Dec 27, 2005

Remember Your ABC's

Avoid negative sources,people,places,things and habits.
Believe in yourself.
Consider things from every angle.
Don't give up,and don't give in.
Enjoy life today;yesterday is gone,and tomorrow may never come.
Family and friend are hidden treasures.Seek them and enjoy their riches.
Give more than you planned to give.
Hang on your dreams.
Ignore those who try to discourage you.
Just do it.
Keep on trying.No matter how hard it seems it will get easier.
Love yourself first and most.
Make it happen.
Never lie,cheat or steal.Always strike a fair deal.
Open your eyes,and see things as they really are.
Practice makes perfect.
Quitters never win,winners never quit.
Read,study and learn about everything important in your life.
Stop procrastinating.
Take control of your own destiny.
Uderstand yourself in order to better understand others.
Visuslize it.
Want it more than anything:
"X"celerate your efforts.
You are unique of all God's creations.Nothing can replace you.
Zero in on your target,and go for it.

Rummage Sale in Nov.

I know NONE of them. Uh..., wait! I know ONE of them! The very "AWESOME" one! (She knows I'm talking about her.) Ha! - Yu-Hua


Dec 26, 2005

You Are the Most Precious

Song title: You're the Most Preciou/Ni Zui Zhen Gui/你最珍貴

His voice really touched my heart.

Dec 25, 2005

Actually, You Don't Understand My Heart

Watch him, listen to him. He made the audiece and the judges cry. He made me cry, too. He touched everybody's heart.

Dec 22, 2005

The Final Countdown

Just a short message before I head to my (tutored) student's:

For those who ARE DETERMINED to go to the Xinyi district (you know, Taibei/Taipei 101) for the final countdown, please feel free to contact me (by cell phone, by email, by......whatever). Maybe we can celebrate the New Year's together. My sister and I will be in Taibei on that morning.


Stay warm. This winter is NOT the coldest YET.

Dec 11, 2005

Dec 10, 2005

English Writing and Recitation Contest as a show of Concern over Relics

Title: English Writing and Recitation Contest as a show of Concern over Relics

Advisor: Executive Yuan, Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan

Organizer: National Center for Research and Preservation of Cultural Properties


Dec 9, 2005

Outdoor Class (2-month-old pics)

The two pics were scanned by me just now. They're two of the several pics in "Tourist Guide Quarterly, Issue No.68" published by the Tourist Guide Association on Dec. 1, 2005. The pics were taken sometime in mid-October this year. I was the far left one in the first row in the first pic. Yes, the squatting one. Where was I in the 2nd one? Find it yourself! Look hard! Ps. I, a part-timer, got the license on Nov. 3 and have guided/led 3 tours so far.


"A=1, B=2, C=3, ..., Z=26

KNOWLEDGE: 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5=96

HARD WORK: 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11=98

ATTITUDE: 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5=100!!!"

Dec 7, 2005

The Value of Time

"To realize the value of one year, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of one day, ask a daily laborer with kids to feed.
To realize the value of one hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of one second, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift - that's why it's called the PRESENT!"

Dec 4, 2005

A Card of Consent

I applied for it myself. I received it yesterday (Sat., Dec. 3, 2005). I put it in my wallet.

Can/Will I take anything with me when I leave the world? Nobody knows/Perhaps no. So, why not apply for it?

What does it say on the card:

Respect Life, Donate Organs

A Card of Consent for Donating Organs

Department of Health, Executive Yuan

Dec 1, 2005

Car Accident

One of the pics taken

When: Friday, Nov. 25, 2005

Who: My 4-yr-older brother

The car will soon no longer exist...

"Indented" like a "V"; "Indented" like a "W"

Take a look ......

