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Ying Wa Girls School






Day 1

Observations today:
The people in HK are rather self-conscious. Hong Kong is a metropolis yet there are some parts of the country which looks rather undeveloped. Most of the locals walk or cycle to get around. 

Lessons I learnt:
To not take things for granted. Money does not come by easily.

1 valuable takeaway I will apply in my daily life:
One should not only be responsible for herself/himself but also for the people around them.

My Impressions of Hong Kong:
HK is beautiful. HK is similar to Singapore but it places more emphasis on preserving the Chinese culture more than Singapore. HK has more natural landscapes than Singapore but because of that, it has less land for housing.

Jaslene Tan

Observations today:
Hong Kong is very big. Their flats and buildings are built very closely together. The malls might look small from the outside but they are actually very big.

Lessons I learnt:
I learnt to follow my teachers closely as I am not familiar with the place. I would also be more environmentally friendly by bringing my own shopping bag as most shops here do not provide plastic bags, even in supermarkets.

My Impressions of Hong Kong:
HK is really huge. The night lights are very pretty.

- Gladys Koh


Observations today:
The locals are well-versed in Cantonese, English and Mandarin. The supermarket that we went to do not provide plastic bags unless you ask for one and pay for it. The housing units are very small.

My Impressions of Hong Kong:
The people are well-educated.  They are very environmentally conscious. Housing units are very small to accommodate the large population in Hong Kong.

-Phoebe Lee


Observations today:
Hong Kong is very similar to Singapore. The people here speak in a different accent. Hong Kong’s retail prices are higher than Singapore’s.

Lessons I learnt:
To have the courage to ask people for directions. 

1 valuable takeaway I will apply in my daily life:
To spend my money wisely.

My Impressions of Hong Kong:
Exactly like Singapore. Lots of greenery. Strong Chinese culture

- Saranya



Day 2


Observations today:
Hong Kong is a vibrant and exciting city in the day and at night. Life for locals in Hong Kong is very fast paced.

Lessons I learnt:
I learnt that cooperation between group mates is important. I have also learnt the importance of being punctual. 

- Jaslene Tan

Observations today:
The Hong Kong Wetland Park demonstrates the diversity of the Hong Kong's wetland ecosystem and highlights the need to conserve them.

Lessons I learnt:
I learnt to look out for one another and to appreciate the things I have in Singapore. 

- Gladys Koh

Observations today:
There are some areas in Hong Kong that are protected such as the Tai O fishing village. Tai O fishing village is one of the few remaining places in hong kong where we can see the traditional stilt house predominant of the old southern Chinese fishing villages.

Lessons I learnt:
I learnt to be responsible for my own belongings. 

-Phoebe Lee

Observations today:
Life for locals in Hong Kong is very fast paced. Public housing is a major component of the housing in Hong Kong.

Lessons I learnt:
I learnt to plan my time wisely. 

- Saranya

Day 3

Observations today:
The teachers are very friendly and passionate about teaching. The lessons are very lively and interactive. The streets are very crowded even on a weekday. 

Lessons I learnt:
I learnt to be more outgoing and sociable. 

Reflections:
Charlotte sits in front of the teacher’s table. She is very friendly and welcoming. During our lunch break, she brought me out to buy food and even introduced the places near the school. She has helped me step out of my comfort zone and to interact with students from other classes. 

- Gladys Koh



Observations today:
The lessons are conducted in both english and cantonese. The students are very attentive during lessons.

Lessons I learnt:
I learnt to treasure the space we have in each housing unit in Singapore. 

Reflections:
I made a few new friends in school. Sarah sits next to me in class. She is very responsible and helpful.

- Phoebe Lee



Day 4

Observations I made today:
The girls in Ying Wa enjoy their music lessons very much.  The girls in Ying Wa have this motto “Work hard,  play hard”. The portions served in HK restaurants is really large. 

Lessons I learnt today:
Not to be afraid to check when in doubt. To try our best in everything we do. To plan ahead of time.

Comment on something that you enjoyed in the past 4 days:
Having enough food to eat. I enjoyed the food that we have had so far the past 4 days. Many dishes are quite similar to what we have in Singapore.

- Jaslene Tan


Observations I made today:
The Vice-Principal of the school also teaches some classes. In HK eateries, when there are many people waiting in line to get a seat, we have to share tables with other customers. Ying Wa Girls School has 5 Houses and the names of their Houses are named after the school’s previous principals from Britain from the year 1900.

Lessons I learnt today:
HK students study China and world history from the different dynasties and also about World War I. I learnt not to be selfish and to think about others too. A valuable takeaway is to care and look out for others too.

Comment on something that you enjoyed in the past 4 days:
I enjoyed the interesting school programme in Ying Wa and the warm, friendly and welcoming students. They made me feel comfortable and enabled me to step out of my comfort zone and interact with others.
I enjoyed what I have seen so far as I travel each day from place to place. I appreciate the scenery and the fresh, cool air here. 

