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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Summer Recap in under 7 minutes

Here is a video I created for my high school presentations as a part of the Gilman Scholar follow-up project.

Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Where is the “good” in goodbye?

As you probably deduced from my last post, I am back in Tucson.

So what have I been up to?

I arrived in Tucson at 9:50 PM on Saturday. (All of my flights were surprisingly on time)

Then, on Monday, I worked the morning shift at my part-time job…from 6 to 11 AM.

On Friday, I became a couple hundred dollars poorer after I picked up my books for the upcoming semester (I’ll be a junior!)

This post concludes my travel blog to Hong Kong. I never imagined that this humble blog would have over 3,200 views by its conclusion.

Busiest day: June 17, 2011 (179 views)

Most Popular Post: Michelin star dim sum: Tim Ho Wan (46 views)

Top Search Terms For Finding This Blog:

Funniest Search Terms for Finding This Blog:

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  • dumbledore daft or dangerous

I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to read my posts and hope that all of you will get a chance to experience Hong Kong for yourself one day.

This summer has been an incredible journey, and although the school year hasn’t even started yet, I’m already excited for next summer’s plans.

I have tentative plans to visit my roommate in Morocco.

Who knows?

I just might blog about it.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The harsh reality has descended: I’m coming home

August 6th, Saturday

June 11th to August 6th, 2011

1 month and 26 days

56 days of being a Dream Careers intern in Hong Kong

1,344 hours of getting to know this amazing city

80,640 minutes of living in a city that never sleeps.

4,838,400 seconds of sharing amazing experiences with friends.

Has all come to an end.

But when I look back on it:

I’ve had an amazing internship with MobileFoxx.

I’ve been to temples.

I’ve had eaten cake from one of the best bakeries in the world.

I’ve hiked a distance longer than half a marathon.

I’ve had Michelin-starred dim sum.

I’ve visited with family.

And now, another journey begins.

In 24 hours, I will wake up in a different country in a different time zone.

In 24 hours, I will return to an entirely different place with different people, different friends, and a different life.

Try as I may, I have to accept that this journey has truly come to an end and reality now beckons.

I know that the end of something great is coming to an end, yet I want to hold on a bit longer, just so it can hurt a little bit more, so I won’t have to face the harsh reality.

Thank you Hong Kong for an amazing summer; know that you will be sorely missed.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Last dinner in Hong Kong: Moroccan cuisine

My last meal in Hong Kong was the perfect finishing to an amazing trip.

My roommate and her parents were kind enough to invite me to a Moroccan restaurant for dinner.

After consulting Google map, I got to Central by MTR.

As usual, I got lost trying to follow the directions of Google map when getting to the restaurant.  Unfortunately, the layout of Central has a lot of dead ends, small side streets, and forking of roads, so I was even more disoriented than usual.

Throughout my trip, whenever I was going to a new location, I always anticipated getting lost. I like to think of it as the Hong Kong diet. You walk so much while getting lost that you get quite the workout, especially when you’re lost in the peak of the afternoon heat at 3:00. 

Luckily, my roommate knows the extent of my navigation abilities (it’s amazing how well you can get to know a person in 7 weeks) and had the foresight to call me when I was 5 minutes late.

Through a combination of her directions and taking a taxi, I was able to miraculously arrive at the restaurant, La Kasbah, a bit late…48 minutes to be exact. Luckily, her family was extremely understanding of my lack of navigation skills.

Fyi, being late was not a recurring theme during my Hong Kong trip. If anything, I was always embarrassingly early to an event with the fear that I would get lost and arrive late.

Her family was also very understanding of my raspy voice. I should also mention at this time that for reasons unbeknownst to me, I lost my voice the day before. Thus, my voice was still in recovery mode and had an attractive grating sound that was very pleasant to hear. I can only imagine the pain that I inflicted on the ears of my dinner companions.

I was started off with tomato soup. It was wonderfully soothing against my sore throat.

To accompany the soup, my friend’s mother brought me a small box of Moroccan fried pastries. They had a strong honey flavor and were delicious.

We also had a wonderful eggplant dish that went well with the unauthentic Moroccan bread.

We also had tuna pastries, with quail eggs that were also quite tasty.

For our main course, we had three dishes that were served family style.

Couscous kasbah, served with roasted lamb shank, merguez and vegetables

This was my first time having couscous and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of a mixture of rice and quinoa.

Lamb tagine with prunes and potatoes

Chicken tagine with preserved lemon confit, artichoke and green olives

My plate:

*Disclaimer: I was informed by my roommate and her family that many of the dishes we had were not authentic Moroccan cuisine.

For dessert, we had an assortment of Moroccan pastries.

Although we enjoyed a lot of delicious food, my favorite thing about the meal was Moroccan tea.

