Graduation week

It’s graduation week this week. The campus is swarming with students, their families and pets! Last night, big fireworks banged around 22.30 on campus, and the party noise lasted throughout the night.

The mini welcome party for Luca that my flatmates held last weekend, was fun. I wanted to prepare the dinner for us, but he said ‘do nothing’ because he didn’t want to put me under the pressure of cooking and washing up. We just started by having cider, Cointreau, beer and fruit juice. It had been a while since I had had drinks with my flatmates. I found out that some of them will move out in the middle of next month, which makes me feel sad.

Session on Japan 2

I presented five sessions to 140 students at a high school. I really enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot, and I loved the students!

The tight schedule of repeating 50-minute sessions five times from 8.50 am to 14.30 pm was exhausting. I woke up 4.30 and left my place 6.30. It took me one and half hours to get to the school. Soon after I got to my classroom, the students came into the room and, without a moment to calm my nerves, I started talking.

In the morning, the students were very lively and active. They enjoyed participating. In the afternoon, they obviously looked tired and sleepy. It was quite understandable because they had already had four sessions non-stop in the morning. The last session proved to be the hardest one in which to get their attention and get them involved in the content.

Food and anime were the most favoured among all of the topics. Some students spoke to me after my session to show me their comic drawing work! They gave me a piece of their picture with their signature and a short comment ‘Thank you!’

I found a lot of things I need to improve. I used fewer PowerPoint slides but talked too much. My session was almost non-stop talking for 50 minutes. I should have made more activities and shown plenty of pictures. On reflection, some of the topics I showed to them were very serious: plate boundaries that cause earthquakes, Hiroshima as the first city targeted by a nuclear weapon, and climate features. I should have included more amusing topics that attract students and make them feel like going to Japan.

Personally, I really had a great experience, and I hope to get another opportunity again in the future!

Cooking for us

Cooking is a short pastime in a day. Recently I have been cooking pasta, pizza toast, noodles, Malay fried rice, and so on. Luca’s favourite was Malay fried rice, and my favourite was pizza toast.

Luca has been working on his dissertation at my place for the past two weeks, and we often order pizza from Pizza Hut. Then I started thinking how easy and quick it is to make fresh pizza with bread at home; my favourite toppings are green pepper and corn with wholegrain bread, and his favourite are cheese and chicken with white bread.

When I was in primary school, my mother made me pizza toast for breakfast every weekday. Making these small pizza toast reminds me of my childhood with the whole family, including my grandparents.