Hong Kong

So back in 2013, in the first week of January I heard from a professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. We had a short discussion on Skype and then he asked me to visit the university for an interview. I then moved there in July 2013. I worked as a Junior Research Assistant for a couple of months.

My favorite concrete jungle!

Although my time and experience in Hong Kong was very short-lived, it holds a very special place in my heart. The reason is that I was going through a hard time looking for opportunities and felt quite low after coming back from London, so moving to Hong Kong was like a fresh start, even though it was temporary. I made the most of my time there and made some life-long friendships. Hong Kong is a breathtakingly busy and beautiful place and there is so much to see. I met a friend from Melbourne who was interning in Hong Kong for a month and also met a group of people through a friend with whom I went to Macau for a weekend.

Here are my experiences in Hong Kong….

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    The University is situated in Shatin and is like a city in itself. There are free buses running around the campus (with a mobile app for timings) and since Hong Kong is a hilly place, all different departments were at different altitudes. Walking around the campus was a great workout. I ate in one of the canteens everyday with my colleagues who helped to order vegetarian food for me. The only phrase I learnt during my time there was ‘sek fan’ which means ‘let’s go have lunch’. Hong Kong has a very cool system where you can load money on your octopus card and pay for pretty much everything: public transport, groceries or lunch at canteen.

    View from my office
  • Sky100

    After my interview (in Feb 2013), I headed off for some sight-seeing. I decided to go to Sky100 but it was a cloudy day so the view was not so good. Sky100 is a 360-degree indoor observation deck on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre, in West Kowloon, Hong Kong.

     

  • Day trip to Lamma Island

    My boss was asked to visit Lantau Island to see if building a hotel there would affect the natural habitat of species living on that island. Since we were an organismal biology lab our opinion mattered to the government and so my boss asked me to tag along. It was a unique experience and we had private boat to ourselves for a tour around the island.

     

  • Weekend getaway to Macau

Being a die-hard Bollywood fan, one of the best things that happened to me was to get the chance to attend IIFA awards in Macau. I saw my favorite actors performing on stage and the show was hosted by SRK & Shahid. That was definitely one of the BEST experiences I have ever had.

Madhuri

Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady, Macau
  • Ngong Ping Village

    On my last weekend in Hong Kong, I visited Ngong Ping Village by myself. It was beautiful and the weather was amazing with a light breeze. The Buddha statue is so stunning I spent hours there just walking around.

  • Stanley Beach

    When I went back to Hong Kong in July 2014, my ex-roommate took me to Stanley beach for a day.

  • Around Hong Kong…

    I tried a lot of cafes and restaurants with my roommate. Hong Kong has a lot to offer and some of the most stunning views of the beautiful concrete jungle are from Victoria Peak and also Victoria Harbor. Tsim Sha Shui is one of the most crowded areas along with Ladies’s market in Mong kok.

  • Ladies Market, Mong Kok
    Clock Tower
    Drinks with this amazing view! Ozone Bar, the highest bar in the world, located on the 118th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.

  • Cafe Habitu…Rose Latte

  • View from Victoria Peak at night
    Thai dinner with my roommate
    Korean dinner with Brooke
    Victoria Harbor

    Tsim Sha Shui

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