2013-01-08 Lung Ha Wan Country Trail 龍蝦灣郊遊徑

Since Wilton was in town and many of my female classmates have not seen the beauty of Hong Kong’s abundant hikes, I decided for us to all go to one closer to school in the Clearwater Bay 清水灣 area. Lung Ha Wan Country Trail 龍蝦灣郊遊徑 extends from Tai Hang Tun to Lung Ha Wan, passing through a scenic region of Clearwater Bay Country Park. We started with the Clearwater Bay Tree Walk where there is a sizable barbecue and kite flying area.

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Adjacent to Tai Hang Tun carpark, the trail entrance is a flight of steps. It takes about half an hour to reach the 291m rounded summit of Tai Leng Tung. Like blunt arrows, the capes juts out into the sea on the eastern shore of Clearwater Bay. Further up the trail, there is a lookout at a high point where the indented coasts and archipelagos of Clearwater Bay come into full view. In the near distance are Port Shelter and the Ninepins.

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Finally made it to the top!

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Back on campus with our ice cream reward post-hike:

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老公, 老公, Visits Hong Kong!

Wilton visited Hong Kong over winter break (end of December 2012 to January 2013) so that we could also visit Vietnam and Cambodia. Since we took 987342635294759563972 photos for the trip, I am terrified to even sort through those so I will fast forward to just the Hong Kong part :)

Wilton’s first meal at the LG7 canteen (equivalent to a food court or cafeteria) near the dorms. A bit salty but edible after throwing in some hot sauce.

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The famous Tim Ho Wan, always packed with a long line way before the restaurant even opens. Why? It has been hailed as the most affordable restaurant that has earned a Michelin star. Was it worth the wait? Honestly, not really. There were a few signature items that slightly made the wait worth it though. Tip: just order the 酥皮叉燒包 (char siu bao) BBQ Pork Buns to go.

See if you can find Wilton, being silly as usual, in this long line!

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Look at the spacious room offered to Wilton.

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Okay, so the restaurant is a bit small, hence the long line…

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Hands down, favorite dish. Crispy and fluffy bun, soft and juicy honeyed pork inside. The top layer of the bun actually is the top layer of 菠蘿油. Fantastic combination of 菠蘿油 and 叉燒包!

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Dinner with Wilton’s cousin, Michael and his friends at San Xi Lou 三希樓 famous for its Sichuan cuisine.

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High-tea at Intercontinental with a nice view of TST

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Star Ferry to Central. Wilton’s okay, really.

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Yes, I love dan-tats! 蛋挞

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We arrive to the HKUST off campus building, only to find it closed..

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Wilton thinks the off-campus building looks like a dim sum cart and here he is pulling out a tray

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I think Wilton had too much caffeine or maybe he really loves Hong Kong Park that much!

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Gotta love mall decorations at The One in TST:

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Dinner at Nomad’s in TST – high class all you can eat Mongolian BBQ with tons of sauce options!

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Dinner with Wilton’s Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins

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My fav, Peking Duck!

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One of my fav spots in TST, Charlie Brown Cafe

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Brunch at The Press Room

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Best scones ever

Count Von Pingo makes an appearance to brunch

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Soho Mid-Levels, escalator after escalator

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Chinese New Year decorations already up!

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Dinner at No Signboard (if you want the real deal, go to the one in Singapore).

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Delicious bread to soak up all the sauce!

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Exploring Cyberport, Aberdeen area. Cyberport doesn’t have much to do but the Le Meridien room upgrade Wilton got was sweet!

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The infamous Jumbo restaurant. Looks flashy at night, but the food is not special at all.

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There wasn’t anything worth eating in Cyberport so we ended up going to the market:

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Visit to Sai Kung

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On one of the days I had to go to class, Wilton proved to me that a decent home-cooked meal is possible with just the rice cooker!

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Even dessert in the cooker! Tong Yun 湯圓

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12-08-12 Macau

One day getaway to Macau to jump off the world’s highest bungy at 764 feet, check out old Macau, eat some po tats, and enjoy the christmas decorations in the casinos. Left around 10AM and came back to the dorms the next day around 5AM.

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Bungee jumping off the world’s highest bungy:

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St. Paul’s Cathedral Ruins

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Famous Po Tats (Portuguese Egg Tarts):

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Christmas Decorations

Holiday decorations are definitely much more prevalent in Hong Kong than what I’ve seen in Los Angeles. Whether in the mall, on the street, lighting on buildings, product placement opportunities, they sure now how to get people in the shopping mode in time for the holidays.

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don’t know whose kid this is, but had to take the pic

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11-28-12 to 12-02-12 Singapore Trek

The purpose of the Singapore Trek was to establish networks with company HR, management and HKUST alumni while trying to look for internship and full time opportunities. Students choose which companies they want to visit. Here are a few that were set up: Apple, Samsung (advertising agency branch), Brightoil, DBS bank, Citi Private Banking, Bain Consulting, SAP, Gallup Consulting, Bloomberg, Mapletree, ANZ bank, GE healthcare, Leo Burnette, Dow Chemical. For the most part, I went to see if it was somewhere I would even want to work at. The weather is a bit humid (all year long) and the vibe is much more different than HK, slightly artificial and trying hard to be something it isn’t with it’s mixture feel of a little bit of LA, Vegas, Chicago, and London all in one. The food was amazing though, especially the hawker stall street food and red chili crab with bread that you soak sauce with!

