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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Hong Kong #15: First Semester Abroad Summary + xVideos!

Location: Hong Kong

My first semester studying abroad at CityU Hong Kong has finally finished. It's been a wonderful experience and I've learned a lot from this journey, which I decided to pursue at the beginning of this 2013.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hong Kong #14: Phuket, Thailand Trip. + xVideo!

Location: Ko Phi Phi Don, Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand Trip.

The Phuket trip has been one of the most fantastic and satisfying traveling experiences this semester, if not the most. Like I mentioned on one of my recent blog's entries; friends are the most important and who take the experiences to the next level. I'm thankful for such a wonderful group we've gathered this semester, in which most, if not all, get along really well with each other. Thank you mates! You're all awesome! :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hong Kong #13: Dialogue in the Dark. LKF Carnival +Video. Ame's Farewell. Kwun Tong.

Location: Hong Kong

Dialogue in the Dark.

We sometimes live our lives and take for granted so many things that we forget to appreciate our abilities and our senses. Coming to Dialogue in the Dark was an extraordinary way of experiencing how an visually impaired person lives. We were inside a complete dark room with a cane and all our other senses but eyesight.

If you're in Hong Kong, you should check it out!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hong Kong #12: Venezuela Presentation. Central Photographies + Video.

Location: Hong Kong
clichèlongexposures.jpg by Alan
Do you remember all the kinda free weekends in which we traveled and were stress free? Well, that does not happen anymore right now. I've been dealing with writing and editing papers, practicing and presenting projects, and preparing for 50% finals. The past week has been one busy week and I haven't been able to do too much outdoor activities in Hong Kong. Hopefully, this changes in the coming weeks.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hong Kong #11: CityU Expo. Mr. Wong. Sai Kung.

Location: Hong Kong

CityU Expo.

The CityU Expo - The Galaxy Journey - is held annually and is organized by the Exchange Student Club of the College of Business. It's a cultural event in which international and exchange students  from all over the world set up their own country's booth and show famous things related to their countries including food, famous places and people, quizzes, games, dances, music, and traditions.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Hong Kong #10: Shanghai Trip. Halloween. + Special Note. xShanghai_Video!

Location: Shanghai, China
Shanghai 2013

Shanghai Trip.

One of my friends told me that fun moments require the right friends...and that's certainly right when you're doing activities like traveling.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Hong Kong #9: CityU Photo Session. Intra-Hall Football Competition.

Location: Hong Kong

It feels like it was a long time since I last posted here, but I guess it's because this has been a longer and busier week than normal. Midterms' period is now over; however, projects, paperwork, and presentation period is coming soon.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Hong Kong #8: Real Estate. Hong Kong Marathon. Gourami. +Poem

Location: Hong Kong
Gourami's Fall/Winter Collection
Hong Kong Real estate.

Have I ever told you my interests in architectures, designs, and real estate? Well, that's one of the reasons I took the opportunity to work with Coldwell Banker, the number one real estate company in the United States, when the opportunity was presented a couple years ago. I enjoy looking at properties and planning possible development opportunities. This week I had the chance to take a closer look at some real estates in Hong Kong as well as how realtors show apartments to their clients.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hong Kong #7: Happy Valley. Macau Trip.

Location: Macau SAR
Ruins of St. Paul's
First of all, let me give a huge thanks to all of you that wished me a happy birthday last week and a bigger thanks to all of you who celebrated with me  before, during, and after this especial day. It's been another incredible week in Hong Kong, in which I've enjoyed its daily activities, deepen some friendships, and of course traveling :)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hong Kong #6: Guangzhou-Panyu Trip. Chimelong Water Park. Beijing Road. Birthday.

Location: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
It's all about the water and the good time you spend here with friends

As I write Hong Kong #6, I'm still inside the bus on my way back to Hong Kong from mainland China.

Guangzhou-Panyu Trip.

