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Chat with students Gloria from Paraguay and Ying-Lan from Taiwan and teachers Michael C and Maggi

December 12, 1999


22:00:35 - Opening Log

Maggi: @64,64 !It's Maggi

MichaelC: Hi Maggi.

MichaelC: Settle down!

Maggi: The bottom hahalf is dark...

MichaelC: The bottom half of what?

Maggi: Moving is a good way to lose weight aqnd get in shape...the bottom half of this pic

Maggi: watch out...I am stronger now!

MichaelC: I don't think moving has any connection with no pic!

MichaelC: But moving is certainly good exercise! How's it going?

Maggi: doesn't...those were two separate thoughts...:-)

Maggi: I am learning some good strategies of stress management...:-)

MichaelC: is the bottom half of the pic loading? Re stress management.....

MichaelC: the stress from moving?

Maggi: not to let myself get overwhelmed...

MichaelC: What are your strategies?

Maggi: have no it under control...:-)

MichaelC: I've got plenty if you'd like some. Stress I mean!

Maggi: you do what you can, when you can and are happy with it.

Maggi: y harum is coming along nicely too!

Maggi: my harum

MichaelC: ????

Maggi: Oh...yu don't know about it...:-)

MichaelC: No I don't. What are you talking about?

Maggi: aqh...that feels good

Ying-Lan: @64,64 !It's Ying-Lan

MichaelC: Welcome back to our old Palace Ying!

Ying-Lan: Hi, Maggi ang Michaelc.

Ying-Lan: It is the old one.

Ying-Lan: How are you?

MichaelC: Yes. It's good to be back here isn't it?

Ying-Lan: Vance have been in his trip, right?

* Maggi * I have set up a network of men around the world...I seriously doubt at my age I will find one person to get old with...why not get old with pile of them?

Ying-Lan: Yes, it is.

MichaelC: Vance should be in Caracas by now. Lucky him!

Maggi: Hi Ying...+-*

* MichaelC * I see!

Ying-Lan: I just read his email from Venezula.

MichaelC: Did he email you or the webheads?

Ying-Lan: He email to the webheads.

* Maggi * LOL...want to join?

MichaelC: Mmmm... I didn't see that. I'll have a look.

Ying-Lan: Hi, maggi.

MichaelC: I did get the email. V is obviously fine!

MichaelC: What's up with you today YL?

Ying-Lan: Michaelc, there is a wonderful article talking about Taiwanese young students in ESL college in Canada.

Ying-Lan: ^It sounds sad about those kids.

MichaelC: Why is it wonderful Ying?

Ying-Lan: The article is good.

Maggi: or sad..

MichaelC: Well written with a sad message?

Ying-Lan: Yes, it is a good artile with sad message.

Ying-Lan: article

MichaelC: So what is sad about it?

* Maggi * I didn't think SO...:-)

Ying-Lan: The author discussed some problems what happened with those kids who study in overseas without their family.

MichaelC: How old are these kids?


Maggi: ooops

Maggi: that happened...Ying

MichaelC: (maybe if you put your chair on the ground maggi...)

Maggi: oh...

Ying-Lan: Average 18... some are old , some are young... they are under highschool.

Maggi: i caqn't se the ground

Maggi: weee

Maggi: I love to fly...

Ying-Lan: Parents sent their kids to study in overseas.

Maggi: better?

MichaelC: So are they lonely and depressed?

Ying-Lan: Yes...

MichaelC: I wonder if anyone will do anything about it.

Ying-Lan: Some could not learn English well, even thought they are in Canada or USA.

Ying-Lan: Another problem is Gang.

MichaelC: You mean groups of people?

Ying-Lan: Some kids join the local gang in overseas.

MichaelC: And get into violence I guess?

Ying-Lan: Gang... like gun , drug...

Ying-Lan: Have you heard those stories in Australia?

MichaelC: I imagine this article would have worried a lot of parents in Taiwan who have kids in these schools.

MichaelC: I haven't heard of anything like this in Australia. It may be true though.

gloria: @64,64 !It's gloria

MichaelC: Welcome Gloria.

gloria: Hi!

gloria: Thanks

Ying-Lan: Last year, a Chinese kids was beaten by their classmates in Australia.

Maggi: it is important to feel that you belong...

Ying-Lan: Last year, a Chinese kid was beaten by their classmates in Australia.

Maggi: Hi Gloria

Ying-Lan: Hi, gloria.

MichaelC: We're talking about children studying English overseas and what happens to some of them.

gloria: I see..

Ying-Lan: I have been in Vancouver.. but I did not see those problems at that time.

gloria: How are you today?

Ying-Lan: Fine.

MichaelC: Last year was a bad year in Australia. A lot of racist sentiments were aired on the media because of a new racist political party. Thankfully, that party has now almost disappeared.

Ying-Lan: racist

MichaelC: They didn't get much of the vote in the elections and that made me feel better about Australia again.

MichaelC: Gloria - in answer to your question. I'm good today. I'm about to start holidays!

Maggi: Funny, but the Germans have the world looking at them always but they are far less rascist.

Ying-Lan: It is hard to be a good kid if he does not live with his family... it is right?

MichaelC: How's life in paraguay today?

Maggi: why do you say that Ying/

MichaelC: I think that's true Ying. But there are also some rotten families that screw kids up.

Maggi: true mc

gloria: racism is a stupid thing, we didnīt choose our color or country..

Maggi: right Gloria

gloria: life here is very calm

MichaelC: No but it as old as the human race. Will it ever disappear?

