Halloween 2004

Happy Halloween everyone. Here in Shanghai we had a Halloween party for the students and it was a lot of fun. We did a wonderful job of delegating and the students really came through and did their jobs well. It is fun to see some of the students really taking responsibility and doing what we asked them to do. I was in charge of the music for the party. So I had two students take care of what they call the “HI-FI” system. Now you might say, “Don’t you think that is kind of lazy?” Well, that is ok if you think that…but let me tell you, I would have no clue where to start looking for some one to ask about borrowing a stereo system for a big party, it would be a mess! The students know and they are willing to help and with responsibility comes them reporting to me which makes them use their English! SO THERE!!!
Anyway…I have lots of pictures to show you…
The party was, of course, a costume party. We told the students over and over again that we hope you come with costumes. It wasn’t required but we just wanted them to use their creativity. There were next to no students who came dressed up. Their response was, “this is your custom, I don’t have any crazy clothes!” Last time I saw you in class you did!!! JUST KIDDING! But, of course all four of us FOREIGN teachers came dressed up! Here we are dressed up and looking good! I am dressed as an accident victim, next to me is myself (Lucy dressed up as me with a nametag and my tie and shirt and pants!) Next is Ruth who dressed as a Greek Goddess and Richard as a Lion.
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The party was complete with a good old APPLE Dunking contest! You can see in PICTURE A that the students are getting into it and really having fun. The boys in PICTURE B thought they were the champions…and in PICTURE C you can see the boy on the right getting help from his friend. I just hope he didn’t hold him down for too long!!!
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Here are just a bunch of pictures I put together of me and students! The girls did some dressing up but not too much. You can see some of those on the top left are all wearing my ties. A total of 5 of my own ties were worn that evening and none by me!! CRAZY! I tried to look like what I was dressed as in each picture…so I looked like I was in pain or just not happy…but for the shot with the guys I just couldn’t keep a straight face. OH WELL.
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There was one group of girls who I was really proud of. They came fashionably late so everyone could see their entrance (I think). They came as THE MATRIX. They looked really cool so I decided I would spruce up the picture and make it look good! GOOD JOB GIRLS! Their prize(s) for having the best costume(s) is lunch or dinner at PIZZA HUT with the Foreign teachers! COOL!!
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I just kind of figured at the end of the party if we needed some filler time just to play dance music and they would all dance the evening away. NOPE. We tried to get them to dance but that is not their culture and they literally just sat there like stone. So, what was supposed to be a DANCE PARTY quickly turned to a PERFORMANCE PARTY. This is more of the Chinese style where they chant for different people and they just get up and sing a song or dance or what have you…TOTALLY BIZARRE to me. And totally not fun. But they had a good time. So while we were trying to fill the time there were a few students who got up and sang some slow songs…and some danced and some tried to dance and everyone loved it and then the kicker. I went over to the music guys who were operating the sound system and they asked me, “can the two of us sing a song?” I was like, this is CLASSIC…now the sound guys want in on the party…THEY WEREN’T EVEN OUR STUDENTS! They were just there to help with the party sound system…CRAZY. They got up and sang and everyone loved it.
Moral of the story: If you come to China, have a song ready to go.

Posted October 31st 10:00pm