Friday, 24 April 2015

Weekend 9- My last weekend in Foshan

This will be my last weekend in Foshan. As next weekend is a long weekend and we are of to the beach! Thursday will be my last day teaching. It's came around so fast! I am sad to be leaving everybody but at the same time I feel like I have seen and done everything there is to see around this area, so I am ready to explore other areas.

On Friday night the school treat us all to an all you can eat Japanese restaurant. It was the best food we had all eaten in a long time, school dinners are not that great.

The staff cooked all the food infront of you and you also got unlimited drinks, including alcohol. We all ate so much food, we were there for over 3 hours!

Saturday night we walked to a different area in Foshan. We went to a noodle place down some back street and ate at tables on the side of the street. The food was so tasty, and was worth the walk.

Sunday we got up early and wanted to te street market. There was meats, veg, clothes and shoes. Everything you could want. I treat myself to some new shoes. They only cost me 20y, so that's £2! Then we went to the cinema to use our free movie coupon the school gave us. We watched fast and furious 7!

Speak soon,
HanHan xx

Weekend 8 - Mount xiqiao

On Saturday the weather was nice to we headed to mount xiqiao. It was just over an hours bus ride then a short walk to the entrance. It costs 70y to get in, it was quite expensive as we thought it was only 50y but it turns out that was a special holiday price. We headed up towards the Big Buddha. It's one of the largest in the world. On the way we found an abandoned building, we explored inside and managed to get into the roof! When we reached the top we bumped into some of of the teachers from the number1 kindergarten, and they walked back down with us. 

Sunday was a relaxing day, I had a much needed lie in then headed to Taste. An international super market close by our apartment. Then headed to the gym. I met up with inez and Chris to get some dinner at our noodle place outside our complex. Pretty sure it's gone up in price since last time we ate there, so next time we are going to try somewhere different. Then we had a little bakery treat. I will definitely miss these Chinese bakery treats when I go home. 

Speak soon,
HanHan xx

Monday, 13 April 2015

Weekend 7 - Exploring Guangzhou and Baiyun mountain

So this is our last weekend before pay day! It's been so long so we are all very excited to be getting paid finally. 

On Saturday I went to Guangzhou. It's the 3rd biggest city in China and I have only been hear once to go to a shopping mall so I thought it would be a good weekend to explore and wonder about the area. 

It cost me just 50p to get hear from Foshan, and it is quite far, over an hour on the metro depending what part your wanting to go to. 

I went to Shamian Island. I was surprised at how easy it was to get to. It was only a 5 minute walk from the metro station. In the 1800s the area was divided between the UK and France. So Athens area doesn't feel like china, all the buildings look European and it's a nice place to go walk about as this island is very small. 

Afterwards I went to Beijing road pedestrian street. It was so busy, full of all the international shops and malls. It reminded me of the walking street in Beijing. 

On Sunday the weather was amazing, we went to Baiyun mountain. We walked all the way up to the summit, there was so many steps and even an McDonald's half way up, but you wouldn't expect any less in china! The view from the top isn't as pretty as mountains in England as it just over looks the city and it was a smogy day but it's still worth while seeing.

Speak soon,
HanHan xx

Friday, 10 April 2015

Teaching 'Baby 2'

So I am settling in with my class now. I have been teaching them for nearly 5 weeks now, I have had some bad days where my lessons didn't go to plan and when the kids didn't listen to me but things have decently improved since I have had help from my training teacher, and gotten to know the children better.
Last months teaching content theme has been Easter & spring. So I have been teaching them all about Easter eggs, chocolate bunnys, jelly beans, chicks, lady bugs, and much much more. Last week I done a Easter hunt. They really enjoyed it!

In the morning before clas starts all classes have morning sentence, this is a game that 2 of the foreign teachers run. I played a parachute game when it was my turn. 

Also when children turn up at school, there is morning greeting. 2 foreign teachers do this, and today was my day. We have a board and ask the children to answer our questions then they receive a sticker. There is a picture below! 

This is Mr monster! The kids love it. I take a flash card out his mouth and they say what it is, then when all the flash cards are on the floor, 2 at a time them come up and race to be the 1st to find the flash card that I shout. Then Mr monster eats the card!

Speak soon,
HanHan xxx

Monday, 6 April 2015

Tomb sweeping weekend

For our first long and probably only long weekend in China we traveled to zhao quing. It was 1.5 hours away on the train from Foshan. 

The train journey wasn't as bad as expected, we had standing seats on the way there but had seats on the retun journey, they were a lot nicer than expected! 

We arrived and checked into our hotel then headed for some food. Out first day was pretty chilled, we wondered about the area, found a park. There was so many people flying kites, and not just children but adults too! It was amazing to see as this would never happen back in England.

We walked around the park and got a taxi boat back towards our hotel area. On the night we got a few drinks and chilled in the park, there was a fountain light show, and so many children just rollerblading about!

On the Sunday we got up so early. We had such a busy day. We went to the 7 star crags. It's an amazing area, we climbed up two of the crags, the 1st one was a lot nicer as it was early in the morning so not many people were abou. The 2nd crag had so many people, everyone was just taking photos of us and wanted photos with us, so it slowed us down a bit. 

After the crags we jumped into a taxi to get to the dinghu mountain. By the time we arrived it was about 2pm, we were so tired from all the walking in the morning that we took our time at this place. We didn't manage to see it all, but we walked to some waterfalls and walked the nature trail. This place was so overcrowded and had lots of tourists!

Overall I had a great weekend away! Was so nice to get out of Foshan and explore a new part of China.

Speak soon,
HanHan xx

Weekend 5 - Exploring Foshan - pagoda, lakes and pineapple

So this is my 5th weekend in Foshan. I really can't believe I have already been hear 5 weeks, the time goes by so fast. 

On Friday night after we finishd at school Emma, Inez, Lilly and I walked to the pagoda. It looked really pretty at night when it was all lit up. We couldn't walk all the way to the top as it was closed so we will have to do that another day. Afterwards we went back to inez apartment eating street pineapple on a stick on the walk back , we were going to have a movie night but we were all so exhausted so it just didn't happen.

Saturday we walked to the lake, Emma and I bumped into Chris so we walked about with him. It was nice to see a different part of Foshan. We headed towards Chris's area and found a lovely little spot for a coffee. I had an iced peanut butter coffee, it was lush and I really want to go back there again soon. Chris walked back to our area with us and we went out for some food. The place we found the menu was all on mandarin and had no pictures but luckily a guy from the table behind us spoke some English so he helped us order. The food was so good, noodles were amazing, the meal was only around £3 each! 

On Sunday I woke up at dinner time, I was so tired after all the walking yesterday. Me and Emma met up with lilly and went on another walk. This time we found a river, we walked down the river for a while then headed back. However we had to stop of at school to fill up on water as we have ran out at our apartment! 

Speak soon,
HanHan xx
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