Next, we lined up to the ski lift chair towards the top of a bunny hill. Being lifted on the lift chair was one of the scariest feelings because of the lack of safety precaution, only one horizontal pole was there to hold on with our bare feet in the skiboard floating on the sky around 20 feet above the ground. Yet, I enjoyed the beautiful view of the snowy atmosphere full of laughter from all ages of skiers enjoying their Christmas holiday with their families and friends.
At the moment of arrival on the top of the bunny hill, I started my rookie journey of extensive falling and tripping over the snow. As a person who is feared of height, the bunny hill was already a great challenge for me. I nerved myself up to stand up the edge of the great slope of the bunny hill, yet I could not balance myself and fell badly multiple times within minutes. Luckily, Nate, the ski coach was there to help, he was patient enough to support me throughout my learning process, teaching me the essential techniques in skiing such as never letting the tip of the board cross each other, and using the correct posture to gravitate me on the board so that I could get up by me after falling etc. He utilized the skiing pole to guide me step by step on the hill. After multiple trials and failures with guidance from Nate, I grasped the skiing technique a bit more and finally overcame my fear of skiing downhill! The essence is to place the skiboard perpendicular to the slope of the hill and wedge down the skiboard at a 45-degree angle to the right to secure a better angle to get up from a fall. To practice more, we went up the hill multiple times and Nate slowly released me from the skiing pole. To my surprise, I could control myself with a bit more ease and halt the ski board whenever I need to. This exhilarating learning progress convinced me to further my practice by changing directions and attempting to ski in parallel motion. “This is indeed a day to remember!” I thought to myself.
After multiple ups and downs of this wonderful trip, I would like to shout out to Maria and Claire for organizing and arranging everything for us to experience such a fun and thrilling winter activity during our Christmas holiday, as well as Nate who was patient and dedicate himself enough for us to learn about the skiing techniques and turned multiple beginners from the mood of fear of skiing to love skiing. Especially me, I knew that I will be coming back here soon!
A few days ago, we went to Cypress. Although I had the time of my life, I almost died. More than three times. It all started at the lobby. We were just walking into the rental room, and it was so hot in there. My sister also put all her things into my bag so it was overwhelmingly heavy. Thanks to her, just from the long wait in line, I burnt out a good 1000 calories. After a while, the line was finally over. I was already sweating. We rented out the ski boots, and sat on the bench to put them on. It was fairly easy for me to do, but a few others had a bunch of trouble trying to wear them. After we finished wearing the boots, we went for the skis. The skis were a lot easier for everyone to wear, and so we wore them and went outside into the snow. It was frosty. With every breath I took, I was able to feel the cold air entering my throat. On the flat plain land of snow, moving was pretty easy. Since I had skiing classes about 3-5 years ago, I was actually pretty confident. We took a group photo, and quickly hurried to a bunny hill. Through the misty air, we were not able to really see anything. Everything was pretty much blurred and not a lot of things were within the range of sight. We stood in the line as we waited for the people in front of us to go up the ski lifts. It was finally our turn. We got on the ski lift and took off. On top of the mountain, I felt more nervous. I saw the slope of the mountain, and I was tense because of it. After building up a little confidence, I took off. At first, everything was pretty smooth. I was going at a steady pace, not too fast, not too slow. This is where I started to gain momentum. Mid-way through the ski course, I fell. It was really painful. I quite literally flipped over. It all happened so quickly. I simultaneously flipped over, rolled onto my side, and rolled an extra one metre down the hill. My mask fell off, and so did both my skis. Luckily for me though, there was a coach who was coaching other little kids that seemed younger than me. He taught me how to get back up on my feet and get the skis back on. It really helped me, and I somehow survived. Then, I sent it again. Fell with the same exact momentum, and the same damage. I got up, and sent it again. Same results, except this time, I made it to the bottom and I crashed into someone. It was really embarrassing to fall at the end of the hill with everyone waiting in the line for the ski lift. After I got up, I waited for the others. I found them in the line again after a while. Then, I went again. On the ski lift, the snowflakes sliced my cheeks. They felt like piercing little paper cuts. Once I got up, I felt more confident this time, because now, there was someone who was teaching me how to ski. I went down the hill and managed to somewhat gain control this time, and the falls weren’t as painful anymore. They didn’t really hurt, but every fall was a confidence killer. After about three more lifts, we went back. The freezing cold air was just too much to take. We went back to the rental place and got undressed. I felt weak. I tried taking my gloves off, but wasn't able to really even manage that. I was officially freezing. We went down to the bench and tried to get redressed. Everything was cold. Everywhere from my head to toes. I wasn’t able to feel my ears, hands nor my legs. I got my ski gear off, and I noticed that my shirt and pants were wet. I quickly changed my shirt and took off my ski pants. I didn’t have backups for my pants so I had to deal with it. I took off my gear and squeezed my gloves. Quite literally a whole two litres of water leaked out of my gloves. It honestly astonished me how bad the quality of the ski gloves were. If someone who goes skiing with your ski gloves, and they can squeeze out like two litres of water, you know there’s something wrong with the quality. We went back to my mom’s friend (Candy) that brought us here and we got into her car. She brought us back to her house. I took off my wet socks and tried to warm up my feet there. She ordered food for us, so we ate and we went home after my mom picked us up. That night, I was freezing, but we thank Nate’s mom for driving us and getting us food!