At the top of the Marina Bay Sands, the one casino in Singapore that made more revenue than all of Las Vegas at one point.

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Even had time to catch a Korean concert, 2NE1!

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Best sign ever:

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On the top of bar at Marina Bay Sands, view of infinity pool:

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11-22-12 International Night

International Night is the HKUST MBA way of celebrating thanksgiving and the global diversity of the student body.

That evening, we had tables of national dishes prepared by the native students, with personal introductions of the food by the cooks themselves. There were a variety of different cuisines, from sushi and Swiss cheese fondue to poutine, dried pork slices and many other dishes I could not identify (but were delicious nonetheless).

Almost half of the class delivered dance performances on the stage, from Chinese to Germans to Japanese, Indians (Bollywood style) and Koreans (Gangnam style). We also learnt more about all the 27 countries our classmates represent through videos, causal interviews and an eye-opening presentation on Lapland, where there are more reindeers than people and the best pastime is a sauna party.

Here are the photos from that memorable evening. Enjoy!

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Americans couldn’t think of anything better since HK doesn’t have good fried chicken, mexican food, pizza

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11-18-12 Sharp Peak / MacLehose Trail Section 2 Tai Long Wan Hike

Adventure Club hosted a hike to Sharp Peak and Tai Long Wan which is one of the most scenic hikes along the MacLehose Trail (麥理浩徑) which in entirety is 100KM but we probably did about 15KM of it. We had to take a few buses to get here in the Sai Wan part of Sai Kung area north of HKUST but it was definitely worth it.

Started off muggy and remained misty for the most part.

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Mooooooooooo “i’m lost”

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We passed several bays/beaches before conquering Sharp Peak. Here’s the first one:

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Second bay:

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Moving on. See the little human ant figures, that’s part of the trail:

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Third bay:

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Just for the record, I did this hike again (without going up Sharp Peak with my friend visiting in town recently and with the sun, it’s so much nicer!)

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The monkey bridge that we didn’t know if it would hold anyone. You can see the tents in background too – it would be amazing to camp here!

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Up we go, farther and farther away from the coast and more inland to climb up a very very steep incline to Sharp Peak.

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Getting foggier and foggier…

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Finally made it to the top! Poor visibility though.

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Steep way down

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Well, thankfully we got this warning at the BOTTOM of the mountain after going up and down Sharp Peak!

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Near the end, you can see the same bays from the beginning but farther away since we are more inland. This hike was a loop rather than a one way trail that you have to repeat on the way back.

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Snake sighting

This dog was not about to move for anyone or any vehicle!

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11-11-12 Paintballing Event

Adventure Club hosted a paint balling event which ended up being more like bb guns than actual paint balls.

On our way there, the taxi driver must have been the most popular person in town. Check out how many cell phones he’s got and even two ear pieces!

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So as we were waiting around to get ready, we see these hardcore chinese people come in with their own gear and guns:

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Versus us, just laying around without even any outfits on yet. hahahaha thank goodness we didn’t have to play against them. We would have been demolished in seconds.

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Finally we start to get our gear…

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Most didn’t fit or we didn’t match. haha

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Instead of doing push ups to prepare, we saw a long benz limo outside and decide to take pics instead!

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The briefing:

 

Entering the outdoor battlefields:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final group pic:

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Halloween in HK

Halloween in Hong Kong is definitely a sight to see. I was surprised to see how serious people are about costumes and how creative they can get! It was amusing just walking through the MTR (subway) and people watching all night at LKF.

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Scary blue smurfs

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I suppose this would be the Chinese thing to do here in Asia.

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My absolute favorite in terms of creativity and HK specific. You can’t see the entire costume but this guy cut out a cardboard box in the shape of a square to cover his body and his head has the green top of a mini green bus (the very common local transportation to get around here).

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My classmates in Egyptian outfits sitting in between these poor locals who probably have never experienced such an awkward moment. The best is that the guy in the middle is taking it all in and even smiling for the camera. Not sure why Atin (guy on the left) is holding a gun…

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Ocean Park Halloween (similar to Knott’s Scary Farm with terrifying mazes and haunted houses, but with crazy chinese people yelling scary cantonese phrases!)

Can’t believe they capitalized on Gangnam Style as a part of the Halloween theme…why won’t that song stop….it’s everywhere!

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While waiting in the long lines to get in, Lex was the make up artist drawing on people’s faces. The mazes were pretty scary and we either got chased out of the exit, fell to the ground from shock, or hid behind each other. Some mazes made the females and males separate and the workers usually designate the person to lead the pack (usually the most fragile, whimpy looking one) before entering the maze.

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In the sky cabin to go to the other part of Ocean Park, lots of beautiful views on the way:

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View from the top of ferris wheel:

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10-14-2012 Rock Climbing at Tung Lung Chau (東龍洲)

My first rock climbing trip to East Dragon Island with members of Adventure Club.

We had to take a 30 minute boat ride out to the island:

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Some amazing views on a trail that would eventually lead us to the rocks.

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Matteo going up first to set up the climbing anchor with carabiners:

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Learning the strategy of how to climb up and most importantly, how to fall correctly, if needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going up on my first climb. I went up a total of 5 different paths with varied levels of difficulty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from the top once I made it up there:

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