This week is all about food… yes, food. I have three stories to tell.
After I have come back to the college from China Week, there was a significant change in my life - I turned back into a vegetarian. Some of my friends thought it is weird, but it is my personal choice. The story goes like this.
During my China Week trip, our group went to a restaurant and ordered chicken. While we were waiting for the chicken meal, I had to go to the toilet at the back of the restaurant. Unfortunately, I saw two living chicken killed immediately right in front of my eyes. For some people, this is not so significant, it is just another two dead chickens! However, I do not know what happened to me. These chickens were the ones which were served on our table and I wasn’t able to eat that meat that day. There, I decided that I should become a vegetarian again (I used to be a vegetarian a few years ago for a period). As soon as I arrived back to the college, I went to the school nurse and discussed this issue. Also, I added my name to the list of vegetarians at the canteen and now, I am entirely a vegetarian! This is how my lunch looks like for most of the day.
The next story is about cooking a dish. Before coming to college, I rarely cook. Therefore, I do not know how to cook apart from frying eggs and heating food in the oven. However, my mother cooks delicious food and my inability to cook was not a big problem, until last Wednesday. On that day, we had our tutor group dinner and all the first years are told to prepare a dish individually for the dinner. However, it was a good personal challenge.
As soon as I know that I have to cook, I began googling “Easy Asian Noodles” and found the recipe for sesame noodles. It was the perfect recipe because (1) it is a vegetarian dish and (2) the ingredients are readily available. After a trip to the Wet Market and a few supermarkets, with my Mongolian friend, Engun, my ingredients are ready. When the time comes, I prepared the sesame noodles with the laptop near me. I looked at the recipe frequently and followed every step. Finally, the result was a good looking dish. It was finally served to everyone at the dinner, along with Tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette), Chinese beef curry, salad, and fruits. I am glad that everyone enjoyed the meal and there was no food waste.
The last story is about buddy outing. In LPC, every student is assigned a buddy and a buddy is someone to whom you can ask anything about anything or talk about anything (according to my buddy’s definition of a buddy :D). Traditionally, the second year buddies take the first year buddies out for a meal and last Saturday, my buddy and I just did that. We went to Bafang Dumplings, a dumpling shop in City One, which is a few stations away from Wu Kai Sha, where LPCUWC is. We talked about many things that night - Asia Pacific Evening of Culture, how I cooked for tutor dinner, our parents and relatives, the history of Myanmar, my planned trip to Japan, life in Italy, student representative elections, the best time in Hong Kong to gaze the stars from the rooftop, and my personality. etc. Indeed, it was a memorable night and I personally thank my buddy for it.
(The Dumpling shop we went to)
Last but not least, this Saturday is the Asia Pacific Evening of Culture (APEC) and we have tried very hard for this moment. I will not spoil it by talking about it too much. Just wait and there will be a special blog post for that. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the Hokusai-inspired APEC board drawing in front of our canteen.
By the way, today is my super kind-hearted German roommate, Timo’s birthday. Happy Birthday Timo!!
Keep in touch for next APEC blog post!