Sunday, November 28, 2010

the last week

I can't believe next week will be my last week in EAP 1!  When Scott told us the news, I was socked, and then I was a little sad.  I felt like crying. ::><::
This is my first class in Calgary.  I made many new friends from different countries, and I learned something about other cultures.  It is fascinating that you know the thing that you have never heard but is common for someone.  On Heritage day, I tasted a variety of food, which made me so happy.      
In addition, Scott is my first teacher in Calgary, who is very interesting and enthusiastic, and always makes us happy in classes.  My English teacher in high school doesn’t always smile and she is critical.  She was always in bad mood before important exams.  I don’t like her, so I also hate English.  Now I don’t hate English so much because Scott is so likable.  I still remember some anecdotes.  Here is an example:
In a grammar class, Scott taught us that must not put a comma in some sentences. Then he asked us seriously: "Do you know what will happen if you put a comma here?"  We shook our heads. " Do you know the little cute rabbit jumping in the campus?" We nodded. Scott cried:" One of them will die!!!" (. |||)

All in all, I like this class (but I don’t want to learn EAP 1 again), though I may meet my classmates in EAP 2, Scott won’t continue to teach us.         ( ╯0╰ ) I will remember this short class!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I can cook!

When I was a student in china, I had never cooked, because I don't need to do and I had no time to do.  Everyday when I get home, the meal was ready.  If I was in school, I can buy food in canteens.
But it is different now.  I live with my aunt who is always busy.  Sometimes my cousin and I should cook by ourselves in the weekends.  In addition, sometimes my aunt goes home a little late, and if I wait for her cooking I won't go to study linc on time.  Therefore, I have learnt a little about how to cook.  Now I can cook several dishes, for example rice fried with eggs, stir-fried cabbage, tomato fried with eggs, unleavened pancake, and noodles.
I don't usualy cook.  Once my noodles looked ugly, though it tasted not bad, my cousin refused to eat more.  However, they agree that my rice fried with eggs is good, both looks and tastes. \( ̄ ˇ )>
Step by step, I like to cook now. When I am at home alone, I may try something new, such as deep-fried rice pancake today. ╰()╭  It looked different from rice fried with eggs, but I used the same material, so my cousin said “You can only cook the rice fried with eggs!”//(T o T)// 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

heritage day

Yesterday, November 24th, is heritage day on which people bring their own food to share with each other.  I have been looking forward to it since our teacher told us last month.  You know why. (^ 0 ^)
In order to avoid getting up early and moving tables, I cook rice balls at home in the morning.  I got school about 11:45 with the food that is still warm. But it seemed that I was a little late, because some dishes are almost empty!  They had started eating before I arrived, so someone was already full.  As a result, nobody paid attention to my rice balls, and only three of them were eaten, which make me disappointed. 
Then we EAP1 students took pictures shouting "cheese!”  Scott was so popular that everyone expected him to take part in his or her pictures.  While they were busy taking photos, I was busy eating.  However, I tried to taste every dish that looks good.  Some food is really delicious, but some is strange.     (><) When I spooned some green and strange substance that I can’t tell what it is, my friends came and asked me “Do you want to have a taste?  Are you sure?”  Then I became hesitant.  “That tastes terrible!  You will regret if you eat!” They said.  Finally, I gave up, but now, I’m a little bit regret, and I wondering how terrible it is?
What’s more, our teacher told us to mingle with others, which is a little hard.  We need their sign names on blue papers that were collected today for a lottery.  I found that the papers that were folded less had more chance to be pick out, because Scott took out five papers totally, and two of them hadn’t been folded, two were bolded once, one was bolded twice, but most of us bolded the papers twice.  En~~
I’ve never been in a real party before, and I was happy yesterday.  I hope there are many delicious parties in the future.  What’s more, I was so full that I didn’t need to eat dinner! (__∩)y

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

the little prince {Le Petit Prince}

I read <the little prince> when I was in high school because it is so famous.  I had heard it described a must-read book. Inspiring and beautiful, it was written in 1943 by French aviator Saint-Exupéry. Of course, their comments attracted me, so I want to know how fascinating and magic the book is. 
Fortunately, the little prince didn't disappoint me.  Now it's one of my favorite books.  I like him as soon as he appeared while he was asking the pilot to draw a sheep for him.  The little prince is so pure,responsible, and lovely.  I also like the earnest fox. "tame"!  how beautiful it is!
In the end,  he was bit by a snake in order to go home.  The pilot has never seen him again ever since.
I believe the little prince has gone home.  But my friend insisted that he died, which make me sad.  However, I hope the little prince has gone home to take care of his rose!

