14.08.2013 26 °C
Monday of this week was my first day of my first teaching job (at the International School of Macao)! Exciting to say the least! I barely slept and woke up just as excited as a kid on their first day of grade 1. This week and the following week is new teacher orientation and staff training. The students won't arrive until August 26th. Has been a great couple of days of training, learning everything from technology to just daily routines and procedures. All the staff I've met so far are great! Monday for lunch the school took the new teachers out for lunch at the Venetian to a restaurant called Portofinos. Some of the best Italian food I've ever had!
So apparently this week is a week of firsts! Today I got to experience my first T8 typhoon! School was shut down for the day as the buses and bridges close down in Macau when there is a typhoon so it is pretty hard to get around. I didn't venture out in to the storm this time but besides being windy and rainy it didn't look too bad or destructive...at least not from the 5th floor!
I also learned a vital lesson in communication this week. It is a very good idea to learn how to say the name (or at least get it written down in chinese characters) of the place where you live. I tried getting a taxi to take me home after school but after the taxi driver realized I didn't speak Chinese I got kicked out! Pretty funny looking back at it...I should have known better! I did make it home thanks to some very useful cue cards the school made up for the teachers in our welcome package! I had the name of a close grocery store on the cue card and then walked back from there! I have since learned how to say my apartment name in Cantonese as well as I have learned the bus routes!
Thats been about it for the last few days! Struggling a bit with grocery shopping and cooking as most of the things I cook at home, the ingredients are very expensive. Like $7 for a bag of spinach or $5 for a small bag of carrots. I will have to learn to cook more local style dishes soon!
Tomorrow is a full day of training as we missed today but we will head to the hard rock cafe in the evening to listen to the house band play. The following day we get a city tour for most of the day!
Hope life is going great back at home! I'm missing having my pup on my lap so if I come home with 6 adopted dogs, 2 monkeys, and a panda...you will know why!