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September 2005

Freaky English Names and Evil Biajio!

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day to you

What began as a pretty horrible morning turned out to be a great day at school today. Oh, so hung over! I had to give all my grade 3's English names. I spent a drunken night last night thinking up 100 girl's names and 100 boy's names. I went through books and DVD's and stuff like that. It was drunken evening as I went out after school last night with Cathy to her cousin's party. The party was for her boyfriends 1st visit to her family home. There were about 40 people there to meet him. Poor bugger!

What happens is, or so I was told, if you are Chinese and you have a girlfriend you usually don't visit her house at all. This couple has been together for 5 years! So upon the male's first visit to the girl's family home they have a big party to welcome him. Sounds strange, maybe I didn't hear correctly or just didn't understand. But I do know they had been together for over 5 years and he had never been to her home and from what I can gather, this is pretty much normal. WOW!

There were tables full of food, heaps of beer and heaps of the horrid Biajio...they call it wine but it's more evil than vodka. It's evil, Evil, EVIL, EVIL I tell you...EVIL! Most males drink heaps of it and it is potent. Last night they were drinking it by the Chinese spoonful. (In the photos, the stuff in the silver bowls is not soup!) This way, you never know how many glasses you have had! Gee, that's a good idea and Shane, why your there, why don't you tell them to mix it with your beer so it tastes better! An even smarter idea. Evil Boy! EVIL! But hey, it was a great time until this morning. Then it became a sorrowful, pitiful, hazy, god please help me morning. But it was good to see Cathy's parents again. I have been around to their house for dinner so the first thing her father handed me was EVIL Biajio. It's a sign of respect so you can't say no to the host.

Anyhow, I stumbled home late and had to draw up 4 butchers paper pages full of English names. Today I read out each name (or the ones I could understand...evil Biajio! I'm sure I was thinking in Chinese and trying to write it!) and Lunar (Chinese English teacher) would explain some of the names like Star and Rayne and stuff like that. The Chinese love freaky names! There is a girl named Chicken, true and she won't change it. What else, Pickles, Milk and other assorted goodies. After explaining what the names mean they still want it.

After reading the legible names out, the kids would then jump up or yell which name they wanted and I'd write it on the board so they could then write it on their English book. We all had heaps of fun. Ofcourse when you have 70 kids in a class there is never enough time, but we managed to get everyone a name. I have one more class of grade 3's tomorrow to get through and Friday it will be reminding them how to say the name...should be fun!

It's been raining all day today on and off so it's much cooler. Some of the kids were saying they were cold! COLD! There I was sweating! Anyhow, gonna go now...

Freaky names like Seth and Biajio full of smiles to you...Shane

First Visit Party N Evil Biajio

First Visit Party N Evil Biajio


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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China Comments (0)

Happy Mid Autumn Festival To You All

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day to you

Just thought I'd drop you a line to wish you well this weekend. Yes, mid Autumn Festival has arrived. The moon is huge, families are feasting and I've a fridge full of moon cakes I'll never be able to eat. So I've attached a photo of moon cakes just for you so hopefully, when I open my fridge they will all be gone. The ones in plastic are from the store and the other two are from Lilly's mum (my fav little student from up stairs). Lilly's mums are beautiful but the others I don't like at all. They are all gooey and green and thick and feel yukky in your mouth when you eat them.

It was funny on Friday, the school gave me a big box of the ones from the store (the ones I don't like) and I managed to pass them out to everyone else...yes, good I thought, now I don't have to eat them or store them in the fridge. What happened when I got home, there was another box on my door step (no doubt from someone else who doesn't like Moon Cakes from the store! I'm sure I could hear people giggling as I picked them up). Stop laughing, it gets worse! Later Lilly came down with a second larger box full. Oh No! So now my fridge is full of Moon Cakes I will never eat. I think I'll use some for door stops, others for paper weights and take the rest to the market place and pass them out later in the evening to unsuspecting families who are happily walking around town to view the moon.

I'm sitting here suffering from two nights of KTV. Oh too much beer and food! Both nights I got home as the sun was yawning and making it's first coffee for the day. Friday nights was for...um, no idea. When my friend invited me last week, she said she had a secret but wouldn't tell just yet. I guess that was the reason for the party Friday night but no one remembered to tell me in English what she said when she gave her little thankyou's to all. Last nights was a KTV staff members birthday turned Mid Autumn Festival party. The food was just awesome! I'm unsure of how many times we sang Happy Birthday and I then had to repeat it in English, but it was worth it for the food alone! Then there was the usual performance of 'Take Me To Your Heart', both nights by me sounding worse than dying cat! (MMMmmm, anyone got some lemon sauce!) And I asure you, I went no where near the plates containing Moon Cakes.