This weekend we've decided to take a trip to Panyu, Guangzhou, where one of the biggest water parks in Asia is located. Everything started during Friday evening when our group got together and went to the bus station that is behind one of the malls in the Kwai Fong MTR station. Buses from here normally depart every 10-15 minutes after 6:00 p.m and you need to make sure to buy tickets beforehand inside one of the malls' travel agencies. For us, we decided to buy tickets some days before Friday and as we were buying them, we got a group discount ( tickets are HKD 110 each one ).

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hong Kong #5: Football. Academians' Night. China Consulate. Boatzilla. + TED Talk!

Location: Hong Kong
The CityU Fam

Hey everyone! I hope you guys are doing as good as I am. This will be my post "Hong Kong #5" since I arrived in Hong Kong for my study abroad. Thanks for checking my blog and leaving comments and votes. Keep it up! :)

Despite the departure of Mona back to California, the week has been relaxing yet interesting and tiring. This week I've finally written my first paper for my Process Innovation and Change Management class, which was simple and straightforward. Other things during this week have been the football training with the CityU HK team, Academians' night, and a [ wild ] Boat Party during weekend.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hong Kong #4: Mid-Autumn Festival. LKF. Typhoon #8. Special Note.

Location: Hong Kong
Bonne Chance and Bon Voyage
It's been a long week as well as weekend. I trained with the football team and ever since after that moment my mid-autumn festival started off ( on Tuesday ) when I had both a birthday dinner and a moon cake dine with the To family. However, I had actually began eating and enjoying moon cakes ever since I arrived to Hong Kong, so it's been basically a mid-autumn fest month for me :]

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hong Kong #3: Football. Government Services. Victoria Peak. Early Birthday Lunch.

Victoria Peak
Although classes have started already, things have been slow these first two weeks. Hong Kong has been all about exploring, loving, enjoying, and getting lost so far.


I started training and trying out with the CityU football team this past week and I cannot lie that I am enjoying like a child while playing during these more serious games. Even though I have played football most of my lifetime, it's somehow difficult to get the adequate rhythm, adapt to a new system in which the ball and game transitions don't depend on the defensive midfielder so much, and to new teammates. Needless to say the language barrier. Of course this is nothing to be complaining about.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hong Kong #2: Orientation Week. Classes. Big Wave Bay Beach. Lantau Island. Avenue of Stars.

Location: Hong Kong SAR
Orientation Week @ City University of Hong Kong
Orientation Week.

Orientation week here in City University of Hong Kong is way different than orientation day in San Francisco State University. Why and how different? Orientation week means having a lot of diverse activities organized by the Exchange Programme Club, which is run by students. Some of these activities are Campus tour, Ikea tour, Orientation day, Academic advice, Victoria Peak night tour, ICC rooftop + LKF night, and finally Lantau Island One Day Trip. These are some activities created for exchange students and some of them are paid.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Hong Kong #1: Flight & Explore.

Street Art + People

Definitely, one of the best things about flying long distances ( i.e. SFO to HKG ) is being seated in first row where you can stretch your legs, bend back your seat, and get off for a walk without the necessity of asking your neighbors every now and then. My flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong was a relaxing experience.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Personal: What did San Francisco teach me?

Location: Hong Kong SAR
Every time I travel to a new place I try to be a sponge and absorb as much as possible from people I spend time talking with, from places I go to, and from the culture I get into. And it hasn't been different with San Francisco.

I believe this city has shaped my early young-adult personality. Similar to most international students, I’ve been through tons of different situations in which I had to react quickly and take decisions based on my own perspectives. I appreciate that my parents and friends have always been there for me with their continuous support, but I’ve decided that taking my own decisions was an important step for personal growth.

I first arrived in San Francisco with some luggage and one dream. No more, no less. However, along this exciting journey of my life when everything was new to me and I was one more individual in San Francisco, I decided to take actions and quickly started writing hundred of personal goals. And I must say I’m thankful for being healthy and able to achieve the majority of them.

For example, I never thought of running a marathon, but in the end I ran three of them; I never thought of studying abroad in Asia, but I am on my way to do it; I never thought of having such a strong connection to all the people I have met during my journey in San Francisco, but for some reason life has brought us together, and I completely love all of you guys.

