My Personal Stories

A Former Student: “I would not have been here if not for you.”

Reading Time: 6 minutes Children want to impress and please adults they look up to, whether the adults are family members, teachers, or members of their local community. As a teacher, if you have high expectations of your students, by and large, they will do everything they can to meet those expectations, partly to impress and please you.

This is a very feel-good story of a former student of mine who, as a HL IB Chemistry student, rose up to meet my expectations, succeeded AND went on to do a PhD in Chemistry at Oxford in the UK. . . . → Read More: A Former Student: “I would not have been here if not for you.”

My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

The Moment of Truth VII: “Go back where you came from!”

Reading Time: 5 minutes Another way the universe appeared to have conspired to send me home was the racism it sent my way! 😉 I experienced a lot of harassment and abuse from locals in Baku as well as in Doha. I was also profiled by establishments in both the cities angering me greatly and compounding my depression, as well as adding to my weariness with moving and traveling. Nepal’s attractiveness had been increasing steadily. . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth VII: “Go back where you came from!”

My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

The Moment of Truth VI: A Universal Conspiracy?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Was the universe putting obstacles in my way to direct me homewards? While I enjoyed both teaching and traveling, issues at work and outside — especially ones based on my nationality and/or skin color — were making it harder and harder for me to continue to do so. With time, I also discovered my options for places I could seek work decreasing. I even lost a job! . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth VI: A Universal Conspiracy?

Musings, Satire

Kathmandu, want to go on a white-people watching vacation? We have the perfect destinations for you!

Reading Time: 2 minutes A holiday package like no other, a holiday package to go watch white people!! . . . → Read More: Kathmandu, want to go on a white-people watching vacation? We have the perfect destinations for you!