4/12/2009

Oh?

Emails between my friend Lu(@Bristol University) and me

My email to Lu
I encountered something interesting and what to share it with you.
Linear Algebra,as an important tool in some subjects involving in my course,however is not in the schedule setted by the college,so I take it with another class this term.This week,I took the first class but found something very strange.When stepping into the classroom,I received a somewhat unwelcome feeling,and even one of them asked me bluntly'Hey sir,I'm sorry if you are not in my class?',of course I told him that I was just coming for a study,but from his 'special' reply,saying 'Hmm' I knew that he and perhaps most of them regarded me as a re-taking-course guy who poorly got a bad score on this subject last term.
Further more,not only me meet with this situation,but most of my other friends who took some other subjects unexpectedly come across it.
Perhaps people there regard them as the only person that should take the course.But to some extern,the whole university is totally open,you can attend any course without applying that much,you can use the classroom in campus as you will,you can even talk to some master.
But the truth is,when you directly go to others' classroom,as I did this time,you would be unwelcome,both for a mistaking as a re-taking-course and the unwilling of other people to join the so call HIGHER EDUCATION for certain 'higher' people.
I don't know if you encounter such situation.Is England university or students welcome others to join them?

Lu's Reply
We dont have any of this feeling as you described,coz the atomosphere here in my uni is absolutely great, as we r feeling very welcomed.  after all, my uni is the very top, in fact, the 3rd best uni in the UK, so i guess the students quanlity is different with respect to some of your uni's, which might be the main reason of ur problem.  but i do understand how u felt, let me give u some tips so as to help u, i hope:
first of all, u dont give a shit to those who might look down on you, as they dont like you, you dont like them. making friends is not ur aims for attending that class. U are there to learn what you need. just be urself and work harder and harder.  if u r very outstanding in that course, then how could others ever be able to look down on you? secondly, be happy for everything, u r there to learn things, and u r happy for it, then how could others' feeling bothers you? just smile all the time, people like happy man as their life is not so happy.  all is all,  be yourself and be happy is my piont here. Do what you wanna do, and say what you should say. i think this is the key to be popular if you want. 

4/04/2009

Jogging in Guilin - a site of revolution

This is a site of revolution,call 八路军办事处纪念馆
In the revolution days,Guilin is one of the sites in the country and this building displays something remarkable.
It's free of fee
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figure1 ---> front side
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figure 2 ---> details of the building

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figure 3 ---> the building from the back side

Jogging in Guilin - Is it poor?

Once again it comes such unique weather in Guilin - humidity and wet for nearly half a month.Some of my dormates,of course me included,have been constantly complaining about such fxxking days which can wet both your shoes and mood.But,believe it or not,perhaps the so-called 'world unique' mountain inGuilin is engraved by such 'powerful' weather.And this makes me have no choice but keep stand weeks of rain and try to make myself happy.

How to make myself happy?Besides going on with my study schedule,I'd like to jog around the city of Guilin and find something interesting.
Well today.although it may be a bad choice to go out,I still get on the bus with a water-proof boot going some unknown places to me.

I just can't remember how did I get to this road(perhaps by bus #30 and then some others).
It's nothing special at first,and in fact,it's one of the roads that can be called 'avenue' in Guilin.But after going by a small mountain,I encounter this special building on the right side of the road
From 2008_0404
(Figure 1 ---> a small mountain on the right side of the road)

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(figure 2 ---> suddenly there's a very strange building emerges at the end of the mountain perhaps you can say that it is standing on the foot of the mountain.)

From 2008_0404
(figure 3 ---> an angle from the frond side of this building)

Perhaps such building is not a special scene in some less developed city in China and even in Beijing or Shanghai it's not something worthy to be taken attention to.But what interests me here is its place - this road(Zhongshan Rd. 中山路) is the most modern place in Guilin,but such poor building just stands by the road,which makes me feel very sorry for the designer of this city.It's just a spot!
In fact,there's more than one 'spots' in this city that make me feel very terrible.To be a tourism city,how can the city of Guilin be like this?

Then I go to have a further observation of this building.
After this,my opinion totally changes!
From 2008_0404
(figure 4 ---> a detail of the building.There are four words reading '木树之家' at the left side of the side door,and these words means'the house of the woods and trees')

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(figure 5 ---> a small vegetable field  in front of the building.In fact,there's not only vegetable.Can you guess what are those trees in the picture? I think they must be peach trees.)

Although this building stands in a place that it shouldn't,judging from the scene around,I can draw a conclusion that the owners of this building live a happy life.
Why?
Just see the scene!
When you live in a house facing a large filed of green,how interesting to wake up the next morning with it?

People come here in Guilin not for the modern architecture or modern life,but a speed-down both on foot and in heart.Perhaps it is right such 'poor building' and so many spot in Guilin that can make people feel a somewhat 'speed-down'.Perhaps this is why this building still remains on the road.