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Japanese tea garden
Today I met my friend K and we went to Japanese tea garden.
Japanese tea garden is very small but cozy, and there were  a variety of things to see. We enjoyed the nice whether and the beautiful view.
The garden reminded me of the days when I lived in Japan.
I started to miss Japan and my Japanese friends.

I didn't see much tea tree as I thought.
Instead of the tea tree, I saw a lot of tourists in the garden.

The only thing I didn't like was the $5 admission fee.
For such a small garden I thought $5 was a little bit expensive.
I am so cheap, aren't I? 



01:28 | 英語 | comments(2) | trackbacks(0)
The Happy Day

I will never forget June 11, 2006, one of the most unforgettable days in my life. It was my first day in America. I was wearing my favorite lucky red shirt and couldn't stop smiling during the flight because I was so excited. I gazed with rapture at the magnificent ocean view through the window of the plane. “Oh America, wait for me! I will be there soon!” When I got off the airplane that had crossed the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo to arrive at LAX, I saw my newlywed husband and Roy, one of his relatives, standing there with smiles. I took a deep breath, “It smells like freedom!” I said to my husband and everybody laughed. My husband and I left Japan where we had lived for more than ten years, and the lucrative jobs we had in Tokyo. We came to the U.S. with curiosity, confidence and nothing else. 

My husband came to the U.S. to look for a job and I came here to study English. We didn’t have a place to live, so we needed to find an apartment as soon as possible. My husband and I started walking around L.A.'s Koreatown that afternoon. It was a warm sunny day. First we were so energized, that we talked about our new life and took notes when we saw an available apartment. We walked for four hours and more than twenty blocks. But when we were trying to talk with apartment managers, some of them were very standoffish and got angry with us. Maybe it was because they didn't understand our English. “Excuse us, Madam, do you have available rooms? ” We were trying to speak slowly and politely, but unexpectedly, they started to yell at us. “GO! GO!”, “NO---!!”, “It's not my business hour”, “Come back tomorrow”. They slammed the door in our face. I was so shocked because I thought all the Americans were nice and kind. “Why are they shouting to us? Did we do something wrong? ” I asked. My husband didn’t answer my question and his face turned red. We used to live in Japan, probably the most peaceful and polite country in the world. We never yelled at people and we had never heard people shout at us like this.

When we were trying to cross the street, an accidental thing happened. My husband sprained his ankle very seriously. He couldn’t move his leg when the light turned red. Some people giggled, some cars honked and some drivers talked to us in Korean. I was so embarrassed that I dragged my husband out from the middle of street. I called Roy and asked him for help. We were so upset and anxious because we didn't have medical insurance at that time. One hour later, Roy brought us to see a Chinese acupuncturist. After that my husband's ankle swelled up and became red. So many things had happened in one day. My husband smiled sadly, and I almost wept. 

I asked Roy why the people were so mean to us. He explained that because Korea town is a special area in L.A., people who live there are from many different backgrounds. Managers are very stressed because they work hard every day and sometimes need to deal with the difficult tenants. Therefore, it is better not to talk to them after 5pm, because it is not their office hours.

Doubtful, we nodded our head. My husband said, "Jing, let's call the managers and make an appointment for tomorrow morning." My husband asked me to look up the notes we had taken. On my God, another unbelievable thing had happened. I lost the notes that we had taken all afternoon. I started sobbing and finally, I cried. In China, we have a proverb which is that “bad thing happens three times in a row” Well, it's very true.

June 11 was my birthday. My husband forgot it, so there was no party, no cake, and no blessing. Even though sad things had happened all day, I was still happy because I was in the U.S. and I had started my new life. From this experience I fully realized two things: the first one was that even when very bad things happen, there still are some good things to look forward to, so hope for the best and look on the "bright side". The second was that I felt such a close connection with my husband, even though he forgot my birthday. After that he has never forgotten my birthday again.

We found our sweet apartment one week later in L.A.'s Koreatown. I lived there for two years and made lot of good friends except my apartment manager.

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My English name
Since I came to America, many people asked me,
"Why do you and Shu not have English names?!!"
Here, almost every Chinese has an English name.
Actually, I was sort of curious why so many Chinese have them.聞き耳を立てる

I always answer them,
"Yes, we have English names! My English name is Jing and Shu's English name is Shu"おばけ

I think for Americans it's difficult to tell from my name I am a male or female,which I think is kind of nice too.ニコニコ

But, I have a problem that nobody can get me when I tell them my name is "Jing" at the first time.
They always say, "What? Jin? Jim?" and ask me to repeat what I'd said.悲しい

Yesterday, a Japanese friend asked me about my English name again.
"My English name is Isabelle, and Shu's English name is Brad PittMatt Damon," I joked.ラブ

Anyway, I will keep my own beautiful name which my dad gave me.抱擁
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You've got to find what you love
いいですね!
Appleのスティーブ・ジョブズの
スタンフォード大学卒業祝賀スピーチ拍手

You've got to find what you love.
And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.
你得找出你愛的,工作上是如此,對情人也是如此。
Your time is limited,
so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma ?
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.

你們的時間有限,
所以不要浪費時間活在別人的生活裡。
不要被信條所惑−盲從信條就是活在別人思考結果裡。
不要讓別人的意見淹沒了你內在的心聲。
最重要的,擁有跟隨內心與直覺的勇氣,
你的內心與直覺多少已經知道你真正想要成為什麼樣的人。
任何其他事物都是次要的。
原文はこちらで読めます。

日本語訳はこちらで読めます。
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