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Share Father's Story
helenriver 2016-6-20 16:28
Father's Story
My father was born in a village of a northern province in China, the same village of my mother’s. He has two elder brothers and two younger sisters. Since my grandmother held that education is the only way out for the children born in the countryside, all three boys were sent to school despite the family’s poverty. But when my father graduated from middle school, the Cultural Revolution started which required schools to stop enrolling students, so he had to join the army like many other young ...
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Share A Walk for Love
helenriver 2016-4-25 21:49
A Walk for Love
What happened on April 23? During the Chinese New Year I saw a post on wechat calling for people to take part in theE.G.G. Walkathon--walking 50km in 12 hours to raise money for underprivileged children in China. The money will be used to help children in areas of nutrition and health, social assimilation, safety and protection, and education and learning. I made up my mind immediately that I wanted to join, because it will be a good deed and a challenge for me too. I called my ...
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Share The Things About Flights
helenriver 2016-4-24 23:12
The Things About Flights
I have not traveled much by plane, but every time I would choose the window seat, no matter how long the flight is. Peeking out of the small window feels like a very exciting thing to me. I could stare at clouds for hours and not get bored. At night I would try to block all the lights reflecting on the window and strain my eyes to see the stars above. Each flight trip offered me something new and fascinating. Arriving at a city in the night or early morning feels like creeping ...
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Share The Lost Generations
helenriver 2016-3-7 23:47
It is not just my generation, but many of them that are lost, not knowing what we want and who we are. I have seen my friends and experienced myself struggle in making the big decisions in marriage and career. I know people who are changing jobs constantly because they don't know what they like to do, and they cannot find a balance between the things they like and the things they can do for a living. I also know people who are stuck in a job that makes them very unhappy, but not knowi ...
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Share Thoughts on Love
helenriver 2016-2-10 10:58
Every girl has a dream of the prince charming in shining armor with sparkling eyes and a killer smile. But it takes a girl some time to realize that the perfect guy she dreams of is just like the perfect dress or shoes in display that may not actually look perfect on her. She may finally understand that love is not the pursuit of the best person in the world, because if so, then love would become mathematics, only the equation of the qualities that an eligible person has. And love would be impos ...
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Share Travelling and the Little Things
helenriver 2016-1-22 13:30
Go to the places that tourists don’t go to, and you will see what people don’t normally see. The essence of life lies in the little things that often elude the others’ eyes. Last November I got a chance to go to Antwerp in Belgium on business for a few days. It was my first trip to Europe, and I was so excited. Since I learned about European culture in college, my head has been filled with romantic ideas about the people, architecture and art there. I’m dying to see it ...
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Share Crazy Shopping Experience in Seoul
helenriver 2016-1-21 16:01
Crazy Shopping Experience in Seoul
Korean girls are all so pretty. That was my first impression of Korea as I was standing on the pavement of a busy street in Seoul, goggling at the girls passing by. Somehow the skin of all of the girls there is impeccable. It can be seen that they spend a lot of time on their face, hair and clothing, and I could not help but stare. I almost feel ashamed that I’m not wearing any make-up and didn’t do anything fancy with my hair. I have secretly vowed to myself not to ...
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Share My Experience of Learning English
helenriver 2015-12-9 21:38
I still remember clearly about my one and only English class back in elementary school. The teacher was not very keen on teaching us. She just wrote the sentence "Nice to meet you" on the blackboard, repeated a few times for us, and taught us a few words including "apple" and "panda". We played through the rest of the class, and that was all the English education I got before middle school. Of course it is different nowadays. Kids are required to know some basics of English ...
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Share The Virtue of Just Do It
helenriver 2015-8-31 12:02
Recently I realized that I have a tendency of collecting all the information on a certain subject before I actually embark on it. In most cases the process for collecting information never ends because there is just too much information online these days. Some discretion is also required to select the useful and correct information needed. I often become exhausted in the process and just leave it at that. This seems to be the problem of some people who read too much and who consider books a ...
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