Five, thank you
JD turns five today. He's had a large pile of presies taunting and tempting him since last weekend! We've allowed him to open one gift each day this week as long as there was no crying on arrival at school that morning - a relapse he's been struggling with for a couple of weeks. Happy Birthday, Son!
Can't get it!?
Facing up to homework
JD's homework yesterday was to prepare a plastic pot and wetted cotton for growing a bean, and to make faces for the camera showing various emotions! Not quite sure why, to be honest. Above you can see "ugly", "happy", "peaceful" and "angry". I'll let you guess which is which!
Wookpeckers - so familiar
Follow my words
Happy moon life
I was flicking through some books in a second-hand store recently and stumbled across an English Language textbook with hilarious dialogues. I didn't buy the book, but I did take some photos of the best of the worst. I'll post some over the next few days.
Let us spray
These trucks have been seen doing their thing around the streets of Kunming recently. Nobody is quite sure what their function is, though. Some say it is to humidify the dry air, others to remove pollution or even to spray pesticide on trees. Whatever the reason, it leaves unwary pedestrians soaking and makes roads really slippery for bikes and e-bikes. I just wish they would spend the money on filling in pot-holes instead.
What a palAva
Jiajia's birthday celebrations this year were largely hijacked by JD, who wanted to wear the crown, open the cards and presents, blow out the candles etc.
Jiajia has been gradually getting used to celebrating birthdays. She never really had her birthday acknowledged as a child. She recalls once when her Mum went out to buy her a birthday cake. But, after inviting her school friends round to share it, her Mum returned and said it was too expensive and she should just send her friends home. Ma seems to be trying to make up for it, to some extent, these days. She bought the cake this year and also gave Jiajia some birthday money - more than all previous birthday presents combined! Thankfully my wife is a much, much better Mum.
Dancing with tears in my eyes
JD's been in tears as I've left him at school each morning this week. Not sure what has brought this on (we haven't had crying for a year or more before this) but it may be the new morning exercise regime in the Kindergarten, or possibly me having been away for 3 days last weekend?
Linger no longer
I spent this weekend in Suzhou, in the East of China, teaching five volunteers (from four different countries) on what is likely to be the last Lattitude in-country training course. It involved me taking a 6am taxi to Kunming airport for a three hour flight to Shanghai and a 3 hour bus trip to the College. The course had originally been an 8-day affair, later cut to 7 days but now crammed into a weekend. As such, a lot of important elements have had to be jettisoned such as language lessons, outings and teaching practice. It was rushed, to say the least.
My hotel was very pleasant [see above] and we enjoyed some good food. But all too soon, I was on my way home - taxi to the railway station, bullet train to the airport and ....seven hour delay on the plane! I arrived back home in Kunming just two hours before my first University class of the week, after 36 hours without sleep. Not good.
Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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