Why I decided to replace all my cosmetic products with only all natural organic alternative products – a little blogpost about reducing my ecological footprint, cutting down on things that have an impact on the environment and giving my skin the chemical and toxin-free care it deserves. Continue reading Nature’s goodness: changing to all-natural and organic cosmetics
Reflections on an emotional dance with unforeseen changes in energy, speed and a beautifully intense embrace that led the crowd to applaud in awe. Continue reading Milongas and the art of connection in Tango
He looks her in the eyes and she smilingly nods in approval of that request for a dance A tango He carefully takes her hand and gently pulls her towards the dance floor her dress leaving an invisible trail of untold stories behind her They embrace in an endless elegance her hand delicately resting behind his … Continue reading What dancing Tango has taught me
Hello everyone! I am very sorry for the lack of blog posts and updates this months – things have been quite hectic and I was busy moving out of Berlin and carrying all my personal belongings, piles of books and electronic equipment over to London. Ah, London. I cannot even put into words how happy I … Continue reading New city, new home and new beginnings
The sight of the majestic Kilimanjaro mountain upon our arrival at the tiny little airport of Arusha was absolutely breathtaking. We disembarked from our small airplane and walked over to the arrival hall while still admiring the beautiful view surrounding us. An endless blue sky, white cottoncandy like clouds spread across it and Mount Kilimanjaro … Continue reading Waterfalls and Hot Springs at the foothills of Kilimanjaro
Sitting on the old and squeaky chair in my tiny little room of my dorm, looking back at this summer feels like diving into a dream. If only I had words to describe how grateful I am for all the beauty and love I was able to witness this summer and for visiting places that … Continue reading Zanzibari Dreams
The warm breeze was stroking my hand that I had stretched out towards the sun out of the car window. We passed endless fields and big blue skies that made the horizon seem further away than ever. It looked like someone had taken brushed over the landscape in all different shades of gold, orange and caramel brown … Continue reading On the Southern tip of Africa
“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” the Dalai Lama XIV said and even though I have always loved how this short quote manages to express so many things, I only understood its true meaning for myself during this summer. Having attended school in Hong Kong … Continue reading Mediterranean Blues and Aegean Thoughts
In this post I would like to address an issue that has accompanied me since my early childhood and always contributed both excitement and sadness to my vacations in Turkey: free-roaming stray dogs and cats. When I was a child I was always happy to make furry friends in summer, to feed them and pet … Continue reading Sirius and the stray dogs in Turkey
After a long break from blogging, I am back on my page! My time at Li Po Chun United World College ended on the 25th of May, when I boarded my plane from Hong Kong International Airport to Istanbul. It’s unbelievable, but two years of life at UWC have passed and I am now an alumna! … Continue reading Graduating from LPC and becoming a UWC alumna
Hello lovely readers! I promised I would upload graduation photos very soon, but before I do that, I would like to ask for your help with something very important and urgent: My LPC roomie Ploy from Thailand decided to take a very special kind of gapyear and applied both to college and to the Global … Continue reading Sending my roomie off to Ecuador for a Global Citizen Year
A week before graduation, something quite unexpected happened. And by “unexpected” I mean it!😀 The Turkish students at LPC received an invitation from the Turkish General Consul to a celebratory reception aboard a Turkish Naval vessel – the TC Gediz (F-495). Now you might eb wondering: what is a Turkish Navy frigate doing in Hong … Continue reading Reception aboard a Turkish Navy Ship
I have a few days left before my next exam. Three papers down, ten to go! I am currently taking a study break from Math and decided to write a blogpost instead of going for a run today, as the weather is not necessarily in favor of my wish to exercise. It was raining a … Continue reading Final IB Exams!
