A Travellerspoint blog

December 2014

My first shitty apartment

I had this shitty apartment with a shitty bed. I left after a week and for some reason, got most of my money refunded (minus the week I spent there).

The first day I was there, they were still doing renovations and I had a piece of foam for a mattress. The owner said he was getting a better one. The next day all I got was another piece of the same foam. It was so poop. They also brought me a collapsable closet! Not even a real closet! He said he was bringing me a table too, that never materialized at all.

Anywho, I told him I wanted a refund for all the days I haven't lived at this place. For some reason he gave it to me. I don't know why this person wants all his tenants to live like animals, it's breathtakingly unbelievable.

Corporation Spring

Corporation Spring


Renovations

Renovations


Kitchen

Kitchen


Me on the bus

Me on the bus


My shitty bed

My shitty bed


Bathroom

Bathroom

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My walk to work

I take a lot of pictures on my walk to work because it's so fantastic. I walk through the Chinese and Japanese gardens, depending on the time of day (The Japanese gardens closes earlier). So, here are some pictures of that. I hardly see any cars on my 40 minute walk. Yay for that.

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden


Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden


Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden


Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden


Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden


Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden


Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden


Chinese garden

Chinese garden


People playing cricket

People playing cricket


Mulan at night

Mulan at night


Mulan at night

Mulan at night


Mulan at night

Mulan at night


Chinese garden

Chinese garden


Monitor lizard

Monitor lizard


Chinese garden

Chinese garden

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New Year's Eve with the Mer Lion

Fresh off the boat in Singapore, with no friends. What to do on New Year's Eve. You go out with couch surfers and a co-worker of course.

Leah met me downtown and we had a picnic with a big bunch of couch surfers on "the lawn" at Marina Bay. That was good but me and Leah got a little antsy so we wandered around looking a stuff.

We wound up asleep on a hill in a big garden and almost missed the fireworks. We missed them entirely really, because we were on the wrong side of the big famous hotel. Oops. I fell asleep again on the subway back to the hotel.

Mer Lion

Mer Lion


Fireworks from the wrong side

Fireworks from the wrong side


Giant baby

Giant baby


Me and some lights

Me and some lights


Super trees

Super trees


First subway ride

First subway ride


Giant baby

Giant baby


Lights

Lights


Me vs. sushi

Me vs. sushi


Mer Lion

Mer Lion


Super tree

Super tree


Me, Leah, Mer Lion

Me, Leah, Mer Lion


At the Buffalo airport

At the Buffalo airport


Rooftop pool

Rooftop pool


My first room in Singapore

My first room in Singapore

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Just doing some deep thinking

<ul style="padding: 0px; list-style-type: none; margin: 0px;" class="UFIList" data-reactid=".me"><ul style="list-style-type: none;"><ul style="list-style-type: none;">I've been in Ottawa for the last week and thinking a lot about my love/hate relationship with this place. I love that I have so many memories all around the city, I love the friends I still have here after so many years. </ul><ul style="list-style-type: none;"> </ul><ul style="list-style-type: none;">However, I can't imagine myself ever living here for longer than I have to ever again (i.e. for tax purposes when selling a house in the long term future). Thinking about moving here and staying here again makes me want to die. </ul><ul style="list-style-type: none;"> </ul><ul style="list-style-type: none;">In an effort to find out the root of these strong feelings, I have made a list of all the life changing decisions I made since the year 2000. This is also a cheat sheet for my mom and dad, who sometimes forget where I am at any given point in time. </ul><ul style="list-style-type: none;"> </ul><ul style="list-style-type: none;">I am beginning to see some patterns. For example, after I made a bunch of major purchases, I started moving around a lot and feeling restless. Could this be connected? After I got divorced, I started doing a lot more things that are fun, exciting and more fulfilling for myself. Could this also be connected?</ul><ul style="list-style-type: none;"> </ul><ul style="list-style-type: none;">Here's the list, enjoy. Can you see any other patterns? Am I on a downward or upward spiral? Or is it all just a random turn of events? </ul> <li style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; color: rgb(19, 24, 35);"> 1. (2000) Started journalism degree at Carleton</li> <li style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; color: rgb(19, 24, 35);">2. (2001) Got married</li> <li style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; color: rgb(19, 24, 35);">3. (2001) Bought a condo</li> <li style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; color: rgb(19, 24, 35);">4. (2002) Started working at the Sun </li> <li style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; color: rgb(19, 24, 35);"> 5. (2002) Started working at Il Postino </li> <li style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; color: rgb(19, 24, 35);"> 6. (2006) Got laid off from the Sun and started working at Carver Communications </li> <li style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; color: rgb(19, 24, 35);"> 7. (2006) Got divorced </li> 8. (2007) Joined Couchsurfing and started working at TravelPod

9. (2008) Bought a motorcycle

10. (2010) Bought another condo

11. (2010) Got laid off/quit TravelPod and bought a car.

12: (2010) Moved to Shawville and started working at The Equity

13. (2011) Moved to the arctic and started working at News North

14. (2011) Quit the arctic and News North and moved to California

15. (2011) Started TESL certificate at Algonquin College

16. (2012) Moved to Korea and worked at a public elementary school

17. (2013) Moved to China and worked at a prestigious university

18. (2014) Moved to Indonesia and quit my job before it started

19. (2014) Moved to Vietnam and grudgingly finished a 2.5 month contract teaching public school teachers

20. (2014) Moved to Honduras and quit/got fired from a private high school </ul></ul>

Andrea at the Brew Table

Andrea at the Brew Table


Mer Bleue Bog

Mer Bleue Bog


Mer Bleue Bog

Mer Bleue Bog


Me at Mer Bleue Bog

Me at Mer Bleue Bog


Me and Brian at Mer Bleue Bog

Me and Brian at Mer Bleue Bog

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Visa approved

Well, I was just given notice that my work visa has been approved to go to Singapore in about a month. After two employers that insisted they would get my work visa after I got there, this is a refreshing change.

