Jul 31, 2005

What up, the Globe?

Floods in Asia,
Droughts in America,
Fires in Australia,

Africa in starvation,
Europe in trepidation,

"The Day After Tomorrow"
Be all our tomorrow?

[poem written by lyh/Lin, Yu-Hua]

Jul 30, 2005

my all-time favorite lyrics: back to the middle

Back to the Middle by India.Arie
She is, twenty five, spent over half of her life
So afraid to speak her mind, it's such a shame
'Cause what a brilliant mind she has

[Chorus]And now she's been introduced to confidence
She doesn't see, that she is bordering on arrogance
When will she learn, to come back to the middle

He is, a young black man, grew up without his father
And now it falls into his hands, to protect his mother
'Cause if he doesn't, well then who will, his older brother lives in fear
Of everything, especially, trying to fill his father's shoes

[Chorus]Respectively, they go to extremes, of masculine and feminine
Chasing dreams, but they keep on falling
'Cause they don't know no balance
When will they learn, to come back to the middle

[Bridge]You must take the good with the bad, and you might hit the wall
Sometimes you'll fly and sometimes you'll fall
There isn't any way, to avoid the pain
But it's getting burned, that's how you will learn
To come back to the middle

[Instrumental Break]

[Chorus]Needing to protect your self now that is just a part of life
If you let your fears keep you from flying, you will never reach your height
To get to the top you must come back to the middle
When will we learn, to come back to the middle

Come back to the middle, Come back to the middle
Don't make no mind about falling down
'Cause it's when you're in that valley
You can see both sides more clearly

Come back to the middle

Jul 29, 2005

money counts, not language

What really counts is not the language but money, big money! Can’t beat it? Join it. (or TRY TO stay away from it, I mean, the frenzy of learning Chinese Mandarin/Mandarin Chinese)

“Once considered too difficult and virtually useless by many Latin Americans, Chinese is quickly becoming the second language of choice for a growing number of people in the region as Beijing's economic boom has dramatically increased trade and investments with the mostly Spanish-speaking continent.”

“Savvy Latin Americans who earlier might have studied English or French are now studying Chinese - to be well-positioned to profit from the growing economic ties with Beijing and perhaps even Chinese tourism.”

“‘People who know Chinese will have more business opportunities,’ said Aldo Lezama, a 23-year-old economics student now studying the language at San Marcos. ‘You'll have an advantage over the person who doesn't speak the language.’”

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Jul 27, 2005

Coverage of Darfur an embarrassment

Coverage of Darfur an embarrassment
2005-07-27 / New York Times / By Nicholas D. Kristof
"The BBC has shown that outstanding television coverage of Darfur is possible. And, incredibly, mtvU (the MTV channel aimed at universities) has covered Darfur more seriously than any network or cable station. When MTV dispatches a crew to cover genocide and NBC doesn't, then we in journalism need to hang our heads."
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Save Darfur

Going to Mandy Gaines’ Concert with Me in Nov, Anyone?


Mandy Gaines, Bangkok, 2005
Downloaded from Mandy Gaines' Website

Am I asking about this too early?
But yes, I plan to go to Mandy Gaines' concert in Nov. in Taizhong/Taichung, Taiwan.
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Jul 26, 2005

Toyota's move to Canada is a warning to U.S.

Toyota's move to Canada is a warning to U.S.

2005-07-26 / New York Times / By Paul Krugman

"Modern American politics is dominated by the doctrine that government is the problem, not the solution. In practice, this doctrine translates into policies that make low taxes on the rich the highest priority, even if lack of revenue undermines basic public services. You don't have to be a liberal to realize that this is wrong-headed. Corporate leaders understand quite well that good public services are also good for business. But the political environment is so polarized these days that top executives are often afraid to speak up against conservative dogma."..........................................................

"I'm sure that some readers will respond to everything I've just said by asking why, if the Canadians are so smart, they aren't richer. But I'll have to leave the issue of America's comparative economic performance for another day.For now, let me just point out that treating people decently is sometimes a competitive advantage. In America, basic health insurance is a privilege; in Canada, it's a right. And in the auto industry, at least, the good jobs are heading north."

