Category: Life

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Mahjong in China

Lately I realized how important mahjong is to the daily life in China, especially in that village where my mom lives.  It’s not an overstatement that, mahjong has become one of the popular games there. If people just play it as a regular game, that’s totally fine.  It’s one kind of entertainment, and helps people to sharpen their minds.  But sometimes, the game becomes a way of gamble. ...

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I have survived the 100 days!

I can’t believe I have survived the 100 days in this remote Chinese village.  In several days, I’m going to Beijing.  After that, I’m going back to my home in Ohio.  You know what?  I’m really fired up. Beijing is such a lovely place to me.  I used to live there for 15 years.  Many of my college buddies are still there.  I’ll be able to take a...

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Wrapping up 2018

It’s the time to say: Bye, 2018; and Hello, 2019!  Are you ready for 2019, a new beginning?  I am. On this last day of 2018, I’d like to share some of my reflections for 2018. Bill Gates just did his review for 2018.  Mine is not that noble as his for sure.  Here is my version. 2018 has been a good year, but not that a great...

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My fun memories about Christmas

Today is Christmas Eve.  Tis the season to be jolly.  Merry Christmas to everyone! Today I’m not going to ramble about saving money or retiring early.  I’d like to share some of my fun memories about Christmas. First taste of Christmas: When I was in the college in Beijing in mid 1980s, that was the first time I heard about Christmas.  As part of the English course materials,...

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Village life in pictures

This is my hometown.  I lived here for close to 16 years before heading to the college in Beijing in 1981.  My mom and many of my childhood friends love this place, as they have been living here all their lives.  To them, this is the best place in the world.  Some of them even tried to convince me to move back to here permanently.  It sounds like...

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Gifting, gifting

I don’t know starting when, holiday becomes a gifting season.  People scratch their heads, and try to figure out what gifts they should buy.  It could be very stressful. I’m not good at gifting.  I don’t like buying gifts, and don’t like receiving gifts either.  To me, a simple life is a good life.  But, sometimes, I do have to go through the gift selecting process. I have...