Exactly one month left until graduation and the graduation dinner for secondyears is already over (blogpost about it is coming up soon)! Iam taking a very deep breath while writing this sentence. It is almost unbeliavable how fast time goes by! Secondyears have officially finished all their classes and will be swimming in books and notes … Continue reading Meditation, yoga and mindfulness in the mountains of Thailand
Apologies for this post being up so late! But better late than never, right? Well… three weeks ago, due to Chinese New Year, we had a one week holiday – perfectly timed, considering that trial exams were approaching and secondyears need time to study and prepare. I packed my suitcase last minute, throwing in a few … Continue reading A little get-away to Singapore
Roz bākhair! Good evening! In this post I would like to introduce you to an absolutely amazing “little something” a Pakistani friend of mine from started. Well, he called it “little”, but I am sure that you will all agree with me that it is definitely more than that once you have finished reading this post! … Continue reading Pakistani Artisanship
Hi everyone, Finally – after months of drafting designs, picking and unpicking colors and thinking back and forth, I redesigned my blog. It looks much more like I initially intended it. I hope that the new layout does not confuse you. The old blogposts are of course still up, only the design is different. Instead … Continue reading A new design and an unexpected little surprise
Hello lovely readers! I know it has been quite a while since I wrote the last blogpost. I apologize for keeping you waiting so long. Due to health problems I needed to take a short break from blogging, but no need to worry. I will catch up with the bogposts asap. Term 3 was without … Continue reading New Year in the Country of Cedartrees: Lebanon
UNICEF approximates that 50 million orphans live in sub-saharan Africa, one quarter of whom have lost their parents to AIDS. Currently, 7.2 percent of Uganda’s population is living with HIV. This amounts to an estimated 1.4 million people, which includes 190,000 children. An estimated 62,000 people died from AIDS in 2011 and 1.1 million children have … Continue reading Ugandan Nights in Hong Kong: Watoto Children’s Choir
While writing this post I was snuggling under a layer of three blue blankets surrounded by the beep-noise of monitors and ringing telephones paired with the sound of hurried pairs of white shoes on peach-colored vinyl floor. To my left a very sweet old lady dressed in green and blue flannel pyjamas was snoring lightly … Continue reading Green-blue Flannels and an unexpected stay in the hospital
If you have followed the recent news, you will have noticed that Hong Kong is currently in turmoil and citizens are protesting to keep their promised democratic rights ( Hong Kongers refer to it as universal suffrage, showing how much value there is attached to it) which could be taken away by the central Chinese … Continue reading Protests in Hong Kong: Occupy Central and Pro-Democracy
Good morning! When I woke up this morning and looked out of my window I thought I was in a different country for a few seconds. The sunshine, blue sky and white clouds of the past days had disappeared for what looks like a semi-apocalyptic black sky. The wind was (and still is) howling like … Continue reading Typhoon Kalmaegi sweeps over Hong Kong
Hello my lovely readers! I am back in Hong Kong! Well, well… the last weeks have been so busy that I simply didn’t have time to write, but my second year at LPC has started! Unbelievable how fast last year and summer went by! I have been back at Li Po Chun for almost three weeks … Continue reading Second Year at LPC!
I am sure that during the last days you came across people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads – either in person, on your facebook newsfeed or in the news. And you probably wondered why people would be drenching themselves in iced-water voluntaringly? I wondered as well and did a little bit of … Continue reading Thoughts about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
I am back in Turkey after two weeks in the US and finally have time to cacth up on a few more blogposts before starting my second year at LPC!! I am flying to Hong Kong tomorrow night!! It seems like it was just yesterday when I received my letter of acceptance to Li Po … Continue reading Oh, the last days as a firstyear (Summertime in Wu Kai Sha)
Now before catching up on what happened during my very last week of my first year at LPC and before telling you all about my adventures in the Malaysian jungle, I want to write about my crazy arrival in one of the world’s most famous (and probably also one of the most charming) cities: New … Continue reading New York, New York: A crazy arrival and two weeks at Yale University
8:57, The loud ring of my alarm clock forced me out of my dreams and into the real world. It was a Saturday but not like any other. Today was graduation day, the day that would mark our secondyar’s completion of the IB program, the end of their time at LPC and the beginning of … Continue reading Graduation of the class of 2014: the big day!
On the day before graduation, Hayley, our Head of House (and my tutor) invited all Block 3 students and teachers to her flat for a last gathering before the year ends. It was not only the day before graduation, but also the day of our special dinner. As always on an important occasion, everyone was … Continue reading Ubuntu – Head of House Drinks and Special Dinner
This post is part of my attempt to catch up on a few events that I have not had the time to write about. (I am currently finishing up the blogpost regarding graduation day). So, for now, let’s go back in time and start with ANZAC Day: The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand … Continue reading ANZAC Day
To spend a last day together with our MESCA secondyears, we organized a MESCA outing and went to Chungking Mansions to have “some real MESCA” food, as we always say. Chung King Mansions has become one of the most interesting places in Hong Kong for me. It fascinated me so much that I even wrote … Continue reading 17 floors, five thousand people, friends and delicious food
It’s been a while, but if you recall, Cengiz (Turkey/Azerbaijan), Munya (Zimbabwe), Sakib (Bangladesh) and me had the incredible opportunity to be interviewed by Hong Kongs biggest public broadcasting organisation, currently operating seven radio channels. We gave an interview for Radio Television Hong Kong’s “Teen Times” about Initiative for Peace. You can read the original blog … Continue reading We’re in the Radio! (Part 2)
Hello everyone! No, I did not forget blogging, as some of you asked me in your e-mails. After the end of my first year of LPC I took a three week break which included minimal use of computers and technology and maximum time outdoors exploring the forests and historical sites of Berlin. What could be … Continue reading Our very last “Buddy” Outing
This is going to be a little longer and different than the previous blog posts. I am going back to Malaysia this summer! No, not for diving though: I have been very lucky to be selected into the Southeast Asian Leadership Network’s (SEALNet) Project Malaysia 2014 – Batang Kali. It is a two weeks service … Continue reading I will be living with an indigenous tribe in summer! But I also need your help!
