Taiwan (June-July 2013)

Posted this way too late. Let the pictures speak 😉

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So, again, many people ask me, what am I there for?

I joined AIESEC’s GCDP program last summer in Taipei, Taiwan. I travelled by myself from Singapore to Taipei and really experienced a lot there, I came back becoming a different person.

It was a fun experience, and I changed from a silent person to an extremely noisy person.

With me was my team, consisting of 10 different countries, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Poland, Russia, South Korea, and Taiwan.

It was a fun experience, I got to know a lot of people, gained a lot of new friends!

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and here are the awesome people from our team!

Aside from teaching, I also went to AIESEC’s conference meeting in Hualien, it was also fun, and we met more people! More new friends! Also, more drinking! I realized that Taiwanese loves drinking, their alcohol is very cheap.

I went there and experience two uncommon natural disasters for me, earthquake, and typhoon. I didn’t really felt the earthquake, but the typhoon was cool! It feels like the door is blowing soon xD.

I left Taiwan with a heavy heart (?) so Indonesian, saying goodbye to the friends which we got close over the one month is very hard.

Once again, sorry for posting this late!

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Where did I go? Updates, exams, Taiwan, and everything more.

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Me and My Final exams

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Finals, not even once!

So, finals done, summer’s here, and I can finally update this blog! Didn’t update for quite a while because I am busy doing my exams (sorry!). Today, May 25th, 2013, is the last day of my final exams, and I have finished it.

Actually, most of my friends finished their exams earlier. Mine finished a little bit later because I took Data Gathering and Communications, which the lecturer decided to troll us and put the exams a bit behind (nice try Mr. Raj). Even though I considered myself lucky enough, because some people have their exams until the 27th.

Exams = study. Who doesn’t agree? If you don’t study, you’ll come back again for summer resits. Exam month is the time to see student extremely studying, and here are some pictures of me studying.

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Outdoor studying rocks!~

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#NotRelated. But, these two we’re fighting when we were studying.

This three week battle with exams has finally ended. I am very glad. The end of the exams marks the beginning of my first ever summer vacation in my life.

Yes, my first ever summer vacation.

I was so jealous of American school when I watched “High School Musical” because they have this uber long summer vacation that they’re very excited about and sing a song about (What time is it? It’s Summertime~!), because we Indonesians don’t have them. Like, c’mon, we’re already having summer all year long, if there is really a summer vacations, we would just have holidays the whole year! We usually have only 1 month semester break! Which, was one of the longest vacation we have, second to Chinese New Year Vacation (I heard they shorten the Chinese New Year Vacation this year, pity you guys).

Me and My New House

Yes, I am moving out from my current room, to a house which me and two other friends of mine rented. The new house is quite near to the one I live.

Before going back to Indonesia and enjoying my summer holidays, I have to get to work and move my stuffs. As a matter of fact, I am moving my stuffs tomorrow.

I just realized how hard moving is.

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No, these are not mine. If they are, I will go crazy just by looking the amount of stuffs.

Like, I mean, pack all the stuffs to boxes, clean the whole room so it looks presentable again, and clearing all my stuff.

So, part one of vacating my room and mutating to my new room: Buy plastic boxes in Tesco. These are good for eating stuffs (cutlery). These are more sterile than cardboard boxes, in my opinion, so I use them to keep cooking stuffs.

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Only one of them is mine! Got them for a bargain, only RM 13.90 for one (around US$.4.60)

The next step is the hardest one, obviously, fitting your whole room in the boxes.

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On the time of me writing this, I haven’t packed everything yet. As a matter of fact, I am going back to pack again after I post this. So, guys, be patient. I’ll take a picture of my total stuffs.

I wonder if moving the stuffs is the hardest part. I’ll move them tomorrow, let’s see how it goes!

Me and My Taiwan Internship with AIESEC NTPU

Just a short update for this one, I finally got my visa! They only gave me 30 days, though, which is just barely enough for me. I don’t plan to stay there long enough too, because I still want to spend my time in Indonesia!

The visa application is quite easy, all you have to do is visit https://visawebapp.boca.gov.tw/ and fill the form online, then download the completed form, print it, bring all necessary documents, and go to the Taiwan Embassy (I know, it’s not an official embassy, but it’s de facto an embassy, so let’s just address them this way. Go 中華民國!).

