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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2011.03.08 Second Day of Classes

I woke up early and the weather was bitter cold. The weather changed all of a sudden.
Class is so hard. There are so many characters that I have never learned before it is a challenge for me. I have to study so much!

After class I went to Starbucks to get coffee and study. Lunch. Then more study.

We started our Core Course today which consists of lectures each Thursday by professors from NCCU. Then on Tuesdays we have discussions about the lectures.

We also met our tutors for our Language Practicum portion. We have to spend 15 hours among our two tutors. We can work on anything regarding Chinese with them.

Now I am going to study. My class is really intense, but this is what I wanted and what I chose.

Monday, March 7, 2011

2011.03.07 First Day of Classes in Taiwan

Woke up early today. I tried to be as quiet as possible not to make up my roommate but he kept on making noises and tossing and turning.

I have a morning class at 8:10 Monday through Friday. The class is definitely challenging. The level is post-advanced. I should be learning so much Chinese in that class. I really like the teacher. She is young and has lots of ideas and utilizes different types of media in her teaching.

After class I headed over to the CIEE office and talked to the staff. Then headed down to the streets and bought stationary and school supplies for class.

I am also teaching English to middle schoolers here in Taiwan. Today is my first day of teaching. It should be fun and interesting. I am looking forward to it.

I need to organize my school stuff and teaching materials then take a power nap and head over to the middle school.

I am enjoying Taiwan so much!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

2011.02.01 - Taiwanese Potluck Dinner

I slept in a little bit today. Woke up and wrote my reports all day today. The cafeteria is closed from now own so I will be eating all my meals off campus now. I bought food from the convenient store for lunch today.

Dinner was fun tonight. It was a potluck dinner with the Taiwanese students. I don't cook in Japan so I bought drinks.

After dinner I went back to my room and got back to work writing.

Monday, January 31, 2011

2011.01.31 - McDonalds

I woke up today right before prep began for today's Tea Ceremony. I rushed to get ready and went over to the club room to help prep. Preparations entail taking out all the tea bows, the containers, putting up wall scrolls, preparing the flowers, sweeping the room and such.

After preparations, I headed over to the cafeteria to work on my report and have my friends write a message in my travel journal.

Then I headed back to my room to put down my Mac and get my tea ceremony tools. As I was passing by the Dorm office I noticed I had a package.

I got my electronic dictionary today! I am very happy to get it. It is my first own electronic dictionary. It is trilingual-English, Japanese, and Chinese. I plan on buy the Korean dictionaries to round it out. I also need to buy a case because it smudges easily. I am very happy in my purchase. It is extremely useful and easy to use. It multiplies the rate that I learn new vocabulary. I pull out my dictionary all the time to search up words and it has my history so I can see the words that I looked up before.

I definitely recommend an electronic dictionary.

After tea ceremony ended, I ate in the cafeteria with my Japanese friends. It is always fun talking to Japanese people. The conversation lead to the newest McDonalds commercial and then I suggested to go to McDonalds to buy a happy meal so I can get the Spongebob Squarepants toy.

We went to McDonalds and my friends had me order in a high pitched voice. They all had a good laugh. I enjoyed my happy meal with my pineapple house toy cup. The guy that was sitting next to our table at McDonalds randomly starts asking me questions. It turns out he is a Graduate student at our university. It actually turned into a conversation. It was interesting. Then when we left we ran into Mr. Reitaku and his friends. I asked to take a picture with him. After that I came back to my room, working on my reports still.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

2011.01.30 - Ben and Darren's Farewell Dinner

I tried to wake up early today. I ended up getting to the station around 12 noon to get a haircut. Then I went to do a little shopping buying pens, stationary, and a postcard album from Daiso. I also went to the book store and picked up two magazines on Sapporo and Hokkaido for our trip. I had a late lunch, katsu don, with John at Sanko Hanten.

I got back to the dorm and started on my paper after I did some cleaning and laundry.

For dinner we had our Farewell dinner for Ben and Darren, the two students from Singapore. They are both leaving on the 2nd. We went to Kashiwa Station and had a delicious Italian buffet for dinner. The surprise of the night was that we all wore "I <3 Shige" T-shirts underneath our coats and jackets. Shige is a senior who is graduating. She has the biggest heart and has been so nice to us ever since we arrived. After dinner we went to take purikura then headed home.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

2011.01.29 - RIFA Farewell

I thought I could sleep in today but I was wrong. I sleep with ear plugs. I did not hear my missed call because my phone was on silent. I could not hear the knocking on my door because I was dreaming I was at Manekineko singing Back to December. It was only when my friend came into my room and started yelling at me to wake up, then I woke up. He explained that there is a farewell party and I had to be there. He went to call the other exchange students to go, while I got ready.

It was a funny and interesting farewell party organized by students. I enjoyed it and appreciate all the time and effort they put into the event. We each received a big card decorated front and back with pictures and hand-written messages from friends.

After the party was over, we just talked and hung out. I took a few minutes to go see my Sociology Professor's graduating students' graduation thesis presentations for a bit. I showed her my hair and took a picture and talked to my friends that were there.

Later that night we went to an izakaya for a farewell drinking party, another all-you-can-drink event. After that, I wanted to go take purinkura. Then after taking a bunch of purikura we headed back toward school and ate at the newly opened ramen shop. While we ate, one of the Korean exchange students came in and joined us. While talking to him, we learned that he was going to Hokkaido for the Snow Festival. After our meal we all decided that we are going to Sapporo. I am so looking forward to going.