(按此看中文版) Sitting on your usual study area, 30 minutes passed and you haven’t done anything. Sometimes it’s not just your motivation that stops you from being productive – your study environment is as important as… More
Life in college can be a whirlwind of a ride as much as it can be quaint and dull, many a consequence of ones exposure to the happenings on campus and large. I can remember those first few weeks of freshman year where social comfort would end well within those folk from your school, hometown and city, leaving room to get left behind from much adventure, especially regretful if you’re a non-local student. I would love to have spent that cozy little weekend before the midterms hiking up to Lions Rock than having waited after 2 years here to have checked that one-off, or having spent that first summer in the city skipping a trip down to Sai-Kung until the following winter; I shake my head. Not to worry there fellas, I’ve got a few tips that shall come to your rescue to wring those freshman blues.
- Spend time away from your room: Activities abound at all corners of the university: floor, hall, residence campus, university campus and even in other neighbouring Uni-s. Getting into sport clubs and societies would highly enrich social life in college while also helping you take care of your body-mind; I can still remember my Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings by the Shing-mun River in Fo Tan, training with the university row-crew, those sessions on the erg machine reminding my lower back of its present good fortunes. So GET OUT and GET BUSY.
- Grades, yes employers do care-earnestly: I’m slightly smitten with distaste remembering advice I once followed from naysayers who cared little for grades; believe me, you need to maintain good grades-big league, and suggest that good attention be given to planning for deadlines and to submit college assignments on time. A more than a few studies care to show that falling grades are a major source of college blues and wavering emotion among freshman, so therefore PLAN PROPERLY.
- Volunteer: The best kind of service is the one that seeks nothing in return. Opportunities to get involved in the community and spread good will are amply available around us. To name a few like the City Youth Empowerment Project, the Food Angel soup kitchen and tutoring sessions at the Shek Kip Mei primary schools are a few ways to invest your free time for the benefit of our community around us. So start HELPING OUT!
- Campus jobs: A wonderful way to not only meet new mates but also get a little remuneration for your efforts would certainly come in handy on the Monday outings at Billy’s, so let’s WORK IT.
- HK Bustle: For a city that is ubiquitous for its nocturnal hustle, there is plenty of niche spots to visit for all times of the day. I’ll let you in on a list and you folk decide to make your own. Yes, ADVENTURE! http://travel.cnn.com/hong-kong/play/50-secret-tips-hong-kong-sightseeing-371481
Writer: William, Sumanth LAZARUS (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Images: theweejun.com, fanshare.com
文: William, Sumanth LAZARUS (賽馬會群萃堂)
譯: 陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
圖: theweejun.com, fanshare.com
On 18th February 2017, Hall 11 hosted a talk on “Ethnic Minorities and Society in Hong Kong.” This talk was held at Multi-function Hall-B and was the first part of the Hall 11 Talk Series.
The speaker, Mr. Alok JAIN was fascinating and inspiring. Initially an engineer from India, he has been living in Hong Kong with his family for the last 22 years. Apart from the fact that Hong Kong is very safe, Mr. Jain thoroughly enjoys the public transport here, and is passionate about trains and buses. “I even collect toys!” he laughed. His passion has driven him (pun unintended) to have a very successful career in the traffic and transport sector of Hong Kong, working at KMB and MTR. Currently, he is the Managing Director of Trans-consult Asia, a management-consulting firm specializing in Traffic and Transport advisory services. He is currently a member in the Transport Policy Committee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong.
Mr. Jain is one of the 16 selected representatives of ethnic minorities in Diversity List, to empanel in Government advisory bodies and also produces a community radio show ‘Cultural Dimsum’ focused on the integration of ethnic minorities.
What does it mean to be an ethnic minority?
Mr. Jain explained how the government of Hong Kong differentiates ‘Minorities by Ethnicity’ (Whites, Japanese, Koreans, etc.) from ‘Ethnic Minorities’ like South and South-East Asians, or those races considered underprivileged. Ethnic minorities (or EMs) make up about 6.3% of the population, and 70-80% of them call Hong Kong their home. Yet, they are poorly represented in the government and even though EMs are usually highly qualified, many EM youth are unemployed, or end up in manual labour.
