Pre-Exchange

It’s Tomorrow!

I can’t believe the time is finally here – it only really feels like yesterday that I was submitting the application for exchange and finding out I was nominated for UNNC. How has time flew by so quickly?! It’s been just over 8 months since I found out my nomination which makes me think that perhaps 10 months might not be so long after all?

I’m still quite nervous about everything and I’m hoping, really hoping, I’ve got everything (important) that I need to pack. I’m going to triple check my room to make sure I’ve left nothing behind. I have probably packed too much but I’m hoping that will deter me from going crazy with online shopping on taobao.

I am definitely going to miss Sydney a lot and even though people say Ningbo is a ‘small city’, I’m assuming it’s going to give me the Sydney vibes (in the sense of population). I’m looking forward to exploring Ningbo more because I’ve never been before but I met someone recently who has spent many years there and he told me I would love it. But then again, I think the last time he went may have been years ago so who knows!

I’m also super excited to be travelling to Shanghai around November and Korea around June/July!!! So!! Keen!!

Anyway, I’m going to finish cleaning my room and finalise and check everything 50 times for the rest of the night before going to sleep. And then, tomorrow night…I’ll be saying good bye to the comfort of home and my mum’s cooking for 10 months (although, I’m pretty sure I’ll be going back to my hometown during CNY so maybe I’ll have some home-style cooking soon!).

I’m going to end this post with a few photos of my last days in Sydney for a good 10 months. I’m not only going to miss my friends a lot but I’ll also miss Sydney’s fresh air, convenience of every single cuisine possible as well as the beautiful blue sky.

And it wouldn’t be the end without some fav songs of the moment. I switched from Spotify Premium to Apple Music and even though I lost a few songs I’ve also gained more songs that aren’t available on Spotify! #win.

Geeks – Divin’ (to celebrate the beginning of Spring and warmer weather in Australia. Although I’m going from 18 degree cloudy/windy day to 33 degree sun so not sure which country is really going into summer here
Story About – Don’t Go Yet (I discovered them back in 2014 (lol) but could never find their music anyway but they have a couple of songs on Apple Music!!!) There’s another song called Ring Finger but I can’t find an audio clip except for it on iTunes.

Less than 24 hours to go.

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Pre-Exchange

The Countdown Begins

Everyone that I’ve spoken to recently, regardless of whether they’ve been on exchange or not, are telling me that the next year of my life will be one of the best times I will ever have. But nonetheless, as the months have become a mere weeks until I leave for the University of Nottingham Ningbo, I am becoming slightly more…terrified.

It really only hit me two days ago just how soon I was leaving. It really only feels like yesterday since I started the process of applying for exchange and whatnot but now it’s just under 3 weeks until I leave. Honestly, I am feeling more apprehensive and scared rather than excited as most people expect me to feel. I think perhaps it’s because UNNC was my 3rd option for exchange? I didn’t want to still be bitter over my nomination since it’s been so long but there is a tiny tiny part of me that still is for reasons I don’t want to get into here.

But moving along! I’m pretty sure one of the main reasons I’m terrified is because I’m going to a place where I know no one and it’s in a place I’ve never been to before and I have no idea what might happen. Although, I am Chinese and I can speak Chinese well enough to get by, I still feel really nervous about living in an unfamiliar place by myself. I also have this extreme fear I’m going to make no friends (lol).

Anyway, I’ve met a few people recently who have returned from exchanges and they all told me how amazing it was and how they wish they could go again. I can only hope I also will experience this sentiment when I return from my exchange.

For the time being, I want to share 2 photos (because I think a text heavy post is unappealing). I’m going to miss Sydney and Australia a lot when I’m in China – definitely going to miss how accessible every single cuisine is. I know China also offers a lot of different cuisines but..I feel like it’s just not the same. I remember going to this Italian restaurant back in my hometown and the food was, though not bad, but definitely made to appeal to the Chinese taste palette.

I’m also going to leave this post with a few of my favourite songs of the moment. A bit more korean hip-hop in this list (definitely stemming from my recent addiction to SMTM5).

One, Simon D & Gray – Comfortable
#Gun, Mad Clown & Gummy – Going Home (if it’s possible finding a subbed version of this live, I would recommend watching that. It got me all emotional – maybe because I’ve been following #Gun since the No Mercy days).
Loco – You Don’t Know
Jonas Blue ft. JP Cooper – Perfect Strangers
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer 

And the countdown begins – 20 days to go.

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Pre-Exchange

5 Months Early

I was always planning on starting a blog that I was going to use to document my year long exchange but…I was definitely not planning on getting it started this early (since I don’t leave till September). On Thursday, whilst I was trying to finish my essay worth 30% that was due on Friday, I got this sudden urge to create a blog on WordPress that was dedicated to my exchange. I think it was more of my urge to play around with templates and design a banner that really made me want to start on Thursday but I controlled myself! I waited till after I had finished my essay and submitted it to Turnitin before getting started.

Below is another header that I created for this blog but I think since I wanted a bit of colour for my blog, I’m going to stick with the blue one. tma header 2

I’m not 100% used to WordPress since I’ve used Blogger since about year 9 so it’s taken me a while to find a theme that I like and can edit enough to my liking. It does kind of suck that I can’t go in and fiddle around with the html and change specific things (like font size for a specific part), which you can do on Blogger. But at the same time, I do quite like how WordPress does make this a little easier for you to edit (since you’re using one of their themes anyway?) whereas on Blogger, I was used to getting custom themes made by the people outside Blogger and then tweaking their html code to my liking. I would’ve like to continue using my current blogspot to write and document but unfortunately it’s blocked in China. I would actually be so sad if WordPress gets blocked when I leave in September (touch wood).

People have asked whether I’m looking forward to my exchange and the answer right now is 70/30. The 70% side of me feels very swamped with assessments and trying to finish the exchange application process that I can’t get excited about it, but 30% side of me has been reading a whole of bunch of reviews and watching some students’ videos about UNNC and that has made me slightly more excited? Either way, I think I’ll be feeling a lot more excited after this semester ends and all the fine details have been sorted. Even though 5 months is really not that long to go, I still feel like it’s ages away. I would also probably feel more excited if I knew whether my application has actually been approved on not. I really want to be ready to book accommodation and I’m assuming it’s a first in first served basis so I would like to know that as soon as it opens, I’d be able to book accommodation?

Anyway, I think I’m going to leave this post here with a few songs I’m really liking at the moment. (I also think I should probably really update my personal blog but I’m really…so…lazy…transferring all the photos to my laptop).

Till next time (sometime during the mid-year break I’m guessing), 再见!

Good songs:
Park Kyung & Park Boram – Ordinary Love 
SALTNPAPER (솔튼페이퍼) – Go (there’s an English version too)
Block B – Toy
Twenty Years Old (스무살) – Cheese in the Trap 

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