January 23, 2005

What are we searching for?

During undergraduate study, on one of the developmental economics lectures, the prof gave us the following paragraph which was in Thomas Mann's book "Die Buddenbrooks":

The 1st generation, who were born and grown up in the poor, search for money and treasury. The 2nd generation, who were born and grown up in rich families, search for social status. However, the 3rd generation, who were born and grown up in rich and high-social-class families, are searching for MUSIC!

It is somehow true.

Eventually, i understand why he was always for Art when i applied for British universities. Espeically after visiting British Museum, i become more aware that where my interest really lies. However, i am not truly the 3rd generation, so art is not everything in the world.

Maybe my children will be luckier than me. i want one of my children to be an artist or to study history of art.

Art makes the world more colorful and fantastic than it looks like.

As for me, what am I searching for?
i'm always struggling and will still struggle and get very painful from that.
Hope there is a way out for me.

January 17, 2005

London Tour

My digital camera is out of battery today. So i can't save everything in it for this tour.

I'll visit London next time and take more photos.

I really love London!

January 01, 2005

A new year 2005!

Happy New Year!

It is a new start for everyone.

Though i don't know where i will be next year, i want my life at Warwick this year to be enjoyable and perfect.

November 14, 2004

Love Cambridge!

Went to Cambridge today with Jane and Lynn.

Cambridge is very, very beautiful and gorgeous! i can't stop myself loving it! felt regretful for not going there for master's study.

King's, Trinity, St.John, Queen's colleges are very impressively beautiful. The architectures there are designed and built in 18th century or even early. I am very stupid in history. so do not blame me for any mistakes i've made here. i apologize for it.

Really wish that i would be one undergraduate student at Cambridge, especially in Trinity college, or King's college, or St.John college. Then life would be quite different from what it is now. However, felt that people there are different from people here at Warwick. i mean the way they walk, the way they look at things, the way they speak, and everything. don't know why. maybe quite similar as what people feel of Tsinghua U in China.

Even thought about PhD at Cambridge today. But gave it up quickly. it really need a big, big incentive to push me to PhD study. i don't want to be one small girl in ivory tower any more. really want to be one pratical player in the reall world. Take risks, play the game, win or lose. That should be real life, not what we have on campus. I love this gam, honestly, no matter win or lose.

Love the punting on the river though it was really freezing. My bones got totally frozen. What i have seen from the punt was everything beautiful ever. even saw two hungry swans on the river. the white furs made them so noblest and distinguished. maybe that's why the Russian artist conposed the famous ballet 'swan lake'. Moreover, ducks at Cambridge were so fat!!! very suitable for making Beijing Roasted Ducks!

We missed the lunch at Trinity hall. wanna make it next time. maybe spring or summer. that will be ' Lunch at Trinity' which is similar as 'Breakfast at Tiffany's ' .

Even went to some private places such as the small church and the pray rooms and students' accommodations. it's sort of my ways of visiting, otherwise u r just wandering around the shit places and never know what it really is. perhaps only one pity today, i have not talked to some Cambridge students there. No, i did talk to one cambridge student who controlled the punt for us. But i'm not satisfied yet. always want to know more and always curious about everything.

tired after travelling. Need a good sleep now.

October 10, 2004

Party? Shopping experience.

Party here actually is a verb,which i have known much meanings than before from British people and even some EU people.People here all enjoy party, just like Chinese people like having dinner together and never get tired or bored about eating.

I entred every shop in Coventry city centre on Saturday and had a roughly general idea of what people like and what they want to buy here in the UK.I saw GAP,H&M,NEXT,CLARK,and so on. Yep, and even ETAM.Though it is the same brand ETAM,here in Coventry,Etam holds a more beautiful and charming style of clothes than it holds in Beijing.I found some kinds of items worth buying here while i felt very hard to pick out one single top or skirt in some Beijing shops. Other girls here felt the same.

In each shop, you can easily find a special section where the clothes and assesories are particularly designed for party.Very sexy and low-cut tops with sparkling tiny things. Very,very,very low…....i don't think that i can wear those to a party.

It seems pretty hard for me to buy shoes here. My size is 3…the number that i can find in kids counter. But i don't necessarily worry about this because kids here wear very mature clothes,which means that i can buy some sorts of shoes at an attractively low price.

Moreover, underwear…the size here is huge…even little girls, for example 9 years old, wear bras as well. Comparing to ordinary British women, i am just a kid with no breasts….What a horrible thing! YES,British people are stronger than Chinese people. They are more likely to encounter weight and health problems due to their weight and way of eating.

There are more discounts and sales in shops. I bought some items in Coventry simply because it was on SALE!!! the prices were very attractive and more important of all, i had nothing here…Some shops sold commodities for half price, and some even had a 60% off. i bought a skirt for only 4.99GBP while its original price was 19.99GBP. Size 8 is very easy to find in the sales areas.

Come back to the party thing. I will go to a party with my flatmates tonight. However, i am quite sure that i won't enjoy the party anyhow. i'll be back to study no later than 30mins after being in the party.

I am very confused at this custom. Why British people like parties and pubs so much???

October 05, 2004

Work hard. Play hard. ?

One of my close friends told me that it should be "work hard, play hard, then DIE fast."

Life is something we never know clearly. It is a long,long journey all by oneself.

We have every right to choose the style of our lives. Some people set their lives to leisure edition, whileas some people set theirs to hard working. There is no bad or good in the world. Just different. And difference makes the world more fancy and enjoyable.

I'll work hard and play hard. But it won't possibly lead to die fast.
Life is what it should be. Enjoy everything.

A shot in Birmingham

First travel to Birmingham.

For the police registration.

Though it is the second biggest city in the UK, I found it was just industrial and of medium size. The subway station where i went for toilet was old and cold.

The church in the centre of the city was beautiful and impressing. Shopping malls were huge and lots of fun, for i am always a person who is crazy about shopping. I controlled myself successfully not buying useless items this time.

I dislike British food at all. When i felt cold in the rain, what i eagerly need was just a hot cappucino and a warm dish. I still cannot understand the eating habits here in England. Why so many cold sandwiches or baguettes? How strong a British's stomach should be!!!

Vegetable and fruit are cheaper in the open market in Birmingham than in Coventry city centre. But adding the travel expense together, i don't think it worth going to Birmingham for shopping every each weekend. Perhaps once a month is the best.

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