Miranda M. (Alumni-D)'s Journal

Well, I always had this thought that I should try everything possible since it is already the last year of Middle School. Then there was this big thing called Microcampus, and I never tried being apart from my parents for so long, so I just signed up. They kept emphasizing "being outside of the bubble", and I thought I was pretty outside the bubble already since my parents and I often go to small and dusty restaurants. But once I got here, I realize that it is I am not ouside the bubble at all when I was in Shanghai.

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Today, our Service Learning team has already kind of disliked the fact that our partner keeps pushing us away, and avoiding us. But Xiao Tang was determined to resolve this problem, so we went right after praying time, in the hope that he will be there. And he was. He was with his friends, just finished with praying, and he was quite happy to see us, and it was actually true that he was planting trees.

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Today was our celebration for our Service Learning project. My video took forever to finish translating the Chinese, with the help of Fay and Annaliese for "some" corrections. We were the last group to finish it, since I expected my group to do a perfect job of adding the final touches from the recommendations of Mr. T. But they failed it, so in the end it was up to me to fix everything. But at least we got the writing completed in time, and I was not any part of it except for giving them what I know about Mr.

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Although it is already pretty late right now, I am still going to share to good news. I finished my Service Learning Video! Hooray! Now I just need to let a fluent Chinese speaking chaperone check it, and give it to my teammates to write the article then I am done! I hope Mr. Yang Deguang, our Service Learning partner, can come tomorrow for the little celebration. He is a Rabbi at the mosque, and he is 76 years old.

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I finally finished my Inquiry Project!!! Hooray, hooray, hooray!!! I spent basically my whole day devoted to the Inquiry Project, and I finished the movie I was producing during WIPPIT time, but I have to finish all of the background and reflection after dinner and going into the night, but I finally finished it before 9:00 PM today!!! My embroidery was completed by Ms. Li, since she said the head is too complicated for me.

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For Anna's final product, she will make a meal of the yellow bean noodles that she is studying as her topic for the whole Microcampus group. So today when she announce everyone to meet in the kitchen at 7:30 after dinner, I expected that it will definitely be the noodles. But when she lifts the cover of whatever is under it, it really surprised me. It was two chocolate cakes with Dynamite spelled over it with cut Snicker bars.

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Yeah I am so glad that I finally have time to rest! But today our appointment with Mr. Yang Deguang was canceled due to his schedule, so it is moved to tomorrow three in the afternoon. Today I tried to use all my time to finish my SAS Essentials, but it was not very successful, since I have to do all of the work of the Service Learning information because I am the host of this project of my group. I regret signing up to be the host, since I have to do all of the work.

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Today my Service Learning group made quite an amount of progress. We went to the mosque to meet the Muslim man who gave Chuli his phone number the first time they met. I thought he was a very enthusiastic and active person, but he turned out to be formal and proper. He is a very busy man, so we started filming him today. The unfortunate thing is that we was not expecting the filming to start, so we did not bring any professional devices and the list of questions, so in the end we just made up some questions and recited some from memory.

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As our evening activity tonight, we were suppose to head to Si Fang Jie and reflect on our journey so far, which I find a very boring activity. But when we get there, Xiao Tang, one of the local staff and chaperone, announced that we are going on a horse car trip to Erhai, the lake. We were all surprised, except for the evening programming group, of course. So we went on, and I sat in the front on the trip there, and the horse's tail tickled my legs for the whole trip.

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Today was our second time to go to Dali Old Town, and my partner and I wandered farther this time. For dinner we did not stay at a restaurant, but instead, we ate local snacks as we walked and filled out stomachs up completely. As we strode different streets, we eventually got lost and started heading back to the gate.

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While recovering from the aching muscles because of the hike, we have to go back to normal schedule. As I was heading to Happy Embroidery to do my embroidery again, I realize that it is the Chinese National Holiday, and predicted that the shop will be closed, but still went because there is a chance that it will be open because there are more tourists during holidays. Once I turned around the corner into the alleyway where the shop is, I saw the locked gate. Since I have Ms.

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Today was the last day of the hike, and I was relieved. Honestly speaking, I never really did enjoy the hike, and the only things I liked was the night sky full of sparkling stars and the scenery from the mountain, but I could hardly take a few pictures because we were constantly moving. This morning we woke up at 6:54, from the call of Mr. T to see the beautiful sunrise. It was glamourous.

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Today's hike was so much more relaxing than yesterday's. Although we were heading uphill the whole time, unlike yesterday where we went through a huge meadow that took us at least two hours, the hike itself was shorter. It only took us around three hours to get to our campsite. Plus we finally accomplished out goal- reaching 3232 meters above sea-level. Anna, Jeffrey, and I did our video shout-out up there, creating history, since nobody did their video up there before.

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The hiking was surely a 100 times harder then I thought it was going to be. In the first five minuets, I was already breathing heavily. Eventually I was the last, and Mr. T told m to use my arms, so the more tired limbs will be the arms instead of my legs. I persuded my brain, that I can do this, it is my arms that are tired, not my legs. It worked. after my first rest, my kegs are nto tired anymore. Plus I am not walking behind anymore. After 8 hours of dramatical walking, we finally got to out new homw for dinner.

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The schedule today was basically the same as every other day, but tomorrow is the hike! So right now I am packing for tomorrow, but I think I am again packing too much. My hiking bag is pretty heavy, but I feel less tired since I have trained myself to carry a heavy hiking backpack on the trip to Dali Old Town last week.

