One of the benefits (or disadvantages, depending on your opinion) of living overseas is automatically being a member of a community of expats. Depending on the size of the city you live in, there may be just on small expat community, or, like here in KL, there may be so many expats that there are different small communities all around the city based around where people live.
Working in a school, you always have that instant community of students, parents and teachers, but overseas the boundaries are much more gray than the black and white “no socializing with parents” attitude of working in your home country.
Personally, I always have a little trouble with those blurry boundries. I know many teachers that spend time in parents homes, go out to dinner with students and their families, some even go on vacation with their students. Although I think it’s great that those teachers and families enjoy spending so much time together, I usually try to keep work and social life as seperate as possible (keeping in mind, of course, that the only people I socialize with here are other teachers, so they’re not that seperate).
Most of the time, I shy away from social time with parents or students, but over the last two weeks, I’ve actually spent several hours in the absolutely beautiful homes of two of our families.
What could make me do this, you ask…
Jewelry. Beautiful, colorful, handmade jewelry.
But, before I show you the jewelry, I have to show you the cute, colorful, bags that come with each piece:
Inside each one of those shiny, colorful, bags is an equally colorful peice of jewelry. Here is a selection of my favorites:
The best part about these two extended shopping trips is that I didn’t really have any jewelry before I went with my fellow jewelry-loving friends, Tammy, Ann, Jana, Maria, Darby and Mairin. In high school and college I used to wear pendants and I ended up buying lots from the various cities I visited in Europe while living in Italy and Germany. But, recently I haven’t been feeling the pendant vibe. So, thanks to the advice of my personal jewelry consultants (read: friends with great taste), I now have a whole selection of awesome, colorful, jewelry I can wear with anything!
What kind of colorful things do you own?
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