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I'm a Social Studies teacher and single mom from Colorado and have lived here for 9 years. Taiwan is an excellent base for us explore Asia, while living in relative (gun free) safety, while benefiting from a cheap and efficient national health care system. The people are amazing too. I have friendships that are 14 years old and I'm always making new ones.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Luck of the Irish

One March Saturday, I was feeling unusually feisty so I went to the beach with Z and still I needed to do something out of my ordinary. Then I remembered it was St. Patrick's Day, an excuse to wear ridiculous amounts of green and drink beer. Z was excited for some of Willy's pizza so after we rinsed off our sand and salt, we headed not to far down Jiankang. There was a small group of green clad foreigners already beer buzzing from their green beers (they probably were of Irish descent, they cheered me and Z with a group, "Happy St. Patrick's Day, wooo-hoo!"). I ran into my old friend Gregorio and after we finished our pizza, played a long game of pool. It had been years since I played and after he beat me, he and Z played against me (I still lost.)

I was heading out the door, when Z and some boys starting throwing darts with a kind gentlemen teaching them how to play. It was kind of scary seeing her with real darts but she was in good hands and having moved a few inches from the dartboard, finally hit the bull's eye. I made some new friends, the  boys' father was Robert creator of the Tainan Bulletin (where would Tainan be w/o it) and the man teaching the kids darts is the Lion's new pitcher all the way from Iowa, Eric.  Bumped into Eric a few times since, he starts this Sunday (Go Tainan Lions!)

Eric and Z

me with Robert
  We ended the night going to the flower night market on the other end of Hai-an street, Z wasn't too thrilled about that, hating the crowds, but an all together lucky St. Paddy's Day.


jgreen said...

Hi Kathy!

I am an ESL teacher here in the states and am looking to teach in Taiwan with my 4 year old daughter. I imagine you are immensely busy, but if you find the time I would love to pick your brain about choosing a school that will allow me to support myself and my daughter. My email is: jgreenw3@gmu.edu

I would greatly appreciate it!


Kathy (杜 言 艷) said...

Hi Jenny, if you are a certified teacher you will have TONS more options for finding a good private school. I looked at the website www.tealit. com where I found my school. Taiwanese are very friendly and helpful if you have children. Just look at private kindergartens and start applying, be upfront that you want your 4 year old to go to school with you and see what kind of deduction they can give you on your child's tuition (this is the main reason I went to my current school and not their competitor). Best of luck! Now is the time schools are looking for teachers for the next semster (August) so start applying!!