“We ask for equal treatment, not special treatment.”
Speaking about the language barrier non-Chinese ethnicities face, Mr. Jain pointed out that although 60-70% of local born EMs can speak and understand the local language here, they do not feel like a part of the society due to their lack of Chinese reading and writing abilities due to lack of immersion in school. The talk brought to light the importance of integration of society. Important topics like domestic violence against women in EMs and educational reform were also raised, along with crime and media portrayal in Hong Kong.
“The government has done a lot of work towards EMs”, said Mr. Jain, although also pointing out that there are still some ways to go regarding outreach of resources and jobs. “EMs should not be part of the problem, but part of the solution.”
“Hong Kong has been very kind to me.”
While speaking from personal experience, Mr. Jain recalls, “I have never faced any awkward situation as an EM” and “If you want to call Hong Kong your home, there’s no place like it.”
“Don’t draw those lines.”
Mr. Jain believes that it is our duty to educate one another and sensitize the society towards issues like these. “Hong Kong is an immigrant population and the term ‘ethnic minority’ should cease to exist.” He suggests people from all ethnicities to not box themselves in or only socialize with people from their community.
At the end, I asked some members of the audience to share their views about what they learned:
“I was impressed by the speakers’ background and the way he spoke about ethnic minorities without a Psychology background.”
– SHIN Ji Yong, Hall 11, Year 3, Information Management
“As a finance student, to realize another side of Hong Kong and the difficulties faced by ethnic minorities- it was a new thing for me.”
– CHEN Min, Hall 11, Year 3, Finance
Writer: Riddhi SUKHIA (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
Photographer: REN Ling (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
主講人程艾樂先生（Mr. Alok JAIN）極富魅力並能振奮人心，他是來自印度的工程師，與家人住在香港已經有22年了。除了香港是個特別安全的城市之外，程先生還特別享受這裡的公共交通，并很樂意乘坐火車和巴士。「我甚至還收集玩具呢！」他笑道。他的熱情驅使他勝任九龍巴士和港鐵等香港交通運輸部門的工作，目前他擔任Trans-consult Asia的總經理，這是一家交通運輸行業的管理咨詢公司。他目前也是香港運輸物流學會運輸政策委員會的成員，也是香港大學的助理教授。
── SHIN Ji Yong（舍堂十一 / 信息管理三年級）
──陳敏（舍堂十一 / 金融學系三年級）
文: Riddhi SUKHIA (賽馬會群智堂)
譯: 王琪 (舍堂十)
圖: 任伶 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)
Dr. David SUZUKI is an academic, science broadcaster and an environmental activist. He is also the recipient of the prestigious UNESCO Kalinga Prize for his work in the field of environmental science. Dr. Suzuki was invited to Hong Kong to be the speaker at the CityU Sustainability Lecture Series hosted by Department of Asian and International Studies (AIS) and Hall 10. The topic chosen was “Setting the Bottom Line for the Planet’s Future”.
Dr. Suzuki started off the lecture talking about the climate changes occurring in Canada, how the ice caps are melting and the forestry are disappearing. He mentioned the idiocy of the previous Prime Minister of Canada and his government’s historically miserable environmental policies.
Dr. Suzuki believes that the human species might have an abrupt end towards the end of this century. Hence we need to start building the future and it’s not too late. He gave us examples of various instances of global warming which are taking place. Carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere is being dissolved in the oceans creating carbonic acid. This carbonic acid is harmful and is creating numerous dead zones in different parts of the ocean. The death of fish leads to the death of birds and other animals causing an ecological reverberation. 80% of the planet’s forests are gone.
People don’t understand the consequences of this global warming and climate change. They don’t realize that they are digging their own graves. The problem with us human species is that we can’t avoid these negative consequences because we don’t know enough or have substantial information to anticipate the effects of our invention. Dr. Suzuki gave us an example of the invention of DDT. DDT was invented to kill insects and pests which would damage crops. What the inventor of DDT did not know was that it would affect the food chain and be the reason for the depletion in the number of Eagles. Another example was the invention of CFC. Although CFC proved to be extremely useful in the market, it caused the started to destroy the ozone layer.
