The Ultimate O Week Post

I’m sorry I’ve been so behind. In my defence, there’s always so much happening here I just cannot find the time to write. With my first storm signal here in Hong Kong cancelling classes though, I’ve managed to sneak in a few moments to write an update.

O Week was fantastic. It feels like it happened ages ago, and we always had so much to do that it didn’t really feel like a week. I’ll break it down day by day to get sorted.

DAY ONE

The welcome ceremony from the night before left us excited for what was to come (I’ll post random pictures from it across this post so it looks like I have a format going). We were introduced to our tutor groups that night as well, and it finished off with an awesome block party.

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On this day we got an introduction to O week, as well as a presentation on UWCs and LPC. It was surprisingly interesting, and we carried on to an introduction to our Quan Cai services. The community service activities were all incredibly interesting, and I had a lot to think about for when we had to choose our services. (SPOILER: I ended up joining the United World Schools QC).

Most of the day involved service orientation, where we found out about a lot of the activities the school (and mostly our second year students) organise for us to take part in. Following our vegetarian BBQ (Meatless Monday is a thing here) we had an alcohol awareness presentation. Somehow in LPC, everything that sounds boring turns out to be quite fun, and it was an interesting experience to say the least. We had our first house meeting; a regular event where the whole block gathers to talk about basically anything.

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We had our first check in that night as well, and started to prepare for

DAY TWO

After our morning briefing, we got introduced to the academics of the school. We learnt a bit about the IB and how LPC conducts the programme. We were also given a very useful presentation from the language department about choosing our subjects for Groups 1 and 2 as well.

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After lunch we had the much awaited Quan Cai fair, and I went to and signed up my interest for pretty much every activity I could find. It was extremely fun, and I knew the choices we had to make would be very tough in the end.

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Thankfully, there aren’t any wrong options. (MoreSpoilers: My other official activities are the school newspaper, volleyball and AmnestyInternational)

The longest part of the day consisted of setting up bank accounts after lunch. Let me just say that the process was not very efficient. It was a great opportunity to talk to some of my fellow first years and get to know them though, and we had fun.

SHOUTOUT TO YASMINE EMMANUEL

The campus ecologists gave us a presentation about sustainability sometime in the evening. It was a very funny presentation, and since I’ve become a member of the group out of my own interest!

Post dinner, us first years met with out tutor groups to finalise our subject choices. It was a quick process, with Jason giving us advice about what we should choose, and afterwards we checked in for the night.

DAY THREE

The morning was very relaxed. After breakfast, we got our student ID photos taken, checked up with the nurse and picked up stationeries from the office. Each process about 5 minutes for me, as I was a bit early. In the morning we also had a library and IT orientation, which was dreary but also necessary. The best part about the day however was

CAMPING~~~

We departed immediately after the briefing. It was the early afternoon and the trip to the campsite was quite short, with nice views.

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Really though, it wasn’t even a campsite. We were staying at this hostel-type place with air conditioning and shit, so it’s not reeeeeaaally camping. But it was a new experience to be had and so we headed off excited.

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We took a bus for a bit of the way, and then we hiked to the actual site. It was a fun walk, and the good kind of treacherous. The walk came with it’s own set of great views, and I even took a selfie picture of myself. Say hi to Ferna!

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Photos galore cause I have too many of these to not use

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Everyone was pretty tired by the time we arrived to the campsite. It took us a little while to set up and eat.

Things we noticed:

1. Spiders
2. Sun
3. Spiders

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After settling in, we headed down to this plain open area to perform this demonic ritual which was quite fun. We were instructed to close our eyes and repeatedly say these odd exotic words (think tribal). It was quite surreal. We also got our faces painted with lines and we all got our handprints on this huge piece of cloth (WOOOO UWC).

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Other activities included writing a letter to yourself which you will read at the end of the year (I misunderstood the instructions and ended up doing it for two years) and an awesome barbecue full of delicious and social. We went back up to the main campsite for an exciting Playback Theatre performance, where people shared serious and funny stories alike and watched them play out before us. It was a fantastic show, and I’m considering joining the Quan Cai for it next term.

