The ambience seems excellent. I am missing libraries and frost and gloves and coats and restaurants where the food is safe and it isn't just McDonalds or Pizza Hut or Dunkin' Donuts. I miss not having to go out with a scowl on my face all the time so I won’t be bothered by children – and grown-ups – treating me like a circus animal. I miss not having to put in ear plugs every time I go to the supermarket or mall. I miss not having to wake up at 4:30 every morning to turn on the 1812 Overture to drown out Wailing Willie. I miss concerts. I miss being invisible.
But I also enjoy fighting the idiocy here with letters to The Jakarta Post. I enjoy the time I have to think and to feel angry and write about it. I am also enjoying teaching the young Chinese students. It is good to see small signs of rebellion and to see glimpses of light in their minds.
I am getting so fed up with people asking me to ‘correct’ the grammar of their theses and papers that I am exploring the idea of starting a course to teach people how to do literature searches, write papers and reports and how to make presentations that are not boring. I am thinking of making the course of such a standard that we can approach western universities to give exemption from their own ‘academic methods’ modules.
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has a food safety department and whether there are any useful contacts there. University of Michigan does seem so attractive. That is the strange ambivalence about the Ann Arbor . There are pockets of intelligence amid all the red-necked razzmatazz. What about the cost of living and the ‘corporate bureaucrazy’? Is it as bad as the US ? Can I manage to enter the country without getting in a flaming row with immigration and ending up under arrest? You know what a grumpy old sod I am. UK