I’ve Been Busy

Since I’ve started writing this blog years ago, I’ve been trying to hit a target of 4 blogs or more per month… and this month I’ve just hadn’t had the time to write anything!

I’ve been busy writing writing essays, going to class, and usually I wake up tired because my mind just doesn’t stop racing when I go to bed, so it’s been hard to write anything here. So I do need to try and start writing something on this blog of mine!

Anyway, my course is going fine. I’ve noticed how a few of my classmates have been asking me for advice for things for the assignments. They would come over with their assignment brief and I think “Oh they want to ask me something about the assignment”. I don’t mind though at all, I know for others it’s a struggle to come up with things and they might not understand something, so I’ll try and help them if I can. I suppose because I’m the oldest as well they think “oh well she’s the oldest she’ll know”. I think I was like that too. When I was doing my degree from the age of 18 I remember I kept asking the mature students to help me with my work. I remember thinking “Well they seem to know what they are doing so I’ll get them to help me!”

I think now I’ve realised that I don’t want to stress about the essays that are due and I’d rather just get them done, so I do them. When I was younger though I always left things to the last minute, but now I just couldn’t do that! Unfortunately I get stressed much more now than when I was in college, so I want to alleviate that as much as possible! But I still like the course and I don’t mind going in so that’s good!

With regards to the weather-it’s getting colder now. Especially in the morning I really dislike having to get up in the freezing cold to get dressed. As we live in a mobile home this means when we wake up we can see our breath. I even woke up once because my ears were ice cold! We’ve taken to getting dressed in front of our gas heater; huddling together to get as much warmth as possible. haha. So this will definitely be a test of our endurance with the cold! At one stage I actually tried to get dressed while I was in the bed but that was a disaster and I took about 15 minutes. So that didn’t work at all!

I’ve started to keep the electric blanket turned on at my feet during the nights because they were very cold some nights. Thankfully the blanket allows us to turn it on only at our feet so that’s great for us. So yeah… it’s quite cold here in the mobile home!

And Halloween is just around the corner! I only just realised that I’ve never had a Halloween with my youngest nephew! It just hit me when I was watching TV that this will be my first Halloween with him, and he’s 4 already! It’s actually my first Halloween in Ireland since I left for China, so about 6 years ago I think. It’s mad how time just flies.

I also realised another thing…… I have to buy Christmas presents!!! In China we didn’t buy Christmas presents. Maybe I would buy something small for my husband (boyfriend at the time). But because of the language barrier we didn’t really go out and buy things for each other. Then in Mexico my husbands family don’t really celebrate Christmas ( I know, it’s shocking!) so again we didn’t really buy presents for each other.

But now…… I have to buy them for my whole family…. and my two nephews. . . So that’s something that I will have to think about once more.

And thankfully now my husband has been working since September so we finally have money coming in. I don’t have a job at the moment but I don’t mind because I’m actually busy with my college work and I know I would just be extra stressed if I took on a job. Plus many only want full timers which I can’t do at the moment. Maybe after Christmas I will find some work in something that is beneficial to me. I’d like to get a job dealing with customers so I can get more experience working with customers. Through my course I’ve realised that customer service skills is great to have on a CV.

So anyway there’s an update on my life so far. I’ve been watching ‘Bates Motel’ on Netflix with Vera Farmiga (she’s a great actress) for the past couple of weeks before I’ve gone to sleep. I’ve been watching it in Spanish and I understand pretty much all of it. (I’ll write another post on the disappearance of my Spanish). I’ve enjoyed it so far but the last season hasn’t been great unfortunately. I’ll have to take an hour out to look at another show I can watch in Spanish when I’m finished ‘Bates Motel’.

Aisling

 

 

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College Life Update

 

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Tomorrow will be week 4 of my course, and I’m still enjoying it. There are a few classmates that I don’t really like too much so I don’t really involve myself with them, but apart from that the rest are fine.

