Oops… I forgot about this blog for two months

Just kidding, I didn’t forget about it. I thought about it regularly but didn’t write anything anyway.

As always, plenty of things have happened since I last wrote, so I’m going to write another Simran-style post where I list the things I have done and expand only briefly. Enjoy.

October:

  • My university applications and all my predicted grades were due at the start of the month. Since my university applications were handed in, I haven’t been too stressed about predicted grades. I took my LNAT and IELTS as well (don’t you just LOVE standardized testing? I sure do), so I’ve been finished with all of my university applications for a good while now. It feels nice.
  • My grandparents and uncle came to visit for a week, which was really nice (at least for me). I got off campus with them for a few days, and also went to see some sights with them.
  • CHINA WEEK aka no firstyear roomies for a week. I’d be lying if I said Tiffany and I didn’t enjoy the peace and quiet (sorry Trisha and Yvonna – we still love you ❤ ). It reminded me a lot of fortnight, with all the second-years running around to finish pieces of work.
  • Margaux and I attended FREEDOM INSPIRES Hong Kong, a Liberty Asia event. It was really nice to be there – we met some people working for Liberty Asia that we’re working with now, and we also very much enjoyed talking to the other guests and representing LASAS.

November:

  • No November is complete without the 24 Hour Race! Before the 24 Hour Race, some students acted as Light For Freedom ambassadors, trying to fundraise for the two beneficiaries of the 24 Hour Race, Chab Dai and Justice Centre Hong Kong, before the Race took place. Then, of course, there was the actual race, which was as great as ever. LPC (of course) took home the school spirit award, while the LPC boys team took home the prize for 3rd fastest boys team. We’re all very proud!
  • Sex CoP Day. Not highly enjoyable last year – basically all the sex education one ever receives at LPC all packed into one day. Usually a day off for all the second-years, a bunch of us were asked to help out with various sessions throughout the day. Significantly more fun when the pressure to put a condom on a banana correctly wasn’t on me!
  • Went to a really cool talk held by the Hong Kong International Literary Festival (or something like that) about the urbanization of China and the development of cities and rural areas in China (Beijing and Manchuria). Super-interesting!
  • Went to an awesome art gallery tour around Hong Kong with Wendy (art teacher) and a bunch of other students. So many opportunities for the students!
  • Skipped a European Cultural Evening meeting to join the Theatre classes at a Chinese play. Because why not?
  • Dad came to visit and brought way too much sweets and food!! While he was here, we had European Cultural Evening – a great success, in my book! We had a nice mix of serious and playful scenes (and I do make a pretty good queen, if I do say so myself).
  • While Dad was here, we also went to see the Hong Kong Ballet perform Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. My first ballet! I love the student discounts on tickets that they do here!!
  • Then, yesterday was the last Music Night of 2015. Ferna wasn’t here to help organize this one, and her presence was definitely missed – not only by me. I think Music Nights of this year have also been a success, mainly due to the diversity of talent the school possesses and the fact that Arnett, our principal, is so supportive of the students and lets us use his house (and really awesome piano).

So, yeah. Two months in a nutshell. I might expand on some of these points later – but probably not. Pictures below, on Facebook, and other places. Only 10 days until I get on the plane and get to go home for almost a month! So ready!!!

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Me and my favourite tutee, Simmy P ❤ Excellent block activity.

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Magan’s tutor group ’16, aka the best tutor group ever.

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Karen (Colombia) and Maisha (Bangladesh) trying to kill me before I attended FREEDOM INSPIRES Hong Kong.

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Me as an ambassador for the 24 Hour Race.

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Believe it or not, an everyday scene at LPC. Just kidding, this is the British scene from ECE. Willem (Netherlands) playing Prince Harry, me playing the Queen, and Maymay (HK/Wales) playing Wallace (my butler).

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War Poem.

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My promotional profile picture for ECE.

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Me looking dreadfully thoughtful at the last Music Night of 2015.

xoxo

MESCA

So, MESCA (Middle Eastern, South & Central Asian Cultural Evening) was last week – it was the first cultural evening of the year (excluding International Cultural Evening) and it was SO MUCH FUN. The MESCA people had been working hard for several weeks to make sure our first proper cultural evening was a great one, and they did a great job!

I don’t have any pictures of the MESCA dinner, unfortunately, but it was really nice – we ate typical MESCA food and everyone dressed in MESCA clothes.

The MESCA people then performed for us – it was hilarious, as expected, and played on many many stereotypes about MESCA people.