What a week it was. Head of House Drinks, farewell videos to our second years and teachers, special dinner, graduation and farewells at the gate… I don’t think words can describe all of these events, but I will try my best in the next blog posts. The school year is officially over. Over the course … Continue reading The difference between cultural exchange and cultural appropriation
Exams are over and new version of our school newsletter is out! A must-read is the section about the “ul imin” Art exhibition of our second-year art students.The art pieces were absolutely beautiful (photos will be uploaded soon) Snapshots of events, such as the filming of the UWC promotional video, inspirational guest speakers and the Verbatim … Continue reading The Newsletter and United World Magazine are out!
The first week of exams has passed! Most first-year students students are through with at least half of their exams. However, it is to mention that the last three exams were and will be the toughest for most of us: in my case it was History on Friday, and for others it was Chemistry and … Continue reading Almost through exam week!
Exams are approaching! I have a hard time believing that Year 1 at LPC is almost over, but as always said, time flies… time flies… Tomorrow, firstyears will take their end-of year exam (for secondyears it’s the final IB Exam!) , with a full week of examinations following after that. The library is more crowded than … Continue reading Study hard! End-of-year exams!
Today is a very special day for children in Turkey and all over the world: It’s 23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day! (23 Nisan Cocuk Bayrami) The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dedicated April 23 to the children of the country to emphasize that they are the future of the new nation. It … Continue reading When the President turns over his position to children’s representatives
“Have you seen Harry Potter? You go to this place; it’s called Hogwarts… But Hogwarts doesn’t exist. It is a product of unrestrained imagination. And that is a UWC there. It is the product of the unrestrained imagination of Kurt Hahn 50 years ago. Kurt Hahn believed that bringing a diverse group of people together for … Continue reading The UWC Spirit – the 1st Film about United World Colleges
No, this post is not about sea food and steak: It is about an attempt to hike up and down the mountains in the hope of finding one of Hong Kong’s best surf spots. Through my previous posts you might have noticed that I fell even more in love with hiking since coming to Hong … Continue reading Surf ‘n Turf
Time truly flies by, there is about a month left before all of us hop back in airplanes and fly back to our homecountries. 250 students scattered across the globe again… But before that: exams and graduation. While the secondyears’ actual graduation is still a few weeks away, the graduation dinner – a wonderful occasion to … Continue reading Graduation Dinner
I never thought I would be in the radio. But life is full of surprises and so Munya (Zimbabwe), Sakib (Bangladesh), Cengiz (Turkey) and I had the incredible opportunity to be interviewed by RTHK, Hong Kongs biggest public broadcasting organisation, currently operating seven radio channels. After a short bus ride, we arrived at the RTHK … Continue reading We’re in the radio! An interview for the RTHK Teen Times
I do not recall having ever been more patriotic than this Saturday: I represented Germany with a booth at a “Peacemakers Celebration”, which was held at the Hong Kong Science Park and was the highlight of the “Peace for All Programme” of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Hong Kong (UNESCO HK) to promote … Continue reading UNESCO Peacemaker’s Celebration
This and the last months have been – to be frank – “crazy”. First years are drowning in assignments and tests, and second years are receiving their university application results while at the same time preparing for final exams. And in between our never decreasing workload there was LACE, our Latin American Cultural Evening. A … Continue reading Latin American Cultural Evening
A few weeks ago I had my last theatre performance as an actrees in another Indepentent Project by our Second Years. The play was entitled ‘The Other Side of Titanic’ and directed by Matthew Li (Hong Kong). It told the story of four Titanic survivors who are stranded on a lifeboat, leaving them to contemplate … Continue reading The other side of the Titanic
This week has been declared Model United Nations Week at LPC. Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. I have participated in several MUN conferences back home, but being a delegate at Li … Continue reading “Point of parliamentary inquiry”: Model UN Day
A week ago I blogged about project week, orphan trafficking and our school’s anti-human trafficking organization, Students Against Slavery (SAS), one of the Quan Cais which is most dear to me, as I strongly believe in the freedom of the individual and in female empowerment. Now it has been several weeks since we returned to … Continue reading SAS Project Week: Witnessing the Effects of Forced Prostitution
“The UWC movement is about more than just our students’ time at their school, college or programme. A UWC education is transformational and the start of a lifelong journey. Most alumni apply their commitment to UWC values throughout their lives, so that the benefits to the individual of a UWC education spread to whole communities. … Continue reading An eye surgeon in the rainforest of Congo