"It is such a secret place, the land of tears."

“What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well…”

"If some one loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows in all the millions and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars. He can say to himself: 'Somewhere, my flower is there...' But if the sheep eats the flower, in one moment all his stars will be darkened...And you think that is not important!"

The pictures

"I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups, and asked them whether the drawing frightened them.

But they answered: "Frighten? Why should any one be frightened by a hat?"
My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. But since the grown-ups were not able to understand it, I made another drawing: I drew the inside of the boa constrictor, so that the grown-ups could see it clearly. They always need to have things explained. My Drawing Number Two looked like this:

"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again."

Grown-ups like numbers. When you tell them about a new friend, they never ask questions about what really matters. They never ask: "What does his voice sound like?" "What games does he like best?" "Does he collect butterflies?". They ask: "How old is he?" "How many brothers does he have?" "How much does he weigh?" "How much money does his father make?" Only then do they think they know him. 

If you tell grown-ups, "I saw a beautiful red brick house, with geraniums at the windows and doves on the roof...," they won't be able to imagine such a house. You have to tell them, "I saw a house worth a hundred thousand francs." Then they exclaim, "What a pretty house!"

"All grown-ups were children first. (But few remember it). "

A Sheep

"If you please -- draw me a sheep!"
"Draw me a sheep!"
Asteroid B-612


"One day," you said to me, "I saw the sunset forty-three times!"
And a little later you added:
"You know -- one loves the sunset, when one is so sad..."
"Were you so sad, then?" I asked, "on the day of the forty-four sunsets?"
But the little prince made no reply.

The rose

"I have been silly," she said to him, at last. "I ask your forgiveness. Try to be happy..."
"Of course I love you," the flower said to him. "It is my fault that you have not known it all the while. That is of no importance. But you -- you have been just as foolish as I. Try to be happy... let the glass globe be. I don't want it any more."
"Don't linger like this. You have decided to go away. Now go!"
For she did not want him to see her crying. She was such a proud flower...

The fox

"Come and play with me," proposed the little prince. "I am so unhappy."
"I cannot play with you," the fox said. "I am not tamed."
"What does that mean -- 'tame'?"
"It is an act too often neglected," said the fox. It means to establish ties."
"'To establish ties'?"
"Just that," said the fox. "To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world..."
"I am beginning to understand," said the little prince. "There is a flower... I think that she has tamed me..."

The fox gazed at the little prince, for a very long time.
“Please! Tame me!” he said.
“I want to very much,” the little prince replied. “But I have not much time. I have friends to discover, and a great many things to understand.”
“One only understands the things that one tames,” said the fox. “Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me…”

"But now you are going to cry!" said the little prince.
"Yes, that is so," said the fox.
"Then it has done you no good at all!"
"It has done me good," said the fox, "because of the color of the wheat fields." And then he added:
"Go and look again at the roses. You will understand now that yours is unique in all the world. Then come back to say goodbye to me, and I will make you a present of a secret."
"It is just as it is with the flower. If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers..."

“Goodbye,” said the fox. “And now here is my very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
“What is invisible is essential to the eye,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.
“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
“It is the time I have wasted for my rose–” said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember.
“Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.  You are responsible for your rose…”
“I am responsible for my rose,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

the little prince from different people:


Do you see a hat or an Elephant in a Boa Constrictor?

