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Friday, December 30, 2011

Special Christmas - New Year Edition


In this last edition of the semester, the writers at FCU English Online would like to share their wishes for a happy and healthy new year ... and they would like to share some of their Christmas/New Year cinquains - poems written in five lines.


Jody Tu and Anna Chung


New Year
Exciting, renewing
Recalling, planning, executing
It means an unknown future.
Start
  



Red Envelope
Lucky, exciting
Receiving, opening, shopping
It is a Chinese tradition.
Money
  



Fireworks
Temporary, beautiful
Expecting, booming, cheering
Fireworks are a gift.
Surprise
 



New Year’s Eve Dinner
Delicious, abundant
Eating, talking, playing
It brings family together.
Reunion
 




Victor Chen


Calendar
White, red
Waiting, expecting, coming
Laughs are everywhere.
New Year
    



Christmas
Fat, old
Shaking, laughing, smiling
Kids love him.
Santa Claus
   




Mary Yu


Concert
Crazy, dazzling
Exciting, moving, singing
Put your hands up.
Performance
  



New Year’s Eve
Cold, wet
Trembling, freezing, cooling
Warm up!
Evening
    




Jeffery Chen


Red Envelope
Exciting, lovely
Taking, counting, collecting
You deserve it.
Money
    



North Korea
Unbelievable, horrible
Controlling, monitoring, fooling
Believe it.
My Lord!
    




Christina Hong


Christmas
Red, romantic
Exciting, gathering, touching
It’s a happy holiday.
Santa
    



New Year
Crowded, noisy
Fireworks displaying, evening party, screaming
It’s a new beginning.
New Life
    




Victor Peng


Chinese New Year’s Eve
Red, happy
Gathering together, having dinner, celebrating
Happy Chinese New Year!
Envelope
    



Winter Break
Lazy, sleepy
Traveling around, eating everything, having fun
There’s nothing I have to do.
Vacation
   




Ray Yeh


Shopping mall
Crazy, crowded
Walking, hunting, waiting
I can’t stop buying.
Consumption
    



New Year Resolution
Complicated, hard
Thinking, planning, doing
It is a big challenge.
Dream
    




Marian Li
   

Hotpot
Delicious, full
Eating, warming, sweating
The hotpot is especially tasty.
Food
    



Present
Mysterious, precious
Exciting, imagining, surprising
The present is from my parents.
Treasure
    


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Torri Cafe - Restaurant Review

Victor Peng

Our lives are busier and busier, and we demand more and more from our entertainment. This week, I would like to introduce you to my favorite night view café, Torri Café. Torri Café is located on top of Da-Du Mountain, between Hung-Kuang University and Providence University. Torri Café is quiet and relaxing; moreover, it is a good place to enjoy the night view of Taichung City. It is open from 17:00 to 02:00 every night except Monday.

All photos by the author
Torri Café has a simple and classical decoration inside. The café is a wooden building hand-made by the owners out of recycled materials. Everything in Torri Café is wooden; even the menus are made from pieces of board. At Torri Café , they play 1980s music, creating a very nostalgic and comfortable atmosphere. However, the best thing about Torri Café is the wonderful night view. I often order a cup of tea to enjoy the night view and throw my troubles away. If you’d like a light meal, Torri Café provides hotpots and desserts.


Torri Café is unique, and that’s why it is my favorite place to relax. It is a secret place with a beautiful view.  It might be a bit far from Feng-Chia University, but, on the other hand, it is also far from the noise. If taking a break in a quiet spot with a wonderful night view is also your favorite way to relax, you will definitely enjoy Torri Café. 


A One-day Trip to Tainan!

Christina Hung & Claire Yu
 
Winter vacation is time to be away from school and have fun with your friends, so it is time for us students to make the plans for our winter vacation. Most of us will plan to go to Taipei or Kenting, but maybe you can try someplace different this time. If you have only one day, and you want to visit someplace new, you can try a one-day trip to Tainan – it’s close, convenient, and well worth a visit. Mention Tainan and people immediately think of two things – old buildings and delicious snacks. On this one-day tour of Tainan, you will have time to visit famous sites (including one historic monument) and to try the local delicacies, too!

When you arrive in Tainan, meet your friends at Tainan Train Station. After your long trip, you will probably be hungry. Take a ten-minute walk to South Park, across from SHIN KONG MITSUKOSHI and Focus Department stores. South Park is totally different from other local parks. At South Park, instead of slides and seesaws, you will see many clothing stores and many vendors selling food. There is also an activity square, and if you are lucky, you will see celebrities holding activities there. After strolling around South Park and satisfying your hunger, you can set out for Fort Provintia.

