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A New Semester Dawns

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Wow… I can’t believe a month of holidays has just gone by. Tomorrow, it’s back to the University. It’ll be the start of yet another 4 months of ransacking the library, pouring through books, books, and more books, and of course, the many cups of coffee and the many overnight marathons. I don’t know… On one hand, I hate it. …

Happy Bak Zhang Day!

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We all need excuses to get together and celebrate friendship! That is why every day which can be turned into a festivity ought to be turned into one! Today is officially known as the Dragon Boat Festival or the Duan Wu Festival (端午節). But I like to call it Bak Zhang Day just to annoy the ultra-traditionalist sort of people …

On Moving

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昔欲居南村,非為卜其宅。 聞多素心人,樂與數晨夕。 懷此頗有年,今日從茲役。 弊廬何必廣,取足蔽床席。 鄰曲時時來,抗言談在昔。 奇文共欣賞,疑義相與析。 春秋多佳日,登高賦新詩。 過門更相呼,有酒斟酌之。 農務各自歸,閑暇輒相思; 相思則披衣,言笑無厭時。 此理將不勝,無為忽去茲。 衣食當須紀,力耕不吾欺。 Once I wanted to live in South Village, Not because of a house of good omen, But I heard that there one can find Men of good heart, whom I can consort with Morning and night. Long has this been my wish; Today I am glad that it …

Those well-timed words

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Those well-timed words, whispered into the ear of your wavering friend; the helpful conversation that you managed to start at the right moment; the ready professional advice that improves his university work; the discreet indiscretion by which you open up unexpected horizons for his zeal. This all forms part of the “apostolate of friendship”. St. Josemaría Escrivá, The Way (Manila: …

She threw a quince to me…

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投我以木瓜、報之以瓊琚。 匪報也、永以為好也。 投我以木桃、報之以瓊瑤。 匪報也、永以為好也。 投我以木李、報之以瓊玖。 匪報也、永以為好也。 She threw a quince to me; I requited her with a girdle-gem. No, not just as requital, But as a pledge of eternal love. She threw a peach to me; I requited her with a greenstone. No, not just as requital, But as a pledge of eternal love. She threw a plum to me; …