09 Jun

about this blog

Using these words to record daily work and life happened.

Maybe I’d be amazed at how helpful having a daily record like this can be,especially over several years.

Here,I should learn to persue for all that beautiful.


08 Jun


The Romeo and Juliet story can not be separated from the city of Verona.

Every year millions of visitors go to Verona – Italy’s fourth-most-visited city, and second in Veneto after Venice – and make towards a suggestive courtyard located in the center of the town, just to take a picture at the Romeo and Juliet balcony, and to leave their letters to Juliet.

I suggest you drop in at the celebre house, even better if you are with your sweeimgres-2theart, but please do not forget that there is much more to Verona than the touristy Romeo and Juliet balcony.
Sure, it is about a picturesque, evocative courtyard and a fine gothic-style medieval tower house, but it is just a hint of all the Verona’s beauty, and not worth more than a 10-15 minutes visit.
After that, move on and dive deep into the spectacular town. Concerning this, you can have a look here at the 14 must-see Verona attractions.

Romeo and Juliet story

No need to say that it is one of the most well-known romances ever.

Many people wonder whether such couple really existed.

The story was made famous by the English playwright William Shakespeare in its celebre play Romeo and Juliet, but the novel was originally written by the Vicenza writer Luigi Da Porto(1485-1529), and published in Venice in the mid 1500s.

The story is set in the first half of 1300s. It is about two young lovers who were not allowed by the respective families to achieve their dream of love.
Finally, after many vicissitudes, they make a decision to run away together to the city of Mantua.

Juliet gulps down a narcotic potion to fake death for 40 hours, long enough to allow Romeo to come to her tomb and take her with him.
Something goes wrong tho
JJuDdDZugh, and their accomplice, Brother Lorenzo, misses to inform Romeo about Juliet’s plan of faking her death. Once the young man gets to the grave he kills himself in despair by poison, thinking his beloved was dead.
When Juliet wakes up, she realizes the tragedy and in turn stabs herself in the heart.

The two star-crossed lovers belonged to the two most powerful families of Verona, the Montecchi and Capuleti. Those families really existed in Verona in the beginning of 1300s, and they really happened to be bitter enemies.

This is the only accepted fact of all this story. Even the tuscan poet Dante, who has been living in Verona at the time of the Capuleti-Montecchi faimgres-3mily, mentions the two families in his Divine Comedy.

The rest of it, the Romeo and Juliet story, is just a legend and there is no historical document to back it.
But poetry is sometimes stronger than history, and the story ended up symbolizing the power of love, and the love-death pairing, gone down in legend and history thanks to William Shakespeare.

The Romeo and Juliet balcony

Juliet’s house is a 1200s’ building, a jewel of the gothic architecture.

In the romantic courtyard you will find a small crowd of tourists, having their picture taken while rubbing Juliet’s bronze statues’ breast. It is an old tradition and it is supposed to bring you luck, especially in love.

Then, you can enter the house and go upstairs to the famous balcony. Actually, the balcony is the only quite new thing here, built in 1937 for the sake of tourism, in occasion of the house remodeling.
Inside the Juliet’s house you’ll see a small museum, and temporary art exhibitions.

Letters to Juliet

imgres-1The Romeo and Juliet story must really have had a strong impact if thousands of people write letters to Juliet every year from anywhere in the world.
Of course, if you travel to Verona you can easily profess your love by leaving a letter or a post-it on a wall in the Juliet’s house.
Otherwise, there is a dedicated association of volunteers in Verona – the Juliet Club – which has been busy for over 70 year replying to countless letters to Juliet, from people of any age and nationality.

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08 Jun

Moving Thoughts

Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift.6-12111G42240-53

When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one which has been opened for us.

The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve every had.

It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also

true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.

Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they’ll love you back! Don’t expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart but if it doesn’t, be content it
grew in yours. It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

Don’t go for looks; they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one that makes your heart smile.

1effb036ca4c612918f0fc8990ef23c3There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real!
Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things youwant to do.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy.

Always put yourself in others’ shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person, too.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives. Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear. The brightest future will always1871 be based on a forgotten past, you can’t go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Please send this message to those people who mean something to you, to those who have touched your life in one way or another, to those who make you smile when you really need it, to those that make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down, to those who you want to let them know that you appreciate their friendship. And if you don’t, don’t worry, nothing bad will happen to you, you will just miss out on the opportunity to brighten someone’s day with this message.


08 Jun

I really love my dog.

They are loyal. They always seem happy to see you, be fond and listen to you.

20141226182115_9743I really love my dog. Stanley said that they are having a pet around at home, that’s a lot to get rid of stress. I totally agree.

Before I came to university, I was not really a friend of dogs coming into the house.

But after coming to university, and seeing how much joy as small animal can bring to someone, 

I don’t have any problem with pets living with people.As long as they are housebroken and follow the 


My brother has a nice puppy that brings his family a lot of joy.One of my best friends has a few small dogs.

I would like to have a dog in Perth. But I’m afraid I am unready for that kind of responsibility yet.

07 Jun

The Happiest Countries Are in Northern Europe

Is it possible to measure the happiness of the world’s population? Remarkably it is, and the first World Happiness Report published today does just that.

Even more remarkable is next Monday’s United Nations conference on happiness, for which the report was prepared. Last July the UN General Assembly invited all member governments to give more importance to happiness as a goal of public policy and mandated this conference as part of the process.