Nov 30, 2005

Translation, December 2005

survey for class project (1)
translated from English to Chinese by Lin, Yu-Hua

source/the original in English from:
direct link:

Score Report on Hakka Language Certificatoin Examination

(Translated/English version)
Council for Hakka Affairs, Executive Yuan
2005 Hakka Language Certification Examination (Primary Level)
Score Report
Certificate/Examinee No.: 94104280
(Chinese) Name: Lin(the 2nd tone), Yu(the 4th tone)-Hua(the 2nd tone)
Branch of Hakka (Five branches in total): Si (the 4th tone)-Xian (the 4th tone)
Written Exam: 95.00 (the Original); Percentage(%) 20% ---> 19.00
Oral Exam/Interview: 86.00 (the Original); Percentage(%) 80% ---> 68.80
Total Score: 87.80
Certificated/Qualified or not: Certificated/Qualified

Hakka Language Certification Examination (11/06/2005)

The official certificate in both Chinese and English will be printed and mailed by the end of this December.

15 Things You Probably Never Know or Thought about

15 Things You Probably Never Knew or Thought About

1. At least 5 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.

2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.

4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.

5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

6. You mean the world to someone.

7. If not for you, someone may not be living.

8. You are special and unique.

9. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.

10. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.

11. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.

12. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won't get it, but if you believe in yourself, probably, sooner or later, you will get it.

13. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.

14. Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know.

15. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.

A Minute: They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

Take the time .. to live and love.

Nov 29, 2005

Taipei (Taibei) House International Youth Hostel

Taipei (Taibei) House International Youth Hostel

A High-Tech Capital Runs Dry On Engineers

"... Ironically, one reason for the current skills shortage is the success the government has had in building up Taiwan's higher education system. These days fewer Taiwanese are going to school in the U.S. and taking jobs at big American tech companies. That means there are fewer experienced people for Taiwan companies to lure back home. "Because Taiwan's electronics industry has progressed so fast, most of my friends are more willing to stay in Taiwan and get into the industry as early as possible," says Lee Hsinte, a 32-year-old engineer for chip designer Mobilic Technology. He has a master's degree from National Chiaotung University, which has a prestigious engineering program. ..."

A High-Tech Capital Runs Dry On Engineers
BusinessWeek online
NOVEMBER 7, 2005

Nov 26, 2005

Taiwan Tour Bus

Taiwan Tour Bus


Pearl was found in a woods near a desolate remote fishing port when she was only two months old. A kind young lady happened to find a few stray dogs clustering near a pond crunching dead stinky fish. One of the dogs looked weird, burying her head deep into the earth, "looking for" food with her nose. She behaved in an awkward way, stepping forward and backward aimlessly, bumping into the wall, and then retreated, going toward another direction, running into the wall again. Out of curiosity, the young lady went closer to the dog. Shockingly, she found the ...» full story


I ALREADY SELDOM talk at home.
My father STILL says "you're useless, you'd better go kill yourself".
Thought in my mind:
So why had sex with my mother and let me suffer in the world?
[If] You didn't have sex with my mother. --> I'm not here in the world. --> I won't have to kill myself.

Nov 25, 2005

A Running Green Dot

(1) Click on the picture.
(2) Stare at the black cross.
(3) You'll see a green dot running.

Nov 23, 2005


Who: Michelle Kruseic and JJ/Joseph Lin (the host/on air personality)
Where: ICRT
When: Nov. 23, 2005
Audience Choice Award:Saving Face

Writing from Hotel Royal Chiao Hsi (Jiao Xi)

My tour members and I got here about 2 hours ago.
Just a quick message:
I like the environments here in Yilan (Ilan) County.
It's less populated, more relaxing (although I'm working, working less stressfully).
We're staying at a very nice hotel providing many great facilities, Hotel Royal Chiao Hsi (Jiao Xi).
We'll be back to Taipei (Taibei) tomorrow night.
And I'll be back home (Toufen Township, Miaoli County) after I say goodbye to them tomorrow night in Taipei (Taibei).
That'll be very late at night.

Nov 17, 2005

A Golden Retriever and a little girl greeting each other

A Golden Retriever and a little girl greeting each other with ......
( From )

Rhonda the chilly nome

Rhonda the chilly nome
(Um..., looks like it's a lot colder on the other side of the world.)

Shawna the crazy woman

Shawna the crazy woman!

(One of the people I miss. You know, it's the time of a year again. Thanksgiving, X'mas and New Year's are all aproaching.)

Thanks for the pic, Shawna!

Nov 16, 2005

If you want me ......