Come back three days later (including the day you submit) around 4.30-5.30, and collect your visa. Oh yeah, they only receive applications from 9.00-12.00.

And, ta-da, the day of the collection, it rained very hard that I almost decided to take the taxi, but still walked because I’m too scroogy to take a taxi.

And here it is, the long awaited, visa!

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Yes, yes, I know I’m handsome, my mum told me that a lot.

Me and Mishaps That Happened During Exam Month

I don’t know if I’ve been studying too much, or I’m just plain unlucky this exam month, but lots of mishaps happened to me this month.

1. Knife cut on my left middle finger.

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2. Cooking oil burn on my right thumb.

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Me and My Cooking

All those happened when I was cooking! Which, I am getting more and more advanced at it. People say, when you’re away from parents, you’ll learn important life skills such as cooking, washing clothes, and other stuffs.

Even though I only cooked mainly instant noodles, but I am proud of it because I made them a bit fancy, lol!

Here is my “improving cooking”.

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Now guess what’s that? Haha!

My Junior’s National Exams Results

Yesterday was the announcement of 2012/2013 national high school exam, and it was my junior’s turn (mine was last year, obviously), and this year was quite different because they announced it through through the school website (which was quite fancy in my opinion).

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More details can be read from my ex school’s website here.

Me and Roland Garros 2013

Roland Garros, or the French Open, is the one and only sport event I watch, and I am still rooting for Maria Sharapova this year! She was last year’s winner.

An interesting thing about the French Open is, last year, during my IELTS speaking test, they asked me about my favourite sporting event, and I was told to tell them about the sporting event. Last year was my first time watching the French Open tournaments, because of my dad. It’s as if God arranged me to watch the French Open, because I was about to get such a question in IELTS.

So, this year, I’m still rooting for Maria, and she was the one who drew the lots for men singles. Here are some pictures from the draw.

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At 1.88 metres tall, I am 4 centimetres shorter than her!

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Sharapova will be playing with this Taiwanese, can’t wait for the game!

AIESEC NTPU One Child One Change (:

So, three days after the interview, the local committee in Taiwan e-mailed me, and Doris informed me via skype. I was surprised when they said that I suit more in teaching high school students! xD. Who’s not, high school students are around 16-18 years old and I am only 19 this year! Which makes me and my future “students” not so much different in age!

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After thinking hard and asking my parents, I decided to go for it. I’m going there to enhance my CV, gain experience, and most importantly, go there for a cause, cultural exchange. This one looks interesting too, with high school students, I think they are easier to teach than primary school kids.

So I filled up the AN form today, and I just sent it to my EP manager for him to review. If everything goes well, I’ll be buying a flight ticket to Taipei in the near future xD.

Anyway, my plan to buy a ticket by myself to Taipei has failed miserably. It’s only the 6th and I only have RM200++ left in my wallet T__T. It’s all because of Thailand trip! I really wish to tag along with my friends to Thailand though, so I think it’s worth it?

I’ll try to check is it possible to make Taiwan visa before buying the flight ticket. If it is possible, then I’ll buy the ticket some time in the future.

AIESEC GCDP Interview

So, today I had my second round interview for the GCDP program.

Last week, I received an e-mail about a program in Taiwan, and I am interested in joining, and I finally registered. Had an interview today, they asked me quite a number of questions, like what experiences do I have with teaching children, what do I do to approach them, and stuffs.

For the preparation of the interview, I borrowed a microphone from a friend of mine and really had a semi-professional set up in the Orange Building. Chose the Orange Building because it is quite quiet and nice place to sit and talk via skype.

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I came late for the interview *cries* because I went to TTS4 and take a look at a house. The house is quite nice, it’s just that it’s a bit too far.

The interview went well, except one thing, the video is not working. I was wondering why, until now. Still trying to investigate it.

Because of the webcam problem, I’ll have to do another interview this Saturday.

GCDP 인터뷰 통과!

ImageWarning: This blog entry is in Korean, which means “I passed the GCDP interview”. This entry is not endorsed by Kim Jong-Un or his royal family of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea in any way.

Just kidding.

I got the e-mail from AIESEC stating that I passed the first round to GCDP, which is the interview test! I waited for this news since last night. Thanks God I passed!

