News from Keith in Korea

Hi from Korea,
I sent this from Japan a while back to the bridge club but have heard nothing back since and thought maybe I should try again here so that people are not potentially getting nervous!
I am fine and the school that I am teaching at is teaching via online conferencing so the amount of contact I have with other people is vastly cut down.

“Hello to everyone in Rotorua,
I am currently in a Capsule Hotel in Fukuoka Japan for my Visa. You have to do the last part outside the country.
I will be teaching in Cheongju and had shifted into the apartment last weekend.
I will be in Japan for roughly 7 days, depending on how long the Visa takes, though I have paid my nights in advance so I might just make the most of it and be a tourist.
I hope Paul and Maryann’s son in China is okay. I have been getting used to wearing a facemask. Korea is definitely keeping an eye on it. The school has now made all students and teachers wear a facemask while there.
I am also posting quite a few pictures on Instagram and Facebook. I will attach some to this email. Several are from the Palace visit in Seoul. The food stalls and the water way are in Cheongju. The meal is the first food I had in Korea.
It is very brown in Korea at the moment, their winters are dry and cold so everything browns off. Very little green.”


  1. Hi Keith. Great to here from you. Glad everything is working out for you. Ross left China beginning of February, did 16 days in Bali (self isolation) and then came home. He is still with us as he is working online while the school remains closed. He is expecting to go back next Wednesday as his school may reopen on the 16th of March.
    Paul and I are playing in our first novice tournament this Saturday in Hamilton. We were not partners tonight but both had a shocker. I played with Ross and we managed to beat Paul & Cathy Ward by .5%. Ross’s 4th night at playing the game and plays the cards well.
    Missing our Monday night tuition and think of you often. Stay safe and looking forward to your next email
    A worrying time for us all, especially you and Ross.
    Cheers Maryann

  2. Nice to receive your newsy update, and that all is well.

    We are still enjoying hot summer weather. Not good for the garden, or the farmers though.

  3. I have just clicked into RBC website for the first time and found your newsy letter. The AGM was on Thursday and Ruth has posted some photos on the Club’s facebook site. You will find some familiar faces there.
    Your car fitted the bill with Glenda for about six months and then an enthusiast from Te Awamutu bought it. All is good. Roger has some new members starting on Monday afternoon and I have offered to mentor if required.
    Life is for living , Keith…. so enjoy. With kindest thoughts. June

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