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…

4 | Meet up and Dormitory

Our language partner were waiting to meet us at the bus stop. As we pulled up and got off our transport, each of us were introduced to our own language partner/guide for the duration of the stay. They were so keen and excited. My language partner was Suki. All of us introduced each other and…

3 | Hong Kong to Jiuzhou Port (ZhuHai)

I arrived in Hong Kong Airport at approximately 10:30am in the morning. I bought the ferry tickets to ZhuHai and managed to bump into other interns. It was really good to meet them. We shared the ferry ride to Jiuzhou Port and finally after 24 hours of travelling, we arrived at our destination where we…

2 | Good company

I landed in Amsterdam where I got the connection flight to Hong Kong. It was a  long flight and to top it all off, I got the middle seat. Yay me. But honestly, the flight to Hong Kong wasn’t really half bad actually. Of course, except for the really uncomfortable seat, lack of sleep and…