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End of 2012

Year 2012 has nearly come to the end and the end-of-the-world myth is proven to be a hoax as time passed. I have achieved most of my expectations in this year, among them the most important one is getting good grades in my A-levels and entering one of the most reputable universities in Hong Kong: The University of Hong Kong to study a course I like. Another one is getting prizes in both IOI and ACM/ICPC.

Apart from academics, I’ve also learnt a new sport: orienteering. Although my performance is far from elites, I will still continue joining competitions and try to improve my skills. I and Sherman participated in the scout regatta this year, and got the third at last. However, not being able to finish the expedition in May due to bad weather was a pity to me. I hope I can finally overcome the difficulties and get the badge next year.

Near the end of this year, I joined a coxswain mate course by East Kowloon Region, and will continue the progress over the New Year. After I get the coxswain mate badge and the scouts in my group get the boatman badge, we can have some standard boat activities (e.g. sea trips, sea camps) and join the standard boat events of the scout regatta next year.

In university, I am planning to join the committee of the bridge club next year. I didn’t apply for a hall place though, and won’t do so in the near future. In the first two years of university, I plan to get the most out of the activities and competitions provided, and prepare my career, try hall life and perhaps go for an exchange in the last two years.

My vision for 2013 is to enhance my leadership, become more active in sports, and get more involved in the IT/business field. My major expectation next year is probably getting the venture award done, and begin the process transiting from a member to a leader.


Typhoon and the MTR

Last week, typhoon Vicente blew Hong Kong down. It caused the first signal No. 10 in the millennium.

When the signal No. 8 is in effect, most bus routes stop operation while the MTR still gives limited service after the peak period. However, when the signal is raised to No. 9, for safety reasons, the above-the-ground lines have to stop service.

In the night between 23 and 24 July, when the signal No. 9 came to effect, MTR announced that all the above-the-ground lines would stop operation soon, except the Airport Express Line. However, a tree fell down on the East Rail Line, causing power outage before all passenger having been cleared, and passenger trains stuck on the line.

I am not going to comment on the passengers but I have to state that everyone has to stay in a safe place once the No. 9 signal is in effect. For MTR passengers, that place is probably the nearest station.

The fact that a power outage had occurred before the end of service was an accident. Normally, the passengers should be evacuated from the train and sent to emergency buses. However, in adverse weather, running emergency buses was not an option, and under near-hurricane wind, the train was probably the safest place for passengers to stay.

Actually, when the No. 8 signal comes in force, everyone should go home immediately. If the nature of the work makes this impossible, the workers should stay in the workplace until the typhoon is over. Actually, in the past, the KCR actually stopped service after a few hours when the No. 8 signal was hoisted. The current MTR practice is to continue limited service under No. 8 signal and stop above-the-ground service once the No. 9 signal comes to effect, but continue underground service as long as possible. However, East Rail Line (formerly KCR East Rail) is a suburban railway which is built along the hills, which makes it vulnerable to this kind of accidents, unlike newer lines like the Airport Railway. It makes sense to stop the above-the-ground operation a few hours after the No. 8 signal comes to effect, just as in the past. The longer the trains run under No. 8, the greater the risk is, and the greater the damage is if an accident occurred. In this power outage, I think that the MTR should even take a step further: wait until the No. 10 signal being cancelled before repairing the line to ensure safety, to give some colours to the passengers.

Typhoons stop societies. However, societies should be stopped in a sane state and resumed promptly when the typhoon is over.

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  2. Type in a keyword.
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  3. Perform the search.
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I want to …

  1. get a medal in HKOI and IOI (and NOI if possible).
  2. find a good partner in sailing and bridge.
  3. take an HKSF Level 3 course in next year.
  4. get the Venture Award next year and the Dragon Award two year afterwards.
  5. get 2 As in the A-levels and enter HKU.
  6. win more competitions.