Minna (sitting on the floor) was promised to my co-year Magnus (on the screen behind the photo) by Minna's mother, as an arranged marriage. Minna decided to travel around to avoid getting married. Suddenly she meets a tall, handsome stranger...

Minna (sitting on the floor) was promised to my co-year Magnus (on the screen behind the photo) by Minna’s mother, as an arranged marriage. Minna decided to travel around to avoid getting married. Suddenly she meets a tall, handsome stranger…

They travelled together, to escape Minna's mother, and visited many places together.

They travelled together, to escape Minna’s mother, and visited many places along the way.

Deema and Kudrat advertising a whitening cream!

Deema and Kudrat advertising a whitening cream!

We have three more cultural evenings lined up for this school year – APEC (Asia-Pacific Evening of Culture), CCE (Chinese Cultural Evening) and NACE (North American Cultural Evening). ECE (guess what ECE stands for?) isn’t until next year 😦

In other news – China Week is next week, and on Sunday I will be traveling with a group of about 12 to a school in Dongguan to teach English. We have, of course, been loaded with tests and presentations just before this. Everything’s cool now though – the only thing I have left to worry about is China Week preparations.

More news after next week, when I get back from China.

xoxo

Change of Pace and a day out with Max

Last week, we had our first Change of Pace day. We have about four of them a year (although apparently the one we had this week is the only one that takes up an entire day). On Change Of Pace, LPC relaxes and does things non-academic. Block 1 went hiking over Dragon’s Back, and then went to Big Wave Bay, where we had fun on the beach.

The hike was really nice – it reminded me a little bit of the camp we had in orientation week. That was also described as a hike. When I picture a hike, I think of trekking through the forest. Both hikes I have been on at LPC/in Hong Kong had concrete pathways at least part of the way. The Dragon’s Back hike started with stairs, which, after having been at LPC for a month, was no problem at all. There were some amazing views from Dragon’s Back and the beach. Here are some pictures:

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Willem (Netherlands) running into the sea.

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Blonde Squad aka me, Harriet (Sweden) and Willem (Netherlands)



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I also went out with Max last weekend – we missed the pre-MESCA Holi event, which was a shame, because it looked like a lot of fun. Instead, we went to watch One Direction’s new concert film, Where We Are.  We ate lunch in Causeway Bay, at a quite laid-back place where I normally wouldn’t eat. It was so local that they didn’t have any forks. My chopstick skills are definitely improving, slowly but surely! They’ll never be on a par with the locals, but maybe by the time I get some visitors, I can take them to Causeway Bay and watch them struggle with the chopsticks!

I don’t have all that much to say about what has happened this week – I haven’t actually been off-campus at all this week, apart from Norwegian dinner (which was very nice – it feels weird to speak in Norwegian after speaking almost exclusively in English for a long time). Tomorrow is MESCA (Middle Eastern, South & Central Asia Cultural Evening). Looooads of my friends have been stressing for ages, working on putting together a great show. I still have to find something to wear for that…

Emma

Mid-term break, badminton and protests in Hong Kong!

This is the second-last day of the Mid-Term break. I wish I could say that I’d spent the week productively, but I haven’t really done much schoolwork at all (if any teachers are ready this, then I apologize for neglecting your subject).

The big protests started in Central last week. On Sunday the protesters were teargassed and pepper-sprayed by police. This week the protests continued. So far I don’t think anyone has been teargassed this week, but anti-Occupy Central people (people supporting the Chinese government) are sick of the protests, and have been stirring up trouble among the protesters. If you don’t know what the protests in Hong Kong are about, HERE is an article explaining.

The 1st of October is the national day of China, so it’s a public holiday in Hong Kong. Not very many people celebrated it in school, and the protests are still going on in Central and other less rural parts of Hong Kong. The badminton team, however, got up bright and early to attend an Inter-School competition.

The first day of the tournament was kind of “qualifying” for the quarterfinals. The girls’ team had to play against three other schools and beat at least two of those teams to advance.

LPC girls' team.

Part of the LPC girls’ team (missing Miranda, Rina and Wendy)

Against each school, we had to play 5 matches (only one set per match), and we had to win three of the five matches to win against the school. That means we had to play three singles matches and two doubles matches against each team.

Me and Miranda getting instructions from Beta, our coach (and my maths teacher).

Me and Miranda getting instructions from Beta, our coach (and my maths teacher).

