Taiwan Basketball Tour 2014

By 5S Alan Kwong

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From 18 to 22 August 2014, I participated in the Taiwan Basketball tour organized by our college’s Department of Health and Physical Education. In Taiwan, I was given lots of opportunities to practice and play basketball. Our basketball team played a friendly match against a Taiwan local school called Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School. The team was really good physically, and they played very well. Although we lost the game, we learnt and experienced a lot.

Besides basketball, I was really happy to visit different places in Taiwan, such as the tallest building Taipei 101, the very huge bookstore Eslite, and the hot shopping street Ximending, which impressed me so much.

Last but not least, this was a very good opportunity to stay with my friends for 5 days and nights. We knew more about each other, and further developed our friendships. I want to say thank you very much to my teachers Mr Ericson Ng and Mr John Leung for leading us in this tour, and I really look forward to joining such a tour again.

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Asia-Pacific Environmental Youth Forum 2014 in Korea (July 27 – Aug 1, 2014)

Written by 6L Chan Stevenson Mark

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From the final week of July to the first week of August, I had the privilege of going to Korea to attend a forum concerning education for sustainable development (also known by its acronym, ESD). Students selected from Korea and all over Asia (including, but not entirely exclusive to, India, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia) were divided into groups of 4-5 members; and were asked to research their respective topics in 3 of the corresponding main branches, namely, poverty, traditional knowledge, and environmental protection.

My group, in particular, which consisted of three other high school students from Korea, with whom I had an enjoyable time; had the topic of world hunger and poverty as our domain. Ultimately, we chose to do research on how we, as mere secondary school students, can advertise the problem of hunger, and not only increase the public’s awareness of the issue, but also encourage them to act and take the initiative to alleviate the problem. I, personally, had a great time working on our project, and listening to various ideas from my teammates, ideas that, if refined, could actually help Hong Kong’s passive nature when tackling world hunger.

The forum was not exactly informative or educational in the sense that we didn’t learn much about things concerning sustainable development that we didn’t already know. As one of the organizers had said, there are already real environmentalists and activists with various degrees from universities that showcase their extensive knowledge in environmental chemistry, and economics; who can concoct better solutions to the aforementioned problems.

So, why did we have this forum? Well, I believe that the main purpose of the forum is cultural exchange. What better way is there for this than to have participants from different cultural and geographical upbringings share unique ideas, and ultimately shed some light on multi-perspective solutions to the issues. Furthermore, the trip served as a forum where each and every participant was able to learn more about the traditional customs of other nations, and learn to appreciate the habitual lifestyle of Korean people. I particularly enjoyed the escapade we had to a traditional Korean folk village, where one can realize, at least try to, the ancient ways of surviving and living, quite effectively, if I say so myself; by Korean people, ranging from food storage, to different types of shelters to adapt to ever changing climate conditions in the region.

The whole trip was fun and memorable, to a certain extent; especially when participants from each nation performed traditional cultural performances that represent their respective nation, such as dance rituals, plays, songs, and games, in front of everyone. If I were to choose something that enlightened me the most from the trip, it would definitely be a talk given to us by a CEO of an investment company. He explained that when we want to help the needy, we must never have a top-down view, in the sense of assuming what they need, and forcing them to take help that we believe they need, like a water purifier; because ultimately, they would not appreciate what we have given and would subsequently dispose of our aid due to the lack of sense of affiliation. Instead, we must empathize with our target demographic, and actually ask them what they need to make them happy and content.

Workshop Organized by the Environmental Association

LEE Kin Long Victor (S4R)

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On the 8th of March, I went to the E-Wise Discovery Centre in Tai Po with other Science Club members. I learnt a lot about the wisdom of the traditional people. For example, they used a sort of bamboo which is a relatively better conductor for making chairs. When we sat on one, we felt so cool. For leather furniture, as it is a relatively poor conductor, we easily feel hot when we sit on it in summer, and we have to consume more energy than sitting on a bamboo chair to cool ourselves down.

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Apart from that, each of us made a dye bag with dried leaves. What’s special about it is that the dye we were using was organic. We were so excited about making different kinds of patterns on the bag. Each of us successfully designed and created a bag with different kinds of leaves. After that, we had to sew it. Although it was challenging to some of us, we all tried our best and completed the task with joy and a great sense of achievement.

