Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme 2010/11

Hong Kong’s getting serious about globalization and attracting global academic talent this year with a new scheme for PhD fellowship that is quite generous. The Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) announced last year that the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme will be offered to student applying for the 2010/11 academic year. Since I’m a […]

28 Oct, 2009 in Macau
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I heard a few things about The Venetian before I went to Macau – that it’s grand, magnificent, it’s built to resemble Venice and that it’s the biggest in the world – but little did I know how extreme this is going to be. The good folks of the Venetian constructed a series of canals […]

27 Oct, 2009 in Macau
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A-Ma in Macau, Matzu in Taiwan, and Tin Hau in Hong Kong, the Mother Goddess Lin Moniang is among the most important Gods in the region. Macau, despite being a Portuguese Christian ruled colony now overrun with huge casinos, still maintains some of the A-Ma worship traditions with various temples and tall statues of the […]

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This semester I’m taking a class at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) every Friday. Before I started that class I was very annoyed with having to take a 1 hour ride on the bus+MTR in each direction every week, but now that over half the semester has passed by, I got to say that […]

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Sai Kung, about 10-15 minutes bus ride away from HKUST, is a lovely place to visit. A combination of busy local fishing culture and residing expats who were looking for a comfortable getaway from HK island, Sai Kung has alot to offer – beaches, great restaurants, and beautiful views of the outlying islands. It’s also […]

22 Oct, 2009 in HK Hikes
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Hong Kong has got some of the most spectacular views I’ve seen. The blend of beautiful nature and outrageous urban skyscrapers sets the stage for impossible contrasts. Last Sunday I went with a friend to one of Hong Kong’s most famous hikes – to the Lion Rock Peak. Although we took a Taxi most …

20 Oct, 2009 in HK Events
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Ocean Park Halloween Bash 2009

With some impressive PR work, Ocean Park launched its annual Halloween Bash. Night tickets from 5:30pm till midnight are sold at 280HK$ an adult (224HK$ for a student) and special privilege tickets go for 495HK$. Most of the people I know already went or bought the ticket and are planning to go soon. You …

18 Oct, 2009 in Macau
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Macau’s huge variety of casinos and shopping malls also means that there is usually alot going on when it comes to entertainment. There are a few must shows, but those do not allow camera photography. This next one, The Bubble, shown at the City of Dreams, is also free. A very impressive & …

17 Oct, 2009 in Macau
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A few minutes walk from Senado Square in central Macau are the magnificent ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral (Ruínas de São Paulo, 大三巴牌坊). Built around 1600, it’s been said to be among the biggest one in Asia during the time. Unfortunately, it was burnt down later on, but then restored and is now a UNESCO […]

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Not too far away from Senado Square is the very picturous Saint Dominic’s Church (Igreja de São Domingos, 玫瑰堂). Finally on familiar grounds in China, I went in to meet my old pals from Jerusalem – Jesus, Maria, John and Jesus’ Twelve. This church dates back as early as 1587 and is declared a UNESCO […]

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