If you (and your family or friends) are interested in touring Taiwan and plan to come here in the future, and would like me to be your designate tour guide, please tell the travel agency in your country to contact the travel agency in Taiwan. Let both of them know you would like me to be your tour guide.

I’m a part-timer/freelance. Any travel agency in Taiwan can hire me as a part-time tour guide. But I’m a member of the Tourist Guide Association, ROC (Taiwan). (
You may also contact the association. Let the three parties (the travel agency in your country, the travel agency in Taiwan and the Tourist Guide Association, ROC) work together for your trip.

As to other details to discuss or questions to ask, please don’t hesitate to email me. (Maybe you would like to stay with my whole family as a temporary family member instead of staying in hotels.)

Lin, Yu-Hua



Business Card

Nov 15, 2005

Dan Bloom

Guess what? I got email from Dan Bloom in reply to the thread about Saving Face (Michelle Kruseic)! What a surprise! I've watched him on TV! I copied the picture/front cover of the book written by him from Taiwan Ho! and pasted it here (to promote his GREAT book). He loves Taiwan so much. He lives in Chiayi (Jiayi) City.

More about Dan Bloom and Taiwan (included in his email message to me):

Nov 14, 2005

Audience Choice Award:Saving Face

I watched the 2005 Taipei (Taibei) Golden Horse Awards on TV last night. Michelle Kruseic didn't win the Best Leading Actress, but Saving Face won the Audience (Viewers') Choice Award!!!

It's O.K., Michelle Kruseic. It's your first time. Come back next year. No, come back EVERY YEAR! :) We love you! TAIWAN LOVES YOU!

Whe Michelle Kruseic said, "it took [Alice Wu] five years to make this independent movie", I was talking to myself, "hum...., yes, it takes time, courage, perseverance and many other factors to fufil, to accomplish something you really want to make it happen."

As I know, the mother and daughter relationship touch many who have seen the movie. It's just like what happens in the real life. I believe it made many viewers reflect on their relationship with their own moms.

Looking forward to Alice Wu's next movie!

The Winners of the 42nd Golden Horse Awards

Contrats to Michelle Krusiec! (Oct. 19, 2005)

Nov 11, 2005

Events, Taiwan News Online

Taipei Golden Film Festival 台北金馬影展 will take place at Warner Village Taipei Hsinyi from November 4 to 17. Every year this festival is a must for film fans and a sold-out event at which sees frantic fans rushing to secure their tickets. ......

Lecture Concert India 黑盒子講座音樂會 runs from November 11 to 12 at the Experimental Theater. India, the ancient civilization of the Ganges river valley and a melting pot of peoples and religions, has slowly changed over time and blended Western influences to produce a uniquely rich and ethnically vibrant culture. ......

The 2005 Taiwan Coffee Festival 二○○五台灣咖啡節 is underway at the Janfushan Fancyworld (劍湖山世界) until November 27. Located in Yunlin County, Gukeng township (古坑鄉) is where coffee was first planted in Taiwan in the early 20th century. ......


The Island Wanderer

The Island Wanderer

Nov 10, 2005

History Lesson

(The thread was originally [copied] from Music To Go forum, ICRT)

(Michael Turton's comment on this thread was posted on Music To Go.)
Have a history teacher explain this----- if they can.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln 's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Now hang on to your seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford.'
Kennedy was shot in a car called ' Lincoln' made by 'Ford.'

Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And here's the kicker...

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

Nov 9, 2005

TOEIC Certificate of Achievement

TOEIC Certificate of Achievement (08/28/2005)
Listening: 450
Reading: 420
Total: 870
I intentionally did not prepare for the TOEIC well. I just headed to Taipei (Taibei), attended the TOEIC exam for the first time to see what the total score will be.
My goal for next year (some time next year) is "Total: 900 (at least)", meaning "Listening: 450, Reading: 450.

