Nothing happened for new year! The lads were going to come to my house for some dart or poker but changed their minds at about 9pm and said go to Big Andy's. By that time I didn't want to go out and face the hordes so just stayed at home!
Nina, who usually spends any free time that she has got glued to her computer, had been putting on weight so she decided to come hiking with us....The following video shows her in action!
My Bougainvillea decided to shed its green leaves and transform into this amazing pink spectacle!!
Nina, who usually only wears school uniform, tracky's or jeans was actually dressed up for a change, so I managed to catch this snap of her!
The government in Taiwan rather foolishly decided to push through a trade agreement with China meaning that anyone from China could come and find work in Taiwan. This caused a bit of an uproar and students went and occupied the Legislative Yuan which is fairly close to where I work. As a result of this, the police blocked off all the roads in the area making it very difficult to get in to work.
Both Richard and I wore black to work one day which prompted a student to create this little card!
Meanwhile back in the UK, Reading were struggling to hold on to their position in the top six. Having had previous success with a little word to "Tu Di Gong" I tried it again to see if they could end their run of poor form at home....prayed for a result against Middlesborough and came up trumps again!
January to April were super busy months for me at work, but I had a flight booked for the 21st for my annual trip home. Flew Viet Nam airways again and got a stop over in Ho-Chi-Min city this time.
Hike in Oxford with Nick and Chloe. Visited a famous bluebell wood
Didn't have too much to do in England this time around, so decided to book a 2 week class in Spain. Thought i'd try Vejer De La Frontera this time as I'd heard it was a nice place.
A white town sat on the top of a hill...indeed, very pretty!
My apartment was on the edge of town with 3 old windmills.
Returned to Taiwan and was surprised about how strange it all felt to be back....In school, some of my old students were happy to see me again, so we posed for this shot with me sporting a new shirt!!
Have been trying out some new hikes and in the sweltering heat of summer the Tzaoling old trail to Fulung beach is a good 'un.
Did a weekend hike with Mr Daniel Calvert from Ho-Tong, over the mountain to Jeo-Fen. We came across a mine entrance on the way and decided to do a little exploring