It’s now less than two weeks until I pack up my apartment and move to Beijing! And considering it was Chinese New Year last night, I decided I need some resolutions for this year. I’m not entirely sure if the Chinese actually do the whole resolution thing, but I guess I’ll discover that when I get over there!
So with that in mind here are 5 Chinese New Year resolutions for my new life in China:
1) I will learn a decent amount of Mandarin
I’ve lived in Thailand for more than three months and I can still only say “Hello” “Thank you” and “not too spicy”. I don’t even know how to say sorry, which is a little embarrassing considering I’m not exactly a placid, non-aggressive driver.
I guess I excused myself from learning Thai because so many people here speak English, and I’m really good at a little language I like to call Gesture.
But no more will I grin inanely and look like I’m doing an interpretive dance. In China I will be able to have a decent conversation about more than just food!
2) I will make some Chinese friends
I’m going to come right out and admit it guys….I have no Thai friends. I know, sad right? To be fair though, I haven’t really gone out of my way to make friends here.
In the back of my mind I knew I was leaving, and with these constant couchsurfing meetups and all the expats living in my apartment I’ve had all the friends I need. That will change though! I’m sure I can find myself a Chinese bestie somewhere!
3) I will get fit
I know, I know, I’ve been saying this for awhile. But the truth is…I’ve gotten fat. Not really fat, just fat enough that my jeans are too tight and I feel yuck. So it’s time to step away from the chocolate and start running again.
I’m even looking at doing a race along the Great Wall-I’m not even in Beijing yet and I’m researching running clubs. How motivated am I?
4) I will try not to accumulate too much stuff
Yes I’m aware that this goal sounds wishy-washy, what with the “try” and “too much”, but I’m beginning to learn that wherever I go I’m destined to somehow end up with way more stuff than I need.
I’m about to start packing my bags and I’m seriously aghast at the amount I have to squish inside two bags. I probably shouldn’t have gotten mum to bring me over so many clothes when she visited but I couldn’t have them wasting away in a bag in Australia…
5) I will not scare my students off English class for life
I’m a little nervous about this whole teaching thing. I mean I only taught for a week in Cambodia and even there I had a tendency to be too strict. It comes from a good place, I mean I genuinely wanted these kids to learn English which would open up more opportunities for them, but lets face it-no one wants to go to class when the teacher is a bitch.
From what I’ve heard I’m not expecting the Chinese kids to be quite as enthusiastic as my wee Cambodian class, but I’m making no judgments until I’m there, shaping the young minds of the future. Mwahahahaha
………and a bonus number six:
6) I will try not to complain about the cold and actually leave my apartment when it’s less than 20 degrees Celsius!
This is one thing I’m worried about. I loathe the cold. The weather in Chiang Mai is currently perfect, with the right amount of sun every day and it’s a comfy 30 degrees.
Guess what the temperature is in Beijing? 3 bloody degrees Celcius. For some reason I thought Beijing was a generally warm place and didn’t check out the weather before I signed my contract!
But I will do my best not to bitch and moan when I lose my toes to frostbite and I will buy some winter clothes, since I think I’m more likely to go out and do stuff if I’m actually dressed appropriately.
So what do you think of my resolutions?
I think most of them are pretty achievable. Of course it’s easy to say that now while I’m lying on my comfy bed in 30 degree weather with the sun shining into my apartment!