Reflection January 2012
Contents Freshers’ Fair
Freshers’ Squash Night Punting
Nottingham Games Variety Show Election Halloween Formal Michaelmas Formal Asian Swap
President - Victor Ho VIce-President - Sarah Ho Treasurer - Julianna Yau Internal Secretary - Nicole Lee External Secretary - Calico Hong Publicity Officer - Anders Au-Yeung Sports Secretary - Charles Kwan
Welcome to the second term of the year and I hope you all had a fabulous 9 Christmas and a good break. This is the second as well as the last Reflection 10 published by our committee and I believe you find the guide to formal dinner from 10 the last edition of the Reflection useful. This time we have a guide to restaurants 11 in Cambridge.
Oxbridge Mentorship Programme
12 During Lent term we will have the Chinese New Year Dinner, the much Guide to Restaurants in Cambridge 13 anticipated Variety Show, the preAnnual General Meeting briefing and Discounts 17 the Annual General Meeting where the 2012-13 committee will be elected. Sponsors 17 Again I have to thank my fellow committee members and other people who contributed the articles. Last but not least, if you have any comments please contact me in person or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freshers’ Fair - 4/5 October The CUCS Freshers' Fair was a great start of Michaelmas term as we welcomed new members into our warm family. The CUSU had organised the Freshers' Fair on the 4th and 5th of October at the Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre. Our booth had attracted people including both Chinese to international students who have immense interest in Chinese culture. With great thanks to our sponsors, members with our membership card could receive discounts from various local restaurants in Cambridge. Over 80 new members joined the CUCS family. The committee thoroughly enjoyed meeting the new members on the day and we would like to welcome and thanks all for your support. Hope you will have an amazing time in our upcoming CUCS events!
Freshers' Squash - 8 October After welcoming the new members at the Freshers' Fair, we didn't linger too long before kicking off the new Michaelmas 2011 by holding our very first event - Freshers' Squash. Despite the typical greyish Cambridge sky and a drizzle, nothing could stop our members from coming to join us in Ramsden Room, St Catherine's College on 8th Oct, to meet the new faces (and old faces which we might have missed the whole summer long). There was a clean set up in the room with complimentary light snacks and drinks (P.S.
some healthy options hand picked by our President).Â Our President Victor took this opportunity to present a preview of our upcoming events in the Michaelmas Term.Â We were very glad to see a large audience - freshers/non-freshers; from all different years (under grads/ post grads) and coming from different colleges. We hoped the Freshers' Squash provided a friendly and warm environment for our members to mingle and get to know each other. Judging by the large number of people who stayed until the last minute of the event, we believed all of us must have an enjoyable, simple and delightful gathering.
Night Punting - 14 October I believe most of you, as a Cambridge student, have done an iconic activity on River Cam - punting. Certainly punting on a warm sunny day is enjoyable, but how about at night? Night punting is certainly different from punting during the daytime, when the river is so calm - no tourists and many others but the sound from wind and water, and the beautiful twilight. About thirty of us gathered at Trinity boathouse with food and drinks, and pushed off before sunset, and enjoyed the two-hour punt at this special time.
Nottingham Games - 22 October The biggest sporting event within all the Chinese societies across the UK, the Nottingham Games, was held in the sports complex of the University of Nottingham on the 22nd of October. Our group of athletes and supporters gathered at 6am, some later than others, on the dark cold morning of the 22nd, and set off for our 2 hour journey to Nottingham.
This year we applied for badminton, basketball and volleyball. Some of our members wanted to participate in football as well, however as football players would not be able to participate in other sports at all, we decided to give up on a football team. Unfor tunately the committee of the Chinese Society in University of Nottingham replied and informed that we did not pass the draw for badminton, potentially our strongest sport amongst the three and rendering our ultimate athlete unplayable this year. As with former years, basketball teams played throughout the morning into the early afternoon on the day. Our players worked hard, and our sport hero Edwin Lee even risked his life in the game. How's 7
that for commitment. Possibly due to lack of sleep from the previous night (most probably due to the 'fulfilling' lunch provided) our team was slightly outmatched by the tough players in the other teams in our matches to make it for the qualifying round. Similarly, we didn't have much luck for volleyball. Our team tried their best, and our volleyball team captain Lawrence Ching was even said to be steaming at the end of the matches. Other teams had many amazing overaged players supporting them, and I feel we need a matured and experienced player as well, adding a bit of tricep power perhaps?
Variety Show Election - 30 October The Variety Show has been one of the most anticipated events because it involves a lot of committed CUCS members. Everything needs a leader, and our annual variety show has no exception. Last yearâ€™s committee hosted the election and many of the former participants attended the event.
After speeches and tough questions from the floor, the 2012 CUCS Variety Show committee was elected. Producer: Yumi Ng Vice-Producer: Kenneth Hui Treasurer: Kirby Lam Secretary: Martin Leung Publicity Officier: Thomas Chong We wish the committee good luck with the Variety Show.
