Saturday, November 27, 2010

What do I cook at school?

This.
The white thing is call hua jh. Or cuddle fish. Take your pick of names.



 And does my school have it's own resturant? Yes. A bakery, a "western" resturant, and a Chinese resturant.

The western tables look like this:

 Yes, I can fold the napkins like that. I'm that skilled.


I would really like to post more stuff today, but I'm tired now. I just stent out all my college applications. Tired tired tied. I'm so busy doing stuff lately.

Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is an American holiday when we eat a lot of food with family and it's okay to be really fat. It's the one day a year where you just keep eating and eating and everyone is okay with it. XD Actually it's supposed to be about family. But it's traditional to have a whole roasted turkey, and tons and tons of food.

In Taiwan, they don't even know what day Thanksgiving is. The day went by without notice. Actually, I forgot about it too, until about 9 am in the morning when an American exchange student in my Chinese classes told me. Then I got a little sad.

But actually my day was great.

I went to school and there was a meeting about chocolate. Ah, the joys of going to a cooking school. So Marielle and I spent the whole meeting drawing stuff. We actually drew this really smart picture of the Taiwanese election going on right now. It's so smart and funny.

Taiwan is obsessed with numbers rather than names. So, everyone running has a number of course.







This pictures will be hard to understand unless you are a foreign person in Taiwan.

We also drew some other pictures.


It's so funny. We couldn't stop laughing in the chocolate meeting. We got free chocolates too.

Here are some pictures of the real meeting, which was actually pretty cool. We got to see the chocolate bean and we got to taste 100% chocolate. It's pretty bad tasting.




 I was really cold so half the Taiwanese people in the room gave me there jackets. XD So nice of them.  I had a girls jacket on my legs. And I'm wearing a boys jacket.

After school, Marielle told me she forgot her house keys so she couldn't go home. So we took the opportunity to go shopping for some food and cups and plates for the next culture fair we have coming up and for our Kaiping Birthday thing. I will talk about that more later.

Then Peggy had invited me to dinner to help me with a Chinese speech I have to give to rotary. She's so nice. I had tried to call her and tell her Marielle was with me and ask her if that was okay. But I couldn't get in touch with her. Anyway, she reacted so sweetly. When I told her it was thanksgiving she told us that we would celebrate it together! So we went out for steak!

It was so good.

 Outback Steakhouse
Seared Tuna

We got so much food.

Then she helped me with my speech. And told me she would help me find calligraphy lessons. I'm so excited about that.

My speech:


It was a good day.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Culture Fair!

This post will be split into two areas: Pictures and advice on the Culture Fair.

But this post isn't finished. I just really wanted to post some new pictures of myself. (EDIT: It's finished)

Love this picture

Kiwako is the most adorable girl. In the world.






I spent most of my time at her booth. She was the only Japanese and most people went to her booth. She needed the help. Also, every time I'm with her I learn something new; it's really good.

Kiwako had this at her booth.

She also had TONS of food.








Ah France.








I will edit this post later. (DONE)


ADVICE:

You will probably have to do more than one culture fair type thing, therefore, bring a lot of decorations, snacks and candy, and small gifts. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FEW FLAGS OF YOUR COUNTRY!

This is really fun. But it's a lot more fun when you are prepared.

Rotary here gave each country about 15USD. America got about 30 USD because we have more people. However, we're going to have another fair and now the other countries are getting 30 USD and America is getting 60USD. But we have to pay for everything up front and keep the receipts, then we are reimbursed.

This culture fair was really really fun and I'm so happy we get to do it again. 


Monday, November 22, 2010

Calligraphy

I'm getting really into calligraphy. Rotary did this culture class one weekend and we learned it for a couple hours. It's so fun; I love it.




My name and my boyfriends chinese name

My Chinese name


I really really wish someone here would give me lessons. I would get my own lessons, but I have no money for it. I'm dead serious, if I could pay for it, I would do it. It's so so fun. It's relaxing. I love it.

I decided to spend a little money because I want to practice, but I know I wont have the money to take a class. So I bought these two pens. They're calligraphy pens. Usually you do calligraphy with a brush and ink, btw. This is kind of nontraditional, but easy to use anywhere and much cheaper than the real stuff.

I bought a Japanese pen for 2 USD and a Chinese pen for 1 USD.

The Japanese pen works better, this one is also actually like a brush rather than a felt triangle tip thing. Although, I could have gotten a chinese one with a brush and a Japanese one with a felt tip. But the Japanese one is just better. I just like it more. But, my Japanese friend Kiwako has this other Japanese one I like a lot better.





Japanese is left, Chinese is right


The Japanese one gives you more control of how thin and thick you want the lines


Felt tip

The Japanese pen came with only one ink thing, the Chinese came with one and a refill!



 All my other posts today have been on really old stuff. This post however, is on stuff that happened just today.

I'm also going to throw in a Japanese snack I tried today. At the Culture Fair (I will do a post on it) , KiwakoChan gave it to me.

It's really salty and good.

Okay, never mind, Blogspot picture editor wont let me show you.




I hope you're happy with all the pictures. I have been thinking about you guys. Lately there's been too much plan typing. I know. I'm going to keep doing a mix of both. It wont ever be just one. So stay with me.