This means that there is now high world-level support for the demand that governments pay more attention to the happiness of their peoples when they form their policies. This is not, we emphasize, a matter of following the whims, fads, and consumer urges of the population. These do not, according to the evidence, lead to happiness. It is, rather, a matter of helping societies to find a path to what really matters more deeply and lastingly for well-being.

So what does matter in determining the happiness or life satisfaction in a nation? Income of course matters to everyone, especially the poorest. As the report shows, the richest countries are a lot happier than the poorest. The four happiest are all in Northern Europe (Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands) and the four least happy are in Sub-Saharan Africa. On a 0-10 scale, the average life evaluation score is 7.6 in the first four countries and only 3.4 in the last four.

But income is only one among many factors that explain the variation in happiness among people. As the report describes, income e1013678111dbc9b1eexplains

only about one-twentieth of the variation within nations that can be explained statistically, and across countries it explains about one-eighth of the explained variation. The other factors besides income can be divided into those that are mainly social and those that are mainly personal.




Countries differ hugely in the strength of their networks of social support (“If you were in trouble do you have relatives or friends you can count on to help you whenever you need them?”). They also differ in the degree of corruption in government and business, and of course in personal freedom and security. All these factors matter a great deal. So too does the state of the labor market. High and stable employment is extremely important. Therein lies the case for active labor market policies, job training, and various innovations in working hours flexibility.

Turning to more personal factors, a crucial one is mental health. A person’s mental health many years earlier is a better predictor of his current happiness than his current level of income. Policy-makers need to take note. Mental illness comprises more than 40 percent of disability in advanced countries, according to the World Health Organization. Yet even in rich countries, it is estimated that only around one-fourth of the mentally ill are in treatment.

Physical health is also a major factor affecting happiness. It has to be a major priority in poor countries, and in rich countries for people in retirement.






Not surprisingly, individual values are also important. People who care more about other people are also themselves on average happier. Other things equal, people who single-mindedly chase higher incomes are less happy. And psychologists and neuroscientists can now show that training in altruism increases a person’s happiness.

So there is every reason to be hopeful. We can now measure happiness in ways that provide genuine information and that are even identifiably correlated with objective measurements in the brain through various kinds of imaging. Psychologists, philosophers, economists, neuroscientists, sociologists, and each of us in our own internal reflection already know a lot about what causes lasting happiness. The next step is to get this knowledge more widely used by governments and by individuals, and there are movements like Action for Happiness that try to promote this. The pioneering Kingdom of Bhutan, which is leading the way with the concept of Gross National Happiness in place of Gross National Income, provides an outstanding example, and is the leading nation in stimulating this week’s UN Conference. The OECD, which brings together the world’s high-income countries, and many national governments in addition to Bhutan, have also begun to reorient their thinking towards a more serious measurement of happiness as an additional guide to public policy.

Over the last 40 years, sadly, measured happiness has not increased in the United States despite sharply rising incomes. The problems of poverty, insecurity, corruption, loss of social trust, and other factors are weighing heavily on America’s sense of well-being. But there are also many countries where happiness has increased markedly. If the world applies the growing body of knowledge on happiness and well-being, we can surely help to build a world with much more happiness and a lot less misery.

The World Happiness Report is edited by the authors and is available here. The report provides the evidence and sources for all of the above remarks.

John Helliwell, of the Economics Department of the University of British Columbia, co-directs the ‘Social Interactions, Identity and Well-being’ program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Richard Layard is the Director of the Wellbeing Programme at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance, and author of the book Happiness – Lessons from a New Science.

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

07 Jun





Japanese Food


Tempura consists of vegetables or seafood that are covered in a light batter and then deep fried.  Tempura was originally broughtu=1173770221,2485530951&fm=21&gp=0 to Japan by the people of Portugal.  Now, tempura is one of the most popular foods in Japan and also one it’s best-known exports.  Tempura-ya (tempura restaurants) can be anything from low-priced chain fast food joints to classy fine dining establishments.  Tempura is usually part of a bento (lunch box) or set meal.  It is especially popular in convenience or take-out bentos.  There is a huge variety in the ways that tempura is served and cooked and even in what ingredients are used, although it is widely-accepted that dishes should utilize seasonal ingredients that are as fresh as possible.  A high-quality tempura should need little else other than a sprinkle of salt.

imagesTako-yaki (grilled or fried octopus) is a ball-shaped dumpling made from diced or baby octopus, batter, tenkasu (tempura scraps), green onion, and pickled ginger.  It is topped with ponzu, mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce, katsuobushi (fish shavings), and aonori (green laver).  This dish became popular in Osaka and was first sold in 1935 by Endo Tomekichi, the street vendor who invented it.  Takoyaki is sold in shops called issen-yoshoku (one-penny western food).


Sushi is a dish of rice cooked with vinegar topped with seafood (often uncooked) or made into rolls.  When raw fish is sliced and served alone, it is known as sashimi.  When sushi is rolled around or inside of nori (seaweed), it is called makizushi.  Inarizushi is when rice is packed into a fried tofu pouch, although many do not consider this an actual type of sushi.  And, chirashi-zushi is sushi rice served in a bowl with scattered seafood on top.  Many Japanese complain when they travel abroad that the quality of sushi is extremely low compared to Japanese standards.P015341953_480


In a sign of how serious the Japanese are about food, Michelin recently awarded more restaurants in Tokyo a three star rating (the maximum rating) than any other city in the world, including Paris.