“We are at a pivotal point where our actions will determine our own existence.” The above statement made by Dr. Suzuki is undeniable. We are undergoing and existential crisis. The Earth’s temperature will rise by 3-4 Degree Celsius by the end of this century and with the population growth at it’s all time high, there is a very little chance that our race can survive. We need to start taking responsibility and try to build a better future for the generations to come.
Writer: Suhas YOGISH (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
Image: Metro News Toronto
文: Suhas YOGISH (賽馬會群智堂)
譯: 陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
圖: Metro News Toronto
As Hong Kong is as small as a sesame when reading a world map, you can basically get around the city by using public transportation. Slightly overpriced, but the quickest way to travel around is taking Hong Kong’s underground rail – the MTR. Although our residents do not need to travel far to attend classes, many of us do head out for work or internships and MTR is usually the top choice.
The MTR has been a clean, fast, and safe transportation means for around four million people daily. If you are a newcomer in Hong Kong, just read the station map and you can easily master the transport system – not if you are travelling during peak hours.
Take note if you are going to take the MTR at times like 7:30 to 9 AM, and 5:30 to 7:30 PM during the weekdays, especially if you are going through interchange stations such as Kowloon Tong, Prince Edward, Mongkok, Admiralty, Central, North Point and Yau Tong.
- Don’t be surprised if you find strangers getting a little bit too intimate to you, well basically with everyone around you (but do remember you need to be cautious and protect yourself as well).
- There is no mercy when it comes to getting on an already crowded train… Try to squeeze in whenever you see a space. Even if you don’t, other people will.
- If you need to transfer to another line, try interchanging a station earlier than the recommended one. For example, if you want to go to Wan Chai from Kowloon Tong, interchange station at Prince Edward instead of Mongkok, and take one more station to Central to interchange the Island Line. There is a higher chance for you to get on the train quicker.
- Sometimes you don’t have a choice if you need to go to work or have an appointment. But the best thing to do is to avoid the crowd and leave either earlier or later.
If you ever have the chance to take the MTR during peak hours, hope these few tips can help. After all, this is only one of the useful things that I learn during my internship program this summer.
Writer: Michelle CHIANG (Hall 10)
如果你於工作天需要在早上 (例如七時半至九時左右)，或是傍晚 (例如五時半至七時半左右) 乘搭地䥫，尤其是需要於換乘站轉換列車，如九龍塘、太子、旺角、金鐘、中環、北角及油塘等車站，請注意以下事項：
譯: 何柏妮 (李兆基堂)
“Eh, I don’t like him anymore.” “What, why?”, said a friend acting surprised to my predictable change of mind. My crushes usually last for 5 days, which was exactly why I have yet to comprehend how my parents handled each other for 22 years and still going strong, let alone understand how university couples can last for more than 2 years.
Jockey Club Academy Hall alumni Jenna SON (Graduate of 2016, Human Resources Management) and Terence LEE (Graduate of 2016, Media and Communication) met each other in the SR and have been together for almost 4 years – we can all take down a note or two about how they value their relationship.
What’s the timeline of your love-story like?
“Our first conversation ever was on Facebook,” said the couple. Yes, credits given to the Facebook group called Hello International 2013-14 set up for international freshmen students of Terence and Jenna’s batch (the couple came from Singapore and South Korea respectively) – they were able to meet even before seeing each other in person.
After a month of knowing each other, they went to Victoria Harbor and confessed their desires to take things seriously. A MONTH?! Chemistry was just too strong I guess! – “No, it’s just we met every single day along with a group of friends,” which built a quick foundation for their relationship.
“I still see her everyday.” added Terence.
Do you know each other’s career goals? How do you balance your career goals with your love life?
Terence exclaimed about Jenna’s high expectation – “Bottom line is she wants to be at the top doing what she wants”. Both of them are passionate about starting something on their own. Ambitious and forward-looking, yet willing to lay down their interests for the sake of the achievement of their partner.
“We wouldn’t mind compromising our own goals. I’m willing to sacrifice my time and place just to see her achieve what she wants and I think she would do the same for me,” said Terence firmly yet full of affection.