My course is joined with a Cabin Crew Training Course in Waterford so I also gain a Cabin Crew qualification! It’s all about how to deal with passengers and I learn everything that I would learn if I got a cabin crew job with an airline and when they do their training.  Last week we were learning how to deal with a blind person and two classmates had to act it out. We will be getting huge manuals with loads of information for different scenarios. We have to do exams at the end so these manuals have all that information that we need.

Now that’s not saying I want to be a flight attendant! Most of the students in my class want to be one, but I haven’t really been interested. Maybe when I was younger and single I think I would have been more interested, but right now I kind of want to stop moving around. But I think it’s good that I will have a qualification and if it’s something I want to do in the future then at least the qualification will give me an edge over someone who doesn’t have one.

Also at the end of November we will have to do work experience. I think every course in the college does work experience related to what they are studying, so I say maybe this week our teacher will explain to us what we need to do. I’ll probably go to the travel agents and see what they say, or maybe try out reception based work experience. It’s mandatory that we get work experience so I’m a little worried that it might be hard to get it.

I’ve been handed plenty of work to do for assignments too which I should be doing right now, but I’ve a cold and my head is so stuffy at the moment so I really doubt I’ll get much done. The assignments aren’t hard it’s just there is a lot to put in them, so it takes so long to actually find the information I need online.

And I saw a receptionist job that I applied for 2 weeks ago and I haven’t heard anything back from them so I know I didn’t get it. It’s just hard you know. That’s why I decided to do this course; I was bored out of my head, I just wasn’t getting any jobs I applied for (even a barista job where they stated that no prior barista experience needed), so I just needed to get out of the house and do something. I’m glad I decided to do the course; it’s a recognised qualification and it’s one year long, and the best of all it was about €500! I saw the exact same course in a place in Dublin and it was about €3,500!! For the exact same course!! The college I’m doing it with isn’t private like the other one, and I think it’s involved with the government so it’s cheaper. But the thing I like about it is that the college really does want students to pass. The college tries to make all the courses cheap so that everyone can afford to apply and do them.  Also a lot of the modules have practical elements in them, they aren’t all just theory based. I feel this is also useful for me!

So I’m enjoying my time there anyway. And who knows maybe after this I might be cabin crew! Haha well we’ll see!

Aisling

Well, I wasn’t expecting that!

 

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My first week of being a student again is done and dusted…. and here are a few things I’ve noticed:

