Tag Archives: Canada

Finally

I’ve been writing about green tea kitkats for quite a while now.  Usually I grab them when I am overseas, or when I can force my students to bring them to me, or when I get to an Asian food … Continue reading

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It’s About Time

There is an Asian supermarket near my house. I am sure I have written about it before.  I go there to grab Japanese candy, (as Heide knows I like so much) samosas, Vietnamese coffee, chocolate milk, lettuce, rye bread, and … Continue reading

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Comfort Food

Today’s Perfect Moment is Chinese food. No, this blog will not be a celebration of authentic Szechuan or Cantonese Chinese food.  No  this post does the unthinkable and celebrates Canadian Chinese food. (Sorry Patrick, Susana, Jessica, and Charmaine–Though I doubt … Continue reading

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My Own Beer Sherpa

It isn’t every day that I get my own beer Sherpa.

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Thankful

It is Canadian Thanksgiving and the perfect time to say what we are thankful for. I am thankful for: My family and best friends.  I take them for granted sometimes, don’t call as often as I should, or don’t do … Continue reading

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Bananas Are Not Safe Anywhere

Just when you thought the rants about bananas was over, I discover that no bananas are safe. All bananas are targets for advertising revenue.  The brand is unimportant.  Everyone is doing this.  Soon it will be the apples, then it … Continue reading

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Canada

Amid all the controversy of celebrating colonialism, though the birthday for that would be much more than 150 years, I feel that I need to write something about this day.   I don’t really need to commemorate anything.  Instead of celebrating … 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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It’s Elementary

  There’s a certain adrenaline rush when you’re in front of a new class. New teachers will be better acquainted with it than old ones.  They will probably mislabel it fear, but that isn’t a reason to distrust their descriptions.  … Continue reading

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Tempus Fugit

I wouldn’t honestly say my teaching was inspired today. It wasn’t bad either.  When I talk about inspired teaching it usually means that I have come up with an activity or approach that really got the students talking and really … Continue reading

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