Category Archives: Teaching

My Malaysian Swim Team

This is where I was in peninsular Malaysia throughout 2012: Being surrounded by many of the world’s finest beaches, you’d think that they swim more than they walk. But swimming doesn’t mesh well with Malaysian culture. Malaysia is a place where exercise is foreign and […]

Farewell to Malaysia

Many of the Malaysian school teachers pressured my school’s 2,000+ students to get me a departing gift, resulting in 60 pounds of touching souvenirs (more on that later) as well as dozens of students apologizing to me for not getting me a nice enough gift. […]

Malaysian Knowledge

See the picture above? Those are all exam prep books, which consist of ~100% of the bookstore’s books. In my town of 160,000, there’s not a single bookstore with more than three shelves of non-exam-based books. And I have yet to discover a single quality […]

English Camp

“I am a very shy girl, but today I danced in front of everybody.” When I was in middle school, you couldn’t have forced me to dance in front of any crowd (more than three people) even if you offered me a lifetime supply of […]