merry christmas Tag Archive

  • My first Christmas in China – Secret Santa with my students!

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    “Santa Claus is coming to town..’

    It’s Christmas day and I’m sitting here trying to send Xmas wishes to all my friends, but in between I’m looking at possible places to travel  next. I think there’s a serious case of Wanderlust building up! 

    But in the Christmas mood, today I want to share with you what I did with my students for Christmas. 

    I had a long debate about it, but in the end I decided that I will do Secret Santa with all my classes. We will talk maybe a bit about Christmas and watch some Christmas classics! 

    When I planned that, I did not expected it will go so well! These were, to be honest, the best memories I have made in China so far. Everyone got involved and they all tried to make this week so very special for me. I was trying to make it special for them, but they made it special for me! 

    We shared good moments, laughter and we took lots of pictures. It was wonderful. And I’m trying very hard to express it in words, for everyone to understand how much I love teaching here in Hangzhou and how proud I am of my students. 

    I don’t know if I’m going to teach them in 2nd term, but they made this first few months here extra-special. 

    Here are some of the pictures we took. In each class, I had one of the students put on a Santa hat and give the prezzies away to everyone.

    Day 1 of Christmas Celebration – Monday, December 22: 

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    Day 2 of Christmas Celebrations – Wednesday, December 24: 

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    Day 3 of Christmas Celebrations – Friday, December 26. Poorer quality – I forgot my camera on Friday, so all the pictures were took with different phones..


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  • Happiness & Gratitude… Merry Christmas everyone!

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    .. have yourself a merry little Christmas..

    it’s that time of the year again, people!! Christmas is back in town! 

    For me, is another year, a new way of celebrating Christmas.

    I’m far from home (any of them), new friends, new house, new culture. New everything.

    And it’s taking its toll on me. It took me few days to notice, but it hasn’t really been easy.

    But I thought to myself: wait a minute! i’m here because I chose to be! I might as well make the most of it!

    So I asked all my beautiful students to help me celebrate Christmas (more about this in my next post)!

    And we started with a simple exercise, few weeks ago talking about ‘Happiness’ and what it represents to them.. What do they think of when they say the word.

    And some of the answers were very nice, some were inspiring and some were very unexpected. But the conclusion I came with all of my 7 classes is that ‘Happiness’ comes from the small things..

    The things that we do daily, the people that we choose to keep in our lives, the things we say.

    It’s ALWAYS about the little things.. Happiness is not a Destination, it’s a Journey. Remember that.

    Even when the times are hard, remember why you are where you are, doing what you are doing.. Remember you made some choices once.

    This are the answers my classes came up with:

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    I guess the thing that I am trying to say is that we all should be thankful for whatever life we have.. Good and Bad – we grow – it makes us stronger.

    I want to take this time and wish you all a Merry little Christmas.. No matter what part of the world you are, if you celebrate or not Christmas..

    May your heart and houses be filled with happiness and goodness. 


    Merry Christmas!!


  • Here’s to December! Winter Inspiration.


    it came so fast folks, that it took me half of month to realise!

    the last month of 2014 is here! 

    So what I suggest to you, to me.. Let’s make it count! 16 days left of this year – let’s live them exactly the way we dream!

    Let us be Inspired and give others wings to Fly.

    Be good. Do Good.

    Think about the others – you are not alone.

    People will need you to be exactly who you want to be, in order to help them be who they want to be.

    Be Extraordinary, don’t settle for the Normal.

    If you like something that other people despise, that is ok.

    We are all Different. That’s how is supposed to be.

    Push your boundaries today.

    Step out of your comfort zone – marvellous things will happen.

    Blast your favourite song and sing at the top of your lungs.




    Be Amazing.  


    I’ve trolled the internet in search of some inspiration. For you. And for Me. Enjoy! 


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    Listen to this and Be Inspired. 

    And this.