Last three weeks have been very intense. First of all, there was the Group 4 Science Project, (CCE) Chinese Cultural Evening 2019, followed by a tsunami of tests and Project Week. Therefore, there is no wonder why I was not active on my blog. Fear not, now I am here to repay all my debts.
(Year 1 Dragon Dance Boys Team after CCE)
First of all, that was the time where the flowers began to bloom in the LPC campus. I had an enjoyable moment watching them before they disappear. That week was the week before the CCE, so I went into the city, to the Ladies Market in Mong Kok to get some special clothing for the event. Luckily, I was able to bargain a Chinese looking robe for an appropriate price.
(Ladies Market in Mong Kok, Hong Kong - a place to get everything Chinese)
There were also a few mini events going on that week. At one point, we went together to the house of Jon (our Chemistry teacher) to play some games together. It was a memorable evening. We played some Nintendo Switch games and some board games (it was called Captain Sonar).
(We played a cooking game, which was quite challenging. Now, we know how hard the life of our canteen ladies are.)
Another event was our Group 4 Science Project. This is where the students are grouped into teams to come up with a research question, conduct their experiments and present their findings. Our group did some experiment on how close the manufactured fruit juice resembles the natural fruit juice.
(Benedict's test of glucose solutions with different concentration)
Finally, there was the Chinese Cultural Evening. For this year, the story of the CCE is about an 1124-year-old Tang dynasty poet called Li Ying, who traveled through time in a paper box to the 21st century. The story was very creative and well written.
(Li Ying, the time travelling Tang dynasty poet)
(Li Ying, seeing a MacBook Pro for the first time - although he seems comfortable using a microphone)
Initially, the CCE starts with a special dinner, which is themed as a traditional Chinese Restaurant. This means the food is served to your table instead of you lining up at the canteen. This is an unusual idea, but a nice one since we are used to lining up at the canteen. The traditional Chinese cuisine served was one of the best dishes I have eaten during my time in LPC.
In the evening, there was the actual CCE performance. This year’s performances include the dragon dance, lion dance, Chinese dancing, sand art, Chinese mountain song (山歌), Hulusi (a Chinese ethnic minority instrument) performance, martial arts, and many others.Among all the performances, the highlight for this year is the lion dance. This year’s lion dance featured dancing on the pole for the first time. Although it was quite scary to look at the lion dancers jumping from pole to pole, they did it really well.
(This dragon dance formation is called Zhong because it resembles the Chinese Character - 中)
I performed the dragon dance during the CCE but accidentally broke the dragon head. I was very fortunate that the head did not fell off during the performance. It was embarrassing. However, our year group’s dragon dance team has got something to talk about.
That was the Chinese Cultural Evening for this year and it was indeed epic. The next post will be about my Project Week Trip to China. Let me end this blog post with a little poem that my fellow CCE team members have written for Facebook promotion.
From between the two rivers
To beyond the five seas
With blushing blossoms of cherries
And misted murmurs of drizzling spring
In crossing the golden chalices chime
The silent humming of the phoenix’s song