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น้ำ ฝนพาเที่ยวเกาะใต้ น้องน้ำฝน เรียนที่ CCEL เมือง Christchurch มุ่งหน้า สู่ทางใต้ของเกาะใต้ พาเพื่อนๆ เที่ยว Lake Tekapo, Pukaki, Tasman Glacier, Salmon farm Twizel, Ashburton, Geraldine

Hello from Nong Namfon, one of NZ Study students at CCEL in Christhurch : ) ☺
www.nzstudyth.com

Hello, everybody at NZ Study…
[Edit: 27th Jan 09]

Last Wednesday we had a small test, to review the lessons in the first two weeks. Let guess my score… Mmm… not bad, don’t worry. I am pleased with my score in the first part (grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation) but in the second part (reading) I am not. Anyway, total score is 90%, it’s fine for me.

Last week (the 3rd week) I was so glad that I received many reply-mails from you, thank you very much. ^^ But I have to say sorry that I didn’t reply you early. -*-

Last weekend (Fri 23rd – Sun 25th Jan 09) I booked a trip to Mt. Cook. It’s my first 2-nighttrip in NZ, besides the day trips in the weekends before.

I went there with “Hello New Zealand”, the company which organizes the trips for students in English language school. So in our group there were students from the different schools, CCEL, Kaplan Aspect, Pacific, and Languages International. We had 16 people in our group,including guide (Cam) and guide assistant (Francisca).

This group could be called “The International Group”! Because there were 4 Germans, the 7 Japanese, 2 Brazilians, 1 Korean, 1 Englishman and… 1 lovely! Thai girl. Thus the only one way for Thai girl to communicate with the others is “to speaking English”.











We departed for the Tekapo village at about 4-20 pm. The famous thing there is the Church of the Good Shepherd with beautiful clear skies and the Sheep Dog Statue. Fortunately, the weather was good!

We bought dinner from the takeaway in that village and had it opposite our place (the Lakefront Lodge Backpackers), close to Lake Tekapo. Our dinner were “fish & chips” that can make me put on weight
immediately!

After that, guide gave us the keycards. We had 4 people in one room; there were only 2 bunk beds
(เตียงสองชั้น) in the room, no other furniture. Cam
separated men and women to the different room… but I had to stay with an old German,
Cam, and Francisca.

Besides the bedrooms we had the single-sex bathroom and common area to cook food,watch TV, have some meals, and chat. It’s my first time staying in backpackers’accommodation, good experience!
After





































After I took a shower I met Cam and talked with him about the reason why I go to study English in NZ now. Actually I used to talk about this with my Korean friend (His name is Joon-min.) in the first week at CCEL, at that time I spent much time and many method, writing, drawing, acting… to explain to him. But this time I was so surprise that Cam understood me very early. And according to him I can say “I am in the gap year.” And he gave an opinion that it’s a good time to look back and think about future, and it’s better than to know exactly what you want to do/to be. I think so… It’s better and it’s not a waste!

Moreover, we talked about Reynolds’ syndrome that he has got. This syndrome has relation to blood circulation. I thought that if I didn’t study science or medicine, I would NOT understand what he said. Oh, Thanks god!

I usually hear western people talk about health by using some technical terms. I wonder why they know many words even if they don’t study in medical field. In my opinion it is a good thing to know some words in the other fields or at least we should pay SOME attention to them.


After practicing speak English with the English! I went out of the room and talked with ‘international’ friends until 11 o’clock and I went to bed.

In the morning we had breakfast in the common room, it’s a relaxing atmosphere. We left there and went to Lake Tekapo again to take some more pictures. Then we depart for Mt. Cook village.











We arrived at Lake Pukaki. We could see Mt. Cook with a clear blue sky from that lake, on that day the weather was so good so we took lots of photos there.

After that we took a short walk at the Tasman Glacier, it’s not a long walk but I felt a little bit tired. Maybe, because we had to walk up to the hill, not a plain.

We had lunch at one hotel. I’m not sure if there is The Old Moutaineers Café or Hermitage Café. The food was quite expensive but everyone had no choice!
































After re-power! (My own word means to put on energy.) We did again walk up to the view point near that restaurant, Glencoe. But that time I was so tired… because I brought my backpack with me so I had to carry it up and down the hill… oh, I’ve got big muscle!