Halloween Formal - 30 October The Halloween Formal was jointly organised by CUCS and ABACUS at St Catharine’s College for our members to celebrate this year’s Halloween in style. Although not quite Hogwarts, with a combination of gowns, St Catz’s beautiful Hall and plenty of delicious food, it was one of the most SPOOK-tacular nights you can find in Cambridge. We were honoured to have Dr Dominic and Mrs Chan to join us for this festive event. To spice things up, we’ve included a dress-up contest. Pink haired diva, redeyed Chinese vampire, lovely hamster, fiendish devils and people with heavy face paint could be spotted among the crowd. The best-dressed award was given to Mandy Moo (who prefers to keep her real surname a secret), the hairy spider lady, who was a charming, delicate version of Aragog.
Michaelmas Formal - 5 November This year’s CUCS Michaelmas Formal was held in the dining hall of St. Edmund’s College. It was a wonderful chance for many of us to gather and enjoy the food. The dinner began after a short welcoming speech by our president, Mr Victor Ho. Some of the guests made good use of the piano in 10
the dinning hall and had transformed the dinner into a mini concert. The whole evening was an immense success and I believe everyone had an enjoyable evening.
Asian Swap - 13 November Konnichiwa! Annyeong! Nihao! The first ever joint dinner with the Cambridge University Korean Society and Anglo Japanese Society at Mahal. It was a night of intelligent conversations, musings over Confucius, and light-hear ted witticisms over an exquisite Michelin star Indian cuisine prepared by the most respected spice merchants straight from Mumbai. The dinner offered the perfect occasion for members to show off their language skills and to indulge in some Korean pop dancing. Guests are encouraged to bring any fine wines they may have, a great chance to display their connoisseurial 11
knowledge. The dinner was peaceful and civilized (not something you would normally expect at Mahal), as all participants were too engaged in the cultural exchange to start a food fight.
Oxbridge Mentorship Programme - 17 December O&C Society of Hong Kong Mentorship Programme aims to provide support and guidance to current students at Oxford and Cambridge through pairing each student with a mentor from the O&C Society committee. All mentors have achieved success in many different fields, from banking to law to public sector work, and are all more than happy to share experiences and offer advice and support to underclassmen . This year, same as last year, all committee members from CUCS and OUHKS were invited to join the programme. To kick-start the 2011-2012 mentorship programme, we had a casual lunch gathering for our mentors and mentees on Saturday, 17 December, at the Gun Room of the Hong Kong Yacht Club. Each of us has been assigned to a mentor according to our career and personal interests. Not only did we find the career advice insightful, but we also enjoyed the exchange of personal experiences and views on current issues. We hope to keep the mentorship programme a tradition and in the long run open the programme to benefit even more students.
Guide to Restaurants in Cambridge There are loads of good English restaurants in Cambridge and here are some in city centre, so if you are bored of buttery food or Domino’s or Chinese takeaway, why not treat yourself to one of these?
Browns Restaurant 23 Trumpington Street Nice atmosphere, elegant dining, a tad expensive, good for small group gatherings. £15 upwards
Tatties Cafe Restaurant 15 Trinity Street (opposite to Trinity College) & 11 Sussex Street Great place for breakfast, homely food, perfect for baked potatoes and omelette lovers. Below £10
Stickybeaks 42 Hobson Street Nice comfy little café with daily specials that are light and healthy. Cakes and pastry are worth a try too. Below £10
Galleria Restaurant 33 Bridge Street Next to the River Cam. You could sit outdoors and enjoy being stared at by passing punters. Good food and service at a reasonable price. £15 upwards
John Lewis Brasserie 10 Downing Street Located on the top floor of the department store in Grand Arcade, it is not surprising that it gets very crowded during lunch times as shoppers stop for a eat or drink. Services are quite slow; wouldn’t recommend unless you are enjoying your afternoon leisurely.
The Riverbar Steakhouse and Grill Quayside, Cambridge Extremely expensive, only for the selected few who could afford it, says someone. Located on the river, with spectacular view of it and Magdalene College, Riverbar is a superb restaurant, full of atmosphere. Private hiring of the restaurant and roof terrace is also possible for events or parties. £20 upwards
Bill’s 34 – 35 Green Street Newly opened. Excellent décor. Could try their bubble and squeak that could be added to breakfasts. Very good jam. Comfy atmosphere for a coffee and chat with a friend. As said in their website – ‘From award-winning breakfasts through to delicious and unusual lunch dishes and the twinkling of candles by night, Bill's is the place to be. £10-15
Fitzbillies 52 Trumpington Street Recently reopened, famous for its cakes and pastries. Good for light lunches, very country food, confusingly English. Not particularly cheap.Cakes are simple and traditional. £10-15
The Cambridge Chop House 2 King’s Parade St John's Chop House 21-24 Northampton Street Perfect for meat lovers, premium price. Fantastic sausage and mesh. Nice ice-cream with special flavours (*pear and vanilla is very good). £10-15
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