Posted in Expat Diary

Do I Really Look Chinese? ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’m on a train to Suzhou right now.

The very moment I got to my seat, the elderly man sitting on my booked seat (but it’s okay because he was very helpful with finding a place for my luggage) started talking to me in Chinese. I tried to respond with my yi dian dian (ไธ€็‚น็‚น which means “a bit of“) Chinese hoping he’d get a clue that I don’t really understand Chinese but he kept on asking me questions. And he said something that I didn’t quite understand so the default move in times like this is to use a translation app (which I’m hoping I don’t have to use in the near future). ๐Ÿ˜

He was trying to tell me this:

I had to retype on my translation app what he typed on his phone. He probably thought I could read Chinese characters. Yes, I can read a few but…

Grandpa, you’re expecting too much from me! ๐Ÿ˜…

It was only after the train crew checked my ticket and passport that dear grandpa realized I’m not Chinese. He said in Chinese that he thought I was Chinese. I just smiled and said that I’m from the Philippines. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ

After that he continued asking me questions probably expecting me to understand everything he’s saying since I understood what he said a while back. I don’t understand everything, of course, but I’m glad I can communicate better in Chinese now. My vocabulary and comprehension have increased, I would say. So even though I still feel a little frustrated that I still have to use a translation app, I’m happy that I was able to respond to some of his questions without having to translate what he said.

Learning Chinese has been the hardest goal I’ve set for myself so far! ๐Ÿ˜…

What about you? What have you been trying to achieve these days that’s been difficult to accomplish?

Anyway, going back to my original intention why I wrote this post, I still get amazed at how people think I’m Chinese.

Well, once my Chinese becomes fluent I will pretend I’m Chinese, haha! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Until then I will just keep “ting bu dong” (meaning “I cannot understand you” but literally means “hear not understand“) handy! ๐Ÿ˜„

Posted in Daily Prompt Posts

Mr. Mighty Gravity

I’m ecstatic that my “one word” prompt is the first word for this week’s Just Jot It January. Thanks to Linda G. Hill for this wonderful idea!

As I was thinking about what to write for the word “gravity,” which I suggested (so no pressure at all ๐Ÿ˜… ), I was reminded of my conversation with one of my Chinese friends. She asked me what superpower I would like to have and why. So I told her the same thing I told my students last semester when we were talking about having superpowers in class.

I’ve always imagined how it would feel to freely fly up in the sky (on my own) from the very first time I got to fly (on an airplane).

So aside from having the ability to teleport (if I could have two superpowers, haha), the first superpower I would like to have is the ability to fly. And my reason is quite simple – I just want to fly! And maybe do something good to humankind as I fly my way to different parts of the world? ๐Ÿ˜‚

Now, wait! Where is gravity in all these imaginations and hypotheticals? ๐Ÿ˜…

Well, on days when I’m in my right mind, I know that flying freely up in the sky is impossible because Mr. Mighty Gravity would do everything in his power to not allow me to fly on my own and defy his own renowned superpower. ๐Ÿคฃ

How about you guys? What superpower would you like to have and why? ๐Ÿ˜

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Posted in Anything Under the Sun, Beauties and Colors of Life

A Decade in Review

Where did the last 10 years go?

2010: Left my job and went to IGSL

2014: Graduated from IGSL

2015: Left for China for a one-year Oral English teaching job at Sias University

2016: Signed a 2-year contract (same school)

2018: Signed a 3-year contract (same school)

2019: Started teaching a CbyD course for Fall 2019 (same school)

Today: Still in China and halfway through my 3-year contract. Yay!

Thinking about this made me realized that Iโ€™ve spent half of the previous decade in China; only in China, particularly at Sias! (Hmmm, I wonder if that’s a good thing or not. Haha!)

Before coming to China for the first time, I thought Iโ€™d be here for 3 years only. Now Iโ€™ve been here for almost five years. How things have changed! How Iโ€™ve changed! I never thought Iโ€™d managed to be away from the Philippines this long. But I guess Iโ€™ve grown to consider China as my second home now. I donโ€™t know how long Iโ€™d be here still, but I think I wouldnโ€™t mind staying for a few more years. Who knows! (Well, we know WHO!) ๐Ÿ˜‰


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