Last week our school hosted the “E3: Ponlufest” a charity concert with the aim to raise funds for United World Schools (UWS). Now you might be wondering: United World Schools? Wasn’t it United World Colleges? United world schools is an independent charity, founded in 2008, providing the opportunity to read, write and count to children … Continue reading United World Schools E3 Ponlufest: A charity for education
Would it have crossed your mind that by sponsoring an orphaned child to give it opportunity to go to school or by volunteering at an orphanage you would be unintentionally supporting a criminal business? Search Google images for “Volunteering Orphanage” and you will be surprised at the number of pictures showing children with foreigners who … Continue reading Orphan Trafficking
“Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part. To to dip a limb beneath its surface is like touching eternity” ― Hermann Broch Project Week 2014 done! Campus is full of stories of places and activities, as well as friendships forged and reaffirmed … Continue reading Project Week in Malaysia: Diving with sharks and rays
What a week! Now you might be wondering: “What? The walls were sweating?” Yes. The humidity has reached 96% and now that the weather started to slowly warm up again, all walls in school were covered with little droplets of water that over the course of the past two days have turned into big drops forming … Continue reading Sweaty walls, first aid and experiments with fishballs
Time for a little update! What’s new? Besides preparing for tests, first-years are busy thinking about topics for their Extended Essay an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating in a 4,000-word paper, which is required to pass the IB. It aims to provide practical preparation for the kinds of undergraduate research required at tertiary level … Continue reading It’s cold!
One of the most beautiful sides of attending a UWC is the opportunity to explore and “taste” different culture, as well as share your own. Last night, Belce (Turkey), Jessica (Lebanon/Slovakia), Louise (Uganda), Sarah (USA) and me went out for Turkish dinner at Istanbul Express, a Turkish restaurant in East TST. It was absolutely … Continue reading Middle Eastern Hospitality
Nature is something I cannot get enough of. And unlike the popular belief that Hong Kong is just a mass of skyscrapers, hiking here is excellent, as I discovered in the first term. I had set myself the goal to hike the picturesque 100km MacLehose trail by the end of my two years in Hong … Continue reading Hiking up one of Hong Kong’s highest peaks
The second day of Chinese New Year was just as wonderful, if not even better than the first one. Miranda (HK/Singapore/US) had invited Jessica (Lebanon/Slovakia), Jane (Armenia), Miren (Spain) and me for dinner and a sleepover at her house, where we were greeted with warm smiles and the friendly bark of her dog “bear”. Our … Continue reading Chinese New Year Part 2: A fishing village, a temple and MTR announcements
Due to Chinese New Year, there was no school on Friday. It was a sunny day and Jessica (Lebanon/Slovakia), Brage (Norway) and me decided to make the best out of the beautiful weather and go to Starfish Bay nearby our school. The tide was low and thus the sand was covered in tiny little holes, … Continue reading Chinese New Year Part 1: Firedancers in TST
Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year! I have quite a lot of blog posts to catch up on! As the past blog posts have been fairly short, the next ones will be a little longer and I will give you a little more background information about everything! For me these past two weeks … Continue reading Experiencing Chinese Culture: Chinese New Year and CCE!
This week we had another Change of Pace Day (COP Day), organized by our school’s Amnesty International and Initiative for Peace (IFP) Quan Cai. As a member of both groups, I had the wonderful opportunity to facilitate throughout the entire day. At 9 am the assembly hall opened its doors to all first years that … Continue reading The hardships of being a refugee: Initiative for Peace and Amnesty International COP Day
“The theatre is a place where one has time for the problems of people to whom one would show the door if they came to one’s office for a job.” ― Tennessee Williams Two days after the Chinese Cultural Evening it was time for my second theater performance of the year. It was based on the … Continue reading Time for theater! A (modern) fairytale: Augustus
Term 2 has now truly and officially started. The steadily increasing workload has become a norm and campus has returned to normal. Now that the excitement of the first weeks is over, I once again realized how fast time goes by! Today is CCE – the Chinese Cultural Evening!! All our CCE students have practices … Continue reading Zodiacs and Space Museums
I deeply apologize for the shortness of the following blog posts, but the next week is packed with assignments, tests and work. One of the perks of being at Li Po Chun is a to-do list that is never empty! However, I did not want to make you wait too long for a new blog … Continue reading New Term, New Adventures
Quite a long time has passed since I wrote my last blogpost! But as soon as the weekend comes, I will catch up on the missing posts about my crazy New Year’s Eve under the shadow of historical buildings and the first week of Li Po Chun. Oh, and I also entirely redid my corner, … Continue reading Back in Hong Kong!