We ended up winning against two schools and losing to one, but because they count the number of matches won, and not just who wins/loses, we still ended up getting the first place in our group. That made us very happy, because the best team from one group end up playing the second best team from another group in the quarterfinals. This was very good news for us, as apparently the LPC girls’ badminton team had NEVER advanced beyond the quarterfinals of this competition.

To cut a long story short, we won the quarterfinals and the semifinals (the semifinals were the most interesting matches of the tournament), and then lost the final. Which was OK, because the winners of the tournament were from a sports academy.

Happeeeeeeeee

Happeeeeeeeee (this is the girls’ badminton team on day two plus Beta plus three people from the boys’ team)

Otherwise in this break, I’ve been learning some Mandarin, reading Twilight (I know, I know) and just generally procrastinating. It’s been good.

 

Until next time!

Orientation Week!

Hi guys!

We’re still moving backwards in time, so if I’m correct, there will only be one more post before you’re all completely up to speed with what’s been going on. As you’ve probably gathered from the title of the post, this is going to be all about arrival in HK and (dis)orientation week.

There were actually quite a few LPC people on the same flight from Heathrow to Hong Kong – me, Magnus (Norway/Germany), Eira (Sweden), Sophie (Belgium) and Karen (Greenland). None of us were sitting next to each other, though, and the guy sitting next to me refused to switch with anyone. He was also really mean and glared at me whenever I asked to get past him. On the other hand, the in-flight entertainment was good.

We arrived in HK early afternoon local time, and after almost suffocating from the heat, we made it successfully through immigration and had some fun by the baggage reclaim before being greeted by many many happy second-years. We took the school bus back to campus and took pictures the whole time.

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Orientation Week is a bit of a blur, to be honest, so I’m just going to write about a couple of events that I remember particularly well. They are almost certainly not in chronological order.

Block 1 (woooh, go Phoenixes) and Block 3 went camping together (at a youth hostel). The youth hostel was in a really nice area, so naturally I took a gazillion pictures, most of which you can see below. On the evening we were there, we had a barbecue and an initiation. Most people then went to bed quite early, because we had to get up at the crack of dawn the next day in order to climb a mountain/go to a beach before it got too hot. The next day, everyone woke up bright and early, only to discover there was a thunderstorm almost directly on top of the mountain one of the groups was supposed to be climbing. It was then decided that everyone would go to the beach. The beach was beautiful, even though we weren’t allowed to actually go swimming and the weather wasn’t so great.

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On another day, we went to Victoria Peak. Hong Kong real estate is expensive, but it’s still nothing compared to Victoria Peak real estate. There is a spectacular view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak. We walked along a trail that went around the side of the mountain. Then we went to the roof of the shopping mall and watched the “light show”.

We also had a Magical Mystery Tour of Hong Kong, which involved finding a place from a picture clue, then completing a challenge (like reenacting Frozen or ordering egg waffles in Cantonese) to get the next clue. ‘Twas tons of fun.

Monica's photo!

Monica’s photo!

We also had a Scandi outing – we went to the Ozone Bar, which is the tallest bar in the world. The view of Hong Kong from there is absolutely breathtaking, and it’s worth going just for the view from the bathrooms.10620795_10203394955891953_5484620444797197969_n

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Other events included: music night, canteen party and INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EVENING!!

The international cultural evening was arguably the best part of orientation week. The ICE show was preceded by a fancy dinner (in national costume) and a loooong session of photo-taking. After dinner, everyone headed to the assembly hall to watch the show the second-years had prepared for us. I’m European (woopwoop), so of course I’m going to say the European part of ICE was the best – especially the Scandinavian part (what does the fox say??).

ECE <3

ECE ❤

This was a quick, quick summary of the most memorable parts of Orientation Week. I have almost certainly forgotten something, so this post may end up being edited soon to add things I have forgotten about.

The internet also turns off in 18 minutes 5 seconds, so I kinda have to finish here.

xoxo

The Adventure Begins // Eventyret begynner

Today I received a letter from Fylkesmannen i Vest-Agder telling me that I have been nominated for a place at Li Po Chun United World College in Hong Kong. This is going to be a blog documenting my stay in Hong Kong, and I am very much looking forward to going!

 

I dag fikk jeg et brev fra Fylkesmannen i Vest-Agder. Jeg har blitt nominert til en skoleplass ved Li Po Chun United World College i Hong Kong. Dette kommer til å være en blogg som dokumenterer oppholdet mitt i Hong Kong. Jeg gleder meg masse til å reise!!

 

Emma.