Sixth Day: Meeting Ed Mlavsky from Gemini and Yoram Yaacovi from Microsoft Israel

June 14: We had the honor to visit Microsoft R&D Headquarter in Herzliya, Israel yesterday and listen to Ed Mlavsky, basically the father of Israel’s venture capital industry, and Yoram Yaccovi, the General Manager of Microsoft Israel R&D Center. Continue reading

Fourth day: About Being Whatever

 

June 11 was our first day of class in Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC).

Before class started, we were required to read the book StarUp Nation by Dan Señor and Saul Singer. In the book, it mentions that Israelis have a unique spirit of chutzpah. As Señor and Singer interpret it, it means “gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible “guts,” presumption plus arrogance such as no other word and no other language can do justice to (p.30).” Continue reading

Third day: Old Jaffa

 

July 10 was the day I forgot I have a body part called the neck. I forgot my neck exists while I was spraying sun screen before I embarked upon about 5 hours of walking outdoor. I thought my Florida base tan was able to protect me. But no. I have never burned so bad in my life.  Continue reading

First day: Arrival at Tel Aviv, Israel

On July 8, around 4 o’clock in the evening, I, as a participant of Israel Summer Business Academy with Washington University in St. Louis, arrived at Ben-Gurion airport with the rest of my program fellows. The flight was 9hr 44min, which was doable compared to the long flights I have to take to go back to HongKong from the U.S. Continue reading

What Does Hunger Do to Your Brain?

Every Tuesday and Thursday when I got off my classes at 1pm last semester, I would always scuttle back to my room with my head kept low. I didn’t want attention and I didn’t want to make conversations. There was simply one reason behind my unusually introverted behavior: I was getting “hangry”.

It took me a while to I realize that I suffer from severe “hangry syndrome”. It was surprising to see myself losing patience, losing my sense of humor, losing interest in whatever whoever has to say when I am hungry. The change in my mood before and after a meal is VERY drastic.

So that makes me wonder what causes this feeling of “hangriness”? What is happening to my brain?

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