What is your secret in keeping a strong relationship?
“I believe in staying committed. It’s easy to say I give up or I don’t want do this anymore.” Even though no one has ever seen them ever fight or even act lukewarm around each other, they honestly confessed that they go through arguments like normal couples do.
“Saying sorry is important.” Terence said that you need to learn how to say this simple word as it shows that you are willing to put your pride down for your girl. “Yeah, even if it’s not your fault,” humorously contributed by Jenna, “Try to understand each other, if you can’t you won’t even last a year.” She says that girls should lower their demands – girls aren’t supposed to be treated better than guys.
I’m not in a relationship, any advice that I can take from you?
“DON’T BELIEVE IN FIRST IMPRESSION!” Reflected by Jenna. most guys often hide their personality, and initially, she thought Terence was really weird but everything changed as she got to know him.
It’s important to “go out there and join university events” to meet more people with an open mindset. They didn’t mean lurking for partners in a creepy way, but just being proactive in meeting new friends, initially looking for friends and then seeing from there.
Writer: Julianne DIONISIO (Jockey Club Humanity Hall)
Images: Jenna SON & Terrance LEE (Alumni of Jockey Club Academy Hall)
文: Julianne DIONISIO (賽馬會敬賢堂)
譯: 陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
圖: 孫珠瑛及李若隆 (賽馬會群智堂舊生)
On 16th Februrary, a group of roughly 30 people gathered in Multi-function Hall B, hoping to learn a lesson on climate change through the documentary Before the Flood (2016). The documentary was the Academy Award-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DICAPRIO’s personal journey of understanding climate change, he was first being introduced to the term ‘climate change’ when he had a meeting with Al GORE in 2000. He then went to different parts of the world to see how badly the world was affected by vigorous acts of civilization, he had seen the sea level rising in Florida and low-lying Pacific islands, air pollution in China, the climate denial industry in the U.S., and how politics led to U.S.’ failure of addressing climate change issues.
While the movie revealed many gloomy and depressing truths of climate change, and DiCaprio himself admitted several times in the movie that he was a profound pessimist towards this issue, his face still lit up knowing that 100 lithium-ion battery ‘Gigafactories’ can provide renewable energy to the entire world, and he used the word ‘manageable’ to describe how it is hopeful that the world can be powered with cleaner energy.
After watching the movie, residents reflected on their own living styles. “My friend told me that everyone should watch this documentary, and I was deeply shocked by how our food choice made the most impact on the world. I used to be a vegetarian in the past and I quitted a few years ago, after watching this documentary last year, I turned back to being a vegetarian. I don’t want to be a part of the crowd that contributes to the destruction of the planet.” said Sankalpana AGRAWAL, an exchange student from India (Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 3, Electrical Engineering).
Indeed, are we doing enough to protect this beautiful planet of ours from further damages? Or are we the ones who are persistently doing harm to Mother Earth? The easiest step towards being a greener citizen is by changing your diet, it is something that you can do tonight, or even right now. The founder of Green Monday, Mr. David YEUNG, led a post screening discussion with everyone, and he acknowledged that it is important that individuals, or even the government, to recognize that climate change is real, and it’s indisputable that it’s adversely affecting our environment. He also called on different parties’ joint effort in reducing carbon footprint, and performing social and environmental responsibilities.
Start playing your part in eliminating climate change, just like what Sankalpana said concluding the short discussion, “As a hall resident, lessen electricity or water usage not only to fulfill social and environmental responsibility, but to treat them as actions which embody our hall spirit, and try spreading this message and get more people to become more active in this issue.”
When it comes to acting against climate change, it is time that we say: no more talk, no more excuses, we start right now.
GreenWise is a series of programmes initiated by recipients of Joseph’s Catering Outstanding Student Leader Awards 2015/16, Tina ZHAO (Residence Tutor, Alumni Civility Hall, Year 4, Accounting)and Sadhika NANDA (Residence Tutor, Hall 11, Year 3, Asian & International Studies). Another programme was a D.I.Y. Mini Potted Plants Workshop held on 13th February.
