Yeah...I'm finally updating my blog again! :) The past 3 weekends had been busy & fun-filled...so lots to update all at once. I'm happy that everything has been going very well since I came here and I'm enjoyed every opportunity to learn & experience different things every day!!
This was my first time ever celebrating Halloween so it was definitely a brand new experience! It was fun to see how people celebrate it over here...decorating their houses with pumpkins & other 'scary' stuffs, carve pumpkins and most importantly dress up for Halloween parties!! My first Halloween experience was absolutely awesome coz I went to a pumpkin carving party and 2 Halloween parties...all in Birmingham! Haha...thanks to Daniel & Anna for being such good American hosts...at least I have the chance to hang out with more Americans...haha!! :p
Nice Halloween decorations!!!
25 Oct 2008 (Sat): Pumpkin Carving Party @ Erin's House
Anna, Sabina, Cristina and I went down to Birmingham for this pumpkin carving party. It was funny coz we spent bout 30 minutes driving around juz to buy 2 huge pumpkins...haha!! It was really fun carving the pumpkin with Anna & Daniel. I've never carved a pumpkin before so they had to explain to me step by step what we need to do. It wasn't hard...juz takes time...but I like craft...so it was really interesting for me!! And we had quite a complicated design...well...we 'ruined' it a bit...but overall it was very niceeee!!! Not bad for a first timer...hahaha!! :)
Our pumpkin was sooo AWESOME...luv it!!
31 Oct & 1 Nov 2008 (Fri & Sat): Halloween Parties @ Birmingham
Daniel invited me to their house party and also another party at his friend's house. It was very nice of him to come all the way here to fetch me to and fro Birmingham....really appreciate it!! I met lotsa new 'american' friends in both parties...most of them PHD students in UAB. Both parties were fun coz everyone was chatting, eating, drinking & playing games...definitely better than the loud music in the frat parties...haha!! :p
Halloween Party @ The 'Man-sion'
I dressed up as japanese school girl...haha...do i look like??
Wondering what it's like in american parties?
Eat, chat, watch football, play beer pong & flip cups and playing with kids (my favorite)...hahaha!!
6 Nov 2008 (Thurs): Homecoming Bonfire
7 Nov 2008 (Fri): TEA Conference @ Holiday Inn, Huntsville
The international office gave us the opportunity to help out in this event and claim our communitey service hours. But since I've already completed my 10 hours for this semester, I juz volunteered to help out coz I felt that it would be a good experience to get involved in something different. I was there from 7.30am till 5.30pm...helping whenever they need help...it was quite an easy task and I really enjoyed the experience being in the 'Blue Team'.
Glad to be part of the 'Blue Team'!!
We were the 'escorts' to the Early Works Museum
But we were busy taking pictures instead of escorting...oops!! :p
Finally some pictures of downtown Huntsville
The trees are soooo beautiful!!! I love Autumn!!
7 Nov 2008 (Fri): UAH Ice Hockey Game
We went to the Von Braun Center to watch the hockey game between UAH and Bemidji State. It was my first time watching an ice hockey game so I was very excited about it!! We were sitting near some fun supporters so it made the game even more interesting coz we were cheering for UAH all the time. We also saw Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn at the game coz they were there to cheer for their son. It was a good game and we won 4:2...woohoo!! Yea...blue and white are the colors for UAH...Go Chargers!!!
8 Nov 2008 (Sat): Chinese Lantern Festival @ Grissom High School
Well...mid-autumn festival is over for quite some time already...but this event was delayed till last weekend. I volunteered to help in this event coz I really wanted to attend since I didn't get to celebrate it back home. Everything was so familiar to me...people, language, food & performances...felt like back home!! I was also helping Uyanga as her 'assistant' coz she had 2 performances...and she won first prize for her Mongolian dance...congrats!!
The fall semester is coming to an end and I've finished all my tests...still have quiz & project due nex week. Then it's Thanksgiving break and final exam! So far, I'm doing good in all my classes...still getting A's...oh yeah!! ;)
Winter break is gonna be awesome coz bro & I will be travelling around. We'll start with ski trip at West Virginia...after that maybe Baltimore & Maryland....then join the 8 days' East Coast tour from 24th-31st Dec (New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Niagara Falls, Boston, Rhode Island & New Jersey)....will be spending Christmas & New Year in New York...woohoo!!! :) And the best thing is.....mum & dad will be coming over to join us for the 8 days' tour....AWESOME!!! :)