Hello and thank you for taking the time to check out my ‘About Me’ page; most people don’t. So, who am I and what do I do? Read on to find out…
My name is Giles Ensor and for most of my life I have been a overseas teacher and I have to say I have been very lucky.
It all actually started in the summer of 1996 when I was working with a very nice girl from Malaysia in a wine bar in Covent Garden. I was complaining to her about my life (as I did to pretty much anyone who would listen) and she said to me, “Have you ever considered teaching English as a Foreign Language?”
Well, I didn’t even know that was a thing so I said no. However, with that simple question, she had peaked my interest and so I decided to do a little bit of research. And the more I read, the more I thought that this was exactly the kind of thing I was looking for.
Anyway, I don’t want this to turn into an autobiography so it’s enough to say that I did a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and got my first job in beautiful sunny Macedonia, which was neither beautiful or sunny as it turned out.
The following year, I headed off to beautiful sunny Moscow, which turned out o be both beautiful and sunny, although even when it was sunny, the temperature rarely dropped below -15C in winter. Still, it was a very enjoyable city (at the time) and I probably would have stayed longer if I thought my liver could have stood it. Boy, could they drink!
So, I’m two years into my teaching career and feel I should take it a bit more seriously, so I decided to head to Milan to do a DELTA. Unfortunately, Milan turned out to be even more fun. Also, unfortunately, my drinking turned from excessive to downright ridiculous. I didn’t do my DELTA but I did manage to become a functioning alcoholic, so I decided that I really need to change my lifestyle, so I headed off to Indonesia, my second home.
In Indonesia, I found a life that was much less frenetic. I also found a life which didn’t require me to get completely drunk out of my head every night. And, most importantly, I found a girl who made me think I had value, stopped me from being an idiot, I gave me the direction I’d been lacking for so long.
I spent 16 years in Indonesia, gaining a wife, a daughter, and various qualifications a long the way. I stopped working for Language centres and started working for International Schools, including the Jakarta International Korean School (fun and distinctly surreal) and the Singapore International School (fun and distinctly less surreal).
However, life was becoming tiresome. My wife and daughter wanted to move to sunny England. I didn’t, which is why my life was becoming tiresome. So, after years of complaining and tears, I stopped crying and agreed to move to Blightly.
Of course, life is never easy. The UK has one of the most racist immigration laws in the world so it wasn’t possible to just go straight home. No, that would have been way too easy. So, we first decided to move to Spain so my wife could gain Spanish residence. However, life still wasn’t simple.
It turns out that all those cheap southern European countries I left years ago had become crazy expensive. So much so that we couldn’t afford to stay there anymore. So, I left my family in Granada and moved to Plymouth, with the idea that they would join me. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus (Covid-19) hit, which scuppered those plans as well, and that is the situation we still find ourselves.
Of course, I also discovered the joys of making puzzle books and selling them on Amazon. If you are still reading this, you can click on this link and see all the different puzzle books I have made so far. Every time I sell a book, I get my family closer to me, but no pressure, really. Hahaha.