Happy New Year everyone! While a lot of my friends were travelling for Christmas and New Year, I stayed in the Shiz to save money. Plus I was working Christmas Eve and on New Year’s Eve until lunchtime so I didn’t think it was worth going anywhere. I’m happy with my decision, as you will see, I had a great New Year’s Eve with my students and my friends!
So teaching on the morning of New Year’s Eve wasn’t too painful, I had a fun lesson planned on festivals around the world (cheese rolling is the favourite so far) and although the classes asked for a movie, they accepted that they weren’t getting one pretty quickly. My second, and last class of the day, class 4, are one of my favourites. Their English isn’t the best and indeed the head boy of the class told me off once for expecting too much of them, but they are a very friendly class, and get involved without much prodding from me. One of the girls, Melantha, always makes a point of talking to me and giving me sweets, and invited me to their class party in the afternoon. I was so tired I delayed going, but the minute I got there I was so glad I’d dragged myself out of bed! Chinese school parties aren’t the awkward crisps and pop affair I remember from school, it’s more like a talent show. When I rocked up I was pulled into the room and the door quickly shut behind me, secrety style! I was then ushered into a seat and proceeded to watch my students show off all kinds of hidden talents!
Highlights included two boys who beat boxed, the shy girl in class becoming a dancer and one of the beat boxers playing what I presume is a traditional Chinese wind instrument. Once he performances were finished it was game time, which is how I ended up with a stick in my mouth transferring a roll of sellotape from one person to another. I’m not entirely sure that was appropriate considering they were my students!! At one point the students screamed and cheered as other students came in to perform a song, the rockstars of 42.
After a glorious nap and a shower at Sam’s since my shower was being repaired it was time to party western style! Me, Sam and Izzie headed for the bus to Sarah’s, all accidentally adhering to some theme – Sam was 80’s, me and my troll necklace were the 90’s, and Izzie was a cat. The group of people on the bus who spoke a little English absolutely loved it!
At Sarah we played various drinking games and chatted after devouring any food in the house! We rang in the new year on time, but around 2.30 I was nearly asleep on the sofa – wine makes me very tired! So I headed home in a taxi and fell fast asleep after having a very good New Year’s Eve!