Wednesday, May 31, 2006
On Memorial Day, my family and I went to eat out. We sat at a table and watched the beautiful view from the Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant. The restaurant's environment, food and service were wonderful. However, the cost was a little too much for us.
We finished our dinner. Afterwards, we went for a walk along the seashore. We enjoyed the ocean breeze while we watched the fishermen waiting for a catch.
A picture appeared before my eyes: It was the sunset. The scene was perfect but the sun was going down and soon to be no more. That was its flaw.
Just like me. Tomorrow I have to work hard and study. I am imperfect, but everyday I try to be more. I think nothing is perfect or flawless.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Memorial Day is coming. My school has four days vacation. I feel happy and a little disappointed about this vacation. The happy thing is I have a plan to spend Friday evening with my classmates.
Last week, we made plans to go out to eat together. Our evening teacher will take us to a Mexican restaurant to try new food on Friday night. She told us there would be fresh tortillas. Also, she said, the food would be very inexpensive and the portions would be big.We could share together. I have never tried Mexican food before.
We'll talk only English and practice how to order food and talk about the taste of the food in English. I'll enjoy my day.
Except when I enjoy something, I try not to forget about making money.
The bad thing is, I need to work all vacation. I'm a flower clerk. I think, on Memorial Day, I'll be very busy because on that day many customers will buy flowers to memorialize their relatives or friends in the cemetery. So, before Memorial Day, I'll prepare and make flower's arrangements and bouquets.
I hope I'll have a wonderful evening on Friday and I plan to work hard during the Memorial weekend vacation.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
GO or IGO (Japanese name) is the traditional board game that was passed from Chinese. There are black and white stones to play in this game. Two Players use their stones to surround the territory. This game, GO is one of my hobbies.
In this 28th may, I went out to the cultural center of Seto city (city that I live now) to join in the GO competition. This is the second time I join in. There, it has many people come to join in. Almost of them are the old people. However, there some children come for playing in children tournament too. For me, I joined in with old people.
There A-H (according to level orders) groups of tournament and I was in C group (2 DAN level). Each group has 4 times of matches. From the beginning of tournament, I continuously won 2 times, but then I lost in the third match that the quarterfinal, so I lost the chance to get the first or second places. I played for taking the third place in the fourth match. I won and finally took third place in C group. Before came back home, I got some prizes from this competition.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
I will off work on next Monday. It's a Memorial Day so my shop will close. I'll stay home to relax or probably I going to go shopping. I hope everyone have nice weekend
Most of my classmates have four days of vacation this Memorial Day weekend, but I have to work three days this weekend. I just have one day of vacation next Monday.
A few days ago, my husband and I talked about how to plan this year’s Memorial Day weekend. We know most students in our Kung Fu school are not going to go anywhere. They want more practice this weekend, so we chose to have only one day off.
My son came to
I want to say “Sorry, my son. I have been too busy and too tired to spend time with you. Perhaps, this Memorial we can visit
I think this plan would make him happy. I hope he will enjoy going there, because he wants to see how life is flourishing in
We haven't seen each other for more than twenty years. We wanted to get together, but it was not possible. When we meet in Canada this weekend, we will have our wish!
I think we will go to a movie on Saturday because my children want to see the X Men movie.
My brother and I feel very happy because we will be together on Memorial Day. We plan to have a barbeque alongside Lake Tahoe. We will have a big party to celebrate my mom's first trip to the United States.
Monday, May 22, 2006
New room for studying English have been opened near the computer room since this term started. And its name is “
There are various activities in
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
At church there is a special mass for all the Mothers. At night there is a festival to honor them. This festival is organized by the elementary school's teachers. Every Mother gets a ticket for a chance to win a prize. They also have free dinner.
I remember when we were children, we used to save money at school. Our parents gave us some money everyday to buy a snack.Sometimes we saved a little bit and gave it to our teacher. Our teacher used to collect our money during the whole year. A few days before Mather's Day we received our money back to buy a gift for our Mother
We couldn't afford to buy an expensive gift, but we felt happy to give her a little present and wish her a Happy Mother's Day!
My mother died in 1978. She will forever live in my heart.
My sister has a serious illness. She couldn’t eat out at a restaurant this Sunday morning. My husband and I went to her apartment. We brought flowers for her. Her husband cooked lunch for us. Together, we celebrated Mother’s Day.
We enjoyed a cheerful Mother’s Day.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
My mother passed away when I was twelve years old. So that I had lost a very special relationship of my mother. I only have a little bit impression of my mother now.
Many people complement about my mom was a good woman. She could able do anything in her life. She was a lovely woman. She had a heart of gold. She had many characters. All those words are from the people had told me.
I know my mom is a brave and good take care of the family. She was the one who brough the bacon home. I respect and love her very much.
Even though she died for a long time, but she is always alive in my heart. She is my idol. Sometimes, I dream about her and I don't believe she died. I tried to keep up my dream until I woke up.
I feel sorry for the death of my mother. Like today I can not show my love to her on Mother's Day even if it doesn't have Mother's Day in Vietnam.
This little girl is over smart!
