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wrong date

Yes, it’s me! I bought the ticket to go home, but I bought the wrong date! For those of you who know me, you will know that I’m “Miss Last Minute.” Almost every single thing I do, is done at the last minute. Lucky for me, things haven’t gone horribly wrong (yet). I drove my parents CRAZY! Well, I still do, LOL! Now I drive my boyfriend crazy. My boyfriend knows me very well, because he kept telling me to “buy the right date, buy the right date!” I told […]

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graduation party

Graduation PARTY! It really was a PAR-TAAYY!!! So, as I wrote in my last post, I was asked to be one of the MCs again. Since I am the only Surinamese here, I have to represent my country during every single event. Sometimes it gets so exhausting! Especially since almost every single thing in this school is done last minute. This year’s graduation party was amazing! I had so much fun! Taking many selfies really isn’t my thing (anymore), so I really admire my classmates. I’ve never met people who […]

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graduation 2017

Graduation 2017 was an amazing event. I had so much more fun than I did last year. Last year I was very sad. Why? At that time, I was going through some personal turmoil. I had just started living the life I’d always envisioned for myself, and it was time to go home. It was so unfair! I was asked to be one of the MCs again, as I’d predicted earlier. But, I didn’t want to do that this year. This year, I was so OVER the whole MC idea. […]

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farewell

It’s about that time again, that time where we need to bid our friends farewell. 2017 has been a good year for me in many ways, but it has also been one of the hardest ones I’ve had in a while. The year isn’t over yet, so there’s plenty of time to change what I don’t like about some things in my life. After a vacation of a month and a half, my roommate returned to Xiamen for a couple of days. It wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t have […]

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dinner

Chinese Food and I have not had the best relationship. Our rocky relationship started when I couldn’t pronounce one of the names correctly. Though Chinese language is interesting, it’s also quite a headche with those four tones. I ended up eating the same thing day after day, just because they couldn’t understand what I was saying. Want to know more? You can read about it here. My students invited me to dinner. They wanted me to try something new, it’s called 麻辣香锅. Though Chinese Food and I have had a […]

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so long

So long, my dear friend! First the Bella left, now another friend has gone back home. In other news, I’ve also been planning some stuff for September when I come back from vacation. It’s been really hectic. I haven’t had much time to actually sit down to write something. Bad, I know, especially since I’m in the beginning stages of the blogging game. The Bella left in May, now Mauris is gone, too. Mauris was one of my colleagues at the new place I’m teaching English. We met in January […]

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Google Chromebook

When I first came to China, I decided to buy a Google Chromebook. For me it was important the computer be fast, to be able to run on batteries for more than eight hours, and to be light. Some of the laptops are so freaking heavy! It was only after I came to China, that I realized how troublesome it really is to use a Chromebook in China. The first three to four months, it was great! Then, all of a sudden, I couldn’t sign on to the Wi-Fi network. […]

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singing class

Singing class, singing class! Here we go again! Teaching English in China has been a challenge. I enjoy a good challenge, tho. One of the things that really annoyed me in the beginning, is that sometimes, there are A1 level students together with B1 students. All of them in one class. A1 means they are absolute beginners, there’s level A1 and A2. Then there’s level B, which is kind of like Intermediate. Like the A level, there’s B1 and B2, as well. I think the gap is too big. The […]

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fried rice

Fried rice in Chinese is 炒饭. Yeah, I couldn’t say this two years ago. Thai students always know how to find the good restaurants. The restaurants are filthy, but the food is SO GOOD! I guess (when it comes to certain things, wink wink) the dirtier, the better! The first time I came to this restaurant, I didn’t want to touch anything. I was sure I’d need a tetanus shot afterwards. But, two of my ex-classmates invited me to have lunch with them… I didn’t want to insult them by […]

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Chinese poetry

Reciting Chinese poetry was this year’s biggest challenge! My first year in China I had to learn Chinese songs. I hated that class. Not because the songs weren’t interesting, oh they were. It had more to do with me not seeing the benefit to learning Chinese songs if I couldn’t understand the language. For our graduation we had to write a graduation essay. I was the only first-year to write a fifteen-page-essay in Chinese. This year we had to recite poetry. If we didn’t do it, we wouldn’t be able to […]

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