Two days late, fufufu...
14.09.2010 - 14.09.2010
First day of class:
Typed on 9/16/2010 :/
Classes have been taking up a lot of my time. I swear I’m not slacking off on updating this….sorta.
I’m still waking up around 4am-ish at this point, which gave me enough time to get ready for class. Class starts at 8am and ends at 11:40am. I LOVE getting everything done in the morning and having the rest of the day to do whatever. I also enjoy being able to explore an area at my leisure with none of the “you have to be back on the bus in two hours” or “you don’t have time to do this because we have to meet back here soon.”
No more of that. Needless to say, I’m ecstatically happy.
On my way to class, I double checked the bulletin board to make sure I was headed for the right room. I was curious as to who all made it into the Advanced level classes. I glance up to where theirs is posted and see almost no one but Asians, haha. Lucky kittens got a head start on the Eastern languages :-P I’m so jealous of them :/
Class was pretty nice. We have different teachers; one for listening, one for speaking, and one for reading. They’re all really nice, but what I like most about them is that 99 percent of what they say is in Chinese. They only speak English when they’re telling us the meaning of a word no one knows or if they’re using a word/phrase that they know we don’t know. The listening teacher especially flows so well from Chinese to English and back to Chinese that you wonder if she just spoke English at all, haha.
For today, we had listening and reading, methinks. Two of the book covers look very similar, so I always forget which is which. I’m excited to know that I can understand a good portion of what’s being said, even though they’re speaking at native speed.
We have ten minute breaks every hour, so I slinked around the supermarket in the basement. I’m so glad that I’m so close to food :D
After class I went back to the dorm (I made myself stay there so my aching joints could heal…). I read and surfed the net for a while.
I started up a self-heating meal that I got at the supermarket. I’d never seen anything like it :O It was a garlic chicken rice dish (I loves me some rice). Apparently, there’s this ‘heat pack’ with some substance in it that I hoped was the next poisonous element on the periodic table. Oh, I’m terrible. /:D
There’s also a pack of water sealed to the bottom of the container. After opening rice and chicken contents, I put the heat pack over the water, set the bowl with the chicken/ rice on it, close the lid to the entire thing, then pull this string that apparently breaks the water bag so water comes in contact with the heat pack and ten to fifteen minutes later, voila.
I was kind of paranoid at first. Like, will something explode? The instructions said the container heats to over 100F, I think, in ten seconds.
They weren’t lying.
I want to buy a bunch of those and bring them back to the states. I mean, the food isn’t all that great, but it’s so cool to heat it! I’m going to try the other flavors later on :O
Around 6pm, my roommate finally returned. I thought she was visiting her parents, but it turned out she was taking a trip with her friends. We talked for a little bit but then she had to go to class. She’s got class from 7pm-9pm everyday.
Still jet-lagged, I fell asleep a little before 9pm. I really like getting up super early, but I hate going to bed so soon since I like to study and read at night. I’m sure before long I’ll have my regular sleep schedule, but I wouldn’t mind waking up at 5am every morning but going to bed mayhaps around 11 or 12. We’ll see.