Amber Placke

AmberPlacke

Amber Placke

WELCOME TO MY TRAVEL BLOG---I'M INTERNING IN HONG KONG



You probably already know this...but just in case:

Age: 20 y.o. (but not for long, my birthday is on Aug 4th)
School: University of Arizona, Eller College of Management
Majors: B.S. Marketing & B.S. Business Management

Why am I in Hong Kong?

-marketing internship at TM & N Design Consultants -- can visit us at www.tmndesign.com
-in Central, Hong Kong Island, HK
-living in student residences at City University of Hong Kong
-in Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, HK
-here for 8 weeks (from June 12 - August 7)

*comment and message me, I would love to hear from all of you!!!!






Asia » Macau » Macau August 4th 2010

This last weekend I FINALLY got a chance to go to Macau. Macau is the 2nd special administrative region of the People's Republic of China, the other being Hong Kong. It was once a Portuguese colony and is now a 3 island territory connected by long stretches of bridges. It is located about 37 miles SW of Hong Kong and takes about an hour to get to by turbojet. The gambling and casino life in Macau is said to be much greater than Las Vegas. We left Saturday morning and arrived at the Ferry station around 10:30am. We left earlier than the group because we wanted to get as much time to explore as possible. After much confusion as to where to go and how to get tickets, we eventually got on the 12 o'clock ferry. ... read more
boarding the turbojet
Turbojet speed vessel
on the ferry with Sarah and Alexa

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon July 27th 2010

I haven't had much time at all to even sit down and gather my thought, let alone write in my blog! So today I decided to rest for one night and catch up on email, journal, skyping, and picture uploading. For the past week I have been super busy soaking up the last couple weeks I have here in Hong Kong. Last week at work was somewhat uneventful. Although on Thursday, we did have a black rainstorm warning. Around 5pm, the weather was super rainy and the sky was unusually dark. I waited until about 6:30 to leave work. Fortunately, when I left the rain wasn't too too bad so I didn't get very wet. And then lucky for us, the weather cleared up and it was beautiful all weekend! Friday after work I met up ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon July 19th 2010

This weekend was absolutely amazing! I don't even know where to start... First of all.. On Saturday, we were invited by Jim Thomson (founder and CEO of Crown Worldwide Group) to attend a luncheon at his private wine club/wine cellar. It was such an amazing experience. We got all dressed up and arrived at the wine cellar around noon. Upon arrival we were served delicious champagne. Throughout the afternoon, we were served red and white wine along with a variety of appetizers and entrees. The tables we sat at were set up so nicely with fine china. A guy in our group even played a few songs for us on the baby grand piano that was in the corner of the room. We then got to walk around the wine cellar and see where the wine ... read more
Will, Sarah and me at the wine cellar
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Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island July 10th 2010

Today was absolutely amazing!! We went on a tour of Lantau Island, Hong Kong's biggest island. To get to there, we took a long cable bridge. The architects that created the bridge said there is enough steel in the bridge to wrap around the world 5 times!!!!! I thought that was so incredible. On the way to our first stop the tour bus stopped at a small beautiful beach. We all got out and took lots of pictures. We were only there for about 15 min because we had to keep moving to get to our first stop of the day, Tai O Village. Tai O Village is a small quaint fishing village on Lantau Island. The city depends on fishing, and in the street markets, you can find all kinds of sea creatures, alive and ... read more
Beach with Alexa and Sarah
Beach
Cable bridge to Lantau Island

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon July 5th 2010

This last weekend was our first "free weekend," meaning there was no sponsored events through my program. We had the weekend to explore Hong Kong on our own. On Saturday, four of my friends and I dressed up in beautiful sundresses and had an amazing lunch at NOBU. NOBU is an international 5-star Japanese restaurant located only in the most exclusive areas around the world. The one in Hong Kong is located in a high class hotel called the InterContinental Hotel and overlooks the harbor and Hong Kong Island. For lunch, we each got the NOBU Signature Bento Box which included Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa Dressing, Sushi and Sushi Roll Assortment, Rock Shrimp Tempura with Creamy Spicy Sauce, Black Cod Saikyo Yaki, and NOBU Style Seafood “Pan- fried Rice.” The meal was absolutely amazing, best I've ... read more
at the beginning of the hike
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overlooking the reservoir

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon June 28th 2010

**I want to start off by telling you that I am in a video on youtube about why I chose to intern in Hong Kong. Check it out-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hp44eNjBVc So here a recap of my tour of Hong Kong: Saturday, the program had organized a bus tour of Hong Kong that took us to 2 locations. Unfortunately, we woke up for the tour and saw that it was pouring. Even though the rain was forecasted to last all day, we decided to go on the tour anyways. On the bus, we had a great tour guide who was very knowledge about Hong Kong's history and culture. One of the best parts was listening to all the interesting things I had not previously known about Hong Kong. I wish I could remember everything she said because it ... read more
Me, Sarah, and Alexa
Shek O Beach
Sarah, Me and Alexa on Victoria Peak Tram

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon June 27th 2010

Friday I attended the Hong Kong Design Institute's (HKDI) graduation reception and fashion show with the founder of my company and two other head leaders in the office. The event was at the the design school's new location which is an incredibly unique building. Look at the pictures because it is so hard to explain. It is such amazing architecture!! At the reception, there were drinks, food, awards, and socializing. I was able to meet several prominent people including the marketing director of the HKDI. She was then able to get us admission in to the fashion show. The fashion show was so awesome. It was set up in their new performance center with such a great backdrop. The clothing came from 20 different cloth lines students at the school had created. It was all very ... read more
walking into entrance of building
performance center
fashion show

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon June 25th 2010

It's Friday, and I have finally completed my first full week of work. Although each day is long, the week seems to have gone by very fast. The railway system is the biggest challenge we have each day. Every morning and afternoon we must cram ourselves into the subway in order to get anywhere! We all have a good time with it though and have experienced some funny times on the subway. For the past 3 days it has been raining, which doesn't help the already humid weather. So I have learned to bring my umbrella with me wherever I go. This week at work I have been doing a lot of different things, including brand research on pharmaceutical companies, brainstorming brand names for 2 companies, and doing a study of how other branding companies do ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon June 20th 2010

Saturday (June 19th), our group went to a tea house and learned about the tradition of tea in China and had the opportunity to try the 6 different kinds of tea. After the tea, we had a dim sum lunch together which consisted of many different kinds of Chinese appetizers like dumplings, pastries, buns, and spring rolls. We then went to Avenue of the Stars which is a walkway that looks out over the harbor and Hong Kong Island. The view was soooo awesome. (There are some really great pictures from this too) There were also famous Chinese people's names in stars on the walkway. After this group event, a few of us branched off and went to the Mong Kok area and discovered an outdoor market on Temple street. We found a lot of great ... read more
Man who taught us about tea
Tea and tea leaves
Sarah and I showing how to properly drink tea

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon June 18th 2010

This is the 3rd day of my internship. The first day was slow, and I was unclear of what kind of work I would be doing. On my 2nd day (Tuesday), I was given a project to prepare a powerpoint for the marketing director at the company. That was enjoyable and kept me busy. It required me to find pictures on the internet of different company's brand image. Today, I was given another project to do a similar thing. I put together another powerpoint of different images/logos country's tourism sites have. That was interesting as well. Today was also enjoyable because we had an office lunch where I ate authentic Chinese food with my co-worker. I was able to get to know them better which I was definitely looking forward to. Now, I am off for ... read more




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