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Everyone has both sides!
. . . . . .
After read the book <The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde> that our teacher told us to, I am more sure that everyone has a dark side, and you don't know when he will burst out!
JekyllJekyll Hyde~ Jekyll HydeHyde Jekyll~

This video is sooooo interesting~~~

one day i went to the library
i found this book it was great
it was so cool i couldnt put it down
even when it got pretty late!

that night i had a scary dream
i mixed my own secret potion
added dirt, a bit o' sludge some eyes of flies
and a tiny dab of sun-tan-lotion

i started shaking, my legs were quaking!
my stomach aching, my brain was breaking!
i started turning green, feeling mean
it was like in that story
i was acting strange, quite daranged
it was pure alagory!

alagory: a story where the characters stand for absract ideas
for example-good and evilcuz i was

jekyll, jekyll HYDE jekyll HYDE HYDE jekyll
jekyll jekyll HYDE jekyll HYYYYYYYDE!!!! (X2)

when i awoke i was me again
i hid the book out of sight
it was so cool i couldnt keep away
so i took it out again that night!

and then i dreamed we had this test in school
i gotta say it was weird
we had to give the answers in semiform
and for extra credit grow a beard

i couldnt take it, just couldnt take it!
in one swift motion i grabbed my potion!
i said mister hyde has arrived,
tossed my flags on the floor
made a major speech,
told the teach this is all a big bore!
ran down all the halls, wrote on walls
even stole second base!
i was super bad, sure was glad
i wasnt wearin my face
cuz i was


this is too much, i simply had to stop!
i threw that potion away(potion away)!
but it didnt matter if i drank the stuff
i just kept on changing anyway(changing anyway)!
now i was


just when it seemed there was no way out,
i saw the book was overdue
the booklady said 'are you returning?'
i thought and i said 'no, RENEW!!!!'

{refrain}X1 1/2

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Recentely I always wonders whether I should go on studying linc at ninght.  You know, I study in EAP class in the daytime from Monday to Thursday.  Meanwhile, I also go to the linc class from Monday to Thureday.  The class lasts two and a half hours, but I have to spend more than an hour on the bus.      (>﹏<Inaddition, I have learnt most of the knowledge that they teach because they use the same book as the EAP class!  Sometimes we just talk. I think half time maybe useless for me!  What's more, it will be 20:50 when I get home, so I can't sleep as early as I used to.  As a result, I gave up some EAP homework (like bloging) (^) or I would fall asleep the next day.
However, I could learn some new volcabulary and know something about Canada.  That’s pretty good.  I need to practice speaking English there, too.  BUT I can't pay attention to both of them now.

Frequently I must go when I just stayed at home for less than one hour.  I often eat dinner in a hurry, then run!
Oh~~~~I don’t know how could I do!!  Could you help me? (x__x)   

Monday, November 1, 2010

my cousin's birthday party

October 6th is my cousin's birthday. But she couldn't celebrate it because it was Wednesday. So she decided to invite some friends to home on Saturday. Then our whole people prepared for the party. On Friday, we cleaned our home. I pick up too many hair on carpet and most of them were mine. And we cleaned our bed to make living room tidy. At night, we bought some snacks in superstore. In Saturday morning, my aunt made some fried noodles for us. And she didn't finished until 11:30a.m. Because my cousin told them to come at 10:30. So I was afraid the guests would come before we got ready. Fortunately, they were all late! Then my aunt and my parents went out to leave us enough room.
First of all, we ate some noodles and fruit with chocolate. Then they started to make up Susan who is always being tortured by them. What I did was watching the poor girl. They use the green eyeshadow to paint one of he eyes, and another eye was in black! When they finished their work, it looked like someone had hit here! And it took her almost a quarter to clean up! After that, we took many pictures in variety of poses. It is mentionable that my cousin had commanded her friends to come in skirts. And half of them followed her. At last, we watched a movie. In addition, I had blew seventeen balloons before,so when they were leaving, we trod down most of the balloons. And the rest are still there in our home.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Trip to Banff

