Monday, January 11, 2010

Course Enrolment, Timetables, and Other Adventures

I basically spent the last 2 days figuring out what courses to take and figuring out when and where these are.  There's alot of little rules like you have to take at least half your credits from your faculty (ie. Engineering) but in general it wasn't too bad. All the timetables for the courses are available for you, it's your job to make sure they don't clash.

HKU sets an add/drop period during the first 2 weeks of school, where you can choose your courses and try them out before finalizing them.  During these 2 weeks after you add your courses, the faculties and departments at HKU will screen the students and determine whether they will approve your courses or not.   Of course there's a risk of the courses not getting approved until the end of the 2 weeks.  Today's only the first day, so we'll see what happens... hopefully I get everything I wanted to take!

I also went on an adventure today!  After getting my student Octopus card (half price on the MTR/subway!) from far far away (I took 4 subway transfers, GG), I got off at Central station and decided to walk west towards school.  I had a list of things to buy and I was hoping to hop on a bus along the way back to school when I was done.  That plan didn't turn out so well because #1 I ran out of cash and #2 I walked all the way back to school.  It wasn't even a very efficient path, I made a huge loop to get back to school because I was trying to walk on a main road :P  This is the route I took...

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It was pretty fail, but I got what I needed.  I was so surprised at the selection at some Chinese(?) bakeries. Everything looked SOOO yummy! Some pics of what I bought:

I forget how fast you spend money in HK, carrying $300 with you is actually not very much.  Luckily I had lots of money on my Octopus card so I just found stores that took Octopus... which wasn't very hard.  Octopus card by the way is a rechargeable smart card that you can use on almost every transportation method and lots of chain restaurants and stores.  All you have to do is put the card near the sensor (or even your bag on the sensor) and it'll "doot", signifying that the transaction went through.  So convenient!

Finally after walking back to campus I got on a bus which took me back to rez.  I really worked up a sweat because the campus is half way up a mountain... =_= ""  Great exercise I guess :P


JonLam said...

yes, great exercise after all the food you ate, which i couldn't eat...haha.

Jo said...

hahhaaha it'll "doot" :)
I have only been back to school a week and I can't believe you're already in HK for so long! Sounds like you're learning your way around... and those treats look delicious ;) mmm if I were in your shoes, I'd probably gain a gazillion pounds...and not care lol. Keep posting! :)