Back to “normal”

13-Jan-2013

Dear Bloggers,
This week I was back to school for term 2. Our topic in humanities (History, geography etc.…) is “The Victorian era”. On Tuesday, Mum took notes, while I told her about the highlights of my day – I thought you might be interested in seeing them:

1. 10 mins early to school
2. Numeracy fractions & decimal notations
3. Aziz the storyteller
4. Reading a story about Shota
5. Break (played with Matthew)
6. Library cancelled due to the refurbishment (which is not yet finished)
7. Holiday postcards
8. Art – designing capital letters Victorian style
9. Sabre tooth tiger foot coloured (Orange) folder for humanities project
10. Lunch – rice & chicken wraps (horrible)
11. Played spying on Henry (with Matthew)
12. Henry saw us
13. Played push – pile up (without getting too muddy or hurt)
14. No Rugby injuries
15. French with Ms. Champagne (new teacher & actually French)
16. Projector fixed
17. Where did you go for holidays writing
18. Science title page for gases around us
19. Wilmer came with reminders about School Council meeting on Thursday
20. Learnt that there was no Saturday rugby match this week

Happy highlights:
– Selected for the school rugby team (& went shopping for boots & a gum shield, but also came home with a table tennis net, bats & balls!)

Buying rugby boots

Buying rugby boots

Portable net & bats!

Portable net & bats!

Training

Training

First Match

First Match

Change ends

Change ends

– Watched the film “The Hobbit” (OK, but I wouldn’t rush off to see it)
– Dad made kannom kroks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
– Dinner at Garlic (lamb chops)
– Tried fresh OJ from a vending machine (5 oranges, no water & no sugar)

Freshly Squeezed OJ

Freshly Squeezed OJ

– Went to Mum’s new office on the 59th floor yesterday to try out her new swivel chair

Mum's New Office

Mum’s New Office

Fun fact:
Chinese New Year – 2013 is the year of the snake

CNY Decorations are going up everywhere

CNY Decorations are going up everywhere

This is the biggest Chinese holiday. In China, it is known as ‘Spring Festival’ & it marks the end of the winter season. The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival, which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year’s Eve is a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, & is known as Chúxī – literally “remove evening” or “Eve of the Passing Year.” New Year is February 10 this year. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”. And for me school is closed from Feb 8 until Feb 18.

Chinese word of the week:
Míng Tìan – Tomorrow (Ming tee-en)

Dad - making people laugh when he had this photo taken!

Dad – making people laugh when he had this photo taken!

Hope everyone is having a good January so far!

From Thomas

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13 comments

  1. Well done on the rugby 🙂 AND love your dad’s pose xxx

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  2. Auntie Hannah · · Reply

    No doubt you will be able to speak fluent french with your cousins soon. Maybe you should come over here and practice some time soon. Bring your mum and dad.♥

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  3. Granny Devon · · Reply

    Your life seems to be one long holiday, are you going to put decorations up in your house for Chinese New Year! I’m glad that I was born in the year of the horse but Grandpa was a bit disappointed to know that he was born in the year of the pig! Thank you for the postcard you sent us from Thailand – it arrived today, the beach looks lovely. xxx

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    1. Yes – we plan to decorate our whole house, garden & lane!

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  4. I had to google Kanom Crok – they sound very delicious. Congrats on being in the Rugby Team! Celia from Grandpa’s office

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    1. They really are delicious, especially for breakfast or pudding.

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  5. Was the OJ good out of the machine and how much did it cost?It has a 10 on the outside. What do you miss most about Princeton? Max

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    1. It was very nice! It was 10 yuan, or roughly 1 ($1.60). I definitely miss Bent Spoon Ice Cream.

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  6. Granny fixit · · Reply

    Brom looks as though he needs to get somewhere in a great hurry! Hope you find the Victorians interesting – if you need any costume history help do let me know. Keep going on the fresh OJ – very good for keeping winter germs away and making you strong for the rugby (Granny fix it’s favourite game) xxx

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    1. Yes, please. I would like 6 pictures of typical costumes for a game of snap that I will be making.

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      1. Granny fixit · ·

        OK will do.

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  7. Dear Thomas, thank you for sharing your blog: I really enjoy it every time…
    So, if I correctly understood, you are going to have TWO NEW YEAR VACATIONS!!! Lucky boy!
    What about the Snake year: have you to eat snakes at least one per month?
    I should have something to say about the shape of the table (is it a new table tennis handicap-version?) Looking forward to reading the next blog, all the best!
    Luigi

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    1. Yes, I am having at least 2 holidays for new year!
      Mum has eaten snake soup, but no, I dont have to eat it but it is probsbly like eel, which I ate in Japan.
      There was a video of the table tennis net in the shop & it was advertised to use on a boat, on a cafe table etc ANYWHERE so we tried our dining table. I think it was a bit small & a bit round!

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