The Saturday before last Saturday, my parents and I made a trip to Banff where is so beautiful. Mentions Banff, everyone says "Oh! That is a beautiful place. You'd better go there and enjoy yourself." We had heard these since we came to Calgary. So, we decided to hire a driver who is also a guide to take us on a tour of Banff.
We started at 8:00 a.m. with some food and drink. I was lying on my mother’s thigh during the way because I am easy to be carsick. It took us one and a half hours. Then I found that the mountains are so high; as a result, they block the sunshine. When I got off the car, it was so chill that I was shivering. To my surprise, there were still few people in the trousers that are shorter than their knees! And the tops of mountains are covered with snows that make them look like ice creams! In addition, the water in the lake is blue-green with the inverted reflection of the white mountains. The scenery is very attractive so we took many pictures. Our first view spot is the Moraine Lake where has appeared in the back of the Canadian twenty-dollar bill. Then we go to Lake Louise that is named for the Princess Louise, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria of England. At that time, the sun has risen, so we felt warmer J. After made photos, we headed for the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. In front of the hotel are some poppies that I had never seen before, because people don’t allow planting poppies in China. And many stores sold interesting things in the hotel, including clothes, ice-wines, jewels, fossil, and so on. We went to another place before we had lunch. It was amazing that two girls sat on the top of a car playing a guitar and singing wonderful songs. Then we went to take the Banff Gondola. We four stayed in the box that was hanging in the air, looking out of the window. There we can see the Bow River and some golf courses. On the top of that mountain is a small stone house. It used to be a spot to observe weather. Then we went to see the Bow Falls and Cascades Ponds. There was a small rainbow over the running water. We also saw the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel from another mountain. And it looked like a beautiful castle shining in the sun.
After that, my one-day trip was finished. I was so happy that I wasn’t carsick when we were back. I think Banff National Park is a wonderful place. I feel like going there again after I earn money because the remembrances there are so cute!

Monday, September 27, 2010

the mid-autumn day

In china, mid-autumn day is a festival that families get together in August 15th on the lunar calendar. But this year, our whole family celebrated the mid-autumn day abroad, in Calgary.
In the past years, our big families often got together and had dinner during festivals for as far as I can remember. There are seventeen people in my family. I have a grandma and a grandpa, four uncles and ants, an elder bother, two younger sisters, and a younger brother.Of course, western will call them my cousins. And I have lived with my parents and my grandparents since I was ten years old. We lived together happily in harmony. But when I was in grade three, my elder brother's family moved to Beijing, and they come back to met everyone only one or two times every year,even less. So sometimes my grandparents went to Beijing when they missed my elder brother. Now he studies in the USA. In addition, the elder one of my younger sister and her family has been in Calgary for five years. So the people who can get together were less and less year by year. Meanwhile there was always someone absent when we have dinner during festivals. That's a pity!
And now, I am one of the people who are absent. In Calgary, few people celebrate the mid-autumn day. And the moon cake is too expensive for us! So we ate sweet dumplings instead. In fact, that's a common day except that my parents went out to watch the full moon.
In China, people always say that the moon in the 16th is rounder than that in the 15th.So I took pictues for the moon the next day.
It was the most boring mid-autunm day I have ever experienced.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Nancy in Calgary

From China to Canada,it is a long distance and it took me long time.When the plane arrived,I only felt terrible,because I was airsick,and it was black in my head.
I found that I left my family and my friends behind and came to a very strange place.Fortunately,my parents came with me.What's more,we live in my aunt's house with my aunt and my cousin,a sister who is younger than me by one year.
At first,I only stayed at home,because I thought that there was nothing to do for me.Besides,my English is  poor,so I was afraid to talk with others in English.Then I have made many Chinese knots during those days.And I watched the TV programmes for kids,but I can hardly understand them.  A few days later, my parents connected the university so that I could have the EAP classes after some exams.
Oh,I'm not free now.I I should go to school from Monday to Thursday.And on Friday,we study online.In fact, that's quite fine.It's much better than the study in my highschool.We must go to school before 7:00 a.m,and we couldn't go home until 9:50 p.m.We have rests every two weeks,but when we were in grand 12,we have only two days off every month.So I feel pleased now.
I like to study here.