I’m told that the tea is prepared using a special process with Chinese green tea, mint, and sugar. It was delicious and very refreshing. I would have to say that I liked the Moroccan tea much better than the famous Hong Kong bubble tea.

When my roommate and her family walked me to the MTR station, it dawned on me that this was my last real meal in Hong Kong. I’m not in the least bit regretful that I didn’t have a traditional Chinese meal before leaving. On the contrary, I thought it was the perfect ending to my trip.

I came to Hong Kong with the intent of experiencing something new.

Throughout this trip, I have been fortunate enough to meet many wonderful people.

For me to be able to enjoy a new cuisine in the company of someone (and her family) who I became friends with in Hong Kong was truly a magnificent culmination of my 8 week trip.

And…

I’ve also been invited to go to Morocco (where my roommate is from) to try real Moroccan food, which I imagine is just incredible.

Perhaps this last day in Hong Kong isn’t a sad goodbye.

Perhaps it’s just the ending to a wonderful journey and the start of another adventure.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2011 in Daily life, Food

 

Macau Day 2: 3.5 egg tarts in 24 hours

Sunday, July 31st

After sleeping on our thin mattress pads for 7 weeks, the amazing soft and springy beds at the Landmark Macau provided for an amazing night’s sleep. I debated not getting out of bed, but we had brunch on the 22nd floor at 10:30 at The Club Noble Lounge.

We had an amazing buffet waiting for us:

The buffet had an amazing array of food to choose from with options ranging from congee to smoked salmon to a yogurt bar.

We also enjoyed some chocolate mousse birthday cake in honor of the birthday of one of our staff members.

After checking out of the hotel at noon, we explored the city.

First, we went to the Grand Lisboa, which is is the tallest building in Macau. Although it had a rather gaudy exterior, the inside was more tastefully decorated.

Afterwards, we went to Rua de Sao Antonio which is an area just below the famous ruins of St. Paul’s that is famous for small shops and snack stalls.

 

I fell in love with the little street stalls because ALL of them offered samples.

While walking on the Rua do Cunha up to the Ruins of St Paul’s (議事亭前地)  we were hit by the wonderful nutty smell that was coming from the freshly baked almond cookies that were coming out of the ovens.

Macau almond cookies are one of my all-time favorite desserts. The cookie practically melts in your mouth and the coarse texture of almond flour and sugar is quite amazing.

The best thing about the cookie samples in Macau? Most of them are whole cookies and the people urge you to take a sample each time you walk past them. If you factor walking past the shops to get to the ruins of St. Paul and the return trip, that’s a lot of almond cookie consumption.

In addition to the almond cookies, copious amounts of the following samples were also consumed:

Pork floss seaweed eggrolls

 

Peanut sesame candy

 

Meat jerky (There were possibly even more stalls offering meat jerky than there were offering sesame cookies, so I probably ate close to a pound in samples. The samples were all very generously sized)

I was definitely in a food coma by the time we exited the square because I also managed to eat a few of these: dan ta (egg tart)

With a filling of creme-brulee consistency and a slightly charred top, the Portuguese egg tarts are unbelievably good. The crisp texture of the buttery shell and the creamy filling make for an unbelievably delicious treat.

They were so delicious that I managed to eat 3.5 within 24 hours. (The first ones I had were at the Venetian yesterday)

Afterwards, I went with a friend back to the Venetian so she could spend her Rewards dollars before we left.

Coffee mocha gelato was consumed in the nice air-conditoning. (We had a buy one get one free deal with our Venetian entertainment pass)

 

Getting on the return ferry was yet another adventure because the shuttle bus was running very late. Thus, we ran through the ferry terminal like headless chickens. Despite running to the wrong gate (Gate 7 rather than Gate 2), we were still able to get to the boarding area on time.

Unsurprisingly, I had a lack of appetite at dinner due to the copious amounts of samples (mainly almond cookies) that were sitting in my stomach like a brick.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

All good things must come to an end

Tuesday, August 2nd

Today marked the end of my amazing summer internship with MobileFoxx.

Although I initially thought that the 9 hour work day would be unbearably long, but truthfully, it went by really fast.

I liked that the work day started at 9 (I usually work the 6 AM shift at my part-time job in the US) and we have a reasonable lunch break (I have a 15 minute lunch break at my part-time job).

Although it was challenging, I also really liked (and appreciated) the opportunity to strengthen my written Chinese skills.

I enjoyed the projects that I worked on, and I couldn’t ask for better colleagues.

I was really touched (and surprised) that they got a cake for my last day.

I was excited when they let me slice the cake.

The cake was delicious; sponge cake with generous amounts of whipped cream and strawberries.

I’m surely going to miss all of my wonderful colleagues, but I’ll always have this amazing card to remember them by.

Can you believe that sheer amazing-ness of it?

MobileFoxx, thank you for an amazing summer internship!

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Daily life, Internship

 
 
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