- Gladys Koh


Observations I made today:
The students have lockers under their tables. The school uses chalkboards, not whiteboards.

Lessons I learnt today:
I learnt to listen attentively when the teachers are speaking. I also learnt I should sleep early so that I will have energy for the next day. 

Comment on something that you enjoyed in the past 4 days:
Meeting my  buddies for the first time because they were super welcoming and I felt no different from them. But they were all staring at my uniform which was very different from theirs. They also took the effort to translate everything that was spoken in Cantonese. I knew it was very troublesome for them but they were so nice to make the effort. 

- Saranya 

Day 5

Observations I made today:
Live broadcast of assembly programme due to lack of space in the hall for whole school. Students are allowed to take the lift if they are injured or carrying out duties for their teachers. People in HK tend to cross the road before the “green man” starts blinking.

Lessons I learnt today:
We can achieve more as a team than individually. To be punctual or even early so we do not have to rush. 

What characterizes Hong Kong life?
Busy, very crowded, fast-paced, stressful and helpful citizens.

- Jaslene Tan


Observations I made today:
The girls in YW change their lab seats every term.
Each time they go to the science lab may not be for practical lessons, it can be for theory lessons. When the girls leave the classroom to go to other rooms, the classroom has to be locked by the key keeper.

Lessons I learnt today:
They call the MRT here ‘MTR’ and our Ezylink card is their Octopus card.

What characterizes Hong Kong life?
I think life in Hong Kong is fast paced. I feel that people in Hong Kong are very appreciative and grateful. Although they come from low income families, they know how to appreciate the things they have and they help their families save money by using hand-me-down textbooks. They are grateful to have these books although they have been used before by their seniors. 

I think people in HK lead a very healthy lifestyle.They also walk very fast.  I see many people exercising in the evening. Not only that, most restaurants in HK give a portion of vegetables for every meal. They also serve tea without charging customers.

- Gladys Koh


Observations I made today:
Some teachers use the microphone to teach. 
People in HK stand on the right side of the escalator, leaving the left side for those who want to move up/down first. Classrooms are locked by the key keeper when they move to another venue for lessons.


Lessons I learnt today:
People in HK are always looking for ways to recycle and save electricity.
I also learnt that HK was under the Japanese Occupation for over 3 years.
I learnt how to cook green tea dumplings with red bean paste.

What characterises Hong Kong life?
Hong Kong people lead very busy lives yet they still find time to exercise regularly. They also walk very fast. They are very appreciative of what they have.

- Phoebe Lee


Observations I made today:
The once-a-week hall assembly in YW is broadcast live to all the classrooms. The hall is too small to accommodate the entire school population, thus each week only 1-2 levels of students get to go to the hall. The rest of the school will watch the assembly programme from the live broadcast in the classroom.
In the hall for assembly, the students sit on chairs unlike us in IJ where we sit on the floor. There are escalators in the mall which skip levels i.e. 1 escalator brings you from Level 1 to level 3. 

Lessons I learnt today:
To be punctual always. Not to order too much food during meals or check the portions before ordering.To wake up on time. 

What characterizes Hong Kong life?
Fast-paced people
Overwhelming greenery
Interesting museums
Tasty dim sum

- Saranya 

Day 6

Observations I made today:
The students in Ying Wa attend GSP (Generic Skills Period) lessons. Pineapple buns and egg tarts are popular snacks in Hong Kong. 

Lessons I learnt today:
I learnt to take my work more seriously and to treasure the people around me. 

What are some of the similarities between Singapore and Hong Kong:
-Schools value all-around student development. 
-Communicate in English
-Public housing

What are some of the differences between Singapore and Hong Kong:
-Hong Kong’s official language is Cantonese while Singapore’s is English.

Jaslene Tan

Observations I made today:
Students wash their dishes in buckets of water instead of the basin after cooking lessons. A new series depicting the bauhinia flower was gradually issued in 1993. 

Lessons I learnt today:
-make dumplings
-save water

What are some of the similarities between Singapore and Hong Kong:
-Both countries are bilingual. 

What are some of the differences between Singapore and Hong Kong:
-Hong kong is fast-paced.
-Hong Kong is dark at 6pm.
-More school holidays in Singapore. 

Gladys Koh

Observations I made today:
It is quite common for different groups of people to sit at the same table if the restaurant is too crowded. Students can apply to be a prefect in school. 

Lessons I learnt today:
-conduct a piece of music
-save water

What are some of the similarities between Singapore and Hong Kong:
-Both countries are modern.

What are some of the differences between Singapore and Hong Kong:
-Hong Kong has four seasons.
-The flats are much bigger in Singapore.

Phoebe Lee

Observations I made today:
The vans in Hong Kong look very similar.

Lessons I learnt today:
-save money
-languages of other countries
-appreciate what I have in Singapore 

What are some of the differences between Singapore and Hong Kong:
Singapore have ERP while In Hong Kong they have autotoll service. It takes a longer time to travel around in Hong Kong than in Singapore. There are a lot of mountains in Hong Kong. 


Saranya