Cee’s Share Your World – May 23, 2017

Cee has interesting questions (again) this week for Share Your World. I’m having fun answering them.

  1. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? 

This has something to do with travel. I always want to see the Northern Light. One year I checked the best day of the year to see the Aurora in Alaska, and then checked the airfare. It was way over what I would want to spend. A couple years later, my sister Yolanda and her husband Patrick went to Canada to see the Aurora.  The photos were extraordinary.  When my husband and I watch the nature channels, we discovered that a few other locations are also good places to see the magical Northern Light shows.

In fact, there are six best places to see the Northern Lights in winter. Now we have many options on hand.

Svalbard, Norway

Kakslauttanen, Finland

Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Reykjavik, Iceland

Northern Canada

Scotland, United Kingdom

https://www.skyscanner.net/news/6-best-places-see-northern-lights-winter-2015-2016
  1. How often do you get a haircut?

I like long hair. My hair doesn’t grow too fast, so I may have hair cut twice a year. I trim the bangs every now and then.

  1. In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search or numeric puzzles?

I don’t seem to have patience for puzzle, but I love playing games. My favorite game is Scrabble. My daughter is the only one interested in playing Scrabble with me. We both are very competitive. When my husband and I visit Mercy and Will, they always introduce new games to us. I love all kinds of board games.

  1. How many cities have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.

I have lived in seven cities –

Hong Kong

Portland, Oregon

Seattle, Washington

Alhambra, Monterey Park, Chino Hills, La Habra, in California

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Chinese Heritage & Thursday’s Special

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Chinese has more than 5000 years of heritage. I am only touching a drop in the ocean. The following photo is a novelty way to represent the structure of emperors in many dynasties.

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Most social values are derived from Confucianism and Taoism. Confucian thought focuses on the cultivation of virtue and maintenance of ethics, and the importance of the family and social harmony.

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Taoism is a religious or philosophical tradition of Chinese origin which emphasizes living in harmony. Taoist ethics in general tend to emphasize Naturalness: simplicity and spontaneity. The Three Treasures are: Compassion, Frugality, and Humility.

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The ancient written standard was Classical (Traditional) Chinese. It was used for thousands of years. The modern standard is Simplified Chinese. As for spoken language, there are multiple dialects in different regions of China. The Reformers established a Beijing-based Mandarin as a national spoken language.

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The music, dance, acrobat, Kungfu, Tai chi, arts, ceramic, architecture, and cuisine also play major roles in Chinese heritage.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage

Paula’s Thursday’s Special – Traces of the Past

Cee’s Share Your World – May 15, 2017

Cee has interesting questions for this week, and I love to share my answers.

  1. How many languages do you speak?

Well, I read and write Chinese. In spoken language, the official Chinese language is Mandarin. I speak Mandarin, and Cantonese is my mother tongue. I also speak a little bit of Spanish. When I worked as school district administrator, part of my job was working with parents. There were many Spanish speaking parents in my community.


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  1. What are you reading, watching, listening to, or eating?

My husband and I watch the nature video every night. Currently, we are watching an Ocean series – South Pacific Islands. Last night we watched the part about “Saving the Sharks.” Some villages on these islands make their living by killing the sharks. The Conservation Program works with the village people, created a tourism business to take divers to the ocean to observe and feed the sharks. The villages benefit from the tourism. The Lead for the diving tour is from the village. His job as diving Lead makes three times more than killing the sharks. The program has been working to save a lot of sharks.

  1. What was the last photo you took with your phone?

I used my phone to take the following photo in Kelley Point Park, Portland, Oregon, a few days ago.

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  1. What is your favorite time of day?

My favorite time of the day is morning.  When I have the coffee in my hand, walking through my garden and check on the flowers and fruit trees. It’s my time to make connection to the earth and appreciate the life and growth of the plants.

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Cee’s Share Your World – May 15, 2017

Triathlon

The Showers of Blessing

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Mercy Rossi, my daughter, and Will Rossi, her husband participated in a triathlon in June 2015. They were in a competition, but not with each other! They did swimming first. In the process, she was off track a little bit. He waited for her. They came out of the water almost at the same time. It was just a few minutes apart according to the timer of my camera. They did bicycling second. Will was just a couple bike lengths ahead of Mercy. He always was within her sight. Finally, they did running. Again, they were running side by side. He might have been a few steps ahead sometimes.

They came to the final stretch, they were holding hands, pushed through the finishing line together, both with their hands in the air, and big smiles on their faces!

I was honored to be there to join the cheering team…

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Wonder of Brain Maze

The power of brain maze

Innovation, it creates

Impossibility, it accommodates

Uncoordinated, it appropriates

Unrelated, it collaborates

Diversity, it associates

Vast memories, it activates

Will power, it premeditates

Pressing on, it determinates

Love languages, it communicates

His own amazing brain power, it appreciates

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Daily Prompt: Maze

Daily Prompt: Collaboration

Nonverbal Communication

My husband and I started work out at the gym together since November, 2016. We have been keeping up. When we use the weight resistant machines, he sets the height of the bench and the desired weight for him. On most of the machines, he lifts, pushes, or pulls 200 pounds. I only do 20 to 30 pounds with most of the machines, and have the bench a lot higher because I am short. Well, I’m not really doing muscle building. It’s just exercise for me.

We take turns to do two sets of 16 counts on each machine. After his set, he adjusts the height of the bench and weight for me. Anyway, this morning, he forgot to do the adjustment on one machine. I tried to push with both arms, but it didn’t make a move. I looked up at him and chuckled. He stared at me for a couple seconds, and got it.

I think I’m spoiled.

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Daily Prompt: Chuckle