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If you are following my journey of exploring embroidery, you might have heard me mentioning about part of my final product- creating an embroidery piece myself. I have started three days ago, and I planned on making a double sided embroidery to challenge myself, but I underestimated it- the teacher, Ms. Li, said the back of my piece is too messy to be counted as a double sided embroidery, so right now I am just focusing on one side.

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This is written a day late, since we went to camp at the tongue of the lake last night. The weather was never very well since the beginning of the day, the air cool and humid, and the sky clogged up with gray wool. But humans are always curious of events they never tried before, and I am a human. I have never camped before, in my whole life. Never setted up tents, rolled in a comfy sleeping bag, and listening the the waves of the lake hit the shore every few seconds.

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In the morning, I went to someone's home, where they sell cheese chips (my favourite food in Xizhou) and embroidery (my topic). Mrs. Zhang, one of the venders, let us try making it, and I epically failed, but we could eat the cheese fresh, without being fried. First, you pour a bowl of fresh milk that is not processed into the hot frying pot that is filled with cheese water (water accumulated from another process), and you gently stir it.

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Today is basically the same day as any other Microcampus normal work day. I got most of my Phase 3, which is interviewing different people or experts, and I could either keep researching for more information, or I can start on my final product, which I want to create an embroidery myself. The best part today was the evening activity- Trivia Night! Mr. T used his funny game show accent, and eventually our group went for tie with anther group to forming a huge group together and losing against the team we had a tie with.

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Today was basically like yesterday. This morning we wrote our first wellness reflection, and afterwards, we got the whole day off, unlike yesterday where we only got half day off. I spent my free time catching up on some of the work I did not finish during the previous SAS Essentials, the time we do work from school. I completed the research about a particular star or constellation, but I still have to keep drawing moons everyday.

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Today was a relatively chill day. On Saturdays, you get to sleep in, get late breakfast, and if all your work is done, you get to do whatever you want for the whole morning. In the afternoon, Mr. T introduced the Service Learning Project to us, and gave us a 45 minuets China History lesson, which was a lot more interesting than the Yunnan Ethic Migration one. We were to interview an elder 60 years or older and protect their life history from going extinct.

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The Tower of Five Glories and Myself

We went to the Dali Old Town at 3:30 P.M.. The bus ride was half an hour long, but it was totally worth it. Dali Old Town is basically the tourist site of Yunnan, compared to Xizhou, a tiny town without much popularity. We had an extra early dinner at a Yunnan rice noodle shop, because one of our teammates was really hungry. Afterwards, we strode through the streets and saw a lot of shops selling traditional clothing, jewelry, and leather goods.

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The Moon at Sunset

The evening activity was the best. We went to a family's home to celebrate the festival with them, techniquely the YZR housekeeper's home. They were so nice to us, that they would not sit down and eat with us, even if we invited them to do so! But afterwards, when it was time to leave, the sky started pouring buckets of water!

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Lake Erhai and the House

Well, we did not exactly go through it, but we went around it and enjoyed the scenery. I cannot believe that fluffy white clouds and blue waters that can reflect the sky. Algae growing in the waters was not surprising, but the amount of algae growing is amazing. Algae loves the nitrogen released by the soil for planting crops. That is why this lake is its perfect home.

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Moon and Star

Around 7:45 after dinner, nine of us went to enjoy the Dong Jing Music performance in the Linden Centre. Afterwards, Mr. T took us on an adventure, striding through the tall rice plants, and settling in the middle of the field. The landscape is endless. But the sky is infinite. Even though the night sky is not so clear because of the brightness of the moon, the constellations and Summer Triangle is still visible.

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Trees

Today, for the most of the day we stayed in Yang Zhuo Ran, and we only went out to the Si Fang Jie for dinner. But Anna and I went out for a jog with Xiao Tang, a staff at Yang Zhuo Ran, and we discovered this hotel that is renovating, but still welcoming guests to live there. It was very grand, and eventually we found out that the new construction was designed by an Italian designer. During dinner time, Mr. T recommended the fried rice in this shop which people often refer as the "Fried Rice Place". He said that the restaurant produces the best fried rice in the world.

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Si Fang Jie

The breakfast was great. A mix of Western and Chinese, plus the milk actually taste like milk, unlike the processed ones I drink everyday. Then we split up into two groups, one went on the tour around Xizhou and saw a lot of places, including the bank and schools, the other stayed and went second for the tour. We had lunch in Si Fang Jie, the local town square, and the sweet Baba with honey, the local "pizza" was really good. But the sad thing was, on the way to the laundry place, it was pouring like mad.

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Home

Today I woke up at 4:30 in the morning. I did not have enough sleep because I slept at 1:00 yesterday form packing late. I should have packed a day earlier, stupid me. I arrived at the airport as the last Microcampus student, but I was not late so I was fine. Goodbye to parents, boarding, everything, then the 3 hour flight. It was funny because Christina made a lot of jokes and Gayatri, Christina, and I watched an episode of a new TV show.

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Hey! I am Miranda who was a member of the Dynamite Puxi and Pudong mix group. I am from Hong Kong, but moved to Shanghai when I was 8, and lived there ever since. My inquiry project was about embroidery. I loved the air and scenery of Xizhou, and wish to come back another time. All of the active Microcampus students can always ask me for help and advice!