Ps. I'd like to learn Cantonese, too. Cantonese is spoken in Hong Kong and Guangdong Province in China. My ancestors came from Mei County, Guangdong Province, China. But they (and my family members) spoke/speak Hakka (also a dialect in Guangdong).Posted by Picasa

Business Card

English Tour Guide Business Card

When Women Lead

When Women Lead
As a growing number of female executives rise to the top, how will they change the culture of the workplace?
By Barbara Kantrowitz

Taipei 101 11082005 - 8

Elizabeth and Mark Posted by Picasa

Taipei 101 11082005 - 7

Yu-Hua (Monica) and Elizabeth Posted by Picasa

Taipei 101 11082005 - 6

Elizabeth and ... and ... a pretty lady in pink. OoOops, my bad, didn't ask for your name. But I DO remember you laugh out loud when I introduced "Shilin Night Market" to all of you on the tour bus. "When you get off the train from the Jiantan station (Red Line), how to get to Shilin Night Market? Just follow .... THE CROWD!!!" I was serious! Haha! Shilin Night Market is the biggest one among the many night markets in Taiwan. It's also the most favorite for many foreign visitors. Anything you can think of, you can find it at Shilin Night Market and buy them WITH JUST A small AMOUNT OF MONEY. Oh, and don't forget "Brown Sugar" for jazz music and "Room 18" for....clubbing if you have time before you leave. Posted by Picasa

Taipei 101 11082005 - 1-5

The location was Taipei 101. The time was around 8 p.m. They're Elizabeth and Mark. They along with many others from various countries around the world are attending "2005 International Forensic Science Symposium" It's the 2nd day/night for them. Hope ALL OF THEM enjoy BOTH the rest of the symposium and the rest of the week touring other places around the capital city and the East Coast of Taiwan (I heard that you guys are heading to the East Coast before you leave for home). The East Coast is astonishing, facinating with grandeur, VERY different from what you see in the West of Taiwan! (Sorry, I can't accompany you guys to there. I wish I could.)

Nov 6, 2005

Hakka Language Certification Examination

Taken after taking the Hakka Language Certification Examination (Primary Level), National Taiwan University, 11062005 - 1
Taken after taking the Hakka Language Certification Examination (Primary Level), National Taiwan University, 11062005 - 2

ps. Hakka (one of the many dialects in Taiwan) is my mother tongue

Nov 5, 2005


Valid from Nov. 3, 2005 to Nov. 2, 2008
(Click on it to see how gorgeous she is! Haha!)
You know who you're gonna find when you come to Taiwan.
Whenever you will come here, please contact me 1 month in advance (so that I can arrange THE BEST tour for you).


Certificate (Click on it to for the contents)

Oct 30, 2005

[sharing] recommend a book

Thick Face, Black Heart: The Warrior Philosophy for Conquering the Challenges of Business and Life (Paperback) by Chin-Ning Chu "Thick Face, Black Heart describes the secret law of nature that governs successful behavior in every aspect of life..."

Chin-Ning Chu From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Hope you like it. :)

ps. for those who are in taiwan, you can find the translated/chinese edition in bookstores.

Oct 27, 2005

Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award

Courage in Journalism Awards
and Lifetime Achievement Award
(International Women's Media Foundation)

Soul mate

Many people ask themselves, "When will I FIND my soul mate? Is there a soul mate for me?"
Yu-Hua says, "You won't REALIZE who's your soul mate until the very last moment/second before you drop dead."

(Notice the subtle difference between "FIND" and "REALIZE".)

ING Taipei International Marathon

Engaged on December 18 (SUN)

The 2004 ING Taipei International Marathon was the hottest news, attracted over 90,000 marathoners and runners, and created 3 first-ever records in Taiwan : the most-participated, the highest prize, and the best charity effect. It was the most successful marathon in Taiwan marathon history and recognized by ING group as the biggest one across the world, allowing Taiwan to speak to the world! The ING Taipei International Marathon 2005 is coming up. Let’s make it better and more fun, and challenge more first-ever records!


Oct 25, 2005

Taiwan's designer enclave

Asia Major - Six Emerging Asian Neighborhoods

Da-An Road
Taiwan's designer enclave

THE SCENE The narrow lanes shooting off of Da-An Road every 20 yards or so are dotted with dilapidated buildings from the 18th century and the 1895–1945 Japanese occupation. This is where a fashion-forward crowd (clad in imported name-brand jeans), television stars, and young Taiwanese on shopping tears all take a break from the motorcycle-clogged streets of Taipei.