  1. Students eat rubbish! I can’t remember what I ate when I was 18, but for lunch this week, everywhere I looked I saw students with crisps, chocolate bars, curry chips, fizzy drinks. And me there eating my carrots with humous! My classmates would pull out a big packet of crisps for our 11 o’clock break, and I would be thinking ‘Oh no I really couldn’t handle eating crisps so early. They wouldn’t even fill me up anyway!’ I was surprised at how much rubbish they actually eat. In China I didn’t see my students eating rubbish because they had a huge canteen that supplied them with noodles and everything, so they were well catered for. The canteen in my college is tiny and only sells crisps, popcorn, sausage rolls and sandwich rolls. These 18 year olds can get away with eating whatever they like, whereas now I know that if I eat crisps and chocolate everyday I’ll put on weight! So they may enjoy it while they can!
  2. They aren’t as tired as students in China. In China, classes started at 8am at the college I worked for, with classes ending at 5:40pm or even 8:30pm for students having night classes. Then of course they go home and play computer games until 2am, so then they are half asleep coming to class. In my college class starts at 9am and the last class finishes at 3:30pm, so the students aren’t nearly as tired as the ones in China!
  3. They don’t use their phones as much. In China, it was a battle telling my students to put their phones away. They would listen to music in class, play games or watch basketball matches. However the students that are in my class here don’t use their phones at all! I looked around once and all of the students were just sitting there listening to the teacher. So it’s good to see that that really bad habit hasn’t caught on here!
  4. They are more into comfy clothes. Here the girls wear more baggy clothes and they don’t flaunt their bodies as much as in China. They wear tracksuits more and really just dress for the weather. If it’s cold they wear big jumpers to keep themselves warm. In China they wear more stylish outfits and they sometimes wear extremely short skirts! Even if it’s freezing they will still have a dress on!
  5. They are immature. I can’t really compare in China because I wasn’t able to have more than a basic conversation with my students, but here I realise it more because I just can’t talk to them about more mature topics like Brexit or the daily antics of Trump! Because they don’t have much life experience, they are limited in what to talk about. I really miss being able to have an adult conversation at break time, especially when one of my classmates asks me if one of the boys in our class likes her?! Haha it’s very hard to get excited when they tell me what they ate for dinner yesterday! So for me that is a problem that I didn’t anticipate. I think this has to be the most annoying thing; they don’t seem to want to know about their classmates or anything like that, whereas for me, I’m interested in hearing about peoples lives and their opinions on this and that.
  6. Teachers are late. In China we would literally have to run to class if we were going to be 10 seconds late! And letting them finish early was a definite no no! (We let them go early if we could get away with it though!) But in my college now, our teachers sometimes stroll into class 5 minutes late. Maybe it’s different in different schools both in China and Ireland, but it feels weird having to wait for the teacher to come, meanwhile in China I was pretty much always the first to class.
  7. They also like sitting at the back of the class. In China I hated when the students would sit at the back and leave the first two rows empty. One because they are just too far away, and two I really didn’t like having to shout all the way to the back! At least when they sit closer to me then I didn’t have to raise my voice. In Ireland it’s the exact same! They all run for the back seats, whereas I sit at the front now. When I was 18 I was the exact same (Keep as far away from the teacher as possible!!) but now I really don’t care. I don’t plan on using my phone and I don’t plan on causing trouble, so there’s no reason for me to sit at the back. When I was 18 I thought ‘Hehe I’ll sit at the back so the teacher won’t see me and ask me something….she won’t even know I’m here hehe’ Now I think ‘Mmm they are lazy ones, I’ll make sure to ask them plenty of questions.’

So these are a few things that I’ve noticed on my first week back. Maybe I will venture into Brexit during break to see what my classmates think about it.

I won’t be surprised if I get “I don’t really know anything about it”

Aisling

 

I Feel Like A Child!

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My last posts were about going for an interview for a tourism course! So anyway, I got a place and went for the first meeting with all the other students who were doing different courses. I got my timetable (it’ll most likely change they said) and I saw the other students that will be in my class.

And I was right. I am most definitely the oldest out of them all! So I don’t really know how to feel about this! I saw that there were other mature students there so I know I’m not the oldest out of the whole class year, but still… it’s a bit unnerving.

So today I had to go to the school and get my student email and my student card. And Oh My God I felt like I was 18 all over again and couldn’t do anything!

Firstly, when the teacher said “Good morning” there was a grumble back. She looked around and raised her voice “GOOD MORNING!”.

This is EXACTLY what I had to do when I was teaching my 18 year olds in the University in China. (At 8 o’clock, 10 o’clock….. and pretty much at the beginning of every class they were half asleep)

Except now I’m part of these 18 year olds!

AAGGHH!

It’s very unnerving! I was the most responsible person and the boss of an entire classroom in China, and now I’m a student having to listen and take orders from a teacher. It’s quite hard to adapt!

Next, we were brought into a computer room and we were told how to sign up for our emails and that. We were literally told step by step how to log in, how to click on the Google Chrome, how to put our details in. How to sign out. 

I know all this stuff, and if I don’t, I’m sure I’ll figure it out by their step by step leaflet they gave us all about how to log in.

I don’t need to be babied around.

Then to add to this babying, I didn’t have my page filling the whole screen (because it was fine the way it was), and a teacher came over and said “You know if you click that square button on the top you can make the screen bigger”.

I Know.