I think it will be a very relaxing day today. My friend Tanya (a student from Baise who's from Tianyang) called this morning and is coming home for the day so I'll be joining in the family feast at her house. So, Happy Mid Autumn Festival to you all. Hope you enjoy the Moon Cakes in the photo and hopefully my fridge will be empty when I check it. Moon Cakes full of smiles to you....shane

PS: It's a good night to watch an American Warewolf in London (don't leave the road and beware the Moon..cakes)

Here, Have Some Moon Cakes

Here, Have Some Moon Cakes

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Teachers Day

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day to you

I just got out of bed and have had a shower and it's nearing midday. Ended up havin a big night last night. The Head Mistress/Master of the school invited me to dinner for Teachers Day with all the big officials from around the town and all the schools in the area. Luckily for me I got to sit beside an English Teacher from the Middle School next to us. But I didn't find this out until halfway through dinner when he got the courage to actually talk to me. (Our schools were once combined but now they are a separate Primary School and Middle School). His English was rather good too. All the students next door want to talk to me but never have a chance as they are always in class and never allowed out of school. So he chatted to my Head Mistress and it's OK for me to go there once in awhile to do an English Corner. I'm looking forward to this a heap to. They are always yelling out to me when I walk past....'Hello, Teacher, Hello!'

Yesterday was such a good day. My students were so sweet. The younger ones would shyly come up and hand me a little present and the class would laugh as I oooo'd and arrrrd over it. The rest would then run up to me and jump up and down....Shwain Shwain...here, here, Happy Teacha Day! Happy Teacha Day! Class would then become, no more! Walking around the school was like walking around a big hug factory. I would be givin a seconds warning before I had a child jumping on me knocking the wind out of me and wrapping their arms around me saying 'Happy Teacha Day'. After noon nap there were about 20 students quietly waiting at my door to walk me back to school. I got scrolls and things made out of paper and a heap of Christmas Cards. I think Happy Christmas translates into whatever they want it to in China as they were giving each other Christmas Cards on Students Day too. Hey, why not, if we could have Christmas every day the world would be a beautiful place...but lets go light on the spending part of it, most of the world is already much too poor!

Anyhow, last night, ofcourse I began drinking water (being on my no beer kick and all. Tis not working too well though, it's like trying to go on a I'm not using Chop Sticks kick or no more rice kick). The male pressure became too much....you must cheers with everybody, they all want to drink to you and your teachers day! How do you say no to the head of Police and School Leaders...so off we went! Poor me some of that good clean refreshing cheap Chinese Beer Mate! The food was just amazing and soooooo much of it. A million wonderful dishes of chicken, fish, vegetables, pork and assorted....stuff in the middle of the table...MMMmmm mmmMMM! Around 9:00 when everyone was heading home and very drunk I was just getting started so a few followed me to the Market Place to meet my friends and we sat there until 3:30 or so eating snails and frogs and drinking beer. I had such a good night. Wasn't too drunk but I felt it this morning after not having a beer for some time...um....well a short time.

Tanya (my Chinese friend who is a student in Baise) just called and their teachers have a day off today so she is on her way home to Tianyang to see her family for the day. So we'll go for a walk, watch a DVD and spend some time later in the day before she heads back to school this evening as she has classes all day tomorrow.

Any, I've really gotta go find some food as all I have or did have is bread in the house (I've eaten it all now) and I'm starving!

Chinese Smiles to ya...shane

Teachers Day at Market Place (1)

Teachers Day at Market Place (1)


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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China Comments (0)

Happy Birthday Lilly and my return to school

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day to you What an amazing first day back at school. I have been so excited about my return and it was more than I expected. The morning was spent with the office in shambles and desks being moved here there and everywhere. A mad dash was then made to the bookshop to collect the new books...yes yes, China, always done at the last minute! No classes were held until after lunch, so whilst the kids ran wild outside, the teachers organised the inside. The difficulty with all this for me is they are all speaking in Chinese so half the time I can just sit there with my hands in the air for if I go to do something I think needs done, offcourse it doesn't need done. No, No, don't move that box of rubbish, let it sit under that desk for a time. We'll get to it next week! Ok! My Grade 4's from last term are now offcourse Grade 5's and what a way to begin. One of my favourite students, George was there to greet me and help out in any way possible. He always helps with translations from my Phrase Book and then explains it to the class. So, this class is pretty much a breeze. They all tell each other to quieten down when the levels rise, unlike some classes last term. But I must say, from some of the stories I hear around the teaching traps, my classes are very much full of angels, even for Primary School.

