It’s about halfway through the break now and it’s been really nice to be able to have some time off after the incredibly busy past few months. As I promised myself, I’ve been spending a lot of time at home attempting to be creative, reading books, marathoning shows on Netflix, and playing Hearthstone when my Internet doesn’t disconnect me.
I’ve finished the Focus on Primary course that I’ve been working on and I learned a lot about teaching the little ones. Despite already having a Young Learner qualification, the course was still quite useful and I feel that I’ve definitely benefited from it. When it comes to professional development, I feel that there’s always something new to learn so I will always say yes to it. Especially if it’s free.
Around this time five years ago, I had just completed my CELTA training in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It’s funny how a year can go by so quickly and five years can seem like a lifetime ago.
This time last year, I had just arrived back in the Philippines after my year in Hanoi to spend the holidays with my family. This year, however, will be my very first Christmas away from home. Not only were the flight prices exorbitant, but I also have time restrictions related to Malaysian tax laws that prevent me from leaving the country for more than a certain number of days and require me to be back in the country before the last day of the year. Not to mention, once I get back to the Philippines, I would also have to make time to get that ever-so-wonderful exit clearance that I have such fond memories of. I will definitely miss the food, the family, and the cold weather but at least there’s always FaceTime.
I’ll be spending the second half of the break much the same as I’ve spent the first half. Good stuff.
Here’s a photo that has absolutely nothing to do with anything I’ve just written. Happy holidays!