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Jul 24, 2005

The Color Green

I was wondering why my blog is full of green. Probably those who read my blogs wondered the same. Ha! What’s up with the color green all over here? I did it unconsciously, eh……, I mean, unintentionally. :)

I browsed a little bit for the color green, and found something interesting, “Green Energy”. I was surprised that the contents match/reflect my mind.

Oh, by the way, the Chinese character you see here means "Love".

“GREEN ENERGY- Green Energy is governed by the Heart Chakra. Green is the harmonizing, balancing energy. It has strong influences on the heart and blood supply. Green has much to do with the way you feel about yourself. It is associated with abundance and giving. It's strong tie to nature is very important in order to be balanced, peaceful, harmonious.

The Heart Chakra - allows balance to the heart, lungs, bronchia, arms, hands, and secondary system.

This energy -- gives a feeling of renewal, new life, freshness, and clarity. The heart is the center of the soul and it is the heart that makes us one with our fellow man. Most importantly, it harbors love energy, the leading principle of life. Being with loved ones, family, and friends, strengthens the heart energy. Made up of the blue and yellow, green is regarded as a color of harmony. It is a mild sedative. It is useful in the treatment of nervous conditions, hay fever, ulcers, influenza, malaria , colds, sexual disorders and cancer. It preserves and strengthens eyesight. Being highly medicinal and depressive, it is of great help in the treatment of inflammatory conditions.

In using green -- we must accept and allow love in our hearts and learn to give it without expecting anything in return. When our heart center is balanced, we are able to give positive feelings and happiness, unconditionally.

Green Energy may help when:
*you need to soothe your nerves
*you have tension headaches
*need peace and harmony
*have chronic problems
*digestive problems
*need to calm down

GREEN: governs the circulatory system, which includes the heart and its flow through the arms hands, legs and feet. Green is a combination of both yellow and blue. Green energy brings growth, compassion, unconditional love, openness, forgiveness, acceptance and contentment. Use green for nurturing, generosity, harmony, assertiveness and to help heal loss.”

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You Just Have to Teach, and Then You'll Learn

The student I’ve been tutoring, Zhunan S. works at a company in Hsinchu/Xinzhu Science Park. I enjoy tutoring her in English. It’s a two-hour class each time. But the past two classes were not dismissed until a quarter after nine, meaning, they’re extended for another 15 minutes respectively. Learning by teaching. I learnt some things through teaching. But what did I exactly learn from that? It’s hard to explain; it’s beyond words.

YOU JUST HAVE TO TEACH, AND THEN YOU’LL LEARN.

Compared with teaching a class of 10 students or that I used to do, I like tutoring one student a lot better. Students are of a variety. The way you teach student A doesn’t necessarily fit student B. For a tutor, I think, adaptability, versatility, passion and patience are prerequisite.

Jul 22, 2005

Congrats to No.40110062!

If any Taiwanese citizen wants to be an English tour guide, what does he or she have to do? First, he or she has to pass the written/paper-and-pencil examinations held by the Ministry of Examination. Second, he or she has to pass the oral examinations also held by the Ministry of Examination. Third, he or she has to attend a training program after the examinations. Finally, he or she can get a certificate. Step by step. If one fails at any step, one has to do it all over again the following year.

I just passed the written/paper-and-pencil exam! Congratulations to myself (Examinee No. 40110062)!

Well, I can’t be on cloud nine for too long, ‘cause it’s just the first step. I should start preparing for the second step.

Still, congrats to Lin, Yu-Hua, No. 40110062!!!

ps. Philadelphia A. asked me, uh...., I'd like to be a full-time or part-time tour guide? Maybe part-time, maybe full-time, who knows?

Jul 20, 2005

America-Based 7-ELEVEN Learnt from Taiwan, back to NYC

How many 7-ELEVEN convenient stores on the small island, Taiwan? Over 3600.

7-Eleven's Back in NYC, with Food-Focused Format

'The company has also learned that "neighborhood" means something very different in the cities than in the suburbs, encompassing a much smaller area. "The inspiration for what we're calling our urban store actually comes from our success in Asia. Store density in Taipei, for example, gave us confidence that there is a very different model," Keyes said. "In the United States, in our traditional suburban location, we might locate stores a half-mile or a mile apart. But we're able to operate stores in a city like Taipei that could be on every other block, and they serve very different demographics because of the residential and business density of those areas. Manhattan is comparable in that you literally have a different demographic target block by block by block."'

