Monday, March 02, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Monday, September 08, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Have you heard about the difference between the right and left sides of our brain. The two different sides are supposed to govern different functions.
Left Brain Thinking
Logical Sequential Rational Analytical Objective Looks at parts
Right Brain Thinking
Random Intuitive Holistic Synthesizing Subjective Looks at wholes
Check out the Funderstanding website for more detail on this. Which do you think you identify with? Try out this simple quiz to see which side of the brain you favour. Then answer the quiz in the sidebar.
Friday, August 01, 2008
If you go to Work and beyond on this blog, you can read a bit about my working experiences, But we'd like to hear about your work too.
Tell us about your past work experience and also what you'd like to do in the future. Go to the Work VoiceThread and add your spoken comments next to your photo. If this is too difficult on your computer, you might like to add a comment to this blog, telling us about your work past and future.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
By the time you have tried these out, you will know lots about me - and I want to learn about you too. Remember to leave a comment to tell me a little about yourself - differences or similarities to things that I have said online. It would be great if you could join VoiceThread and then you can leave a written or a voice comment, or maybe even create your own VoiceThread, with photos of your holiday or your hometown. Let us all know what the URL is so that we can come and comment...
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Here are some examples - listen to the jokes that involve these puns at souNZ English
Friday is a weak (ie. not strong) day OR a weekday
it came back to me – I remembered how to do it OR the boomerang curved back to me. (NB. a boomerang is an Aborigine weapon that you throw and it will curve back towards you in a circle)
a Mercedes Benz/bends
it hit me – I understood something OR the baseball actually hit me
a full stop marks the end of a sentence (a sentence in writing OR a prison sentence)
No change yet! Ie. His condition hasn’t changed OR no money has been given in coins
You can’t beat it! – you can’t do anything better OR you can’t hit a drum with a hole in it
Monday, March 24, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
We found out that Tony is the champion tabletennis player in 1B and that Nicole loves relaxing in a hanging chair. With 1A we got to meet Jan's husband briefly and enjoyed her amazing house and pets.
Anyone who has photos might like to send them to me to publish here OR create a voice thread with them that we can leave comments at.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Last night I was with a group of friends and this happened to me. We were watching a DVD and then having a discussion about the content. Someone was talking and I suddenly realized that my mind had drifted on to something completely different and I had missed what had been said. Then someone asked me a specific question about it!
If you want to be honest, you can admit that you haven’t a clue what they’d been talking about. “Sorry, I was away with the fairies!” is one way of saying this. It means you weren’t paying attention.
Of course, you could hedge a bit and say something vague like “D’you think you could just run over that again? I got the general gist, but I missed the last bit. What exactly were we talking about?” If you’re lucky, someone will fill you in.
If you were listening and you actually didn’t understand something, you might say ‘Come again?’ That just means “Could you say it again please?’ Or you could admit that you didn’t understand. “Sorry, I lost the plot there for a while. Can we start again?”
My mind wandered
My mind drifted (Careful: 'I drifted off' usually means go to sleep)
I haven’t a clue or I haven't got a clue
I was away with the fairies
I got the general gist
Can you fill me in- give you the details
I'll just run over it again - explain it once more
I lost the plot (can also mean to be crazy OR to get really angry)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Their most recent gig was at Parachute - a Christian music festival over Anniversary weekend just out of Hamilton. They played on the Debut stage there and did a really good job. The enthusiastic audience was admittedly made up lof mostly family and friends. They have several more gigs coming up in the next few weeks.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Finally, an update of our family photo.
The sad part is that my daughter is going flatting this weekend for the first time and so she will be leaving home. We will really miss her, but she is so excited about the flatting experience. She is flatting with her two closest friends, who are both lovely girls and they have been looking forward to this for ages. The good news is that she is still in Auckland, so we will get to see her (we hope) frequently.
Our boys are both still at high school - and so on holiday at the moment. This photo was taken on Christmas Day.
Monday, October 08, 2007
A few days later we drove up to the Sunshine Coast and stayed at Mooloolabah (in photo). I really enjoyed all the Aboriginal place names on that coast – we also visited Eumundi, Maroochydoore, Yandina to mention a few. The weather was perfect with temperatures of around 30 degrees C, which I find quite pleasant and this meant that swimming wasn’t too cold! We also had a trip on the river ferry up at Noosa, an afternoon wandering round the Australia Zoo (of Steve Irwin fame) and did lots of walking as well as plenty of shopping at various markets – a wonderful holiday all round.
Monday, September 17, 2007
It seems as though the Bhutanese government are genuinely interested in protecting the environment and their local culture, so it would be good to learn about how they plan for this.
I liked this photo of Punakha Dzong http://images.travelpod.com/users/gypsymichelle/nepal-2006.1160073480.punakha_dzong_003.jpg and I am interested in seeing how crafts such as this weaving are made. http://images.jupiterimages.com/common/detail/56/11/22571156.jpg I love going to craft markets anywhere in the world.
