Journal (Day 6 and 7)

I have a confession to make: I was stoning and not really listening during the Student Dialogue >.< However I started to understand the topics presented a little bit more during the small group discussion part. One thing I learnt was that it is important to be involved in things that you are entrusted to, for example for my own country’s Student Dialogue presentation. I did not have a speaking role or a preparation role in the presentation. Since I did not spontaneously try to understand the topic more, I ended up being quite lost during the discussion session, so when my group mates started discussing about the pros and cons of assimilating immigrants into society, I had difficulty following their discussion and speaking up for my country’s policies. :/

During the dragon boating session, I learnt what it means to be working together in a team. When there were people in my team that could not understand the instructor’s instructions, we would have to explain it to them again in simpler English, so that they would be able to follow, Though this isn’t related much to dragon boating, this taught be to work better with people from different countries and different cultures.

During the paintball session, I had a lot of fun playing and shooting and dodging πŸ™‚ though I don’t think I managed to shoot anyone but got shot twice in the three rounds played, I really felt that we were all working as a team. While groups of 5 or 6 were in the field playing, it would not be only them that cheers for each other. Others who are on the sidelines and have a clearer view of the game would be cheering them on too and guiding them to make their moves.

The exhibits at the Singapore Discovery Centre reminded me of the National Education Quiz we all had to do about a week or two ago. We had to play video games and answer questions on fun facts related to Singapore’s culture and history. Honestly it was quite boring at first, perhaps because I was quite tired by the time we had this tour, but I learnt a bit more about my country, for example Aiyo is from a Tamil phrase, and not a Mandarin phrase!

During the Cultural Night Performance preparation, I learnt a lot about managing expectations and pressure. I think the facilitators did a really good job and are wise people πŸ™‚ They knew that we faced pressure from expectations being delegates from the host country and our performance did not really meet some expectations. However they were very patient and kind in providing valuable feedback and mini “talks” that comforted us and gave us much needed advice πŸ™‚ Thank you, Facils! πŸ™‚

On the other hand, our Cultural Performance has changed greatly since our initial plan of 5 mini skits. Although our performance currently lacks practice and coordination and energy, we have done our best given the circumstances (i think) and we have worked hard together πŸ™‚

The Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve wasn’t a new experience to me, because being from Singapore I have learnt a lot about Mangrove swamps and visited them many times. However today I gained a greater appreciation for the tour guides in these nature reserves. Not many people would be able to speak about muddy swamps and creatures with such passion and enthusiasm, much less be able to spot horseshoe crabs and mud skippers so quickly by just looking at the muddy swamps! πŸ˜›

Thanks!

Claire πŸ™‚
Nanyang Girls’ High School
Singapore

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