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Chinese Calligraphy Workshop

6 Dec
Guidelines and instructions for the workshop

Guidelines and instructions for the workshop

We all know the saying “When in Rome, do as Romans do”. So in Hong Kong, I wanted to try more local traditions to lean about Chinese and Hong Kongese culture. Luckily CityUniversity Run Run Shaw Library offers Chinese Calligraphy workshops few times every semester. This fall they offered 3 one hour workshops where you can learn the basics of the calligraphy. And the best thing, they were FREE 😀

We started with a quick introduction of the history of calligraphy and a 10 minutes video about famous Calligraphy artists in China and their schools. It turns out they are very few people who are considered masters of Calligraphy and they are very picky in taking in students to teach them.  The video covered also the process of making calligraphy paper and brushes. The paper is usually made from rice through a process that takes days. The brushes body is made from bamboo or sandalwood (am sure other materials are possible too) and feathers come from a variety of animals including horses and ducks. The process seemed very complex as every hair has to be picked manualy.

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The Ink and brush used for the workshop

Following the video, the instructor explained to us how to handle a brush and the right way to hold it. One big mistake most beginners make is holding it like a pen. And as we focus on other instructions we tend to forget about the brush and go back to holding it like a pen, i guess it is habit. another important point is that you need to hold the brush vertically when writing.  Continue reading


DimSum @ City University Chinese Restaurant

29 Nov


City University has a lot of options when it comes to eating places. And Most of them are student budget friendly. Aside from the usual canteens, the university has also a traditional Chinese Restaurant that serves Dimsum and Chinese Cuisine. It is located on the 8th floor the Amenities Building (Facing the swimming pool). You can access it by taking elevators 19 or 20.

In order to celebrate submitting one of my group project reports, i joined my local teammates for a traditional Dimsum breakfast. We arrived there around 10.45am and were informed that the place is open for students only from 11am to noon and that’s when it serves exclusively the university staff.We waited 10 minutes and were seated after and got the menu to select our choices. The restaurant has a dimsum menu and a set menu that comes with different items for around 220HKD (30CAD) but since we were not very hungry we choice the regular dim sum which turned out to be cheaper. Continue reading

Moving to Hong Kong

29 Sep

After almost 5 years living in Montreal, Canada, i started feeling restless and in need for some change. However, because of my studies i couldn’t just pack my things and go. So i found a solution that will allow me to temporarily move elsewhere while continuing my studies; go on exchange !

I started the application process in January 2013 (Another post on how to go on exchange will come soon) and on August 26th, i landed in Hong Kong where i will be living for the next 4 months.


But why Hong Kong?

To be honest, Hong Kong was not my first choice on my exchange application… Singapore was. These two destinations were on the top of my list for several reasons:   Continue reading