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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »