Do you use whiteout?
Students as they take their short stories written exam do not use white out. Instead they use pieces of tape to pull off the words from the paper.
Since I have a free membership to the gym, every night is like visiting an exercise buffet. There are so many classes I can pick from. So far I have tried spinning, yoga, and a step class. Other nights they offer combat, kick boxing, belly dancing, and jazz dance. It is really cool to be able to pick and choose which class to take each evening.
I was never able to afford yoga in America. I've been enjoying stretching parts of my body that I didn't even know existed. I am only a novice so I am wondering what do you think are the benefits of yoga?
I really dislike running on treadmills. I feel like I am in a futuristic movie where the environment has been destroyed and now humankind lives indoors with their machines.
When it comes to China, I have become cynical. On Christmas day my sitemate suggested we go roller skating on the rooftop of a downtown building. It had snowed the day before and there was still a good layer of snow and ice all around. I was like there is no way that the roller skating rink will clear away the snow. It is China. I was wrong and realized, "Wow, Jennifer you are so cynical." We went roller skating.
In the evening, students didn't want us to feel lonely on Christmas day so they offered to make dumplings. I declined going to the festivities preferring a few precious moments to be alone. The week before Christmas had been rough because of the many student interviews, classes, exams, and Tree House. I needed some me time.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
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Sunday, December 19, 2010
Today was a warm day so I walked downtown to the roller skating rink. I climbed to the fifth floor and voila, a skating rink on the roof, the floor, smaller than a full length basketball court made up of large flat smooth stone tiles. For $0.50 I could skate for an hour. The four wheel skates were exactly like the ones I wore when I was in elementary school. The clientele about 20 people watching and 10 people skating were exactly like the ones who hung out at the local skating rink in America, school age kids.
It was a nostalgic skate except for the Chinese flavor. The girls skated in one direction, counter-clockwise and the boys skated backwards in the other direction, clockwise. It was annoying trying to avoid skaters skating backwards coming at me at full speed, skaters who were just standing around in the rink, and skaters who would hold hands 5 people deep trying to whip each other around. It has been a long time since I've skated, so my maneuvering and stopping skills were not the strongest. Having to weave in and out of oncoming and stopped traffic was scary. Plus avoiding cigarette butts was also a nuisance. All in all though, I sweated, got a somewhat good workout, and enjoyed myself. Too bad they didn't play the hokey pokey.
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Friday, December 17, 2010
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The weather has turned into freezing temperatures; however, there has been no precipitation. Why then as I take the 15 minute walk to the downtown gym does it seem like my city is trying to make an ice skating rink out of the sidewalks, street corners, and round abouts? The cars have to slow down at the intersections as they cross the slippery stuff. People trying to cross the street dangerously step in front of moving cars as the wheels hit the slick ice. I am like "What are you doing? Don't you know that cars have a difficult time stopping while on ice?" I wait patiently to cross but still feel the annoyance of having to walk carefully across large slabs of ice that have to have been man made.
While in spinning class, as I was off the saddle climbing hills with an intense beat, my right pedal went flying off the bike along with my foot since it was securely fastened with toe straps. I had to use all my strength to stop the fly wheel with my left quad as well as pull my flying foot back towards me so as not to kick the woman beside me. Whew, scary. Maybe gyms with low quality equipment are not the safest places?
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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Monday, December 13, 2010
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Sunday, December 12, 2010
In graduate school, I went to the gym every morning to lift weights. Then if I didn't have rugby practice, in the evenings, I would often be at the gym wearing nerdy white shoes playing squash. Then I joined Peace Corps and it has been five years since I have been able to go to a gym.
In Africa, I tried to use buckets of water, bricks, and other things to create a homemade weight room, but it just never really interested me like going to a gym. When I first arrived in my Chinese city, I tried to find a gym. I found one place where all the weights were shoved into a corner with cobwebs. Then as the city grew, as more fast food chicken restaurants, coffee shops, and pizza joints opened, yoga classes and gyms also started popping up; however, they were expensive, about 1/3rd of my living allowance per month. I couldn't afford to go to the gym.
Today I got a free membership to a new gym in town.
It is awesome!
I am ecstatic!
There are tons of free weights and machines. They also have evening classes that I can attend for free: yoga, spinning, kickboxing, belly dancing, step aerobics, core training, and jazz dance. I am so excited. Today I went to the gym twice, once for weight lifting and the second time for a yoga class. In the weight room, I felt super macho as many of the puny guys were lifting half of what I used to be able to lift back in Seattle. In the yoga class, I felt huge, a chest of muscle, compared to the tiny narrow wasted, flat, skinny armed women. I don't care though! I am SOOOO happy to have received a free gym membership.
Posted by 王美安 at 11:07 PM
Thursday, December 09, 2010
|So... I've been busy.|
Last week the Science Club recycled paper.
Then over the weekend I went to Xian to visit some of my Chinese friends who are studying at different universities. One is a visiting scholar doing research on positive emotions. She is staying in a super nice private dorm room with a private bath, a flat screen TV, and free Internet. Another is a post graduate student studying translation. She also has a nice dorm room with three other roommates. They sleep on top bunks and under the bunk is their closet, desk, and bookshelf. Plus they have a private squat toilet too. It was nice to get to see different universities compared to the one I am teaching at.
I heard about some Americans studying Chinese at a university in Xian. They complained that the teacher didn't like it when they tried to answer the questions on their own. The teacher would say, "Copy it out of the book, exactly the way it is written in the book." They also were unhappy that a student from Korea held the book in her lap during an exam and received a grade of 98 while the non-cheaters only got a 92.
Then this week Peace Corps made its annual visit to check on the new volunteer.
Then I've been busy with work. I had to type out 6 final exams and grade 30 essays. The end of the semester is approaching and there is a lot of preparation and grading to be done. I have about 360 finals I need to schedule and grade, about 250 written exams and 110 interviews.
Next semester I will be teaching Freshmen Oral English and Sophomore Writing. Then I guess I will be back in the USA again.
Posted by 王美安 at 2:11 PM
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
|Today in front of the basketball courts, a student organization sponsored the signing of big posters, a poster display about AIDS/HIV and the handing out of red ribbons. The Tree House held a scavenger hunt quiz. A VSO volunteer working at a nearby middle school provided the idea and quiz that she too was using at her school.|
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