But, I politely said thanks and clicked it. But honestly, this whole morning I felt like I was 18 again and having to have teachers to help me.

I’m pretty sure the teachers were like this when I started studying my BA degree when I was 18, but now that I’m older I really can see how I’ve become more mature.

But anyway, I start classes on Monday so we’ll see how that day goes. But I suppose one good thing is that maybe the teacher thought I actually was 18! Because If I was the teacher and saw a near 30 year old I would expect them to know that the square button makes the page bigger.

Aisling

I got accepted, but….

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My last blog talked about how I was going for an interview for a tourism course and thankfully I got accepted. I just paid the fee to secure my place, so I’m now a student once again! I’m happy in one sense but I’m also a bit nervous about it all.

You see this course is usually for younger students that are just out of school; they don’t know what they want to do yet so they do a course like this in order for them to see what they would be interested in, or maybe they didn’t get the points needed for their chosen course in University, so they do a course in the college I will attend in order to get the points necessary for the next year they apply. They usually wouldn’t even have done a University degree yet, unlike me!

And also unlike me, they wouldn’t be 29 doing a course. More like 18!

So I’m 100% sure that I will be the oldest in the whole class! I’m trying not to let this bother me; my sister also done beauty/massage course with this college and she was 30 doing it. She done two courses. The first one was makeup and beauty (because she was 100% certain she wanted to work in beauty). She told me she was the oldest in the class and that her classmates ‘were very immature’ and she put it!

She ended up not liking the beauty aspect of the course after all, so then she spent another year learning massage, reiki, reflexology, and she loved this! She had to do 2 weeks work experience which she found in a hotel, and I mean she literally just finished the course when the hotel rang her up and asked her to go in for an interview! They rang her!! She successfully got the job and now she is loving it and really enjoys working in a Spa. For my sister, doing the course in the college was definitely the right thing for her, so I’m hoping that something like that will happen to me.

I’m just afraid in case I put in the year doing the course and then I’m stuck once more not being able to get a job. I will be 30 when I finish, and yeah, if I was 23/24 even 25 and I decided to do a course that would be ok, but now I feel I kind of should have my life figured out by now!

Plus I’m going to be spending a year learning with 17/18 year olds. (I taught that age in China!)

But I know I also need to do the course even just for my mind. I’m going crazy here doing nothing. At least in Mexico I was busy studying Spanish, but in Ireland It’s more difficult to study it because I don’t actually need it, so doing the course is half about just keeping me busy and occupied!

So I suppose now this blog will now be about my course and what that entails for the next year!

So stay tuned if you want to see what happens with my no idea what I’m doing, sure I may as well do a course and see what happens life!

Aisling

 

I Have My Course Interview Tomorrow

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So tomorrow I have an interview for a course that I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It’s a 1 year tourism course where you learn about tourism, cabin crew, health and safety, work experience, reception skills and about the Amadeus system. Tour agents use this system to book flights and things for customers.

I’ve been thinking about doing it since I was in Mexico and I think at the moment it’s the best option for me. I was looking at other things such as digital marketing because at the moment there is a high demand for this type of job, and I really did try and get interested in doing a course like that, but I just couldn’t get excited about it. I know in the tourism sector you don’t make a lot of money, but I’m pretty sure I would enjoy working in that area!

Apparently it’s quite an informal interview so I shouldn’t be too nervous about it. I’m more nervous at the fact that apparently the courses are in high demand, so I’m more worried in case I don’t get it. I get all excited about the prospect of doing the course, and then I get the disappointing news that I didn’t get accepted. If I don’t get accepted I will have to think of my next plan, because I’m going crazy not doing anything here! At least with the course it would keep me busy and I would also gain important skills.

So we’ll see what happens tomorrow and if they will accept me onto the course. And if not, I’ll have to start thinking of plan B!

