It was 4th Sept 2019, when I landed at Shanghai Pudong Airport, At the beginning new chapter in China, life wasn't easy at all because when I landed the airport, I went straight to luggage section to pick my luggage however my luggage was missing which was due to transfers from one another plane and this made my life miserable at the beginning because I couldn't fit in the society guess what I had only a trouser and a shirt, I had to attend orientation program with my colleagues, so I felt uncomfortable because I couldn't change clothes for 10 days till I received a call from the Airport that my luggage was recovered and this call changed my life to so called, Life is so sweet in China. I went to Shanghai PVG Airport to pick my luggage which was accompanied with a compensation fee of some dollars which made me to forget about the first 10days in China.
When our program commenced towards the end of Sept, it was time for trusting strangers remember all students come over 27 countries with different cultural, professional backgrounds.
The Chinese community was & is welcoming as well as challenging in terms of communication, I really suffered to communicate with Waiters in Restaurants because Waiters mostly use and understand Mandarin so sometimes, I had to pin point on what dish I wanted to have for lunch/dinner.
However, during 70th Anniversary Celebrations of New China, which lasted for 7days, my friends came up an idea of cooking our own dishes, indeed it was economical, convenient and source of balanced diet. I had no idea of cooking but I was good at eating because I spent my time with parents, at High School I was in boarding section and University I paid for all meals, so cooking dishes was challenging but with special honor to my colleague especially Richard Mensah who deliberately gave in his time and train me how to cook and now am senior cook at our apartment.
At the beginning of December 2019, that’s the right time when most of the students realized that life is so sweet in China because we were finishing some course units which reduced workload, then fellow SRS Students introduced what is known as Party after Party. My colleagues organized Parties every weekend which made life so sweet in China because it was time to relax mind, find a friend who makes life so sweet in China.
I interviewed Giddy, Kwame and Berhe to explain what they refers to as life is so sweet in China, they replied ‘Chairman Mao’, that's my nickname known to all colleagues at RUC, that what defines life is so sweet in China is abundance of dishes because we always have different dishes to crush at any time and we share resources with roommates despite coming from different part of the globe.
Another interesting reason why life is so sweet in China is that most of colleagues got those friends in need is friend indeed here referred to as friends of benefit so when students had long day, fellows could invite or visit friends that could make life so sweet in China and hope that readers understand the concept behind this statement.
However, it's only and only Chinese language Class (Tue/Friday) which means my life little bit complicated despite of Laoshi's effort to ensure that I learn and speak Mandarin, it's still challenging but I am improving and I believe one day, I will be able to speak Mandarin.
Special regards in this articles goes to all SRS Administration, Professors, SRS Students for being So United and with special recognition to Giddy, Muhan, Berhe,Kwame,Danielle Italiano, Rafael, Isidore,Suja, Kaku,Kemi,Ayo and the outstanding is Uganda-Vietnam friends of Benefits (Ha), been so special person in chairman's life and every human being would like to have in their life and being Acting Chairman of African Union Students 2019/20 proves that life is so sweet in China.
About the Author：
Richard Mbayo aka Village Champion (Chairman Mao) is a Graduate Student at Renmin University of China, pursuing Master’s Degree of Contemporary Chinese Studies majoring in Politics. Mbayo is a founder and ED of Kakutu Youth Development Organization and Morgan & Malcolm Enterprises Company Limited. He is a professional social worker, Politician, Volunteer, Human Rights Activist, Entrepreneur and Blogger who likes sports and values time spending with colleagues.