How to Buy Your Own Buddha and Visit Portugal in Hong Kong

My internship is getting better each day. I started the week by volunteering for the International Congress on Marine Corrosion and Fouling (ICMCF) at NUS, and ended it in Hong Kong! Having spent most of my time in the lab analyzing pitting corrosion properties of stainless steels, the conference allowed me to see the benefits of corrosion studies in various industries from ship maintenance to naval research to fish farming. The latter event was one that came after a week of visiting some more must-sees in Singapore. Here are a few.

At The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, not only can tourists and visitors observe a traditional Buddhist service, they can also purchase their own Buddha for the strangely precise price of $84.99SGD.
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Merlion. While it seems to be another of Napoleon Dynamite’s favourite animals, make no mistake, there is nothing amusing about Singapore’s national animal.
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Lastly, I discovered a few Singaporean hot spots that help suppress my urge to carve through fresh powder while snacking on a beavertail, a.k.a. overcome mild traveler’s food poisoning and homesickness: Holland Village, a bar/food strip and a hipster hub known as Haji Lane.
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Hong Kong is a bustling place filled with great food, great markets, skyscrapers, dense green mountains, and a wonderful friend. There was no question that I would end up there at one time or another to visit her.

I arrived in the evening, hopped aboard a double decker public bus and began snapping photos through a streaky bus window. Cargo ships lined the harbour, lights lit up the Tsing Ma bridge, video ads beamed from the faces of buildings, and people streamed from every street corner. Naturally, I was on the wrong bus, so aside from a great night tour, I did little to stick to the schedule.
I definitely made up for it in the following few days. Some of the highlights of my trip include:
– Eating the greatest food I have ever eaten at a Michelin star dim sum restaurant, Tim Ho Wan.
– Eating the worst food I have ever eaten at God Knows Where (bug in food, can’t say more).
– Island hopping followed by ordering fish right out of the water at Sai Kung.
– Visiting Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral, eating the most delicious egg tart and gambling in the old Portuguese colony of Macau.
– Racing through the elevated walkways in Central Hong Kong.
– Buying cheap, gag electronics at Temple St. Market in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST).

View from campus...

View from campus…

 

Tim Ho Wan dim sum.

Tim Ho Wan dim sum.

 

Central Elevated Walkway.

Central Elevated Walkway.

 

Sai Kung fish market.

Sai Kung fish market.

 

Portugese egg tart.

Portugese egg tart.

Until next time!

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