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What Is Marriage Like?

In our English Pub at noon, we chatted about love and marriage. Many buddies offered some good points. As a person who is already in the seiged city, I also gave my ideas about it.

To me, love is like boiling water. It’s extremely hot, and sometimes it hurts and harms you. Marriage is just like boiled water. It’s cooled down and tasteless, but it’s essential to your life. It’s part of your life.

Marriage is like orange juice. It’s not all the way sweet, even with some bitterness in it. When the bitterness dominates, the juice will go bad. Too many divergences will bitter the marriage and make it to an end. But on the whole orange juice is good to your health.

What about a kid? As far as I’m concerned, a kid is some sugar in your boiled water, which adds some flavor to your life. A kid is some mineral water that will dillute the bitterness in the orange juice. He brings you joy, and gives you happiness.

So, marriage is a bottle of boiled water for me, and a glass of orange juice.

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Busy Days!

The past two days are really tough for me. The endless business talks almost drove me mad. Ususally, the end of every quarter is busy and difficult time for us because we have to settle the price for the coming quarter. We always face endless negotiations, and cope with some tough guys. Four long meetings per day, I really felt dizzy after those hot “debates”. The discussions began to run from 8:00am, with a little time for lunch, and ended up till 10:00pm. One after another. The even tougher and boring thing was that I had to repeat the prepared presentation four times a day. Damn it! After a whole day, my mouth went dry though I kept drinking water. And I didn’t want to say a word after that. However, such is work, such is life. I must work hard. I like being busy. Tomorrow I still have to get up early. I still have a half busy day to go! Then…Alas! I can have a short break! And, get ready to relax myself during the long national day holidays! Wish all of you guys a happy national day holiday!

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The Backstreet Boys, Singers
Born: 1993
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida
Best Known As: The pop singers of “All I Have to Give” and “I Want It That Way”
The Backstreet Boys won a 1998 Grammy as Best New Artists and became one of the most successful pop music groups of the late 1990s and early ’00s. The quintet’s members are Alexander “A.J.” McLean (b. 9 January 1978), Brian Littrell (b. 20 February 1975), Howard “Howie D.” Dorough (b. 22 August 1973), Kevin Richardson (b. 3 October 1972), and Nick Carter (b. 28 January 1980); their albums include Backstreet Boys (1997), Millennium (1999) and Black and Blue (2000). The Backstreets are especially popular with young girls and are sometimes regarded as rivals to a similar teen group, ‘N Sync. In July 2001 the band announced that its world tour would be delayed while McLean entered a New York clinic for treatment of depression and alcohol abuse.

Carter’s younger brother Aaron Carter has performed with the band and became a pop star in his own right… Aspiring model Angel Carter is Nick’s younger sister and Aaron’s twin.
Backstreet Boys were, in many ways, a contradictory band. Comprised entirely of white, middle-class Americans, the group sang a hybrid of new jack balladry, hip-hop, R&B, and dance club pop that originally found its greatest success in Canada and Europe, with their 1996 debut album charting in the Top Ten in nearly every country on the continent; ironically, success in their native land did not follow until nearly two years later.

The core of Backstreet Boys is cousins Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell, who both hail from Lexington, KY. The two began singing while they were children, performing in local church choirs, as well as festivals, where they sang doo wop and new jack R&B in the style of Boyz II Men. Two of the other remaining members, Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean, were natives of Orlando, FL, who met each other — as well as transplanted New Yorker and fifth Backstreeter Nick Carter — through auditions for local commercials, theater, and television. At one audition, the three discovered that they shared an affection for classic soul and could harmonize together. In no time, they were singing as a trio. Shortly after the trio had formed, Richardson moved to Orlando, where he became a tour guide at Disney World; at night, he concentrated on becoming a professional musician. Eventually, he met Dorough, Carter, and McLean through a co-worker, and the four decided to form a group, naming themselves after an Orlando flea market; Littrell was invited to join to make the band into a quintet.