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Jul 17, 2005

The Clear Eye of Powerful Typhoon Haitang


The Clear Eye of Powerful Typhoon Haitang

See how big the typhoon Haitang is,
See how small the island Taiwan is,
Haitang is coming,
Taiwan is waiting,
You’re dreadful,
We’re fearful,
If you don’t stay long,
We won’t be worried long.

[pic downloaded from UDN, poem written by lyh (yu-hua)]
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Jul 15, 2005

"One True Thing" vs. "Find What You Love"

“The first story is about connecting the dots.
My second story is about love and loss.
My third story is about death.”- Find What You Love by Steve Jobs

For some reason, the whole thread reminds me a movie titled “One True Thing” (1998), not only the part of Kate Gulden’s dying but also the conflicts and understanding among the father, daughter and mother, along with the other parts of the plot, including Brian Gulden’s failing American Literature and teaching tennis eventually. He said something like, “I didn’t finish (the summer class). I, Brian Gulden, son of Mr. American Literature in Romantics failed American Literature.”

“One True Thing” contains the three stories/lessons, “connecting the dots”, “love and loss” and “death”, and perhaps even more.

[to Ellen]George Gulden: Your mother needs you, Ellen! Jesus Christ, you got a Harvard education, but where is your heart?


Find What You Love by Steve Jobs

"'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says

This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5? deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky – I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation - the Macintosh - a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me – I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I retuned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.

This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much."

Jul 13, 2005

wish i could...

been dreaming of the past, wish i could acquire the ability to dream of the future as prediction...

Jul 9, 2005

A Soulful Relationship...

(I think part of it also can be applied to relationships among people other than this, especially among friends and family members. )

"A Soulful Relationship...

If you're not married yet, share this with a friend. If you are married, share it with your spouse or other married couples and reflect on it.

An African proverb states, "Before you get married, keep both eyes open, and after you marry, close one eye."

Before you get involved and make a commitment to someone, don't let lust, desperation, immaturity, ignorance, pressure from others or a low self-esteem, make you blind to warning signs. Keep your eyes open, and don't fool yourself that you can change someone or that what you see as faults isn’t really important.

Once you decide to commit to someone, over time his or her flaws, vulnerabilities, pet peeves, and differences will become more obvious. If you love your mate and want the relationship to grow and evolve, you've got to learn to close one eye and not let every little thing bother you. You and your mate have many different expectations, emotional needs, values, dreams, weaknesses, and strengths. You are two unique individual children of God who have decided to share a life together.

Neither of you are perfect, but are you perfect for each other? Do you bring out the best in each other?

Do you compliment and compromise with each other, or do you compete, compare, and control what do you bring to the relationship? Do you bring past relationships, past hurt, past mistrust, past pain? You can't take someone to the altar to alter him or her. You can't make someone love you or make someone stay.

If you develop self-esteem, spiritual discernment, and "a life", you won't find yourself making someone else responsible for your happiness or responsible for your pain.

Manipulation, control, jealousy, neediness, and selfishness are not the ingredients of a thriving, healthy, loving and lasting relationship! Seeking status, sex, wealth, and security are the wrong reasons to be in a relationship. What keeps a relationship strong?

Communication, intimacy, trust, a sense of humor, sharing household tasks, some getaway time without business or children and daily exchanges (a meal, shared activity, a hug, a call, a touch, a note).

Leave a nice message on the voicemail or send a nice email.

Sharing common goals and interests. Growth is important. Grow together, not away from each other, giving each other space to grow without feeling insecure. Allow your mate to have outside interest. You can't always be together. Give each other a sense of belonging and assurances of commitment. Don't try to control one another. Learn each other's family situation. Respect his or her parents regardless.

Don't put pressure on each other for material goods. Remember for richer or for poorer. If these qualities are missing, the relationship will erode as resentment, withdrawal, abuse, neglect, dishonesty, and pain replace the passion.

The difference between 'United' and 'Untied' is where you put the i."

