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青春岁月

很多事情是无可奈何的,毕竟大家都要过自己的生活,曾经一起的快乐日子,留到记忆中吧,没人能取代你的记忆中,那段美好青春岁月。

I will learn to stand alone

We don't always understand in our life why things happen the way they do.
Sometimes we try to find the answers, and other times we don't feel a need to.


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花見

日本では桜が咲き始めましたね。
人々は友達や同僚や家族と集まり、桜の木の下にござを引いて、花の魅力を楽しみながら食べたり飲んだりします。特に風にひらひらと散る満開の桜は、とてもきれいでしょうね。

春が来ては去ります。花は咲いては枯れます。昼夜、月、太陽、星は変化しています。
私たちがいる今日は、昨日と同じではないかもしれません。
あなたの明日も、明るい日でありますように。

Cherry trees has begun to blossom in Japan.
People gather with friends, coworkers, or family members, spreading mats under the trees, eating and drinking while enjoying the blossom's charm.
Full blossomed cherry flowers especially, fluttering and scattering in the winds, are indescribable beautiful, aren't they?

Spring comes and goes, flowers blossom and wither.
Day and night, the moon, the sun and the stars are changing.
Today, what we are, may be different tomorrow.
May your tomorrow be another bright day.

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CNY is approaching

Chinese new year is around the corner, I've been busy squeezing out time to do some spring cleaning --- re-arranging book-shelf, changing new bed sheet, giving away dresses and unused stationery.

I love Chinese new year. I love the atmosphere where everyone tends to begin preparation a month before the day of Chinese new year. Streets and shopping complexes are festooned with all kinds of decorations; you can find all kinds of food and new clothing; you can hear Chinese new year songs everywhere you go; you can see happy faces and big promotions everywhere.

As work has been busy as usual, I am finding time to do some shopping, hunting new year goodies for decorations and planning to bake some new year cookies. I have received a lot of home-made cookies from my colleagues and neighbours. Mom and I have decided to stay at home tomorrow to make pineapple tarts to return favors. As many shops tend to open for 24 hours from next week onward, I guess I could go midnight shop with mom then.

This year is 庚寅年 (geng yin nian).


私の大好きな剪紙(せんし)の1つです。 (剪紙 jian zhi)



パイナップルタルト(黄梨酥 huang li su)は私の大好きな食べ物です。

On Vacation

JLPT's over and done!!

Besides signing up for a 2kyuu preparation course, I did continue my Sunday JP class as well.
I want to thank my sensei for being always so helpful and kind. He has recommended a 2kyuu reading comprehension book and actually arranged a few sessions went through the test papers with a few of us taking L2.

(ISBN4-89358-618-1)


As for the JLPT, I was quite confident that I could score above 80 marks for section 1 (vocab). I managed to finish the grammar parts in about 20 minutes, the last reading with all the charts were rather difficult, I had to guess on the question. I didn't really have much time to double check the answers, if I remember correctly, it just left less than 5 minutes to complete the longest essay questions, but I managed to finish them all, 30% guessing. As I said earlier, listening comprehension wasn't my strong point, I really didn't put much hope on this section, it would be great if I scored about 40 points or probably less than that ..... SIGH!

Anyway, I'll be on vacation for about two weeks from the 10th this month, I should have internet to check emails but I won't be online much, I'll chat with you when I'm back.

Take care everyone, bye now.

Great surprise!

There are a few surprises in this late evening!

When I reached home around 6:30 evening, I found 2 InfoNotices from UPS, there were actually 2 packages for me from Amazon.com at around 13.20PM afternoon, but I was in the office, no one at home to receive the packages. I called the delivery man and was lucky enough to catch hold of him, he was dispatching other items around my area, so he promised to re-deliver the packages to me not later than 22:00PM. I was extremely thrilled!!

This book "Japan in Five Ancient Chinese Chronicles" by Massimo Soumare, translated by Davide Mana, edited by our beloved Papa Tony (Anthony J Bryant) and Mark Hall. I was informed by Amazon that this book would only be able to ship out after 25th December due to some unforeseen reason. I wanted to praise Amazon for giving me an excellent service as I wrote to them requesting this book to be sent to me before the 10th of December, and I got it on the 7th December!!!