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We were briefed on the following day’s major hikes afterwards. I decided to pick the harder trail to Sharp Peak, which had only 30 spots available. We met the requirement without trouble, and went to bed excited for the trip the next day (and annoyed at having to wake up so early

DAY FOUR

We woke up between 5 and 6. It wasn’t so bad. We had breakfast, a final briefing and finally the two groups split off to their separate destinations. The Sharp Peak crew left early as our journey was slightly longer. It was a long walk before the actual trail started, and for me personally it was the hardest part. I was exhausted from the constant upward slope of the path we had to take (when we came to the campsite we mostly went down, it’s been reversed now) so I was left doubting whether I could carry on for the actual trail.

To my surprise the hike to Sharp Peak was much easier, as there were breaks from uphill climbs and the occasional downward trail. Let’s not get too far ahead though. Picture time! Here’s a few from closer to ground

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Going upp

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Path to Sharp Peak!

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The view was gorgeous, and so worth the journey. Happiness all around!

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We took the same trail back to camp, and it was much more challenging. I slipped twice consecutively at one point, but I fell good so it’s okay.

Peace

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After returning to camp, we didn’t have the time to do much. The ship that we were to take would not be waiting for us to take our time and get ready, so we quickly prepared for leaving the campsite. We cleaned up the area and packed everything up to get ferried off!

We returned and I showered immediately. I hadn’t showered for two days despite the sweaties, because shit the campsite bathrooms were not pleasant. Ugh. Well, we were about to get ready for Pool Games when suddenly

THUNDASTOOOOOORM

Not nice. Our block pool game got cancelled! The day was hectic anyhow, so I guess if there’s a silver lining (lel get it clouds?) we finally got some time to relax. Well, at least for me. Apparently pool games were replaced with courtyard games and I missed it. Snap.

Later in the evening, we took a trip to Victoria Peak. Suffice to say, the day was full of exercise. This trip though was much more relaxing. Sadly, I have no pictures of this specific outing for some weird reason but it was quite eventful. We took buses to and back, with a tram ride to the peak. It was nice walking around the area with different people, and we even got food in the civilised bit. Food = Good.

It was pretty late when we took the bus back to school. I even fell asleep. That was good too.

DAY FIVE

As usual, today kicked off with a fun and exciting morning briefing…. yeah.

Us overseas students needed to get our HKID registration started, and so we filled up a few forms and headed off to the department where we submit our HKID registration forms. Woooooo!!

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The process was quick and efficient, like everything else in Hong Kong. We were back right in time for lunch, which is awesome because

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LALALALALALALA FLEA MARKET!!

The Flea Market sells us student essentials and luxuries for dirt cheap prices. I arrived two minutes late and found that all the curtains and fancy kachings had all been wiped from the area. *sigh* Still, I foraged for hidden gems

THINGS I GOT

1) French book I can’t read wat
2) NatGeo mag I havent touched
3) FUNKY SHADES
5) Random stationery
9) Other stuff

Here’s a quick look at my goods; note that the clothbag itself is one of the items of purchase. Cuz sustainability. Yis.

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The flea market was beautiful, but the day wrapped off with a wonderful and exciting Music Night, the first one of the year. As it turns out, LPCers are pretty damn talented. I was blown away by all the performances, and I cannot wait for the next one. I probably won’t perform, it’s wonderful to sit and enjoy the variety of shows my friends have to offer.

Here’s FERNA DEL SIMBULAN starting over for the twenty third time

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Love love <333

DAY SIX

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YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYA MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

This is the last day of O Week and one of the most memorable, thanks to this little trip around HK’s most important places. My group hit up loads of places, but we never actually finished the tour cause we wasted so much time having had so much fun

At each destination of the tour we had to do all sorts of crazy tasks. This included complimenting random strangers, taking group selfies with other tourists, and well, the weirdest random tasks. We stopped for yoghurt and ice cream, and even got featured in a random video which promoted the 24 Hour Race. Check it out below

So much love. After performing as an air band in Times Square, we had to go back to school as it had gotten too late to complete the tour at Mong Kok.

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There was a very important reason we had to be back early

THE INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EVENING WOOP WOOP

This was the perfect way to end O week, 100%. We all donned our national costumes and had the best dinner food the canteen could offer. This was of course filled with love and pictures, much of which I’ll use to end the post with. The dinner was followed by an amazing, hilarious performance in the Assembly Hall, and culminated with a great canteen party!

PHOTO FINALE

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Much love
Hassan

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