Category Archives: chocolate

Compensation

It’s Valentine’s day and I am not involved in any romance. I had no fancy dinner date, or romantic dinner at home with bottles of wine and chocolate soufflés.  Fortunately, I am a teacher, and sometimes the students bring you … Continue reading

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On The Day That Winter Returns

Every day we have coffee at work. We were told that we had won some kind of customer satisfaction survey and that is why we had it at first.  We even had some breakfast bars and fruit.  Then, we were … Continue reading

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The Sound of Snow Falling

Today had two Perfect Moments. The first was the early morning snowfall. I was out of the house before the sun had cleared the horizon.  It was a short walk to my bus stop, but it was a quiet one.  … Continue reading

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It’s The Little Things

I shouldn’t be hunting for Japanese snacks in Saigon…. but if you come across them accidentally…call that heaven, we will.

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Dark Chocolate

Today’s Perfect Moment is an easy one. After a long day of work and a numbing bus ride home, nothing says relaxation like some dark chocolate.  You can disagree with me if you want, but you’ll never convince me otherwise. … Continue reading

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…And There’s More Chocolate

I must be putting out the positive vibes. That is the conclusion I have come to.  After publishing my post about students giving me chocolate, another student brought me chocolate today.  This time it was my all time favourite Japanese … Continue reading

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Chocolate for the Teacher

I might not have liked many of my teachers growing up.  I might not have wanted to become a teacher.  In fact, I might have expended a lot of energy trying to avoid it entirely.  The truth is, I am … Continue reading

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Direct from Switzerland

As a teacher in a private English school, in no way associated with a school board or university, it is okay to receive gifts from students. What I mean is, these gifts are not meant to influence student placement, acceptance, … Continue reading

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A Student with the Right Idea

Today’s Perfect Moment is a simple one. The only thing unusual about it is that it isn’t about me, but that it stirred some memories in me. During one of the breaks between classes, one of my students “went out … Continue reading

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Perfect Saturday

My sister, perhaps jokingly, perhaps not, remarked that my blog about Perfect Moments has seemed to have veered from its initial premise. I am perhaps over articulating her words.  “Your blog hasn’t been about Perfect Moments lately,” is what I … Continue reading

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