Writer: Jessie LOCK (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
Images: JEONG Jiwon (Jockey Club Academy Hall), Kerstin LANGENBERGER
GreenWise《洪水來臨前》電影放映會由兩名「嘉年華美食到會有限公司傑出學生領袖獎」得主趙藝婷（校友樂禮堂導師/會計學系四年級）和Sadhika NANDA（舍堂十一導師/亞洲及國際學系三年級）舉辦。是次放映會是GreenWise 的其中一個活動，另一個活動是迷你盆栽工作坊，一系列的活希望向同學推廣環保、保育環境的意識。
文: 駱嘉時 (賽馬會群智堂)
攝: JEONG Jiwon (賽馬會群智堂)、Kerstin LANGENBERGER
As a third year who is currently facing her 6th midterm season, I must admit that things haven’t always gone to plan this time of the semester, and although I’m no expert, I’d like to share some thoughts on what not to do to survive these next few weeks of midterms.
- Don’t freak out
If you’re like most other students, you have probably just realised you are in for some long days (and nights) studying stuff you might or might not have seen before in your life. Don’t freak out! You can do this. You are built for this. You voluntarily signed up for this, and you’ll live through it. Try to not spend too much time worrying.
- Don’t take time for granted
Time is scarce, but your greatest weapon. Use it to your strength. This means cutting down on many things that are usually part of your lifestyle, including hanging out with friends, watching (and re-watching) TV shows and movies, aimlessly browsing the internet and tagging your friends in all those dank memes. Basically, the procrastination needs to be put to a hold. Harder said than done, I know, but when you catch up with all those missed episodes and friends after midterms, it’s a sweet feeling.Use your time wisely. Have daily study goals, push to get them done. Always have some time for yourself to relax and move your muscles.
- Don’t get distracted
Focus on your work. Ignore that buzzing phone, that notification from Facebook, or the fascinating pattern of the wall in front of you. If you listen to music while studying, make sure it’s not too loud/catchy. Research suggests classical music to increase productivity.
- Don’t neglect yourself
Don’t forget to nourish yourself and keep yourself hydrated. Keep a cap on those coffees and Red Bulls. Always carry a water bottle to study. Get a decent amount of sleep.
While you probably don’t need to go all out on elaborate homemade meals, keep track of what you’re eating. Efficient cooking is must, but if you eat out, make sure you eat the right food that actually makes your brain function. You need to be mentally as well as physically on top of your game.
Good luck, my fellow midterm fighters. May the grades be ever in your favour.
Writer: Riddhi SUKHIA (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
- 不要忽略了自己在溫習的同時也不要忙了滋潤一下自己，一杯咖啡或能量飲品定必能幫上忙，也不忘上帶上適量的水。充足的睡眠也可以令你的溫習更有效率!食物亦是重要的一環! 要時刻留意著自己的餐單，而且需要高效率的煮食。如果外出用饍，最好選擇一些可以幫助腦部運作的食物。除了身體，腦部亦需要時刻備戰，去迎接接踵而來的mid-term。
On Friday the 24th of February, the Student Residence was humming with excitement whilst preparing for their signature community event, the annual Joint-hall Gala Dinner. The theme for the year of 2017 is “Once Upon a City (小城大事)”. The organisers, Residents’ Associations (RAs) from our 10 undergraduate halls and the Student Residence Office (SRO), received an overwhelming sale response to the event from64 tables! As a result, a total of 770 people enjoyed and celebrated the event.
When the evening rolled in, the Student Residence had been completely transformed. As you entered the residence, you could see the main stage set up to the left. When looking out from this point, rows upon rows of tables were scattered all around the area surrounding the Student Residence circle. Rainbow-like flags were hung up and flied in the wind. When the stunning bright lights were switched on, the Student Residence glowed in a kaleidoscope of colours. This was the setting of what would be a memorable night.
As most of us know, the Student Residence is situated on a hill, so during the winter season, the low temperature really tends to hit us hard. However, we were blessed that the rain stayed away from us. So even though an icy wind was sweeping across the Student Residence with great force, it seemed insignificant because wherever you turned, you were greeted with warm smiles from fellow students, alumni and special guests.