Another BIG surprise was from Txkun, a good friend of mine. I wanted to thank him for sending me 3 books as Christmas gifts --- Musashi (Eiji Yoshikawa), The Narrow Road to Oku (Matsuo Bashou) and Hitching Rides with buddha (Will Ferguson).

Thank you very much, Txkun. I take this opportunity to wish you a Buon Natale and A Happy 2010 ahead!! A presto!!

JLPT countdown - 5 days left!

I've finally completed my 32 lessons of L2 preparation course.
I have confident that I can do well in section 1 and 2 which include reading comprehension. I know listening comprehension is not my strong point, it will certainly pull down my overall score, however hard it may be, I will try my very best!

It has been challenging for me to juggle my full-time job and manage homework concurrently. Despite to study abroad is in the thick of all the action and is still unclear how it will all pan out, to acquire a JLPT2 certificate has always been my goal. I don't care if you call me silly, because I'm undeniably love what I'm doing. I'm really happy to learn that my Japanese has actually been improving.


5日間だけが残っている。私は幾分緊張しているよ。宿題の中で、聴解は最も難しい。今までは、十分に聞き取れない。それがどんなに難しくても、私は決してあきらめない。


お茶にしましょう~

私が住んでいる国では、四季はありませんし、気温もあまり変わりません。ここは、一年中暖かいです。秋の季節を感じることができませんが。それなのに、美しい風景を心に描いています。実は、秋は私のいちばん好きな季節です。

秋というと紅葉を思い出すのではないでしょうか。赤く染まった山々美しいですね。また、秋になると気温も下がり食欲も出てきます。おいしい梨や栗,柿、芋などが食欲をそそります。そして、秋になると夜が長くなります。そんな静かな夜にたくさんの本を読みたい気がします。




Paper Dictionary

Two years ago, a 15-year-old Cambodian teen traveled to Singapore at the invitation of the International Charity organization World Vision, he shared the story of his life with teens participating in the annual 30 Hour Famine Camp.

One important message he shared was --- he hoped to tell everyone there were many children in his hometown loved to read and write, it would be glad if people could help them going through lives by donating some basic stuffs which were severely short in his hometown schools, among those a paper dictionary was certainly a supreme bless.

We are more blessed. Think of those less fortunate and have no basins, no water jars, no rice cookers, not even to mention luxury things like a pc, a mobile phone or any other digital devices. There are many teenagers all over the world who live in poverty, they have to travel the streets on bare feet, searching and collecting recycle-able waste to sell, to supplement the money his parents made doing laundry for others.

Flipping through papers is probably something you and I find the biggest dilemma in life in such a high-tech era. One can take full advantages of the power of technology today, online dictionaries or electronic dictionaries would be the most preferred choice, I’d guess.

Sometimes, when I hear people say that their dictionaries are gathering dust on the bookshelf, I feel like asking them to give to me, I will collect them all and donate to the charity organizations.


Chopsticks

Chopsticks are an internationally recognized exclusive dining tool in Chinese culture. Westerners, who are used to knives and forks, indeed find it hard to master chopsticks but once they can handle the two little sticks they will find them convenient and flexible.

Chinese people have a long history of at least five thousand years of using chopsticks, however very few people know the exact era since chopsticks came into existence. According to Han Feizi (韓非子), Emperor Zhou used ivory chopsticks for every meal, that was around 17th – 11th century BC, and was probably the earliest record of Chinese chopsticks.

These days we can find a great varieties of chopsticks all over the world -- bamboo chopsticks, hardwood chopsticks, ebony chopsticks, stainless steel chopsticks, silver chopsticks, jade chopsticks, crystal chopsticks, etc etc.

My daddy told me chopsticks were not only dining tools but could also be used as an auspicious omen in some regions in China. Even now, some provinces still hold the customs of striking chopsticks and spreading chopsticks on the wedding bed. Chopsticks when pronounced in Chinese 筷子 (kuai zi) is homonym to the expression of “having a baby very soon” (快生孩子 kuai sheng hai zi)

This is a pair of silver chopsticks I got from my friend’s wedding day. It’s a wedding souvenir.


Just a reminder, if you have long hair, you can use them as hair sticks too. I lose count on how many sets I have bought. Here are a few among those I bought during my overseas conference trips. I use these almost every day.

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