November 12, 2011

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Our language center organized a 1 day free trip to Mike Farm (麥客田園) in Hsinchu County (新竹) for this term’s students. Apparently, they organize a trip every term. Cool! Since it was free (we had to pay a deposit fee of 300NTD just to make sure that we’ll show up on the day), some of my classmates and I decided to join.

We were supposed to meet at 8:50AM and we were to leave at 9:00AM but Shungo woke up at almost 8:50AM, so we were all panicking because we didn’t know if he would make it. Good thing he lives nearby, so he was able to make it in time.

It took us around 1.5 hours to reach the place. When we got there, we immediately started with the activities. First, we prepared this fireplace thing by placing bricks around it. Later, the staff placed a container of sweet potatoes inside to cook them. Second, we used this mortar and pestle to grind rice. I dunno how to explain it, but anyway, the rice eventually became sticky rice and then we rolled the rice into small balls, and dipped them in peanut! Yummy.

Third, we placed this green salty flour something inside this white gelatinous something and used this device to form a shape. (Yeah, we weren’t listening to the staff explain what we were doing. We just looked at what they were doing and copied them.) Fourth, we had lunch. Finally, we made this green tea by grinding tea leaves, sesame, etc. and then adding hot water. We also rode this cow-pulled cart. The ride would have been fun had the ride lasted longer. Too bad we only rode around the (small) area once.

Finally, we were done with the activities and we had to board the bus back to Taipei. My classmates and I got to meet a lot of new people, and we were able to talk with them a bit, so I can say that this trip has been fun.

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About Therese

27 years old | Chinese-Filipina | University of the Philippines Diliman | BA European Languages (Spanish major, Speech Communication minor) 2011 | National Chengchi University | MA International Development | Working in the logistics industry Believe in yourself and don't be afraid to seize opportunities ♥

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