A few days I received a phone call from a friend who works for The National newspaper - basically they needed someone who can translate and write the title for a feature article in Chinese. Getting paid (albeit insignificant) to practice writing Chinese in ink - how neat was that! The result was published in today's newspaper.
Sometimes I do feel like "the only gay in the village" (note below) as there are few Chinese expats in Abu Dhabi. I doubt such opportunity would come knock on my door had it been elsewhere.
(Note: Those of you who are familiar with the BBC comedy "Little Britain" know the character Daffyd well. He constantly tells people that he's "the only gay in the village" even though there are plenty others around. :)