Joining the stampede of families immigrating to the Wuxi China Expatdom
are Australians William ("call me Bill, all moy mites do!") Ericburdonandtheanimals, his charming wife, wife, Wilma, and their two children, Willy and Wally.
Bill explains: "We’d had enough of the stressful rat-racing life
back in Australia. Sure, we thought we were happy there. I’m a schoolteacher by profession, and had reached the pinnacle of my career
as the acting relieving assistant deputy principal at the Pustule Boy’s
High School, in DingoDonger, western Sydney.
And, we’d almost paid-off our 1968 VW Beetle and our caravan-home."
"A friend of a friend put me in touch with Bob S.Grant, the President
of the Wuxi China Expatdom Families Council (WCEFC) who told us about the fantastic lifestyle here in the WCE.
"So, I quit my job, and threw away all my lesson plans and textbooks.
Bob was there to greet us at the Wuxi train terminal, and from there, well, the very same day we bought a 6-room, 18-WC penthouse-apartment in Chanjiang Road. After only a month, we’re fully assimilated, and never been happier.
"Boy, the air of wholesome chumminess here gets me. Nothing like it back in Australia. The quality of life here in the WCE beats the world.
"We really love the nightlife here. We take our two kids,
little Willy, and Wally, to your great Expat Bars. Our favourite is the Dangle Participle – we’re always welcomed with lots of hugs and cuddles, just like we’re one big happy family. And they have stew there, kangaroo stew, same as back in the old country.
"Our daytimes are free and easy. Wilma and I sleep-in until about
2pm every day, and then we settle down and watch Oprah, Dr Phil,
Days Of Our Lives, and our favourite movie, Titanic. Wilma and I enjoy a good old cry in the ‘don’t leave me Jack!‘ bit."
"Another reason we settled here is the plethora of excellent English schools. Being a former teacher, I wanted top-notch education for our two kids. So we made an appointment to see Andis Kaulins, the Expatdom’s longest-serving English teacher, to enroll them in his school. Of course I’d already heard of Andis Kaulins before we came here, his name is a household word in the upper echelons of the teaching profession throughout the world.
"But Andis said that our two-year olds didn’t have to wait to be students at his school – he mentored both of them for a week, and then hired them straightaway, as senior tutors, so they’ve been teaching there full-time in the IELTS faculty. Wally wags his tail excitedly when he heads off to the school every morning.
"The Wuxi China Expatdom is paradise on Earth for families."
Posted By Dirt E. Bond to Wuxi, China Expatdom at 3/21/2012 05:08:00 AM