I’d say living with my host family is like living in a movie. Every day is full of joy and laugh, sometimes maybe some “pain”. There are three kids in the family, all of them are very cute but sometimes they can also be very naughty like every kid in the same age, so you can imagine how noisy the house would be! Besides these three angels, Dad is a funny member in the house. He always makes lots of jokes and makes us laugh but sometimes he is very strict to the kids. We chat with esch other on many things, such as life, policy, government and his daily activities. I find we have so much in common that we can talk about everything. Mum is very thoughtful. She does a lot of housework and takes care of all kids including me in the family. I have to admit she is really a successful woman! She is not only a virtuous wife to Dad, but also an amazing mum to children. She is a good listener. No matter how busy she is, she will stop to listen to me whenever I want to talk with her. She often reminds me of my mother in China. Both of them are hard-working, warm-hearted and patient. I am lucky to be part of the family and I truly appreciate everyone in this family for taking care of me and I really love each of them!
It's been six weeks since I arrived in Australia. I really experienced a lot and learned a lot. First, I met awesome homestay and students here. I went to a lot of places in past six weeks. One thing impressed me most was my host family took me to the city. We walked along Brisbane river to go to Big Wheel. The Big Wheel was really beautiful. When I came close to it, I was very exciting! I took a bird’s view of the whole city when it reached to the top. The Big Wheel rotated about five round, then the staff took some photos of us after we stepped out of the cabin. My homestay mother liked these photos so much that she decided to buy them for me. I think it is a meaningful gift that will remind me of my homestay family.
About my homestay family, the most impressive experience for me is the trip to Southbank. One afternoon, we went to Southbank. Sadly, my homestay sister didn’t want to go because of the hot weather. My homestay father took me to climb a small mountain close to Southbank. I’d say Aussies love climbing sports because we met a lot of people on our way to the top. On the top of the mountain, you can see the whole Southbank. It was beautiful. I was circled by green plants under the blue sky and watching yachts sailing slowly in the river. When a cool breeze whispering through the treetops, I felt completely relaxed. Homestay father told me that there were two kinds of public transportation on the river: one was ferry and the other was city cat. I couldn’t see the difference between them according to their shapes. Homestay father said if you wanted to enjoy the different beauty of Brisbane city, ferry was a good choice. I was lucky that I could have the night ferry-trip experience with my host family.
We had something special for dinner: enchilada. It’s a very popular Mexico dish consisting of tortilla which is a roll of meat or cheese and served with a chili sauce. It was delicious but a little bit sour. The favorite part of the day was my homestay parents singing the Mexico songs with other guests in the restaurant. It was a lovely day. I wish I could take my parents here and show them Brisbane sometime in future.
I went to South Bank with my homestay and had a great time on that Friday night. I was so excited. My homestay took me to a place where you could eat different food from all over the world, of course including my favorite food: Chinese and Korean food. I had fried rice as my first Chinese dish in Australia. It was delicious and it made me feel homesick. We went for a walk down the river after dinner. There were a lot of people walking around and my homestay told me they were playing Pokomon go, a very popular video-game on cell-phone in Australia. Everyone is crazy about the game and sometimes it makes them get into trouble. I guess maybe this is the reason why Chinese government has banned the game in China.
Australia is a coastal country and famous for its beautiful beaches. I went to Sunshine Coast with my homestay family on weekend. Even it was winter in Australia, the weather was still lovely. Not like it is in China, winter time here is sunny and warm. There were many shops on both sides of the street. They had not only chain stores but also ten-cent stores. I bought some gifts for my friends, such as postcards, key rings, and toy kangaroos. My homestay mother and I both like shopping, we are like shopping girls. Then we sat in a café, and had a cup of coffee. We chatted together and had a happy afternoon.
Another interesting experience is that I learned how to make chocolate cakes. I took four eggs from the fridge and put three cups of flour into a pot. My homestay mother poured some chocolate powder and milk into the pot. Then I mixed them together by using special machine. It smelt very good. After that, I used spoon to put the material in the moulds, and homestay mother put some white chocolates on the top of the cakes. It was the first time I had cooked. I were a little bit nervous. However my homestay mother was very patient, she just waited me. Finally, she put the mould in the roaster. We sat in the living room, and drank a bottle of coke. After a few minutes, the chocolate cake were done. They looked very lovely. I tried one of them and it was really delicious. My homestay mother told me I could take some cakes to school tomorrow and share them with my friends.