I haven’t written a personal post in a while. In fact, I’ve been wanting to keep this blog as more of a bookish one this time around.
In the past, my blogs have been like an online diary and I’ve never been afraid of jotting down every little detail of what’s going on in my life. Lately, though, I’ve been much more careful about what I share online. Perhaps it’s the combination of getting older and having young students who could find this.
Nevertheless, I do feel as though I want to talk about a few things that’re happening with me this year.
Anyone who knows me, knows that, for the last 6 years, I’ve been moving around quite a bit. Since 2011, I’ve lived in Wales, Mexico, Korea, and Singapore. I’ve seen areas of the world I only dreamed of visiting when I was a child and have met countless people who have really enriched my life in some way. I’ve been a teacher for nearly five years – A job that started out as a way to make money while I travel but turned into something I’m incredibly passionate about. I’ve taken holidays to places that have scared me and places that have inspired me. I’ve learned how to understand conversational Spanish and how to read Korean. I’ve had incredible highs and horrible lows.
It’s been a good 6 years.
But, now, it’s time to take a break.
I’m homesick. Really homesick.
Of course, it goes without saying that over the last six years, I’ve always had bouts of homesickness where I’ve been missing my family and friends and all things comforting from back home.
But this is different. This is a much stronger pull telling me that I need to be at home for a while. I want to be able to see my parents and my brothers whenever I want to. I want to be around for my friends when they’re going through hard times or getting engaged or married or having babies. I want to be able to slip back into my normal Port Talbot accent without being made fun of or misunderstood. I want to be able to keep things rather than give them away for fear of not being able to lug them to my next destination. I want to own bookshelves. I want to be settled. I just want to relax.
I don’t want this to sound like I’m whining but I’m a little burnt out. Having your brain be in constant overdrive when trying to remember & be respectful of cultural differences and having to constantly change the way you pronounce & phrase certain things can get tiring after 6 years. I want to turn my mind off for a bit.
So that’s why I’ve decided to leave Singapore this year and head home.
That’s right. Back to Cymru I go.
So what am I going to do there?
I can’t just live off the love of my friends and family.
Well, I’m currently in the process of applying to local universities around my hometown to study for a postgrad qualification in teaching.
Wait, Ceri, didn’t you just say you’d been a teacher for five years?
Yes. I’m qualified to teach English as Foreign Language – a job that’s actually really hard to snag back in the UK. I’m not qualified to teach at regular primary or secondary schools though. And, after two years of teaching primary school English here in Singapore (yes, while being unqualified), I’ve really come to love it and want to do it.
Of course, being accepted onto a university course doesn’t necessarily guarantee that I’ll end up doing it. It’s very likely that the universities are going to ask me to take a Maths equivalency test (something I haven’t done in 15 years) and I’ll have to pass that. Then there’s the financial issues. Am I going to be able to afford this? Am I able to take out a loan to help support myself? Where am I going to live?
Everything’s still very uncertain and I do have a few back-up options in mind (Teaching in Europe? Doing the DELTA?) so whatever happens, happens.
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to taking a bit of an extended holiday after my contract here in Singapore is finished.
I’m heading home the long way (East) and stopping off at a few places along the way.
I’m thinking of heading to Bali after my contract here finishes. Not only is it cheap but it seems like the ultimate place to relax for a while. You never know, I might find my own Felipe there. 😉
I’ve been living in Asia for nearly 4 years and the one place I’ve always wanted to visit is Thailand. Even now, I’m only a 2 hour flight away and have still never been. I want to rectify this before I leave this part of the world.
I’m going to be honest – Hong Kong is only on this list because I have to go here to get to my next place, which is …
That’s right. Asia’s answer to Vegas. Why am I going here? Well, because I managed to snag a ticket to go and see this Mudda Fugga live:
Back to HK for a couple of days where I’ll do a little sightseeing.
A loooong flight over the Pacific before landing in Canada. I’ve been wanting to visit Canada for a while. I have a few friends living in different areas and have always been curious about the overly-friendly country. Vancouver is where I’ll be for a few days, eating all the poutine and Tim Hortons.
Perhaps the most exciting part of my holiday is the fact that I get to return to my old home, five years after leaving it. I never intended on being away for so long. One of my best friends still lives there and has gotten married in the time I’ve been gone. This is my favourite city in the world and I’ve missed it. I can’t wait to spend a few weeks back in this place, revisiting old haunts, and seeing how much it’s changed.
Back up to Canada where I’ll cross paths with a couple of old friends for a few days and eat more poutine and doughnuts. 😀
And then back home. ❤
A lot is going to change this year and it's no secret that, as much as I love bouncing around the world, I get easily stressed out in the months leading up to it.
One of my resolutions for this year is to stay calm though. No more letting my anxieties and insecurities get the better of me. This move forward is exciting and going to lead to a place I need to be – surrounded by my family.
So here's to having a good year!