On December 22, 2021 my mom picked up my brother and I. As we were packing up, we didn’t have much time left, so instead, we just got pairs of beanies and a top in our backpack. When we got in the car and my mom was about to head out, my brother forgot to bring his gloves and beanie, so my mom went in to go get his beanie and his gloves. She came back outside with my brother’s beanie and gloves. My brother told me that he will use my beanie instead because he was too lazy to open up the beanie, so I agreed. As we drove off, my mom told us that we weren’t able to get any food because we were running late and she didn’t want to waste any time left. After 20 minutes in the car without anything to eat or drink, we got to Nate’s house. My mom was very busy with work, so that’s why she sent us to Nate’s house. Nate’s mom drove us to Cypress in around 1 hour and 25 minutes and I took a great sleep. I put all my stuff in my brother’s backpack, which probably made him very tired because my stuff was very heavy. When we got to Cypress, I saw Anna, Claire, Maria, Chiyan, Kim, Yubo, and Rain. Maria,Anna,my brother (Lucas), me, and Yubo went to the rental place. When I got my ski boots, they were actually not that hard to put on. It took me 2 tries until I was able to actually stick my feet into the boots. Then I went to go get my skiboards. They told me to take off one of the boots so they could measure the size. It was very hard for me to take off at least one of the boots. I had to call Anna to come and help me and Anna couldn’t take it off, so even the person from the rental place came to help me and when I got it off, I gave it to the person. I had to put my boot back on. Then I went to go get my ski sticks and I went outside to go find Claire. When I found her, all the others in the rental place came out. Maria asked a guy if he could take a group photo for us and he said yes, when we got to the bunny hill. We went up the ski lift, and on top of the bunny hill I saw 5-6 cannons look-alike, but I didn’t really know what they were so when I was back to skiing, at first everything was all good but soon after, I wasn’t able to gain control of the skis. I began to go uncontrollably fast and there was no way I knew how to stop, so I used my back to stop the ski from moving. Luckily, Anna came to help me get up but it felt like I was twisting my leg and I wasn’t able to get up, so instead, Anna taught me how to get up. Still, I wasn’t, so Anna told me that I should take my skis off and get up then put my skis back on, but I asked her what if I slip, and then she told me that I won’t, so I trusted her and I got back up then started skiing again. Anna taught me how to ski, but I still fell another two times. I started to gain a little bit of control, but still fell. On my second fall, I literally used my back to ski because I was so tired and my gloves started getting wet, so my hand was getting really cold from it. On the bottom, I was really scared to go again, but Maria told me to remember “pizza” for my skis so it would be safer. We went up the ski lift again for the second time. On top, I was scared, but I still went since there was no other way to go down instead of skiing down. As I went, I was using pizza for my ski and it actually made me not fall for once. I was gaining control, but when I saw my brother ski, I was chuckling and I told him that he could do it just if he didn’t start losing control. This time, I did not fall and I was actually really proud. For the third one it was basically just the same, I used the pizza method and did not fall at all. As we were heading back, I saw Claire,Maria,Eddie and his mother were heading up the ski lift again and I asked Claire what they were doing, and Claire told me that they were going one more time because Eddie and his mother didn’t really go for once because they were kind of scared. I asked if I could come with them but I wasn’t able to put my ski back on and I didn’t really know why. So Claire headed back with me to the rental place to return the things. Then I changed my clothing since it was all wet and my gloves were soaking wet. I took them off, but I felt like it was so hard for me because my hands were freezing that it felt like I wasn’t even able to move them at all. I didn’t really change my pants since I didn’t bring a pair of them since the rental place didn’t have any change rooms for me to even change my pants, and that was a little disappointing. As my brother and I were heading back, we saw Nate and his mom outside, so we all walked back to the car and it was very cold. I even got my socks wet while walking because the streets were full of snow and water. When we got to the car, the doors were locked, so we waited for Nate’s mom to head back to the car so we could get in. When we were heading back to Nate’s, I took a nap in the car, but when I woke up I wasn’t able to go back to sleep because I wasn’t tired anymore. So when we got to Nate’s house, I changed my socks into some dry ones. Nate’s mom (Candy) got us sushi and my mom came back to pick us up. Then we headed home. Thanks to Nate’s mom for picking us up and buying food for us!
