Autumn/Winter 2013 was a quiet time. Shanhong started her new job in the Canadian International School and found herself instantly more busy that she has ever been. Her role there includes teaching Drama and teaching a band programme (Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet and Trombone) in Middle School, so it’s certainly very different to her last school – no more tiny kids! I have also been busy at my school with exams and a new online learning environment. I also started a Law Degree – so there is always plenty to be done.
I made a few applications in the summer as my contract as SJI is up for renewal, and one application led to me being flown out to Kazakhstan, a part of the world I have never been to before – so that was a nice trip – but did not lead to the offer – and so the pictures below will be the only view of Kazakhstan for a while!
I went home in September to visit my parents, and Shanhong had a trip back to China in October to visit hers – but very little of great excitement happened until Christmas, when we got the keys to the apartment we had bought in the summer! We bought it from a diagram as a new build – so this was the first time we got to see exactly what it looked like. I was back ten days before Shanhong, so it was my job to get all the furniture in place before she arrived. So, here are a few ‘before’ pics.
I think the result is pretty good – we went with a very simple ‘black & white’ theme!
Shanhong made a lovely video of the house which I’ll be loading up to our website – so if you really want to look around, that’s the place to go – or else come visit! It’s certainly nice to have our own place close to mum and my brother and sister – very easy to visit everyone when we’re in the UK.
We did, of course, visit a number of family members when in the UK, and had visits from others in our own home, so if you haven’t met them – the next few photos are the English side of the family!
We also had a trip out to see a Musical we hadn’t seen before, so that also meant trying the food at the German Christmas Market in Birmingham.
Very little else to share, except for the fact our church moved into its new premises in January. The new venue seats 5000 in each service, and we still need four English services each Sunday (there are separate Youth, Chinese and Korean services!). I think you’ll agree the venue is impressive, although I know it will not be my mum’s idea of what a church should look like!
Well, that’s all for this report! Our regular Saturday walks restart soon – so I will be able to share some lesser known parts of Singapore. Take care and keep writing! Trevor, Shanhong & Teddy xx