‘Tis the season! It’s that time of the year again when twinkling lights are lining the buildings, the smell of chocolate and spice cookies wafts through streets, and and music fills the houses. Children nearly burst in anticipation of decorating the tree and then running to see it on Christmas morning, adults start stockpiling gifts … Continue reading To my lovely readers (A Christmas post)
The Guru Shop. Still not quite convinced by the fact that I am actually back in Berlin, and actually walking through my absolute favorite place to be – the Bergmannstraße – and passing by this famous little store again, I decided to expand my blog post location to good ‘ole Germany. One week of Christmas … Continue reading Guru Shops and Sting-of-a-Bee-Cakes: Christmas Break in Berlin
Another highlight of this term were the IPs, the Independent Projects of our theater students. During the second year of the Theatre Arts IB course, students are required to work on an IP, which they can do either on their own or together with another student. Informed by their studies of world theatre, most students … Continue reading Highlights Part 4: Independent Projects
On Wednesday before break we had our last Block Activity of the year. It was an unforgettable and very emotional experience. But before we hopped on the bus that would take us to Hong Kong Park, we packed boxes with food and basic supplies, such as toilet paper and toothbrushes, for the residents of the … Continue reading Highlights Part 3: Block Activity
Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Yet, every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for … Continue reading Highlights of Term 1: The 24 Hour Race
Cultural Evenings are always something we all look forward to. But only during ECE I realized that having your own Cultural Evening is very different from just participating in one. As during all cultural evenings, we changed our facebook profile pictures as well. After quite a hard time deciding between many creative options, we decided … Continue reading Highlights Part 1: A Wedding and the European Cultural Evening
The last day of school was moving in many ways. It was not only the fact that we had to say goodbye to our roommates and friends for (only) three weeks, the memorial ceremony we held in the auditorium for UWCs Honorary President Nelson Mandela also made us very emotional. The African students had prepared … Continue reading The last day of Term 1
Time truly flies! Term 1 is almost over, tomorrow is the last day of school! 3 Weeks of Christmas break are ahead… I cannot believe that today at Midnight I will be boarding my plane to Germany. For the first time I will be flying home without an overweight suitcase. Instead I will be taking … Continue reading Christmas Dinner
Unbelievably, there is only one week left until Christmas Break. One week, until most of us go back home. The last days of school feel very different, the atmosphere is somewhat more relaxed and it seems as if our daily pace has slowed down a little bit. A few days ago we celebrated the last … Continue reading It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson Mandela Today the world lost a great man, an inspiration for all of us, a strong activist and voice for human rights: Nelson Mandela.The sad news hit us when we were sitting in our morning block English … Continue reading The day the world lost a great man: Nelson Mandela
Our MESCA (Middle East, South- and Central Asia) group went to ACDC on the weekend. I am not talking about the famous rock band, no, we went to the Anatolia Cultural and Dialogue Center. ACDC is is a nonprofit organization established in 2007 to promote better understanding and closer relations between the Turkish and the Hong … Continue reading A visit to the Anatolia Cultural and Dialogue Center
Yesterday we celebrated “Thanksgivukkah” the collision of Thanksgiving with Hanukkah. This festive overlap is rarer than a planetary alignment, having occured just a couple times in history. And because of the differences in the Gregorian and the Hebrew calendar this is basically the last Thanksgivukkah that will happen for more than 75,000 years! Thanksgiving is … Continue reading Happy Thanksgivukkah
Did you know that an estimated 73,000,000 sharks were killed last year – primarily for shark fins? Their populations are down to critical levels and they are still being fished out of the ocean at unsustainable rates. As we become ever more aware of the effects of our environmental impact on the ecosystem, the ocean, covering two-thirds of … Continue reading Sharks, Helicopters and Respect
As every year, a group of Li Po Chun students represented Li Po Chun at the annual Hong Kong Gay Pride Parade. A few days before the parade our school‘s Amnesty International Group got together and painted posters with catchy slogans after Check-in. We also organized events leading up tot he parade and raising awareness … Continue reading We stand for Love: Hong Kong Pride Parade
I always saw this day coming but could never imagine it happening. Yet, there it was. I turned 18 yesterday! It is not like I woke up and the whole world was different – my transition into adulthood is a gradual one of course, yet I have to admit that I do feel different! The … Continue reading 18th Birthday and a big surprise!
