Christmas Craziness

My second shot after the rain stopped in Taipei on December 16th 2006. This building is right next to the National Taiwan Normal University library, it’s a bit blurry but I still like it. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens. This shot is part of the MRT NTNU Chute. 

The whole school is going nutty for Christmas. Even if they do not really celebrate it in their homes or even if we do not get any days off for Christmas, there is this giant affair scheduled for next Friday. All the Chinese homeroom teachers are going totally nutty preparing their numbers for the show.

I’ve rarely seen anyone as enthused about Christmas. It is even more crazy than Halloween, or Helloween like someone called it. All of the homeroom teachers are decorating their classrooms with intensity.

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Though we like the same kind of cheese…

Used Goods – Love Is All – Nine Times That Same Song

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We have a detention system but it is not really in place yet, and I have been told to manage my classroom myself. So, a few kids spent the 2 periods standing up. I know for a fa.ct that none of them, except one, had done their homework. Actually, only two stood 2/3 of the two periods. After a period, most of them were sitting. I am using more of the writing book that I have. It makes them practice writing and calms them down, since this class had behavioral problems. I like to call them my special ed class, because sometimes they are all over the place.

One of the better MRT shots that I took on the 16th of December 2006 with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens. This shot was taken at the Guting MRT station. This shot is part of the MRT NTNU Chute.

Every week we watch English movies in my Language Arts classes, without Mandarin subtitles. I noticed that everything that is in English is subtitled here. Watching English movies will force the kids to try to understand more. I plan on using this as leverage on the kids who simply did not do anything. Don’t do your homework? Stay in class and copy some lines. Most probably I will let them do some English work instead or write an essay or a review or something constructive.

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Baring your bad emotions in the way I did in this post is always good for your mind. I don’t really care if the person who is the subject of this post will ever read it, it did some good. It focused some of my opinions on the Taiwanese culture.

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Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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