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Leader: Nelson Mandela

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When and where did I first learn about Nelson?
when I was a primary school kid.
International news.
I love to watch the international news more than domestic news, perhaps the “international” reflects my adventurous spirits.
I have always been curious about the world out there, the exotic places, the wonderful people of our planet, and the extraordinary human endeavors.
Having no money to go travel, I traveled in my mind through brochures of beautiful destinations.
I love a brochure on South Africa so much, with pictures of many animals like girrafes with elegant long neck, the fierce lions, and the wildness of Africa.
Then, I got curious about the people.

In my primary school days, I had no pocket money, but somehow I managed to buy a biography of tata Nelson.

When I first learned that this hero of mine had been imprisoned for 27 years, which is ~3x of the length of my living days at that time, I kept on thinking about it. I imagined if I were in Nelson’s shoes, could I have the 1/3 of his determination and dream?

When Nelson was just released, a reporter asked him,
“How do you feel having waited for 27 years for this moment?”

Nelson replied, “I did not wait, I prepared”.

Although Nelson had been lock physically, nobody cannot lock him mentally.

In February 2012, I attended a talk in which Nelson was mentioned.
Then, I realized that the perseverance of Nelson (and other inspirational people) had subconsciously been imbibed in my soul.

Thank you Nelson! I want so much to hug you as if you were my grandfather.

Looking back of my life, much of what I have achieved today can be attributed to perseverance. My life is still long and I want to be more determined in my worthy undertakings.

Below are random new things that I learn about Nelson.

What is the Elders?
“This group can speak freely and boldly, working both publicly and behind the scenes on whatever actions need to be taken,” Mandela commented. “Together we will work to support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair.”

“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as A HUMBLE SERVANT of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.”
Speech on the day of his release, Cape Town (11 February 1990)

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February 19, 2012 at 12:19 am

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

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“The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them,” Ninon de Lenclos whose beauty and wit attracted famous men during her days. I think Ninon is plump by today standard, sorry!
What do you consider as beautiful?

I love looking at beautiful girls and ladies.
Doe eyes.
Prefer porcelain-like to tanned (though I think tanned looks sexy).
Prefer gentle to strong.
Angelic innocent face.
Long Rapunzel hair: straight or curly are lovely.

Women are more fortunate than me in a way that women can enhance their looks through make-up and fashion. Guys, sorry!

My favorite beautiful women:
Ingrid Bergman – Isabella Rosselini (b. 1952) – Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann (b. 1983) (3 generations of beauties!)
Vivian Hsu
Huang Shengyi 黄圣依

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April 15, 2011 at 12:44 am

Role model: Yaping DENG 邓亚萍

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born February 5, 1973

When she was 9 years old she won a provincial junior championship but was denied a place on the provincial team because she was too short. In 1988, when she was 13 years old, Deng won the national championship, but was refused a spot on the national team because she was too short. The national coaching staff finally gave in and, in 1989, Deng, still only 16 years old, teamed with Qiao Hong to win the doubles title at the world championships. In 1991, by which time she had topped out at 1.49 meters tall, Deng defeated Li Bun-hui of North Korea to win the singles world championship.

At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, she won a gold medal in both the singles and doubles competitions and repeated the feat at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. She also earned singles and doubles titles at the 1995 and 1997 world championships.

Retired: 24 years old

After retiring at the end of the 1997 season, Deng served on the International Olympic Committee’s ethics and athletes commissions.

Education:
a bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, a master’s degree from the University of Nottingham
In 2008, she received PhD degree from Cambridge. Her thesis title is: “The impact of the Olympic Games on Chinese development: A multi-disciplinary analysis”.

Family:
In 2007, she married Lin Zhigang, also a table tennis player, and later gave birth to a baby boy.

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January 30, 2011 at 2:27 am

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