Patricia and I have spent our Christmas holidays in the Philippines, both with her family in Taguig and in El Nido, Palawan. Days 1-4: Taguig Taguig is a city close to Manila where Patricia’ s extended family lives all together in a big house in typical Asian fashion1. We left Bangkok on Monday night, just after getting home from our last day of work. There isn’t really that much to report on for this period, since they live a pretty quiet lifestyle.
Back in October, I and the rest of the foreign teachers at work got half of this month off, either before or after spending two weeks working at camps which go on between terms 2 and 3. I taught the “sports camp” which means that I hung out in the gym and on the climbing wall for a few periods each day with students in grades 4 to 6. Afterwards, Pat, Dani, Jomer (two Canadian friends), and I set off to collect passport stamps.
For many things, getting started is the hardest part—take household chores and homework, for example. This is also true for maintaining routines; your first day at the gym is a lot harder to motivate than the 30th. It turns out that this is also the case for getting back into routines, such as writing! I was having a lot of fun trying to write every day back in August, but then I got busy and fell a few days behind.