How do! 你好！
Whisterpoop. Verb. A small smack to the upside of the head.
How much giving did you give this last year? Did you your all? I gave as much as I could but I still feel that there’s more to give. Give or take. This year though, I feel it is harder and harder to hit my next gear, let alone my top gear! Extra energy and motivation are needed.
A student, Chael, asked me if I was leaving TWIS (Tungwah International School) in summer. Even if I was, I could not answer it clearly. It was a little shocking. As my language and literature students tucked into pizza, viewed Jurassic Park and finalised their presentations, I questioned Chael on where his question came from. He said that he read it on my blog. I told him, truthfully, that I will visit family and friends in summer – but returning to China, at the minute, is close to impossible due to the costs. Hopefully things will change to allow people to return to China from the U.K. Still, it is pleasing to know that students don’t want you to leave.
Dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin are neuropharmacological substances that we release. This trifecta dose produced happiness. The brace of Lauren’s pizzas and snacks accompanying class were short-lasting blasts of happiness after a hard week, with online curriculum in action video audiences (as parents) and other bits and bobs, adding to a tiresome environment, swamped by local COVID-19 outbreak worries and demands. Other ways to produce the trio of neuropharmacology releases include holding a door open, giving a gift to a friend or volunteering. Giving time to others or a cause is so often underrated.
I am receiving the radio show Wordaholics from the year 2012 via BBC Sounds. The distinctive and linguistic voice of writer Gyles Brandreth has been on TV and radio for years and I long hope he continues. We all need a veteran to learn from! As I study classroom management skills to try to get those pesky grade 7 and 6 students into better order, I find the sound of radio quite relaxing. That and some select poetry between the reading. Beats thinking about the next COVID-19 test!
|March 2020: arrival in China at Guangzhou International Airport||3 [nose (both nostrils & throat)]||risk or reason|
|March 2020: Xihu, Dongguan, quarantine||6 (on arrival, day 1, day 3, day 7, day 10, day 14)||COVID-19 pandemic|
|March 2020: arrival to Changping, Dongguan||1||relocation to community|
|The times between April 2020-May 2021:||4 (21st December; 5th & 8th April; 25th May;)||collect passport in GZ; visit SZ|
|June 2021:||4 (21st; 20th; 9th; 7th)||regional outbreak/travel|
|July 2021:||1 (13th @Zhangye station)||travel: Shaanxi; Shanxi; Ningxia; Gansu; Yunnan.|
|August 2021:||2 (5th; 3rd;)||return to school|
|September 2021:||1 (27th;)|
|November 2021:||1 (11th;)||admitted to hospital/unrelated to pandemic|
|December 2021:||4 (7th; 12th; 18th; 25th)|
|January 2022:||2 (17th; 4th)|
|February 2022:||2 (28th>; 26th*; 25th>)|
|March 2022:||4 (8th>; 9th>; 11th>; 12th*; 13th>; 14th>;)||outbreaks in Dalang, Changping & Humen, Songshan areas of Dongguan|
|TOTAL TESTS||35 tests|
Which is better? Giving, or receiving? In the case of having the NAT (Nucleic Acid Test), I can’t imagine shoving the swab into thousands of people a day to be any good. It certainly is no fun to receive. One test this week caused some light bleeding to my throat. I didn’t have a sore throat before, but afterwards for two days, I had a tender throat. Bloody COVID-19!
Thank you kindly! Ta’ra! 谢谢你。再见。