Category Archives: Dhaka

MAKE-UP!

Today I am ordering make-up for my new school.  I half-heatedly offered to do so, since it is the summer and I have the time to drive all the way to Norcostco, while my future co-workers are in the process of moving countries/apartments/schools!  Lo and behold, I was taken up on the offer, because make-up in Bangladesh is very expensive and a hassle to get.

There are two problems with my make-up buying idea: 1) I have no idea what quantities, colors, styles they have been using and what they use some of the items for! 2) I do not know how much I am able to spend (cause I could spend a lot).

I am going for it anyway and if it turns out I misjudged, we’ll just have to cross that bridge when we come to it.  For example: How much Crepe hair in black and grey does a program need for one year? Is one yard enough? Is 8 oz. of Clown White make-up sufficient – or will we have to skimp on the mimes?  Is the High School doing Rocky Horror? or Cats? Or the Diary of Anne Frank? I know at the Middle School we are doing Seussical. Cake make-up versus creme?

I will have to pack it all in the shipment, because I am pretty sure that the TSA will confiscate my Liquid Latex, Spirit Gum and Spirit Gum remover when I go through security.  I will try to explain, but unless I look like the woman (man?) in the above picture – I am not sure they will buy it.

Blog Bangladesh

I have been checking out this guy’s blog periodically since February.  There is some good stuff on there about Bangladesh, Dhaka, restaurants, art, news, etc. etc.

The posts are informative, insightful, and have some great pictures of where we are going to live.  What I like about the blog is that every post appears to be some sort of magazine page.  I can’t quite figure it out – it appears as if he writes for a periodical of some sort, but I can’t find a reference on his blog.  If it is a magazine, I would totally pick it up when we get there.

Here are a couple of posts to check out right from the get go.

Gulshan Tank Parkmere blocks from our future apartment. You can actually see the park on Google maps.  I do not know why it is called Tank Park.  I could see no tanks in the picture and there were none on the Google map either.  I assume it has something to do with the 1971 war for independence.

A nice looking restaurant in Dhaka looks reasonably priced, authentic and delicious.  If you come I will take you there.

New Teacher Orientation

Yesterday we got our schedule for the “New Teacher Orientation Week”.  If you are not a teacher in a public school district this may not mean much to you, but if you are a teacher in a public school system and are not surprised then read the sentence again and check the date.  Yes, it is mid JUNE.  NOT the week before workshops – or in some years, the first day of workshops.  At least that is the way it has been in the public school districts I have been in.  In the worst possible example, we got our schedule every day at about 10:00 am for the rest of the day.  How do you plan for anything????!!!????

This schedule has come MONTHS in advance.

Anywho, the schedule is awesome.  Busy and possibly a little tiring, but awesome.  I have never in my life had a workshop week schedule that included the following sentences: “Overview of household help”, “Security Issues and De-brief conducted by US Embassy”, and best of all….”Time in Classrooms”!!!!

  • Divisional Curriculum Time (x 2)
  • Hiring of Personal Driver, Cook and Bearer
  • Dinner Out
  • SHOPPING!!!
  • Dinner at ___(fill in person’s house)
  • Time with Principal

Just the fact that the word US EMBASSY appears anywhere on my schedule is far superior to my former workshop week schedules.