Lila' s blog

Hi,I'm Lila,coming from Henan Province, China.I am studing at QUT,and I am learning a course called Technology and Second Language Learning. The course is interesting and challenging,but not so easy. Debra told us how to creat blog,so I just want to use it as a diary, to write my experiences and my ideas in Brisbane down and to share them with my friends both in OZ and China.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

New Farm BBQ

Today two of the Jiangsu teacher training classes will have BBQ in New Farm Park. Because Muli, the administrative assistant at QUT has other things to do, so Jane and I were asked by Semmi to lead those two cohorts of Jiangsu uni teachers to go there and enjoy BBQ together with them.

Last week, there was another BBQ for the other two Jiangsu cohorts. Jane and I were invited to join. We arrived at the shuttle bus station on time, but the Jiangsu teachers were so eager to have the BBQ that they caught the earlier shuttle bus and left for city. We waited for them in the bus station for more than one hour, thinking of this and that possibilities. The time for our waiting was so long that we were very hungry and felt light in the head in the ferry after we finally decided to go to the park to see whether they took other buses to go there. When we arrived, they have already finished their BBQ.

Having learnt a lesson from last week, we came out of our office thirty minutes ahead of the scheduled time12:20. Luckily, we arrived at the shuttle bus station earlier than the teachers. Five minutes after we arrived, the teachers came to the bus station by twos and threes. When the 12:05 shuttle bus was going to leave, the earlier coming teachers would like to go without waiting for the others. What should we do, we were not their administrators, but just helpers guiding them the way, and they would not obey our words. We had no way out but to let Jane go together with them, and I just left, waiting for the other teacher’s coming. So we finally arrived in New Farm Park by two groups.

Having these two interludes, I do not have the interests of BBQ. These experiences made me thinking that even uni teachers do not have the concept of timing, and they care little about others.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Hope Everything Be Fine Tomorrow

My husband is going to have his final oral seminar for getting the degree of Master of Engineering tomorrow. He has left for Huazhong University of Science and Technology which is in Wuhan for a week to do the preparations. My poor daughter, as having no adult to look after her daily life, was sent to my mother’s home in Kaifeng, where she has no school to go into, but to learn by herself. After her father finished his final oral seminar, he will go to Kaifeng to pick her up, and then go back home.

Looking behind the past year, it is unimaginably difficult for my. As I was in Australia and couldn’t give him any help in doing housework, he has to do every day cooking, to look after an old and a young, his 82-year-old father together with our 12-year-old daughter, give 9 hour classes every week and finish his thesis at the same time. It is really a tough year for him. Now everything has passed away, hope everything in tomorrow goes smoothly for him.

Sunday, October 01, 2006



Today is the National Day of China. No activities are organized whether by China Consulate in Brisbane or by Chinese student organizations in QUT.

From today on, people throughout China will have a whole week holiday, and the most interesting thing in this year’s week-long holiday is that this year’s Mid-autumn festival in on 6 Oct., just within the whole week holiday, a double happiness. So this year, Chinese people will have enough time to enjoy these two holidays.

The Mid-autumn festival is the second most important traditional Chinese festivals around the year, of course, the most important one is the Spring Festival. Almost all the Chinese festivals are for family’s reunion, with this Mid-autumn festival in particular. It is said that on the day of the festival, the moon will be the roundest, the clearest and the biggest around the whole year, which represents the reunion of the whole family. All the members of a family will enjoy moon cakes, a round cake to indicate the moon.

On the night of this festival, all the family members will enjoy moon cakes and at the same time enjoy the beauty of the moon. There are countless poems describing the beauty of the moon on this particular night, and all the people can recite some of them to express their feelings on this particular day.

Jacaranda


Yesterday Jane and I celebrated China National Day by having an outing together. At seven, we each bought an off--peak daily ticket first to Cultural centre at South bank, then went to New Farm Park by ferry. But we were disappointed in New Farm because we did not see any blooming jacaranda flowers, nor did we see the market selling cheap fruits and vegetables in the power house, we were told the market was only held twice a week. We found that it was too early to finish our outing, so we decided to go to University of Queensland, another place which was supposed to be a scenic spot of enjoying jacaranda. This time we were upset again. The jacarandas here were the same as those in the New Farm Park, they just became to bloom, only a beginning. But people could recognize jacaranda trees because they had purple spots here and there on the crowns of trees. As the jacarandas in the city have been in blossom for about two to three weeks, and had the tendency of dying, but in these two places they just began to blossom. Why? Through careful observation, I found two following reasons. First, the jacaranda trees in the city were younger and smaller ones, but in the two places we visited yesterday were older and big trees. Second, wether the jacaranda trees in the New Farm or in UQ were along river side, the temperature in these two places we visited yesterday was lower than that in the city. I remembered there are sentences of a prestigious Tang Poem describing the similar scenery: flowers in the plain areas died, but peach blossom in the mountainous area began to blossom. Though we did not see the blossoming jacaranda as expected, we actually enjoyed our trip by ferry which was the first time for both Jane and me in Brisbane. It was really a lovely day!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