Maggi: and warm too Gloria?

gloria: warm too

MichaelC: Will we ever live in a world without racism?


Maggi: oops

Maggi: figer slipped

Maggi: finger

* MichaelC * ^<insert name>

<insert e-mail>

Maggi: something happened here

gloria: what is it?

Maggi: I got some weird messages

MichaelC: I just got a strange message from you Maggie....

Ying-Lan: weird

gloria: me too

Maggi: cyber ghosts

MichaelC: Oooohhhhhhh! Be careful.

Maggi: or my fingers slipped and did it

gloria: so Vance is in a trip

Maggi: on q long trip...

Ying-Lan: Yes, he is.

gloria: lucky him

Ying-Lan: on or in his trip....

MichaelC: Yes - Vance the never ending world traveller!

Maggi: lucky guy

Maggi: but again...I am happy here

MichaelC: Is he coming to see you Gloria? It's not far from Venezuela.

Ying-Lan: Maggi, Do you plan to return to USA or live in Germany forever?

gloria: Too far..over 1000Kms.

gloria: maybe much more

MichaelC: So...not really that close.

Maggi: I wonder why I still only have half of the schoolhouse....

Maggi: Hard to say Ying...I am in no hurry to return

Maggi: safer here

MichaelC: i just had a look at a map Gloria. I thinl it's much further.

gloria: yes I think much more, the entire Brazil between us

MichaelC: Maybe 3,000 k's.

Maggi: and Brazil is big...

gloria: too big

Maggi: think so?

gloria: but Felix is closer to Venezuela

Maggi: a lot of it is rain forest...

gloria: I know Brazil is a beautiful place

Maggi: maybe you could meet him one day :-)

gloria: maybe

MichaelC: Have you been there Gloria?

Maggi: hehehe

gloria: Brazil?

MichaelC: Yes - Brazil?

gloria: just the city of the border

MichaelC: I see - again I'm looking at the map. You share a border with Brazil.

gloria: right

MichaelC: Maybe one day I'll get to South America......

gloria: Yes?

MichaelC: ...and Taiwan....and the Emirates....and ......I need a job like Vance!

gloria: you could enter south america throw Chile

gloria: through?

Ying-Lan: MC, I remembered you traveled the world last year.

MichaelC: Or maybe a lottery win. Yes that's the quickest way from Australia, but in fact the direct flights from Australia go into Argentina.

gloria: we share border with Argentina too

Maggi: and Germany? :-(

MichaelC: Last year I was lucky YL. And *maybe* I can get to Vacnouver in March for the TESOL conference. It depends on money (as usual!)

Ying-Lan: I see!

Maggi: I am too busy to go

gloria: one day to Germany too

gloria: right mc?

MichaelC: Gloris ans YL - what are your plans for New year's Eve?

Maggi: come to Europe Gloria and we can tour...:-)

Ying-Lan: Nothing

MichaelC: I mean Gloria..

MichaelC: ...and YL.

Ying-Lan: Only one... Don't open my computer.

gloria: sure..;)

MichaelC: LOL!

Maggi: not me?

MichaelC: So will you wait until Jan 1st Ying?

Ying-Lan: I hope Everying is fine.

Maggi: Sstay off the ohone too

Maggi: phone

MichaelC: Home computers will be fine.

Maggi: get on your laptop and let us now mc

Ying-Lan: I hope everying will be o.k.

Maggi: know

MichaelC: OK Maggie. As you said, New Year's Eve will happen here first.

gloria: No plans yet

MichaelC: Actually....first will be Fiji and that area in the Pacific.

Maggi: and the world will watch with bated breath...

gloria: I was busy and had no time for thinking about it

Maggi: as down under goes under...LOL

MichaelC: Gloria - no plans? I don't believe it! Everyone has plans for this day. I've been thinking about it for 20 years!

Ying-Lan: Really!

gloria: surely with my family

MichaelC: That's good Maggi - Down Under goes under!

Ying-Lan: I don't think it is import.

Ying-Lan: important

MichaelC: Yes Ying. I dreamt about being on top of the Eiffel Tower but I change my mind. Too crowded!

gloria: me too MC ;))

Ying-Lan: The millennium party..

MichaelC: It's not important really is it. You thought about the Eiffel Tower too Gloria??

gloria: yes

MichaelC: That's amazing!!!

MichaelC: maybe it will fall down!

gloria: and all about fireworks!

gloria: hope don't

MichaelC: There will be more fireworks that night than the world has ever seen.

Ying-Lan: Sorry, I have to go today.

Ying-Lan: See you next week.

gloria: bye Ying

MichaelC: No worries Ying. It was nice to see you.

Ying-Lan: Thanks.

Ying-Lan: Bye-bye.

Maggi: The wind blew open a window and I have a mess to clean up...sigh...bye Ying

MichaelC: Remember the no stress strategy Maggi!

Maggi: that's why I sighed...

MichaelC: So it was a nice sigh....

gloria: celebrations in Germany would be great, would it be Maggi?

MichaelC: (use the negative tage there Gloria - 'wouldn't it be'?)

MichaelC: sorry...negative 'tag'

gloria: ok thanks

MichaelC: People here working on New Year's Eve will get paid TRIPLE time!

gloria: will you get connected that day?

MichaelC: I will probably try and connect Gloria.

MichaelC: Will you?

gloria: during the day I thing so...but in the night ..I thing I won't




23:05:54 - Closing Log

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