WHY VISITING AUSTRIA IS A BRILLIANT IDEA TO RELIEVE YOUR STRESS?

If you ever visited European countries, but you haven’t been to Austria, then you must consider it again!

Austria has Vienna, the city of classical music

Music has long been known as an effective way to reduce the stress as its unique relation to our brain and emotion. Therefore, you should give a chance to watch the classical music concert in Vienna State Opera building.

Still in Vienna, you can also visit the beautiful parliament building!

One of the conference rooms of the Austrian parliament building in Vienna that has Greek’s interior design with the statues of Greek god and goddess.

Magnificent mountainous view and lake along Hallstatt

Hallstatt is a small fairytale-like village located around 2,5 hours by train from Vienna. After the exhausting semester, this place might be the best option to enjoy a sip of hot coffee or maybe hot a bowl of hot goulash soup accompanied by the beautiful scenery.

The Original Sound of Music tour in Salzburg

The St. Michael’s Church where they were filming the wedding scene of Captain Georg von Trapp and Maria.

Not only the movie scenes, the Hohensalzburg Fortress is a place worth to visit near the old town.

Salzburg with the Austrian Alps as the background is the view we can enjoy from the top of the fortress.

Is there any better idea than visiting Austria?

 

“To travel is to live” – Hans Christian Andersen

A brief encounter of the greatest game ever

This blog is about American Football, if you’re not aware of the rules of American Football, you can find them in my previous blog here!

Firstly, I’d like to say that my team won (New England Patriots)..but that in no way will bias this post.

Underdogs- Atlanta Falcons, against the favourites- New England Patriots. This being said the majority of the USA were cheering on the Atlanta Falcons (Something to do with New England being too good).

Okay so i’ll admit it, the first half wasn’t a great half. Patriots down by a score of 21-3. However, if Atlanta can score 21 points in a single half…so can the Patriots?

End of the 3rd Quarter saw the score increase 28-9. Not looking good at all.

But this is where the game gets exciting. After several hours of American football, the Patriots find some rhythm in the final Quarter.

The Patriots rally to successive touchdowns and suddenly the game is 28-20. With 2 minutes and 25 seconds left on the game clock, Brady throws the ball…it gets knocked in the air by Atlanta…it falls slowly…it’s grabbed by a Patriot… Is it caught? Is the Game over?

IT’S CAUGHT. SOMEHOW IT IS CAUGHT.

Out of nowhere the game is tied, 28-28. Time for overtime!

The Patriots can’t lose now? Right?

Right. THEY WON, on the opening “drive” of overtime!

 

Sonic Study Tools; Music To Help You Concentrate.

Whether you’re at your desk struggling to get into the zone or in the library in need of something to drown out the sound of those dudes talking loudly about Game of Thrones; music is the answer.

Heres some artists and albums to help you switch off the world around you and get motivated;

Nightmares on Wax – Smokers Delight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ8CGOXrhks 

The 1995 album by Leeds mastermind Nightmares on Wax is a percussive funky journey to which I arguably owe my success in GCSE & A level. The tracks carry the right amount of minimalism to avoid distraction yet the perfect amount of switch ups to avoid you getting bored.

Kruder & Dorfmeister – K & D Sessions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCU36y5utlw&list=PL0B83276B1AC5C9C5

Produced in 1998 by Austrian DJ/Producers Kruder & Dorfmeister the trip-hop album is a mix of their originals and remixes that will have you locked for the duration. Rumour has it Dorfmeister will be playing in Hull this year…

J Dilla – Vintage Instrumentals vol 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff9eDId1GtM 

Little needs to be said about this Detroit hip-hop legend. The late J Dilla often produced tracks for MC’s or his own lyrics however this album is a compilation of dreamy instrumentals which apparently never found vocals to fit. Let the snare take you.

Steve Reich’s Marimba & Piano Compositions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG_1sjActCE

Minimal pioneer Steve Reich delivers compositions that simply take you away. Simple overlapping melodies and arpeggios with no drums keep you thinking without distraction.

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Under The Bridge; Promoters & aficionados bringing life to Hull’s underground music scene.

With this year’s City of Culture celebrations underway it’s more important than ever to get to know the stalwarts of Hull’s electronic music community and what they’re getting up to.

