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 http://lyh0626.blogspot.com/ "

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.

Oct 5, 2005

Oct 4, 2005


Here's a list of the 18 new words being entered into this year's edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

amuse-bouche (noun): a small complimentary appetizer offered at some restaurants.

battle dress uniform (noun): a military uniform for field service.

bikini wax (noun): a procedure for removing pubic hair from the skin near the edge of the bottom half of a bikini by applying hot wax, covering the wax with a cloth to which the wax and hair adhere, and then peeling it off quickly.

brain freeze (noun): a sudden shooting pain in the head caused by ingesting very cold food (as ice cream) or drink.

chick flick (noun): a motion picture intended to appeal especially to women.

civil union (noun): the legal status that ensures to same-sex couples specified rights and responsibilities of married couples.

cybrarian (noun): a person whose job is to find, collect, and manage information that is available on the web.

DHS (abbreviation): Department of Homeland Security.

hazmat (noun): a material (as flammable or poisonous material) that would be a danger to life or to the environment if released without precautions.

hospitalist (noun): a physician who specializes in treating hospitalized patients of other physicians in order to minimize the number of hospital visits by other physicians.

metadata (noun): data that provides information about other data.

otology (noun): a science that deals with the ear and its diseases.

retronym (noun): a term consisting of a noun and a modifier which specifies the original meaning of the noun ["film camera" is a ~].

SARS (noun) [severe acute respiratory syndrome]: a severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus (genus Coronavirus), is transmitted esp. by contact with infectious material (as respiratory droplets), and is marked by fever, headache, body aches, a dry cough, hypoxia, and usu. pneumonia.

steganography (noun): 1 archaic: cryptography 2: the art or practice of concealing a message, image, or file within another message, image, or file.

tide pool (noun): a pool of salt water left (as in a rock basin) by an ebbing tide--called also tidal pool.

Wi-Fi (certification mark): used to certify the interoperability of wireless computer networking devices. zaibatsu (noun): a powerful financial and industrial conglomerate of Japan.

Oct 3, 2005

Wisdom Heart (blog recommended)

Wisdom Heart
"This weblog is dedicated to my daughter Sophia. She inspires all that meet her with her strength and perseverance. Though she was born with a severe congenital heart defect, the bounds of her love are infinite."

Oct 2, 2005

Animal Liberation

A short by PETA
Animal Liberation

I strongly recommend you to watch it if you're against war, against racism or against sexism. Turn the speakers on. Watch it, attentively. Drop your tears (if you want), silently.

Sweet music is made in Taiwan

SAXY SOUNDS: Manufacturers of saxophones from central Taiwan are steadily improving their product quality to stay alive in the fiercely-competitive instrument marketplace
By Jessie Ho
Saturday, Oct 01, 2005,Page 11
Taipei Times

When it comes to saxophones, most people think of the sound of jazz drifting through the streets of New Orleans, or the popular Grammy-winning artist Kenny G. But they would be surprised to know that many of the best-selling saxophone records, ranging from classics to modern, were performed using instruments made in Taiwan, home of one-third of the world's saxophones.

Click here for more


Yu-Hua played Baritone Sax and Soprano Sax in senior high by the way.