Wayne L. (Alumni-G)'s Journal

Why did I come to Microcampus? I cannot remember why I originally came here, but I know why now.
I came to Microcampus to do something different. To do something that I wouldn't normally do. I want to go to a place where I can take the time to think, slow down what I am doing and chill. Terrace time really taught me how to observe.

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Today, we tuned everything down. In the morning, we did our Wellness Reflection and our Day 28 Journal. After lunch, we were Pitching In the whole time, packing and finishing everything up. I went out with Ye Ling do buy things for my family. I bought all the items for every member of my family, except my father. It is hard to get something for my father and it took a really long time to get something for him. In the end, I was called back because of a meeting at the Linden Centre. I thought that I would not have a present for my father.

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Harry, Alina, Narelle, and I went to pick Mr. Du Xing Long up at his home. We travelled to Sifang Jie and continued walking towards the market. Then we made a right turn at a junction and Mr. Du was standing there, all ready to go. He seemed really excited. I asked whether his wife would be going but he said she was too busy today. We took about ten minutes to get to the Linden Centre. When we got there, it was two fifty-nine, we were just on time. We hurried to the TV room and the Annual Service Learning Presentation has begun.

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Today was my first day being point person for the daily video shout out. Ryane, Narelle and I went to local embroidery shop right next to the Linden Centre. Being the point person, it made sense if I used my camera to film. Ryane chose to come to this place because she has a lot to say. She probably got so much information when doing her inquiry project since she works on embroidery. After we finished the footage, I went back to the Linden Centre to finalize the shout out.

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When I was finishing my final product this afternoon, I realized how much I love my project. I never knew how much passion I have until I started writing about it. I got a final approval from Mr. Tafel with many of his compliments, and I felt really accomplished. I really, really like this feeling. The whole evening, I felt so good. The feeling of accomplishment is by far my most favorite feeling. I went to dinner in a really good mood. For the rest of the day, even when I went to sleep, I have a smile on my face.

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The whole day I was working on my inquiry. In the morning I woke up to do my inquiry. I had breakfast and then more inquiry. I worked until 10:00 when I need to do more Wellness Reflection. I finished that at 11:00 and then continued with my inquiry until lunch. I ate quickly then continued my inquiry. I stopped for a game of pool with Joyce at 3:30 and then continued my inquiry. I worked until dinner which I had to go out. When I came back, I worked on inquiry until nine. The whole day I was basically doing my final product.

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Tonight from 8:30 to 9:30 it was Earth Hour. Anything that uses electricity we are not allowed to use at this time. We gathered together in the TV room  and huddled around three candles, then someone decided to tell ghost stories. A couple of us were playing Uno but it got to dark to see the color or the number. The candles kept going out and the whole place became very dark. We tripped over each other and fell into a puddle. The ghost story scared everyone. Earth Day was more like Halloween to me. About 9:00, we gave up staying in the dark.

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This afternoon, we went to Dali Old Town! Finally, I've been waiting for this moment for a very long time, but I was late for the gathering. We separated into groups of 3 or 4 and we were off. As a group we travelled all around the place. I saw a marble stamp shop and I decide buy one. I have always liked things like that. We were hungry afterwards so we looked for food. We agreed to eat at 蒙自源:过桥米线. i really liked what I ordered.

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This morning I made my way to the dining room and I smelled a sweet aroma of pancakes and syrup. I found a seat and quickly sat down. I also ordered some soup. While waiting, I kept sniffing other people's food. They smelled so appetizing. I tried to steal some food from my friends at the table but they just pushed me away. Finally, I had my hot bowl of soup. The smell of it makes my stomach growl. I used my tongue to lap up the warm soup as water vapor filled my nostrils and cleansed them. For lunch, I had a delicious plate of 鱼香肉丝盖饭.

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Today is a very busy day. It is the last day to get the last bit of information. The whole day I am in such a hurry; my schedule was packed tight like hamburger. In the morning, I had a lot of Language Arts to get done. During Pitching In, I have committee work and laundry to do. This afternoon, I had to go out and get as many resources as possible before the end of WIPPIT time. I still have a lot of information to record. I spent my whole evening activity time catching up on my work. I have to finish my Phase 3 by tonight.

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This morning I looked at Phase 3 of my Inquiry Project and I found out that I do not have any information about geese! Ms. Mai told me that the owner of the geese is not here during the afternoon so I asked Ms. Mai if we could go during the morning Pitching In time, since I do not have daily video shout-out nor laundry. Ms. Mai and I went to the house we planned to but there was nobody at home. Both of us were very disappointed. We walked our way back and found the water treatment factory that is very near the Linden Centre. Ms.

