On a Chinese Screen

Popular wisdom tells us that living abroad is good for us. It broadens horizons, imparts new perspectives and bestows knowledge. IS THE HYPE ALL TRUE? Your average expatriate, particularly a

The Divergent Life of John L

John L receives news of his mother’s death. The news is delivered by John L’s father. John L asks for details and his father provides them. Car crash. Drunk driver.

Something You Should Know

This month, we’ve put together an essential list of nine key mental skills that every teacher who takes their job seriously must acquire. Which ones are you missing? Every teacher

Dry That Wet Blanket

Forgetting the money, traveling and social benefits, negativity can be infectious. This can be a precarious place, don’t forget to smile once in a while. Okay, I’ve had it! Last

Fixing Teeth with Humanity

Most of the time, we walk around glaring at the frustrations we see in our daily lives. Is it really worth our time? There’s not a moment to waste. Prepare

Middle Kingdom Madness

Though China is an awesome place to live, it may not necessarily be the first place you think of to spend your hard-earned holiday… You will hear many an expat

A Summer of Anniversaries

In the heady early months of the Opium War (1840-1842), British Admiral George Elliot had captured the Qing forts at Humen. Later, on January 15, 1841, George’s cousin, Charles, who

The Hole

I arrived the same way anyone else did. It wasn’t painful or difficult. In fact, I didn’t need to do anything at all. I was told that two others were

Making Humbling Judgements

Listen long enough and a person can surprise you. Though, It is the most interesting people that take no time at all to wrap you in wonder. There often may

A Partial Ode to ESL Teachers

Many people write off educators as taking the easy way out, but it isn’t an simple job. Not if you want to do it well, anyway. Over the last few