You Can Be What You Want To Be

Certain types of bodies are naturally suited for certain sports.  So I have heard about a climber’s body, a swimmer’s body (like Michael Phelps’), etc.  But the truth is that you don’t have to have a certain type of body to be good at a certain sport. The Japanese women’s volleyball team beat the Soviet […]

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Are the Food You Buy in Chinatown Safe?

I sometimes purchase live Tilapia fish from Chinese stores.  Recently my mother bought a box of frozen Tilapia fish from one of them. After learning about the milk powder scandal in China, I recalled that last year in Shanghai, I bought a perfectly-looking boiled corn on the cob from a street vendor.  Every kernel was […]

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Voting For Conservatives

I can’t believe that I will be voting for the Conservatives in this coming federal election!  It will be a practical, rather than an idealogical, vote, because the Conservatives promised to allow self-employeed people like me to have parental leave. Yes, I did voted against the Conservatives when they tried to revert the same-sex marriage […]

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Proving That You’re Respectable

A number of web sites sprang up in the wake of Western media’s biased coverage of the Lhasa Riots on March 14, 2008.  They were set up by Chinese people inside and outside China to present facts that were intentionally or unintentionally ignored by the Western media and to voice the Chinese perspectives that the Western media […]

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A Proud Austrian

I went to Vienna in Austria from Zlin in Czech by train.  The Czech train was old looking, like those in movies that depicted the Russia era in the 1920s.  When stopping, its long and loud metal screaching sound made some local passengers habitually press their fingers on their ears. The train attendants, who checked passengers’ tickets, though spoke only a little English, were […]

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The Attractiveness of White Men

I was in Zlin, a small city in the Czech Republic, for 10 days.  I saw about twelve Asians and one black person there.  A city of white people.  I didn’t notice any white man particularly attractive until the day before my departure when I interacted with a young sales man in a store that sold climbing equipment.  On top of his good looks, […]

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Learning to Speak a New Language

In the last a few days I have been learning to speak “Thank you” in Czech.  I first listened to people saying it, then asked my agent to teach me, then said it back to her a number of times on a number of occasions.  She understood and smiled back at me.  I thought that […]

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Auschwitz and the Fogotten Holocaust

I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau yesterday.  As I toured the two camps, I was shocked to see the amount of human hair, the shoes and the suitcases from the victims.  They speak the volume of the systematic killing.  While I wondered what evidence the holocaust deniers have, I also wondered what the museum for the Nanking Massacre for […]

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Zlin: A Beautiful Clean City

I am in Zlin, a city of about 75,000 people in the Czech Republic.  I am impressed by its beauty and cleanliness.  There are plenty of trees, flowers in the gardens and on the balconies.  The roads and sidewalks are free of debris.  Amazing.  An ordinary worker’s salary here is about US$350 per month. It […]

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My Worst Experience at the US Customs

Last night I drove from Toronto to the Michigan State.  At the US customs, I was asked to leave my car to wait in a room.  An officer questioned me there.  After probably about half an hour, I was allowed to leave to return my car.  My car became a mess, with contents spread all over the place.  I wondered […]

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