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Today we planned to go to Dali Own Town but because of our misbehavior we cancelled the trip. Thus we had our normal WIPPIT schedule this afternoon. In the morning during the Daily Meeting, I heard that the members of the Room Inspection Federation are arriving shortly so my roommates and I hurriedly tidied up the room. We spent most of our Pitching In time doing that. I went out for a Daily Video Shout-Out and to buy Alphenliebe to bribe the Head of the Room Inspection Federation, Mr.

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Today for WIPPIT, I went to sit on Mr. Yang's horse-cart. I asked him several questions about cormorant fishing. Later, we went to visit Mr. Yang the cormorant fishing expert. He shared a lot of knowledge with us. I even sat on his boat and watch his performance with the birds. First, Mr. Yang sings a traidtional song. Then, he took some birds and let them fly over the lake. The birds usually rest on the edge of the boat and will only start fishing if Mr. Yang lets them do it. I asked him questions afterwards regarding my inquiry project. This evening, Mr.

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I woke up feeling tired and groggy as I made my way to the bathroom, splashing cold water on my face. I have to get to breakfast soon. I threw on my sweater and headed to breakfast. The air was very chilly in the morning. I ordered a warm bowl of noodles. The tepid porcelain surface thawed my frozen fingers as I my soup heated up my stomach. I never had such a breakfast during the hike. My stomach was surprised at the fact that there was something warm and settling in the morning. Today was an interesting day.

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I woke up at nine. I spent the whole morning in my bed, trying to pack my luggage so we can move back to the Linden Centre. Everything is going to be back to normal. At ten, Jamie, Orion, Matthew, and I went for breakfast at Sifang Jie. The Muslim noodles tasted great compared to what we ate in the mountains. My afternoon was really busy as I had to do my laundry, record my findings on the hike, and finish 4 journal posts (including today’s). It was really tough to type so much. After dinner, something horrible cropped up.

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We woke up late this morning. We ate breakfast quickly and then we started hiking down. It was my turn to use the walkie-talkie! The job was fun but it was a huge responsibility. I messed up a couple of times but I got the hang of it in the end. I would hold the side button for a second, then start the conversation with "Fuzzy Bear, Fuzzy Bear". "Fuzzy Bear" was Mr. Tafel's radio name. Mine was Boy Wonder. At first, the terrain we had to walk across relatively flat plains. Then, we met a warning sign.

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Despite our lethargic bodies, we woke up at 7:30 in the morning. We ate our breakfast at 8:30 and we were off. Today's hike was shorter but steeper. I was assigned the heart rate monitor for today. I started off with a ton of energy; I was really excited to reach the top. For the whole time my mind was focused on getting there, instead of my aching shoulders from yesterday's hike. Our group set an excellent pace and in no time, we arrived at 小花甸坝. Although the name meant that it was smaller than 大花甸坝, but it was still pretty big.

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We started the long day with a delicious breakfast. Keep in mind that this was the last taste of "home" food we had for three days. We all crammed in a small bus that brought us to the foot of the mountain. Before the hike, T and Ms. Mai said that we were going to complain that the first part was too tough, even though that was the easiest part of the hike. That kept our mouth shut. It is reverse psychology in action. Every time Tafel let us take a rest, I felt a rush of relief.

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Today was an interesting day. In the morning, we packed our luggage to leave the Linden Centre. There were new guests coming in and we did not plan for that. At least we could still use the common areas in the Linden Centre. We moved down the street to Yang's Guest House. The place was really beautiful. I could hear the chirping of birds around the place. My roommate is Harry and we two slept on the third floor. It sure was tiring to bring our luggage all the way up. At 1:45 p.m, Ms. Mai and I went to Mrs. Duan's shop.

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Today we have our first Wellness Plan Reflection. Ms. Mai explained how to write the reflection. I am glad that I did my thirty minutes work-out three times. In the evening, I went to watch the 7:30 DongJing performance. Right before the performance, I met a young man named Andrew. He was really nice. I had a chat with him until the old folks started performing. I really enjoyed the music that the old folks played. I was amazed at how the music was. I guess this is real China. The instruments they used were interesting but I have seen most of them before.

