This is my open letter to you hostel owners so you can create an even better environment for backpackers and make traveling even better.
Month: November 2011
Michael: Welcome to Travel Talk with Michael and Stephanie. I’m Michael Tieso. I’m from ArtofBackpacking.com. I’ve traveled for the last two and a half …
Today is the day; the day you will walk into the classroom not as a student, but as a teacher. You palms are probably sweaty and your mind probably racing with a million thoughts about what could go wrong; Will the kids cry? Will I forget the vocabulary? Do I have all my materials? What if I don’t know what to do next? I want to tell you that all of the above will happen, but trust me, it’s all part of the experience and you will look back on those nerve-wracking moments fondly.
On paper my life was perfect. I made $85,000 in 2009 despite barely turning 25, I paid very little rent to live in a million dollar condo my friend’s parents owned, I could vacation anywhere in the world I wanted to (and did), I was making new friends, and I had virtually no responsibilities. But that was only on paper. In reality I was miserable.
The Philippine cuisine is as colorful as its history. It’s a fusion of the native and several foreign influences including Chinese, Malay, Arab, Spanish, and American. According to food historians, 80 percent of the dishes are of Spanish origin—thanks to the almost 400-year rule of Spain in the country. Filipino dishes are combination of flavors—sweet, sour, and salty—that are remarkably pleasing to the taste buds.
So, you’re a first-time English teacher, fresh off your TEFL course and you walk into a classroom in an Asian country feeling nervous, anxious and excited to teach your first kindergarten class and suddenly, a couple kids start crying and the others stare at you with fear in their eyes. What could possibly make them have such a strong reaction to your presence? Well, aside from being young and missing their parents, there is one other important thing that is out of your control, your appearance. It’s not your hairstyle, or the clothes you’re wearing either, it’s the color of your skin, the color of your hair, the shape of your body and of course, those weird sounds you make when you speak.