Click on here for more

(TRAVEL + LEISURE, Nov. 2005)



Oct 23, 2005


I'm too lazy to write. So, I copy the email message I wrote to my friends hours ago to here:
"hey, folks,

yu-hua hasn't really written a real letter for a long time. it's always forwarded messages or some interesting info, right?

okay. let me start with what i've been doing or what i'll be doing.

i just finished the first 5 days of tour guide training program (for those who passed the exam and EAGER TO get the license). there're still 9 days to go (before i can get the license). but, but, BUT! lol But one of the coordinators of the program asked me if i'd like to guide/lead a 3-hour night tour downtown taipei on nov. 8 (i'll get the part-time english tour guide license on nov. 3). i was surprised and afraid that i couldn't do well on that task, you know, i've not got the license yet! i hesitated for 2 days, and finally said yes to her.

i chose to be a part-time english tour guide rather than a full-timer because i'm still working part-time as an english tutor (and i think i'll still be doing that). as to my master's thesis, it's been prolonged/delayed for a while (i traveled, i fooled around, i was indulged in some voluntary work, i did something else, well, basically, fooled around....), but it's at the final stage now. i'm scheduled to graduate in early january, 2006.

i plan to start looking for another part-time job, um...something like...translator of short films on tv channels such as discovery, animal planet and the like, you know, animals' issues which i'm interested in. actually, it's my friend, roxy's suggestion. (thanks, roxy!)

and of course, lifetime voluntary translator of vegtomato, a vegan/vegetarian website (as long as they don't close it).

hum....., what else? oh, i haven't really taken any pictures, either. i should do that on nov. 8, right? during the rookie english tour guide's first task.

well, that's it, that's all about what i've been doing and what i'll be doing. just to let you know yu-hua is doing fine.

please write me back when you can, let me know how've you been.

before i let you go, i've got something to share with you, 10 songs, 10 bossa nova songs in chinese, very nice ones, don't bother the language, just listen to the music. :)

click on here for the songs:
right-click on them to download them.

Sincerely, Lin, Yu-Hua "

Oct 22, 2005

(Chinese) Bossa Nova

a nice bossa nova tune (in Chinese)
the lyrics are mostly about "love yourself" (how to love yourself well, treat yourself well)

the other 9 songs from the same cd/album:
01 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10

Love Your Body

Love Your Body

Oct 19, 2005

Congrats to Michelle Krusiec!

Congrats to Michelle Krusiec for being nominated for the best female actor, Golden Horse Film Awards, Taiwan, 2005!

Saving Face is a good movie. The movie was released on the big screen about half a year ago in the States. It'll be released here in Taiwan sometime in early November. (But I have seen it already. Don't ask me how I did that. Hehe....)

More about this:
Saving Face (blogspot)
Michelle Krusiec
Nomination list, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, 2005

I've always admired and respected Joan Chen (Chen[2nd tone], Chong[1st tone]) playing "Ma"(Wil's mother) in the movie. She's an experienced and professional female actor. She looks just gorgeous in the white wedding gown in the movie. I cried when Ma hugged and consoled Wil, and Wil burst into tears outside of the airport. The several scenes of, encounters of "Ma vs. Wil" impressed me the most.

Asians, Asians, Go! Go! Go!
Asian movies, Go! Go! Go!
Asian women, Go! Go! Go! :)

Audience Choice Award:Saving Face (11/14/2005)

Oct 17, 2005

Stress Management

Stress Management

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked,"How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.
The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management.
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later,as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. "
"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.
When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."

The above is part of a forwarded email message from R. E.
Thanks for the message.

Oct 15, 2005

Women's Studies Club plans garage sale fund-raiser

" The Women's Studies Club is collecting items on campus for a rummage sale to help the Crisis Resource Center. The club has been collecting items since Oct. 3 and will continue to do so until Oct. 21.

The rummage sale will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at 307 W. Jefferson St.

