Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Angel cloud

October 15, 2013

This cloud pattern appeared in Florida on March 14, 2013.

A good red wine – Acacia

July 18, 2011

I usually try different wines and I found that Acacia’s Ponot Noir (2007) tastes pretty good. I bought two boxes of them. Before I finished the last bottle, I took the picture as showing above. Since I didn’t know this winery, I searched for its website. When I opened its URL, a surprising message pops up:


Building an egg shaped cabin

March 7, 2011

This is a translation from Ruan Yifeng’s blog. There are 100 images in this entry. You might need to refresh your browser to get them loaded.


At the end of 2010, the media reported that there appeared an egg shaped cabin inside an area in Haidian District, Beijing (北京海淀区).


Armless Pianist Liu Wei

October 13, 2010

I saw this video from YouTube’s topvideo listing and was immediately touched.

Lost his arms from an accident at age 10, Liu Wei (刘伟) from Beijing never gives up living strong. He managed to do everything with his feet and started to learn to play piano at age 19. His dream is to become a musician. He is now 22 and just won the China’s Got Talent Show on Oct. 10, 2010. In the final, he played piano and sang the song “You Are Beautiful”, perhaps his vocal is not the best render of this song, but the power and inspiration of his zest for life won him the final. Bravo! Liu Wei’s motto is,”I have two options – I can die as fast as possible, or I can live a brilliant life. And I chose the latter.” Congrats to Liu Wei!


My First American Friend Charles Smith

February 3, 2010

Charles Smith and Jan Smith     I came to the United States as a graduate student in late 1980s with my broken English and $100 in pocket. And I was put into a classroom in front of American students one week after I landed here. I was their TA for Calculus II. One of the students was Charles Smith. It was at the University of Houston.

Charlie was not a teenager student. He had worked several years before he decided to go back to school and to get his bachelor’s degree. He was a very nice gentleman.


QiXi Story – The Chinese Valentine’s Day

September 23, 2009

Lovers meeting on the bridge of magpies

QiXi” (七夕) is the Chinese Valentine’s Day. It is a legend of love story, but there are several versions. Here is one version:

Long time ago, there was an orphan living with his brother and his wife. He is smart and diligent, but his sister-in-law still dislike him. Every morning before sun rise, she pushed him to go to mountains with oxes for food. So, everybody called him “Niulang” (牛郎, literally “cowherd”). After a few years, He and his brother split the property. His sister-in-law gave him a poor-conditioned shelter and an old ox. From that day on, Niulang fed the ox in mountains and collect firewood during the day and slept with his ox in the cowshed at night.


Get an Expired Reservation Back

May 21, 2009

United Airline

I was planning a trip from San Francisco, CA to Norfolk, VA. On April 23, I reserved a ticket from the United Airline for $317, which I must pay by April 24 midnight, EST. The flight was really good: Departure at 1 p.m., one connection, arrival at about 11 p.m. The price was really good too. By 10 p.m. PST, I realized that I had not paid it and it passed the deadline already. I hurried to my computer and found the reservation was gone. I am messed up. (more…)

Bike Disappeared from Garage

May 15, 2009

Bike to Work Day

May 15 (Thursday) is the bike to work day in the Bay Area. But my bike was stolen. It happened one evening when I left car garage door open. Someone walked into my garage and took it away. I told the story to my coworkers and to my surprise, it happened to couple of them too. One said his bike was a good one: $600+ of his investment. Obviously, this kind of incidents is quite popular. So, I would reminder readers of this blog: Lock your bike, close your garage door.

Note: According to Wikidepia, Bike-to-Work Day is an annual event held on the third Friday of May across the United States and Canada that promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work. Since many people work from home on Fridays, it makes sense to adjust this event to one day earlier.

Switch to WordPress

March 17, 2009

I have had a blog at Livejournal for a few years but I didn’t really write anything. But when I start writing, I found WordPress is much better. So, I just switch to WordPress.