1) Finish 1st year at university with success & pass my exams
2) Get a 2-week training as a healthcare assistant & work part-time
3) Learn how to cook 10 yummy dishes
4) Develop spiritually & grow in faith
5) Get an official proposal from a special person
6) Exercise more and keep fit
7) Eat healthy
8) Remember to relax
9) Travel abroad
10) Visit my family which I love and miss so much!
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Have you thought about 2015?
Recently one of my friends had her birthday so we went to town to celebrate and have fun shopping.
We went to the biggest shopping mall in Norwich to check out the latest fashion trends and see all the sales. During Christmas time we as most students on a budget would always love to see the sign ‘SALE’ around us. :’D
I bought this red hat for only £3. It should have costed £8 if it hadn’t been for the winter sales. Wohoo! *o* I love it so much!
Wherever you look around you there are beautiful Christmas decorations, trendy clothes, shiny jewelry, expensive leather goods and anything you could think of. My friends and I went and bought other clothes from different stores and spent all our money.
One thing is sure, shopping is fun and helps you deal with stress. Right? I am sure most girls would agree… until you see that your wallet becomes empty at the end of the day.
Sometimes I think about LIFE… such a big word. I feel as if I’m riding a roller-coaster which speeds up each year and there is nothing I can do to change it. That is why I will share some of the major events that happened in my life in 2014 with the hope that next year 2015 will be even better.
1) Graduated high-school and had a lovely prom night!
2) Moved to the UK
3) Passed my IELTS exam
4) Learned that for everything good there’s a long queue
5) Went to Hillsong Conference
6) Conquered London
7) Visited Tokyo
8) Won his heart!
9) Moved to Norwich
10) Became a student at University of East Anglia
When I was in High School I laid my hands on a book about Japanese history. After reading it I felt interested in Japanese culture, language, food, traditions, people, beliefs etc.
When I completed my secondary-education I had two offers from two different universities in two different countries (The UK and Denmark):
1. University of East Anglia – BSc Adult Nursing
2. Copenhagen Business School – BSc Business, Japanese and Culture
Although I really enjoyed studying about Japanese culture in my free time, my dream was to become a nurse, therefore, I chose to study Nursing.
When I moved to the UK and started my degree I felt like studying Japanese language again. I joined Japan society and met new people who share the same interest as me. During the first meeting I arrived too early and there were only people who were speaking in Japanese. I felt extremely awkward, however, after some time other people from different nationalities came and the ice between us melted as we started talking.
A few weeks later I was invited to a house party where some very kind Japanese people cooked Japanese food for the guests. We ate ‘katsudon’ which is pork and rice. This was a great time as we played different improvised games and had lots of good laughs.
Japan society @ UEA is probably one of the most friendly and fun societies to join. If you like learning anything Japan-related and making new friends then this is the right place for any UEA student.
Are you interested in Japanese culture? Share your experience & comment below. Cheers ~
December is the last month of the year. For me this is a special month because it’s filled with some of the merriest celebrations of all: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Christmas Day in particular is my favourite holiday since people exchange presents and gather together with their friends and family. Since most students at UEA go home for Christmas holidays we exchange gifts in advance. My lovely flatmate gifted me a chocolate Santa, whereas, I gave her a dress in pink since she loves clothes. Although most people are familiar with Santa Claus who brings presents to all the good children it is not the original meaning behind the celebration.
In Christian tradition Christmas is celebrated as the day when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Usually, a few days earlier there is a Christmas sermon at church, children sing Christmas carols and make a play of the Nativity. Nativity is the birth of Jesus as it was described in the Bible and can be seen in the drawing which I made below. The tradition of exchanging gifts originates from the three wise men who came to worship the newborn baby Jesus by giving him presents (gold, olibanum and myrrh). Jesus was believed to be ‘the king of the Jews’ who will bring salvation.
During December most people stir up the spirit of Christmas by decorating their homes and listening to Christmas songs. Here’s one of my favourite songs:
Which are your favourite Christmas songs? Comment below and happy holidays! ^_^