Jul 6, 2005

Fart Glossary

ART FART= it's such a beauty you want to immortalize it on canvas.

ARROGANT FART= When you think your farts don't stink.

ASSUALT FART= A sudden attack that shoots virtual flames out your arse.

TIRE FART= You can't control the blow out.

BEER FARTS= These come out of every 'can' and smell like warm beer.

JAIL FART= Been doing time inside you for quite awhile, and finally makes its great escape.

DONKEY FART= Your ass is the only one that can do it.

GHOST FART= You can't hear it, you can't see it, and you can't smell it.

HOME ALONE FART= When you're home alone and a great one is wasted on no one.

SHOE FART= When you bend over to tie your shoe laces and one escapes.

TANK FART= When you refer to your farts as 'gas'.

OLD FART= You know how old it is by how bad it smells.

BRAIN FART= You need to fart, but nothing comes out.

ALZHEIMER FART= A confused fart that heads the wrong way, and becomes a burp.

NOT-ME FART= When you drop a bomb in a crowded elevator, turn around to the person behind you and give a disgusted look and whisper "PIG!"

U.F.O. FART= When someone farts in crowded room, label it as a "Unidentified Foul Odor".

Jul 5, 2005

This Guy Beat Them for the 5th Time!


Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York, 2005 (pic from [http://www.cnn.com])

"NEW YORK (CNN) -- Takeru Kobayashi won his fifth consecutive hot-dog eating title Monday by downing 49 frankfurters in 12 minutes, leaving 17 competitors in his wake." Posted by Picasa

An All-in-one Website about Machi, a Taiwanese Hip Hop Group


Machi and Amei (pic is from [http://home.kimo.com/creappears2001])

I found an "all-in-one" website about Machi on one of Manila hottie Ann's websites after I lingered on it for a monent. It's a great website for all Machi fans. Music videos can be found and watched there. In the middle of the pic is Amei, a Taiwanese native, an aborigine from one of the 12 aboriginal tribes in Taiwan, Bei-Nan tribe. Amei is generally acknowledged as queen of pop in Taiwan. Posted by Picasa

Jul 4, 2005

A Pic of Good (but Not That Old) Memories...


Tainan S. and Yu-Hua after Lunch at a Restaurant Celebrating S' B-day with 3 Other Classmates (not in this pic though), March, 2004 (WHAT A GORGEOUS YOUNG MOTHER TAINAN S. IS! Let me tell ya, we Asians are hot hOt HOT! Hahaha!) Posted by Picasa

Jul 3, 2005

Excerpt from "Is America still God's chosen land?"

2005-07-03 / Knight Ridder / By Bill Tammeus

Bill Tammeus is a columnist for The Kansas City Star.

"Bush: "Our nation is chosen by God and commissioned by history to be a model to the world of justice and inclusion and diversity without division."

Gore: "I believe that God's hand has touched the United States of America - not by accident but on purpose."

Johnson: "Our nation was created to help strike away the chains of ignorance and misery and tyranny wherever they keep man less than God wants him to be."

Reagan: "I've always believed that this land was set aside in an uncommon way, that a divine plan placed this great continent between the oceans to be found by a people from every corner of the earth who had a special love of faith, freedom and peace."

Many of us - and, worse, many of our leaders - continue to imagine that we are an instrument of divine justice, mercy and salvation.

For a couple of years of my boyhood, I called India home. I have traveled around the world. I have seen Paris and Riyadh, Tokyo and New Delhi, Bangkok and Stockholm, Montreal and Cairo, Tashkent and Munich. And it has afforded me two insights that may seem conflicting but are really complementary.

The Christian theology that underpins my life tells me that God calls everyone - of every nation - to live lives of gratitude, generosity and even love. And in some divine plan inaccessible to limited human intelligence and insight, God may use certain groups of people or nations or accomplish goals. (Perhaps, for instance, God is using the U.S. to warn other nations against imagining they are "set aside in an uncommon way.")

But we court terrible trouble if we believe God has made us the world's source of unfailing wisdom and goodness."

The orginal of "Is America still God's chosen land?"

