Gone Boating & Hiking; Dragon Boat Festival; Plenty of Working

Early Morning Dragon Boat Racing At Sha Tin

Here’s a brief wrapup of our last two weeks:

Anderson’s now working fulltime, about 10 hours/week teaching adult group conversation classes, and then the remainder of his schedule (up to 30 hours/week) is teaching private students who are either secondary students or adults.  So now we’re both quite busy with work, which obviously has its benefits and its drawbacks!  He’s also looking at going back to school starting this fall to get a Master’s degree, more details on that when things have been fully figured out…

Our social life has been increasing, three months here means we’re finally settling in apparently.  Went and saw Dragon Boat Racing appropriately for the Dragon Boat Festival on June 6th, which was a national holiday.  The racing wasn’t necessarily the most exciting, but it was a fun cultural experience and a group of Anderson’s students joined us for the early morning trek up to the New Territories to watch it.

Urban Boat Racing

That weekend we also went on a fun boat-cruise with one of Liz’s co-workers, leaving from Causeway Bay and stopping in Clear Water Bay for some afternoon swimming.  The water was perfect, the all-you-can-eat food and drinks were both high-quality, and the staff at Jaspa’s Party Junk took excellent care of us.  A memorable day, and not just because of our sunburns!

This weekend we finally went to a cinema, and we definitely enjoyed The Hangover: Part Two.  Good mix of same-sameness from the first movie, while upping the ante appropriately for Bangkok.  Having been both there and Vegas, to us it was the more believable of the films given just how insane SE Asia can be.  Maybe fewer jokes than the first installment, but still well-made and well-executed.  Looking forward to the upcoming Green Lantern movie, and in case you were wondering – yes, they are played in English (but with Cantonese subtitles)!

Full Bellies All Around After Our Sunday Lunch

Had a fun day today with a bunch of Anderson’s students: had a great Indian lunch at Ashoka, our local favorite, which hopefully impressed a few taste buds.  We then went on a hike, starting at nearby Tai Koo and then finishing up in Fortress Hill.  Took about two hours, and once we’d gotten a good sweat on the weather seemed almost downright comfortable at times.  Hong Kong’s summer is hot and humid, and it has certainly arrived and will only be getting worse.  Weather-wise, we already can’t wait for September to arrive.

Liz Enjoys A Moment With Buddha While On Our Hike

City-View From Braemar Hill

Hope all’s well in your part of the world, and as always – thanks for reading!

Peace

A&E

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2 Responses to Gone Boating & Hiking; Dragon Boat Festival; Plenty of Working

  1. Jerry says:

    Your new schedule sounds very busy. I understand the good and bad of working more hours. I remain retired and not working unless you count all the outdoor work around the home. Life has become extremely laid back and I enjoy not wearing suits and ties. Some days I want to run out and get a job but then I finish my coffee and come to my senses. I am saving a lot on razors just like Anderson (at least in some pictures). Unlike Anderson, I am taken for a disturbed homeless wino. The jokes on them, I have a home. I didn’t want to publicly admit that I think Hoverounds are very cool so I did the next best thing and bought a zero turn riding lawn mower. That way I can get around my property and look like I am cutting the grass. It gets great gas mileage but I resist the urge to down too many cervezas and ride it into town like George Jones. The semester has recently ended and I am not presently teaching. If nothing else comes available I have some teaching assignments lined up for Fall and the coming Spring. I finally started my TESOL course at a local university. I was going to do like you did and travel abroad for the course but I am saving big money studying here. The language school in Queretaro indicated they’d put me to work and didn’t care where I earned my TEFL/TESOL/TESL whatever. I am not ready to return just yet because there are some other places on my bucket list to visit. I don’t need to remind you guys to balance your time because it appears you have it down to an art form. Hopefully soon I can start posting stories of travel although I know it will never approach the excitement of yours. This is why I love visiting your website so much. Un fuerte abrazo y que te vaya bien.

    • Anderson says:

      Thanks for all the kind words Jerry, and we definitely wish we had enough room for a lawn here!
      Congrats on taking your TESOL course, you’re right it really doesn’t matter where you take it – you either have it or you don’t!
      Where’s next on your bucket list before Mexico? We’re going to be ‘grounded’ in Hong Kong for a while, going home for the holidays but no time for travel until 2012…

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