Category: Fall 2017

Safety In Mannheim

Because the constant fear of dying looms over potential study abroad students and their parents, I figured now would be as good of a time as ever to discuss the safety in the city of Mannheim. I want to start of by saying that despite Mannheim’s title of city, it feels more like a town. ...

“Philip? Who’s Philip?”

Kamusta! Greetings from the Philippines! Surprisingly, I haven’t been traveling as often as I wish I was. UST seems to have tests every other and group projects on the off weeks. It’s been crazy, but we finally took the time travel! We decided on a weekend trip to the Philippines! Deciding to go with a ...

Tradition Tea Ceremony at Rinnouji Temple!

Today, my culture class was given the opportunity to be served tea in traditional Japanese manner! With our hosts being the Tea Club at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, we international students were forced to humble ourselves as we experienced the serving of tea in the same magnitude that was given to extremely formal events. Upon ...

Relaxation and Monkeys

Since I really wanted to go to another peaceful place, we planned another weekend outing. The next places that we visited were the Nan Lian Garden and the Chi Lin Nunnery in Diamond Hill. The garden and the nunnery weren’t very different from the Big Buddha that we visited a couple of days before, but ...

What’s That Smell???

As I grew accustomed to living in Mannheim, I couldn’t help but notice a slight yet distinct scent that permeated the city. Particularly strong during the day time, I was constantly being bugged by my brain as to what it could possibly be. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad smell, but it wasn’t ...

Peace. Tranquility. Happiness.

In Hong Kong, there are a lot of different place to visit to escape the busy Hong Kong life, while still in Hong Kong. Just a few steps or MTR stops away, you can find very quiet tranquil places that tourists go to to experience religious culture and serenity. I always wanted to visit a ...

#gwanakCRANES: SNU, the nation’s best university

Seoul National University, or SNU, stands at the top of the top, both literally and figuratively. If you’re reading my blog and are considering of spending a semester or two in Korea, you are probably aware of the SKY universities. But if you have never heard of it before, it’s an acronym for the three ...

The Adventure Continues

As time passes and I get closer to the day that I leave Melbourne, I can’t help but feel a little sad. At the point of me writing this blog, I only have three more weekends here in Melbourne. The weekends are always special to me because it’s during these weekends that my roommate and ...

A Cabin Trip of Environmental Proportions

Every major at my host university, DTU, has its own set of events each year. For example, some of my kitchen mates went on a school-operated, weekend trip to the countryside with the rest of the students in their semester and major as a “class-wide” bonding activity. My major is no exception: at the end ...

Reflection of My Halfway Mark

I have been in Hong Kong for two months now and it has been a very and uplifting experience so far. The experience on its own is very unique and what I have learned about myself, the students at UST, the people around Hong Kong, and myself, has changed my own perspective on life. Through ...