'There will be more publicity when November gets closer. We want everyone to come out and make it a success.' "

For more on this


This is ...... "AWESOME"! :)

Another four pictures of Katrina

Another four pics of Katrina
Somebody took the pics in Alabama.
-From the email from G. J. in Wichita

Pictures of Katrina

Somebody took the pics in Alabama.
-From the email from G. J. in Wichita

Travel blog of a working woman and mother in Taiwan

A pic from a travel blog of a working woman and mother. Look at the beautiful sky and beautiful clouds.

Oct 12, 2005

Stressed out?

The really strong people are...

"Yang said that the really strong people are not political leaders who turn countries into slaughterhouses but those who love and serve the poor and the needy."

Former flight attendant dedicates her life to helping Cambodia's downtrodden
CNA , POIPET, CAMBODIA Tuesday, Oct 11, 2005,Page 2

"Many people donate to the poor or the needy from the comfort of their homes, but a few like Yang Wei-ling (楊蔚齡), a flight attendant-turned-philanthropist, have chosen to live with those in need to better their lives.

A China Airlines' (CAL) flight attendant, who doubled as a volunteer with Taipei's 119 Emergency Hotline, Yang figured out what she wanted to do with her life at the age of 22.

She quit her well-paid CAL job in 1989 and set up the Field Relief Agency, a nonprofit NGO devoted to humanitarian relief work overseas."

more on this

Oct 11, 2005

Donate to the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

For people who are in Taiwan and read Chinese, besides donating to World Vision Taiwan, you can also donate to the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for the earthquake relief in South Asia. The current death toll according to CNN is at least 42,000.

Please go cast your vote on World Vision Taiwan

The activity is held by World Vision Taiwan. World Vision Taiwan provides 62 pictures for viewers to select 1 to 6 from them touching their heart the most. The top 12 pictures will be released for a rummage sale. This is one of the 62 pictures from World Vision Taiwan: a little girl is praying. Please go cast your vote here.

What type of tree are you?

Find your own tree. But it's just for fun. Don't take it serious.

What kind of tree are you? Which tree does your birthday fall under? After you find your birthday, click on the type of tree and it will take you to the description of the tree at the bottom of the page. See how accurately it describes you. =)

December 23 to January 1 ...........Apple Tree
January 2 to January 11 ..............Fir Tree
January 12 to January 24 ............Elm Tree
January 25 to February 3 .............Cypress Tree
February 4 to February 8 .............Poplar Tree
February 9 to February 18 ............Cedar Tree
February 19 to February 28 ..........Pine Tree
March 1 to March 10 .....................Weeping Willow Tree
March 11 to March 20 ...................Lime Tree
March 21 ......................................Oak Tree
March 22 to March 31 ...................Hazelnut Tree
April 1 to April 10 ........................Rowan Tree
April 11 to April 20 .......................Maple Tree
April 21 to April 30 .......................Walnut Tree
May 1 to May 14 ...........................Poplar Tree
May 15 to May 24 .........................Chestnut Tree
May 25 to June 3 ..........................Ash Tree
June 4 to June 13 .........................Hornbeam Tree
June 14 to June 23 .......................Fig Tree
June 24 ........................................Birch Tree
June 25 to July 4 ..........................Apple Tree
July 5 to July 14 ...........................Fir Tree
July 15 to July 25 .........................Elm Tree
July 26 to August 4 .......................Cypress Tree
August 5 to August 13 ..................Poplar Tree
August 14 to August 23 .................Cedar Tree
August 24 to September 2 ............Pine Tree
September 3 to September 12 .....Weeping Willow Tree
September 13 to September 22 ...Lime Tree
September 23 ..............................Olive Tree
September 24 to October 3 ..........Hazelnut Tree
October 4 to October 13 ...............Rowan Tree
October 14 to October 23 .............Maple Tree
October 24 to November 11 ..........Walnut Tree
November 12 to November 21 ......Chestnut Tree
November 22 to December 1 ........Ash Tree
December 2 to December 11 ........Hornbeam Tree
December 12 to December 21 ......Fig Tree
December 22 ................................Beech Tree

Apple Tree, The LoveOf slight build, lots of charm, appeal and attraction, pleasant aura,flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love andbe loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, scientifictalents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with imagination

Fir Tree, The MysteriousExtraordinary taste, dignity, cultivated airs, loves anythingbeautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for thoseclose to it, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industriousuncounted lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.

