Life continues to be lovely in Miri. The temperature is climbing a bit of late so have been ramping up the daily shower ratio. Luckily our monthly water bill is only 6 MYR (about £1.20) so it doesn't cost much to smell nice. We have just finished our stint of teaching for ELC (Early Leaning Centre!!!). Rachel's "Creative Writing in English" course has produced some stunning results from her class of brilliant 14 to 16 year old children. She not only taught the course but designed it as well. It included exploration of different writing styles, writing techniques, essay composition, idioms, homonyms, slang, grammar and lots of 'akademicky' stuff. I have to say i have been absolutely blown away by her lessons and the complete ease with which she assumed the role. From the feedback of her students and parents they have been pretty impressed to. I feel very proud and glad she loved it so much. She is also teaching 4 to 6 year olds at another school which presents different challenges but once again she puts together and delivers well considered lessons.
|Rachel's 'Understanding English' class|
|Chris' small private class of 7 - 10 year olds|
Our NZ friends Mandy and Gary introduced us to various Indian friends of theirs a while back. Subsequently we have been out with them, collectively, a couple of times and went to a party at Anand and Barathi's house. Barathi is part of an Indian Social Club here and last Saturday, my 53rd birthday coincidently, she invited us to celebrate the Holi Festival with about 200 Indians at the local boat club. An absolutely brilliant day in the company of some very interesting, funny and boisterous people. The day started sedately with a lovely buffet of mild
curry flavored delicacies and ridiculously sweet deserts but soon deteriorated into a free for all with paint powder and buckets of sea water being liberally thrown about. We were alternately
|Bridget Jones moment with Indian Dessert|
We have also made a new friend in an Australian lady called Jean who is great fun and lives on her yacht in the marina (afloat for 4 years now!!!). the other day we went to a Salsa class that she had found. Her and Rachel enjoyed it but the pressure of having to lead, my inability to remember steps and the copious amounts of sweat i produced spoiled it for me. Not sure if we will go back too quickly. We will see if i grow any balls and can somehow stem the sweat. Jean, as i mentioned, lives on her yacht in the marina here and has offered to take us on a jaunt to Labuan (an island off the coast of northern Malaysia) shortly. I really hope this happens as it will be stunning to be sailing out in the blue waters up the coast and past Brunei to the Sabah province of Borneo.
Roger the dog continues to be a really lovely and easy dog to look after. He still loves to scrap with other dogs but is gentle as can be with bitches, humans, kittens, crabs and gecko's - weird. He also continues to shit in the strangest places on our walks
That's it for now. In case i haven't mentioned it before we have booked our onward journey from here and will be going to Japan for a while on May 3rd.