Having found my new apartment in my new estate to be a step in the wrong direction, it was a stroke of luck that the school decided they didn’t wish to continue my contract.
Having lived in the place for 2 weeks, it’s still got no TV and I’m confined to one room, in which I sit and watch the internet.
Not what the contract says, I’m supposed to be provided with a TV (minimum requirement for dealing with the boredom).
Bai xing jiao ling
The estate is called Bai xing Jiao ling, or common peoples estate, which is exactly right.
The leafy boulevards of Fengnan Road have been replaced by dumped sofas and bags of building waste.
The apartment itself is lightly furnished, with a wicker sofa, a table some chairs, a washing machine, a fridge, (whose door doesn’t close properly), and a TV (which doesn’t work) – all covered by a layer of plaster dust.
It’s closer to school, but further from the shops, places to eat, supermarkets and general activity.
Out in the sticks you might say.
It’s really not what I’m looking for. I want to be close to town, near the bars, shops and communications. Where I can have a good time. I was relieved when they said they were terminating my contract.
This, I think, won’t be without drama.
In the stitch zone
The guy from the agency that employed me on behalf of the school said they would pay me until 28th January + travel bonus.
I’m getting the distinct feeling they’re going to try and sack me and get out of paying this $500 bonus.
Someone asked me whether I was receiving drugs in the post in the teachers office, which I felt was a strange thing to say.
It’s not unusual to receive packages over Christmas. And like the other outlandish comments, I let it fall on stoney ground, (so to speak).
It’s 10 days to go until I’m free of the contract and paid up. I’m getting the feeling this week I’m going to be stitched up… so watch this space…