A Travellerspoint blog

November 2005

Here for another year in little Tianyang

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day to you

Just a short note to let you know I have signed on to stay here in Tianyang for another year. Did anyone honestly think I'd do different? Surely not!

BUT, the question that doesn't keep me awake at night is this...Will that be enough?

I would love to see my last years grade 3's (this years grade 4's) through to the end. Now I also love teaching this years grade 3's.

Oh gee, Oh mi, Oh my, what do I do?

Why is life is full of such beautiful decisions! Argh, I'll get back to you in another year on that one. Right now, I'm outta here. Man needs noodles and beer to survive.....Wun Un or Good Night.....shane

PS: I've also added 3 photos. The group shot: is of some silly western fella....myself. On my left is Owen Buckland and Lisa from Bucklands. Lisa is based in Nanning and Owen of course owns Bucklands in Yangshuo. To my right are my friends from school. First is the schools Head Master/Mistress, Ms Loh. Then my good buddies and also teachers Lunar and Ms Xia (or Ms Seah).

Next Photo: Myself and Owen in my little flat. He was passing though so he dropped in for a beer and took a heap of us out for lunch.

Last Photo: at lunch with Owen I loved the little birds and things they had carved out of pumpkins and carrots etc. Just thought I'd add this photo in for something extra.

Contract signed till 2007 (2)

Contract signed till 2007 (2)

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Jingxi and The Beautiful Villages

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day to you What a beautiful weekend it was.

Friday, 25th November 2005

After a brilliant day with my Grade 3's I caught a road side bus to Tiandong where I spent the evening with Kylie, Leeanne and Judy. We all stayed at Judy's apartment in her school. We spent the evening at BBQ and sharing beer and then went on a little town walk before heading home to sleep.

Saturday, 26th November 2005

We rose too early and caught the 7am bus to Jingxi. The journey took several hours. Another beautiful bus journey in the south of Guangxi. The road wound its way through the limestone karst hills that populate most of the south of Guangxi. It was just beautiful! Kylie had been there once prior and wanted to say in the same hotel. We found the hotel and after dropping our bags off we headed out into the little city to find the bus that would take us to the waterfalls for they day. When we arrived at the Waterfall Park we began the beautiful walk alongside a very clean and running river. Everything was so clean, green and beautiful. When we finally made it to the waterfall we sat for a time to listen to it gushing over the side of the mountain. The track made its way behind the waterfall and into the mountain cave. It wasn't a long cave walk. We then made our way back. The evening found us at BBQ Street and walking around the streets.

Sunday, 27th November 2005

After breakfast we hired a lady and her comfortable cab for the day. We were soon heading to Jyo Pin which is a most beautiful little village. It was so clean and set amongst the karst peaks. Kylie was so happy to be our guide. She took us to what is supposedly one of the most sort after pagodas in China and when it came in to view I understood why. It was just stunning. I won't even begin to write about it. Please look at the photos to this entry. Maybe it won't come across as it did on the day but it was just amazing. The sky was blue, the little bridge before it, the limestone karst peaks in the background. Stunning, just stunning!

The village is known as Love Ball Village. The people whom live there make and sell thousands of what are called Love Balls. They are cloth balls in all different sizes and shapes. The story is this without going into detail. At a certain time of the year (I think, maybe it's at any time) women purchase or make these balls and throw them at males of their choice. It the man catches the ball then it means he loves her and is interested in her. If he doesn't I guess she has to throw it at the next man whom walks on by. The girls were so funny. They wanted to purchase many of them and hang them from their sun visors and revision mirrors in their cars back in Australia. When they stop at traffic lights they'll begin to fling them at random at the men crossing the road.

All too soon the afternoon came and went finding us on a bus back to Baise. Once in Baise I caught a roadside bus to Tianyang. Well I didn't end up there. The driver must have just nodded his head at anything I said and not understood me. I was woken by him in some tiny village about an hour away from Tianyang. Luckily he found someone returning to the highway and I caught a lift with them. Maybe the village has a name that sounds just like it. As when he woke me I said Tianyang and he still said yes. When I realised we were not in Tianyang I said it again and he still said yes. It was such a strange ending to a beautiful weekend.

