26.09.2011 - 18.10.2011 30 °C
I'm just doing a quick mini update, as it's 10pm here & I've got work in the morning!
So, the last three (nearly four!) weeks have been rather busy, but in a good way.
We had a typhoon day on Thursday 29th September, which meant all the kids got sent home from school & we had the rest of the day off! Not as good as a snow day though, as it was really windy & raining loads, so couldn't really go out to play in it!
The week after that was half term - earlier than the UK because it's a National Holiday in China - like the UK bank holidays but for a whole week. I did lots of shopping, including visiting Dong Men (an area of Shenzhen) which is a complete maze of a place full or shops & markets that all meld together. It also has the first McDonald's in China, which was opened in 1990! I also went to OCT (another area of Shenzhen) with people, where we eventually (after walking in the wrong direction for quite a while!) found a cool place called The Loft, full of arty furntiure shops, cafes & restaurants. There was also an arts & crafts fair on which was fab, at which they had loads of handmade stuff & lots of random stuff, like pet snails with hand painted shells - pick your favourite colour!
On the Wednesday of half term I went to Hong Kong & stayed in a hotel there to make the most of it (the hotel was called Mingle on the Wing - great name!). Did more shopping there with Laura & Dan, who work at my school & had been in Hong Kong since the Tuesday. On the Thursday we went up the Peak in Hong Kong - they walked up, I got the tram! Fab views from the top - although it was a bit misty/smoggy, you could still see pretty much all of Hong Kong city. (Photos are on Facebook, but I'll add them on here later when I have more time.) Didn't really want to come back from Hong Kong, but had to as I had to go into work on the Friday to meet up with Laura & sort out staff training on APP (Assessment stuff).
Various other things like going out for drinks, Emma's birthday, Mexican food (fab restaurant) & frozen margaritas, more shopping, watching lots of DVDs, actually managing to sort out banking stuff, eating out on a fairly regular basis, dumplings for lunch (30p for a portion & they're really good, can't go far wrong!) & normal day to day school stuff.
The other main thing to note is that due to the work I (& Laura) did to sort out the assessment stuff at work, I got offered the role of Assessment Coordinator, which also includes a pay rise! So I now have even more to do, as I'm leading the staff meeting on Thursday & training everyone on assessing writing!
I'm sure there's a million more things to write about, & I will write about everything in detail soon, but right now I need to go to bed!