Today was fun, I woke up at 5:30 am -- not quite sure how that happened. But, it gave me some time to plan and prepare for registration and the rest of the day. I spent the time hanging out with my very cool Korean roommate Hyungjin Oh, who happens to have great taste in music (Weezer, The Killers, Muse, Kate Nash, etc, etc). He introduced me to a hysterical BBC show called "The IT Crowd". I would highly recommend it.
A few hours later, my classmate Audrey arrived to get ready for registration and to use our internet for a bit to video-chat with her family. I need to get a webcam soon... You wouldn't imagine what webcams look like here. I'll get some pictures... They are quite a bit more creative here than Americans are, as far as businesses. Maybe I shouldn't say they are more creative, but they certainly think differently when it comes to store/product ascetics. Its giving me some good ideas to keep in mind for whenever I start my own business.
Badminton is extremely entertaining to play indoors.
Anyway, the campus. The campus has a whole bunch of good food at dirt cheap prices. I ate a Korean meal with my roommate and another Korean guy named Hayong, its cost roughly $4 USD for enough food for the three of us and still have left overs. What was cool about the meal was that it was served in the pan and place on a stove-eye which is built into the center of the table. And of course, tea was served instead of water (amazing).
I even have to mention the photo development store they have on campus. Walgreens should be embaraased after the quality of the service I received while having some passport photos made here. At Walgreens, it costs $8 for 2 poor quality, untouched photos. Here, it cost me 20 yuan, which is less than $3USD and the photographer was an effing magician on photoshop. I have never seen anyone work so fast on it. After she was finished touching up my photos I looked like a super model.
Something I should mention... You are not supposed to tip anybody at all, ever. They quality of the service here is excellent. Every building interior is spotless. The tiles reflect you face back at you and the windows never have smudges. The cleaning ladies at my school never stop working. They are machines. Furthermore, they go out of their way to clean those corners and spots that any employee in America would skip right over because he/she knows that the boss won't notice. Chinese workers have an incredible amount of integrity... except when it comes to charging foreigners 3 or 4 times the normal amount...
Back to registration. I owe 7500 yuan tomorrow. I really think its pleasant that I get to pay all of my tuition out-of-pocket here before I actually receive my scholarships. I'm not sure what winner thought up that system, but they are probably fired by now. So that's good.
I used the Chinese buses today... That was an adventure. Intimacy with strangers like you wouldn't imagine.
Well, I am sorry to cut this short, but I am famished and sore from walking around all day.
Oh! I worked out! People think I look funny when I work out. But its okay, they do too. I'll have to take some pictures of chinese workout/workout machines. They don't yet understand the concept of resistance training. One of their machines is literally a steering wheel.
well, I am off to sleep,