First of all I would like to apologize for not blogging in the past weeks. The days were packed with activities and with IP’s (Individual Projects – Theater Performances written and directed by our lovely second-years) and ECE, the European Cultural Evening coming up there is barely any free time. Well… and last week I … Continue reading China Week: Teaching children, experiencing tribal life and discovering Guangzhou
We were sitting on a couch on the eighteenth floor of the Hong Kong China Tower on a beautiful late-summer night, listening to one of the Bahcesehir University students tell us about a picnic conducted by Turkish airlines. Happy about the chance to meet new Turks in Hong Kong, we hopped on the MTR on … Continue reading Turks in Wonderland
This weekend was ACE, the African Cultural Evening! Even though the cultural evenings take place on just one day, the whole week before is filled with preparations and rehearsals for that special night. It is tradition that students take pictures with the theme of their cultural group to promote their cultural evening. The ACE students … Continue reading African Cultural Evening
I came across something incredible that I would like to share with you – an absolutely beautiful combination of art and marine conservation: The latest cement sculptures of British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor that are going to join the over 500 others off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte), a monumental … Continue reading Art Underwater
Yesterday way “Change of Pace Day (COP-Day)”, a day in which the school is “slowed down” to improve the quality of learning and give us student the opportunity to take a little rest from the academic work. Each block had planned a different activity, most of them being hikes on different trails in Hong Kong. … Continue reading Change of Pace Day – Dragon’s back and Big Wave Bay
“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” Ed Viesturs (No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World’s 14 Highest Peaks) Hong Kong Hike. Not three words you’d expect to find in the same sentence. Because of Hong Kong’s urban reputation only a few people know that the majority of Hong Kong is … Continue reading Ain’t no mountain high enough
Our first day of Midterm-break started with lots of sunshine and a wonderful surprise. We had planned to go to Tai Long Wan, one of Hong Kong’s most beautiful beaches, but Miranda and Nicole decided to surprise Jessica and me by taking us to “a wonderful place somewhere else”. So we hopped on a bus to … Continue reading A little bit of paradise in Hong Kong
What happens when two friends decide to make Turkish “un helvasi” (halva) for a MESCA meeting, but do not have the necessary kitchen equipment? Well… stirring milk with a chopstick while listening to Queen and pouring the halva into a massive bowl that could fit five kilos of it becomes an art. Not to mention … Continue reading MESCA meeting and Temple Street Night Market
In this blog post I would like to introduce you to a topic that is very unique to Hong Kong and that is connected to one of my Quan Cais: Foreign domestic helpers. Did you know that there are about 300,00 foreign domestic workers in Hong Kog. Most of them come from South-Asia and … Continue reading Help for Domestic Helpers – Legal Aid Office Visit
This weekend our college opened its doors to the general public and prospective students and their parents to the campus. These “Open Days” take place every year and visitors to Open Days can meet us students and hear firsthand about life at LPC and the aims of UWC. The Open Day was mainly organized by … Continue reading Opening our doors to Hong Kong – Open Day and Japanese dinner
Together with a few Coral Monitors and Eco-Monitors I attended a lecture on marine biodiversity and conservation of Hong Kong at the Hong Kong University. The lecture was held by Professor Brian Morton, a world-renowned professor specializing in marine biology, marine ecology and malacology. He spent almost 34 years working in The University of Hong Kong (HKU) … Continue reading Saving the ocean
The world is so small. One of my teachers from Germany, Frau Wilde, came to Hong Kong! Her son had decided to live here, after getting married to his girlfriend from Hong Kong. What a coincidence. Together with Jeremy and Hannah, I jumped in the MTR to go to Tsim Sha Tsui and fin the … Continue reading The Germans are coming! Sushi and Human rights
One of my Quan Cais is “Initiative for Peace (IFP)”, where participants are trained as facilitators for ‘Day Camps’ and hold a year end conference on the Mindanao issue after learning various techniques and theory of ‘Conflict Management & Resolution’. On Saturday as well as yesterday, we had our annual IFP training camp for us … Continue reading Initiative for Peace Training
Whaa… I apologize for not blogging in the past days. I have been very busy with activities, Quan Cais and homework. Of course, since we are at a UWC, there was much more to do that. Together with a few fellow LPCers, I volunteered at “Dragon Dash”, a fundraising event that is supporting “Feeding Hong … Continue reading Dragon Dash and Ramen Noodles
As you probably already know, there is a typhoon approaching Hong Kong. It is the worst storm to hi the city in more than 30 years and according to the news the typhoon is the strongest storm on earth this year, categorized as T8 right now. Usagi – which means rabbit in Japanese. What a … Continue reading Caught in a super-typhoon!
