Monday, February 12, 2007

Journey through pictures.. A long one!

The world above the clouds never fails to amaze me. It makes you feels that all the troubles you have down there are actually not significant afterall, as compared to the vast vast world.
I love clouds. And its variations of all kinds.
Our short but defintely sweet stay at Macau..
Interesting signs at Macau.

Interesting road names too. Other interesting road names are like 草堆街 and 卖草地街. Lolz.



Construction support structures using bamboo! Sometimes I wonder where did they get so many many bamboo sticks from.

Some McDonalds' food we will never get here.

A pretty square with traditionally designed houses but within them house all modern things. Shops here were like S&K, OSIM, Billabong, Adidas. Interesting combination. Made me puzzled sometimes, if I was in a Western or Asian city. May be it's both.

Yet amidst the bustling streets you find peace and serenity. In churches like this. This is called Church of the St. Domingos. Someone the gate is able to shut out all noises and merry from the outside. In here, you find only peace as the melody. Soothing..

Artefacts in the museum. Pretty.. and pretty stunning too!


Zen is everywhere. Even in a pot. Through a lotus, you can reflect upon the world. If you have the heart for the wisdom.

Attempt to raise the letters, which we apparently failed miserably. But Macau is a place where you see a lot more Portugese language than English!

四个忧郁的男孩。Nice? Well suited in that foggy scene to create that depressing atmosphere.

Side view of St. Paul Ruins. Still stunning. Imagine the kind of hatred and battle that is able to burn the entire church down to leave only its front walls..

A totally man-made volcano. Macau is truly the place for entertainment.

Sands. The world's largest casino. Where you see psychology working in every aspect: the music, the lighting. The place made me wonder: what does this place have that is able to impede people's rational thinking, to just continue with gambling and gambling.

Their kind of security guard! Don't you just love their costumes?

It's now Hong Kong time. Where 4 days of learning and fun plus 3 days of craze took place.

First time I love the heat of BBQ. And look at the size of meat we bbq-ed.
Dr. Charles Yeung. CEO of Glorious Sun Group. An inspiring businessman who lives as an example of a noble businessman himself.

Sailor at the harbour. They still wear the the traditional sailor costume with no intention of showing off. This is called living the culture! Culture is meant to be lived, not displayed.

Foggy Hong Kong. The fog was so thick that it trapped the light in the sky! I believe this is called light pollution. Nonetheless, it's still a magnificent sight.

Embrace the endless city in your arms!



Me and my idol's handprints. Impressive.

Steep steep slope of Hong Kong streets. It's actually a norm there. And the buses and taxis whizzed pass this narrow streets like no one's business.


I like the advertisments there. So creative! This is an train ad to show people what to do when taking escalator. Isn't it just so cool! They include elderly as their model! And he's so hip!


The state we were every night when reflection session was conducted. Plain tired.


Tasty food as rewards! Hong Kongers are definitely more charitable than people in Singapore. That's why the organising committee gets lucrative sponsorship that allows us to have scrumptious meals everyday!


Another inspiring talk by Ms Belle Liu an entrepreneur. Her words of wisdom (wow): 'Work your passion. Get a partner who loves to do things you hate to do.' Well said.


Cultural presentation. We were impressive with our costumes and food! (I guess)


'Dear all, this is kaya. A peranakan food which is made from coconut. Peranakans are the people who are born by a Malay and a Chinese parent.' -cultural presentation


Folding blankets as one of the activities to simulate Corporate Social Responsibility.


Me and Lucia. One of my best friends during the conference. She shared with me generously about everything I wanna know. And she's only 18! Lovely.


My group!

The state of the people at the closing of conference. Final exchange of last words. sob sob.


World without strangers! While taking picture here, we met a group of Singaproeans who identified us through the slang!

Our room for the next 3 days after the conference. With toilets that challenge your physical size.

World without strangers once more! We were checking into the hotel when we encountered Amy (the lady below me). She was an ex-AIESEC president of Auckland University in New Zealand. She identified us throught the AIESEC phone strap Siew Yik (the guy on her right)wore.


Streets of Hong Kong with a dazzling lot of overhanging billboards.

@ - shortform of AIESEC. Beautifully arranged using our breads for lunch.

I love trains in Hong Kong! Not only they are long (twice as long as that in Singapore), but they had clear signals of where the train is going and where is the next stop like the signboards above!

At ocean park. I love the scenery.

Pretty poses. It's a pic of world without strangers the third time! While taking roller coaster at the Ocean Park, we met Liang Ke and his friend. Liang Ke was a Guangzhou AIESECer we met in the conference! So we spent the rest of the day touring the Ocean Park with them. geez

How can one not watch dolphin shows at Ocean Park? I love the body of dolphins. So strong and packed with energy!

Breath-taking ride on cable cars. Yes Hong Kong takes your breath away!



The cutest toy I had in Hong Kong! It's called toto and it can actually talk to me! With a little noise-producing pinching thing in its little brain.



Not the best dessert picture but definitely the BEST DESSERT I have eaten in Hong Kong! It's durian pancake. Durian was rich and fragrant, cream was soft, the outer layer was smooth. Yummy~


映月楼 aka Maxims Restaurant. Where we spent the most at one-shot dining. And guess what. It was breakfast! But the setting was great. Scenery too. Just that it was too foggy that day for anything to be seen.


The 'sian diao' style that my friends created during the journey. To tackle no-funny jokes. Support the original! This look is actually the natural look of Mei-xi, the girl in the pic.


Us in front of Peninsula Hotel. The view is normal stunning, but somehow I just love the pose!


We actually witnessed a demonstration! Nonetheless it was a peaceful one.

Hong Kong night scene from the Peak. It's only when I was there that I understood what's so nice about a city night life. Just looking at them will make you stun for long.


Appetizer for our dinner that night. It's all parts of pigs.. Prettily laid out until we found out which part they were. The one with pretty contours which the chopsticks are pointing to is pigs ear. The one behind is the knuckles.

Desserts we had for the night. Not one of the nicest but definitely one of the nicest picture of dessert I have taken!

Finally, we went to Lam Kwai Fung. An infamous pub and club street. It's really hot there. And one thing I like about the pubs? No smoking allowed! Hong Kong enforces a wider no-smoking zone since 7th Jan 07. So glad I arrived after that.

Yay finish! While posting these pictures, I still feel the strong emotional connection with Hong Kong. Its sights, scenes, people, culture and food. I miss Hong Kong...

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