Life

On the meaning of YOLO

So many decisions seem to come down to yolo. Otherwise known as “you only live once” and therefore a motto for making the most of your life experience, yolo is the college student’s excuse for doing anything seemingly counter-productive. Do you get $1 slices at Papa John’s at midnight with your friends or study for … Continue reading

Life

Us 90s Kids

In America we’ve given each definable generation a fancy name like “Baby Boomers” or Generation X. In China they just say “80 hou” or “90 hou,” which literally means the “post-80s” or “post-90s” generation. Many have commented on the defining characteristics of each generation, especially when the first of the 90s generation graduated from college … Continue reading

Chinese / Life

女人的生活很美,很复杂

进了某个百货公司后,你会发现七楼中至少五楼都是给女生购物的。路上的小店也几乎都是女生用品(除了手机和食物以外)。各家美容店,宣告女人们进来后会变得更美。若妳什么都不做,随便穿衣服,觉得皮肤怎样都行,不怕晒黑,不烫或不染头发,不化妆,不美甲,老是吃到饱而不保持瘦瘦的样子,妳好像就没有女人本身应该有的样子。 每个人,特别是年轻女孩,都想受别人的欢迎与称赞。也想感觉自己成熟一点,尤其感到她们在自己喜欢的男生眼光里是有魅力的。因此世上有千里之外的方式, 让女人变得更漂亮。把自己弄美一点没错,这是对自己一种尊重。我最近自己第一次化妆发觉自己的心态改善了,我终于知道我也可以跟正常女人一样。但问题是,做多少才够? 一开始是保护皮肤,买这个,搽那个。然后剪发,烫发,最后染发。裙子穿的也越来越短,自己觉得还行。但心里总怕父母骂,说妳变坏了。妳也怕妳真的变太多了。 小时候我们可能很单纯,父母也不同意自己的孩子打扮太夸张。当我们长大,有了自己的生活目标,自己的钱, 想变成什么样的人好像真的没有限制。变是可以的,变美丽,变成人。很多男人也说过,他们最欣赏的是身边女人的成长。但究竟该变多少呢?其他人会不会觉得妳好像是一棵没有根的树,任意跟随流行的海浪漂?妳变来变去到底在追求什么? 对我来说,改变自己的外形大多时候是为了美丽。但是,最美的妳还是从妳的内在而显现出来的。一个阿姨跟我说过,多接触其他做法,其他人,但是千万不要改变自己本身的价值观,因为那样妳就没了自我。美丽是抓住好处,抓住生活的重点,不光看外表流行不流行。美丽的女性有智慧,能hold住,知道怎样对别人、对自己、对家人有真爱!     Continue reading

Life

To be Native

Regardless of where you live now, have lived, or will live, you had a birthplace and a place of upbringing. You are a native of that place. To say you are a native of some place brings a sense of belonging, if not pride. Even if the town you came from is small, it is … Continue reading

Life

From April to May

April has been a whirlwind of new discoveries and new beginnings. Although the first post of this month comes on its last day, I can’t let all that’s happened slip by without a mention. “April” means “to open” in Latin. With Easter earlier this month followed by an amazing spring retreat, my eyes have definitely … Continue reading