Battling the Demons It seems there are times more often than I’d like to admit, That I spend watching the ice melt, Into the caramel color, And the pile of ash and embers grow into a mound. I think of my failed dreams in the cage, How a head kick and a right hand, Shattered my pedestal, That was already fragile. I miss the restless nights in the gym Suffering in beautiful agony, As we sharpened our swords, […]
Tainan: The Descending Flight, Local Currency in Coins, Local Taiwanese Beer, Junk Motorbikes, Chinese Street Lanterns, Monkey Shisha Bar and Feeding Stray Kittens.Taichung: The City & Hiking.Puli: The Motorbike Drive from Taichung, Paragliding, and the Township.Kaohsiung: A Piece of the City, One of the Numerous Claw Arcade Machines and Monuments En Route from Tainan. Taipei: The City Meets the Mountains and Taipei Away from the Lights and Flash.
Osaka: Traditional Japanese Housing, Osaka Castle Grounds, & the Glico Running ManKyoto: Gion district, Kiyomizu-dera temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Kyoto Station.Uji: Uji Temple (as pictured on the back of the ten yen coin).Tokyo: Odaiba District, the Little Statue of Liberty, and the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
I moved to Da Nang, Vietnam for a number of reasons but the main ones being I was looking for a paradise to settle down in and two being that I had a pretty solid job offer teaching English here. I’ve craved the small town vibe where I’m in a tight knit community. Pros: -Clean, beautiful, and never busy beaches albeit fishermen as many Vietnamese and Asian people in general can’t swim. -Mountains, mountains, and mountains. You can hike, drive, […]
Categories: Asia, Da Nang, Southeast Asia, Travel, Vietnam • Tags: Cat Fostering, Cat Rescuing, Da Nang, First Impressions, Flooding, Monkey Mountain, Paws for Compassion, Rainy Season, Southeast Asia, Vietnam
Taipei: During my several months of living in Taiwan I ventured in Taipei twice for the weekend. The first time was to see my mother who was visiting me from Singapore, the second was to see about a girl. I didn’t explore that much of Taipei because to be honest I was all but done with big cities. I’ve come to the point in my life where big skyscrapers, fancy bars and restaurants, and big chains of hotels and fast […]
I used to be right in the head Until I opened up a person One day Just to see how we worked. I had love for third worlds Until I saw Vietnam skin And boil My pets alive. I used to see the good in people And have heroes Until the network showed me The demons always win. I used to believe in true love Until the harpies sung their twisted harmony around me And I realized […]
I’ve left on a journey, Yet again, I’m not sure where to, But I think I’ll find it Or it’ll find me. I’m hoping to find a pair of long legs In my bed, A pair of four-legged fur balls I’ll call my kiddos, And a breathtaking view. Either with white sand between my toes, Or the smell of pine, As I make my climb to the summit. Money is nice, But my heart beats For the […]
Teaching in Taiwan: So far in my time in Taiwan I have taught first at an international American high school in Tainan in the south of Taiwan and then at a private secondary school in Taichung in the center of Taiwan. My time at the former was fantastic, my time at the latter was an absolute nightmare and one of the worst experiences of my life. Pro: For the most part, I absolutely loved my coworkers at both schools and […]
Teaching in Vietnam: During my time in Vietnam I taught at solely two ESL (English as a Second Language) centers both in Ho Chi Minh City. My first being one of the most popular language center chains in Vietnam called ILA Vietnam, but the particular campus I worked at was in a much more local area called Tan Phu district. My second being one of the most prestigious in Vietnam in a much more modern area in District 7, where […]
Categories: Asia, Ho Chi Minh City, Teaching Abroad, Travel, Vietnam • Tags: Asia, ESL, ESL Teaching, Ho Chi Minh City, Language Centers, Teaching, Teaching Abroad, Teaching in Asia, Teaching in Vietnam, TEFL, Vietnam