One of the first things I noticed about China on arriving was the obvious ‘obsession’ with foreigners. In smaller cities especially, foreigners are met with stares, questions and the comment “you are so beautiful/handsome”. Chinese people are curious. Their culture, idea of beauty and media are all focused on the idea of the foreign, specifically… Read More The Laowai Complex
Living in China means travelling to Asian countries is fast, easy and inexpensive. Flights booked on Ctrip are usually cheap and there are a number of destinations available at your fingertips. What’s more is the amount of public holidays in China. These holidays throughout the year are a perfect opportunity to get out of the… Read More Travel to: Krabi, Thailand
Teaching English as a Second Language is a job in which I laugh every day. Whether it’s with younger kids learning how to answer “How are you?” or teenagers practicing their grammar; it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Here are my top 5 ESL classroom moments from the past year – guaranteed… Read More My Top 5 Funniest Moments of the ESL Classroom
Last week, I took a short getaway trip to Krabi, Thailand. This photo sums up the trip for me; relaxing, beautiful and tranquil. I took this on Railay Beach at sunset after eating a BBQ dinner. Paradise!
I actually visited the Oriental Pearl tower a couple of weeks ago, but decided to share it this week in the midst of heavy rains. I was pretty lucky to have a clear day when I went to the top of the pearl tower; the view was lovely. The sun setting over the city was… Read More Photo of the Week: Sunset from the Pearl Tower
Anything you want, there’s literally an app for that – especially in a country which is so heavily reliant on technology. Here I’ve compiled a short list of my favourite and must have Chinese apps. Pleco Navigating China can be difficult. When you first get here, everyday encounters can be a struggle; from ordering… Read More My Must-Have Chinese Apps
My photo of the week this week is an elderly man playing is Er Hu at Hangzhou West Lake. I stopped for a few moments to watch and listen to him. Elderly citizens of China can often be seen playing traditional Chinese instruments, however seeing them play well is something of a rarity. This guy… Read More Photo of the Week: Old Man Playing his Er Hu