“Fast Fashion: Cheap and Chic”

March 3rd, 2015

Before throwing away/recycling the NNN newsletter, I typed up this article in it.

Fast Fashion: Cheap and Chic


from NNN (Nani News Network) Dec. 2011


In the past, Zara, H&M, and Uniqlo were names relatively unheard of compared with Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Gucci. But in recent years, they are taking market share from these high-end clothing brands. Like luxury brands, these fast fashion companies employ world-class designers to guarantee the quality of their clothing. They are very sensitive to the latest trend, the style showcased on catwalks or worn by celebrities. Most important of all, these stylish clothes are sold in low price [at low prices]. Read the rest of this entry »

“Koreans Revel in a Brutal Study Regimen”–from NYT

March 2nd, 2015

A NYT article I came across while cleaning out the old newspapers and found online. It was written more than six years ago. Has the condition changed in Korea?


Koreans Revel in a Brutal Study Regimen

By Sam Dillon

The New York Times / Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Seoul, South Korea:

It is 10:30 P.M. and students at the elite Daewon prep school here are cramming in a study hall that ends a 15- hour school day. A window is propped open so the evening chill can keep them awake. One teenager studies is standing up- right at his desk to keep from dozing. Kim Hyun-Kyung (in Korea like China, the last name is written first), who has accumulated nearly perfect scores on her college entrance exams, is preparing for physics, chemistry and history exams.

My comments: 15 hours! It means the students have only two hours for relaxation if they get a eight-hour sleep. Read the rest of this entry »

“Building Vocabulary Through Word Parts: 6 Helpful Websites”–TESOL Blog

March 1st, 2015


Building Vocabulary Through Word Parts: 6 Helpful Websites

Posted on 20 February 2015 by Elena Shvidko

Prefixes, suffixes, and roots are very helpful in vocabulary building. If students know the meaning of word parts (especially of Greek and Latin origin), they will more likely be able to understand the meaning of a word in a particular context and increase their vocabulary arsenal. Read the rest of this entry »

What and How to Learn–”年輕人的知識、視野、態度”

February 28th, 2015

I came across this UDN article while doing the cleaning today. Happily, I could find it online, though not at the UDN website.





如果要問我,我最感恩的人誰?答案必定是我的母親。母親對我最大的幫助,是她鼓勵我閱讀閱讀是不分階級、貴賤,只要你願意,每個人都可以掌握的,所以有時候我會說:〝You are what you reading 〞你是一個什麼樣的人,跟你閱讀的書籍有關,你看到的東西跟你腦子裡組成的東西事實上也有絕對的關聯,”You see what you think.”。 Read the rest of this entry »

Admiring Manglietia Fordiana (木蓮花)

February 27th, 2015

Annie called me late the night before last to tell me about her trip to Tamsui to admire manglietia fordianas. She highly recommended me to go take a look. This afternoon George and I decided to go. We arrived near Fengshuhu Road around 3:30pm. A police officer showed us the way but told us we were too late. However, we persisted in the visit and after an around-50-minute hike in the mountains, we made it! Read the rest of this entry »

A Happy Gathering with Junior High Schoolmates; a Serendipity

February 26th, 2015

Today from 1pm to 10:30pm, I was with around 20 junior high schoolmates at our former chemistry teacher Ms. Lee’s home in Taoyuan. Two schoolmates couldn’t come, but their wives joined us! Surely, we had a great time! Whenever we get together, it seems that there is a little kid in everyone’s heart. Read the rest of this entry »

An Heartwarming Invitation

February 25th, 2015

Late last night, before sleeping, I checked my Facebook page and found a private message from a former student Dao-ching (林道慶), who is currently an accounting major at Soochow University. He asked me if I am available on June 13. I replied that I was not sure since it is a long time from now, but that I’d like to say “Yes.” Then, based on my intuition, I guessed it is his graduation day. My guess was confirmed. He was inviting me to celebrate his graduation from college. Read the rest of this entry »

“Oscars: The Best Dresses of All Time”–from CNN

February 24th, 2015


Oscars: The Best Dresses of All Time

Seeing the title of this article, I thought of what my beloved deceased father said to me around 30 years ago, “Take a look at how those female passersby are dressed, and you’ll learn to dress better.” I used to dress very casually even when I taught at school, not caring much about how I looked to others. My focus was on how to arouse and maintain students’ interest in learning English. When I taught at Chieh-show Junior High, one day a boy student asked me in class, “Ms. Lee, don’t you have other clothes to wear?” Also, at NHSH, a boy student who was close to me once told me I never dressed beautifully. Perhaps because of my bad taste of dress, in 2006, before the graduation ceremony, Spencer kept reminding me to dress differently to the ceremony. I knew he expected me to wear a dress; however, without a formal dress in my closet, I finally went in a light blue suit.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Heartfelt Gathering

February 23rd, 2015

(Photo From Annie)

(Photo from Annie)

This afternoon at Yung-ho, I had a gathering with four inspiring teacher friends, Mr. Chou (周中天老師), Mr. Peng (彭道明老師), Annie (詹麗馨老師), Sarah (殷彩鳳老師). As usual, we chatted to our hearts’ content. We stayed in the cafe from 12:30pm to around 5pm. If we hadn’t needed to go home to eat dinner with our families, we could have talked on and on until the cafe closed. Read the rest of this entry »

Gifts Not to Give During the New Year–”老外送書安全牌 國人收書「怪怪的」”–from UDN

February 22nd, 2015

An interesting article.


老外送書安全牌 國人收書「怪怪的」

2015-02-20 08:50:53      聯合報 記者許雅筑/台北報導

年節到親友家走春總得帶上伴手禮,也難免會遇到要送外國友人禮或外國友人送禮。台北市長柯文哲年前的懷表事件引發爭議,中外的送禮的忌諱也很不一樣。像許多國人在春節假期喜歡打牌怡情,如果有外國友人送來一本「書」,難免會覺得「怪怪的」。 Read the rest of this entry »