Taipei’s best beef noodles

April 18th, 2015

This dish is one of the things that people in Taipei are proud of. Click the link and enjoy an array of ictures of mouthwatering beef noodles.

Taipei’s best beef noodles

By Dave Tacon, for CNN

Updated 2:54 AM ET, Wed April 15, 2015

Taipei, Taiwan (CNN)—Beef and noodles in broth — how much can it mean to a city? Read the rest of this entry »

Does Everyone Have To Go To College?

April 17th, 2015

Today while the painters were painting my apartment, we chatted. One of them, Mr. Wang, said it doesn’t make any sense for students who don’t have any interest in studies to go to college. Rather than wasting time doing what they don’t like to do and actually not doing anything about studies, they should learn some skill and become an expert in a certain field. Read the rest of this entry »

Writing Poetry

April 16th, 2015

Today I bumped into a handout made years ago. It reminded me of a poetry-writing activity I had students do outdoors because it was such a nice day that I decided not to keep students in the classroom. The students read four poems with the same pattern and then write in pairs one or more poems of their own. The following is what they read:

Rread and think.



new and bright

waking up

like a new start

if only I could skip school. (Yi-chun Tsou) Read the rest of this entry »

You Can Dream Differently

April 15th, 2015

南一中第一名棄學測 拿普林斯頓獎學金

2015-04-15 08:23:20      聯合報 記者鄭惠仁/台南報導

南一中科學班三年級學生蔡昆霖全校排第一,但他放棄考學測,全力申請美國大學,如願申請上常春藤盟校普林斯頓大學,且獲全額獎學金。蔡昆霖希望未來能在物理領域發展。 Read the rest of this entry »

A Beautiful Afternoon with Wonderful Friends

April 14th, 2015

(Photos from Annie)

Before Shu (劉書真老師) goes back to the States tomorrow, we six, Shu, Annie (詹麗馨老師), Angel (林佩蓉老師), Yili (彭宜秝老師), Meiyun (張美雲老師) and I, set aside time from our busy schedule to have a gathering this afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »

To Let Go Or Not to

April 13th, 2015

While cleaning out my home, I came across a lot of cards from students. To my surprise, I’ve still kept those from the junior high school students I taught more than 30 years ago. Now here’s a dilemma: Should I keep or dump them? Finally, I decided to have them stay. Read the rest of this entry »

Hsiao-jen, Congratulations!

April 12th, 2015

In the evening around 10 o’clock, Hsiao-jen, a former homeroom student who gradauted from NHSH in 2006, visited and gave me her engagement cake. She was engaged yesterday. I’m really happy for her and thank her for sharing with me the good news. We kept giving each other hugs. Read the rest of this entry »

A Gathering with Yuhan

April 12th, 2015

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New Taipei City English Speech Contest

April 11th, 2015

Days ago, I was invited to be a judge for the New Taipei City Junior High School English Speech Contest, which was held today. The other two judges were Mark and Ms. Chiao-yu Chen.   Read the rest of this entry »

Teaching Values–”洪蘭/價值觀才是教育本質”–from UDN

April 10th, 2015


一位美國朋友轉了一個用機器伐木的短片給我,很感慨的說,當年他去阿拉斯加砍木頭,賺取學費,從早砍到晚,才砍一棵樹;現在機器一分鐘砍一棵,砍下後,立刻鋸成一般長的木頭,用特殊的卡車運送下山。一台機器可抵五百個人一天的工作量,而且操作輕鬆自在,跟他以前的汗流浹背不可同日而語Read the rest of this entry »