My First Week in Hong Kong – Francesc Lucena

Top: Dinner @ Mui Kee in Mong Kok. From left: Alvin, Fran, Matteo, Julian, Peien. Bottom left: neon lights and signs in Mong Kok. Bottom right: looking out at Clear Water Bay from the campus

To round up Tuesday, we bring you the final piece of “My First Week in Hong Kong” from FTMBA Intake 2016 Spaniard Francesc Lucena Juve. Between Alvin, Eunice and now Fran – that’s a lot of mileage they’ve covered to come to Hong Kong, and a lot more that they will be covering in the coming year!

1. Where are you from? España, Xibanya (西班牙), Spain.

2. What were you doing right before coming to HK? Studying Mandarin in Beijing for a few months and before that, venture capital in a corporate venture capital fund in Madrid.

3. What’s your first impression of HK? Gorgeous, crowded, HOT and humid. It is a truly unique place!

4. What was your first impression of the campus? Gorgeous x 2 and inspiring.

5. What were you most anxious about before coming to HK? I had a few rough days in Beijing while studying Chinese. Learning Mandarin was a slow process, and doing it full-time was a very intense exprerience. Suddenly I realized I had no salary, no work pressure (which I am addicted to by now) and I lost my bearings for a while. Questions about my professional future, cultural fit, MBA debt and many other things sprang up in my mind.

6. Made any friends already? Tons of them. I am struggling to remember so many names!

7. Homesick already? I’ve been abroad for a while already so I’m used to it by now.

8. Any HK delicacies you’ve already tried this week? Two gems to mention: (i) Mui Kee in Mong Kok. Julian, a local classmate, took us there and we had the most delicious and authentic HK meal. I cannot name the dishes, but almost everything looked and tasted amazing there! As for pre/post-clubbing (ii) Tsui Wah in Lan Kwai Fong, recommended by Phebe and we ended up having dinner there twice on the same day (before and after partying).

9. What are you looking forward to new week? I am looking forward to having the whole class on campus. I am also very excited about the welcome lunch and program overview.

10. How many loads of laundry have you done already? One HUGE load. Doing my second load right now! (In my defense, the washing machines and dryers at HKUST can hold up to 10kg per load!)


My First Week in Hong Kong – Eunice “EJ” Kim

What’s so special about the cover photo from Eunice? “I took this picture on the first morning after I moved into HKUST. I went for a jog at 7am and was welcome by another picturesque view of the campus!”

We asked three students from Full-Time MBA Intake 2016 who came in early for the Mandarin program how their first week went. Here’s what Eunjeong aka EJ told us:

  1. Where are you from?  I’m South Korean, and I’m from New Dehli, India.
  2. What were you doing right before coming to HK? I packed up all my belongings in India and went to Korea to meet my family and friends. My family and friends are big supporters of my adventures! They had already encouraged me to come to Hong Kong 7 years ago (although my grandmother “blackmailed” me emotionally”).
  3. What’s your first impression of HK? It’s such a fast-paced city! Even the escalators moved a lot faster than those in Korea. (Avg speed of escalator: HK – 45m per min., KOR – 30m per min., reported in Yeonhap news 4.Sep.2015)
  4. What was your first impression of the campus? Shangri-La! As soon as I entered the north gate, I saw the giant piazza with Clear Water Bay in the background. It was absolutely breathtaking!
  5. What were you most anxious about before coming to HK? Carrying 100kg of luggage! 
  6. Made any friends already? Yes! I already met other Delhite classmates before coming come to HK. Then I made new friends with my roommate Mehak and other neighbors in Tower C. I spent a few afternoons of my first week with them shopping, jogging, practicing golf and having afternoon tea. 
  7. Homesick already? Not at all. During the past week I’ve been really excited to make HK my “home”.
  8. Any HK delicacies you’ve already tried this week? As a foodie, HK is litterally paradise for me. I’ve had xiao long bao (steamed soup dumplings), Pad Thai, char siu (BBQ pork), fresh sashimi and there’s a lot more food that I want to try. I’m looking forward to perhaps a seafood dinner in Sai Kung next week!
  9. What are you looking forward to next week? There’s going to be a welcome lunch for our intake on Thursday, I’m looking forward to finally meet the whole class. Mehak and I are especially excited to meet our two other roommates who will complete our “suite-family”.
  10. How many loads of laundry have you done already? I’ve already 3 loads of laundry already! It’s much more humid here in HK, compared to Delhi or Seoul, but I absolutely don’t mind it because I’ve had such a great time exploring the campus and city!

Here are more photos from Eunice that captures her adventures during the first week in Hong Kong.

3 am in LFK. Left to right: Eunice, Ayush, Mehak, Usman, Arjun, Mandakini. Note: LKF is short for Lan Kwai Fong, synonymous for where all the cool MBA students hang out (every weekend!)
Going local – heading back to campus from Mong Kok. Left to right: Mehak, Yulia, Mandakini, Eunice.