“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface of the water and he is free.” ― Jacques Yves Costeau I cannot express how happy I am about being part of … Continue reading Scuba Diving and Coral Monitoring
Ah, mooncakes. Since my arrival in Hong Kong I have wanted to try them and on Thursday I finally did! Day of Mid-Autumn Festival when I got to try these little sweet cubes of pastry. The Mid-Autumn Festival also known as the Lantern Festival, or in my case the Mooncake Festival, is a harvest festival … Continue reading Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
Live. Act. Create impact. Saturday, the 21st September 2013, will be the first ever UWC day! It is a day to raise awareness about UWC and the UWC missions and values to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. There will be events and initiatives all around the world. So, if you want to know … Continue reading The other side of Hong Kong
Today was the day of our first “Turkish-Israeli-Outing”, meaning that all Turkish (Belce, Cengiz and me) and Israeli (Shira and guy) students got together to spend a day with each other (besides the wonderful time together, this also had diplomatic value). Cengiz my secondyear and Shira, Guy’s secondyear, had planned the day: a visit to … Continue reading Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery: Turkish-Israeli Outing
One thing, besides visiting beautiful places, that makes traveling even better is getting familiar with local cuisine and trying new dishes. So here is a little summary of my culinary experiences in the past days: Dim Sum Lunch All students in Block 1, 3 and 4 went out to a big restaurant close to our … Continue reading Asian cuisine and culinary experiences
Good morning! Zao An! The past days have been filled with activities and homework so that I didn’t have time to blog. Homework? Yes, because school has started on Monday, but I’ll write more about that in my next blog post. Here is a little summary of the last days: We submitted our Quan Cai … Continue reading MESCA-meeting! Mong Kok! School life! GIF!
Saturday night was unforgettable – it was the International Cultural Evening, shortly ICE! We all dressed up In our national costumes, grabbed our flags and then went to the “special ICE dinner” in the canteen. The tables were decorated with red napkins and candles. Just as it was for our first dinner, the food for … Continue reading ICE, ICE, BABY!!! – International Cultural Evening
Time to catch up on the past days!!! Saturday was probably one of the most exciting days of the orientation week, filled with three amazing events: The Hong Kong Magical Mistery Tour, International Culture Evening and Canteen Party. During the morning briefing John, our chemistry teacher, gave us … Continue reading Exploring Hong Kong!
Since Camp was canceled due to the bad weather, we were allowed to sleep in today. Miranda, Grace and me decided to use the free-time to go exercising in the morning. At 6:30 we met in in front of our rooms, stretched for a while and then went out for our run. The scenery was … Continue reading Orientation Week: Day 5 – Pool Games and Music Night
This day started just like the previous ones: After breakfast it was time for the morning briefing in the Assembly. Afterwards we all went to the library to listen to one of the librarians and get informed about how to check-in and check out books. Each student receives a username and password that will allow … Continue reading Orientation Week Day: 4 – Emotions and Trust
Today was a quite calm day. It was still raining a lot and thus the camping trip that was supposed to be today was canceled. After breakfast every overseas student from Block 3 was called to the academic block, where we filled out the applications for our Hong Kong ID card that allows us to … Continue reading Orientation Week Day 3: Victoria Peak
The sky was quite dark when we woke up. Just before breakfast it started to rain. I have to admit that the weather is quite confusing for me.😀 In Germany it is impossible to wear shorts and a T-Shirt when it’s raining because the weather instantly cools down. Here it is still warm! It was … Continue reading Amber rain
We went back to the assembly hall for the Campus Sustainability Meeting. Campus Sustainability is not a CAS-activity, it is a committee that is free to join. The members are constantly thinking about new ways of saving energy and making the school “greener”. On of the Environmental Systems teachers gave us a little presentation about … Continue reading Orientation week Day 3: Campus Sustainability and tutor dessert
After being introduced to the different areas of Community Service yesterday, today was focussed on the academics and other service groups (Action, Creativity, Campus Service) The morning started with a briefing in the assembly hall. Nick, the Director of Studies gave us an academic introduction in which he outlined the components of the IB, the … Continue reading Orientation Week: Day 3 – Quan Cai Fair and Dancing in the rain
Today was the second day of orientation week. During orientation week we first-years receive important information about LPC, life on campus, academics, CAS and everything we need to know to spend two unforgettable and successful years at LPC. Today’s program was packed: In the morning we went to the assembly hall (photos are coming tomorrow) … Continue reading Orientation Week: Day 2
After we got back to school we all took a shower. Just a little later someone knocked on our door. All the people from our neighbour-rooms were there, just to come and have a sweet little chat. We joined them and ended up knocking on the doors of almost all blocks, collecting ore and more … Continue reading Welcome Dinner and Show
What could be better than starting your day with a pancake breakfast? Handmade by a Tajik-Russian secondyear?! Last night I was invited for pancake breakfast in the day room of Block 4 by my Turkish secondyear Cengiz and his friend Malika. It was delicious and the more time passed, the more people came. We sat … Continue reading Pancakes and Waterfalls!
