16 | Looking asian

Let me tell you something. If you have an asian skin complexion and slanted dark eyes  then my dear friends you will not receive any of the western privileges. One of them being if you are a westerner (or look like one) you will surely grab a lot of attention towards you. You will get…

15 | Culture Classes

The cultural classes would happen straight after our mandarin language class. Throughout the four weeks we had all sorts of different classes about chinese culture. It was a really fun and exciting experience to learn how different it was compared to the western lifestyle. For one of the cultural classes, we had an awesome opportunity…

14 | Chinese lesson: PinYin

Our chinese class used to start everyday from 9am onwards for the past 4 weeks. We would usually start off by repeating and going over what we learnt from the day before as a refresher. Everyday there would be different theme (room items, office, transports etc). However, it was not always classwork. We would also…

13 | Lin Hai (林 海)

Forget Sagar, call me Lin Hai from here onwards. I got given my chinese name because why not? It’s cool and I can now brag about having a chinese name when I go back. It was our teaching assistants who translated our names to chinese; giving two options. As for me, I got given “Lin…

12 | Time for class

The beginning of the language class. As of today (10 July) onwards, myself and 14 other interns from the UK will be attending Chinese mandarin class and taking part in a cultural activities on a daily basis (except the weekends). This is a part of the internship programme organised by InternChina which involves 3 weeks…

11 | Hike and Swim (Shi Jing Shan park)

Sunday: I was still tired from yesterday’s trip to the palace. On top of that, jet-lagged and thunder storm didn’t help at all. Oh yeah, there was a freaking thunder storm yesterday night. It carried on and on continuously for the whole entire night. The only positive outcome was that the weather next day was…

10 | The New Yuan Ming Palace

Today, us the interns and the language partners decided to go out for a nice meal in downtown ZhuHai. The food was BOMB. The service was BOMB. Everything was BOMB (BOMB meaning: Something considered excellent and/or the best #urbandictionary). After the meal, we went to visit the famous Summer Palace (Yuan Ming Palace) which is…

9 | Strolling around at night

A group of us (interns) decided to go downtown ZhuHai and just stroll around for a while before heading to KTV (Karaoke). If you didn’t know, KTV (Karaoke Television) is absolutely huge here. Well, generally in Asia. I will elaborate in much more detail in a future blog so look forward to it. We stumbled…

8 | Welcome Ceremony

8th July: Today, we had a small welcome opening ceremony dedicated specially for us which involved introduction, ice breaker activities, performance and more introduction. Basically, it was the day for us to meet the other interns and lecturers who would be running the language programme. The chinese students exceptionally performed live dance and music. It…

7 | Language Partner: Suki

So, for the next three weeks, I will be learning Chinese (Mandarin) language and taking part in cultural activities at the Beijing Normal University Zhuhai (BNUZ). And, to help get me through, my language partner Suki will be kindly assisting me. Her chinese name is Zhu Xiao Mei. She has already been so helpful with…

6 | Survive here

Okay. These are the essentials you need, I repeat, NEED to survive in this place in my opinion, in no particular order.  1st: Water – Trust me the amount of water you will consume here is a ridiculous amount. You will literally won’t leave your room without at least a full bottle of water. Especially,…

5 | The Internet

Before unpacking, of course the main priority for (moi) was the internet. I had to buy an ethernet cable to connect in order to have access to the internet. After few troubles of trying to figure out a way to connect WIFI, I managed to successfully connect it. The Pre-paid sim has limited data which…