Hot,raining summer

These days are a bit difficult for me.

I replied to CCS that I have already got my visa to USA by the I-20 from MUW. I think it might because this is the first time I tried to apply some university that really interested me, so it was so hard to say no. No matter Ewha or MUW, both are programs in my home campus. Sometimes I was too absorbed by chances near to me and totally in my fighting for them, I ignore those better ones which are not that clear and close.

I thought a lot about my education, I think I will not come back to China Women’s University for the degree after that. First, it’s not very useful for me, I have been never interested in any position in Chinese government which need that degree. Second, if I come back for that, I have to study here for one more year to finish all the course they require. But one year for me could be much better and more meaningful. I have studied here for one and half year, some course are good, but not good enough for my one year time. I could get my interdisciplinary studies degree or any other degree and than apply a much better graduate school.All I want to do is making the best use of my college time.Don’t want to spend time for things that can’t offer me enough and give myself an excuse to be proud and take a rest.

People told me, MUW is not the most exciting place, well, it must be right, but it will be my start in America. After CCS’s positive response, now I realized, I could do much more than that. I could apply to other better University all by myself, and no matter how, I can feel that my road is wider and wider.

I feel so graceful for my chance to Korea. In Ewha, I tried all courses I was interested but didn’t have change to try because of my major in home campus. I took Business Communication, Form and space, Social Psychology, International Law and Korean. I dropped International Law, which was one of my great dreams while found that I can really took some portrait that I never imagine.Because of that semester, I dare to apply an art college and send them my flickr. Jennifer from CCS helped me so much, she forward my email and told me that they liked my flickr and I should apply right away. Today I was invited to a activity about photography and shared my photos and experience behind them. It was quite good, that some people really interested in them and asked my contact.

These days I have finished my visa, and medical exams, I even found time to meet a couchsurfer from France and brought him had a big strange dinner.

But still a lot need to do, my summer holiday, full with effort, eating and sharing now. Just like this summer in Beijing, surprisingly hot and surprisingly heave and much rain.

Good thing is I enjoy this summer.

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HongKong and US,I’m coming

Finally I get to my word press. In China, facebook, youtube or word press… not easy to reach to them.

from internet

These days I didn’t get real free time. Ticket to America was bought yesterday and today I went to American embassy for visa. I heard that Chinese passport for US visa is not that easy, but much easier then it used to be. But from my experience, I can only say, it’s really not a big deal.

Yes sure, it’s quite complicated, full with processes before went to embassy.But I surely enjoy my time in the embassy. My appointment with consulate official is 4pm and when I arrive, it was still 1 pm, so I went to immigration office for my visa to Hong Kong, and then in KFC for a coffee. When I go back to US embassy, people were much less. It’s quite interesting that the boy in front of me is a bit nervous so when he recorded the finger print, he made as many mistakes as he could, and it was a very good teaching channel for me. So when I did it, very fast and easy. All these processes were told online, so nothing really surprised me, I was chatting with a student who was going to transfer to University of Washington. It was his second time, he was very calm. We talked about a lot, our university, major and experience. Surprisingly, he was also interested in photography, and he took a photography class in China this summer, his home is quite near to my campus, where I was living these days.

When we finally were told to wait No.20 consulate official, there was one guy there, standing carelessly in front of the window between official. But the official said you talked with me the last time, so this time you should get to another official. Obviously, he was rejected by this one last time.The next one was the nervous boy in the same group with me. He was still nervous, talked long time with official, official was very serious and finally he said”ok,” than it was the Washington boy, experienced, before the official said anything, he greeted,” Hi, how are you?” confidently and friendly. Official asked a few questions and gave him the visa. So now it was me, I still couldn’t believe it was that easy, he barely asked me questions, only three, if the last one counts,”can you speak Korean?” I was almost laugh out, and said” yes, a little bit.” The official said,” I like Korean,too.” Well than, my visa is on its way. Less than 20 seconds, before I realized, it was over.

Before I go to America, I will go to Hong Kong with my parents, I want to travel with them at least once before I leave. While growing up, my time sharing with them becomes fewer and fewer. So I organize this travel for them, as a gift.

enjoy in Beijing

After I come back to Beijing, I started to prepare for US visa and applying another art college in Detroit after I got an offer from MUW, meet a lot of friends. I also bought a new Qipao, an old style Chinese  dress.

Something amazing happened, when I was applying CCS, the art college I was interested. I knew I need a portfolio about my photography, but Form and Space in the last semester in Ewha is my only art class so far, so I don’t have any idea about how to make a portfolio. So I send them email and asked for some advice. In the email, I also send them my flickr. When I received their email, I was with a friend in cafe. I think I will remember the time for quite a long time, Jennifer told me that she forwarded my email to other counselors, they liked my picture and all of them thought I should do it right away and no need for another portfolio now. I was so excited.Thank you Jennifer, for all you’ve done for me so far.

Yesterday my French friend Pascal flied back to France. Before he went back, my friend Sophia and I went to visit him. He and another friend Brice lived in a lovely 四合院, which means a courtyard around by rooms at four different directions. A very traditional style home building in old China. Even now there are still a lot in Hutong, small alleyway. over the courtyard, the fence post was twined by vines. They also have some bikes, we ride bike in hutong and near lakes. Enjoyed snack and drink. After packing, we sat on the roof and enjoy the wind. Their house really jealous me, what a lovely place!

独闯全釜

Today is my last day in Korea. Since the last article one month ago, I watched baseball game the first time, get on the bus to Jeonju and Busan along, received offer from MUW, prepared visa application and finals.

今天是留在韩国的最后一天。距离上篇日志已经一个多月了,第一次看了棒球赛,独自踏上了开往全州和釜山的巴士,收到了密大的录取材料,准备签证申请,期末考试。待我慢慢记录下我一个月的探险。

To a person like me who never played baseball before, live baseball game still own enough toughing and exciting feeling.On our way, fried chicken, pizza and drink was selling everywhere. We bought fried chicken hamburgers and drinks  in McDonald’s, of course, also some gas stick to make noise.That day, two teams from Seoul and Inchon.Seoul is at home, of course it’s overwhelming.

对于从来没打过棒球的人来说,现场的棒球赛仍旧充满了足以感染人的激情。一路上遍布卖炸鸡的,披萨的,饮料的小铺,甚至有一帮人直接拎着在路上售卖。我们在麦当劳买了炸鸡,汉堡和饮料。当然还有敲得震天响的充气棒子,这天比赛的是首尔和仁川的一个队伍。既然是首尔的主场,当然气势上是充满了优势。

26号开始有一个周末和一个佛诞节。我早早地就开始计划旅行了。韩国政府有免费给外国人的旅游巴士,不过要运气好,因为每天开往釜山和全州的均只有一班,周一休息。我抽中了全州的车票,于是,26号一大早赶到光华门向全州进发!

独自旅行在韩国是很不方便的,韩国的青年旅舍或者GUESTHOUSE的房间很可能是按间订而非按床位。所以如果一个人订,即使是三人间也是一人独占,另两个床不会给其他人用,而预订的人要付三个人的费用。他们称其为private suit(私人套件)。如果几个人订这样的套件,每个人的费用算起来比个人订床位还要便宜。但这样实际上与青年旅舍的宗旨很不相符,大概也是因为这样,韩国的青旅除了首尔的几个,就只有釜山还有一个了,数量少得可怜。另一个不便是吃饭。韩式讲究共享,很多传统韩式都不供应一人份。比如大名鼎鼎的韩定食,韩式烤肉,即使是一杯韩国颇受欢迎的冰饮也是两人份一杯的。但是我向来不怎么担心这些。因为虽说是独自旅行,并不是一个人背着背包一路走一路拍拍照然后可怜巴巴地没饭吃。旅行的意义在与经历,经历的不仅是不同的风景还是不同的生活方式,还有一路上各式各样的朋友。

在全州我认识了带我参观韩屋村的韩国女孩nari,她带我去了韩屋村最有名的冰饮店吃了美味的红豆刨冰和口味奇怪的五味茶。

参观了宫殿和附近的艺术馆和各式的博物馆。在旅游信息中心,我们碰上了也是独自旅行的Aljasmi,前阵子刚从阿联酋大学毕业。他在旅游信息中心要了一份地图,让后问了一个颇为搞笑的问题:”我应该去哪里?“我们把他笑话了一顿后,他就加入了我们的队伍。我们爬上了韩屋村后的小山,俯瞰韩屋村。

游览了传统的南部市场,我们都饿了,于是Aljasmi开来他的车,Nari做向导,我做专业食客,哈哈,向美味的小店进发。我们要去吃韩定食!这就是我对食物的解决方法。这是家专做韩定食的小店,不用点菜,全按人数定菜的分量。

(未完待续)

Hello world!

I used to have a lot of messy meaningless blogs, which means now I want some change. This blog will record my life in in my college years. I’m currently studying in Korea, Ewha womans university as an exchange student and soon I will go to US for my next two years study abroad, than I will come back to China for my last one year.

It’s pretty luck and priceless for me to have the chance studying in three different countries and these experience gave, giving and will give me countless treasure.

I want to share it! Enjoy my trip with me!

我曾建立了很多乱糟糟又无意义的博客,所以现在我想做些改变。这个博客将用于记录我的大学生活。此时我正在韩国梨花女大继续我的交流学习。很快我将飞向美利坚,这是下两年我留学的目的地。然后我回到中国完成我最后一年的学习。

在本科期间能有机会在三个国家学习,这将是一次幸运又无价的经历。这样的经历给了我,正在给我也将会给我无尽的宝藏。

我希望能与你分享我的故事!和我一起踏上我的旅程吧!

back to “heaven”

别人说治疗拖延症最简单的办法就是什么都不想,先做一点点。在看完另一部可可·香奈儿的传记电影之后,我终于开始写我的第六篇札记。

从上一篇札记至今,我经历了一周疯子般的工作期,一周诸事受挫期,继而在一天上完商业沟通后就累倒了。醒来时6点59,刚好冲下楼赶上了商业沟通课的小组讨论。我开始分析自己的问题。翻出了从国内带来的一本关于条理的小册子,有一个条理度测试,我的结果是“条理性好得有点过分……要限制自己一次接受的工作量,提醒自己:如果承担得太多,你就不能很好地完成任务。”回想起那周极度兴奋工作状态,终于承认自己再一次承担过多了。我斟酌了两天,在退课期的最后一天退掉了法律课。从图书馆借来了《美食,祈祷与恋爱》,关掉电脑开始读书。

水原市樱花聚会

周末和沙发客上的朋友在水原市的樱花树下野餐。认识了一个美国来的女孩anjenica,我们在巴士上聊了一路的《美食,祈祷与恋爱》。一群新朋友,世界各地,我们在水原古老的城墙边摆出各种可笑的造型,被我记录在了我的相机里。 我开始用心去体会韩国,体会我除了学习工作外的点点滴滴。

期中考试与济州岛之行

继而是如车轮般压来的期中考试。ECC的阅读室灯火通明。我不知道其他人有多少考试足以让她们紧张兮兮到通宵复习。我的三门考试虽然不多,但是韩语考试持续了三天时间。第一堂韩语听力就让我对韩语考试放松了,口语考试上我的题目是旅游经历,我跟老师聊得很欢。最后的商业沟通考试宣告我济州岛之行的到来。也不顾及到底考得怎样,我和remy就奔着济州岛去了。不过险些错过航班,又一次凭着好运气,飞机误了十来分钟,刚好等着我们在机场喘了口气。四月的济州岛人不多,天气也不热,在清凉的海滩上我享受着难得的闲暇。用相机捕捉着海浪的瞬息万变。虽然我对照片并不满意,首尔的朋友们还是很买账地夸我拍得好。在这座小岛上,我第一次生食海鲜,第一次体验了jimjibang,韩国颇为流行的桑拿浴室。在我们住进约瑟芬树旅馆的时候,客人都已离开,我们成了这栋乡间小别墅的唯一客人。在这里,我们可以吃自己做的免费早餐。我趁机小露一手,炒了一盘中式炒鸡蛋。配着咖啡,烤土司和果酱吃了。

在飞往济州岛的前一天晚上,我见到了我的第一个汉语学生cesar,加拿大人,名字很震撼——凯撒。我教他中文,一个小时可以挣八十块,一周上两个小时的课,这样又可以弄到下一个目的地的旅费啦!

从济州岛回来,还有最后一门考试,社会心理学。算是我在考试的时候最没底的一门,因为改了很多处选项。但结果让我吃惊,我竟然得了最高分48/50。商业沟通课第二,285/300。韩语考试也是颇为顺利的高分通过。 想了想觉得前段时间的努力还是很值得的。

寺庙生活营

期中考的顺利和频繁的旅行让我有点飘飘然,于是我考虑做一次寺庙体验,既是韩国文化体验必不可少的一部分,也是趁机静下心来,找回平衡。我一直都知道自己很幸运。在周五下午我才开始订寺庙生活营的位置,打了两个寺庙的电话后才知道原来需要提前两周预订。都已经放弃了,突然接到华溪寺的电话说有一个人刚好退订,我可以在这周末过去。一连道了好几个谢后,我乐呵呵地在挂了电话去上课。同学吓唬我说“it’s not easy! they only offer very little food, and you need to clean the plate with your food, and they give you water in your bowl!(这可不轻松呢!他们只给一点点吃的,你还得用吃的把盘子擦干净了,他们把水倒在你碗里给你喝。”我不知道具体细节,但是早上四点起床,108拜等等已经让我多少能感受到不易。但我甩了甩头说“至少我去了才不会觉得遗憾。”

周六我提前赶到,见到了将照料我们两天的僧侣linhwa和带领我们的老师。第一天的行程很轻松,第一项便是吃午饭。午饭很棒,像自助餐一般我们领了盘子自己盛饭夹菜。只是我们得吃完盘子里所有的东西并且把餐具洗干净。很搞笑的发现吃完饭后这些来templestay的韩国人们都极其积极地开始抢着别人的盘子去洗,我的餐具在毫无准备的前提下自然是被抢了去,后来才知道,他们是去洗碗了。之后便了爬山,寺庙坐落在三角山下,山不高,却颇为灵秀。我们在山里静坐了二十来分钟。什么都不想只是听着风声,叶子摩挲的声音,鸟儿咕咕的声音……但要想把脑袋清理干净还真不是件容易的事。看着枝叶摇摇摆摆,一恍惚,脑袋里就开始盘算起来。对叶子的联想,下个月的计划,工作,期末考试……一股脑全奔涌出来。最后只得做罢。饱餐了一顿后我们和僧人信徒们在大殿里诵经,当然,他们念的是韩语,我们只不过是拿着语音标注跟着糊弄而已。诵经后是冥想。我最期待也是最困难的一项。一旦静坐下了,脑袋就开始飞速运转,好不容易不思考了,记忆又蹦了出来,一个接一个,一个接一个。两个小时里,我完整地从一到十数过自己的呼吸的次数不过五次。想起了在《eat,pray,love》里liz在印度寻求平衡,寻找自己的精神领袖的经历。自己现在的情况跟她在冥想练习时的状况百出实在是不相上下了。

说来也巧,这次参加寺庙生活营的外国人一共是五个,竟然碰到了梨大的德国同学florian。第一天的行程结束,我们在大雄殿前聊了一个小时。原来他是基督徒,他虔诚的佛教徒姑姑问他要不要体验下寺庙的感觉,他也觉得有趣,就顺口答应了。我们东扯西扯,从佛祖到基督,又到了孔子和现代的中国。海侃了一番后各自去睡了。

大概是累的,晚上睡得很好,迷迷糊糊醒过一次,看手机,才一点钟,于是又恍恍惚惚地睡了。四点钟我们被准时叫醒。急急忙忙冲了个澡,冲上楼开始了早上的诵经。钟声不绝,周围是不知意义的呢喃声。金光闪闪的佛像低垂着眯成细缝的双眼,注视着匍匐在前的众人。我竟一点也不觉得困倦。结束了诵经,天色还是昏暗着。我们上了楼上的冥想室继续冥想。纸糊的窗子可以透出光来,色彩在变化,从凉飕飕的蓝色开始渐变,五点多太阳的光影也浮现出来,我就这样迷迷糊糊地晃过了早餐前的冥想。师傅敲了一下板子宣告冥想结束。我便兴冲冲地冲到食堂大吃大喝起来。一百零八拜大概是最艰难的了,但过后就是轻松的茶话会,大家一边吃着点心品着茶,一边聊着这次生活营的经历。

今天5点和朋友们一起去看韩国颇受欢迎的棒球赛,希望能拍到好照片。之后在佛诞节可能会去全州或者釜山或者其他地方旅行。再找一天时间去海里艺术村,再就是江原道或者仁川的中国城啦!

敬请期待下一篇札记喽!