A Bowl of Rice

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Location: Ontario, Canada

Paying Fancy Prices to Pretend that I Have A Fancy Life



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Me: Hi, may I speak to wx, please?
Other: I think you are a little bit late. She's back to China now.
Me (silence): When did she leave?
Other: She left on Sunday.
Me: Oh, she told me she would leave on later August.
Other: I hope you have your email.
Me: Yes, I have. Thanks. So she's never gonna come back?
Other: Never say never. But she has moved out of here.
Me: I see. Well, thank you very much.
Other: You are welcome. Good luck.
Me: Bye.


Journey to the West

I have been back from the trip to the west for a couple of days. Compared to the wild wide west, the silence of this small town depressed me the moment I stepped off the bus. I didn't wanna do or say anything for the last few days. Everything looks so familiar, but at the same time, very strange.

Rocky Mountain
The whole trip was wonderful. Everyday was a new experience. I had the best steak and pan-cake in Calgary. After the hiking in the beautiful Rocy Mountain, the hot spring and massage were relaxing and satisfying. I was chased by a coyote when biking in Jasper. It became the legend afterwards during the trip. In kelowna, we went to winery to taste wines. It is hard to put on words the feeling of fine wines wrapping my tongue while the glass reflecting the sun shine in the farm. It was a combination of laziness and elegance. My final stop was Vancouver. It is a city built with coffee shops. And the brand of this city is obviously 'Starbucks'. It is also a stylish city in that everyone has its own style of dressing, talking and living. The individuality also contributes to the tolerance and diversity of this city.

This trip benefies me not only because I got to see another mountain or another city, also in that I learnt more about myself and my needs. Welcome back.



Here is the list of stuffs I am taking during my trip to the west:

mp3 player
a book
cash and bank cards
wishes from my dear friends

Before this trip, I have already learnt a lot by preparing for it, about the places I am going, the people living there, and the most importantly, the friendship. I feel lucky that I have friends who care about me, so that I am not bothered by thoes who don't want me to be happy. I feel sad because two of my best friends are about to leave Canada when I come back from this trip.
Bon Voyage, to me and my dear friends.


Recipe for Friendship

Dear Kimmy wrote me her secret recipe. I would like to share it with my friends.

Fold two hands together
And express a dash of sorrow
Marinate it overnight
And work on it tomorrow

Chop one grudge in tiny pieces
Add several cups of love
Dredge with a large sized smile
Mix with the ingredients above

Dissolve the hate within you
By doing a good deed
Cut in and help your friend
If he should be in need

Stir in laughter, love, and kindness
From the heart it has to come
Toss with genuine forgiveness
And give your neighbor some

The amount of people served
Will depend on you
It can serve the whole wide world
If you really want it to



On Tuesday evening, my two best buddies in town came to the boat and had dinner with me and my house mates. One of them is leaving for the States to pursue a PhD while the other is going back to China soon. So that would be the last time we had dinner together. Here's the dishes I cooked for them that night (in course order):
  1. Crispy tofu;
  2. Red pepper boat;
  3. Italian Sausage;
  4. Rice stick fried with onion, chicken and bok choy;
  5. Salmon soup;
  6. Garlic lettuce salard.


How About An Ice-Cream

Everytime I walk by the ice-cream store, the owner would come to talk to me. It's amazing for me because growing up in the city I am used to the coolness between people. I feel good to his kindness, and presured at the same time. I feel like I have to buy his ice-cream to show my friendliness (maybe it's eventually the way he does business, who knows). But the fact is that I don't like ice-cream, the sweet and cold taste always makes me wanna jump. However, I would buy his ice-cream everytime I return from grocery shopping. Sometimes the idea of paying-back to people's kindness makes me feel good about myself.

If you are on my msn list, you probably have noticed the change of my account to 'Pigdog Blue', literally translated as 'zhu gou bu ru'. It is typical Chinese English, meaning worse than a pig and a dog. A same question has been thrown to me for times bout why I changed to this account. Nothing much, just to amuse myself and my friends.

Yesterday a friend told me it was his worst day in life ever because he lost two friends in the same day. He couldn't help the sadness. I think it was good in the way that he got to experience the feeling of sadness.

Sadness is an instinctive ingredient in human being. We are all born sad, crying, and screaming. In some part of China, if a baby is born without crying, the father needs to spank it right after it is born till it cries. The cry and scream of a baby means a new life. And for the life ahead of him/her, he/ she needs to learn to get over the instinctive sadness, learn to enterntain himself/ herself, and maybe more, to amuse his/ her fellow beings.

So enjoy every feeling you experience because they are all precious, including sadness. But since we are born sad, we need to learn to balance it in order to complete this life.