Jingxi Waterfalls and Love Ball Village

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Parent Teacher Night and The English Corner Theme

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day to you Thought I'd post a few photos for you. They were taken on my new 2 mega pixel phone camera. My normal camera is just about dead. I've taken it to the doctor who just wanted to sell me another one. So now I have to bash it against the wall to get it to connect to the computer and not all photos are captured. I'm really not sure where they go, but they are not on the memory stick. I guess it's what happens when you drop it so often, take it riding and it to the places I do.

OK, the school has Parents Night/Meeting this coming Friday night. So I've been busy each afternoon at English Corner going through the children's speeches. Tonight got a bit crazy though, I think they've had enough. It ended up being more of a grass fight and a game of tiggy than anything.

We have just had new 'front gate' black boards put in. Chinese schools have many of these through out the school. They are more of a Notice Board with beautiful pictures all drawn by the children. Some of the High and Middle School black boards are just amazing. They outline the dangers of fire and other important themes. But...I can't seem to figure out how they would get out of their buildings if there was a fire at night time. They have bars all over the windows and they have iron gates locking them inside. I bet part of the text on 'this' board didn't out line a fire escape route!

Anyhow, we finally got our boards and the kids were busy tonight creating an English Corner Theme. I thought I'd take some pictures and show you. Some time in the future I want to take some of the High or Middle Schools and display them for you.

What have I been up to lately? Not much really since the Guigang weekend. Spent last weekend in Baise with the Aussie gals, two of whom will be leaving at the end of term. Oh boo hoo! Mate, they can shop. I thought Peggy Bundy was bad, these girls are just amazing. You see, I think it's an aimless day wondering the streets to keep warm. No, it's all planned prior to leaving the house. No good staying home to keep warm, it's colder inside at night time than out side.

Hey, Chinese houses are all tiles. Bloody tiles everywhere, great in summer but after 4000 years you'd think someone would actually think about winter! Heating? You've got to be joking. Air conditioning for summer? Of course. I can't seem to figure out the thought process behind the not thinking about winter and being cold. I mean, everyone, EVERYONE is in long jackets and one or two jumpers during the day and it's only November. Some, even gloves and beanies. By January they will be ice blocks! I ask everyone, do you have heating....No! Why? I DON'T KNOW is the answer. Do you have air conditioning for the summer? Yes! Why do you have air conditioning for the summer time? Because it's hot in summer. So, why don't you have heating in winter? I don't know...OK, I'm going for lunch!

The weather, as you can see, it's getting much cooler now. I'm still in shorts and short sleeves during the day. It's not me that's crazy, it's everyone around me! The sandals have gone and in their place sneakers/runners. Night time, well, it's getting much colder now. I actually have to prepare myself to go to the market place for dinner. Still in shorts as my legs don't feel the cold much (at the moment) but the top half has a jumper or two and a polar fleece jacket on. Hey, a mans gotta keep warm whilst drinking cold beer on a cold night!

No, don't even think about suggesting that I drink warm beer.shame on you...SHAME ON YOU!

Well, throats getting dry, stomach is empty and it's time for me to don my warm clothes and head across the road. I'm too hungry to carry on. Many Chinese smiles to you....shane

English Corner Theme Board

English Corner Theme Board


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Baise Weekend With The Aussie Gals

Ok, from right to left:

Judy from Tiandong. About 40 or so mins from Tianyang towards Nanning Kylie from Baise. About 1 hour from Tianyang towards Kunmin Leeanne from Pingguo. About 2 hours from Tianyang towards Nanning Kitty from Baise. Kitty is Kylies best friend in Baise. A Chinese English teacher. She may not be Australian but we are trying our best!

Baise Weekend with the Girls

Baise Weekend with the Girls

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Another Night At The Market Place

somewhere between beers and the walk home I lost her phone number...BUGGER!

Another Night at the Market Place

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