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ATHENA!!! i got your letter today leah, did you ever send yours? i never got it
i swear i should NEVER NEVER NEVER cook anything besides in the microwave while i’m on the computer. but just like everyone else, i never learn.
yesterday i wanted to have some tea so i filled up a pot with water and left it on the stove. i reminded myself over and over that i needed to check on it in five minutes before i got on the computer. however the next time i suddenly stood up and ran to the kitchen, i saw the pot was burnt into a brown color and there was no water left in the pot. smoke filled the kitchen….
i know i will make sure i cook water in the microwave now. thank god someone created microwave otherwise i will be doomed.
on the other hand, who loves to eat raw tomato?! *raises hand* i’ve been addicted to these fresh tomato that are directly from my dad’s garden
i made a wallpaper last nite for our anniversary. i don’t think it’s very good. but i tried. i was having a bit of layout block.. eek. that’s terrible at this special time of the year.
i’m sick. my throat hurts and the lecture rooms and the computer lab are cold as ice i need to go home and do my Calc III homework.
andy and i’s two year anniversary is coming up. i already bought him a gift.. now i need to work on a card and something sweet for him. i wanted to make a card and print it out with the color printer. i want to make a cute image with a teddybear and a kitty. the teddybear is him and the kitty is me.. where can i find some images? please help!!!
this year is different from the last one. again we’ve been thru A LOT and our love is ever stronger. but we are no longer new lovers this year. we show our romance in a different way now. our love has been our power. a power that helped us to move out completely, to pay our bills without fiancial aid, to perform well in our schools and to live happily. many people with our ages are still searching for a goal for their lives but we’ve already started working toward our goal for one entire year. we have never lacked off. i love this feeling.
and i do want to share this feeling with andy when our special day comes
my friend paul told me he’s graduating this year with THREE degrees and ONE minor. His GPA right now is 3.90 (it will probably get higher, he’s still working on his A pluses this year). he did all those in FOUR FREAKING YEARS. how in the world could someone do that? he will get BS degrees in Computer Science and Math; an English degree and a philosophy minor. He makes everyone look so short around him. gosh i hate him with a passion. i guess genuises are genuises. you’d better bow down in front of them. sigh…..
gaile just told me another crazy thing. do you know her hair is 4 and half feet long? She said she dyed them with 3 boxes.
*FAINT* *FAINT* *FAINT* *FAINT* *FAINT* *FAINT*
thanks to daynah for the reminder. let me tell you an interesting story. do you believe there’s a hellokitty phone on our toliet? well, let me show you some pictures:
it doesn’t look much like a phone unless you open it:
last sunday andy got up early and wanted to replace the sound card in my computer since my computer somehow stopped recognizing my old sound card. he opened the box for the new sound card and took the material out and set them on the carpet in the living room. but all the sudden, he had to go the bathroom really fast so he went. before he got done, the phone rang. since he didn’t want the phone to wake me up, he got off the toliet and ran to the living room to pick up the phone. very unfortunately he accidentally stepped on the new sound card. he didn’t only break the sound card, he hurt his foot too. his foot got all bloody with wounds. (he’s fine now.)
since i bought a hk phone from china and it’s so small and cute, i’ve decided to put it in use. the phone now sits marvelously on our toliet. and for those who don’t have a phone in their bathroom, i’d highly recommend putting one there. it’s unbelievably convenient! hahahaha seriously!
oh btw, my computer is fixed now. it turned out the sound card was fine. it was only because of my PCI slot. andy moved the old sournd card to a different slot and now it’s working
i also got a hk lamp. it’s sitting in our bedroom now.
btw, i was talking to gaile last nite and she asked me what “yuan” mean. many of you asked it too in my other post. let me find my best to define “yuan” for you.
“yuan” is a chinese word. it kinda means fate but not exactly. it’s a force that controls everyone’s meetings in life. an old chinese saying says “if you have yuan, you two come from thousands of miles to meet each other, otherwise you won’t notice each other even if you pass each other by.”
i woke up whispering this morning. when i opened my eyes, i saw andy staring at me. he asked me what i was saying. then i remembered my whole dream. i don’t ususally remember my dream so clear but this time…
andy and I were in Shanghai, China. it was a night and we decided that we wanted to sing karaoke and have some dinner out. andy called a taxi and for some reason the previous passenager had to pay andy money. i went over and saw andy accepted a chinese check. i was so pissed. i asked andy why would he accept a chinese check. it wasn’t like his american bank would cash it. plus 9 out of 10 times the checks are fake. then we got on the taxi. the taxi had no driver. the driver controlled the car with a remote. first i thought that kind taxi must cost a lot more than the normal ones but the driver ended up giving us a huge discount. it only cost 10 rmb.