Get Down: If Reggae and Dub is you’re thing then look no further. Although in it’s infancy the 2 year old club night is already making serious movements with live bands at Fruit and soundsystem legends at the Welly Club.  https://www.facebook.com/getdownhull/

Shinobi: Student life in Hull wouldn’t be the same without Shinobi. Their signature style of DnB & oldschool Jungle has seen them bring artists from all over the world to a packed out Welly Club. Feburary 10th sees them mark their 15th birthday in the game! https://www.facebook.com/ShinobiDnB/

Crystal Clear: The 11 year old DJ and events society has ditched their shows at the union and moved onto bigger horizons in the last few years. Selling out shows at Welly with big name artists; classic and contemporary. They represent diversity in music and not only bring different and interesting vibes each time, they also provide a platform for budding DJs to learn alongside their roster of seasoned DJs. https://www.facebook.com/crystalcleardjs/

Fractal: Their intimate parties provide an exciting blend of house, disco and techno at the Adelphi Club. They’ve showcased world class DJs in a very different setting to what the average clubber might usually expect. With only 120 capacity and a huge soundsystem, their parties arent to be missed. https://www.facebook.com/FractalHull/

There’s an increasing vibrancy and diversity in Hull’s nightlife, make yourself a part of it.

Top 5 things to do in Taipei

Taipei is not really visited by tourists – more popular Asian cities such as Bangkok and Hong Kong are picked over the capital of the sweet-potato-shaped island of Taiwan. However, if you do find yourself in Taipei, here are 5 things you should do.

5 things to do in Taipei

1. Night markets

Taiwan has fantastic food – it is a mixture of influences from southern Mainland China, Japan, Beijing, Sichuan, Hunan and Shanghai and Guangdong (among others) and there’s no better place to try it out – cheaply – than at a night market. Some night markets sell clothes and souvenirs, but there are food-dedicated ones, like Shilin, that offer all of Taiwan’s culinary influences in bite-sized morsels.

Where: Shilin Night Market, Shilin – take the MRT to Shilin

2. Karaoke

Karaoke is one of Taiwan’s biggest hobbies. Unlike in the West, lots of Taiwanese people enjoy doing karaoke stone-cold sober.

Where: Party World, Ximending – take the MRT to Ximen station
The red light district of Taipei is in Wan-Hua District

3. Taipei 101

Once the tallest building in the world, the Taipei 101 offers some pretty vertigo-inducing views from its top floor.

Side note: There’s a great food court at the bottom of the building, where you’ll find Jason’s, an upmarket grocery store that sells, among other exotic products, rooibos tea.

Where: Xinyi District – take the MRT to Taipei City Hall Station

4. Themed restaurants

The themed restaurants in Taipei include an airplane, hospital (where alcoholic shots come in syringes), and a Hello Kitty palace.

Where: Modern Toilet, Xi-Ning South Road, Ximending – take the MRT to Ximen Station

5. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

The hall has become a landmark of the city, with its grand, imposing architecture and historic symbolism (Chiang Kai-shek was the former president of Taiwan). There are often performances taking place in the square by artists and musicians, and groups of teenagers practising their choreographed dance moves. In the landscaped gardens, tai chi and kung fu lessons take place.

Where: Zhongzheng District – take the MRT to CKS Memorial Hall Station and take exit 5 out of the station

Photo credit: taiwan.net.tw, lonelyplanet.com/taiwan

 

Why Japan is awesome and you have to see yourself

1. Japanese Culture

Japan is well known for its politeness and good manners. Not only that, but Japanese culture also include efficiency. Japan is a busy country but is well organised. I was already impressed with the work efficiency at the immigration gate at Narita International Airport.

2. Japanese Foods

Do I need to say any more on Japanese food?

3. Japan is a super clean country

The Japanese take hygiene seriously. You will hardly see any rubbish on the roadsides – even the trains are clean!! In Japan, not only they are clean, everything is in perfect order and neat as well – well trimmed trees, for example.

4. Ancient Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines

Beautiful ancient Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Japan is one good reason that you should visit and see them yourself. Shrines which are located up the mountains will not disappoint in term of beautiful scenery. The Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Shrines and Temples of Nikkō and Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area are also awarded as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

5. Japanese Anime and Cosplay

No matter where you are, you must have read, watched, or at least heard of soe Japanese animation. Wouldn’t you be curious to see all these characters walking around the streets?

