Basic summary- School is fun, not homesick, still in love

Typical school day- Wake up at 6:00-6:15, breakfast, walk to bus stop or have mom drive me, get on bus at 6:43am, get to school before 7am, go to class (normally sleep) class starts at 7:30, lunch from 12:00-12:30, nap time 12:30-1:00, school dismisses at 4:50, Bus leave at 5:00, get to stop at 5:10, get in car with mom, pick up Kawa at school at 5:30, go home, eat dinner

Exchange students at my school- Me, Andre, Lizzy (USA) Pierre (France)

Hints- I play badminton every Saturday night

School - My school schedule is different every day, but every Monday and Thursday from 8:30am – 11:30am I have Chinese class with 5 other exchange students who come to my school. Every Tuesday from 2:00pm – 4:50pm I have my Chinese culture class, and every Wednesday I have a life lessons class and some class that’s about the military. I’m in the multimedia and design department of my school so my classes are Web Design, Photoshop, Math, Chinese (not my special Chinese class this is traditional Chinese like poetry),  P.E. , Painting, English, Photography. Many of my teachers tell me to go to the library to study Chinese if I am unable to participate in my class.

September 01, 2013 – Went to a bakery on the way to my mom Emily’s house. Went swimming with Kawa. Drank bubble tea. Ate dinner. Went grocery shopping for school.

September 02, 2013 – Normal school morning, teacher meeting till 9:00 or 10:00, I don’t remember but all the students stayed in the classroom, they were quiet, and did schoolwork (this would never happen in the USA) we all changed seats and now I’m sitting by all girls and one girls English is very good. Normal school night.

September 03, 2013 – Normal school morning, while I was walking in school the principal saw me and said “Oh you are a good student, at school so early (before 7:00am) and asked to take a picture with me. I’ve noticed that the guys are starting to talk to me but some are still a little shy. Normal school night.

September 04, 2013 – I forgot to write something in my journal, please proceed to the next day.

September 05, 2013 – Normal school morning, but I left school at 12:00 because I had a Rotary meeting (I have one the first Thursday of every month) I had to give my presentation BUT my USB wasn’t working so I kind of had a mini panic attack but then I realized it is not the end of the world. So instead of showing my PowerPoint I spoke, no big deal. Then I went to T.G.I. Fridays with my family and my third family. Had ribs, chicken wings, fajitas…. Delicious.

September 06, 2013 – Normal school morning, in P.E. I had to run two laps and I didn’t kill myself doing so, I was pretty proud, I was faster than most of the girls and that’s a surprise because I am NOT athletic. I was unable to do a math test so I drew a turtle, my teacher understands and she no longer hands me a test (YES ^-^) The only test I am able to do is English (but they are very different). Got home and ate dinner.

September 07, 2013 – No school for me today so I was able to wake up at 12:00 (felt SO GOOD) but Kawa had school until 12:00, watched a movie then played badminton, then went to a restaurant.

September 08, 2013 –  Woke up around 12:00 again, ate lunch, watched a movie, then ate dinner at a restaurant that was really cool, it had a big lake with a lot of fish in it. And I learned how to play a game that’s a lot like connect 4, but it is with 5 pieces. Getting ready for school.

September 09, 2013 – I also forgot to write today, I’m busy ok….don’t judge.

September 10, 2013 – Normal school morning. In my culture class we learned about the moon festival, ate moon cake, ate pomelo and put the peel on our head, drew pretty pictures, normal school night.

September 11, 2013 – Normal school morning, It was very strange today, as we all know it was 9-11 but no one mentioned a word about it all day. Normal school night.

September 12, 2013 – Normal school day, in class we began to paint our desks to look like cows, yes you did read that correctly. Went to the library. On the way home we stopped by Pizza Hut. Normal school night.

September 13, 2013 – Normal school day, we had an earthquake drill when we run outside our classroom with our backpacks, but I really don’t understand the drill, I’m on the 5th floor of the school, so if there is an earthquake I will most likely die. We also ran in P.E. class today. But a miracle happened, I passed all the girls and I was running with the guys, then the coach yelled something (I obviously didn’t understand) but all the guys started running as fast as they could. I asked my friend and he said that the coach said if any girl (meaning me) beat and boy in running the boy will have to run two extra laps. So naturally I started running as fast as I could to beat the guys, but I was nice and walked reeeeeeally slow at the finish line so they wouldn’t have to run an extra lap.