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Nobel Laureates’ Youth Talk

CHAN Stevenson Mark  (S5L)

It was truly a marvelous experience to have been able to listen to a Nobel Prize laureate talk about his life, and research. Professor Ei-ichi Negishi is a Japanese chemist who is renowned for his research on organic catalysis through the use of palladium. He received a Nobel prize in Chemistry in 2009 for his contribution, a great feat that he has achieved.

As mere form 5 students, it was not expected that we were able to fully comprehend the details and the depths of his study. However, what inspired me most is how the professor started his career as a young boy who liked chemistry. It was his admiration for chemistry that fueled his endeavor to study it in university, and to do post-degree research on it. It was inspiring to listen to how the professor spoke of his difficulties and his experience as a university researcher; for example, how his advisor used to ask him to rinse and repeat different experiments.

I was definitely lucky and privileged to have been able to attend Professor Negishi’s lecture. I would, without a doubt, be happy to attend a similar ceremony in the future.

Public Lecture Organized by the CUHK “The Wonders of Language in Everyday Life”

FAN Louis Luo (S4R)

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In November 2013, some of our S.4 Chinese students attended a talk conducted by a professor from the Department of Linguistics of Chinese University of Hong Kong. The talk was about the development of human language. How do we learn our mother tongue in our early developmental stage? What are the similarities and the differences between languages? How did people invent a language?  What the professor had said impressed me a lot. I liked most of the contents and the sub-topics. However, the most interesting part throughout the talk is the comparison between Chinese, English and Swahili which is commonly used in the eastern and the central part of Africa especially in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. He discussed the similarities and the differences of the grammars of different languages and how a new language could be formed from its original language.
After this activity, I know more about the development of human languages, how we learn our mother tongue and how a language is born. It is really a meaningful experience. Hopefully, our school can organize more similar activities like this in the sooner future.

A Guided Educational Tour to Yau Ma Tei

We found that traffic congestion is common in this district throughout the day. Other urban problems are solid waste pollution, land use conflict and urban decay.

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When we walked past the fruit market, we saw lots of food waste (unwanted fruits) and fruit racks along the road. This resulted in limited open space for walking and endangered the passers-by. I think the government should set up regulations to improve the situation.

The building density there is high and the refuse collection point is built close to the residential land use. I am afraid that the bad smell would disturb the residents nearby.

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I used to think Yau Ma Tei is not a good place for living.  After this visit, I find that although residents may suffer from some urban problems, they enjoy convenient transport and shopping. The old people like to gather and chat in the Yau Ma Tei Community Centre Rest Garden. The Tin Hau Temple and the Jade market nearby show traditional Chinese culture. I am happy to learn more about the urban problems and urban development of Hong Kong through this visit.

A Guided Educational Tour to King Yin Lei

FUNG Lok Ching (S1J)

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During the visit, I saw a big difference between the old and new buildings of Wan Chai. Most of the new buildings are tall, fashionable and of western style. On the contrary, most of the old buildings are low, worn-out and of Chinese style.

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King Yin Lei is a typical example of a traditional Chinese building.  It was built in 1937. With the fast development of urban cities, the land of King Yin Lei is likely to be changed into commercial or high price residential land use. However, the government chooses to repair King Yin Lei as part of its heritage conservation initiatives.  I appreciate this as tourists and local people can learn more about Chinese culture in King Yin Lei.  However, the government has to offer the home owners another piece of land nearby to compensate them.

LO Chi Ho Lucas (S1C)

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King Yin Lei is a special building in Hong Kong. It is a Chinese renaissance style complex. The area is very large. There is a big entrance gate. The garden provides a green environment and enough space for activities. The main residential mansion is beautiful and comfortable.  However, as this building is designed for one family only, I think it is not economical.

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I think that as the building is old and not fully utilized, we may use the land for high density residential buildings with modern facilities. Besides, to fulfill the housing need of the increasing population, the government should consider expanding a more convenient transport network in higher altitudes, so more people can live there instead of crowding in the low relief areas.

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