History of EKKA

The Royal Queensland Show or "Ekka" as it is now affectionately referred to by Queenslanders, is the largest annual event in Queensland continually attracting more than 600,000 visitors each year. In 2003 around 600,000 visitors flocked to the RNA Showgrounds during the 10 days of the Show. The Show is staged by the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (the RNA) in August each year. It has often been referred to as the time when "the country comes to town" for a huge range of industrial, commercial, agricultural and horticultural judging and displays. These aspects, coupled with the Show's Main Arena attractions, showbags, unique food and Sideshow Alley makes the Ekka a family tradition with something to delight, interest and amuse people of all ages.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

EKKA


Today my friends and I went to EKKA! It is really a great show that I have ever seen. I saw all kinds of rides, birds, cats, cows, sheep and showbags as mentioned by the teacher in the language school yesterday. And I still saw lots of things not mentioned by the teacher: a huge bunch of bananas, all kinds of Australian made fruits and vegetables. The strawberries in season gave me strong impressions. Being so fresh and so ripe, they were so lovely with their red color and sweet taste.

It is the first time for me to see so many amusement facilities at a same time, being so colorful and adventurous, I felt dazzling and dared not to experience but I still enjoyed children' happies and their excitment when being thrown high in the sky. Today is also the first time for me to see crowds of people in Australia after my coming for six months though it is quite a common thing in China. You would ask "How many people?", You can just imagine the crowds of people coming out of the cinema after a film is over. But unluckily, I missed the woodchop competition, as for the other competitions including the cows, bulls, horses, dog and cats, I can't enjoy them because of not knowing the competition standards. I just bought a showbag of beef snack, but when I came back home, I found out that it was products of New Zealand, not Australia.

EKKA is both familar and unfamiliar to me because in some sense, it is a little bit like the temple fair in China when Spring Festival is coming. But actually it is a part of Australian culture.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Two classes in Langport English Language College

Being a helper, this morning I led ten boys and girls from Jiangsu Province studying in QUT to Langport Language College to observe English classes. The ten guys were divided into five groups and I just followed one of them. Our group observed two classes this morning. The General English Level 3 class and the Reading Level 3 class. I was greatly attracted by the first class because the teacher taught us lots of terrific things.

At the beginning of the class, the teacher gave students ten minutes to have a group discussion about festivals in their own coutries. Then the teacher asked several students to repeat the festival celebration taught by their partners. Soon we knew festivals and their celebrations in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Germany and Brazil. After that, the teacher introduced EKKA, the roral Queensland show which will begin tomorrow.

The teacher first introduced the history, activities, competitions and showbags in EKKA, then distrituted the map of EKKA and its first day activities to each student. Finally students were given fifteen minutes to discuss what they are going to see tomorrow. Throughout this class, I not only learn a lot about EKKA, but also was attracted by the teachers' teaching methodology.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

My second time to experience CLN618

July 22 was the first time for our CLN 618 workshop but the second time for me to experience it. Last semester, in attending the first workshop, I couldn't fully understand the lecturer and our guest lecturer Chris in Alaska online. But this time, I even could enjoy Chris' humour in giving the lecture. In addition, this time's online teaching was also greatly improved. Christ's voice was very clearly. It was really the highlight of this unit, I hope we can have more chances to receive online teaching given by people in different part of the world.

My second time to experience CLN618

July 22 was the first time for our CLN 618 workshop but the second time for me to experience it. Last semester, in attending the first workshop, I couldn't fully understand the lecturer and our guest lecturer Chris in Alaska online. But this time, I even could enjoy Chris' humour in giving the lecture. In addition, this time's online teaching was also greatly improved. Christ's voice was very clearly. It was really the highlight of this unit, I hope we can have more chances to receive online teaching given by people in different part of the world.