Enjoy the Breathtaking at Mt. Titlis

Switzerland become a great idea to spend your holiday with your loved ones! The atmosphere, ambience and scenery make me fall in love once I arrived at Zurich. As I have long time in Switzerland, I decided to have a day trip to Mt. Titlis with my family and here I will share to you my one day trip experience to Mt. Titlis!

Zurich – Engelberg – Mt. Titlis – Engelberg – Zurich

From Zurich, you can take the train to Engelberg from the Zurich train station (Zurich Hbf) and buy the ticket here. The return ticket costs around €38 for 2nd class and €66 for 1st class per person. I suggest you to catch the morning train because it will take you around 5 hours trip in return. After arriving at Engelberg Hbf, you must get out from station and take the free shuttle bus to the next station. It is a cable car station that will take you to the top of Mt. Titlis. The return ticket costs for the cable car around €92 per person and you can buy it online here. You will see how beautiful Switzerland is during your journey! After enjoying the Mt. Titlis, you can take the same route to come back to Zurich.

Titlis Cliff Walk

 

Here is my short trip video, please enjoy!

 

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page – St. Augustine”

Please leave your comment below if you have any interesting travel experiences!

Taste treasures in London

People become more knowledgeable as far as their own opinion of their palette of tastes. It is always worthy to have an experience from a high valued and well-presented  restaurant.

Here is a list of highly rated restaurants to visit in the heart of London with designed menus for all the preferences.

 

 Ralph’s Coffee & Bar

Ralph’s Lauren Coffee & Bar internal decoration

The first restaurant in Britain under the label of the well-known fashion designer. A venue that combines the intimate feeling of Paris and Manhattan. Is a new entry in the hospitality industry, which has come to bring elegance and cosy vibes.

 

Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar

Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar internal design.

Category by themselves, the shells have many fans recently. A restaurant designed with finesse for oyster lovers in the heart of London.

 

The Ledbury

Ranked as the 14th out of 50 restaurants for 2016, according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. A new contemporary twist of a modern British cuisine.

Front entrance of The Ledbury restaurant

 

Internal decoration of Dinner by Henson Blumenthal restaurant

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal 

One more awarded restaurant, ranked as 45th. Henson’s fine-dine it combines accurately emotions, expectations and memory through a rich vein of British culinary history for its inspiration.

 

Luca

Luca restaurant inner view

A venue that has different types of menus and dining. At the bar, for quick drinks and antipasti snacks, the a la carte menu and lastly the private dining according to the chef’s specialities.

 

The Clove Club 

A restaurant ranked as 26th in the global ranking. A casual eatery with an open view kitchen is here to give a ‘Britalian’ taste. It has an entire history behind but is an ambitious 5-courses menu and an extended one, featuring interesting and often overlooked British ingredients.

An idea of the Clove Club restaurant’s kitchen

Morocco, an amazing country!

The 1st day Marrakesh

It was a wonderful experience to travel with friends in Morocco. “Intercultural contact is generally thought to have the potential to positively influence cultural relations by increasing understanding”. (Kelman, 1962)

This is the first day we arrived at Marrakesh in Morocco where is totally different  from the country I come from.

It was embarrassing that i was wearing a skirt in a Muslim country. I know it is crucial to respect local religion. Then i decided to buy a scarf to cover myself.

The 2nd day Casablanca

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Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca is the third largest mosque in the world. Morocco to give 600 mosques green make over.

It became famous because of a film named Casablanca.

The 3rd – 4th day Chefchaouen- The Blue Pearl

Chefchaouen- The Blue Pearl

The houses and roads in this small village are painted into blue. It feels like walking in a blue kingdom of fairy tale.

Unfortunately, we could not experience the tour to Sahara Desert because of the terrible weather. It is the main reason to drive me come to visit again.

Continue reading Morocco, an amazing country!

Iceland -The Land of Fire and Ice

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Eat Pray Love

I am a travel addict and a lover of adventure. I yearn to see the world and experience different cultures. During my last Christmas holiday, I travelled to Iceland – the land of fire and ice – so called because of its glaciers, volcanoes, and hot springs.

First time to see the snow.

During the winter, the entire country is blanketed with snow, creating a beautiful, serene vista like something out of a film.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Iceland is a must-visit destination. It is one of Iceland’s natural crown jewels, and the local people have taken to calling the black beach nearby “Diamond Beach”,since the ice crystals strewn across it glisten like diamonds in the sunlight.

Gullfoss waterfall


Gullfoss waterfall
 literally means ‘Golden waterfall’ and, most agree that it’s the most breath-taking in the country.

Geysir

Geysir is also a popular destination for tourists, who often visit on their way to Gullfoss. The geyser launches a staggering volume of hot water up to 20 meters skyward every ten minutes, making it a sight to behold.

Icelandic horses.

The Icelandic horse is a unique breed of smallish horses which love interacting with people, and are extremely popular with tourists who see them as cute. Why not enjoy a different riding experience with Icelandic horses?

City view of Reykjavik.

Even though Iceland is covered in white snow for much of the year, its cities are very colorful – looking like paintings. Most Icelanders are very respectful of nature and protect their natural resources; preserving Iceland’s beauty

Picture&Video by Rongling Zhang

3 tips to boost your productivity for a successful semester

Stressed out by tons of assignments coming constantly? Here are 3 tips to help you reorganise your schedule and study more effectively for a successful semester!

Prioritise based on importance and urgency

In his best-seller “7 Habits of Highly Effective People“, Dr. Stephen R Covey proposed a method of prioritisation that ranks tasks to be done each week based on their levels of importance and urgency. While people normally prioritise both important and urgent tasks first, this problem-minded approach is ineffective in the long term. Instead, we should become more opportunity-minded by focusing on important yet non-urgent tasks, so that our schedule will not be clogged up in the future.