Elm Tree, The Noble-MinutenessPleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends to not forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, tends to a know-all-attitude and making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

Cypress, The FaithfulnessStrong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, happycontent, optimistic, needs enough money and acknowledgment,hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic and careless.

Poplar, The UncertaintyLooks very decorative, no self-confident behavior, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership serious.

Cedar, The ConfidenceOf rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, wants to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

Pine Tree, The ParticularityLoves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make lifecomfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, many disappointments till it finds its ideal, trustworthy, practical.

Weeping Willow, The MelancholyBeautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.

Lime Tree, The DoubtAccepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress and labor, tends to laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous, loyal.

Hazelnut Tree, The ExtraordinaryCharming, undermining, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody and capricious lover, honest and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment

Rowan, The SensitivityFull of charm, cheerful, gifted, without egoism, likes to draw Attention, loves life, motion, unrest and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

Maple, Independence of MindNo ordinary person, full imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-respect, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, many complexes, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

Walnut Tree, The PassionUnrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egoistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromises.

Chestnut Tree, The HonestyOf unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritate and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self-confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood, loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.

Ash Tree, The AmbitionUncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with its fate, can be egoistic, very reliable and trustworthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over heart, but takes partnership very serious.

Hornbeam, The Good TasteOf cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, tends to egoism, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads reasonable, disciplined life, looks for kindness, an emotional partner and acknowledgment, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with his/her feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.

Fig Tree, The SensibilityVery strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children and animals, a bit of a butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.

Oak, The RobustCourageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not love changes, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

Birch, The InspirationVivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

Olive Tree, The WisdomLoves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

Beech, The CreativeHas good taste, concerned about its looks, materialist, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.)

She's feeding a baby?!

Hsiao-Wen (Xiao-Wen) was TRYING TO feed a baby boy. Not her baby boy. Her friend's. :)

Oct 10, 2005

Site of the day, Oct. 10, 2005

Christian Vegetarian Association

Its mission:
"1. To support and encourage Christian vegetarians around the world.
2. To share with non-vegetarian Christians how a vegetarian diet can be a powerful and faith-strengthening witness to Christ's love, compassion, and peace.
3. To show the world that plant-based diets represent good, responsible Christian stewardship for all God's Creation."

Yu-Hua is not a Christian, not a Catholic, not a Buddhist, not a Muslim, not registered to/accepted by any institutional religious organization. I always want to learn more about all kinds of religions in the world.
Yu-Hua is nothing but (on her way learning to) try her best to respect all kinds of life.

Devastating quake in South Asia

Quake toll soars above 30,000

The simplest way for people in Taiwan who (can) read Chinese to make a donation (even it's a small amount, whether it's N.T. $1, N.T.$ 10 or N.T.$100) is to donate money to World Vison Taiwan.

A small amout, a big difference.

Oct 7, 2005

Simple vs Real Friendship

"This is GOOD...

A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest.
A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself.
A simple friend has never seen you cry.
A real friend has shoulders soggy from your tears.
A simple friend doesn't know your parents' first names.
A real friend has their phone numbers in his address book.
A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party.
A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.
A simple friend hates it when you call after he has gone to bed.
A real friend asks you why you took so long to call.
A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems.
A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.
A simple friend wonders about your romantic history.
A real friend could blackmail you with it.
A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument.
A real friend calls you after you had a fight.
A simple friend expects you to always be there for them.
A real friend expects to always be there for you!
A simple friend reads this e-mail and deletes it.
A real friend passes it on and sends it back to you!
Pass this on to anyone you care about......if you get it back you have no beginning, no end. It keeps us together, like our Circle of Friends.

Today I pass the friendship ball to you. Pass it on to someone who is a friend to you.....
When you are down to nothing ... God is up to something!"

Congrats to Lily C

Congrats to Lily C.
It takes years.
Her dream is finally fulfiled.