“Time moves slowly but passes quickly”

My first year at LPCUWC is over! It feels surreal. One of my big disappointments about the year is that I have not updated by blog as regularly as I would have liked. Nevertheless, its summer break* now and I thought I could use some of my free time* to catch up on updating my blog. In the coming weeks, I hope to write individual posts for each of the most memorable moments/events of the year. Until then, I hope the photos attached can make the blog look a little more lively!

 

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*its actually winter in Zambia

*the truth is there is no such thing as free time in IB, even during the summer “break”. #ee #ia #tok. Plus the World Cup is on!

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Happy New Year! (…again)

One of the best things about living in Hong Kong is that you get to celebrate the new year twice in the same year! The first time is on January 1st, the more commonly known New Year day around the world. The second, known as Chinese New Year, is never on a fixed date but usually falls somewhere between January 21st and February 20th. Of the two celebrations, I have definitely enjoyed the latter more! Having stayed with my friend’s family for the past couple of days, I have been able to experience first hand some of the Chinese New Year traditions. What I admire most is that these traditions really stress on the coming together of the family. For example, people often visit all their relatives on the days after Chinese New Year and say happy new year (“Gong Hey Fat Choy”)* to them. It is also common for an entire extended family to come together for a special meal (such as dim sum*). At these events, the older people in the family often give red packets (lai see*)  to the younger ones. Red packets are envelopes with money in them and they are given as a way of sending good wishes. There are many other Chinese New Year traditions and I have heard that these traditions vary from place to place (not a surprise because China is very diverse). However, I highlighted the two above because from what I understand, the most important things about Chinese New Year are the coming together of families and the well wishing for the rest of the year! I feel privileged to have experienced this aspect of Chinese culture and it has definitely been a good way to start the second term. I will post more about the second term in the coming weeks but until then goodbye! (joi gin*)

 

 

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*my own Cantonese knowledge (not copied from google)

The Beautiful Game!

Here is one last post about my first term. It is a CAS reflection I wrote about my experience of football in LPC, one of the most dear activities to me. I felt I had to share it. Hope you enjoy it:

I have loved football for as long as I can remember and I have been a part of a number of different football teams throughout my life but I have never experienced football as I have this term at Li Po Chun. Football at LPC has been about more than just football itself, it has been about the strangers that have become my teammates and the unique learning experiences I have gained. Being in a team with so many nationalities and being the only Zambian in my team has made me appreciate and see the beauty of diversity. Before every game, as we get ready to play, each player performs a stretch that the rest of the team must follow and counts from 1-10 in their language. (I even learnt the numbers from one to ten in Bemba- not something many Zambians know oddly enough, because counting is almost always done and taught in English!) In this way, we celebrate the diversity of many different languages and nations. When the game starts, however, where we are from or what language we speaks no longer matters- we are one team. In this way, I have seen first hand that unity is possible in diversity and if anything, I would argue that diversity can bring about better collaboration because every member of the team contributes something unique. The LPC team is special because each member of the team contributes their own unique playing style, character and energy to the team. These contributions are what make the team strong and I feel that they have contributed most to our success. We finished in second place of the football tournament in Shatin district and have qualified for the national Jing-Ying football tournament to be held next year. To summarize, my football activity this term has shown me first hand the beauty and power of diversity within a team.

EDIT: Here is a link to an article featured on a sports website about the team! (look out for my name haha)

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Happy New Year!

Today is the first day of 2018 and I felt it would be fitting to finally add some life to my seemingly deserted blog. The days between this post and my last post have been eventful to say the least. I am currently in the last week of my three week Christmas break which I am spending in the home of my roommate and his lovely family. The one thing I would say I have learnt most this holiday is that there is more to Hong Kong than Li Po Chun UWC. That seems to sound obvious but trust me, when you spend so much time in one place (any place), you easily start to forget that there is another world out there. This holiday has certainly helped me explore that “other” world. With the company and help of my roommate, I have cycled nearly 40KM from Tei Mei Tuk to Shatin and back, hiked some of Hong Kong’s mountains, watched a murder case in Hong Kong’s high court (…no kidding), played late night football with a group of people I’d never met before, interacted with many of my roommate’s family members (definitely what I treasure the most), experienced the local cuisine more deeply and visited many more places in Hong Kong! Of course I would have also loved to spend Christmas with my own family and in my own country but I am still grateful for this very valuable experience! With all this said, I am looking forward to the beginning of my second term at LPC which will include a project week trip to Cambodia, The Jing Ying football tournament, the making of many more great memories I hope and last but not least- more school work haha! To everyone reading this, thank you and I wish you a happy new year!

Au revoir!

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China Week!

Unfortunately I have not done a post in quite a long while. I hope to make up with posts for all the wonderful activities I have not yet detailed in the coming days. There are only 7 days left of the school term, concluding what has felt like a very fast paced three months!

Anyway, as per the title, here is a  reflection of my China Week (I aplogise for the formality, it was an official CAS Reflection):

China Week at Li Po Chun United World College is a week designed for students to experience Chinese culture through various activities such as service, sightseeing and food. Originally, my China week group was supposed to travel to Nanning in China. However, due to unfortunate circumstances, we could not travel and joined another trip entitled “Chinese culture in Hong Kong.” The first obstacle I faced was therefore dealing with the disappointment that I would not be travelling to mainland China but would instead be staying in Hong Kong. However, I was encouraged when one of the teachers explained to me and my group that if we wanted to enjoy our week, we would have to hold our heads up high and give the new trip a fair chance. In this way we were able to enjoy our China Week and gain a more valuable learning experience.