Prioritisation Chart for Effective Time Management

Focus more with the Pomodoro technique

The main principle behind this technique is to break your work time into 25-minute intervals with short breaks of 3 to 10 minutes in between. This technique helps us fully concentrate on the task at hand, especially when we are so often distracted by many things nowadays.

Steps of the Pomodoro Technique

Save time with visual book summaries

Productivity Game is a great collection of short videos which perfectly summarise books with various topics. Whereas these books normally take you weeks to finish, Productivity Game lets you get hold of the books’ most important insights with only around 20 minutes. These videos are also presented in a visually attractive way, making it much easier to follow.

Have you tried any of these methods before? Were they effective? Don’t hesitate to comment your experience below! 

7 REASONS WHY LIVING IN HULL IS A GOOD IDEA

  1. Value for Money

The living cost in Hull is cheaper than other cities in United Kingdom (around 30-40% cheaper than London). If you want to study at United Kingdom, this can be your consideration to choose Hull.

Pound sterling as the currency in UK.
  1. UK City of Culture 2017

Hull chosen as the winner of UK City of Culture 2017. A lot of interesting events await you!

250 ft long blade arrives in Hull.
  1. Cute Telephone Box

When most cities in United Kingdom have red telephone box, Hull has the cream one! It’s kinda cute.

Hull Telephone Box.
  1. Wonderful Aquarium

Pay only £10.50 for kids, £11.50 for students and £12.50 for adult, and you will get free unlimited entrance for a year! Come earlier to The Deep to avoid the long queuing.

The Deep, Hull’s spectacular aquarium.
  1. Maritime Museum

If you want to see the old ship models and maritime art, Hull Maritime Museum can be a good choice to visit.

The front-side of hull maritime museum.
  1. Hull Marina

Enjoy your afternoon tea while seeing a lot of boats leaning in this place.

Humber dock marina.
  1. Humber Bridge

Spend your summer break and enjoy the beautiful sunset in Humber Bridge.

The clear blue sky with the orange-yellow effect. Beautiful, isn’t it?

Once in a lifetime experience: Volunteering with AIESEC

Have you ever joined a programme that finally changed your whole life?

Or have your ever felt the overjoyed feeling after sharing plenty of your time with other people?

I have.

Two years ago, in winter 2015, I was given an opportunity to join a volunteer program with AIESEC Kocaeli, Turkey. Maybe some of you have ever heard about AIESEC. It is an international youth organisation that helps us to develop our potential skills by joining their programmes. In the project called ” Break Up the Barriers 2015″, I became one of the volunteers in the rehabilitation centres to ‘teach’ and share with the ‘disabled’ children there, together with the other 15 international participants from 8 different countries.

There are many unforgettable experiences that I gained from the programme, such as:

1. The kids taught us how to be more grateful

2. To open our mind and heart to see things from different point of views

3. Small things we did may give huge impacts to others

4.  Cultural sharing session

5. Had an opportunity to explore new country

6. Had an amazing host family

7. Tried local dishes

In the end of the programme, I realised how this 6-week volunteer programme had given me countless sweet moments that I always wanted to remember.

“It’s sad to know I’m done. But looking back, I’ve got a lot of memories.” – Bonnie Blair

Do you have any exchange experiences that you want to share? Please drop your comment below!

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A homeless tour guide for your London visit: Why not?

Think there’s nothing you can learn from a homeless person? Think again! 

Now you can book a tour around some of London’s coolest areas with a homeless tour guide. Pioneered by Unseen Tours – a social enterprise aiming to tackle homelessness in London, this concept has proven to be a huge success with hundreds of positive reviews on TripAdvisor.

So how is a homeless tour actually like? 

I booked a homeless Brick Lane tour during my stay in London in December 2016 out of curiosity. My tour guide was Pete – a previous advertiser who lost his job, became homeless and has had to sleep rough around Brick Lane for over 10 years. Along with his easy-going nature, Pete also wowed me with his extensive knowledge about the cultural and social issues around Brick Lane as well as in England. During the tour, Pete told us mind-blowing stories about the famous criminal Jack the Ripper, the suffrage movement in the early 1900s and the multicultural development of Brick Lane following Jewish and Muslim people’s immigration.

I was also blown away by Brick Lane’s brilliant street arts. Having worked in the advertising industry before, Pete explained to us a great deal about how street artists here cleverly delivered subtle messages of social struggles through their creative artwork.

Brick Lane street arts
Amazing 3D piece of art on the streets of Brick Lane

In short, my experience with the Brick Lane homeless tour went far beyond my expectations. If touristy attractions in London are not what you’re after, Unseen Tours will be perfect for you!

Football vs. Football: Part 3

Football and football: Same name, totally different games. At my first Hull City match, I realised how the fan experience differed from that of American sports. First off, I was fascinated by the fact that security guards separated parts of the crowd because back home, no matter the sport, fans are mixed (for better or for worse).

Next, I realised how the direction of a football match can completely affect whether or not the stadium is full of rowdy fans who are chanting nonstop or spectators who would rather be home. This does not happen in American football because no matter if your team is winning or losing, chances are that you’re being egged on by signs reading “Get Loud!” or you’re caught up in singing along with the soundtrack of Bon Jovi or Queen.

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Finally, a staple of American football culture that is not present here in the UK is tailgating, which is when fans park in a giant lot and cook from grills that they have brought from home; most of the time, drinking, loud music, and trash talking is involved (all in the love of sport). While both sports have their highs and lows, I will always defend American football and will never regret staying up until 4:30 Berlin time to watch my team win another Super Bowl (GO PATRIOTS!).

I hope you’ve enjoyed the 3rd and final part of my “New England vs. England” series. Comment below with your favourite sporting experiences!