A train on the Taipei MRT leaving on the Bannan line. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm lens on the 16th of December 2006. Part of the MRT NTNU Chute.
This morning, I was surprisingly refreshed after my sleep. I was a lot more functional than yesterday. It didn’t take me any coffees to wake up.
The school is freezing and I am wearing a tuque. I plan on wearing it all day. In fact, I will probably start wearing long johns next week, because my legs feel a bit cold. I will get myself a new scarf this weekend and also some gloves with cut off tips so that I can type.
Yesterday, I dropped my helmet again after coming back from tutoring. I had upgraded helmets, but yesterday I managed to scracth the visor. Anyways, it had a reflective covering that I didn’t like since I drive a lot during the night. So I am also planning on getting the visor replaced. A full face helmet feels a lot better and cuts down on the wind.
Though I will have to stop dropping it.
We got a lot of papayas yesterday and feasted on roasted chicken breasts and fruits. One funny thing, when we are driving on the scooter, I can feel my wife always shivering because of the cold and the wind.
I fell asleep while I was watching an episode of CSI Miami.
Today, we got to see about the block hour job that we might take at a buxiban to fill up our free time. We got an interesting salary and it will be good to make some more money during the week. It took us a few weeks to find the right one at the right salary.
Tonight I am seeing one of my students at 7 PM. I plan on being home right after stopping at the RT Mart for some fish. I finished all my tasks for today and all that is left is the actual teaching and making the end of semester exams. I might be able to finish 3 of them today, that would leave only four for next week.
Next week is a short week, since we are getting Monday off.
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One of the stupidest things I have heard this week:
I think of teaching as a career, not a way to make money.
Foreign teacher manager with a stake in his buxiban to potential new teachers.
Yes teaching is a career, but the main reason why teachers come to Taiwan is to try and save money to repay debts, school debts or experience the culture. In all those things, money is involved, especially when it comes from a part owner of a buxiban who wants to hire your at a dirt cheap salary. Think that most buxibans will charge around 20000 NTD per semester.
The Taiwanese see schools like a business. I have never come across anything like it. Some owners of language school retire multi millionaires in the Cayman islands. It’s big business here in Taiwan. If someone tells you it isn’t, he is either deluding himself or lying to you.
It is expected that lying in business is considered a good strategy in Taiwan.
Heard from a foreign teacher commenting on Taiwanese business dealings.
I have to be somewhat completely up front and direct when it comes to salary negotiations. I will not stop myself from telling them how it is. Remember that Asian culture frowns upon confrontations. Bringing it to the front of the discussion makes them uncomfortable. You should do this because otherwise you will waste time. I do not know how many interviews we sat through, wasting hours of our time, only to learn that their hourly rate was well below anything we would accept.
I never go to an interview unless I know what the salary range is. If they will not tell you, chances are that it is quite low.
It depends on you qualifications and your teaching experience.
When pressed, they will give you an expected salary range. I have never had any problems getting it out. The only ones who managed clearly didn’t have high salaries.
While for the right job, I wouldn’t mind committing to 2 or 3 years, I will be surprised if I do so, unless it is really something I want to do. Locking yourself in like can be problematic if you want to have more time running your own classes.
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