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Malaysia!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Travel | Comments Off on Malaysia!

Malaysia!

After late winter in Mongolia (30s) and early spring in China (60s), I arrived in Kota Kinabalu (KK), Malaysia, in the state of Sabah on the northwest coast of Borneo, to temperatures in the humid 90s. The East Asia Region of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) 3-day Teachers’ Conference 2015 was held at the gorgeous Sutera Harbour Resort. Checking in, I discovered that EARCOS had upgraded keynote speakers to luxurious suites – mine had a view over coconut trees of the marina and the bay! It felt as if I’d landed in paradise. The resort complex includes two large hotels connected by...

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China!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Travel | 3 comments

China!

There’s a Chinese folk tale, variously called “Fortunately, Unfortunately,” or “That’s Good! That’s Bad!” A farmer loses his horse – bad fortune! But soon the horse returns, with a stallion – good fortune! The farmer’s son is thrown off the stallion and breaks his leg – bad fortune! But then military officers arrive in the village to conscript every able-bodied man and the farmer’s son isn’t taken because of his leg… And so on. My five-day solo trip in China felt like a version of this tale. The first piece...

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Itinerary for an Adventure

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Events & Presentations , Travel | 4 comments

Itinerary for an Adventure

Saturday night I landed in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the first (22-hr!) leg of a trip that will also take me to China and Malaysia.     I was invited to Mongolia for an author visit at the International School of Ulaanbataar where I’ll spend two days meeting with students grades preK-8.   Thursday, March 19, I fly to Beijing for a Friday tour of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.    On Saturday I’ll travel to Dandong, China, on the banks of the Yalu, directly across the river from Sinuiju, North Korea. While in Dandong I plan to explore the Tiger Mountain section of the Great...

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The Philippines!

Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Events & Presentations , Travel | 2 comments

The Philippines!

Catching up on my spring: back in March, my second Southeast Asia stop was the Philippines, where I visited the three campuses of Brent International School. It was fascinating to experience the differences between the schools, from Subic’s 200 students (80% Korean) in a building on a former U.S. military base, to Baguio’s hillside cluster of buildings with 300 students (60% Korean), to Manila’s student body of more-than-1000 diverse students from all over the world. And I got to travel and experience wonders of the Philippines, from Subic Bay on the western coast…...

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Bangkok!

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Bk: After Gandhi, Bk: Legend of Hong Kil Dong, Travel | Comments Off on Bangkok!

Bangkok!

March was a busy month. I spent two weeks in Southeast Asia presenting in international schools. First stop was Bangkok. I had a day and a half to recover from jet lag and see a few of the sights, including the gorgeous Buddhist temple, Wat Po, where I met some fascinating characters:   One of the most amazing things about being in Thailand was that it was not winter.   March 11 and 12 I visited the beautiful Concordian International School, a tri-lingual (English, Thai and Mandarin) institution for Thai-Chinese students. At the request of librarian Erin Sieck, who wanted to make...

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