when we arrived at this karaoke place, it just opened. we went inside. there were at least 30 people there already. i was amazed. i was expecting much less people so i could actually sing. when the songs started, it was nothing like the normal karaoke.. it was like a contest of some sort.. you get random parts of four different songs.. and you had to try to sing them. it was a show off of how many different songs you kenw. it was completely outrangous. i started feeling i shouldn’t be there at all. so i took andy and walked out of the room. a lady stopped me asked me to pay the bill. it was 21 rmb. i thought i saw a 8 rmb per person sign outside of the window, so i questioned what was the extra money for. and the lady said it was for the songs and food. i cried out i didn’t even sing a song and neither did i have any food. she insisted that was coz i didn’t want to stay. they would serve the food and i would be able to sing the song if i stayed. i said i wasn’t gonna stay so i shouldn’t have to pay. that lady won’t let me leave and threaten calling the police on me if i didn’t pay. i was like: go ahead and call the police, did i sign something entering this place to pay for service that i didn’t receive? since andy couldn’t understand a word of chinese, he stood next to me and asked what was going on. that’s when i told him “those bastards are trying to rob us blind” – the same sentence i whispered when i woke up.
stupid dream made me waking up mad. i wanted to punch that lady in the face.
as some of you know, my god sister got married last week. she and her husband went on their honeymoon. she called me yesterday and told me she’s back. her honeymoon was a little more tiresome than expected coz they went with SIX other people. These six people are not their age group. They are her dad, stepmom, aunts and uncles sorta people. andy and i were laughing our heads off. i thought honeymoon is supposed to be two people? they drove to Las Vagas in a rented RV. i couldn’t believe there are actually RV parking lots there. and she said: sure there are, $18/night, not too bad at all. except we couldn’t fit 8 people in the RV so most of us had to sleep in the hotels anyway. and the weather was unbelievably hot.
i was listening with my jaw dropped to my chin. what an amazing honeymoon! *grin* and they saw Michael Jackson in Vagas shopping too.
I talked to the people today and the class Modern China i took last semester didn’t fulfill Historical Perspectives for GE but only fulfills Foreign Civilization and Culture. Let’s evaluate the validity for this.
Here are the definitions for the requirements published.
Historical Perspectives -
Courses in this area help students understand a period of the past in
its own terms, comprehend the historical processes of change and
continuity, sharpen their analytical skills in the evalution of
evidence, and develop their ability to generalize, explain, and
interpret historical change.
Foreign Civilzation and Culture -
Courses in this area promote better understanding among students of
their own culture through comparative analysis with others; provide
students with some knowledge about one or more foreign civilizations,
cultures, and societies; and foster international and intercultural
Here are the course descriptions for the two classes for Chinese history. The first one doesn’t fulfill Historical Perspectives but only Foreign Civilzation and Culture (the one I took), the second one fulfills both.
Modern China 1600s to 1920s
- This survey of modern Chinese history begins with the decline of the Ming dynasty and the conquest of China by Manchus in the 1600s, followed by the glorious years of the Qing (Manchu) dynasty in the 1700s. In the 1800s, social problems brought huge internal rebellions. Western encroachments weakened China further, ending the dynasty in 1912. The new government of the Republic of China was accompanied by efforts to create a new culture and by new political parties. The course ends with the rise to power of the Nationalist Party and its bloody split with the Communists in the 1920s. Readings include translations of original sources. No previous knowledge of China is necessary. The instructor is Arkush.
Civilizations of Asia: China
- This course provides an introductory survey of Chinese history and civilization from its origins to the present day. Students explore Confucian philosophy, Buddhism and Daoism, art and literature, the writing system and calligraphy, the imperial political system, family and women, foreign encroachments, 20th-century revolutions, and Chinese society today. Readings include history, fiction translated from Chinese, and biography. No previous knowledge of China (or of Chinese) is required. Although the primary class format is lecture, students work on writing and discussion skills. The instructor is Arkush.
I’ve already emailed the intrustor for some insights about this decision. I also plan to write to the Reviewers to get the first class to fulfill Historical Perspectives.