BOAT in Boracay, 2015. Teaser.

Another year abroad has gone by real quick and another Boracay Open is in the books. This time, I was successful in forming my own team with misfits largely from Canada and the remaining from the US and one from the Philippines. We came in to the tournament seeded 4th (which is too high), but without the Boracay Dragons actually competing for a seeded spot this year, we were able to break out and top off the tournament with a 3rd place finish on universe point.

Big ups to BOAT and the friends who made it amazing. Let’s go for another next year!

Check out the teaser video I made above. If you need to see it in HD, go to the actual link here.

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postcard from boracay.

Alright, I know, I know. It’s been awhile since my last post. And I said I’d put up the postcard from my Boracay adventure. Well, HERE is the finished product. I actually finished it awhile ago but never got around to putting it up on this blog. I go through periods where a bunch of things happen in my day-to-day life that keeps me extremely preoccupied and I miss out on adding good content to this blog. I know that makes me sound a bit pretentious but that can be the nature of living abroad. I’m aware that last sentence is also seething with pretentiousness.

Anyway there has been an amazing amount of life-developments that I’m really excited to jot down onto this blog. I intend to do that in the next week or so. One of it includes a surprise rendezvous in Angkor Wat with one of my best friends from back home, Jamie Matthews.

ImageMe (on the right) with one of my best pals, Jamie. Were sitting on some ancient rocks in Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia).

I also intend to craft some sort of video for that little trip with Jamie; although, I think I’ll take a different approach to the video editing method I normally go about and add something new. Kind of like a documentary/video diary kind of thing. We’ll see how it goes.

In the meantime, here’s the video postcard from Boracay. The video was filmed on my Canon 6D with the 24-105 f/4 L lens and the GoPro HD Hero 3 Black camera.

Music:
Part 1) Intro segment (airport and airplane scenes) – Onra – Introduction
Part 2) Boracay scenes – Blouse – Into Black

You may not be able to select the HD version in the embedded video above. You’ll probably want to watch this in HD, so check it out HERE and make sure HD is ON.

 

a few extra pictures from Rosie.

Here are a few extra pictures from Rosie. For those of you who don’t use Facebook and can’t see what she’s been posting, here’s a peak….

Me happy as a clam taking a brief break from my TESOL course work to get some sun.Image

Me on a lunch break from doing my essay and fiddling around with my camera. Image

Me trying to take artsy fartsy pictures while occasionally dodging the bolder waves that threatened to pull me in.Image

The fancy Sandals Restaurant where we spent our last night together with Erika and some new friends. Image

The fancy lights.Image

Our dinner table and our meals.Image

Here is that sesame-seared raw tuna with sprouts that I ordered. I could probably eat this three times a day, seven days a week for the rest of my life.Image

And here’s a sweet crab I caught on the beach. Image

That’s all for now, guys. I’ve been procrastinating and doing very little other than eating shellfish and drinking Vietnamese coffee and it’s starting to catch up because I am severely behind on lesson planning. I need to hammer out a couple of lesson plans for this afternoon’s class. I promise more content in the near future.

Adios.

some iPhone photos from Nha Trang

As promised, a few shots taken from my iPhone while I was in Nha Trang.

I was working on my essay for my TESOL course when I got bored and decided to go take a break. I ran across the street and stopped in at the Sandals Restaurant. This is a view from my table of one.Image

I ordered iced coffee and spicy Goan fish curry. Image

Rosie joins me an hour later for some coffee and people spying.Image

We come back to the Sandals Restaurant the next night to cap off our stay in Nha Trang. Here’s Erika Kanduth and Rosie as we wait for our meals. Image

It happened to be a full moon that night. The iPhone pic doesn’t do justice to the scene but trust me when I say it was an amazing bright  orange moon. Image

 

Nha Trang, I’m back.

I’m trying to write more of my essay for my TESOL class in Nha Trang as I currently write this brief blog post. It’s due at the end of the month. Along with another 1,500 word paper on motivation and how to get children in a classroom environment motivated to learn English. I guess you could say I’m screwed. You could also say I shouldn’t be in Nha Trang. No big deal.

The reason Rosie and I are in Nha Trang (one of the party capitals of Vietnam) is because Erika Kanduth and her three friends, Joss, Kate, and Jason, are also in Vietnam. We wanted to rendezvous and have a good time together so we did so this weekend in Nha Trang. It’s also a good time to come together and celebrate because Rosie and I secured our first teaching job at the International Primary School of the Asian International School. We get evenings and weekends off. Best case scenario. If we had gotten jobs at language centres (which is also good and can pay quite well), the bulk of our teaching hours would be in the evenings and weekends.

Anyway, the weather in Nha Trang is great. It’s a great leave from the smokey city and the fresh sea breeze is definitely a big welcome. The only downside of this are the two papers (each 1,500 words) that Rosie and I have to hand in by the end of this month. Along with two more teaching practices where we have to plan for the four remaining hours of teaching we have to do as part of the TESOL program. It’ll all be done in the end but I’m sweating a bit right now. It’s why I’ve locked myself in my hotel room for a couple hours to hammer out a few more paragraphs. I may walk down to a local beachside cafe to continue my work but I’m not sure if that would be a good idea.

Here’s a picture of where we were lazing about enjoying several cold $0.50 beers yesterday.

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I’ll throw up some pictures and a short video when I’m home and not getting boned by coursework slash teaching practices.