Ashley & Chia-Ling were witches for Halloween and I was a vampire (who didn't have vampire teeth). One day though, Ashley was an angel =D. You can find more pictures of Halloween in this album.
You can find more pictures of this event and the people I went with in this album. The Taipei Elephants Brother lost this time by one point.
A few of us outside the arena stadium (see inflatable teletubby-look-alike behind us?)
Yep...flying teletubbies that seemed to only be held by their costumes
The National Athletic Event was a little bit like the Olympics because these teletubby-like things escorted the athletes into the stadium and then they all lined up in the middle like so:
And then, there were fireworks:
The Kaohsiung Arena Stadium
You can find more pictures in this album here. After the opening ceremony ended, all of us went to eat and dance at a Mexican restaurant in Taiwan.
Making my cup.
Ta da! I just made the shape. The experts who helped me wrote my name, painted it, and put the neat little lining decor on it. It was a lot of fun and now I have a cup that has special meaning because it came from a Hakka Village in Taiwan!
All of us making dumplings
At the seaport, the control tower is shaped as the Chinese character "Gao" for Kaohsiung. After we visited the seaport, we went to a special place where you can watch the airplanes land & take-off while drinking beverages. I thought it was a bit strange at first, but once I saw what this special place was, I liked it very much. The special place is basically an outdoor cafe right beside an airplane landing strip.
It's very cool because they played music from the movie Cape No. 7 (see previous blog) while you were sitting outside sipping your mango sherbert drink or cafe latte. I never thought I'd be excited watching an airplane land & take-off, but it was pretty amazing. You can see pictures of the outdoor cafe in this album.
The crowds had organized cheers and would wave their little yellow horns/sticks that make noise. Taiwanese baseball games are pretty noisy, but I think that's a good thing because then people like me don't fall asleep! I enjoyed the cheers very much. There were a lot of cheers that involved saying "Chuan Lei Da!" for "Home Run!" In the end, the Elephant Brothers (Taipei Team) won by one point.
Outside the baseball stadium after the game
Kate, me, and Coach Pao
Kate, Selena (remember her from my previous posts? Her brother owns the Modern Toilet Restaurants), and me
You can find more pictures of the baseball game here.
All the students + me + Tai-Shia
Speaking to the students. On the far right was the student host who selected questions to ask me. All the students wrote questions for me.
Another pictures with all the students
Me with some of Tai-Shia's English students
Isn't this part of the high school so cool?! The students told me that during break time, they'll stand and just look out into the distance on this cool "bridge hallway."
Ashley, Chia-Ling, and me
高雄，您好！我叫李詩媚，我的學生都叫我Shiela老師。雖然我已經來這裡教了兩個月的英文了，但是我依舊非常喜歡在華山國小教英語。這一點都不誇張，華山的校長、老師、職員和學生們全都很友善，他們也很熱情地歡迎我，讓身在國外教英語的我能很順利地適應。我很愛我的學生，在我的心目中，他們有一個很特別的地位。無論是在學校內或者在路上，當學生遇到我的時候，他們都會很大聲地叫我"Hello Teacher Shiela！"為了提高他們的英文寫作能力，他們還會寫信或著發電子郵件給我。儘管他們的英文程度有限，但是他們依然很願意跟我談話。他們對練習說英文的興趣真的是非常地感人。
Hello, Kaohsiung! My name is 李诗媚, but my students call me Teacher Shiela. I have been teaching English at Hua Shan Elementary School for two months now and I do not exaggerate when I say I love teaching at my school. Hua Shan’s principal, teachers, staff, and students have been so welcoming and friendly that they have made my transition to teaching in a foreign country very easy. Hua Shan’s students, in particular, are very special to me. They not only always give me a loud, excited English greeting at school and on the street, but they also initiate writing me letters and emails as a way to improve their English. Even though they speak very limited English, seeing these student’s enthusiasm and motivation to learn English is very meaningful.
Here are some pictures of me co-teaching with Chia-Ling. I will post pictures of me co-teaching with Ashley later. We didn't have time to take pictures of our class this week.
Grade 6, Class 2
Chia-Ling and I explaining the Rabbit & Turtle Race Game. Basically, it's a game modeled after the American board game Candyland. However, in order to roll the dice, two students have to correctly say the dialog.
Two Grade 6, Class 2 students practicing a dialog:
Little first graders yelling, "BINGO!" We were playing BINGO with numbers...
The reception was outdoors and the food was laid out buffet style. Many different restaurants came to exhibit their dishes including Din Tai Feng. The food was very good. At the reception a few us got silhouette portraits done for free. I've never had a silhouette picture of myself before and our whole apartment is going to hang them above our television for decoration =D.
The day after 10/10, a few of us went to the National Palace Museum and the National Taiwan University campus. I've already been to the National Palace Museum, but the last time I went I only had an hour or two in the museum. This time around, I spent more time in the exhibitions.
Hua Shan Elementary School