ALP – Experiences

13 Jun

by Edward Loke. Theme 7 (UX Design)

Horns were blaring every few seconds. Cars were swerving left and right. High pitched screeches were heard as if the tyres were screaming in protest whilst grinding against the asphalt road.

The scene before us reminded me of the times when I spent hours playing the action-packed video game Need for Speed and Grand Theft Auto. However, this time, it was not in the video game. It was reality. Our group, group 7 UX design, was sitting in a minibus.

China had always been notorious for dangerous driving and less than ideal road courtesy. In our few weeks in china, we had experienced firsthand how these stories were not ungrounded. However, the driver of this minibus just raised the bar of dangerous driving and angst-filled road raging. With his left hand on the wheel, and his right hand on the horn, our driver scorched the road. He horned every few seconds, forced people out of the lane, cut into people’s lane dangerously, and floored the accelerator when given any opportunity to.  In fact, he was so efficient that he drove us back to the hotel in an hour during traffic jam. It would have taken 2 hours normally.

This is a startling contrast to Singapore roads, where most cars keep to their lanes and drive safely. We are more disciplined and obey the traffic lights and traffic rules. Or perhaps, we Singaporeans are forced to do so due to the power of  traffic fines and demerit points.

The week has been one of exploring the various factories and places of interests in Hangzhou that we have not covered in the previous weeks.  To mark the completion of UX group’s first major assignment, our mentors threw a 海底捞 feast for us.

海底捞~

海底捞~

Mentor Qiu Yiwu preparing the food.

Mentor Qiu Yiwu preparing the food.

yummy spread

yummy spread

This was our first experience of the Chinese hot pot here in china. Interestingly, everyone was given a bowl of sauce to flavour our food. The sauce is mixed to your own preferences. Whatever taken from the hotpot, you just dump it in the bowl of sauce and it will be ready for consumption.

the sauces that you can mix and match~

the sauces that you can mix and match~

UX group with our awesome mentors!

UX group with our awesome mentors!

We also visited the China Arts Academy [中国美术学院 ] to have a look at their arts and design exhibition.

majestic sight that greets us as we entered the school

majestic sight that greets us as we entered the school

more interesting architectures~

more interesting architectures~

The exhibition on display

The exhibition on display

The design exhibition had no particular focus, encompassing anything that links to design, with only design as the overarching theme. As such, all sorts of exhibits were on display. Bittersweet 3.007 memories came flooding back to us as we viewed the exhibits.

beautiful exhibit made by caolourful umbrellas

beautiful exhibit made by colourful umbrellas

LifeBicycle.

LifeBicycle.

Dresses designed with black and white theme

Dresses designed in accordance to a black and white theme

Products designed and made with wood and bamboo

Products designed and made with wood and bamboo

Interesting sights could also be seen as we toured the area outside school in search for food.

doesn't this look familiar?? hahaha

doesn’t this look familiar?? hahaha

as we bond closer as a group, relationship blossoms between some~

as we bond closer as a group, relationship blossoms between some~

We visited the bamboo products market on the next day. These products were processed and made from bamboo, creating all kinds of products inclusive of beautiful sculptures. It was really an eye opener.

huge sculpture made with a huge trunk

huge sculpture made with a huge trunk

more humongous structure

more humongous structure

very carefully and beautifuly crafted sculpture

very carefully and beautifuly crafted sculpture

wireless keyboard made from bamboo!

wireless keyboard made from bamboo!

3d wood painting!! [its actually sculpted]

3D wood painting!! [its actually sculpted]

We ended our tour around Hangzhou with a visit to 万象城, a beautiful shopping centre. It was kind of nostalgic because it is very similar to shopping centres in Singapore, albeit a difference in scale. My group enjoyed a relaxing skid on the ice ring while I sat at the corner reading my book on Dan Brown’s Inferno. I was unable to join them due to a gruelling dance session with ZJU hip hoppers the night before, leaving my thighs and calves sore.

its called 'the mixc mall' in english.

its called ‘the mixc mall’ in english.

UX group!

UX group!

And it was from  万象城 back to our hotel did our minibus driver display his full driving capability, delivering us back to the hotel in an hour despite the jam. Of course, horns and curses came as a package too.

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