So, we are taking part in the BMO Marathon again this year! The swag looks great and we are super excited!
Since this coming Saturday is Chinese New Year, IWE Study is planning something special for our students and parents! We are inviting them on a field trip to visit UBC! It will be a great way for our students to build their academic ambitions while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the campus. We look forward to meeting you there! Happy Chinese New Year!
I can’t believe how lucky I was during this Christmas:
I went to the Universal Studio in Los Angelus with my cousin because I am an absolute Harry Potter fan, and I was longing to go to the new Harry Potter theme park there. I bought my first magical wand and had chance to use the “magic” in specific spots of the park. I also witnessed a wand choosing a girl as its master! I felt lucky that I went to the theme park on the 24th as there were way less people than it usually has. For example, it only took me 20 minutes to wait in the line of a ride that would usually take at least 2 hours. Therefore, I had more time to experience other activities in the studio!! My most unforgettable experience was going into The Walking Dead attractions because my cousin told me that it wasn’t scary at all; it was just an exhibition of some scene settings from the movie series…But in reality, she lied. There were people dressing up like zombies who scared the hell out of me. I had never been to a haunted house for my entire life, and the first one was such a professional one. Nevertheless, it was still a very fun experience.
The cold weather with unwonted heavy snowfall had enriched this long Christmas break a lot.
I’ve never seen such a heavy snow before--actually I’ve rarely seen snow when I lived in Shanghai, a warm coastal city. In my memory, it only snowed twice. I was amazed when I went out one day, seeing the silver world with snowflakes falling. In this beautiful scene, I immersed myself in the fresh, cold air.
Every coin had two sides, under the wonderful scenery that the snow had brought us, there were some obvious problems. The ground became really slippery and even dangerous after the snow had melted into ice. I can not remember how many times I fell during the snowy days, and the wounds still make me feel painful now.
My mother came to Canada on December 20th for Christmas. She lived in her friend’s house for a couple of days, and we went to downtown together during the boxing week. There were many people caught up in the holiday shopping frenzy with the reduction in prices. I was not that kind of crazy, but still really enjoyed the shopping time. Those exquisite clothing and cosmetics interested me the most. My friend’s brother, who had been in Canada for several years and had fully explored around downtown, was familiar with some genuinely decent restaurants, which were not well known because of their poor propaganda. We went to a Japanese restaurant after shopping. The storefront was small and even inconspicuous. However, they served one of the most delicious Japanese food I’ve ever tasted. The fish flavor amazed me because it was totally different from some ‘fake’ Japanese restaurants.
I went back to my homestay family before the New Year’s Eve to join the new year dinner with my homestay family and other international students. Our hostess is a perfect cook. She’s also a woman who cares about others a lot. All the international students now living in the family are Asians, so she decided to make many Asians dishes, which tasted really goluptious.
In conclusion, it was a satisfying Christmas break.