Time off & other things

Well, it’s official I am taking next semester off (without pay) in order to take a break from teaching for a while. Three semesters a year is pretty tough going as there is very little lead in/wind down time in between and teaching the same courses four semesters in a row gets to be repetitive to say the least. Lets just say that I need time to regain my objectivity.

On the hand Lisa, who has just finished taking a semester break, has taken on a new position at RMIT Viet Nam. She has been appointed Manager of the newly established Tourism & Hospitality Program, a position for which she is extremely qualified. Congratulations Babe! Now I can be a kept man for a while grin

So, what will I be doing with my new found free time? Well there is a lot of personal development, research and reading that I need to catch up on. Software upgrades to examine and maybe the building of a new PHP/MySQL driven image gallery for this site. Speaking of which, for a long time now I’ve been itching to get my hands dirty re-building royby.com. There are always things that bug you about a site you have built over a period of 4 or 5 years. Things that need tidying up or re-doing.

Travel is on the cards, especially in the close by country areas of Viet Nam and possibly up to the northern areas of Thailand. I want to go armed with my cameras and increase the something like 7,000 images that I have already amassed since living here. Come to think of it, that’s another thing that needs doing, sorting, classifying and tweaking my image collection (not to mention Lisa’s as well) with the aim of publishing a book maybe???

Apart from all those things above that need doing, a bit of relaxation will not go astray. Keeping up my weekly massage regimen or increasing it to twice a week and of course there are several bars that I have never ventured into since being here. I need to discover more of this city!

What else, oh yes, perhaps I will consider and refine my topic of research and apply to undertake my doctoral studies. Let’s face it, as a person who has become fascinated with qualitative research I am sitting in the middle of a plethora of ethnographic material. In fact there is so much research that could be undertaken here the big challenge will be to refine the task and ensure that it is achievable.

Anything else? I guess that’s all, the question is will one semester’s break be enough time? Lisa, how long are you prepared to keep me in the manner to which I would like to become accustomed??