Categories: Yearly summaries

My 2011 : Year Summary

So what did 2011 look like? to me, this was a year of general stability compared with previous years. As I enter my third year of PhD and in Hong Kong, things have become strangely familiar and oddly routine, which is something I was sort-of looking forward to after years of moving around and trying to enter the right path.


To give you a quick insight into my 2011, here are some of the highlights of my 2011 as they were reflected in my blog posts:


January 2011

Mainly spent time exploring Hong Kong and visiting local exhibitions –


February 2011

Visited Taiwan for the Chinese Newyears :

See my Taipei 7 days trip suggest itinerary.

Posts about this year’s visit :

Also caught up with some Taiwan visit from last year :


March 2011

Passed the PhD qualifying examsTemple Fortune Telling : Passing the Qualifying Exams/

Visited Guilin and it wasn’t a very good experience – Elephant Hill Scenic Park : Guilin, Jingjiang Prince City & Solitary Beauty Peak : Guilin, Sun & Moon Pagodas : Guilin

Saw my first China factoryGame Factory in Guangzhou : Visit Summary #1 ; Game Factory visit to Guangzhou : Part #2.

In HKHong Kong Flower Exhibition 2011, Power Plant – HK 39th Arts Festival 2011


April 2011

In HK – started doing Couchsurfing hosting, and met some wonderful people :

Hiked around HK a bit –

And in ShenzhenHappy Valley : Shenzhen


May 2011

Visited the states on an academic trip to University of Michigan

Followed by a quick tour from Canada down to Washington DC :

In HK – Art HK 11: Hong Kong International Art Fair 2011


June 2011


In nearby Shenzhen

In nearby GuangzhouIsraeli Kosher Falafel in Guangzhou : Surreal


July 2011


Visited a factory in DongguanPaihong : Taiwan Paiho Factory in Dong Guan


August 2011

Visit the Philippines for the first time –


Finally finished summarizing my Balkans trip from last year.


September 2011

In HKTin Hau Fire Dragon : Mid Autumn Lantern Festival 2011


October 2011

Visited Seoul in Korea for the second time –

Visited Israel to attend my sister’s wedding –

Caught up on some Israel visits from last year :


November 2011

Around HKLan Kwai Fong Carnival 2011

Visited Shanghai again but these posts are actually summaries from my last year’s visit-

Finally summarized my Cambodia visit.


Overall 2011

Overall, this year I’ve been to Taiwan, Korea, Philippines, United States, Canada, with numerous visits to mainland and around HK. A somewhat humble year compared with 2010 (bit more like 2009).


Still lots of posts lined up from this year’s travels. It seems like no matter what I do I’m always around 4-5 months behind and the gap is only getting larger.


Other than that…

My online activities include :

  • Fili’s World Facebook page has a 180+ fans. It’s really not much, but I did get to meet some terrific people who follow my blog through Facebook. Some have become good friends.
  • My Twitter account has a 1000+ followers. Met some terrific people who follow me through Twitter.
  • was setup to aggregate all my Twitter tweets. To me, Twitter is a social Google Reader and I use it to find interesting links and write quick thoughts for me to remember.
  • includes some of my slowly maturing academic thoughts and experiences, as I make the transition from management organizational behavior to a more core social psychology and experimental design emphasis.
  • has grown a bit. HKUST is using it for language exchange, and I mainly use it to help people with questions about HKUST and HK.
  • ran its 4th annual awards. Who would have thought it would last this long?

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