On the first day of the China Week, I felt myself being pushed out of my comfort zone as my group had lunch at a Chinese restaurant. I struggled with using chopsticks and eating foods I had never eaten before. Although I am proud that I tried some new foods, one criticism of myself is that I resorted to using a fork instead of continuing to try to eat with the chopsticks. However, later in the week, as I challenged myself, I would discover that eating with chopsticks is a skill that I can develop as long as I continue to practice. In this way, I was able to recognise that sometimes I need to challenge myself more.

On the second day, we learnt about Chinese gardening and visited a Chinese garden. I was surprised by the fact that nearly every aspect of a garden such as flowers, stones and water have a symbolic meaning. By visiting an actual Chinese garden, I feel that I was able to actually connect with and understand this aspect of the Chinese culture.

The third day was particularly memorable because of a visit to the Hong Kong Baptist University where we received a talk about Chinese medicine. This talk made me think about many things such as my own country’s traditional medicine and why many people, including myself, resort to Western medicine as the only “working” medicine. Therefore, this day was important not only because it was informative but also because it provoked my thoughts about an issue I had not previously really thought about.

On day five, we had a student exchange program at a local school in Hong Kong. To prepare for this day, I had to work with my peers to create and present a power point presentation about each of our countries (each student created one slide only.) I also had to practice a dance as part of our cultural performance and even though I do not consider dancing one of my talents, I actively took part in order to ensure the performance is good. Day five was therefore mostly a day about collaboration in order to ensure we give a valuable learning experience to the students at the local school. This collaboration, I believe, went well and it ended up indeed being a successful day. This day also enabled me to see life in a local Hong Kong school. In this way, I learnt about an aspect of Hong Kong I rarely would have the chance to.

On the last day of China Week, I learnt about Buddhism, a religion I previously had very little knowledge about and I visited a local village. The visit to the village was the most memorable experience of my China week because I found it fascinating seeing what is considered a village here and comparing that to what is a village in my own country. Therefore, the last day was both insightful and thought provoking. Overall, I would describe this week using those two words (insightful and thought provoking). China week helped me to experience Chinese culture but at the same time, it helped me think about my own culture.

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AFRICAN CULTURAL EVENING!

Saturday 21st October 2017 was a special and memorable day at LPC as African culture was embraced and celebrated. The canteen was decorated with the beautiful flags of different African countries and there was a special dinner in which African food was shared.  One thing worth pointing out is that Africa itself is incredibly diverse. Contrary to what many may think: food, language and culture vary greatly among African countries. During the African dinner, for example, I experienced some new foods, in the same way that a European or an American did. I am not trying to say that there are no similarities among African countries. The culture of showing great respect to elders, for example, is not something uncommon to many from different African countries. But then again, similarities can be drawn between many cultures across the world. Yes, I am going slightly off topic, but I found it necessary to firstly dispel the myth that “Africa is a country”.  After the special African dinner, it was time for the performances. We put together a one and a half hour show filled with songs, dances, poems and creative skits such as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire- African edition. All in all, it was a beautiful experience for everyone involved and I believe for the audience too. With a group of friends, I performed an A Capella version of a well know Zambian song known as Tiyende Pamodzi. This was the highlight of a night that I will not forget easily. After the performances, there was an African party- with African music! In LPC, you only experience your cultural evening once in the two years (except for the host Chinese culture) and I am glad that mine turned out the way it did. It will forever be a special memory of this place.

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UWC DAY! (and ACE preparations)

Although it is unfortunate that I haven’t been able to update my blog as frequently as I thought I would, it is also, I believe, a good thing. The past few weeks have been busy to say the least but I am happy to have been kept active.

The 21st of September marked both UWC day and UN peace day. At Li Po Chun, this was celebrated with a group art session that involved everyone creating their own personal flag. There was also an inspiring talk given by one of our teachers. At the risk of sounding cliche, I believe UWC day should be everyday. What I mean is that values such as celebration of difference, respect for the environment and action and personal example are values that must be a part of people’s daily lives.

One reason why the past few weeks have been busy is because of ACE preparations. ACE stands for African Cultural Evening and is a night when all Africans on campus perform a show to the rest of the school to showcase our African culture. It will be held on the 21st of October! Apart from the performance, ACE week features African food presented to all students on campus and a global issues forum where poverty and hunger in Africa will be discussed.

In December of this year, I will be running the Vertical Race. This is a relay race in the International Commerce Center in Kowloon. Participants climb all the 108 floors of this building (10th tallest building in the world) Although I have never considered myself an endurance runner, I thought it would be nice to challenge myself. Besides, I hear that after the race, participants are treated to a buffet on floor 101 of the building. Surely its worth it then!

Also, last week saw the football team qualify to the semi finals of Hong Kong division 1 football- a great achievement!

With all this said, I leave attached a few pictures and hopefully will post another update soon!

 

 

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