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Great cities where I want to visit

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Cities listed as the 16 greatest cities where I have been to:
New York City.
London.
Constantinople / Istanbul, where I had a romantic banquet overlooking Bosphorus.
Rome.
Beijing.
I am so lucky!
Many of the cities are no longer existing.

Booming cities where I have been to:
Guangzhou.
Hong Kong.
Shanghai.

Possible next travel destinations:
Jericho / City of Palm Trees.
Rio de Janeiro.
Sao Paulo.
Buenos Aires.
Mexico City.
Moscow.

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January 25, 2013 at 3:49 am

The journey to the West @ our home

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My partner and I had a discussion about history.

Why the chief leader of his and my birth countries (at the time when we were born) are good friends?
He asked me some Q.
I tried to use REASONing to answer.

He was reading on the history of my birth country, which he thinks as exciting as Hollywood movie. Movies are fun to watch, realities that had profound effects on your life are not fun. They change your life for worse, or better if you can rebounce from your hardship and insurmountable obstacles.
I find an analogy to explain my revolution in learning and life. It has to do with my life history (of course somehow tied to the history of my birth country), and circumstances that were beyond my control. We did not choose where we were born but we can choose how we want to live our life.
Imagine that if you had never experienced your mother’s love, you will not bother if you have her love or not; until one day you find out how loving your mother is, then you feel betrayed.
Only then you realized what had been stolen from you, your basic right for mother’s love.
But the good thing is you progress to learn about forgiveness.

I found peace after arriving at a conclusion that satisfy my many WHYs.
The leaders have their own agendas, which we commoners will possibly never understand.
My partner told me that some things (in life) do not need conclusion.
What do you think? I would love to hear from you my dear readers.
For me, having a conclusion based on understanding why some people commit some actions help me to forgive them or at least not to seek revenge or keep the bitterness in my heart.
I have been trying to release my past.
Until today, I may have the reluctance / disinclination (or fear) to read more about the massacre at my birth country.
However, to share with you, one of the most effective ways to overcome fear is to face it.
Things that happen in the past will not be able to do further harm on us.
Yes, we are still be alert but not becoming paranoid.
Now, what we can do is to create a better now and future, for a peaceful world, for our children and grandchildren.

Then, we talked about consciousness, including different levels of consciousness and how to raise our consciousness.
My partner honestly revealed to me that my weighted average of consciousness level is at sadness (it is just below the level of fear, desire, anger, pride) before reaching the positive level of courage.
It seems that there are many work that I still have to do in order to better myself.
I have to be MORE HAPPY every day, every hour, every minute, every second.

Honestly, I love to learn about many things.
When a person talk, the other listens; and vice versa.
Sometimes our home resemble the “Journey to the West” (西遊記).
Journey to the West is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.
The monk Tang XuanZang continues with his lectures (or preaching).
The michievous monkey (with its child-like playfulness) continues with its I-don’t-care- behavior (but listening with astute mind).

If you like adventure and spiritual quests, you may like Journey to the West.

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March 14, 2012 at 7:53 am

Wedding preparation

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The so-called traditional white gown is actually NEW THING started by Queen Victoria (19th century). After all, 1 had to be well-off to afford a dress that was only worn once, and easily dirtied.

Scrubbing : get rid of dead skin cells, boost circulation.

Use sunblock. SPF30 if you are indoors, SPF50 if you are outdoors.

Perhaps should consider make-up removal? Cleanser (even those with foam) alone is insufficient to remove residue from makeup grime.

NEVER POP A PIMPLE. You run the risk of an infection or a bigger area of discoloration.
Dot a doctor-prescribed, Retin A-baed cream, or a spot cream with salicyclic acid and leave it on overnight to reduce inflammation.
Try wrapping an ice cube in a towel and hold it to the zit for ~20-30 sec.
EMERGENCY TIPS: If a pimple pops up a few days before your wedding, have your doctor shoot it down. A stereoid injection always work.

Gently dry-brush lips once a week with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Stop licking your lips – evaporation dries up lips quickly.

A celery-green apple combination is a wonderful detoxifier.

If you go for peeling, do apply sunblock generously after.
If you go for a facial, remind the beautician not to squeeze in case there is not enough time for marks to heal.

Drink plenty of water to clear your system. No bread, no rice, no bread …

Get enought sleep, drink lots of water and up your vitamin C intake 1 week before your wedding day.

The right HUE or TOOL makes a difference.
Too-thick lashes make eyes look small.
Thin brows age you, making you look harsher.
Plump-up already-think eyebrows with a brown eyeshadow.
Shimmery nails makes accidental smudges less obvious.

Send each of your bridesmaids-to-be a bouquet with a card or invite the group for a meal. Being a bridesmaid is a big commitment. So give her time to think about it, and a way to graciously decline if she must.
How to choose bridemaid(s)? someone who makes you feel confident, happy, and more importantly, someone you can trust to help you out on your big day.
Tentatively, choose unofficial wedding helpers or sisters.
Brides pay for the bridesmaids dresses, groom pays for groomsmen suits.
If there are certain accessories you would like your bridesmaids to wear, it is a nice gesture to pay, then give to them as gifts.
Do bridesmaids have to wear matching dresses? You need to consider the feelings of your bridesmaids. You could choose the colour and fbraic that suit all your bridesmaids, and they pick the style of the dress.
You can enlist the help of friends or relatives to ferry your bridesmaids around or consider renting a minivan to ferry your bridesmaids around. You can also get a big car, groom will not object because he will be riding in a car with a posse of beautiful women.

