SO it's been a while...
I haven't posted in almost 2 months! I missed blogging about random things but lately, I've been really busy with course work and volunteering.
But before any of that, these are the stuff that's been happening in my life over the past two months in my life.
Since I joined the Japanese club, I decided to be a part of the club's performance during the festival. For weeks, we worked hard and rehearsed hardcore in order to perfect our performance. There was a lot of fluid movement, footwork, jumping and running. My feet were sore and had blisters that went on for days. To be honest, I had no idea how on earth we were going to be able to do the dance seeing as it seemed quite complicated. However, as we progressed, everything came together and oh my god, we were amazing.
We performed a Japanese dance called, Senbon Sakura which means A thousand (sen) cherry blossoms (sakura). The best part about being in this performance was that we get to wear a Yukata. A Yukata is a casual summer kimono with lovely patterns designed on the fabric and a pretty obi to tie it around with.
Our club borrowed some yukatas from a few Japanese friends and the first time I saw the yukatas, I was so overwhelmed. When I was asked to pick one, I became indecisive. I just wanted to wear them all. By the end, I chose this one.
We didn't win the competition but in the end, it was an overall fun experience.
As I've previously mentioned, I auditioned for the music club and I got in. The club decided to play a mash-up of two songs, I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz and Say Something by A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera. I played the ukulele, of course. I was asked to sing but honestly, I'm not that confident about my singing voice yet and quite frankly, I'm a bit terrified of ruining the song with it.
We had a wonderful piano solo at the beginning accompanied by a nice silhouette dance about this woman who found out she has cancer and it was pretty sad along with our song but the performance was pretty good. There was a smoke machine which I thought was pretty cool. The only issue that we had was the technical difficulty we had with the microphones.
The good part, though, was that we won! And it was great because our club leader was happy and everyone was cheering for our club to win.
Besides club activities, I've also been busy with volunteer work. So far, this year, I've volunteered for two festivals: Our local Film Festival and our local Science Festival.
What made me excited to volunteer for the film festival this year is that I am actually legible to do so since I am a university student now. I was pretty bummed last year when I found out that I was not allowed to volunteer since I was not 18 yet nor was I in university.
Sad to say, I didn't fully get the experience out of this year's festival that I expected because it felt incomplete. My best friend wasn't around to volunteer with me and there weren't a lot of people just like the last time I volunteered two years ago.
It just didn't feel the same. I'm still glad I got to volunteer, eat free food and see films though.
So I had to work, or volunteer considering I wasn't getting paid, as a science communicator during the science festival this year for my natural sciences course.
Of course, I did not simply volunteer just for the free twenty percent of my marks but as well as for my simple interest in volunteering.
We had a training day off-site and on-site. I got to know a few of the instructors and found them really interesting since they came from UK or Australia and I think their accents are pretty cool.
I met a few people like Gus, Imi, Fiona and Lewis who were all amazing and talented at what they do.
I was placed in two workshops: the Animal Agents and the zoo (which is more of an exhibit than a workshop).
In Animal Agents, I had to deal with little kids and help them dig up some fake specimen which was kind of fun but also one of the most challenging things I've had to do ever. Some kids are just evil.
The best experience I've had was the zoo since it was my first time ever to hold a lot of reptiles. We had turtles, tortoises, a milk snake, an albino Burmese python, an iguana and a bearded dragon which were all pretty cool.
I held a snake and a blue-tongued skink, touched a python and witnessed a tortoise take a crap out of a zoo educator's hand.
Oh, an I got emotionally attached to an Iguana named, Steve. I officially want a pet green Iguana.
Volunteering was pretty tiring and there are some days where I ask myself whether I should keep going or not. But then I am reminded of the fun experiences I've had on the events themselves and the amazing people I met during those few days I'm with them. In the end, it's something different and simply won't repeat itself. <3