Class Clown.

During the class tonight I wrote ‘my dog is walked with me’ on the board and asked my class what the error was (I was talking about the preposition, with). The conversation went a little like this:

Me: What’s the problem with this sentence then, ‘my dog is walked by me’?

Student: I don’t have a dog.

Excellent…..

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Holi Hai

How is it Monday again already?!?

Another hectic and fun filled weekend here. Saturday was, as always, filled with too many hours at school, before a quiet night in playing cards and not drinking beer (still going strong on the alcohol free lent incase anyone’s interested!)

On Sunday I went for a girly lunch in Kemang with Emma and Glory, and a few teachers from other schools. The food was amazing and it was nice to catch up, but Emma and I had to rush away for the main rent of the afternoon…..

Holi Hai!

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It was a celebration to mark the Hindu festival of colour and love – basically there were hundreds of people throwing coloured powder and water balloons at each other. It was so much fun.

We got extremely colourful before heading back to Tebet to have some dinner (and angering a taxi driver in the process – I’m not sure he realised just how dyed we were when we jumped in…oops!).

Delicious food, good fun, the best company, great weekend 🙂
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Holi Hai

How is it Monday again already?!?

Another hectic and fun filled weekend here. Saturday was, as always, filled with too many hours at school, before a quiet night in playing cards and not drinking beer (still going strong on the alcohol free lent incase anyone’s interested!)

On Sunday I went for a girly lunch in Kemang with Emma and Glory, and a few teachers from other schools. The food was amazing and it was nice to catch up, but Emma and I had to rush away for the main rent of the afternoon…..

Holi Hai!

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It was a celebration to mark the Hindu festival of colour and love – basically there were hundreds of people throwing coloured powder and water balloons at each other. It was so much fun.

We got extremely colourful before heading back to Tebet to have some dinner (and angering a taxi driver in the process – I’m not sure he realised just how dyed we were when we jumped in…oops!).

Delicious food, good fun, the best company, great weekend 🙂
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Asian Attitudes And Underlying Truths.

A little while before I left the UK last October, I got home one night and my Mum had recorded me a tv programme about EFL teaching in China (I think) showing how one guy was making millions by lecturing hundreds of students every day. The students looks exhausted, super stressed and as if they had the world on their shoulders – all due to the academic pressure that they were under.

Someone told me that Indonesia wouldn’t be this way – and maybe it isn’t to the same insane extent, but the pressure that my students puts themselves under still upsets me everyday.

Last night I had to tell my favourite class that the majority of them had failed at least one section of their most recent progress test and would have to redo it. I’ve known these results for at least 10days now but have been agonising over returning their grades because that class in particular are always telling me about how their school teachers get angry with them if they don’t get good test scores.

I wish there were enough words to do the fact that this couldn’t be further from the truth justice. I don’t know what happened – they are smart kids and knew the content inside out, it was just a difficult test and one of those things. I am confident that with a quick revision session and a second chance they will all excel, but the underlying truth is that teachers here seem to be ruining the learning experience for students.

I’m sure that statement is a sweeping generalisation but it only makes me more sure that I want my students to come to my classes because they want to rather than because their parents are making them, and I want them to know how invested I am in their futures too.

Things I Will Never Understand About This Country.

1) How 7/11 is the place to be on a Saturday night. Seriously, everyone loves it! It’s a much more popular place than most restaurants!

2) The way that adults will wear motorcycle helmets, but just give their 4 year old child a pair of novelty sunglasses as if that will protect them from a deathly crash!

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3) The sheer amount of water that falls from the sky when it rains. Yesterday I was on my way to school – it was sunny when I left home but the thunder and lightening started mid-journey. By the time I arrived at school and had to walk 100m to the mall, I was wading through water inches thick and my umbrella was doing little to protect me. The phrase drowned rat comes to mind!

4) The way that locals have picked up a little English, and can say ‘hello, good morning, how are you? My name’s…’ etc, but still not understand that there is a difference between Mr and Mrs, so this whole conversation will have started by them shouting ‘hello Mr!’ after me up the street!

I’m sure Indonesians would have many more observations to make if they visited the UK, but still, as more and more admittedly very strange things become ‘normal’ there are still things that I will never understand! ;

Busy Bee.

Wow, I never had any intentions of abandoning the blog for this long! Oops 😦

It’s been a hectic few weeks full of ongoing birthday celebrations and fun. Last weekend was my housemate, Emma’s, birthday so we had a party and fun day out.

The pictures are, unfortunately, not flattering enough for the blog world, but we finished off a lovely weekend with a visit to Skye Bar – a roof top set up on the 56th floor of a city skyscraper.

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We watched the sunset and then there was a pretty spectacular lightening storm 🙂

School has been busy as ever as well, but thankfully my Saturday afternoon class has finished now, so no longer am I stuck at work until 5pm…

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Sad to see the back of these though 😦

Other highlights from lately include the spontaneous pancake party that we decided to have once Mum had text me to remind me that it was Shrove Tuesday!

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I decided (admittedly while I was high on pancakes) that I’d give up alcohol for Lent – I’m already slightly regretting this decision, but figure that I am much more likely to succeed in a Muslim country like this than I ever would be in the UK….