Through a friend, record producer Louis J. Pearlman, the band secured management from Donna and Johnny Wright, who put the group out on the road and had several A&R reps come see the Boys perform live. Eventually, Jive Records became interested in the band, signing the group in 1994. Jive/Zomba set Backstreet Boys up with producers Veit Renn and Tim Allen and they labored over the album with the band for several months. The group’s eponymous album was released throughout Europe in late 1995. The record was a success, spending several weeks in the Top Ten in most continental countries where it charted. In the U.K., Backstreet Boys were named Best Newcomers of 1995 at the Smash Hits Awards thanks to their international hit single “We’ve Got It Goin’ On.” After scoring another European hit with “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” the group released their eponymous debut album in Europe and Canada in late 1996; it was a success, spending several weeks in the Top Ten in most of the countries where it charted. Despite their popularity in Europe and Canada, “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” stalled in the lower reaches of the U.S. charts in 1995; this may have been due to the fact that the American version of Backstreet Boys was not released until 1997. Combining their international singles with new tracks (which also formed the centerpiece of that year’s European-only album Backstreet’s Back), the American Backstreet Boys finally began their rise to U.S. success, scoring hits with the singles “Quit Playin’ Games (With My Heart)” and “As Long as You Love Me” (the former of which went platinum). The album continued to spin off hits into 1999, with “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” and “All I Have to Give” all landing on the charts; both the former and the latter were platinum Top Five hits, and the album ended up with sales of over 13 million copies. In the meantime, the group saw its share of turmoil; Littrell underwent surgery in early 1998 to correct a congenital heart defect, and the Boys became embroiled in lawsuits against Pearlman and the rest of their management over royalties for most of the rest of the year. When the dust settled, Pearlman remained the group’s manager (though the rest of the team was fired), and the Boys began work on their follow-up album.

Millennium was released in the summer of 1999, and debuted at number one with first-week sales of over a million copies. Despite the fact that no singles were officially released from the album in the U.S., “I Want It That Way,” “Larger Than Life,” “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely,” and “The One” all hit the charts based on airplay alone. The group released its Christmas Album before the end of the year, by which time Millennium was well on its way to sales of 12 million copies in the U.S. alone. Once again striking immediately after their previous album stopped producing hits, Backstreet Boys issued Black & Blue in fall 2000.

A tour supported the album, but after 7 years of non-stop touring and recording, the band agreed it was time for a break. Brian Littrell became a father while Kevin Richardson tried his hand at Broadway and took a starring role in the musical Chicago. Nick Carter released his solo album Now or Never in 2002, Howie Dorough did charity work for the Dorough Lupus Foundation in honor of the sister he had lost to the disease, and A.J. McLean made headlines with his stint in rehab. In 2004 the band rejoined and began work on a new album. The result, Never Gone, was released in June of 2005.
 

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Thinking of Backstreet Boys, we may think of many of their classic songs: Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely, Everybody, As Long As You Love Me, Shape Of My Heart, ….just to name a few. The following is an introduction to this band I found on a website:
 
Backstreet Boys
A quintet of hunkalicious singing vocalists, the Backstreet Boys is, probobaly the most popluar vocal group outside the United States. If we are the fans for western pop songs and are interested in B-Boys, let’s take a look at their growing path from the very beginning.

The B-Boys gelled in 1993, in Orlando, where high school students A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough, and junior high student Nick Carter frequently ran into each other[1] at acting auditions. They began hanging out[2], started singing, and eventually Kevin Richardson and his Kentucky cousin, Brian Littrell joined in. Though their eponymous debut album[3] has by now sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. The quintet’s 1995 single, “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” fizzled after climbing to No. 69 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

But of course, it’s always lonely at the top, and none of the five currently has a serious girlfriend. Here are the favorites of the Boys: When Nick goes shopping, relates one, he loves to buy sneakers and gold jewelry; Brian’s favorite food is macaroni and cheese, and his favorite cologne is Safari by Ralph Lauren; A.J. likes girls with nice eyes and long hair; Howie is most likely to “invite you for a moonlight walk along the beach”; and Kevin “spent eight years of his life living in a log cabin, and he’s also a qualified ballroom-dancer[4] instructor!”

In 1999, Millennium’s first week out of the gate[5], the disc amassed 1,133,505 in sales, making it the most albums sold in a week – ever – since SoundScan began recording sales figures, handily trouncing the record set by Garth Brooks the previous December.
(Source:http://www.hongen.com/eng/fun/music/bsb.htm)
 
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Other than introducing those too popular classics of the band, I will put several that are “less popular”. I bet you will love them.

