Sunday, January 19, 2014

Only 6 More Days!!

Oh my!  It's really official now!  I just booked my hotel reservation!

I will stay 6 days in Cape Town at Cape Diamond Hotel and then spend the remaining time in Bredasdorp and Struisbaai. I don't really have any set plans other than to see as much as possible.  I know I will definitely visit Robben Island for a tour of Mandela's cell given by a former prisoner.  The V & A Waterfront is a must and a place with some jazz music.  I won't stick out as much this time, but I'm pretty sure my presence will scream tourist!

The only thing left to do is to obtain a gift for Liesl and find warm clothes to pack.  If I have time, I will get a pedicure for the beach!  Let the countdown continue!!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Timeout in Taiwan! Wait! I mean South Africa!!!!!

Yes, you read it correctly.  I will soon travel to South Africa for the wedding of my dear friends Liesl and Daniel.  If you can recall, these lovely people are who I spent quite a bit of time with in Taipei.  If it weren't for them, then I'm not sure that I would have experienced as many sights and different foods while being there.  Their wedding will be in Bredasdorp, which is about 2 - 2 1/2 hours away from Cape Town.  My flight departs on Jan 24th and I'm starting to get that nervous/exciting feeling in my gut.  Although my flight is booked, I have yet to get housing all the way in order.  We have a travel agent looking into beach houses for us to share because it would be cheaper for 8 people to share a place vs getting hotel rooms.  This wedding is going to be beautiful and the entire trip will be a reunion to remember.  I will take as many pictures and videos as I can.  Of course, if anything crazy happens, you will read about it as well.  Until then, you have to stay on the countdown with me!
T minus 27 days!!!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Final Days

Well, today is my last Sunday in Taiwan.  I will spend it reflecting and walking around the riverside and Shilin Night Market. It was supposed to rain today, but so far it has been beautiful and hot. I have enjoyed my time here in Taiwan and have learned a lot about their culture.  They have many similarities to America, but have just as many differences.  I think that I have served a positive purpose during my visit.  The people that I have encountered have learned more about the black culture compared to what they see on TV.  Although I still get stared at because of my skin color, I have noticed that they have gotten used to me and begin to speak.  It's amazing how a simple smile or nod of the head can change a person's attitude towards you.  I will miss being here and being able to walk around carefree and safe.  I pray that my suggestions and lessons have helped people grow personally and professionally.  I have developed even more patience as well as the ability to not look at things at face value.  I questioned the things that I didn't understand and their explanations made perfect sense. So before you judge, dig a little deeper into the real meaning behind something.  I have 2 days to go in my count down.  Those 2 days include summer camp and a BBQ. Enjoy the videos!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Camp

Well, summer camp has begun. So far, I have survived. The camp consists of half of Bin Jiang's students and half of students from other schools.  There  is a big difference in the communication gap, but I feel it's because our students are used to us.  I have gotten some blank stares, but they get used to me within in 5 min. Although I'm tired, I am still finding joy in teaching this culture. It's nice to see their personalities slowly evolve.  It's almost like they are fighting an inner battle on whether to be creative or just play it safe.  I hope that I'm building their confidence enough for them to be creative and not to worry about making mistakes.  Sooner or later they have to learn that mistakes are a part of life. I do love their determination to be their best at any and everything. I just pray they find a positive balance. Videos coming soon! Until then, the countdown continues! 8 days to go!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Winding Down

The semester is finally winding down.  Only 2 days to go until the end of the semester.  Of course, we still have 2 weeks of summer camp.  Summer camp should be a lot easier than regular classes.  For summer camp, the students in my classes will create their own dance and do voice overs for animations.  I have posted the animations below.  It should be interesting to see how they turn out with the student's voices. Enjoy!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Just Eat It!

This is a simple video about some of the foods that I have encountered in Taiwan.
Parody of "Beat It" (Michael Jackson) New lyrics by Al Yankovic
"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC: lead & backing vocals * JIM WEST: guitar * STEVE JAY: bass * JON "BERMUDA" SCHWARTZ: drums * PAT REGAN: keyboards * RICK DERRINGER: guitar solo * "MUSICAL MIKE" KIEIFFER: musical hands * TONY PAPA: belch
Produced by RICK DERRINGER * Arranged by AL YANKOVIC * Engineered and mixed by TONY PAPA
Recorded at Santa Monica Sound Recorders, Dec. 13, 1983
Scotti Bros. single #04374, Feb. 28, 1984; Hot 100 #12 (B)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's The Final Count Down!

Well, here we are!  The final 30 days of my stay in Taiwan.  I excited about returning home to my family and job, but I'm also sad to be leaving my new friends here.  Lately, I have been finishing up classes in the English Village.  Our official last day of school is June 30th.  Of course, that is my birthday!  I will be expecting gifts when I get home. Lol!  After the 30th, we have 2 weeks of summer camp.  Summer camp is for grades 3-6th and it will be more of a relaxed environment.  I'm currently working on finishing the dance videos that were recorded during class as well as short animations for summer camp.. Once they are completed, then I will post them here. I have lots of pictures and videos to upload so get ready to play catch up!