09 Sep 2016
in expat life, Teaching EFL, travel
Tags: postaday, postaweek, teaching
I’m supposed to get my passport and visa tomorrow. I had emailed my supervisor asking to get Sunday delivery for my passport if it came today. I proposed that if my passport arrived on Saturday, I could get the airline ticket to China and get reimbursed. That way I could arrive on Monday and teach Tuesday and Wednesday so I wouldn’t have to make up so many classes (twelve hours). That part of my email was ignored in the first response.
I have been busy today rather than just sitting at home waiting to go to China. After a trip to the bank, yoga and lunch with a friend, I got home and saw another response to my email that said the supervisor, who’s very strict Monday-Friday in his hours would book my travel on Monday. Ugh. I’d leave on Tuesday and now there are no seats available on direct flights. So I’m looking at a 45 hour journey via Korea, Taiwan or Western China (Chengdu).
None of these options are inviting. By Monday there will be less options.
At least there’s an end insight to this saga.
What will I do?
Well, like Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau is known to have said, “Just watch me.”
07 Sep 2016
in American, art, Art Institute of Chicago, art museum
Tags: American art, cubism, Eating, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, modern, postaday, postaweek
I got down to the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibit of American Art from the 1930s. With the financial crash of 1929, the ’30s or Great Depression was a time when people thought the American “experiment” had failed. Artists addressed this question. Some, like Grant Wood, focused on a romanticized view of rural life, others looked at the city and some painted bleak dystopian scenes.
by Grant Wood
03 Sep 2016
Tags: postaday, postaweek, Sepia Saturday, work and play, workers
Each week Sepia Saturday bloggers post images and text on a particular theme. This week the theme is Work & Play. Flickr Commons has numerous photos of people who worked hard in mines, mills, factories, farms and more. Here’s just a few.
You might ask, “Where’s the play?” Well, my searching didn’t yield much. Life was hard in the early 20th Century.
I bet some did find good Work and Play images.
Irish Mill, Waterford, 1901
If you want to see more of this week’s posts, go to Sepia Saturday.
U.S. South, Farmers, circa 1900
30 Aug 2016
in China, Teaching EFL, travel
Tags: China, delays, Jinan, postaday, postaweek, teaching English abroad, visas, work
Should I give up hoping to get to China by Sunday the 4th?
Rather than sending the paperwork she got back from Immigration to my employer via an overnight express, this woman who’s done the job for years, emailed the teachers for their addresses expecting us to take the paperwork to a local consulate which we’ve never done. (In Hefei, the other site of a program did the same thing and unfortunately, the teacher complied. His paperwork is on its way to Arizona, where there is no consulate. He’ll just have to ship it all to Massachusetts.)
So she wasted Monday causing another precious day to be wasted. I emailed her to find out what day of entry to put on our forms for our paperwork and was told Sept 13th! Luckily, when I asked the woman in China who’s in charge of this, she said if we put Sept. 13th as our date of entry we would be able to enter before then.
I better also say some prayers to be safe.
27 Aug 2016
in China, postaday, postaweek, Teaching EFL
Tags: China, dread, inconvenient, postaday, postaweek, slow, visas
Though classes start on September 5, none of the teachers going to China have their tickets to Jinan and the English teachers don’t have visas. There’s some unspecified delay in China. The office staff waited till August to do the paperwork on their end. Monday we were told it was submitted (no date was given) and that it will take two weeks there to get it done.
After that they’ll send it to Massachusetts. Then we’ll be asked to send overnight our forms and passports. Then these items get sent to the embassy in New York. I hope they’ll expedite the process so they’re done overnight. Then everything will have to be sent back to us from Massachusetts. Then we’ll get our airline tickets. I’d love to leave late next week.
The woman in China in charge of this says there’s no problem as we can make up the classes. The two teachers will teach 24 hours per week. Whoever teachers with that sort of schedule have had to make up classes (one because her father died, the other because his wife gave birth to a still born baby) at night. So they taught from 8 am to noon and 2pm to 4pm and then from 7:30 pm to 9:30pm and then the next day at 8 am. They had to do that Monday to Thursday for three weeks or more.
I have no interest in teaching such long days. Usually, I plan and grade at night and my days are plenty long. The other option would be to teach on the weekend. Neither of these options appeal to the students. I hate how the students and teachers are stuck in the middle and how no one will offer an apology or sympathy.
12 Aug 2016
in Blogging Challenge, China, close up, culture, expat life, food, Jinan, photography, photos, postaday, postaweek, travel, Weekly Photo Challenge
Tags: fish, narrow, pale, postaday, postaweek
1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.
2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
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Other themed photos:
05 Aug 2016
in expat life, travel
Tags: air travel, postaday, postaweek
Sunday I begin an odyssey going from Pekanbaru to Jakarta to Singapore to London and to Chicago. I’ve got a small travel kit, but nothing like these. Which would you try? Joan’s or Martina’s?
Some of these are bound to make the long haul a tad better.
30 Jul 2016
in culture, expat life, Uncategorized, YouTube find
Tags: Asia, Japan, Korea, postaday, postaweek
Ice cream is a summer delight, but somehow Japan adds its own spins, usually cute ones, to icy treats. I just happened upon Simon and Martin because YouTube thought I’d like them. Maybe because I’ve been watching 2Hearts1Seoul videos by a couple in Korea.
I just read that in a given week more video minutes are uploaded than were produced in the last 30 years of television. I’m not sure whether they’re counting all the television produced worldwide, while counting all worldwide YouTube videos. (Statistical problem there if they are.)
It’d be cool if a couple or family in China had a YouTube channel, but how could they with the sanctions and censorship?