Auckland: Shakespear Regional Park

On a beautiful day during my short stay with my uncle Skyler’s family in Orewa (1 hour north of Auckland), New Zealand, a country used to have a 20:1 sheep to human ratio (however, this figure had declined to 7:1 in the recent years), we drove to Shakespear Regional Park, located at the tip of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, to get…

Yangzhou, China: Geyuan Garden

If you are in Yangzhou, China, apart from Slender West Lake, another attraction that you can’t miss out is Geyuan Garden, a private garden that showcases the great finesse of the salt merchants of Qing dynasty, who started to build such gardens in regions south of Yangtze River. It is crowned as “one of the four famous…

Yangzhou, China: Slender West Lake

If you understand Chinese, the poem “烟花三月下扬州”, or yanhua sanyue xia yangzhou, is telling us that Spring is the best season to visit Yangzhou, a picturesque city located in central Jiangsu Province of China. Located right in the downtown area, Slender West Lake (pinyin: shou4 xi1 hu2) is a MUST-go place. I’ve been to West…

Hong Kong: Sharp Peak Rehike

Of the multitude of trails I’ve been to in Hong Kong, I found Sharp Peak the best combination of difficulty, length and scenery. As I am about to do the two day Routeburn Hike in New Zealand in a week, I was craving for some warm-up before the trip. I immediately thought of Sharp Peak,…

Montreal: Rememberance Day in 2012

Being in a commonwealth country for the first time, the whole Rememberance Day concept and the idea of wearing poppy flowers was quite new to me. I felt very fortunately that not only my study-abroad period coincide with this public holiday in Canada, but also McGill university got to hold this ceremony on its lower campus….

Montreal: Ice Hockey – McGill vs. Queen’s

My exchange buddies and me all agreed, that we can’t say we’ve been to Canada if we had not watched any ice hockey games. As our short stay (4 months) in Montreal unfortunately coincided with NHL lockout 2012-2013, we decided to go and support a game between our own university McGill against Queen’s. The game…

8 Singapore Foods We Can’t Live Without

This post was actually inspired by my earlier post 10 Beijing Foods We Can’t Live Without (shame that the pictures were invalid because the hyperlink got removed somehow). This April, I finally managed to do some traveling as my previous easter holidays were all spent either at my hometown. As me and my travel buddy Vincent…

Smoke Meat Sandwich – A Canadian Special

I lost count of how many times (hm, 10 times?) I had visited this definitely-most-delicious-landmark in Montreal: Schwartz’s, which serves its most signature meal: the Montreal-style smoke meat sandwich. A quick introduction by Wikipedia: Schwartz’s, also known as the Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen is a delicatessen established in 1928 by Reuben Schwartz, a Jewishimmigrant from Romania.[1] It is a landmark, currently…

Montreal: Notre Dame Basilica

I failed to create a blog page to write about my day-to-day adventures for my exchange like what Anhang did when he came to HKUST. Buy anyway, for the following posts I wish to write about some highlights of the places/restaurants/events that I’ve been to. For some reason, Notre Dame Basilica became my first stop…

Guangzhou: Guangzhou Xiangjiang Safari Park

Guangzhou Xiangjiang Safari Park is one of the sub-companies under the operation of Chimelong Group. Co. Ltd., along with other tourist attractions Chimelong Paradise, Chimelong Water Park, and Chimelong International Circus. Located in Panyu District, Guangzhou, this safari park is one of the few successful safari parks in China. The official website of Chimelong Group…