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Asian snacks & desserts at Foo concepts, Rotterdam

If you love food and you have been to Asia, you know there is a lot of diversity, but also interesting snacks and desserts. Do you like matcha flavour and have you tried egg waffles before? More and more cafes are serving Asian desserts and snacks here in the Netherlands. One of them is Foo Concepts. They opened their cafe in July 2017 and they have matcha and egg waffles! I have already visited them many times. Since they opened they keep developing their menu and experiment with different flavours. Foo concepts is an Asian fusion lifestyle cafe situated on the Hoogstraat in Rotterdam. This street is full of restaurants, little shops and cafes. I hardly come on this street, so...

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One day trip to Bratislava

Hi everyone! It has been a while since we have posted, but here is a post about Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. During this summer, I decided to visit Central Europe instead of the usual Western Europe. The reason behind this is simply because I wanted to explore the more quiet, relaxing side of Europe that is rich in historical monuments and pretty castles. Since Bratislava looked pretty tiny on the map, I decided that staying one entire day would be sufficient to discover most parts of the city. Therefore, I arrived in Bratislava in the morning and stayed a night there before leaving to Budapest the next morning. For starters, Google Maps and Apple Maps didn't provide any information...

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Must-try desserts in China

When it comes to finding yummy sweets and desserts in China, my inner self would nod yes and say just take it because I will not find it back in the Netherlands (unless I am desperate enough to want the packaged powdered ones and make it myself). The most popular Chinese desserts actually come from Guangdong and there are many variations that can be served hot or cold. During my times in China, I made sure I visited enough dessert shops such as Hui Lau Shan, Honeymoon Desserts and others :). I have compiled my top 8 Chinese desserts since sharing is caring and you might end up liking them as much as I do ?. 1. 西米露 Xī mǐ lù...

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The real question is; why shouldn’t you learn Chinese? by Damian

Dearest Readers, Today’s article will be something different, though peculiar nonetheless! JDS invited me – a guy called Damian – to write about the process of learning Chinese. Similar to JDS, I have had the privilege to be selected for the Netherlands – Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS), meaning I spent my summer in the mesmerizing China. Since I was a small kid, I dreamt of going to China, due to its rich culture, diverse landscapes, interesting food and challenging language. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */   Just two snapshots showing one of the many beautiful views and interesting sights which you can find in China All participants...

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안녕하세요 Annyeong haseyo! by Wahwah

안녕하세요 Annyeong haseyo!  As a guest blogger I am excited to share one of my beautiful experiences during my stay in Asia. So here we go… LET’S GO TO SEOUL! Many friends said I was crazy to choose to go to Korea over all those warm places in Asia during the winter. They said “It’s freezing”, “all the attractions are outside”, “it’s not beautiful in the winter”, “and it isn’t that exciting”.  It was true, it was ice cold! However, don’t underestimate how much warmth the city Seoul can bring you in a cold winter. I stayed with seven other friends in Hongdae area, which is a perfect place to stay. Streets in the evening were filled with people and lightning, which...

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The happy ending

Dearest Friends, Looking back at my semester abroad, wow, what a beautiful chapter in my life. I still remember how a bit over a year ago, when I was applying for exchange universities, I placed my top three universities all in Hong Kong. Pretty sure some people thought I was crazy (maybe I am haha), but no regrets. The reason I wanted to exchange in Hong Kong was because the city is known for its perfect West-East mix. As someone born in the Southern part of China but grown up in the West, it was a good opportunity for me to bond with my culture of origin and improve my Cantonese skills. So, when I found out that I was going to...

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CUHK: Guide to my Favourite Canteens

Hi foodies! Before you start reading, make sure your belly is filled or don’t blame me for making you hungry ?. One of the things I miss the most from my exchange at CUHK is the affordable canteen food. With 30+ canteens and endless choices, I took for granted how good my life was now that I have to make my very own food everyday. Anyways, this post is dedicated to my favourite canteens and the ones I visited most frequently during my time at CUHK.   Since I lived at Shaw College, the canteen I visited the most is obviously SeeYou@Shaw. The funny thing is that local students seem to be scared of Shaw canteen due to horrifying experiences in the past....

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The good and the bad of CUHK – a compilation

As my exchange period at CUHK came to an end ?? , I thought it was a good idea to look back at the best and the could-have-been-better moments. For this post, I have compiled a few of my friends’ opinions and added my own comments to offer you more insights. Four months at CUHK, here comes the best and the worst:   A.N. from Japan: “The University Library makes a good spot to hang out with friends, living in the mountain is great because of the beautiful view and there is good wifi everywhere. The bad things, if I must say, the never-coming-bus, the Cantonese world in the canteens and the steep streets (which do make your legs strong tough haha).” As crazy as it...

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The Goobne Chicken in Hong Kong

We were on a food hunting mission to find something tasty and filling before heading out to Repulse Bay for the beach, and we came across Goobne Chicken on the Openrice app (the food app in Hong Kong). The app and reviews described this place's chickens as "non-fried and healthy chicken pieces marinated with seven kinds of spices” so how could we resist tasty yet healthy food if it is here! The restaurant was pretty easy to find despite it was on the second floor. We  didn't have to circle around in the neighborhood much before we could find it as there was a giant sign stating 'GOOBNE CHICKEN' on that building. When we walked in, we took notice of the...

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Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou

A Tier-One city in China, Guangzhou is therefore one of the most developed and affluent Chinese cities in the South. Guangzhou was a city that was not unknown to me, as I have been here several times before my exchange started at Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU). I started my exchange officially on 29th of August and yet in less than three months I packed my suitcase and bid good bye to my lovely exchange university on 25th of November. Yeah, quite early right? All my classes only lasted for thirteen weeks, so there is still a lot of weeks left to travel around China before the next trimester starts ?. Lingnan Hall SYSU was founded by Sun Yat-Sen, the revolutionary founder...

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