The event ran smoothly, thanks to the lively MCs from Hong Kong, India and Australia. The audience was constantly laughing, thanks to the entertaining “Best Costume Performance Competition”. For this, groups from the various halls came up with innovative ideas to stand out from the crowd – whether it was giant walking student IDs or singing kindergarten kids. In adddition, the student performances throughout the night were of the highest quality, ranging from the Korean dance group “URBANITE” to the Bollywood Fusion “DAZZLERS”. They all showcased how diversified and talented our residents are.
Here is what some people had to say about the event:
“It was really fun to be a part of one of the student performances. I danced with URBANITE and it was so exciting to be part of something big that everyone could enjoy. It was kind of nerve-wracking to look out into the audience but the response was great. There were certain dance steps that received more cheers and that’s how you know people are watching.”
– Julianne Nicole DIONISIO, Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 3, Media and Communication
“I really loved to watch the performances because some of my friends were in them. It was nice to be able to support them and for others to see how talented they are!”
– JEONG Jiwon, Jockey Club Academy Hall, Year 2, New Media
“I really appreciate the idea of such events that is inclusive to all residents from all halls, as it allows for the bringing of different people together.”
– Navakamol JAESIRI, Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 2, Business Economics
“First of all, I would like to thank all the organisers (including our Organising Committee [OC] and SRO) for all the efforts made towards ‘Once Upon a City’ in the past 2 months. We have never dreamed of hosting more than 60 tables. The day started off rough with a low temperature of 11°C and a strong wind. We were shivering in our OC hoodies, yet we managed to complete our rehearsals and venue set-up on time. When I finally saw our 4 light boxes glowed on stage during the kick-off, it was worth all the hard work.”
– Yuki CHAN, Person-in-Charge of “Once Upon a City”, External Vice President of Six Noon Tong, Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 3, Chinese
Writer: LIM Hanna Suchanya (Alumni Civility Hall)
Photographers: Kelvin NG, Yikki LAM (Lee Shau Kee Hall), Emily JIA (Hall 11)
來自香港、印度和澳洲的五位主持人風趣幽默，調動全場氣氛；「最佳服裝表演」讓觀眾笑聲不斷，每座舍堂都想出新奇的裝扮點子── 從行走中的巨型學生證，到唱歌的幼稚園小朋友。宿生們也為大家呈上高質量的演出，從舞蹈組合URBANITE的K-pop韓舞， 到DAZZLERS的寶萊塢印度熱舞。他們展現出我們的宿生多麼多元和多才多藝。
── Julianne Nicole DIONISIO（賽馬會敬賢堂 / 媒體與傳播系三年級）
── JEONG Jiwon（賽馬會群智堂 / 新媒體系二年級）
── Navakamol JAESIRI（李兆基堂 / 商業經濟系二年級）
── 陳竟瑜 （聯舍晚宴負責人 / 六結糖外務副主席 / 李兆基堂 / 中文系三年級）
文: LIM Hanna Suchanya (校友樂禮堂)
譯: 王琪 (舍堂十)
攝: 吳啟楓、林奕淇 (李兆基堂)、賈藝琛 (舍堂十一)
Often, the word most associated with Indonesia is ‘Indomie’. For those who has never heard of Indomie, it is God’s gift in the form of instant noodles. It’s so good! Honestly, if you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out in life. In this year’s Indonesian Night on 15 Feb, the Indonesian students in CityU wish to show the world that they have more to offer than just Indomie.
This year’s theme was Batavia. Batavia is the capital of Dutch East Indies, but now more familiarly known as Jakarta. As you step inside MFH A, a hall of fame greets you. On the walls are faces that most of you find unfamiliar, but for Indonesians, they are important figures that changed their country in many aspects. Our Indonesian hosts wanted the guests to experience an integral part of their culture, thus they had visitors sitting on the floor to mimic how it’s like back home. They opened the event with a tradition called ‘potong tumpeng’. Tumpeng is a cone-shaped rice surrounded by Indonesian dishes and the tradition is to cut the top most part of the cone to indicate the opening of a ceremony.
