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Jun 25, 2011 - Visit from the Li family, and also from Blue Sky.

Did not do much today. Hot and humid. I had a plan to go and get a quick KFC meal, and then visit Julie. But in the end I ran out of energy, and decided to try and order a delivery online, but got stuck, so asked Blue Sky to do it for me, as he was coming over here anyway, before heading out to the hospital. He offered to pick it up instead, and then told me that there is a new fast food store next door to his office, and asked if I would like to try that one instead. Rather against my better judgement, I agreed. I figured that if he was...

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Jun 24, 2011 - Last of the exams for the first year students.

Well, thank goodness, the last of the exams today. Only 22 students to get through, so it should not take so long. But, because the students left to do their exams are te less able ones, who seem to wait until the last minute to do their exam, and consequently it takes longer to get through the last lot!! I got the bus into town, and headed for Spango Pizza to get dinner. I am trying very hard to eat healthily at the moment, and opted for their chicken soup, and for a plate of broccoli. On the way down the street, I saw a young couple...

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Jun 23, 2011 - Annie is not happy that I will be finishing work at the end of this term instead of the next.

I woke with the alarm this morning, which was a bonus for a start. I don't know what time I got to sleep last night, but it was definitely not long enough ago for me. I felt horrible, but had to make a start on the exams for the students. I had some extras, who would not normally be in the small group for today, but that was all good, as it meant I had less to do this afternoon. They did not do as well as I might have expected, but that is their responsibility, I guess. Or maybe I did not explain my requirements as clearly as I should...

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Jun 22, 2011 - Time for a decision, and then a visit to Nicole's office.

Woke up today, feeling really confused about what I should do. I am really ready to be at home, and do not really want to do the next term here. Even though I will not be eligible for an Age Pension until next February, I am feeling that I need to get out of here, before I end up hating it. I guess one of the main things is that I am feeling really lonely at the moment. My little Cruz is growing up so fast, the kids are building a house, and I just feel that I am missing out on too much by being here longer than I need. And here, I spend...

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Jun 21, 2011 - To the dentist to make enquiries about new dentures.

Today was the start of the exams for the first year students. It was sooooo hot. 33 today. And of course, the temperature is just the beginning. The humidity is what is the worst. I managed to get through 29 of the students, so that will just leave 22 for Friday, and I will be finally finished, with them all. I did stay for about an extra half an hour to get through more of the exams. As arranged, when I got on the bus to town, I called Blue Sky. Lucky that I did, because he had forgotten our plan, to meet and go to the dentist. Anyway, I...

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Jun 20, 2011 - Called back for more tests for my medical, forgotten the other day.

I gave myself a list of jobs to do today, and one of them was to go back for further tests, that were not done, last week, when I had my medical. I got things ready for the post office, and set off to the hospital just after 2.30. I thought it would be best to get that out of the way first. We had to traipse all over the hospital to different departments, to get my ears checked, eyes checked, blood pressure, and heart rate, etc. My blood pressure is up a bit, but the doctor said that it is not a big issue, but she wants me to go back next...

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Jun 19, 2011 - Some shopping, dinner, then back to the hospital.

Got up this morning, feeling frustrated at the continuing hot weather. I am tired of being at home, but it is so hot outside, that I do not really want to be there!! It is definitely time for me to be out of here. I was up for a couple of hours, when I decided to return to my bed, with my book. I am reading a Lee Child one, which I do not think I have read before. Amazing, because I thought I had read all of his, and was just waiting for a new publication!! Did not sleep, but was laying there, basically feeling sorry for myself, when I...

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Jun 18, 2011 - Julie's Mum comes to use my kitchen, to cook for Julie.

I was woken by the phone this morning. Julie was calling, to check that it was all right for her Mum to come over at lunch time, to cook some soup for Julie. If you are in hospital in China, then your family must bring in food for you, and basically do most of the care for you, except for dispensing medication. By what I have observed while visiting Julie, I am not really sure what the role of the nursing staff is, because it seems that the family seem to do most of the hands-on stuff, relating to daily care for you. Anyway, Julie's Mum got...

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Jun 17, 2011 - Medical check this morning, then dinner for Mei Xuan's second birthday.

This morning, I went for my medical, at the affliiated hospital, which meant getting up and not having a coffee to get my day going. Not so easy, but I had to do blood tests, so it was necessary. They did an ultrasound of abdominal organs, then an ECG and a chest x-ray. It only took about half an hour, so I could head home for a coffee fix!! On the way home, I saw that the guy with the fruit stand was just setting up, and had some delicious looking mangoes on his stand, so I bought two, and two apples. Later in the morning I had a call from...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Thunder, with lightning to watch, while Ken was cutting my hair.

Early class this morning, so I was up early, and got my sheets off the bed, and through the wahsing machine. Only three girls turned up to class. So we sat and had a chat. Later on, I put on a VCD that Greg has stored here, about Australia, but it was all in Chinese, and mostly scenery, with not very much commentary, which meant that we talked all through it. When the students lefI, I returned to my bed, for a bit more sleep. Even though I had woken up on time, I still felt very tired, and not rested enough. At lunch time, I sent a message...

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Jun 15, 2011 - It is becoming common, but another lazy day today.

Once again, no classes, so I did not leave the house today. The hot weather really does nothing to encourage me to get out!! I did get exam papers ready for the students. I will begin exams next week, and hope that I get through them all in the one week. Then all I have to do is to compile the results, and hand them in, and I am done for the year!!

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Jun 14, 2011 - Dinner with Rony, then on to the hospital.

I was up early enough to get a few jobs done, showered, shampooed, etc., so that I was already organized for the afternoon, before I met Nicole, just after 11am, to go and take some photos of the apartment that Robert will be allocated. The apartment is dusty, and smells of being closed up for ages, but Nicole assures me that it will be cleaned up before his arrival. So, when I got home again, I got the photos uploaded onto the computer, and into an email, for Robert. So, that is probably the last thing that I have been asked to do. I hope...

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