After a nine-day term break, it’s back to work tomorrow to start Term 2. It also means that March is winding down and bringing the first quarter of the year with it. I can honestly say that it feels as if the last three months have completely flown by.
It’s been a quieter few months, I’ve had a lot more free time on my hands working part-time hours — 4 hours a week at one point — which has given me plenty of time to pursue my creativity and continue living the sloth life. I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with watercolours and learning how to paint. I can see improvement in my work and that makes me really happy.
My teaching hours did pick up after the Chinese New Year holiday since two full-time teachers left the centre, so my hours jumped up to 22 hours a week and I was back to busy mode. It was a bit of an adjustment jumping from 4 to 22 hours like that, but I made it work and I’m happy to have the hours, as will my bank account.
Term 2 seems like it will continue being busy for me, so I’ll need to make sure that I’m on top of all my planning and keep everything organised. I’m also expecting to start another professional development course very soon, this time focusing on teaching phonics to very young learners. I’m looking forward to getting that started since teaching phonics isn’t something that I feel very confident in and would like to learn more about.
I’m also two-thirds into my contract. The thought of packing up and moving again honestly gives me mini panic attacks whenever I think about it. Mostly because I don’t want to do it anymore. I turned 31 recently and a big part of me would like to settle down somewhere and not have to move anymore. I’m actually very happy in Penang and I would very much like to stay if I can. True, the weather is basically fire at the moment and I’m now considerably darker than when I first arrived, but the island life resonates with me. Life here is nice.
Meanwhile, Term 2 commences.