Now, I have to wait for the induction on Wednesday. The e-mail stated that I should attend and pay RM150 for the second payment then I’ll be able to access the database and choose a program.

Next thing I hope for, please let there be a program in South Korea! As I said a few times before, my aim is to go to South Korea, have my Busan vacance xD. I have found cheap flight tickets but I haven’t buy them.

Anyway, talking about flight tickets, AirAsia can become really 坑爹 (lit. choke dad) at times. Last week, I found that the tickets for KUL-ICN are around RM790, but this week it’s already around RM1.000 (exclusive luggage and foods). Heck! I can take Malaysia Airlines (RM1.300 inclusive luggage and foods) with that kind of money!

A week ago, actually I wrote myself an itinerary. I was thinking, if my application was to be rejected, I would backpack South Korea by myself. After so many plannings, I discovered I still lacked RM300. After thinking again, I decided to try Hong Kong – China backpacking. Still haven’t wrote an itinerary yet by the time I got passed the interview.

Anyway, wish me luck on the road to my Busan vacance!

Here is a bonus, a picture of the weather right now. I’m writing this in UNMC’s Library, while watching YouTube to study for calculus. Thinking of maybe posting a post about how YouTube saved my calculus life!

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AIESEC and the GCDP

I just finished an interview for GCDP, which is held by AIESEC.

First of all, what is GCDP and AIESEC, and what do they stand for. AIESEC is what’s said as the worlds largest student-run organization. I first knew about it on clubs and society fair held for new students in the University of Nottingham. It was about last year, and I didn’t became a member, but I heard a bit about what AIESEC is.

What is GCDP? It stands for Global Community Development Program. Basically, there are lots of program for you to choose which one are you concerned more, which are specified as projects, one of which that I am more interested is in teaching a language. (Read more about “Me as an omniglot” in the About page).

I first heard about the GCDP from a friend of mine, who is interested to go to Europe. My first thought was, heck, I don’t even really know what AIESEC is, which makes me not really interested to join the GCDP back then.

My roommate is a member of AIESEC. One morning, he woke up super early. Turns out to be, he has to be early to campus because he has something to do with the GCDP booths. I then started to ask him what it is all about, which sparked my interest in this GCDP program. The word that sparked my interest was KOREA. Remember that my Busan Vacance dream. In fact, I opened a new page that I’m gonna post about my Korean vacation dream in Busan, if you’ve noticed it it’s already there but nothing yet for now. I thought at first that through GCDP I can make my dream come true.

So that afternoon, I stopped by Great Hall, and saw their booths and everything. I started to see their programs. Back then, two things attracted my attention, which are Cultural Exchange and Teach a Language. Those two things made me more interested in joining, still thinking about Korea. And I did take a picture with my friend in Hanbok (traditional Korean dress).

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Interested me decided to sign up for the info session that day, which is held 3 days later. On the info session, I then found out what GCDP really was. They showed this video on the info session, and made everything clear enough.

Back then after that, I still keep my Busan Vacance dream with me, even until now. I’m going for a good cause, and fulfill my dream too! Killing two birds with one stone! I then registered and decided to put “South Korea” in my preferred country. Chances are slim for a first-world country like South Korea, but I hope they have some projects over there that I can join. As I have observed, there are more projects on undeveloped or underdeveloped countries, like Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, and where I come from, Indonesia, and for East Asia, there are lots of projects in China and Taiwan, and also some projects in South Korea. I hope to teach English in South Korea. That, my friend, would be a very great experience. I remembered that they asked me just now during the interview, “are you ready to go to other places in Asia except South Korea, where they don’t have hot water, no soft mattress, and very limited access to the Internet?”. I replied to the interviewer, “I come from a place where I have to cook hot water to have a warm shower, not too sure about the internet though”, which, made them laugh.

Talking about the interview, they really asked a lot on my part! My friend did her interview yesterday afternoon, and she told me her questions were rather easy. They really asked a lot about me! That’s good actually, they think I’m competent enough 🙂

As for the results, I’m just waiting, and praying, hoping that I can pass and that I can get a suitable project in South Korea and fulfill both that I wanted to fulfill.

And I really have to start studying….. And also start my Busan Vancance post in my blog…..