Photo credit: us.jnto.go.jp, japan-guide.com

Never miss it!3 big questions for The 2017 Formula One

It’s the start of a new year and in F1 factories across the world preparations are well underway for the coming season – a season that will bring with it the biggest technical changes in three years. To whet your appetite, we’ve compiled a list of 3 of the most intriguing storylines heading into the new F1 campaign…

1. Will other teams come to the fore under the new regulations?

 

With wider tyres and significantly revised bodywork, F1 cars will look and behave very differently in 2017. The first indication of how things will play out will come in testing, which gets underway in Barcelona at the end of February.

2. how much faster will F1 racing be in 2017?

How much will we see lap times drop by in 2017? The initial idea of the wider tyres and revised aero was to make the cars three-to-five seconds per lap faster, which in turn would make them more challenging to drive. But given the fact that many teams are expecting rapid development throughout the season, could we see even bigger performance gains? One thing’s for sure, the drivers won’t be complaining. “Higher corner speeds are always nice,” said Valtteri Bottas after sampling Williams’ 2017 car in the simulator.

3. Which version of Ferrari will we see in 2017?

In 2015, Ferrari were a growing force, with Sebastian Vettel winning three races and proving a constant thorn in Mercedes’ side. But when a 2016 title challenge failed to materialise, the Prancing Horse seemed to lose its way, with the departure of tech chief James Allison symptomatic of apparent behind-the-scenes instability. The big question now is which Ferrari we’ll see in 2017 – one that has regrouped and regalvanised over the winter and can fight for Grand Prix victories and the title, or the somewhat blunt version we saw in 2016. What’s certain is that another winless season will not be tolerated.

Photo Credit: Formula1.com

Essential Things for Travelers

Memories are precious for everyone as a part of their life timeline. Travelling creates memories as it is a core component of exploring different cultures, traditions and heritages. Thus, is essential to capture those unique moments.

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

Here is a list of the essential things were a traveller needs to pack.

Photograph

Photos can be limitless and long lasting captures of memories, so never forget your favourite camera. It could be a normal one or a Polaroid for lovers of vintage effects. Otherwise use your phone if it has a good quality camera.

Captures are enhancing memories

Travelling Dairy Journal / Sketchbook

Some people are expressing their thought during travelling into words. A solution to this is to create your own journal dairy. Recording moments for a lifetime. If someone has an artistic vain, a sketchbook can be useful, drawing the breath-taking places that someone can explore in different destinations.

Souvenirs

Little things and ornaments that gives you the happiness when you arrive back home as you can set them around the house to remember your trips around the world.

Souvenirs are parts of memories

A Book
People’s best company during travelling abroad especially, is a good suggested book. Pack with you a book that interests you for
those times.

A good company during long distances

 

Travel Guides / Maps

Travel guides and local maps is the best adviser regarding planning routes, finding the best venues and attractions that a traveller should visit when is travelling.

Being prepared is the key

Broaden your horizons through multiculturalism!

Study Skills: Strategic approaches that can help you with exams

While exams are commonly acknowledged as painful and troublesome among many students, the ways to counter these problems are becoming increasingly paramount.

With this in mind, here I would like to share a step-by-step personal tactic to deal with all kinds of exam, and hopefully these might aid you with your future study!

1. Know your scope:

It is crucial to know the scope of your exam and the core areas. This is the starting point for effective and efficient revising as the time is limited and consequently you must utilise all your strength on the right direction.

2. Make a revision plan:

Once you have identified your scope and core areas, the next thing is to dissect them into sections and label them with a time frame and priority. Normally, the higher the priority the more the time you need to allocate. And the allocation of time is based on the estimation of your personal strength.

3. Be calm and follow the plan:

When the plan is created, the next step is to follow it! Make sure nothing comes in your way and stop you from reaching the daily objective.

4. Reflect and retain:

The last gap between you and the aim is reflection and retention. It would be frustrating that if you cannot remember anything when it comes to the real deal. So, try to be proactive and reflect on the previous learning at the end of each day, and the science behind this is supported by Hermann Ebbinghaus.

Start to make plans now! Please leave some comments and follow me on twitter for more information! @Chuanqi_Xu

This blog is reproduced from 2016 by Chanqi Xu