Then we went to the next viewpoint, Kea Point. We had to walk across the wing bridge. Unexpectedly, everyone walked quickly! Me too…


According to the tour itinerary, we had to go our accommodation after (lots of) walking. But most of us decided to go to Clay Mountain before. (Somewhere I can’t exactly remember its name and it looked similar in Thailand)
















That night we stayed at Buscot Backpackers. It was like a farmstead. We were separated to 2 big bedrooms, 6 men and 10 women. I ate pizzas as a dinner. We cooked them by ourselves by provided ingredient. It’s much easier than I expected. Now I can cook much better! ^^ (not good but better ha ha ha…)

We had much time after dinner so my friends (Tusk, Nobu, Joon-min, Hafa, and ... (sb; Brazilian guy)) and I went for a walk up to the hill behind the backyard of our house.

We had started walking before sunset until sunset but it didn’t turn dark. Because it didn’t turn dark and we had plenty of time so we continued walking up to the higher hill! We took lots of group pictures on that hill. We saw stunning scenery, beautiful sky, slightly sunset,… but we weren’t able to see the track! We walked down the hill very difficultly but we were safe in the end. -_-”




When we arrived the house the others were going to do stargazing (It’s free because we didn’t use a telescope.). Herr… We didn’t miss it. Actually we had to do it as an optional activity that we had to pay more money (We could use the telescope at Lake Tekapo, Mt. John.) if we wanted to do. But unfortunately the sky hadn’t been open.


I heard Cam talking to somebody about his opinion that the stars which we were looking at that time, they might not be there anymore, because they were so far from our earth and the light from them had to take so much time to appear to us. So the image that we saw was in the past, it’s not real. I had known about that idea before from some book written by Kun Prapas Cholsaranontr. I agree with this idea, everything around us is going to be the
past all time…

After I went to the bedroom for a couple of minutes anyone saw a shooting star! Oh, my! I thought it was ‘blessing in disguise’ (กลายเป็นว่าดีซะอีก) for anyone who were going to do the stargazing the night before. They didn’t have to pay their money anymore!



(From the picture; Tusk, Cam, Nobu, Koari, …(sb; Brazilian guy), me, and Joon-min; infront of our house during doing stargazing)


On the 3rd day, it was a slow morning for us because we had already been to the Clay Mountain, so Nobu and I went for a walk around the farm before having breakfast.

I had cereal, toast, and juice. It’s was the first time enjoying eating the toast! I just realized that the whole-wheat toast was very delicious especially the head part! I will have it again, again, and again.

Before we left that farm we went to see 2 ‘rams’. Before that I didn’t know that ram meant a young male sheep. I had discuss the meaning of 2 words ‘ram’ and ‘lamb’ with my friend (I misunderstood that he said ‘lamb’ not ‘ram’.)






We visited at a salmon farm, “High Country Salmon”. Kaori and Nobu bought 1 set of sashimi… I wanted to share with them but I preferred saving money. T_T Hmm… suddenly I got an idea… one of the 1st thing I’m going to do when I arrive Thailand is ‘having buffet of Japanese food

















After we left there we went to Mt. John to take a short brake and see the view. That area is a study field for the UC students. After that we went to have lunch in “Twizel”, where we bought fish & ship on Friday. We had lunch by the Lake Tekapo (not sure). It’s a nice atmosphere even if there was the very strong wind.

After that we departed for Christchurch, stopping at Ashburton (not sure about its name). I saw rubbish bin (in the picture on the right) and read the words on it. I wondered if I should throw the rubbish to that litter or not!? Ha ha ha…







































I tasted 3 kinds of cheese in the shop, fantastic!





















There was a museum next to the shops, “Geraldine Historical Society Museum”. According to its name it was a historical museum… I had few time to look around so I didn’t read anything. -*-

After that we went straight to Christchurch safely.

It was a nice trip then! On Sunday night after the trip I fell as sleep very quickly and easily… _ _ …zzZZZ

PS

#1 In the afternoon class on Friday I just listened to the stereotype of the Germans and after the class I met 4 Germans on my trip!

#2 On Monday I studied English grammar, adjectives as nouns, nationalities. It is very useful to write this diary!

Namfon_Warisa
27th Jan 2009

 





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