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After nearly getting through the most complicated work arrangement ever between the Mid-Aurtumn Day and National Day, we have only one more day to go for a 7-day long holiday.  Any ideas about how to spend this holiday? Maybe you can share your plans with us here. 

Certainly, me first.  To be honest, I don’t have any specific plans for it.  Neither am I planning to go outside Beijing in fear of the avalanche of people and the nerve-wracking traffic-jams.  That doesn’t mean, however, that I will lie lazily in bed these days.  Here are some of my ideas, several options I may have during the time:

1. Go to the suburbs. It’s nice staying at a peasant’s courtyard for one night, enjoying the serenity in the countryside, savoring the original dishes cooked by the host, picking grapes or apples in the orchids, and the like.  It will keep you away for a while from the crowds and hullabaloos in the city.  A home-cooked dish has turned into a rare delicacy, shall we feel sad or happy?

 2. Go to some concerts. I barely have enough time doing this during the workdays, though I love it very much.  So, 7 days are long enough for me to do it.  To my delight, there will be some wonderful concerts then in the National Center for Performing Arts, also known as the Big Egg, and some other venues.  I guess there will be lots of choices at my hand then. 

3. Go to some sightseeing spots. I like The Fragrance Hill, the Summer Palace, and the Olympic Forest Green is just in my vicinity.  I love to go to the Fragrance Hill in the early morning before tourists swarm there.  I love to go to the Summer Palace before the sunset, because I think the place is in its greatest splendor in the setting sun.  

And I also love the greenness in the Olympic Forest Green, where exuberant trees and plants grow everywhere( Of course, also because it is the nearest place I can go, only one or two kilometers from my home).  It’s nice just roaming along the paths among the trees, inhaling the fresh morning air in the woods. Some unknown flowers, seemingly planted at randoms, are still blooming.  The big park seems never that crowded even if people come and go group by group thanks to it vastness. Here your mood will never be spoiled because of too many people.

 A simple plan, right? Do share yours with me.

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Have fun during your mid-autumn and national day holidays!

Please enjoy the following picture for more fun. I’m not a basketball fan, and even can’t tell all the names of the “babies” shown in the picture.  I put it here in no way to mock at our basketballers. To be honest, they’ve been doing fairly well recently. Do not count on YAO any more! Give the latecomers some more chances! And they will do much better!

 

Look… These babies are really cute, don’t you think so? Haahaa……

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On this day 79 years ago, the Japanese warmongers waged a war against China. During the 8 years of their invasion, they had commited crimes against humanity. They occupied our land, looted our resources, and massacred our people. The following are some pictures bringing their crimes against Chinese people to light and let’s keep the history deep in mind!

Never forget the history!!!!

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Thousands of bodies piled up by the Yangtze River near Nanjing
Thousands of bodies piled up by the Yangtze River near Nanjing
Our compatriots' heads after being killed

Our compatriots' heads after being killed

Heads hanging up high...

Heads hanging up high...

The live target for the  trocious militants

The live target for the trocious militants

They even didn't let go of the elderly

They even didn't let go of the elderly

Bodies piled up in the ditch to be buried

Bodies piled up in the ditch to be buried

Numerous bodies scattered along the river

Numerous bodies scattered along the river

The inhuman militants shooting our compatriots as live targets

The inhuman militants shooting our compatriots as live targets

Bodies were just being piled up like this....

Bodies were just being piled up like this....

A raped woman whose belly was trpped open

A raped woman whose belly was trpped open

A woman was gang-raped and killed

A woman was gang-raped and killed

Chinese women forced to comfort Japanese militants

Chinese women forced to comfort Japanese militants

A woman raped and then killed

A woman raped and then killed

A woman who had been gang-raped by Japanese militants

A woman who had been gang-raped by Japanese militants

The inhuman Japanese militants eating the hearts of our compatriots

The inhuman Japanese militants eating the hearts of our compatriots

The moment a woman's head was being chopped off

The moment a woman's head was being chopped off

The moment a man's head was being chopped off

The moment a man's head was being chopped off

A soldier whose flesh on the leg had been stripped off live

A soldier whose flesh on the leg had been stripped off live

A 3-year-old boy at the tip of Japanese militant's bayonet

A 3-year-old boy at the tip of Japanese militant's bayonet

Heads piled up like a hill

Heads piled up like a hill

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Another busy week is nearly over…A lot’s happened this week.  Besides daily routines, several Austrians arrived early this week, so the whole team was fully engaged: scheduled business discussions, restaurants, and bars. The guys really had a crush on that Macao Dolar restaurant and had been there twice in just two days. They are definitely regular diners there and never get bored of it…except me, of course. 