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Michael Bolton, a cowboy looking man,has made so many fans crazy for him. During his career of over 30 years, he has brought us so many memorable songs. Those songs from his magnetic voice have captured the hearts of numerous young lovers. That famous When A Man Loves A Woman seems still to be echoing by my ears.
 
In the winter of 2005, the singer came to Beijing and held a concert here. It is said the concert was sponsored by one of his music fans, who owned the hotel that he stayed in Beijing. But the concert was not a success. Anyway, he was not as popular as he was before, but some of his songs can be regarded as classics and worthy of being cherished forever.

In the winter of 2005, the singer came to Beijing and held a concert here. It is said the concert was sponsored by one of his music fans, who owned the hotel that he stayed in Beijing. But the concert was not a success. Anyway, he was not as popular as he was before, but some of his songs can be regarded as classics and worthy of being cherished forever.
 
The lyrics:

You are the candle, love’s the flame
A fire that burns through wind and rain
Shine your light on this heart of mine
Till the of time

You came to me like the dawn through the night
Just shinin’ like the sun
Out of my dreams and into my life
You are the one, you are the one CHORUS
Said I loved you but I lied
‘Cause this is more than love I feel inside
Said I loved you but I was wrong
‘Cause love could never ever feel so strong
Said I loved you but I lied
With all my soul I’ve tried in vain
How can mere words my heart explain
This taste of heaven so deep so true
I’ve found in you
So many reasons in so many ways
My life has just begun
Need you forever, I need you to stay
You are the one, you are the one CHORUS
Said I loved you but I lied
‘Cause this is more than love I feel inside
Said I loved you but I was wrong
‘Cause love could never ever feel so strong
Said I loved you but I lied
You came to me like the dawn through the night
Just shinin’ like the sun
Out of my dreams and into my life
You are the one, you are the one CHORUS
Said I loved you but I lied
‘Cause this is more than love I feel inside
Said I loved you but I was wrong
‘Cause love could never ever feel so strong
Said I loved you
But this is more than love I feel inside
Said I loved you….But I lied

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I can feel a trace of despair in Phil Collins’ songs. From Another Day In The Paradise, True Colors,….I like to listen to them when I feel blue, only to find myself more despressed than before. Even so, I still hopelessly love to do so.
The Melancholic man sings with his resonant voice with desperateness, maybe out of his unhappy personal life, though he’s won so many awards for his music.
 
Lyrics:
 
How can I just let you walk away,
Just let you leave without a trace?
When I stand here taking every breath with you.
Oh, you’re the only one who really knew me at all.

How can you just walk away from me,
When all I can do is watch you leave?
Cause we shared the laughter and the pain.
And even shared the tears.
You’re the only one who really knew me at all.

So take a look at me now,
Well, there’s just an empty space.
And there’s nothing left here to remind me.
Just the memory of your face.
Well, take a look at me now,
Well, there’s just an empty space.
And you come back to me is against all odds.
And that’s what I’ve got to face.

I wish I could just make you turn around.
Turn around and see me cry.
There’s so much I need to say to you.
So many reasons why.
You’re the only one who really knew me at all.

So take a look at me now, well,
There’s just an empty space.
And there’s nothing left here to remind me.
Just the memory of your face.

Now, take a look at me now,
Cause there’s just an empty space.
But to wait for you is all I can do,
And that’s what I’ve got to face.
Well, take a look at me now,
Cause I’ll still be standing here.
And you coming back to me is against all odds.
It’s the chance I’ve got to take.

Take a good look at me now.
I’ve got to face.
Take a look at me now.

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Those Born in 1970’s (I) http://www.ghztop.com/AD/ds09.swf

Those Born in 1970’s(II) http://www.ghztop.com/AD/ds10.swf

 To me, it’s a mixed feeling to think of the past. I feel happy recalling those happy memories, but really sad that I’m getting older and older day by day. Born in 1970’s, we underwent some special times and witnessed China entering a new era. A TV series called Year After Year touched me so much as if I was one of their family. Time goes on, memories are still there, fresh and vivid. In August, I came back to my hometown after 5 years. Everything seemed to have changed and I felt like a stranger there. Yet Mom was there, with more wrinkles on her face; and my eldest brother was surprisingly in his early fifties! And where were my buddies that used to play with me? Gone are those people in the depth of your memories, gone are the old scenes. However, I hope this will remind you of something. Something that I may share with you.

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