I have friends who live in Bangkok so going through Thailand would be good as I could catch up with at the same time.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
For my 40th birthday my husband organised for me and two of my closest friends to have a ride over Auckland in a hot air balloon. It was a complete surprise when he woke me around 5 in the morning and explained what was happening. I was too excited to feel scared. As we watched the gas flames heating the air and 'blowing up' the balloon, I did feel a little nervous. The balloon was HUGE! I hate heights, so as we drifted away from the ground, I was very careful to look out rather than down! We had a wonderfully clear morning and could see right across the upper harbour area. After a while in the air, I started to feel much more comfortable.
However, coming down was interesting. Obviously, controlling where the balloon landed was something of an art and our man was an expert. But he still managed to land rather bumpily in a field full of cows on the side of a hill. A few months later, the very same balloon that we had been in actually landed in the mudflats in the harbour and the passengers had to be rescued by boat! I'm glad that it wasn't us : )
Monday, September 03, 2007
Wow! She is an amazing sailor! And she hardly needs any sleep, either.
I don't think I would like to be at sea all by myself for a long time, even though I do like my own space.
Check out YouTube to see her sailing, and her blog to keep you up to date!
Monday, August 13, 2007
I love spending quality time with my family, although at the moment I am doing some extra study and so it is hard to juggle everything. However, I'm lucky that I work part-time as this gives me a bit more 'space' in my life. Time to read (other than study books) and make music. I also enjoy socialising with friends - getting together for a meal or going out together.
And the other thing I try to do in my free time is to keep up with the several blogs that I have...
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Auckland on both my side and my husband's side. This means that we get to see each other quite frequently and that my children get to play with their cousins, which is nice. My grandmother (on my dad's side) only died last year at the ripe old age of 96! I don't know whether I want to live quite that long!
In terms of my siblings, I have two brothers and so does my husband. However, Mark (my husband) is the youngest in his family, while I am the oldest in mine. We sometimes joke about the differences between us in relation to this. I think it is interesting that my own three children
reflect the birth order of my own family - first a girl and then two boys. The gap between oldest and youngest is the same as well ie. five years.
We enjoy being together as a family and have regular gatherings, which are usually for birthdays. These are most often pot-luck dinners, where we all bring food to share.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Not only will the Sky Tower have fireworks this Thursday (8th) but it will be lit up by orange lights for the duration of the Festival. More fireworks can be seen for free in the Auckland Domain on Sat night (10th) when it gets dark. There's some music beforehand. Put on by French Groupe F, and looks like it will be very cool.
I'm particularly interested in the Festival because my daughter is involved in putting on an event there for young people. She is one of the Young Producers, who won a competition last year to be able to put on this concert. Ripped is a five hour event with all sorts of different bands and craft stalls, not to mention an air band competition. It would be great to see some of you there... Sat 17th March, Red Square, Downtown Auckland, near Britomart.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Talofa lava! Fakalofa lahi atu! Malo e lelei! Ni sa bula vinaka! Kia orana! These are all different greetings from Pacific Islands such as Samoa, Niue, Tonga, Fiji and the Cook Islands.
Auckland has the biggest population of Pacific Islanders in the world. Sometimes Kiwis call them PIs for short. They come from islands scattered all over the Pacific Ocean, but a lot of them now call New Zealand 'home'.
Pasifika is an annual festival held at Western Springs in summer. This year it is on the 9th and 10th of March. There is a concert on the Friday night and then during the Saturday you can walk round stalls and displays for each of the main island groups. It's free and there's loads of entertainment and Pacific island food and goods to buy. It starts at 10 in the morning and goes through until 5 pm.
Last year my husband and I strolled through a variety of different areas at Pasifika. We enjoyed some of the performances, but when we got to the Niuean area, my husband ended up being dragged up to dance with some of the Niuean women. He got given a lei, and his partner won the competition!
lei = necklace made of flowers as in the picture above
Friday, February 16, 2007
And now it is Chinese New Year. Gong xi fa cai to all my Chinese students. I expect my pronunciation is shocking - and maybe this is the Cantonese version?
I learnt lots about Chinese New Year when I went to live in Brunei (see map if you have no idea where Brunei is). The date was just a few days after we arrived and we were still living in a hotel. One night we were woken out of our sleep by all the firecrackers being let off just under our window. I enjoyed seeing all the Chinese shops and homes decorated and visiting Chinese friends who always had delicious food and those lovely easy-to-peel oranges. And my kids liked the red envelopes with crisp dollar notes inside!
I actually have to confess that I don't know when other Asian countries celebrate New Year. Maybe you could add a comment below or on the podcast to let me know? And what special celebrations do you have? And if you are Chinese, is it difficult celebrating away from home?
I'm hoping to catch the lanterns and maybe a lion dance this weekend at the celebrations in Albert Park...