I’m thankful for having such an awesome group of friends; all of them excellent people who I can trust and rely on, which is the most essential thing in a relationship/friendship. I can brag about this continuously, but it’s because it’s true and I’m being completely honest here. Thankfully, I can say I need more than my hands to count all of you, my friends. You guys are priceless. Not because you don’t worth anything, but because your friendship worth more than any money in the world.

Thanks to you and to everyone who contacted me and made a space out of your precious time to hang out during summer. Thanks to those friends who made time and organized a “last meal” together. Thanks to you who have always been cheering me up all the way. Thanks to all of you who commented on my Facebook statuses and photos with tons of good vibes, energies, and lots of good wishes.

For all of you, THANKS because life without your friendship would not be the same. Thanks for being awesome!!!

Now it’s time to stay foolish and stay hungry in my new adventure.

Until next time!

Adeu :)


Monday, August 12, 2013

Final Days in San Francisco before Departure #5: Jump Outta Airplane ( Skydiving ) !

Location: San Francisco, CA
Today's post is one to the last before I leave to Hong Kong as there would only be less than one week left prior to my departure. Enjoy!

When it comes to skydiving most people might tell you, "You must try skydiving at least once during your lifetime!"

However, I will tell you that you should jump out of an airplane as many times as you possibly have the opportunity.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Final Days in San Francisco before Departure #4: Camping Donner Lake '13

It has been four days of camping and being out in the nature with almost none technological devices and having contact with people, maintaining real face-to-face conversations, and living a simple life.

First of all, I have to thank Kevin and Siew Choo, who run the International House in San Francisco, for organizing and preparing the entire camping event and also taking great care that everyone was enjoying and having a good time during their first camping trip. In addition to that, thanks for the ice cream after hiking to the top of Squaw Valley even though we did not meet the time :)

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Location: San Francisco, CA
Teamwork is a powerful word. In fact, teamwork is a powerful action. It is what drives human beings to gather, create teams, and do the impossible ( impossible until it is done - then it becomes possible ).

For me teamwork is how James Cash Penney describes it, "the best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison." Teamwork is what makes a person to think about the group while performing the best way he or she could perform on his or her job whether it is a group project, sport team, music group, or even a friendship or a marriage. Teamwork is what makes life enjoyable. It is what life should be about. Teamwork.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Up to Date - Episode #1

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
This video was while doing rock climbing with David during weekend. I must say that I got sorta addicted :)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Final Days in San Francisco before Departure #3: Los Angeles Photo Session with Claudia Serven and Mona To

Location: San Francisco, CA
In a recent road trip to Los Angeles, Claudia, Mona, and I met to shoot a photo session and below are some photos. Enjoy! :)

Richard and Claudia - Jungle / Photo by Mona To ®

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Timeline: Running Adventures

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Some of my friends have asked me, "How can you run a marathon – 26.2 miles – without stopping? I cannot even run two miles. You are so crazy!" And my most frequent answer is, "You should start taking more walks instead of buses and driving, running one mile, then three, then go back to two miles, then do a long run - probably four or five miles - during weekends, and so on... You will see yourself running more miles if you do this." This is certainly true.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Final Days in San Francisco before Departure #2: Running, Rock Climbing, and Surprises!

It's been a long time since I have woken up so early in the morning to go for a run; however, running with my running group – Run 365 – and seeing so many familiar faces and meeting new friends make everything relatively easier. Running and hitting a mile after another mile is much more fun when you are doing it with people surrounding you. It's just as in life. When you have people you love around yourself, you feel much better, happier, and loved.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Final Days in San Francisco before Departure #1

It's been three days of full entertainment, outdoor activities, soccer/football/futbol, meetings, and learning entrepreneurial lessons and new ideas.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Support My New Adventure

Hi everybody reading!

I have created a GoFundMe fundraiser website so that friends, families and even strangers and acquaintances can help me cover part of my international tuition fee, housing & meals, college supplies, and health care insurance during my study abroad experience in Hong Kong.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

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