While people were busy admiring the decorations around the hall– traditional batik draperies on the sides and a map of Indonesia in front– they were greeted with yet another surprise. International students from South Africa, India, Philippines, Taiwan and Turkey greeted us with traditional Indonesian costumes from all around the region.
The event was a full-house. There were abundant food and drinks, personally taste-tested by the organizers to make sure the guests get to taste the best of Indonesian food. The desserts were quite weird in shape. One of them was green and glutinous with coconut shavings in the middle. It is definitely not something you eat on a regular basis in Hong Kong!
While others are eating dinner (some savoring it and lining up for more!), the Indonesian students put up a live music performance. Hums and melodies of Indonesian songs fill the room and other Indonesian students sing along to their favorite songs. The guests are also entertained with a few familiar English songs.
The event ended smoothly on a happy note. I went around and interviewed some people:
What created the initial idea of organizing Indonesian Night?
“We wanted to bring you back in time. Jakarta is now known as a modern city of high skyscrapers and bustling traffic, however, we also wanted to show you another Jakarta, one that’s still close to heart. We wanted to show our history and culture to other students!”
– Megan Trivitha PRATANA, Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 2, Finance, Indonesia
How did you, as an organiser, feel about the whole event tonight?
“Organising Indonesian Night this year was one of the best experiences in my life! We had to plan everything from point zero and make good use of the limited resources we have. It was definitely challenging, but because of this experience I get to be more creative and courageous.”
– Maria Glenda OCTAVIENNA, Jockey Club Harmony Hall, Year 2, Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Indonesia
What was your overall impression of Indonesian Night?
“I did not have any prenotion about Indonesia. However, this event opened my eyes to a new culture. Personally, I really liked the drama. The fashion show was impressive as well. It was very successful, so many participants!”
- Chengyi CAO, Hall 10, Year 2, Marketing, Mainland China
What was the best part of the whole event?
“The food. It was interesting to find out that Indonesia also has interesting looking desserts, like India. The food was particularly delicious”
– Ishwara HEGDE, Hall 10, Year 2, Economics, India
Writer: Natasya Viona CHANDRA (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Photographers: Ellen DING (Alumni Civility Hall), REN Ling (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
提到印度尼西亞，人們馬上會想到 ── 營多撈麵，這種速食麵簡直是神的賜予。如果你還沒吃過，你實在是錯失了人間難得的美味。今年的印尼之夜，來自印尼的學生希望給世界展示，印尼的魅力可不只限於營多撈麵。
今年的主題是「巴達維亞」 。巴達維亞是荷屬東印度群島（ 印尼的舊稱）的首都，也就是今天的雅加達啦。一走進滿珍綜合禮堂，就能看到一大群名人在迎接你。你可能對墻上的那些面孔並不熟悉，但他們卻是在各個領域改變了印尼的重要人物。我們的印尼生請參加者們席地而坐，就像回到家裡一樣。活動以印尼的傳統習俗potong tumpeng開場。 Tumpeng是一種錐形的黃薑飯，周圍擺放著印尼菜，印尼的傳統是，切去錐形的頂端，表示慶典正式開始。
當人們正在盡情欣賞周圍的精美裝飾 ── 蠟染針織布和前方的印尼地圖時，他們不知道，另外一個驚喜等著他們呢。來自南非、印度、菲律賓、台灣和土耳其的國際學生穿著印尼各地區的傳統服飾迎接我們。
── Megan Trivitha PRATANA（賽馬會敬賢堂，金融系二年級，來自印尼）
── Maria Glenda OCTAVIENNA（賽馬會群萃堂，工業工程與工程管理，來自印尼）
── Ishwara HEGDE （舍堂十，經濟學系二年級，來自印度）
文: Natasya Viona CHANDRA (賽馬會群萃堂)
攝: 丁琳笠 (校友樂禮堂)、任伶 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)
For the longest time, there’s a well-known curse among us Indonesians at CityU, that we are to be single as long as we are at this school. Yes, it only applies to Indonesians and Indonesians at CityU. However, whether you are single, in a relationship, or whether you are not Indonesian, I think you can definitely learn from Korean residents MYEONG Jinyoung (Residence Tutor, Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall, Year 4, Asian and International Studies) and KIM Dok Rae (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall, Year 3, Information Management).
