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Christmas in Germany Vanier Alumni 

Christmas in Germany

Holidays. Consumerism. Your Fall 2021 Semester exams and end-of-the-term projects. These must be on your mind as Christmas is drawing near, mustn’t they? Coming from a background as a Health Science graduate at Vanier, having lived in Hong Kong where shops are all over the town and with the habit of spending ample time with family, friends and loved ones over the Holidays, “Holidays” and “consumerism” obviously pop up on my mind as Christmas is happening in less than a month. Now settled in Germany, how has my Fall 2021…

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Five Must-Sees of Hong Kong (Part II) Vanier Alumni 

Five Must-Sees of Hong Kong (Part II)

Hong Kong is a fascinating city for many Westerners. It is not merely the international cuisine that attracts them, it is also the breath-taking vibrancy of the Special Administrative Region, comprised of the tallest-towers-in-the-world, traditional Chinese architecture, and a rich cultural history, which makes it “one of a kind”. Following the article entitled “Five Must-Sees of Hong Kong (Part I),” which had appeared in the Insider in April 2020, five other amazingly exuberating must-sees of Hong Kong shall be added to the list. Feng Shui/ Palm reading stalls in Jordan…

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Three Tips on How to Protect Mother Nature Vanier Alumni 

Three Tips on How to Protect Mother Nature

The current corona pandemic has not only caused all of us throughout this world inconvenience, troubled lives and misery, but it has also created pollution problems.  Have a look at the cover photo of this article. Many of us will realise that, before the coronavirus came about, we had never, or at least very seldom, seen unwanted facial masks on the ground.  Now, we see them everywhere, be it on hiking trails or on the pavement.  It has even been reported on news channels that there has been a rise…

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Masks and Free Bus Rides Amidst COVID-19 Vanier Alumni Voices 

Masks and Free Bus Rides Amidst COVID-19

It was not too long ago when COVID-19 (the short form for “Coronavirus Disease 2019”) hit Germany. The current coronavirus pandemic has caused many restrictions worldwide. Let us have a look at Germany. In end-March, restaurants were banned from hosting dine-in clients and were only allowed to serve take-away. Citizens had to wear a mask on public transport. Supermarkets and other grocery stores were still open for business, but shoppers had to wear a mask and keep at a distance of at least 1.5 meters from each other when inside….

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Five Must-Sees of Hong Kong (Part I) Features Vanier Alumni 

Five Must-Sees of Hong Kong (Part I)

Amidst the current coronavirus crisis, nations worldwide are taking preventive measures to help minimize the scale of the pandemic’s growth. We are encouraged to work from home; if we had made plans to travel, we need to cancel them; whenever we come home, we wash our hands thoroughly. Below are five must-sees in Hong Kong. Hang in there! Hong Kong is waiting for you (after the coronavirus outbreak ends). Lan Kwai Fong/ SoHo If you are a young adult who likes to grab a drink and to party with music,…

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A Great Woman: Mother Teresa Features Vanier Alumni 

A Great Woman: Mother Teresa

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day, when the great women of our times, as well as their contribution to society are remembered. March 8 has been celebrated by the United Nations since 1975. In some parts of the world, protests are organised on that day, and in other parts of the world, womanhood is acclaimed. Among many great and important women, Mother Teresa (1910-1997) was one of the most charitable and inspirational women to be remembered. As a Roman Catholic nun, Mother Teresa, also…

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How Should We Then Live? Vanier Alumni 

How Should We Then Live?

Francis A. Schaeffer writes in his book, How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture, that “the choices we make in the next decade will mold irrevocably the direction of our culture… and the lives of our children.” In Hong Kong’s politically sensitive and unstable 2019 era, this quote is especially relevant, for it is considered to be an immensely Westernized part of China, due to British colonization. Given today’s serious political instability in society, how do fellow Hongkongers choose to act and to…

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Alive Arts Vanier Alumni 


They warned us We listened They told us to run or die We were frightened   They gave us just a few hours to rescue our lives So we had no time to pack We left the album that was full of our childhood memories We left the house not knowing if we will ever come back   It was that night that I knew what death was I saw it in our eyes In the eyes of those who lost their mother, their father, their child I saw it…

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Teachers Are Heroes Who Save Us From Our Dark Times Vanier Alumni 

Teachers Are Heroes Who Save Us From Our Dark Times

If you were asked what heroes are, what would be your definition? The average person would consider Superman, Batman and Spiderman, all three movie and comic books characters, as generally accepted heroes, who save people’s lives that are in danger. Have you ever taken into consideration that our teachers, who have, at some time in our lives, taught us, could be heroes too? It may not be the case for everyone, but it is for those who have once been inspired by these teachers to be good and to do…

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