All photos by the authors

Fort Provintia was built in 1653 by the Dutch, during their colonization of Taiwan. When you go into Fort Provintia, you will first see nine huge bixi (stone turtles carrying stone tablets on their backs), and beside the nine bixi, a fish pond. There is a bridge over the fish pond, so you can go across the bridge to the backyard. In the backyard, you will see two towers. Both of these towers are Chinese style, and they are built on the top of the old fort. After strolling around Fort Provintia, you will want to try some of the local snacks sold nearby. At the fort’s front gate, you will see many food vendors such as Dong-Gua Tea, Dusiaoyue Danzih Noodles, and Fish Thick Soup. These are all very famous snacks in Tainan, so you shouldn’t miss any of them. After spending the afternoon at Fort Provintia, set out for Garden Night Market.

Garden Night Market is the biggest and the most famous night market in Tainan. It is open only on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, so be sure to plan your trip for one of those three days! Unlike at Feng Chia Night Market, at Garden Night Market, the vendors are gathered in a big parking lot. That makes this night market more crowded, but it also makes it more fun! Like at Feng Chia Night Market, the vendors at Garden Night Market sell both clothing and food. The most famous snacks here are fried chicken steak and A-Mei guava; you shouldn’t miss either of these special treats. Spend a lot of time at Garden Night Market, and your one-day Tainan adventure will end the way it began – with lots of delicious food!


With so many historic monuments and delicious snacks, it is no wonder that Tainan has earned the nicknames, “Ancient Capital” and “Food Paradise.” If you are ready for an experience in historical culture or are just hungry for some new and exciting food, a one-day visit to Tainan is the perfect adventure for your winter vacation.

Soft Skills for Success

Jody Tu and Anna Chung

Recently, when walking by the Jong-Chin Building about 12 o’clock, you might have been attracted by activities promoting the “FCU Soft Skills Representative Competition.” This competition, hosted by the FCU Center for Student Advising and Learning, is to choose six students to be “FCU Soft Skills Representatives,” but just what are “soft skills”?

Compared with hard skills, also called specialized skills, soft skills are more critical to achievement. What are the six soft skills? Basically, there are two kinds of soft skills, skills involving interpersonal intelligence and skills involving personal intelligence.
 
Winners are 吳其芳、謝宛容、張維驛、謝沛凌、徐佩瑄、粘家榆.
 Photo from http://learningportfolio.fcu.edu.tw/index.aspx

Interacting with people is not that easy. In order to have good relationships, it’s necessary to develop your interpersonal intelligence. Interpersonal intelligence requires communication, teamwork and problem solving skills. First, you need communication skills to understand fully people’s ideas, to express your own thoughts freely and clearly, and to reach an agreement with others quickly. Then when you’re working with other people, you need to identify the team’s main goal, respect your teammates’ different viewpoints, and accomplish your mission efficiently; these are teamwork skills. Finally, problem solving skills include identifying the problem clearly, facing the problem positively and solving the problem quickly.

The second kind of soft skills involves personal intelligence. Personal intelligence includes innovation, self-management, and lifelong learning skills. Innovation skills give you the ability to recognize opportunities, to have the courage to try new things and to break your old pattern of thinking. Self-management skills help you to manage your time appropriately, create a clear plan for your future, and be responsible for what you do. Once you set a goal, don’t stop! Finally, lifelong learning, the most important of the six soft skills, gives you the courage to pursue personal growth and personal development by setting new goals after the old ones have been reached.

These six soft skills are not only practical but also helpful for everyone. No matter who you are or where you are on your life path, these six soft skills will help you to adapt to new environments and will improve your relationships with your coworkers. Now that you know what “soft skills” are, you can get started developing your own soft skills and preparing for next year’s competition!

A Lovely Festival - Christmas

Jeffery Chen and Mary Hsu
 
Christmas is coming. How will you celebrate this year? There are several ways to celebrate this special festival. Of course, you will want to get together with friends and family that you haven’t seen for a long time. Also, you can pick special Christmas gifts for others or for yourself. Christmas is an opportunity to satisfy your desire for shopping. While you are out shopping, you will notice that there are lots of places, like department stores or malls where you can take pictures with the Christmas decorations.
  
Getting together with family and friends at the end of this year is meaningful. You can have a reunion at home with a Christmas meal like pizza, roast chicken and pie or cake with ice cream for dessert.  You can also reserve a table at your favorite restaurant for your celebration. If you would like your Christmas to be more exciting, you can consider joining your friends at a Christmas party or even hosting your own. This is a really good activity.
   
       Choosing Christmas gifts for friends and family is the best way to give them your blessings. The gifts you chose are meaningful to your friends or family. If you would like to give them unique gifts, you can make presents by yourself like Christmas cards, scarves, or home-made cookies. Giving presents fills this festival with happiness. Also, in the days to come, when your friends see the presents you gave them, they will recall warm memories of you. Finally, whether you go shopping or make gifts and cards by yourself, don’t pass up this opportunity to reward yourself, too. Give a gift to yourself – you deserve it!
      
Recently, the atmosphere of Christmas is everywhere. All the city sparkles with decorations and lights. When you are out shopping or on your way to meet up with old friends, don’t forget to take photos as you walk on the streets. These will be fantastic memories.