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Changing Our Address...Again

"There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign" - Robert Louis Stevenson

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Our last blog entry was written over a week ago, from our apartment in Foshan. Well, much has changed since then. For starters, we no longer live in Foshan...

We now reside in Zhuhai, the seaside garden city of China. Nestled among such cities as Macau, Zhongshan, and Hong Kong, Zhuhai is a multicultural haven for tourists. Its name, which means "Pearl Sea," derives from its location at the mouth of the Pearl River.

Our new apartment, supplied by our employer, is ridiculously comfortable and greatly exceeds our prior expectations. It is a four bedroom "dormitory," with kitchen, living room, and two bathrooms. Though Jake and I are currently the only foreign teachers, the dormitory is meant to house any future foreign teachers as well. The dormitory was completely renovated before we moved in and everything is brand new - from the bathroom mirrors and sinks to the furniture in all the rooms. There are also two balconies, the first is off the living room and the second is accessible by a sliding glass door in our bedroom.

Though we have been in Zhuhai for only a week, each day has been packed with activities. The school we work for, Yien Kindergarten, is as new as our apartment. In fact, it is still under construction and won't be completed until September, when the fall semester begins. Until then, our work consists of promotional activities, which makes for a hectic schedule. We work from 9am to 5:30pm Wednesday through Sunday; but, we work an additional 3 hours every Saturday and Sunday evening.

Upon our arrival, we learned that the school has been prepping for a promotional performance on August 14 - so, as the two foreign teachers, we'll of course have starring roles. The event consists of various segments, and is meant to promote the school and its teachers to parents and potential students. The segements generally consist of dancing, music and English games. Jake will play a piano solo for the opening act, and I am involved in a singing/dancing act of various children's songs (including 3 songs I'd never heard of until now: "Ding Dong Bell," "Froggie, Froggie," and "I Had a Little Nut Tree). Also, Jake and I will perform a segment of English games (which are still under construction while we brainstorm ideas).

During Saturday and Sunday evenings, everyone (us and all of 15 or so coworkers) set up tables at public areas (such as Vanguard, the local supermarket) and hand out balloons (with the Kindergarten's logo) to children and brochures to parents. As the foreign teachers, our unfamiliar faces are like blazing neon lights against the nighttime sky.

Needless to say, we have been very busy adjusting to our new lives. But, this unique and exciting opportunity is worth it.

Speaking of being busy, this blog must come to a close - Jake and I must be off (we have to work on our English games).

  • *We had planned on including several photos of our apartment/Zhuhai, but we forgot our external hard drive at home! So, we'll add them tomorrow! Stay tuned.

Posted by rovingduo 04:49 Archived in China Tagged living_abroad

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Thank goodness you've had some practice with Abby for singing children's songs, even though these are new songs for you. Abby will be eager to see you perform them when you come home in a year. I hope someone tapes your performances. Will the other couple from your school be moving in with you guys?
We love you and miss you!!
Eva

by Eva Husky

Becky and jake
Thanks for the update on your move.will be looking forward your pictures.take care!

Love you,

Mom

by sherri

Becky and jake
Thanks for the update on your move.will be looking forward your pictures.take care!

Love you,

Mom

by sherri

Yes, since you are having practice singing, I look forward to see you perform. I love you,
Beth

by Beth Husky

Wow,it seems so awesome youguys living in there and teaches the childen in the kindergarden.It do really sounds pretty interesting! It seems to be another new live living being opening with youguys. Yea,China is more better recently than taiwan.That must be a great opportunity that youguys living there! I want to listen how great that Jake has played the piano and You,Becky sings a kind of childen song singing. Well,it's not too late for me to visit youguys in Japan oneday!I will keep on working on an job ,just be save up for my travel ,but i will going to Australia for the next year,so,maybe for the future that we could be able to be meet. Is that youguys performance are totally great and everybody have the great clappings for youguys! I think that is definitily fabulous. So,still,Good luck for both of you! :)

by Hsiao Ting Wu (Kelsey)

Thanks for reading, everyone! I woke up this morning with my voice extremely hoarse! Either it's a result of all this children-song-singing...or perhaps our fan was pointed at my face all night...

"I had a little nut tree, nothing would it bear, but a silver nutmeg and a golden pear..."

by rovingduo

Haha! That song sounds funny! lol

by Beth Husky

Haha,Children must be laugh alot!:)

by Hsiao Ting Wu (Kelsey)

The performance went really well, and the songs weren't too bad to sing. :) Although, sometimes I can't sleep at night because lines from "Ding Dong Bell" start slithering their way into my mind.

by rovingduo

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