Friday, December 28, 2007

Day 3 (November 24th) - Practice Session and Opening Ceremony

We woke up in the morning, went up for a breakfast at Yoshinoya (a Japanese bento restaurant) near the hostel and returned. The ICPC committee picked us up at around noon and we headed to the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) by a bus, which took around 15minutes. We met Jojo, our guide, who is a student in NTNU from Malaysia (she speaks Mandarin Chinese, Malay, and some English) studying fine arts.

The registration process in NTNU takes around an hour, during which we were handed T-Shirts, badges, and some documents (schedule, rule, etc.). While waiting for the practice session, our guide took us to look around the university. We also had our lunch in a nearby Korean restaurant (the owner seems to be a Korean). We ordered a big pan of Korean sizzling beef.

After lunch, we returned to NTNU for the practice session. Everything went quite well, except for the keyboard which have some sort of "advanced input services" as well as a weird placement of "\" and "backspace" keys, which caused a lot of typo during the practice session and also the actual contest. The computer (a Quad-core Intel PC with 19" LCD monitor) was running a version of Fedora Linux (if I remembered correctly), equipped with PC^2 and other standard softwares for the ICPC.

The practice session ended and we move to another building for the opening ceremony. There, several questions from the practice session were answered by the Regional Contest Director (RCD). There was a coach asking about committee's policy on allowing the some participant to smoke during the contest, which after a long discussion, ended up with a "NO". Mr. CJ Hwang was there as well and gave an interesting speech.

The dinner was served afterwards in an underground restaurant on another building. It was a nice buffet dinner with Chinese/Taiwanese dishes. Wanting to rest well for the next day's contest, we directly returned to the hostel after dinner.

Continue to Day 4

-Andrian Kurniady

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