Description of my life now: Waw…

There really is no other word for it…

Shishi Mai (Lion Dance) at Ikuji

Shishi Mai (Lion Dance) at Ikuji

Special Needs School, Gakuensai.

Special Needs School, Gakuensai.

Gokayama!

Gokayama!

Kanazawa Noh Museum

Kanazawa Noh Museum

Kamikochi, Nagano

Kamikochi, Nagano

Goodbye 24,620. It was nice knowing you. #UNIQLO

Goodbye 24,620. It was nice knowing you. #UNIQLO

After all those pictures…sometimes, I don’t quite know what or how to sum things up.
One one hand I work a regular 8:30-4:15 job. I teach students and I have my ups and downs.
Classes can be incredibly fun and at the same time, I have those classes that just don’t work out for me, and I learn from my mistakes.

Then, the weekends arrive…and it’s like a whirlwind of activity. Suddenly the world around me changes as a travel. This coming weekend I’ll be in Osaka/Kyoto for a show. It feels like I left Singapore a long long time ago. It seems crazy that I’ve done SO much in a span of 2 months….and yet here I am.

One day I go for photo shoots and nat geo worthy road trips…and the next day, I’m in class teaching. Waw.
Feels like being socked over the head with a ton of rainbow clouds…
Whatever hardships I face…I tend to forget it when see the nature surrounding me.
And of course, when I meet some of my amazing students.

I really try not to play favourites…and I don’t give out easy marks. But it’s hard not to smile (or burst out laughing) when you have some of these students in your class. I’ve got favourite-kun at my special needs school who’s got to be the most eager learner of English I’ve ever met. I’ve got some hilarious high school boys who seem to use English for the sole purpose of flirting (very badly). I’ve got my speech-contest-san who loves calorie mate. I’ve got papers to mark, where I get “application eigo” which looks like something right out of google translate. And I’ve got amazing JTEs and 2 amazing schools. And when I step out of the school, the wide wide sky greets me.

I’m tired. I’m exhausted. And by the time I get home, I want nothing more than a hot hot bath especially now that the temperature has started to drop. But I also feel extremely happy and satisfied. I get a sense of job satisfaction that I’ve not gotten in a long time. And again that makes me think, waw… It’s a job I enjoy.

Apart from exploring, I’ve also been shopping (FOUND UNIQLO!!!!!!!!!!!!) and found some really neat eateries. The change for me is that most things take time to accomplish over here. Just because, everything is extremely compact in Singapore. Here it takes me a good hour to catch a bus to a HUGE mall called Favore which really is in the middle of nowhere. But that’s somehow really slowed down my pace of life. If I miss something, I accept that I’ve missed it and I just wait for the next train or bus or tram to come along, because really, what else can I do?

Sometimes in a busy city like Singapore, you really do forget to stop and stare at the sky and take a deep breath. But with how wide the sky is here, I’m just always breathing better. Much less claustrophobia.

Here’s to more goodness. 😀

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