I attended a barbeque that was held to provide a perfect atmosphere for students in the program to socialize. The International Human Resource Development program encourages students to build friendships, especially since both local and international students are enrolled in the program. I was going to meet the first year students for the first time and was looking forward to meeting my mentee. We all gathered in a classroom at Linkou campus. There were bright smiles in the room and different languages were spoken as students met others with the same nationality. After we were seated, a Taiwanese student did the honor of presenting the origin of Moon Festival. It was quite interesting as he gave different versions of the story. Two cakes were then brought into the room and we sang to students who were having their birthday, those who were expecting theirs, and even those whose birthday had recently passed. We were one group of happy singers.
We then moved outdoor to the barbeque pits. Some of the guys were lighting the fire and fanning the coal so that it would spread. I always enjoy smelling meat on the grill and the aroma of barbeque sauce. Different types of meat were placed on the grill along with corn and vegetables. I was standing by and observing the meat on the grill. After observing each grill I decided to grab a thong and started flipping meat as well. We had a certified fireman on the grounds in case of emergencies. He did a good job in ensuring that the flames in the charcoal grill were not too high for the meat. In my country when we make barbeques, one can see the chunk of meat on the gill from afar; to my surprise, however, I was full after eating chicken, bread and corn while I was attending to the meat on the grill.
I then joined a group of women from the Caribbean who were sharing their experiences from back home.  Growing up in Belize I could have quickly identified with the Caribbean culture and we began talking about soca music, which requires that the dancer rotates his or her waist to the rhythm of the music.  Our colleague from Africa also joined in the conversation and was asked to teach some of the African dances. After a few demonstrations we were put to the test. Shortly after, we were put to shame. Our dance instructor said, “Hey, hey, that is not the African way of dancing, that is the Caribbean way!” Everyone was in laughter as we tried our best to move to the rhythm of the African song playing from the cell phone.
 I was called aside to assist in some activities that were planned for the event. One of the activities required all students to form two lines. Two bottles were then placed at the center of the space between the two lines. Two senior students demonstrated how the game was to be played. They tied a rope around their hips that had a pen attached to it. They each stooped over one of the bottles and concentrated on getting the pen in the bottle without using their hands. Observing their every move was humorous; they were cheered on by their group members. Yes! We all got an opportunity to demonstrate our flexibility.
In good spirit of the Moon festival, we were provided with the pomelofruit. A Taiwanese student skillfully demonstrated how the skin of the fruit can be peeled and used as a hat. This also became a competition. At the sound of three, students used their fingernails to dig into the fruit as they all wanted to win the competition. Of course the team I was in won most of the competitions, but sad to say after this our great evening came to an end.
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