Category: Life

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Where are you from?

About 15 years ago, I went to a local immigration office, to ask some questions.  The office was on the 3rd floor.  As a walk enthusiast, I just took the stairs. Once out of the stair door, I saw a couple of security officers busy checking the visitors, who came from the elevators. After being cleared, each visitor was taking a seat in the waiting area.  The stair...

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How different are the graduate schools in China and US?

Today, I’m going to talk about the graduate schools in China and US. I was an undergraduate student for 4 years, and a graduate student for 3 years in mid 1980s in China.  Fortunately, I also got chance to study MBA for one year in mid 1990s in US (I didn’t graduate).  Then attended an engineering graduate school in US for another year, and graduated. Yeah, I used...

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How to measure the success of life?

About a month ago, I was on the phone with my dad.  Out of the blue, he told me:  “I don’t think your life is successful.”  I didn’t say much in return. Everyone is entitled to have an opinion.  Parents are no exceptions.  If someone judges me, usually I just ignore it.  If it’s too intrusive or offending, I yell and hit back. After hearing my dad’s comments,...

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Happy Chinese New Year! – the Year of the Dog

February 16, 2018 is the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog.  For our world full of dog lovers, definitely this is going to be a year of love and friendship. Yeah, we already had a very good beginning.  During the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics, the South and North Korean players teamed up.  They walked proudly into the stadium in ONE team, under one...

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One superpower I wish I had

Bill and Melinda Gates sent out the 2016 Annual Letter: “If you could have one superpower, what would it be?”  Their answers are: more time, more energy, and to be able to fly.  That’s more than one wish.  Even billionaires don’t know how to count 1, 2 and 3 (just kidding).  That’s why I don’t want to be a billionaire. I thought about it for a long time:  what...

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A story about my childhood friend Jane

This is a true story.  It’s about one of my childhood friends.  To protect her privacy, I’ll call her Jane. Jane and I grew up together, in a village in northern China.  We started playing together long before the primary school.  We were in the same class in the primary school (5 years) and middle school (2 years).  Our families lived on the same street, and just half...

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve and Friendship

The clock is ticking, and 2018 is on the way.  How are you going to celebrate the New Year’s Eve? The New Year’s Eve reminds me of the beautiful movie “Waterloo Bridge” (1940) starring Vivian Lee and Robert Taylor, and the theme song “Farewell Waltz – Auld Lang Syne”.  In China, the song was renamed into “Long Live the Friendship”.  And the movie was translated to “Hun Duan...

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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 English teachers – Jimmy and his wife

I feel very lucky I had so many great teachers all those years.  They inspired me, and guided me to the right direction.  I want to say:  “Thank you, my teachers.  You made a huge difference to my life”. Today I like to share some of the stories.  This is about my English teachers Jimmy and his wife (sorry I forgot her name). Jimmy enjoyed teaching and smiled...

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Gift yourself

Christmas is on the way, and many people are working on their gift list.  The gift could be for their spouse/partner, kids, parents, siblings, friends, on and on.  Do you give a gift to yourself?  If you just bought a 4K TV, you are probably okay.  If gifting yourself was never in your mind, I suggest you give it a thought. This is why: you worked so hard...