Category: Hobby

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Don’t wait for others to buy flowers for you

Finally my favorite season spring is here.  Flowers started blooming.  The daffodils in my yard are smiling, and the tulips are catching up.  Today I’m going to talk about flowers. I love fresh flowers.  What about you? Many ladies like it, too.  Once a while, I heard some comments from my female friends: “I don’t remember when it was the last time my husband bought flowers for me.” ...

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Fit and healthy 2019

For 2019, as an exception, I didn’t make the New Year resolutions.  During the last couple of years, I failed half of the goals miserably.  So, I decided to try something different.  At the end of 2018, I joined a virtual health club. What is this virtual health club? Oh, this is an online chat group (not a cult group).  Currently there are about 20 members.  All of...

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Why did I hate writing earlier?

I hated writing in the primary school.  The negative feeling lasted through my years of middle and high schools, college, and beyond.  Writing was such a struggle. Luckily my engineering career didn’t require much serious writing.  Just some Powerpoint slides with bullet points would do the trick.  The truth is that, most of my colleagues had similar attitudes toward writing.  We were good at numbers, and horrible at...

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A homebody in Taipei

I’m a homebody.  In the end of February this year, out of the blue, I wanted to see Taipei.  12 days later, I packed my stuff, and flew to Taipei.  I toured the city and the nearby places for close to two weeks. This is one of the beauties of retiring early.  Not only the work-related stress is gone, an impromptu trip becomes possible.  No more need to...

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Wrapping up 2017 – Roth IRA Conversion and Book List

2017 is almost done.  Did you have a great year? I look forward to 2018.  The New Year always brings me hope and excitement.  Part of the reason is that, I love spring.  It’s the season when it gets warmer, flowers start blooming, and trees and grass become green. I have retired for 2.5+ years.  Life has been very good.  One day I was at a doctor’s office. ...

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My Book “Dad’s Bicycle” and Life in China

After retiring in 2015, I always wanted to write something about the place I grew up.  I wanted the world to know about that remote village in northern China, as that’s part of who I am.  Finally my mini-memoir “Dad’s Bicycle” was published on Amazon last year. The village I grew up is totally different from Beijing or Shanghai.  The life there is still primitive.  There is no...