September 14, 2013 – Ok so listen to this, today is a Saturday…..but I went to school. It’s because next Thursday is the moon festival so there is no school, and the government said we could also have the following day (Friday) off but we have to make it up. I was so tired… and of course my school bus was 20 minutes late picking us up from school. So irritated. Played badminton. Really tired but I also have to wake up early tomorrow.

September 15, 2013 – woke up at 6:30!!!! I met with my Rotary club and we all got on a bus, I discovered that they like to sing karaoke, yes I did sing, I sang Do-Re-Me, Let it be, and Hey Jude (not many English songs). We walked across this bridge and the view was amazing, we also went to the Mochi museum, and saw a really big Buddha statue. I got home pretty late and there is school tomorrow. I didn’t get to sleep in at all this week. But it is ok. (Exactly one month ago I left Houston)

September 16, 2013 –  Normal school morning, during lunch me, Andre, and Pierre decided to eat outside and we missed naptime and we MIGHT have gotten yelled at, but its ok. I finally transferred all the pictures from my phone and my camera to my laptop and Facebook, normal school night.

September 17, 2013 – I have been in Taiwan for one month!!!!! In school I started to paint a self portrait (my class is making a mural) left school with my culture class to visit a nearby temple. We burned incense, paper money (not real money). Normal school night but my older brother comes home from college today! :D

September 18, 2013 – normal school morning, got interviewed with Andre by the school, some video clips of me speaking Chinese (unbelievable huh?) and also some written questions. They gave us bubble tea then I went back to class. We have to sing… in Chinese….. Normal school night.

September 19, 2013 – Woke up around 8:00 to drive to the mountains to go hiking with my first and third family. It was so hard, 1,212 meters of stairs BUT I’m proud of myself. Since today is the moon festival we had a barbecue! Completely different from Texas. We basically went to three different barbecues, at the last one I sane The phantom of the opera with my sister. It was not a train wreck.

September 20, 2013 – Forgot to write today……

September 21, 2013 – Went to a culture class with all the exchange students ( about 32 or 33) we made mochi (using a giant wooden hammer to mush cooked rice) and we made tea jelly, and we ATTEMPTED to make this one other drink of crushed nuts but my group failed. After we got home we played badminton.

September 22, 2013 – Woke up around 12:00 today basically had a relaxing day with no official plans. Watched movies and ate KFC. My brother went back to college today. And I do not want to go to school tomorrow.

September 23, 2013 – Normal school morning, me and Pierre thought it would be a good idea to eat lunch together outside of our classrooms, but we got yelled at so we will never try that again, I went to the library and Pierre was there as well so we talked and worked on our Chinese homework. Normal school night but I FaceTimed my mom.

September 24, 2013 – Normal school day nothing special, I went to the doctors because my acne is horrendous and it is a different experience. Walk in, write down your name, go to a room and sit by the doctor, answer a few basic questions, get your prescription as you walk out, I got a clear container with a yellow liquid, no directions or ingredients but whatever is in there must be magic or unicorn tears.

September 25, 2013 – normal school morning, at school there is a field day / school competition so we watched that, normal school night.

September 26, 2013 – Normal school morning, during an assembly I’m PRETTY sure I rolled my ankle but naturally I walked it off. I finished painting my self-portrait but I decided to give myself pink hair because I could. Normal school night.

September 27, 2013 – Normal school morning and day, but after school me, Andre and Pierre went to the train station and went to Taipei!!! We met other exchange students (because there not in our district) and we had soooooo much fun. I want to go every Friday.

September 28, 2013 – I was able to sleep in today, Kawa has some school volunteering deal so me and my mom went to the mall while my sister was busy. Then we played badminton and we went to a restaurant.

September 29, 2013 – Woke up and Skyped my friend Allyson for 30-40 minutes, then ate lunch, then I Skyped Allyson AGAIN, and had dinner and got ready for school.

September 30, 2013 – Normal school day, I stayed in the library all day and practiced my Chinese then as soon as I got home I started writing my monthly report because I forgot.