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Today was our first Saturday. After lunch we had a Chinese History lesson taught by T, and then we had a Service Learning Into. The whole talk was very long but it was meaningful and essential. I thought that Chinese History actually was not as boring as Mr. Tafel described. In the afternoon, we went to make connections in SIfang Jie. My group: Harry, Alina, Narelle, and I only found a few old folks. I wished we the people that I knew were slightly older. In the evening, we were supposed to camp on the tongue of the lake, but we made Mr.

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Today was an intense day. It was my first time being secretary. The job was tougher than I thought, I had to type quickly and listen for information at the same time. In the afternoon, we went to hike up the Mosque Temple. I packed for one hour then the seventeen of us, including the chaperones, went up the mountain. This was our practice before the 3-day hike. We hiked through grassy and weedy terrains, rocky and sandy grounds. I also met some goats up there. I felt that this practice hike was essential, because I learned a lot of new things during the trip.

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Today Erica, Alina, Dannes, Ms.Mai, and I went to the local Cheese Factory. I am going there because of my inquiry project. When I was going out the door, I met Ms.Yan, the Linden Centre gardener. She welcomed the five of us to her home. She is very hospitable as she is proud of her newly renovated home. We had a talk with her about her chickens. She said that the last rooster was slaughtered for Chinese New Year. For the whole time she was really, really nice. I never seen a person so welcoming to strangers before.

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Today was an ordinary day except for the field trip we are going for! At 2:00 this afternoon, we are going to 周城. 周城 is famous for its Tai Dai, which in Chinese is called 扎染. Today, we saw many detailed and artistic designs. I took a couple of photos of that. The old ladies are so talented; the artwork that they produced was incredible. Photos are great, but you still have to be there to see what I am talking about. The whole place was painted with lovely Tai Dai dangling off the tight rope.

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Our first ordinary day in Microcampus. The schedule was fixed: Breakfast, SAS Essentials, Daily Meeting, Pitching In, Lunch, Wippit Time, Check-In, Dinner, and last of all Evening Programming. I ate the delicious bowl of noodles for breakfast, then I started working on Language Arts. The meeting at ten was solemn but informative. For most of Pitching In time, I was worried that I forgot something, and I did. I forgot to put back the bicycle yard key back. Silly me! Lunch was awesome, as always, at the Linden Centre.

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Today was similar to an ordinary day in Microcampus but it was still a little different. A delicious breakfast got us started and we had our first Microcampus meeting. It was longer than usual but that was because it was our first. After the meeting, we had Pitching In time. It was special because we started with our committee work. I was the bicycle manager. Later in the afternoon, we had our two-hour long bike ride. The sceneries were simply remarkable. I felt the wind blow against my face as I stand up on my bicycle and gaze at the blue skies.

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Today I woke up at 7 a.m, and I ate the sumptuous breakfast in the Linden Centre. Afterwards, we travelled around the village and explore every corner. The scenery was beautiful. I found out that there is more than one "Mr. Yang" in Xizhou, in fact there are so many that it is impossible to keep track. I ate 扬州炒饭 for lunch a long with the Xizhou Baba, and a popsicle. Food is cheap and tasty around here. In the afternoon, we had a couple of meeting about our Wellness Plan, Inquiry Project, and Pitching In time.

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I woke up at 4:30 in the morning. Groggy as I was, this was the day that would change my life. I met my buddies at Terminal 5 in Hongqiao Airport and bid farewell to our families. After our families left, T assigned numbers to each of us. My number is 9. Next, we checked in our luggages and amazingly, not a single one of us has a overweighted bag. Mine was 16.8 kg. We ate breakfast there with 70 RMB, then met at Gate 22. When we are ready to board the airplane, I inhaled the last of Shanghai's air. Bye bye, Shanghai!

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Immediately after school, the Microcampers came togther in Mrs. Wegener's room. We talked a lot about the trip and how it is going to be like. First up to present was Ms. Kinsella. She told us how to cope wiht stress and how to maintain an excellent time in Xizhou. Next was Ms. Maloney. She taught us how to be healthy and what ot do if you are hurt. After that, we discussed about the Wellness Plan. This is a plan that is going to stick with us for 28 days. We also signed up for the committees in Microcampus. I am the Bicycle Manager.

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I'm Wayne and I am 13. I love to adventure because it spices up my life. I have been to many places in my life but never had I gone to a place like Xizhou. Microcampus has changed me inside-out, brought me laughter and glee, and taught me many life lessons that I will remember forever. I am so glad that I had made the decision to go on this trip. This experience is truly unforgettable.