Now that I am in America , I think of my mother on the second Sunday in May. I remember when I was a child, one time my mother checked my homework after I had finished it. She ordered me to do it again as she found something wrong with my homework. After that, I was afraid my mother would check my homework and I always finished it carefully. I had to give up watching TV at night or playing games with other children except on weekends in my childhood. At that time, I didn’t like it but I had to obey my mother’s orders. However, it made me happy that my mother would cook delicious food for me.
My mother didn’t want to check my homework when I studied in Middle school. She just said to me, " You can make a mistake during your studies, but don’t make the same mistake a second time.”
She was very busy because she went to work and she had to take care of our home. I liked to turn on the TV when I came back from school . My mother found out about that very soon and she said to me, "If you want to be successful, do your homework first.”
It seemed that I had no freedom in my family. After I grew up and thought about that, I realized that is love. That is a mother’s love. I am proud that I have a great mother. She taught me a lot. I decided to celebrate Mother’s Day with my parents this year.
In this day, as a mother they would feel happy, but in other days they still need to work hard at home or in the factories, or at the offices, or they must do two jobs to support their families.
I think that as the son or daughter who respects for and love thier mother or parent should usually do some houseworks for their mother or parent. It would be the best way to respect for their mother and parent.
Saturday, May 13, 2006
On Mother's Day most people are very busy. They spend their time shopping. They want to pick and choose the right things for their mothers. Many people take their mothers to restaurants. Some people give chocolate candy or flower on Mother's Day. They do like this to show they love their mothers.
For me, I have gotten many, many gifts from my children on Mother's Day. I feel very happy because I am the apple of their eyes. They need me very much. Especially, when they are hungry.
Last year, I got a vase of rose flowers from my daughter on Mother's Day. The year before that, I got a neaklace. The necklace was made of beads. It's cute. My daughter is a creative girl. She changed different gifts for me every year. She always makes me feel pleasure with the gifts she gives me. Oh, my son is simple. He just gives me " A heart " every year. He writes something very nice with a lot of red hearts on the card. He makes me feel happy, too.
So far, I'm very happy and proud to be the mother of my children. I hope, after they grow up, that they will continue to honor me on Mother's Day because mothers have only one special day. That is "Mother's Day."
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Talking about Hollywood, everybody knows that is a real moviemaking place. It's a largest movie studio in the world.
I took a tour around the studio. I saw movie sets that were very skilled built. They looked real, but they were not real. I saw flood. I saw the fire distroy cars. I saw the rain comes down. This is a popular and famous tour.
I saw " Shrek and Donkey." It's a good film. I felt the action right from my own seat because I wore 3D eyesglasses.
I saw an action movie. Arnold was part of this film. He acts very grave and dignified. While I was watching the movie, I saw real actors performing on the stage. I though I saw the real Arnold, but my husband said, that it wasn't really him. Somebody was made up exactly like him. For this film, I wore three dimension glasses, also.
I joined many tours and I walked on the red carpet at Universal Studios Hollywood. I learned many things and I liked it very much!
Monday, May 08, 2006
- Put yourself in my shoes: try to imagine yourself in my situation in order to understand how I feel.
I attempt to answer two of the idioms:
- Nose to the grindstone: to pay attention on doing something and to not stop working until the job is completed.
- Rule of thumb: to a simple, easily understood rule that tells us how to act in a given situation.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
In the golden week, I went to the Higashiyama zoo for searching data to do the report. I and my friends used video camera because one of them suggested presenting the report by DVD instead papers. My main part in this report is video editing.
On the day I went to the zoo, my Thai friend had illness, so I went to the zoo alone. Then I met my Japanese friends at the zoo. We went in the zoo and started to shoot a film. But I and my friend are quite unskilled in taking video, so I worried that I maybe have a difficulty to edit the video later.
After lunch we finished the work. Japanese friends came home. But, as I come to the zoo for the first time, I go around the zoo and took some photos.
In other words, the words of the idiom provide few clues to the meaning of the idiom.
Here are a few:
- milling around
- nose to the grindstone
- dirt poor
- rule of thumb
What does each mean?
Do you know an idiom?
Post yours on the blog.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
She was relatively tall. Usually she wore black clothes and a light brown sun helmet. She always carried a blue back pack with a drawing of happy face on it. She carries it in her hand. The young boy came to around her belt hieght and he did not carrry anything by himself. Obviously the blue back pack belonged to the young boy.
When the bus stopped and let the passengers got on. The grandmother always let her grandson go ahead. She followed him and accompanied him to school.
One morning, I walked close to the bus stop. Suddenly I noticed a student getting on the bus and he carried a blue back pack with a yellow circular smiling head sign, but there was no grandmom following him. I thought that this student must be that boy and that the grandmother might be busy or sick. The next day, I still did not see the grandmom. The third day, the grandmom appeared beside her grandson. At that moment, I found that the young boy had come up to her shoulder.
Time is passing unconsciously. The first time I noticed them had been about three years ago. Now the boy has grown up. I hope he will not need his grandmom to accompany him going to school again.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Thanks a lot for choosing many interesting stories to let I read.
I liked the questions in those stories because it expanded my idea.
The stories attracted me to read because they have many hero.
I'm very happy with the coming back of my teacher. Recently, the class looks like missing my teacher's voice. The class seems missing the joke and the likeliness of my teacher.