Month: August 2014

アキ~大事な人へ

The Japanese version 🙂 アキ 土曜日 十時に 君が電話かけてくれた。 「泣きたいけど泣けない」 っていう話があった。 ・ 「好きで、好きで 痛すぎて  あの頃に どんなに懐かしくても もう戻れないね。」 。 瞳を閉じれば 優しさあふれる アキの風の中 誰もが いつか愛しくて 忘れられない恋を思い出す。 。 アキは 君が一番好きな季節 けれど 見上げた 夕焼けの空は 切なくて 赤く染めてく 。 それでも、 君のままで生きてほしい 私もいつもそばにいるから 君は一人ぼっちじゃないよ。 。 そろそろ冬が始まって。 きっと、きっとね カッコよくなくても 一つ踏み出せば 強く 強くになれる 。 だから もう泣かないでね。。。

秋天

Wrote this for a friend…. 天气变冷了     泪水也干了 “他还爱我吗”   人已经走了 你说  只要他在身边 一切都圆满 似谎言的离别  似无情的思念 . 暧昧的呵护  空虚的承诺 信了,气了,伤了,沉了 你说  我很真的很累 一切都完了 似有瑕疵的镜子  似有毒的童话故事 . **秋天   我的好朋友 我看着满地的枫叶 回忆短暂的夏天。 缓缓的,是梦吗? 想幸福,这么难吗。 . **秋天  我的好朋友 再度感到你的温柔 梦想    勇敢再找就有 你的快乐 我也在守候。 . 天空变暗了 我们麻木了 “你还爱他吗?” 能挽回过去吗 忍无可忍的寂寞 我望着遗失的那份美 以收不回来的那份美。。。

Immigration Policy and Multiculturalism: What’s the right balance?

“The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man.” –Thomas Malthus It seems that foreigners can never win. When national statistics reveal that the foreigner’s unemployment rate is lower than the local’s, nationalistic and racist sentiments are stirred. Conversely, if the rate of unemployment are shown to be higher than the local’s, foreigners are perceived to be leeching on the society, and the government is heralded as incompetent. It seems like a necessary lose-lose situation for the foreigner, and even more so in a welfare-oriented economies which most Europeans states are characterized. Is it in the human being’s DNA to fear the unknown? Perhaps. With globalization, change is the new constant– locals are constantly becoming foreigners elsewhere in the world, and foreigners are travelling inland to look for new opportunities. There is arbitrage. There is xenophobia. There is brain drain, and there is talent inflow. Yet, we all know that it is diversity that leads to innovation. Where should we draw the line between immigration and multiculturalism then? I think the bigger and more …

Touched by an Angel ~Maya Angelou~

We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life. Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls. We are weaned from our timidity In the flush of love’s light we dare be brave And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.

In Pictures: Kyoto, Nara, Osaka.

People usually visit Nara, Kyoto and Osaka together because they are right next to each other. You can explore them within two days conveniently using the JR rail as the main form of transport. There are tons of temples and traditional Japanese cultural sites in these three places, including the Genjimonogatari museum. And in Nara, (mainly stupid) deers too who eat everything. And you have a really nice Osaka Castle too! Here are some pictures:   And last but not least…an Osaka castle in its monochrome splendor. A

In Pictures: Tokyo Disneyland

I guess Tokyo Disneyland is always a must-visit place for most people. And Tokyo Disneysea too, for that matter! ^-^ Anyway, one of the questions my friends tend to ask me is–“If I only had a day near the Disneyland area, where should I go: Disneyland? Or Disneysea?” My answer is that if you are young and have a strong heart, do opt for Disneysea for there are more exciting rides. If you’re old at heart (like I am) or have tons of young children, Disneyland is a safe choice. Anyway, I think both Disneyland and Disneysea are also dating spots, so you’d be seeing a lot of Japanese couples and families. Picture time! Tons of funny-looking pictures, haha!   The Small World Ride: On a non-related note, here’s our supper! 😀 It was winter, so pardon our greediness.

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The Rise of the Independent Youth Travellers.

The World Travel Trends Report says this of youth travelers– Youth travel was long seen as a small part of the travel and tourism industry, characterized by cheap prices and low spending. However, the picture has changed in recent years, according to diverse studies. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that youth travel gene- rated US$ 182 billion in international tourism receipts in 2012, and represented more than 20% of the more than one billion international arrivals. The average cost of a trip by a young person amounted to US$ 910. The number of international trips by young people might increase from 200 million trips a year at present to 300 million by 2020, UNWTO has predicted. However, the market is even more valuable when longer or more expensive trips for purposes such as studying abroad, work experience and volunteering are taken into account, according to the World Youth, Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE). I guess youths championing YOLO nowadays really do embrace travelling — bolding going for student exchanges, graduation trips, volunteering, working overseas …

Neruda

No te amo como si fueras rosa de sal, topacio o flecha de claveles que propagan el fuego: te amo como se aman ciertas cosas oscuras, secretamente, entre la sombra y el alma.  Te amo como la planta que no florece y lleva dentro de sí, escondida, la luz de aquellas flores, y gracias a tu amor vive oscuro en mi cuerpo el apretado aroma que ascendió de la tierra.  Te amo sin saber cómo, ni cuándo, ni de dónde, te amo directamente sin problemas ni orgullo: así te amo porque no sé amar de otra manera,  sino así de este modo en que no soy ni eres, tan cerca que tu mano sobre mi pecho es mía, tan cerca que se cierran tus ojos con mi sueño.