I'm currently working at The Source in Seaway mall in Welland for the Christmas season, my friend from high school is the manager there.

In Honduras, I managed to quit/get fired, get brutally dumped and contract a giardia parasite all in a matter of a few days.

Here is the story of that:

I complained A LOT at the Honduran school about the off-site photocopier situation, the LOCKED UP water jugs, the lack of books FOR TEACHERS (all the students had iPads, it was not for lack of money that I didn't have any books) and the fact that I'm a science teacher and do not have keys for the science lab. This led to ill-feelings by the principals at the school, who were all very closely related to each other.

The students in one of my classes were terrible, so I gave them marks they deserved. This didn't go unnoticed and before long, they were making things up about me to the principal. One of my students even apologized to me, saying she did it because she was mad at me for having some of her participation marks taken away.

I would mutter things under my breath like "This school can build a giant telescope on the roof but they can't have any extension cords," which would be reported directly to the principal by my evil students. On top of this I was making the grand total of $600/month for all of my troubles here (37 hours of in-class teaching each week for advanced high school lessons). One of my co-workers also blabbed to the principal, because I said I was going to leave at Christmas and not come back. I would remind you also, at this point nothing at all had been mentioned to me about my pending work visa, or whether I would ever be working in this country legally at all. That was the case for all new teachers at this school.

One day, the principals sat me down and accused me of hitting a student in the temple and that was it. I was not welcome anymore on the premises. I WISH there were cameras in the classrooms at this school. Completely fabricated story, obviously. The principals offered me money to change my flight and I took it gladly, on the acknowledgement that I would "help them" by not saying anything bad about their school when I left. Pffft, whatever, jerks.

So, I had nothing to do for a few months. I had a flight booked home for Christmas on Dec. 20. Thinking I would take the flight change money and bum around Central America for a while, I started setting up couch surfing hosts. Things were looking up. I was gonna go diving on Roatan and Utila and have a grand old time exploring Mayan ruins etc. etc.

The day before I would venture out on my grand tour, my favourite person in the whole world Skyped me and informed me that he didn't want to "date" anymore. I can't remember the last time we were dating, but the point was that I was also not welcome to visit him in Italy next year. The reason I was given, was that he's "just not into that" and that he thought I was planning his life for him or something&#8230; After going along with the Italy plans for what, three months? OK&#8230; well great, thanks. Good timing, jerk.

Trying to forget everything, I took a bus out of town the morning I was supposed to be kicked out of the crappiest hotel room in the world. I guess the principals thought I was going to trash their apartment, so the school graciously put me in there. I don't know.

On my way to the first host, a day's travel away, I started feeling sick. I was feverish and queasy. I thought I was just stressed and needed to rest. My first host, Luis was awesome about it. But before long, my butt was exploding in his toilet and in the morning, I went to the doctor. He gave me three shots in my hindquarters over the course of two days and some crazy strong antibiotics. The sickness became more manageable after that, but I was still feeling terrible. I had giardia. REALLY! AWESOME! My host Luis let me stay in his small town for three days until I felt well enough to continue on my way.

After visiting the Mayan ruins of Copan, staying way too long at my second host's house in La Entrada, accepting and quitting a volunteer job the very next day, I gave up. I found a cheap flight change price to Toronto and went home, where I would stay, wallowing in my sorrow for a month and a half until leaving for Singapore.

Wow! A work visa BEFORE I go! How refreshing!

Wow! A work visa BEFORE I go! How refreshing!


Apple blossom at Ridgeways

Apple blossom at Ridgeways


Me and Melo on our 5km run

Me and Melo on our 5km run


Welland canal

Welland canal


Me and Jayden painting fairies

Me and Jayden painting fairies


Welland canal

Welland canal


Me and Jayden painting fairies

Me and Jayden painting fairies


Welland canal

Welland canal


Tea latte

Tea latte


Melo on the run

Melo on the run


Me and Jayden painting fairies

Me and Jayden painting fairies


Welland canal

Welland canal


Hawksley Workman

Hawksley Workman


Melo at the halfway point

Melo at the halfway point


Hawksley Workman

Hawksley Workman


Bangers and mash

Bangers and mash


Other volunteers

Other volunteers


Me and Anabelle

Me and Anabelle


Hawksley Workman

Hawksley Workman


Me vs. Niagara College wine

Me vs. Niagara College wine


Building the Girl Guide float

Building the Girl Guide float


Tea cozy during Snowpocalypse

Tea cozy during Snowpocalypse


Me vs. Niagara College wine

Me vs. Niagara College wine


Mulled wine

Mulled wine


Washing my clothes at volunteer job

Washing my clothes at volunteer job


Reading by the fire

Reading by the fire


Me vs. Niagara College beer

Me vs. Niagara College beer


Hawksley Workman

Hawksley Workman


Melo at the halfway point

Melo at the halfway point


My volunteer bedroom

My volunteer bedroom


Melo tired out after running

Melo tired out after running


Steeped Tea party

Steeped Tea party


Pumpkin soup and pretzel

Pumpkin soup and pretzel


Me vs. tea

Me vs. tea


Medicine!

Medicine!


Pizza and wine at the neighbour&#38;#39;s house

Pizza and wine at the neighbour&#38;#39;s house


Me at The Source

Me at The Source


All packed up

All packed up


Mom vs. Christmas dinner

Mom vs. Christmas dinner


Christmas Day

Christmas Day


Nice necklace

Nice necklace

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