车上，我默默的回忆着自己昨晚周全且精密的设想：首先，作为一个关爱老人的活动，最重要的一定是安全和卫生，为了避免推搡踩踏事件的发生，秩序的稳定必须拿捏，为了避免COVID-19 传染，吃饭时有可能是每个人一个上课时的桌子，就算数个人坐在一起，也会保持适当的距离。其次是一个安静又温馨的环境，志愿者在台上讲的故事沁人心脾，唱着让人如沐春风的歌谣，台下排排坐的老人们喜笑颜开。我甚至都想到了见到其他志愿者时如何先声夺人后来居上釜底抽薪背水一战直捣黄龙…… 最后，在下车前我细细品味了今天要表演的节目，愈发觉得自己练过小号的醇正男高音能派上用场。
学生日记 ｜ Jason
On Friday we made some preparations for today’s volunteer service. About Canada National Seniors Day, we came to Vancouver from Richmond, and it took a lot of time. There were already quite a few people on the scene, which made people feel a little confused. We check the vaccination status of the people attending the festival and provide help to them, but there are some difficulties and some people are impatient. We distribute flyers about our songs, hoping that they can sing with us. Although some people don't seem interested in our program, some people will sing with us. We ended our volunteer activities at about two o’clock and it took a long time before we returned to Richmond.
学生日记 ｜ Johnny
There was quite a lot of prep work before attending the Senior Appreciation Event including practicing the song that we were to perform through zoom (as I was stuck in Surrey). Today, my mother and I made our way over to Vancouver from Surrey which took a considerable amount of time. We arrived at the venue quite late at around 11:00 AM, at which point a portion of the food had already been served and many guests had already made their statements. Some of the esteemed guests that I recall include an MP of Saskatchewan, a director of Security Operations within BC, and an important member of the cultural diversity group that hosted the event. The event was packed with people and performances which helped the jovial environment. At the event, specifically I helped with verifying the vaccination records of guests and providing assistance to those who arrived. As well, I helped handing out fliers of sorts promoting others to sing along to our song. The song was a bit of a letdown but it was a nice gesture either way. I left with a couple others at around 2 in the afternoon which was basically the end of the ceremony.
学生日记 ｜ Mia
The event was enjoyable, but could use some improvements. There wasn’t much to do at the event, but it was ok overall. The food was a bit on the “meh” side, but the performances were really, really well organized and entertaining. Unfortunately, some people were quite rude coming into the event, but most of the guests were friendly. Overall, the experience was enjoyable, but there are quite a few spots that could’ve been improved. One thing that I found really well organized were the numerous performances and the award distributions, those were really well organized and carried out.
学生日记 ｜ Mayra
On Oct. 30, 2021, I went to Fuda Seafood Restaurant to volunteer. At first, my mission was to check other customers’ QR code. I stood at the entrance of the restaurant, waiting for the guests to enter. I used my phone to scan their COVID vaccine codes. My partner was Mia. Her task was to let the customers fill out the guests’ emergency contact form. Mia and I were hard-working. Although we were tired as we stood at the entrance for a long time, we tried our best to complete our tasks. We were very polite to each guest. Also, we helped people to guide the directions in the building, such as the direction to the activity location and the way to the restroom.
Next, the kids, the teacher and I were waiting in the restaurant, and we were ready to perform. We were prepared to sing together on the stage. The song was called “You Are My Sunshine”. I was holding the lyrics sheet. A man made a hand gesture to us, and we walked confidently onto the stage. On the stage, we stood in a horizontal line. The audience’s attention immediately turned to us. I felt a little bit nervous, but I was confident with myself since I practiced this song a lot before the performance. The accompaniment music started, and we began to sing. The voice we produced was in harmony. The music was light and bright. After we finished singing, we bowed. I could hear the applause from the audience. I felt so proud of myself. Afterwards, I received the volunteer certificate. I learned a lot today. For example, I improved my communication skills. I enjoy singing on the stage. I had a memorable volunteer experience.