Thursday, February 08, 2007
It is our national holiday, and commemorates the day that the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between Maori and Pakeha. Well, really it was between the representatives of Queen Victoria and a large number of Maori chiefs.
How do we celebrate? Usually there are ceremonies at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, which is where the treaty was actually signed. In the recent past, the ceremonies have sometimes been disturbed by political protest.
It's summer, so most Kiwis are glad of Waitangi day as a holiday, where they can relax at home, go sailing or go for a swim and maybe have a BBQ with friends.
Overseas this year, about 300 New Zealanders gathered on a beach in Los Angeles to make a huge 30 metre long silver fern in the sand. In Afghanistan, some NZ soldiers were digging a hangi so they could have some Maori-style food.
a low-key affair - an event where not a lot of fuss is made
commemorates - is an official reminder of ...
silver fern - a NZ plant, sometimes used as a symbol for NZ eg. the Silver Ferns is our national netball team
a hangi - food that is cooked by being steamed in a hole in the ground
If you would like to listen to this, go to souNZ English.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
I argued that films like Date Movie(comedy, M rating) aren't really worth paying money to go and see. He felt that it was his decision as to what he went to. In the end I looked up several review sites on the Internet. One was full of reviewers' negative comments about the movie from the perspective of the comedy 'Crude, tasteless and cheap!' 'Worst movie of the year' etc. etc. Another gave explicit details of why it was rated as a PG (Parental Guidance required - but that was a rating for the States; here it is an M) mainly in terms of sexual reference. I decided in the end to give him the choice of whether he should see it or not - BUT, he had to read both review sites carefully before he made his decision.
Of course, he read both sites and promptly announced that he was going to the movie! Which is exactly what I expected him to do. But I felt that I'd made my point about the content and its value - or rather, lack of value! Since then, someone who has seen it has told me that it really is NOT worth going to, but I'm sure that Chris' friends are equally convinced that this is the best comedy they will have seen in a long time. It all depends on your perspective, I guess.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
I like reading, music and playing the piano.
God is important to me.
I find satisfaction in achieving something difficult.
I can be angry when I see injustice.
But I try to improve a situation rather than get angry!
I love my family and my extended family.
I can be friendly when I meet someone new.
I feel good when I am relaxed and talking to friends.
This is me.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
We thought someone was going to meet us but there was no one there. We didn’t know what to do. We sat there for a long time but no one came to collect us. After some discussion we rang up a hotel and they said they would send a driver to pick us up. A driver arrived in the end but he was from a different hotel! He took us through lots of dark streets until finally we got to the right hotel. I was so pleased that at last we could go to sleep.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Other sites that I use a lot are
Google as my search engine
other sites for language teaching eg. journals
Sketch Engine for checking concordance programme for use of language
Thursday, August 18, 2005
However, although the parks and gardens are lovely in Auckland, and especially here at Unitec, the traffic is a bad feature of this city. The public transport is not terribly reliable and the motorways quickly get jammed at rush hour. I try to avoid using the motorway at busy times.
I also love the fact that Auckland is so close to so many beaches. On the east coast, the beaches are flat with few waves, but on the west coast they are much more exciting, and the beaches have black sand! Muriwai is a great beach on the west coast, and a visit to the gannets (birds) is interesting at different times of the year when the birds are there.
While the photo at this site about Auckland isn't that great, the writing that goes with it will practice a lot of the vocab that we use when writing about cities. Have a look.
Friday, May 27, 2005
Thursday, May 26, 2005
There are very few shops at Hahei, but there are several restaurants and we had two very delicious dinners there over the weekend. It was a lazy, relaxing time which we spent with some other couples and celebrated Mark's brother's birthday.
Friday, May 20, 2005
When we finally got to the checkin desk, I couldn't find the bag with the tickets, our passports and all our money. I realised that I must have left it on the trolley. We ran back to the broken trolley but it was empty. I was very upset. I went back to the check in counter and my daughter was talking to someone. A lady had found my bag and was looking for me! I was so relieved. Now I am much more careful when I am travelling.
Sunday, May 08, 2005
I visited my mother on Saturday night and gave her a present, as I knew I wouldn't see her on Sunday. Then on Mothers Day, we had my parents-in-law round to our place for lunch. We gave my mother-in-law a gift and enjoyed spending the time with them both.
Traditionally, children bring their mothers breakfast in bed. I stayed in bed especially, and my kids got up early, and brought me a lovely tray with a special breakfast of juice and pancakes. Fathers Day is the first Sunday in September. My husband says he is looking forward to getting his breakfast in bed!
Friday, May 06, 2005
When I am not at work, my family takes up a lot of my time. My husband is Mark and he is also a teacher. We have three children – Roxanne, Christopher and Timothy. We enjoy going to the beach together and often go up to Muriwai on the West Coast. The children all learn different musical instruments and I enjoy playing piano with them. My husband sings and is in a band. We don’t spend much time watching TV, as there are too many other things to do.