The compassionate behaviour of the other was what interested both ends at first. Jinyoung in particular, displayed a lot of affection to Rae when he was the newbie in her circle. And although her friends were not as supportive, Jinyoung was committed to keep the relationship going. Their gradual change from strangers to good friends eventually led to a serious relationship as a romantic duo. Jinyoung, having dated a local, working professional, said that the language barrier caught up with both of them. With Rae, she could express herself way better. Nevertheless, like most couples, their conflicting personalities challenged the relationship in the beginning. In the interview, Jinyoung admitted that she was okay with texting/contacting 3-4 times a week, whereas Rae displayed his need of meeting/contacting her girlfriend everyday.
However, despite their differences, it was evident that both sides made the conscious effort to building a strong, mutual respect. Rae gave the advice that when having troubles in relationships, talking in person is the way to go. No texting, just talk. Jinyoung complemented the advice by saying that while our tendency of reaching out to friends for advice is okay, working things out within themselves has helped them bring the best out of the relationship.
For those who are single:
Jinyoung: I think it’s better for them (potential couples) to be friends first, because that was what we did.
Rae: You get to see each other in a casual setting first.
Jinyoung: And if he happens to be the right person for her, or vice versa, the relationship will continue.
Rae: It’s nearly impossible to know whether that person is right for you (in the beginning). You have to date for at least one year to get to know him/her.
For those who are looking to building a healthier relationship, or those in a struggling relationship:
Rae: You have to talk everyday. Don’t just talk about your problems through text, you have to see them in person.
Jinyoung: If you have something in your mind, don’t keep it to yourself.
Rae: You’re gonna fight a lot, but if you overcome those difficulties, that person could definitely be the right man/woman for you.
When asked about future plans, the couple revealed their frequent discussion due to Jinyoung’s upcoming graduation and Rae’s enlistment to the military. However, no solid plans have been made.
To end, ResLink would like to thank Jinyoung and Rae for doing this interview and being very open about their relationship. Wish you the best!
Writer: Dazi CREMONITA
Images: MYEONG Jinyoung (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall), KIM Dok Rae (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
文: Dazi CREMONITA
譯: 黎彥東 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)
圖: 明真榮 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)、金德來 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)
Everyone wishes to have a beautiful garden inside their homes. Sadly, it is almost impossible to happen in Hong Kong. Well, perhaps a mini potted plant may help you making this wish comes true!
GreenWise: D.I.Y. Mini Potted Plants Workshop guides students to create their own take-home miniature landscapes to symbolise a micro-level sustainability cycle at home. GreenWise is a series of programmes initiated by recipients of Joseph’s Catering Outstanding Student Leader Awards 2015/16, Tina ZHAO (Residence Tutor, Alumni Civility Hall, Year 4, Accounting)and Sadhika NANDA (Residence Tutor, Hall 11, Year 3, Asian & International Studies).
On the event day, people arrived at the venue in great excitement. They couldn’t wait to make their own mini potted plant! Our GreenWise helpers explained the steps to us carefully while we worked on the mini landscapes.
After putting a portion of dry moss and soil, we cut a piece of moss into an appropriate size that suited our individual designs. Then we placed our plants and different decorations unto it. After a few steps, we finished our own DIY mini potted plant! It was so easy to make!
As the day following the workshop was Valentine’s Day, many participants were eager to make it a gift to their loved ones. What a good and GREEN idea!
Writer: Carmen YIU (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Photographer: Emily JIA (Hall 11)
GreenWise 迷你植物工作坊是由兩名「嘉年華美食到會有限公司傑出學生領袖獎」得主趙藝婷（校友樂禮堂導師/會計學系四年級）和Sadhika NANDA（舍堂十一導師/亞洲及國際學系三年級）所舉辦的活動。是次工作坊是GreenWise 的其中一個活動，另一個活動是電影放映會，一系列的活希望向同學推廣環保、保育環境的意識。
文: 姚嘉敏 (賽馬會群萃堂)
圖: 賈藝琛 (舍堂十一)