May 2006

Afternoon tea at the Meritus

Went to the Meritus for Afternoon Tea on Sat afternoon.  It was interesting – obviously not as classic as in England – no scones, no sandwiches – but…

It’s raining, it’s pouring…

Well it’s raining, and raining, and raining and oo, raining, come on, why so much water?  Last year we didn’t have enough, yesterday flooded the city centre for…

After the typhoon

I must comment that the single major after-effect of the typhoon on my life has been the insane number of mosquitos that hatched eggs as soon as the rain stopped. …

Typhoon I

We had a typhoon! A TYPHOON! A real one! 11 on the scale of these things (max 14). I was quite excited, it was my first typhoon. It’d…

Black belt

Another event in my life: I’ve received my black belt in taekwondo.  Watch out bagsnatchers!

Animal shelter

Did you know Shantou has an animal sanctuary??!  They take in dogs and cats that no one wants, and sells them.  If you take them a cat, you…

Bbqs / hotspring

Mmm, just had lunch, it’s nice to be full.  Well had a reasonably quiet weekend…  Mainly taekwondo and eating, which generally speaking makes me happy.  Went up to…

Booking travel tickets

At New Year a group of my foreign-teacher friends nearly missed their hols because they didn’t know how things worked.  For anyone interested, particularly those used to European/North…

One more year

Just to make the official announcement – I’ve signed a new contract, and will be staying in Shantou until July 2007.  ANOTHER year!

Bob Hong’s wedding

My friend got married the Wednesday before the May Day holiday – it was a 好日子 (hao rizi – a Good Day for stuff like weddings and opening…