What a way to spend the evening. Whilst going over the new teaching books I heard my favourite gal Lilley call from outside. HELLOW Shane. Usually she'll sit down and sort through DVD's...no I can't figure out why when there is only three she ever watches...ANTS and two Harry Potter Movies. After a short chat she sings 'Happy Birthday Lilley'. WOW, it's your birthday! About 5 seconds later her friends and family followed by those from next door all arrive and make their way in. What an honour, she had chosen my house for her birthday. The night was spent eating beautiful birthday cake, throwing balls around the place, singing happy birthday and offcourse, watching ANTZ!

Lilleys Birthday at my house

Lilleys Birthday at my house


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Lilleys Birthday at my house (1)


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Lilleys Birthday at my house (4)

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In With The Pigs

This entry I snuck in on the 24th April 2006.

I am hoping that my family have finished reading my past travels and won't read this entry. I can only imagine the thoughts that would pass through my parents mind after reading this. Though the evening was both filthy and stupid now it makes for an entertaining evening!

I had only been in China for a few months and withheld certain events from my travelogue more for so my family wouldn't worry about my health in China. I have written about certain situations of my travels from the past and present in the Travelpod forums, now I've decided to put everything in except for the more PRIVATE happenings. Those you don't need to know about so don't even ask! Har Har...

OK, here goes.

I was at a friends place for dinner in a small village on the outskirts of Tianyang. As the villages are much poorer than Tianyang not many homes even have a squat toilet. Sometimes there is a shaped bush for cover on the side of a pit. In other homes, well, you're in with the pigs!

Yes, you read right, you are IN WITH THE PIGS.

We had spent the entire day on a little river boat swimming in the local river. In the late afternoon we headed back to my friends little village we stayed for many hours drinking beer with the locals. I'm unsure if it was from lunch or from the river water but after many beers I had to...GO!

So in with my new found friends I went.

Not to get too detailed, usually after beer I would stand, but this time it was a squat job. I tried quickly to finish what I had to do before my friends (the pigs) came over to say hello, but trying to squat and balance on two bricks in the middle of 'everything' is a hard job.

Soon enough, my new found friends came rushing over to say hello. They sniffed, they snorted and then began to nudge. Before I knew it, I had left the bricks and was on my back 'in the middle of everything'.

Luckily for me, it was a very hot and humid night and there was a river running not far from where I lay. I quickly jumped the fence and into the river I went. I must say, I got a lot of strange looks when I went back inside with everything soaking wet. Not being able to speak Chinese, it was a rather difficult job trying to explain what had happened and why I was wet. I think they understood as they all laughed and soon most of my clothes were hung to dry.

We decided to head back into Tianyang later in the evening as lightening had begun its nightly dance. On the way we dropped into more little villages and sat for more food and beer. In little villages Biajio is poured into a little metal bowl and the village leader spoon feeds biajo to his friends and they all spoon feel biajio to him. It's rather a strange thing to watch. As I was new and the first foreigner any of them had met I was spoon fed much too much Biajio as was my friend whom was driving the little motor scooter.

Large drops of rain began to fall and a cool breeze finally arrived to cool the humid night. It was time to go.

So off we went without much thought. We began the journey driving slowly along the side of the highway and as we came into Tianyang the rain began to increase and my friend increased the scooters pace. Soon we were scooting along and luckily for us the scooter being electric could not go too fast. We hit a pot hole on the side of the road and the front wheel got stuck and we were thrown off. We both slid into the middle of the highway and stopped in the 'on coming traffic lane'.

Luckily the downpour had made all traffic, mostly trucks and buses drive at a snails pace.

Only little harm came our way, I had huge grazes up my back and my buddy had cuts down his arm and thigh. My favourite tee-shirt from a juice bar in Queensland was stained black with the roads tar and too this day this stain refuses to come out. Now I use it only to ride my bicycle. Each time I change to head out riding, the stains remind me to be careful. On the tee-shirt is written 'Mind Body Spirit' now I read them with caution! Since this day I have never mounted a scooter with anyone whom has been drinking as much or more than me.

Life's to short to be so stupid!

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