Showing posts with label HK Youth Exchange Programme. Show all posts
Showing posts with label HK Youth Exchange Programme. Show all posts

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Farewell Dinner for Hong Kong - PAYM Singapore Youth Exchange Programme 2011

12 January 2011

With Nicole (Hong Kong) and Cher Ling (PAYM), friends who participated in the exchange programme in 2009

Cultural performance by the Hong Kong delegates

Farewell, Joe! See you in Hong Kong!

Hong Kong - PAYM Singapore Youth Exchange Programme 2011

7-9 January 2011

The day began with Lin Qiang bagging a few awards from the Singapore Armed Forces Sports Association (SAFSA) Inter Formation Air Weapons Competition 2011, namely:

  • Air-Rifle Men (Team) representing Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) - 1st Runner-Up
  • Air Rifle Men (Individual) - 3rd Runner-Up
  • Formation - 3rd Runner-Up

In the evening, I had to attend Eunos CCC meeting, so Lin Qiang went to the Hong Kong - PAYM Singapore Youth Exchange Programme 2011 Homestay Matching Ceremony.

Here's Joe, our new Brother!

We had supper at Simpang Bedok before ending our first night together.

On Saturday morning, I attended the Law for Community Leaders Programme (LCLP) held at NACLI. This programme was a collaboration between the Senior Counsel Forum and People's Association, which aimed to equip grassroots leaders with basic knowledge in law to aid them in serving their residents.

A lecture on Law and the Singapore Legal System was delivered by Deputy Solicitor-General Jeffrey Chan Wah Teck, SC.

PA Grassroots Leaders also witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Senior Counsel Forum, represented by its Chairman Senior Counsel Harry Elias, and the People's Association, represented by its Chief Executive Director Yam Ah Mee. The event was graced by Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs & Law.

After a short break, we returned to the lecture on Singapore Constitution & Administrative Law

The centre flag is the flag of Singapore when it was a British Colony

I was impressed by how the lecturer managed to simplify the legal terms so that fellow grassroots leaders could appreciate and understand the contents. There was also a Q&A session after the lecture.

Meanwhile, Lin Qiang and Joe visited the Marina Bay Sands and the Helix Bridge.

Rushed off from NACLI to meet them at Little India, where we visited a temple as well as enjoyed traditional Indian cuisine.

Met Fortune God and Rabbit (Year of the Rabbit) at City Square Mall

Next, we headed to Mount Faber. Most people are aware of the Merlions at Merlion Park and Sentosa, but not many know that we also have a Merlion at the top of Mount Faber.

With the iconic Reflections at Keppel Bay in our background

Scaling through the Marang Trail, we landed ourselves at the Forest Walk.

The evening view was spectacular

We then enjoyed a sumptuous Bak kut teh dinner at Clarke Quay.

With Yunzhou, a friend of Joe

Night Life at Clarke Quay

With Chang Jye from PAYM

After a long day, I retired myself, leaving Lin Qiang, Joe and other SHinkers (what the programme participants label themselves) to enjoy the buzzling night life of Singapore.

Rise and Shine, we had our final breakfast together at the hawker centre.

And a last family photo before we say "bye-bye"

It was nice to meet up with Nicole, whom I've met during the PAYM Singapore - Hong Kong Youth Exchange Programme 2009. Back in 2009, she just started work and now she is leading the Hong Kong delegates.

This concludes the 4th (or 5th?) time my family hosted foreign delegates. Although the period of hosting would be a tiring one, the experience of sharing local culture with a new "family member" and learning from him/her is always worth it. It is also a great chance for family bonding!

Hope to visit Joe in Hong Kong soon!

In the evening, attended a wedding dinner of a relative, where I found out that I was related to the boyfriend of a fellow SSEAYP mate! Hmmm, so he's my paternal Granduncle's grandson. What should I call him???

The couple had a love story revolving around lollipops

Friday, February 27, 2009

PAYM Singapore – Hong Kong Youth Exchange Programme 2009 Day 7

18 February 2009

Checked out early in the morning and had a debriefing session. Enjoyed the complimentary drink from the hotel and departed to the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

A staff from the International Relations office told us more about CUHK. NUS students participate in the CUHK Summer Programme as well as exchange programmes with the varsity. I'm very tempted...

CUHK is built on a mountain and the sceneries are fantastic. Jonathan and George are from the school and they came to join us.

George succeeded in persuading Shirley into letting us view his dormitory. He claimed to be a jip yan (folded man), a term to describe students who stay in the dorm most of the time and don't participate in hall activities.

We had lunch at the Clubhouse Restaurant of Chung Chi College Staff Club. CUHK is divided into different colleges. I believe it's something like the house system we have in our junior colleges. Each college would have its own dormitories as well.

Hock Rong and I bidded farewell to Jonathan and George, the two energetic youths who home stayed at my place. It was quite a dreadful feeling to have to bid farewell for the second time.

Thanks to Wee Keong for the consolidation of the ordering of Wife's Biscuits!

At the airport, everyone took the final chance to capture the memories...

A picture with my saviour for the day:

I was the last to enter the departure gates. Can't imagine how time flies and now we have to say goodbye.

We departed at 6pm on flight SQ 865 and reached Singapore at about 9pm. I tried Singapore Sling for the first time and felt proud of this cocktail drink.

Goodbye Hong Kong. Hope to see you again soon!

Special thanks to Shirley & Nicole (for guiding and taking care of us around Hong Kong); Cher Ling, Derrick & Kenneth (for ensuring the safety of the Singapore delegate); all the Hong Kong delegates (for their energy and the unforgettable memories we had); as well as all the Singapore delegates (for all the fun and friendship).

Photographs from:
Shirley, Liling, Connie and Vivian.