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Just read an interesting piece of news a while ago. The local government of Ningbo,Zhejiang Province, carried out some ‘affordable graves’ for its residents. Each grave will cost no more than rmb7800.

We Chinese are leading a tough life now, and it’s indeed not easy to make a living in here. So, do give a second thought when you choose to die due to your failure to get an ‘affordable apartment’, coz it may be equally costly for you to get an’ affordable grave’!? To be or not to be, it’s not only a question for Hamlet, but all people of the middle or lower classes in China.

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While the Melamine-tainted milk powder still stinks , the major domestic dairy producers are being involved in another ignominious scandal recently. Rumour has it that Mengniu, one of the leading dairy producers in China, is being blamed for sabotaging the reputation of its domestic counterparts by hiring a PR company who had been plotting to defame the other competitors. The victims include Yili and Synutra. (Source:Baidu) It is said that the previously Synutra scandal ( some babies who had used the producer’s product showed signs of precocious puberty) has been plotted by Mengniu, aiming to beat the producer by ruining its established reputation in the market. The move was successful and Synutra has been suffering from financial loss and reputational damage ever since, and is still struggling to restore its damaged corporate image. Yili, another dairy giant in the same area with Mengniu (Inner Mongolia), also claimed that Mengniu’s staff were trying to defame one of its baby milk brands by spreading some false news in the market. It also claims that the police has tracked down the case and a Mengniu personnel involved has been arrested. It’s indeed a shame for the domestic producers, another solid proof that many Chinese producers don’t follow the rules and try to win the competition by some illegal means. While we call for integrity in business, why do they keep doing such unscrupulous things only to put the Chinese image to shame? There is no winner in this smear campaign, only to bring more humiliation to China’s dairy industry, or even worse, disgrace the global image of China. We Chinese often boast of our long history and profound wisdom, but this time, these people have employed their wisdom in a wrong occasion, and in a wrong way. A cow provides milk for us, but it turns threatening when it’s contracted MCD.

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Here’s a piece of interesting news carried in Oct. 11th’s China Daily Mobile version:

“October 10 this year, or 10/10/10, was supposed to be such a lucky date that some couples arranged Caesarean sections specifically so their babies would be born Sunday. But Niamh Bond arrived on the 10th day of the 10th month of 2010 all by herself – and, just for good measure, at 10 seconds after 10 past 10 as well, UK media reported. She was born weighing just 1.68kg after being delivered naturally at 8 weeks premature. Hearne, the girl’s mother, said, “When I looked at the clock I was gobsmacked. It is certainly a date to remember.”

 You are lucky enough if you were born on a date with triple tens ( Oct. 10th,XX10), and it’s like a myth in the Arabian Nights if you were born exactly 10 seconds after 10 minuttes after 10 on Oct. 10th, 2010. Niamh Bond, however, has made it by being born with sextuple tens. Isn’t she lucky?

We Chinese regard the figure ten as a state of consummation, or perfection as it contains all the other single-digit figures, and a symbol of auspiciousness or sheer luck. The Chinese idiom of “Shi Quan Shi Mei ” refers to a perfect state that hardly exists in reality, or an illusion.

 However, there are even luckier ones. A lottery ticket bought in UK won a record 113million British pounds on the Euromillions lottery draw last Friday. It is not clear yet whether the winner is an individual or syndicate. No matter what, the person or persons having won the prize would the luckiest one in the world, as the chance was one in 76,275,360… (OO_^_OO).

So, go buy some lottery tickets right away, man! 🙂

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Finally…..Reluctantly, though.

It’s a pretty long holiday and I really enjoy it very much although I didn’t go outside Beijing the whole holiday. Then, tell you what I did and where I went, which was not as what I had scheduled it previously. 

I did go to Shunyi, the suburbs of Beijing and spent a whole day there. It was the first day.  The spot was kind of a leisure park. We strolled among the green trees, camping on the green meadow. We kicked shuttlecock and flew kites.  We didn’t have anything in the countryside. After fishing a while, we returned to downtown for dinner.  

Then , we went to Beihai Park and went boating for some time. When the night fell, we had dinner at a Hakka-style restaurant, a frequented place of mine with my customers. It was nice enjoying the tasty food beside the neon-lit lake, with the noises and melodies from the bars around your ears. 

We didn’t go to the concerts and postponed it till the end of this month, when a famous dance show called “Si Lu Hua Yua”(丝路花雨)will be staged at the Big Egg. It is a show from my hometown province featuring the long history of Dunhuang Grottos. So, it’s worthwhile to be there enjoying something from the place I was born. 

For the rest of the holiday, I mainly stayed home simply relaxing myself.  It was great staying indoors, doing house chore, doing some reading, listening to music, or even taking a nap.   It is a time to slow the fast-paced life style a bit, and enjoy some real leasure time of life. 

A plain holiday is over, and there’s tons of work waiting for me ahead. So, buckle up…….and here we go!

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