Aisling

Our Little Abode

So I’ve been saying on one of my blogs that I would post a few photos of the mobile home that we are living in right now, so here they are! Now this isn’t a modern mobile at all! I would say it’s from the 1980’s or 1990’s, so it’s a very flowery home! But we really like it and it’s fine for us. (Minus the spiders of course) You can check out that post here: Losing The War (With Spiders)

So the photo below is the main seating area. We brought my old TV from my bedroom in the main house so we are using that to watch Netflix and all that. The size is just about ok to watch from. If it was any smaller I think we would have to buy a bigger one. But it’s ok for the moment and if we decide to stay longer then we’ll invest in a bigger one.

We put the blue covers on the sofas because they are quite discoloured because of the sun. The thing on the right is the heating. This was my Nannys so it’s also very old! It doesn’t give out a lot of heat and we haven’t used it hardly at all because we don’t want to waste the gas.  My Dad brought us the coffee table that he had in a shed.

 

The next picture is the entrance, you see my sister and her boyfriend bought this mobile about 7 years ago when they had their first child, so my Dad built a little wooden patio and that so you can sit outside.

This is our view from the main window.

Below is our seating area. It can sit about 4 people around it. These are photos from when we just moved in, so now my husbands laptop and drawing tablet has taken over half of it!

Here is the cooking area. It’s a great size and there are enough cupboards to put our things in. In the hall on the left is a bathroom, on the right there is another door that leads outside. We locked it because there is about a 2 foot drop as my Dad didn’t put steps there. Down a bit on the right is another smaller toilet and across from that my nephews rooms is there. Straight down is our bedroom.

We have a good sized bathroom. Something fell on the sink so Dad had to cover up the hole, and also we don’t use the shower as the pipes broke when it was very cold weather one winter. Do you see the grate at the top? With the influx of spiders entering, I covered all of these up, so at least I know they aren’t getting in from those!

We actually found out there is a huge hole under the oven though! There is a piece of wood covering it but when my sister said ‘There is a hole under the oven for the gas’ we opened it and low and behold! So yeah, my concerns are right from my previous blog; there are definitely holes in the mobile where I can’t see. A perfect opportunity for those spiders to come in!

This here is the bedroom. There is a little vanity area behind the door on the left with a mirror, and there is a wardrobe beside it. Beside this room, on the right was another small bedroom that could fit one bed, but my sister decided to take the wall away and make this bigger.

This is the other smaller bathroom. We actually don’t use this one at all.

This is the other bedroom with the single bed. We keep our clothes and our shoes here. The main bedroom would have been very small and cramped if they didn’t take the wall away, so now I feel it’s much better! And we have two doors that enter into the bedroom, how lucky are we!

The final picture is the other bedroom between the main bedroom and the big bathroom. My nephew used to sleep here. Now it’s full of rubbish that my Dad put in so we don’t use it. I don’t go in either because I’m sure there are spiders hiding in it! I couldn’t cover the grate in this room so I’m just praying they aren’t entering from there!

So there you go! I’m sure some people are thinking “Oh god I’d hate to live there”, but for myself and my husband it’s fine. Now there are problems with it, and the walls are paper thin so you can hear everything outside, plus the winters will be tough because there’s no insulation, but for the time being it’s ok.

We are lucky enough that my parents have a big garden and that was why we were able to put the mobile here. You see my parents house was built in 1910/1911 by the council. At that time houses were able to have big gardens because there wasn’t a lack of space. Now the newer houses usually only have small ones, but with older houses, their gardens are bigger. I think it was also so that the families could plant their own food. The house was my Dad’s parents, so they used to grow loads of vegetables to sell.

At night time I especially love it! It’s very cosy and if there is a chill we use hot water bottles to heat ourselves up. Plus we have an electric blanket for the bed. We even have wifi throughout the whole mobile! When my sister was here they could only get the wifi in a sitting room!

When my sister had their second child it became too small for them, so that is why they moved, but she tells me she misses living here, she said it was ‘cosy’. And it is.

Even with our eight legged friends as our guests.

Aisling