It has suddenly dawned on me that I have a LOT of work due in the next month!
Yesterday I gave my first class presentation which was nerve-wracking because: 1)I was extremely ill the whole weekend which I had set aside for preparation for my presentation and as a result, I did not get very much reading done 2)The lecturer had not given us much direction on what he had wanted the presentation to be about 3)It was presented to a class of intelligent people who ranged from LLB Law students and International Relations students to people completing their Masters. Not to mention a very critical lecturer. Luckily, I was not alone and had a partner who was also stressed alongside me. But it was better to be stressed with someone, then alone!
Since beginning lectures at the start of the semester, I had only been expected to read a few articles, presentations, reports or Constitutions, etc for each class. Now the pace of work as well as the type of work due in has completely changed. Last week, I rushed to hand in a research proposal for my paper that is due in December and this week I am going to be reading like a trained lawyer would.
This is mainly due to the release of the reading for the crash course that I will be commencing this Friday. I chose this module because the idea of doing a crash course excited me although I was completely aware that this would mean two weekends of intense study.
The way the course works is that I have evening lessons for two consecutive Fridays from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Then, for two consecutive Saturday and Sundays I will have full day lessons from 9.30am to 6pm which sounds horrific. The topic is about the prevention of conflict and the course outline looks very interesting, covering a wide range of issues such as dispute resolution. However, I only received the massive reading list recently and having other readings and presentations to do, I have not been able to begin yet. But do not fear, today is the big day. The good thing is I feel as though I am finally getting into the swing of things.
In other events, everyone is preparing for Halloween here in Hong Kong as it is a big deal, unlike in England. As soon as it hit the 1st October, shops had already put up their Halloween decorations. Roads are to be closed off for Halloween celebrations in the party districts in Hong Kong as it supposedly gets incredibly busy.
Last week I went to two of the Beaches here (technically three since one of them has two separate beaches). The beauty of Hong Kong is that you get a whole range of things, be it the nightlife, the city or the nature.
Here’s a picture of Deep Water Bay Beach:
Hong Kong Island is just one of many which make up Hong Kong but it is also the Island that I live on. This means that there are numerous beaches which surround the outlines of the Islands, providing for many hikes and beach visits. Catching a bus from my residence, I can get to the closest beach within half an hour. Although the closest beaches to me are not very big, they are still very beautiful. You will most definitely have islands facing directly opposite you on the beach and will most likely be surrounded by skyscrapers, despite you being on the beach, making the experience surreal and unlike any other!
Deep Water is probably one of my favourite beaches purely because a few metres into the water and there is a sudden drop in the ground level. The water is suddenly at head level, hence the name deep water, and I love it.
Bye for now.