Update (For Those Who Still Read This)

Hello friends.  It’s been over a month since I have last posted, so I just wanted to make a quick blog to let you all know I am still alive… that’s if any one really cares.  I know at least Mike Molloy has been constantly refreshing his email at work, at least 8 times per…

Plot Twist

And just when I was starting to get adjusted to life here in Taiwan…. As I have said before, nothing here in Asia ever goes the way you plan it.  I constantly live by the phrase, “expect the unexpected”.  Whether it be a 5 year old aggressively puking on you right after she gives you…

Save Me Leftovers

Being away from home has its hard days. It’s not always rainbows and butterflies while I am traveling the world, especially during the holiday season. It sucks being away from the people I love the most during some of the best times of the year. Being away though, really opens your eyes and makes you…

Day In The Life

A typical day for Teacher Jessie in Taiwan. 7:45 am alarm goes off — press snooze 7:54 2nd alarm goes off — press snooze 8:03 3rd alarm goes off — press snooze. 30 seconds later, realize I can’t keep doing this if I want to look semi-decent today at work and begin to drag myself…

When 5 Year Olds Don’t Wash Their Hands

It’s flu season, and when you work with kids everyday, this means there is about a 97% chance you’re going to get sick pretty much once a month. They sneeze, cough, touch the table, touch their friends, touch their mouth and then run up to hug you in the middle of teaching. Ew. Cute kids,…

Halloween!

I was surprised when my boss told me that we would be celebrating Halloween. In Thailand, my school didn’t celebrate so I assumed this was more of a western culture holiday. Well I was wrong. Very wrong. My school here in Taiwan went all out. The entire school was decorated, especially the basement which was…

Same Same, But Different 

So it’s been about three months since I moved back to Asia, which recently has had a lot of people asking me the same question: how does this time in Asia compare to the last?  Asia round 1 and Asia round 2 have been vastly different at times, yet extremely similar most days. Last year…

Field Trip! 

Last week my students and I finally went on our first field trip. So with 15 eager children, my amazing Chinese teacher Eva, and one inexperienced 23 year old, we hopped on the bus and headed to the Taipei Zoo. It turned about to be a great day! It was really awesome for the kids…

Hong Kong 

Last weekend I decided to take a solo trip to Hong Kong. I always have the itch to see new places, and since we had a long three day weekend, I decided why not make the trip. So on Saturday morning, I headed to the airport in hopes for a safe, fun and adventurous weekend…

Taiwanese For The Day

When I left for Taiwan, I wasn’t scared of moving alone, finding a job, an apartment, maneuvering my way around a new city filled with 6 million people, or even surviving another year without Chipotle . I was most fearful that I would have trouble making friends. Sounds silly right? Well at times I can…

Taipei, Taiwan 

Two weeks down in Taiwan and all I have to say is things have been moving quite fast. I arrived in Taipei on Wednesday August 19th around 6:30pm. The next morning I was up at 8am teaching a class of 20 four year olds (pretty sure I saw my first gray hair on the same…

Asia Part 2

Well, here I am again. Sitting at my gate, patiently waiting for someone to come on to the speaker and announce that my flight has begun to board. As I sit by the window watching the planes come in and out, I can’t help but think about how much I’ve always loved airports. Perhaps it…