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Pick a letter…it’s your choice!

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It’s Wednesday! You know you’re Asian when…

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Surround yourself with people that lift you higher!

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It’s full-on exam time, we get it…

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Who Needs Cloud 9?!

 Who needs Cloud 9 when you could be on Cloud 23?

Sometimes you just need to be surrounded by some of your closest friends to lift you higher..and obviously sometimes they lift you high enough to reach Cloud 9, 23.

Located on the __floor fo the Manchester Hilton Hotel, the bar offers a panoramic view of Manchester; Though on the pricier side for Manchester, drinks prices are still a reasonable price compared to London.

If you’re looking to celebrate a milestone, which we definitely were, this is the palce for you.

Big groups, you’ll need to book in advance for the guest list orsmaller parties, you may want to queue on the night.

The Asian Destination – approved.

 

Girls, do you agree?

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A little joke for the Bank Holiday weekend! xo

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Cheapest facelift ever…#HappyFriday!

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What’s the difference between a goal and a dream?

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This week’s: You Know You’re Asian When…

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You may not know who I am, but thank you anyway!

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There comes a time when you achieve more if you’re held accountable for something.

Am I right?

As you might know already, I’ve started training for a 10K run in July and raising money for The Rotary Club of Guildford’s Eye Project which focuses on avoidable blindness across the developing world.

I am beyond grateful for the response and the donations that I have received so far. I know that every pound donated will have an impact on those who are visually impaired, especially because it only takes £5 for life saving operation.

Since signing up for the run with some friends, I have discovered the The Running Bug, which devises a training plan according to your fitness level. It portions out the training into manageable chunks during the week….as long as you stick to it!

After a long day in class or labs, the last thing I want to do is to go to the gym or go for a run. This is why I have always preferred to wake up early and go in the morning. Lately though, it’s been a struggle to actually get out of bed and down to the gym.

Yep, we’ve all experienced it –

Just 5 more minutes’ turning into…’I overslept by an hour!’.

Receiving sponsorship for the run though makes me more inclined to actually follow through. Not only do I owe it to myself to give it my best shot but I owe it to the people sponsoring me with their hard-earned money not to mention of course, the people that will benefit from it all.

The more people that seem to know about the run, my training and my goal to do it in a certain time, the more accountable I feel to making it happen.

So, you might now know me, but thank you.

Thank you for making me press snooze, one less time this morning!

So Today: What can you follow through with?

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Time to WAKE UP!

WAKE UP

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The difference between try & triumph is…

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Destination: China

Destiantion China

“FONG-SUM!”

Come visit China as Gimi takes us on her travels and we learn what Ana & Emily miss about living in China!

“UMH GOI SAI!”

“CHI-SIN!”

Whynn Resort and Casino, Macau - Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Whynn Resort and Casino, Macau – Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Areas of the country I visited:

G: Hong Kong, Hainan, Sichuan province (in particular Chongqing), Guizhou province, Yangtze river for 2 weeks.

E: Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Hai Nan, Macau, Xi An, Harbin, Tibet, Xin Jiang.

A: Lived in Macau.

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Favourite monument/place that I went:

G: Three Gorges area of Yangtze river.

E: Kashgar (in xin jiang).

A: My favourite palces are: Porto Interior, Largo dos três candeeiros – A more traditional part of Macau, untouched by casinos and the modern world. You can find quirky shops with handmade artifacts and unique items of clothing and decorations.

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Café Esplanada at the Wynn Resort and Casino is one of my favourite places to unwind and enjoy afternoon tea. Caravela is a Portuguese restaurant/cafe in the center of Macau, staff and owners are really friendly and you get to experience a bit of Portuguese cuisine in China!

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Describe the country in 3 words:

G: Contrasting, cultural, colourful.

E: Exciting, international, diverse.

A: Dynamic, multicultural, and exciting.

Café Esplanada - Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Café Esplanada – Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

I wasn’t expecting to find:

G: Boiled chicken.

E: So many western shops.

A: The Batmobile!

The Batmobile - Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

The Batmobile – Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

My favourite part of the culture was:

G: The beautiful paintings and scriptures.

E: The language.

A: Learning about the different superstitions they had. For instance, for the first 15 days after the Chinese New year, people don’t cut their hair because ‘hair’ is a homophone for ‘prosperity’ so they believe they might be ‘cutting’ their wealth away!

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

I would describe the people as:

G:  Curious and friendly.

E: Talkative/friendly.

A: Very friendly, warm and hard-working.

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

I was surprised by:

G: I was surprised that people would want to take pictures with me because I seemed to be the only white person they had ever seen!

E: How few old areas of beijing are left.

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Something I miss about the country now:

E: The food.

A: I miss everything about it, the food, the people, the places!

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Any (new) words/phrases of the native language I picked up:

G: I learnt some symbols like entrance and exit, but I can’t replicate them on this keyboard!

E: Chu zu che. (Mandarin)

A: Relax, don’t worry-‘Fong sum’, Thank you – ‘umh goi sai’, You’re crazy! –‘Chi-sin’ (Cantonese)

N.B. Standard Chinese, also known as Putonghua, the official language of the People’s Republic of China (mainland China) and the Republic of China (Taiwan) where it is known as. Mandarin Chinese is the branch of Chinese dialects which includes the dialect of Beijing. The official languages for Macau are Portuguese & Cantonese.

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Strange or memorable experience:

E: being asked to take pictures with Chinese strangers!

Would you go back?

G: Yes, but to different places, not Chongqing! It was too big and claustrophobic.

E: Yes!

A: I will most definitely be going back.

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A misconception people may have of the country:

G: It is so diverse, people think China is all the same, but it really depends on where you go within China.

E: It’s not as chaotic as people may think.

A: Macau isn’t just about gambling; it has a long and rich history. The Portuguese occupied Macau from the mid 1600 until 1999 so there is a heavy European influence and feel to the city. If history interests you, make sure you visit the many museums and exhibitions on going. It is also a very multicultural city, you get all nationalities and religions living together in harmony so you get to experience the best of many cultures!

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

One thing the guide books don’t tell you:

E: Taxis are cheaper in Beijing, but don’t seem to like to stop for potential customers.

A: Traveling by bus in Macau is next to impossible because the busses are always so full of people. You are better off walking, Macau is a small city anyway.

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Do not be afraid to stand your ground in queues, people will try to cut in front of you!

Make sure you don’t just visit the hotels/ casinos or the tourist parts. As tempting as it is, at the end of the day you will miss out on all the culture and history the city has to offer.

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Other advice I would give to those planning a visit:

G: Take lots of hand sanitizer!

E: Fly out with an empty suitcase!

A: If your stay is short don’t worry, you can experience Macau easily as it is a small city. If you plan it right, you might even be able to visit Hong Kong (which is a 1 hour boat ride away) and Zuhai (mainland China). Make sure you get a visa ahead of time if you want to visit Zuhai though as it takes a couple of days to issue. Overall have fun and make sure you visit the Macau tower for the world’s highest bungee jump!

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

Photo by Ana Magarida Morais

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