Taiwan earthquake_News Report by BBC & CNN

February 6th, 2016

This morning, when checking my LINE messages after getting up, I was shocked by the news that a disastrous earthquake hit Taiwan around 3:57 this early morning. I was so deep in sleep that I didn’t feel anything. Knowing many people in Tainan are suffering from the impact of the earthquake right before the Chinese New Year’s Eve, I prayed for them and would like to help.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35511884

Taiwan earthquake: Rescuers in frantic search for missing

Rescuers are searching the rubble of a high-rise residential building in southern Taiwan after an earthquake that killed at least 14 people.

Some 30 people are still missing from the 17-storey block, one of several buildings that collapsed in Tainan city when the magnitude 6.4 quake struck. Read the rest of this entry »

Greenpeace

February 5th, 2016

The lady’s name is Tze-hui Lee. We were strangers until I stopped to listen to her this morning. It was a coincidence that we both were wearing something green.

This morning, on my way to Nanmen Market to do food shopping, a lady came up to me and asked if I could spare three minutes for her. Since I’m not in a rush, I stopped. That choice led me to an understanding of what Greenpeace is doing for our environment. In fact, I knew at the first minute that Ms. Lee was going to convince me to help with some campaign. And I was convinced and agreed to donate money to Greenpeace every month because I agree with its cause. Read the rest of this entry »

Do Not Let the Cellphone Cell You–”別讓手機毀了春節”

February 4th, 2016

In the title, I use the word “cell” as a verb, which means putting someone in a cell like a prisoner. Though this usage of the word cannot be found in the dictionary now, I believe one day it will be listed as an entry.

http://udn.com/news/story/7339/1486553-%E5%88%A5%E8%AE%93%E6%89%8B%E6%A9%9F%E6%AF%80%E4%BA%86%E6%98%A5%E7%AF%80

別讓手機毀了春節

2016-02-04 01:22 聯合報 黃丙喜/台灣科技大學管研所教授(台北市)

近日遊戲電玩展人潮擠爆,預期春節期間,許多人將沉迷於手機、電玩、臉書等互聯網路的情況。大家不能忽視春節期間這種病態症候群,約制一下自己過度使用互聯網的習性。

My comments: What about putting your cellphone away for a whole day during the Chinese New Year and embracing nature?

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The Road Taken–My Essay for TFG Online Publication

February 3rd, 2016

Late last year, my sister in San Jose invited me to write an essay for TFGHAA-NC, for which she is an editor. In a sense, she forced me to because she didn’t give me a chance to decline her request.

In the essay, I recalled the six crossroads in my life and how I made the decisions. An idea coming from Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken. Read the rest of this entry »

Good Website: English Grammar & Vocabulary from British Council

February 2nd, 2016

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary

English Grammar & Vocabulary

“In this section you can watch videos and do exercises to help you improve your English grammar and vocabulary.” Read the rest of this entry »

Nice Gathering

February 1st, 2016

Time: 12:30pm~2:40pm

Place: Waffogato (瓦法奇朵), Neihu, Taipei

Last Friday via LINE, Hao-tang, a student who graduated from NHSH in 2012, suggested a gathering. It seems to have become a ritual for us to meet every half a year. In fact, when proposing the get-together, he said today would be the only day during winter vacation when he was available. He asked if he could bring his girlfriend. Surely, I answered. I’m happy to meet my students’ friends. This was the second time I saw his girlfriend.

At today’s meet-up, each of them told me what they are planning to do in the coming year. Looking at their young face and listening to them talk about what courses they are going to take, I missed all those days when I went to school. What fun it is to learn!

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Wonders of Nature_Red Radish…

January 30th, 2016

Late this afternoon around 5, on impulse, George and I went to Yangmingshan for cherry blossoms. We stopped by a vegetable stall and bought some vegetables and tangerines for my mom and mom-in-law. Having never seen red radish, I bought two for them respectively, picturing their surprised look. Read the rest of this entry »

Long Time No See…

January 30th, 2016

This morning, when I was cleaning out the inbox of an email account, which had exceeded the storage quota, I came across an old FB message notifying that Spencer mentioned me on his FB page. Going to the page, I found this photo, which was taken at a gathering before Spencer was going to the States for further studies. Along with it is a message by Spencer: Read the rest of this entry »

Dinner with Diego and Taco

January 29th, 2016

A selfie I took

Time: 6:30pm~8:45pm

Place: solo pasta, Taipei Read the rest of this entry »

The Revenant, the Movie

January 28th, 2016

This past Sunday, a chilly day, George and I took my mother-in-law to watch the movie The Revenant. It just won this year’s multiple Golden Globe awards, including the best drama, best director, and best actor. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/73rd_Golden_Globe_Awards)   The movie is about how the protagonist Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, suffered and endured adversity in severe weather to survive and revenge. What he goes through is almost impossible for ordinary people, which makes the movie inspiring. Whoever has watched it  will find their problems or hardship dwarfed by Hugh Glass’s if they are going to be confronted by any.

P.S. I covered my eyes with my hands at several brutal scenes.

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Here is a review by the TIME magazine: Read the rest of this entry »