Sooo 2013 has proven itself to be the year God rained blessings on the very undeserving me. Travel to new & different places every month (the very memorable one being Thailand in February) has certainly been exhilarating, and the amazing thing was this: God knew I missed China terribly, and so He gave me an opportunity to go back there – and to its capital Beijing, no less!
Beijing has always been one of my dream cities to travel to, mainly due to the tourist spots we all know now – the Great Wall, Olympic village and all. Being Chinese, it’s even more meaningful to be able to go to these cultural spots and appreciate the history of our roots.
I was there with other teachers for a one-month training, and accommodations and everything else were provided for free. Luxurious hotel room for a month! Cherry blossoms all around! Not having to worry about anything (except how to budget my shopping money LOL)! The whole trip, I was pinching myself to see if all of this was real, and once I confirmed that yes, this was happening, I could do nothing else but thank God for His goodness in making this happen.
My friends and I wasted no time; after settling down in our rooms and going through the requisite opening ceremonies, we went and took a long, leisurely walk around our university. Oh yeah, we had our studying and training at 首都师范大学 (Capital Normal University), which may not be number one in the whole country, but holds its own in the area of academic excellence and facilities. For those wanting to go to Beijing to study but are scared off by the high standards of Peking University and such, CNU is a very good alternative without sacrificing academic integrity. 🙂
One marked difference of China from the Philippines is how picturesque every place seems to be, be it the inside of a private institution, a school, or simply the streets and sidewalks. Plants and flowers play a big role in this, and one thing’s for sure, them Chinese sure know how to utilize these beauties… and oh, keeping every place clean at all time. *nudge* Philippines? *nudge*
We also wandered inside their gymnasium, where we found…