It has been more than a week since I arrived back in Myanmar. Honestly, it feels like getting off the time machine. The speed at which things happen in LPC is extremely quick, but I am getting used to it. It is actually quite easy to survive but you need good organization skills.
Now, there is no more LPC timetable and I have all the time in the world. There are no longer check-ins, no more Wi-Fi breaks and no more switching off lights after 11 p.m. Life seems quite relaxed and easy.
However, before I go back home, I have been writing a list of things that I want to do over the summer and the list is quite long – there are 58 tasks in total, including the academic tasks like completing all my Internal Assessments and Extended Essays, and completely recreational tasks like writing a multiplayer game and learning the Chinese Bamboo flute. Yes, you can say I am quite ambitious, but I do not want to waste this summer time. So, I took a full rest for two days after I arrived home and laid out my summer plans over the calendar.
(Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt. - from The Art of War by Sun Tzu)
The most urgent and the most important task for me is to upgrade my Chinese learning application. During the Chinese New Year break in LPC, I created a Chinese learning application for the IB Mandarin Ab Initio Syllabus because I love coding and I love learning Chinese. However, the application is not a very good one because I had to rush to complete it over a duration of three days. Now I give myself enough time to develop a full-scale app and I have brought it into existence yesterday.
I named it Zhong Wen 3.0 Cherry Blossom and it has multiple features to help me in my Mandarin learning journey. It can teach you the Chinese characters - stroke by stroke, provide pronunciations, call out dictations and train your speaking and listening through a process called ‘shadowing’ practice. I have already shared the application with my classmates, and they find it very helpful. Also, it is very satisfying for me to watch my product working after coding for a straight 48 hours. You can see the app in the video below. The music is ‘Ishikari Lore’ (Source) by ‘Kevin MacLeod’ and it is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence.
Honestly, I am grateful that I was able to get back to coding this summer and I am happy that I have finished one of my two big summer coding projects on time. My next stop is writing my Chemistry Extended Essay, which is a 4,000-word research essay on a topic of our own choice, and it is compulsory to pass the IB Diploma.
I am challenging myself how many tasks I can complete this summer, and everything has been going well until now. My schedule seems tight, but life need not be dull – I have my Bamboo flute, Acoustic guitar, my Chinese painting kit and a library of science books to accompany me if I ever feel bored this summer.
I will keep updating the blog over the summer. Keep in touch.