Jul 2, 2005

Pics Taken at the Beach

Hummm… I have been writing for a while, and haven’t posted any new pictures except for the exaggerative makeup ones. I went to the beach this evening and took a few pictures. I was really really really really happy with my dogs at the beach. Animals and the nature do make me happy, always! A little girl came up to me and brought her puppy. So we took pictures together. I guess I look a little bit darker. I wish I could be even darker. You know, it’s summer time! Well, I should stop writing. Just scroll down for the pics at the beach.

(Ps. I live in Tou-Fen Town. There’s no beach in Tou-Fen. The beach is in Zhu-Nan Town adjacent to Tou-Fen. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes by scooter from my place to the seashore. The senior high school I attended is located in Zhu-Nan. I rode my scooter to attend class when I was a senior high schooler. Oftentimes, I rode my scooter to the seashore with my friends or myself after class. I still remember sometimes, I even took my dinner with me to the beach and ate there while looking at the sea alone after class. Good old memories........)

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Chinese (Mandarin) R&B Songs by a Korean Guy


Shadow by Nicky Lee
pic is from yesasia.com

Into R&B? How ‘bout Chinese (Mandarin) R&B songs? How ‘bout Chinese (Mandarin) R&B songs by a KOREAN guy?

Try it. You’ll love it.

(Hummm…I love switching back and forth between listening to Neo-Soul songs by African-American singers and listening to Chinese Mandarin R&B songs. Where there is music, there is no boundary.)

For the Details about Shadow by Nicky Lee (Li, Jiu Zhe) on yesasia.com
"Being teased and made fun of for his looks while in the Taiwanese group, Machi, Nicky has finally proved the media wrong in this album. A true artist is not only judged by the looks, but also by their talent of singing. Nicky rocketed this album! I was surprised when I first saw the MV of "Shadow" on TV. I wondered why no buddy noticed his great vocal while in Machi. Well, Nicky has showed his fabulous talent. He can truly sing. Nicky also has a great sense of humor as I watched an interview of him on TVBS. Lastly, this album is a must buy!!! I recommend any track in this album. Any track is just wonderfully composed and performed." -Reviewer: Nicky W. Posted by Picasa

Jul 1, 2005

What’s the makeup for?

First of all, I was reluctant. I mean I didn’t have to do that. My sister is going to take a national cosmetology examination sometime in August. That’s a big, a very important examination to her. There’re two types of the national cosmetology examinations. My sister passed one of the many years ago. The level of that one is lower. She passed it and has been working in cosmetology field such as beauty salons for about 10 years. But she still cannot teach cosmetology at academic institutions such as universities, colleges, high schools, etc. If she passes the examination which is at a higher level, she can teach cosmetology at academic institutions.

This past Wednesday, her model for her to practice the makeup/the cosmetology couldn’t come for some reason. So I went to the cosmetology class with my sister so that she can practice on my face. There’s a blackboard behind me; it’s apparently in a classroom. She’s been taking the class for the national examination on cosmetology. Hope she’ll pass it and get the certificate and reach her goal eventually.

The makeup is quite exaggerative because that kind of makeup is usually applied to people such as news anchors, hosts of TV programs in film studios. When my sister finished it, I was surprised and said, “Who’s that? Is that me?” It didn’t look like me at all. My sister said she’ll probably find some other time to do my hair, makeup and costume, the whole set. Then, you’ll see a different Yu-Hua from head to toe.

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STORE wars

you know what made me laugh early this morning?
"Store Wars"
Check this out, Store Wars

"The geeks are in control." - Phiadelphia A. ^___^

"'May the Farm be with you' Delightful stuff and very quotable quotes indeed. The message is clear - ditch the chemical laden "Dark Side" of grocery produce and embrace the organic Farm veggies. Hopefully organic food would go mainstream eventually and make it easier for the average shopper to afford a steady diet on it. But first, probably the most important people to convince are the growers themselves - if they can be made to look away from the demands of corporate thirst for higher and faster yields on their crops. Even before that, conglomerates like certain hypermarts have to develop a conscience first, and cease their choke-hold on the agriculture industry. So Darth Tater or Farm Tater? Think about that when choosing that bag of potatoes at the store" - Bugsy from ICRT's News Room Forum

My Translation in July 2005

My (Chinese) Translation in July 2005
(The Second Half of) The Vegan Diet for Infants and Children


The Original