After taking pictures at the airport, sahring our flight experience and getting our bus tickets (our lovely second-years got them for us. Mahalo!!) We lifted the suitcases in the bus, and the went “upstairs”. Still smiling about everything and staring out of the window we started our ride to the school. Laughing with our second-years … Continue reading First day at Li Po Chun
When I arrived at Tegel airport, I finally realized that I was truly going to Hong Kong. Slowly everything was falling into place. Exchanging money, checking-in my (overweight) luggage, finding the gate… My friends surprised me once again… and one more time I don’t know how to thank them for everything. When you see the … Continue reading Flying to Hong Kong
This will be my last post from Germany After a long night of successful packing, I’m finally down two one huge backpack and two suitcases. I knew from the beginning that I’d have trouble with packing, but I never imagined that fitting your life into 38kg could be that hard. Anyways. I am done with … Continue reading Let the journey begin
It is time for my first rather informal post. I have THREE full days left in Berlin. Time flies! At this point I have to admit that I still have not started packing yet, but I have been piling up things I need to pack in one corner of my room for quite a while … Continue reading The art of packing a suitcase (and how I deal with it)
Today was the day Sascha, a good friend of mine and colleague from the Berlin Student Committee (Landesschülerausschuss) boarded the plane to Italy for his UWC adventure at the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino. Together with his best friend Janosch, I went to the airport to wish him farewell and all the … Continue reading A farewell and a famous surprise
After years of saving up money, going to flea markets to find people who’d buy all my clothes that don’t fit anymore and selling all my electronic devices (including my “old” camera that went through literally “everything” with me) it was just about time for me to get a new camera. Finally! I have to … Continue reading Camera on board!
Moving to a new country means new culture, new people and new food. I absolutely love Asian food, so my taste buds are very happy about going to Hong Kong and since about 40% of the students attending my school are from Hong Kong, it will be great to explore the city with them and … Continue reading Turkish Goodbye-Dinner
“Can miles truly separate you from friends. If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?” ― Richard Bach Last Friday, my family and friends surprised me with a big farewell party, which was held in the café at my school. The entrance door was decorated with a beautiful poster made … Continue reading Farewell-Party
While thinking about all the things I need to pack and already making a must-not-forget-list, I realized that I might need some warm clothing as well, even though Hong Kong is known for its warm climate. My suspicion got confirmed when I downloaded the schools joining papers, including a page about things we should bring: … Continue reading About Hong Kong: Climate
If you have read through the “About” page on this blog, this post will be very interesting and help you understand how wonderful and unique UWC is. So let’s get started with introducing EOTC programme, that focuses on experiential learning – learning by doing in a context outside the traditional classroom in order to develop … Continue reading EOTC: Education outside the classroom.
I finally set up my fundraiser page! Attending UWC in Hong Kong is be a lifetime opportunity for me. I am lucky to receive a partial scholarship, however it does not include the costs for airfare to Hong Kong and back and the spending money. Even with the support of my entire family I am … Continue reading Support Me!
Here it is, my first official “post” about things I am doing. Today was a wonderful day filled with lots of laughter and hugs. One of the UWC Atlantaic College alumni, Lena, who was also at the selection weekend, had contacted me about doing a video for the German UWC website. After school I went … Continue reading On the rooftops in Berlin: Mission UWC
Most of my friends have been asking me the same question: “So you are going to learn Chinese…?!” YES! I am and I can’t wait to discover this beautiful language for myself! But at this point it is important to mention that there is not just “the” Chinese language. Just like many other languages Chinese … Continue reading About Hong Kong: Language
It is hard to sum up the history of Hong Kong, as it is so rich and filled with unique events and people who shaped its history over the years. So here is a tiny little overview: Situated on the southeast coast of China, Hong Kong’s strategic location on the Pearl River Delta and South … Continue reading About Hong Kong: History
There we go with the first must-know-facts about Hong Kong. Let’s start with Geography: Positioned at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta on the coast of southern China, Hong Kong’s geographical position as a gateway between the East and West has made it an attractive centre for international trade. As a reflection of this, … Continue reading About Hong Kong: Location
In a few month I’ll be sitting in an airplane on my way to Hong Kong. While setting up my blog I also did a little bit of research about the magnificent city that will be my new home for the next two years and came across a wonderful online travel guide. If you want to travel … Continue reading Hong Kong – 香港 新的家