Every girl needs at least one gal pal to share things she cannot with her hubby – and there will be stuff you cannot share with him.

Travel solo for a weekend getaway, if not a long trip.
Learn new things. Self-sufficient girls will not become desperate housewives.

Married life should never start with a financial burden.
Take a good look at why you are getting married. Until death do us part, means one day, you might have to bury this person.
Promise yourself that once you are married, some things should stay private e.g. doing your biz in the toilet with the door locked.
Try to get through a week without talking about your wedding plans to anyone.
Make a list of all your married friends couple habits that you dont like, as a reminder not to adopt these yourself.

Dont forget friends birthdays.
A month before the big day, treat your bridesmaids, friends, and anyone who has been helping you with the preparation to a nice dinner. They will be even more helpful as the wedding approaches if they know you appreciate their efforts.
Have a last DATE with your man while he is still your boyfriend. Like just met.

Accessories: 4 pearl necklaces around neck are nice.

See also: “Tips: bridal actual day beauty and make-up preparation”

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August 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

Tips: Beijing

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Time flies. People come and leave.
Exactly 5 years later after my first arrival in Beijing.
Only now I realized that I visited a number of UNESCO sites.

Memorable:
Listen to 程永涂 (2nd son of 程砚秋 Cheng Yanqiu) telling the story of his father, at their residence with tea.
Cheng Yanqiu was one of the great twentieth century performers of the Dan role type in Beijing Opera (京剧).

SEE
Great wall at Badaling.
Great wall at Simatai. ❤
Summer Palace 颐和园 .
Old Summer Palace 圆明园. At the ruins of the European-styled palaces, we imagined how beautiful and magnificent 圆明园 would be today if 圆明园 was not destroyed and looted. The Chinese government decided to keep the ruined site as is to teach future generations about the consequences of being dominated by foreign powers.
Gugong (Palace) Museum. Built in 1420 in the Ming Dynasty. UNESCO. 9000 palaces and halls. surrounded by a 3km long, 10 m high city wall, a moat.
Temple of Heaven 天坛 . Emperors worship Heaven and pray for better harvest. UNESCO. The huge pillars in the hall represent the 4 seasons, 12 months of the year, 12 WATCHES of the day.
Ming Tombs.
Beihai Park.
Fragrant Hills Park 香山公园. not yet. To go in autumn for the red leaves.
Yonghe Lamasery 雍和宮. June 3rd, 2006. Han, Manchu, Tibetan, Mongol.
Great Bell Temple 大钟寺. June 3rd, 2006.
Grand View Garden 大观园. patterned after typical scenes in Dream of the Red Chamber.
Confucian Temple 孔庙.
Chinese Ethnic Culture Park 中华民族园. not yet.
Peking Man Site. note yet.
八宝山.

DO:
Watch 越剧 at Tsinghua U auditorium 大礼堂. free. The Auditorium is of Roman-Greek style.
study MBA (Tsinghua biz school, MIT Sloan).
Stroll, drink at 前海 后海
watch students-made movies at 北京电影学院

WATCH:
April Rhapsody (人间四月天). 46 min x 20 episodes. Xu Zhimo.

EAT:
Peking Roast Duck 全聚德
dumplings at Zi Jing Can Ting, Tsinghua campus.

STAY:
Beijing Hotel. I love this place, so close to Wangfujing where I bought a lot of books, cosmetics for the woman whom I love most.
The New Foreign Students Hostel (清华大学紫荆留学生公寓) at north east gate.
TIPS:
The older the bike, the safe it is.
Always get receipts from taxi driver.

About Tsinghua U:
outstanding Tsinghua’s graduate 300 officials, among them are
former PM Zhu Rongji (electrical engineering 1951, chairman of Tsinghua Student Union in 1951) and wife. Deng once said that Zhu “has his own views, dares to make decisions and knows economics.”
Hu Jintao (1965 grad of hydraulic engineering) and wife
Wu Bangguo 吴邦国 (electron tube engineering 1967)
Wu Guanzhen 吴官正 (thermal engineering 1968)
Huang Ju (1st Vice Premier)
Zeng Peiyan

A Catholic priest Mr Roosevelt persuaded to return 12 million that Qing dynasty had overpaid, not in cash, but to do something useful. Hence 1911 Tsinghua U.

4 kinds of architectures:
1. XianFeng
2. American architecture e.g. Auditorium
3. traditional Chinese and USSR style
4. modern. after 1978 Deng Xiaoping liberation.
Ref:
Beijing Tourist map May – June 2006 : Olympic Park is still under construction.

Future:
Having been twice in Beijing during hot summer. Perhaps, one day we could see the Palace Museum (Forbidden City) being covered by snow. A winter trip!
卢沟桥 (Marco Polo Bridge)

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May 21, 2011 at 4:30 am

Bedtime stories

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Last night, two hrs before sleeping, instead of studying for Spanish exam – I read about history. I think I am like Dear, love to read stories. It started with one story, then linked to another. I remember when I was a kid, I cried learning about the story of Wang Zhaojun.

Interestingly, the younger brother of Empress Wan Rong, Runqi Gobulo, was still alive as of the year 2000, having a traditional Chinese medicine clinic in Beijing. I want to learn about traditional medicine, especially from plant ones, to understand what their components are, what proteins they are targeting in the body, so many questions. My first learning on this Empress, was through the Last Emperor. Joan Chen successfully portrayed the Empress, a depressing life story indeed. Her upbringing and education seem can’t help her for a happy life.

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March 2, 2009 at 9:59 am

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