attentive.
I taught this class just a day or so ago, and it was exhausting. The parents came, and the reviews were bad. I stuffed too much knowledge into the kid’s heads and did not play enough games. While the last teacher played too many games.
I don’t want to go back, but looks like I am going to…
I have a class today at a third job offer,
A class of 20 children for one hour. I plan to start with London Bridge for introductions, they get caught and they have to say their name, age, and favorite color. From there its learning fruit and veggies, then Duck Duck Goose, or rather they choose a veggie and fruit and go Carrot Carrot Melon! Then back to relaxing with One Fish Two Fish by Dr. Seuss.
Hopefully this class goes better!
I do have one class I’m okay with, a one on one with a 14 year old girl named Star. She’s nice and we just read scripts from a book. Might try an easy game of scrabble with her.
Other than racing about from job offer to job offer I’ve been a little sick.
Had a great many visits to the throne one night, and stomach aches through the day, meaning I forced Liaoda’s family from visiting his grandmother out in the country.
Threw up a few times the next night and had aches again, but this day we still went out to the grandmother. I was sick most of the time till an old traditional doctor from the town visited.
Apparently my hot and cold balance in my body was off, I had too much cold in me. They say this is because Liaoda had his toothache and his mom was making him ‘cold’ foods (this does not mean temperature cold) and while he got better, I was thrown out of balance, thus I was perscribed ‘hot’ foods.
I did get better though I’m not quite a believer…
While I was sick I didn’t get to try all the tasty foods that the rest of the many family members got to eat. Instead I was allowed to chew the food for flavor, then give the food to the family dog:
She has no name, and is never allowed away from that spot, but she’s a dear. I’m not allowed to touch her for they say she is too dirty.
She barks at everyone who enters the property though, except for Liaoda, who she bows to.