Then, starbucks….Then, hard Rock.  To be honest, I don’t like such venues very much. But compared with Vics or Mix, where the deafening noise almost drives me mad, I would rather choose Hard Rock. It is not noisy at least, the background music is lighter. Every night there will be a band performing there. I still remember last time we were there during the World Cup. Though there were lots of people there, the place was not that crowded and noisy, and you can listen to the live music while enjoying the food. Of course, it’s much more expensive. 

 Thank God they are gone today. 

The Mid-Autumn Day is just a few days to go, wish all of you a happy Mid-Autumn Day, and a nice National Day holiday, too…though it’s a little bit early to say so now.

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This post composed with my cellphone  is also available at http://blog.sina.com.cn/simplyenglish

One day off today. Asian Games Village. Passing by a donation van. Form filled up. Application submitted. Brief checkup done. Blood donated. 400cc. First time ever.

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A Surprise From a Net Pal

This post is also available at http://blog.sina.com.cn/simplyenglish.

Yesterday evening, I received an email from a net friend that had not got in touch for a long time ( one or two years, maybe).

It was four years ago. I met him at IASK, an online platform helping others by answering their questions. The boy asked somebody to help him prepare his English resume, and I offered to help him. Besides helping translating his Chinese one into English, I also gave him several suggestions to improve his resume. The boy was so thankful to me that he granted me 100points, the highest according to the system. (I barely go there now, though my answers are still there. And those familiar ones have also disappeared like me.)

Later, we had several correspondence. I learned from him that he was recruited by one of the famous domestic airlines. Then the correspondences suspended and finally got halted. No news from him any more and I nearly forgot him.

Yesterday was the Teacher’s Day. I was a little surprised to find his name in my mailbox again. In his letter, he said he used to report the progress he’d made to his teachers every Teacher’s Day, and this year he thought of me when doing the routine, just because I helped him once. He told me he had quit the job this May and was enrolled in a famous securities company as a training director, a position he’d been dreaming of for a long time. Though the bottom salary offered to him was much lower than his current salary, he accepted the offer without hesitation. He told me he finally could do what he loved from now on.

I gave him a lot of encouragement. This is not an easy decision to make, though. I do believe he will succeed in the end, because he’s so enthusiastic, determinant and full of conviction. And I, a guy not in the teaching field, received a special gift on this special day. I do appreciate it a lot.

And, do others a favor when you can, even if it is just a piece a cake to you. They will remember your kindness.

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The other day I read a piece of news online, reporting a famous hard-liquore manufacturer in Shanxi province( Fen Jiu Group, to be exact) held an auction last week for their 20 bottles of liquor, made of part of their treasured stock said to have been brewed for around 60 years ( wow, that was the time when New China was founded!).With a floor price of RMB95,000, the concluded price of the first bottle finally sky-rocketed to 2.03M!Finally, all the 20 bottles had been auctioned with a total amount of nearly RMB35M!

What I could do was a bitter smile. For these past two or three years, China’s real estate market is having a serious fever and most people are waiting for its cool-down, only to see it soaring higher and higher. I am lucky to have bought my apartment in 2004 , just before the housing price was to flare up. Now, its estimated value has reached well over RMB2M, a good buy, eh?

Now, it suddenly comes to me that my apartment is just a little bit worthy of a bottle of liquor?

Ironically, it is the reality in China. The crazy price-hikes in the housing market have forced more and more people away from it, and they find it takes longer and longer for them to make their housing dreams come true. Many of colleagues said they would not consider buying an apartment within the coming one or two years because of the formidable prices.

And, it sounds no good when your apartment is worth a little more than a bottle of liquor.

The manufacturer has advertised their products in a special way, though it seems their stunt was just an opportunity for sensationalism. Because, it is said that the manufacturer has promised to repurchase the auctioned bottles if the buyers don’t want to keep it any more.

Hey….Whatever!

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