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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Jane & Tony - Restaurant Review

Lisa Huang
        Looking for a good restaurant for special occasions? Now you have a new choice! Jane & Tony, located on the 2nd floor of Wen Hwa Creative Market (in the same building as Mos Burger), just opened in mid-September.
Photos by the author
     Have you ever eaten in the jungle? Are you afraid the wild animals will steal your food before you eat it? Don’t worry about that when you visit Jane & Tony. The restaurant is decorated like a jungle, but it’s not like a real jungle. Instead, it’s more like the jungle in paradise. There are even cute animals watching you while you are eating. Besides, the color they used to decorate the restaurant is bright! And they use the color green a lot, which creates a relaxing environment for guests. There is another special thing about the restaurant; they have live band performances on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights, so if you like to have some nice music while eating, it is a great choice.
      What can you eat in the jungle? Grass? Wild animals? Not in this one. You have lots of choices here, not only foods but also drinks. You can order just a main dish or get a set meal. If you want to have a set meal, you can choose the main dish first, and then add some money to get a bowl of soup, a plate of salad or a slice of tiramisu. The drink is included in the meal; you have four choices, green tea, coke, coffee and sprite. There is still another choice if you have more friends with you. Jane & Tony have two kinds of combo meals, which are suitable for 2 to 4 people who want to share a meal.
        The meal I ordered was a set meal. Before the main dish, I had a bowl of creamy soup. Then the main dish-Vanilla Chicken came out; it was roasted and the meat was tender. They also gave me a plate of sauce and a slice of lemon for the chicken. I liked the chicken with some lemon juice; however, I didn’t like the chicken with the sauce because the flavor of the chicken was strong, and with the sauce it was too salty. Finally was my desert, tiramisu. It was served on a nice plate with a cute picture drawn in chocolate. It was a little bit too sweet for me, but if you love sweets, you will love their tiramisu.


     Eating in a nice restaurant can give you a chance to put down your pressure and anxiety temporarily. The people who work here are friendly. Although sometimes, when the restaurant is full of people, you need to spend a little time waiting for your meal, be patient, and enjoy the atmosphere. Waiting can also give you more time to chat with your friends.
        Jane & Tony is an ideal place for some special occasions like a gathering of friends or a school reunion. However, because it’s always full of young and energetic people, which makes the restaurant noisy, it might not be a suitable place for a romantic date. Why not make your own plan to visit soon? Go there with your friends and enjoy the food and the relaxing atmosphere. I’m sure you will have a great time.

Apps !

Jeffery Chen & Mary Hsu
     “Application” is not just a form you fill out for a job anymore; now, it has become a smart phone tool known as “Apps.” Apps are the newest cell phone products, and you can download some free Apps from an online App store, or you can easily buy them with one click on your smart phone. There are different types of Apps including Social, Lifestyle and Games. You can use them anywhere, anytime. Apps make our lives more convenient.
     Apps like Facebook and Line are popular for social networking. With these Apps, we can share photos and videos, and our status - everything we would like to show our friends immediately. You can follow your friends’ newstweet and contact them easily. Therefore, you can chat or send messages free using these social Apps. Most importantly, you can use these Apps to find some friends you couldn’t contact before.

     Other tools, like photo editor make our life more interesting. This App is very popular among young people. If there are some pictures you don’t like, the photo editor application can edit them immediately. It can also update photos you would like to share to your blog or social website directly. There is another lifestyle App called, “Music.” It has lots of popular functions you can use like lyric search, music feedback communication and different types of playlists. Those Apps make your life more fantastic.

     Games Apps are the most popular types. They are appropriate for every age. Games Apps not only help you relax your mind and body but also fill empty time. You can also compete with friends through games Apps. If you don’t know which games are more fun, you can link to the Game center. It’s a place where players post comments about the games they have played.

     In the 21st century, we have lots of new technology. Apps are the most amazing tools in this new technology. They have become fashionable and a part of our lives. Apps make our lives more colorful and entertaining. They’re useful and fun. “Apps” have changed everything.  Again.

FCU Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration !

                                                   Jody Tu & Anna Chung   
Recently, when you were walking on campus, you might have seen posters announcing a series of activities to celebrate Feng Chia University’s fiftieth anniversary. The most important and largest of these activities was hosted on November eleventh, Feng Chia University‘s birthday.
       The major celebration events included the Homecoming, the tug of war contest and the anniversary banquet. The Homecoming activities started at 9 o’clock between the Recreation Building and the lawn. There were many stalls selling exotic and local cuisine from around Taiwan, promoting a green campus, and selling many kinds of goods for the charity. These stalls attracted not only students and alumni but also many of the people residing in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Photo by Anna Chung
The final round of the tug of war was the most exciting event among all of the celebration’s activities. Feng Chia University’s tug of war competition has been held for over 40 years. The tug of war is not only a meaningful sport but also stands for the close relationship between the students and Feng Chia University. The tug of war competition started at 11 a.m. Many people flocked together at the playground when the tug of war was about to begin. When the judge gave the signal to start, both teams did their best to win the competition. The audience cheered the team they liked best; everyone felt nervous and excited about the competition. Finally, the champion of the tug of war was the team from the Water Resources Engineering and Conservation Department, and the second place team represented the Mechanical and Computer-Aided Engineering Department.

The Anniversary Banquet started at 6:30 p.m. in the new Shui-Nan campus. This banquet brought together alumni from around the world. In addition to celebrating Feng Chia University’s fiftieth anniversary, they raised funds for new school buildings. The alumni care about the future development of the school and are enthusiastic about school affairs; therefore, they did their best to help.  
The anniversary banquet in the new Shui-Nan campus
Photo from Feng Chia University’s Office of Public Relations

These Homecoming activities were lots of fun, and they strengthened the relationships between students, alumni, and the people living in surrounding neighborhoods – the entire Feng Chia University community.

Universal Cinema

Victor Peng
Is the price of movie tickets too high for you?  If you are on a budget, the Universal Cinema may be a good choice.  Although the movies Universal Cinema shows are second run (they have been shown before), the price of tickets is low and the facilities are clean and comfortable. The Universal Cinema is located in the West District of Taichung, beside the National Taichung University of Education.  The theater is open from 9:00 to 24:00 every day.
Photos by the author
The decoration at the Universal Cinema is a little bit old, and there are many old movie posters on the walls.  However, the place is clean and the clerks are very friendly.  Best of all, the ticket prices are much cheaper than at first run theaters, and they give many discounts, especially for students.
The Universal Cinema is not very far from Feng-Chia, and the ticket price is also within reach.  The most important thing is the quality of the movies they show at Universal Cinema is above average. With all these advantages, maybe you should give the Universal Cinema a try the next time you are in the mood for a movie.

"Let's go to school" - Restaurant Review

Christina Hung & Claire Yu
      Although there are many restaurants around Feng Chia University, what to eat and where to eat are still big problems for us. Every day near twelve o’clock, we begin to worry about what we are going to eat for lunch. If you are tired of eating the same thing at the same restaurants, then maybe you can try this different restaurant - “Let’s go to school(同學們上課囉)”. “Let’s go to school” is located in a small alley across from the side gate of Feng Chia University on Wen Hua Road, and it is open both day and night Monday to Sunday, so you can go there for a meal or snack anytime.

Photos by the authors

      “Let’s go to school” is a theme restaurant about school, so you will find that their decoration is all related to school. The waiters in this restaurant all wear school uniforms, and the tables and chairs at “Let’s go to school” are the same shape and size as those in elementary school. However, the boss has painted the tables and chairs in different shiny colors to make the restaurant more colorful and to give the restaurant a youthful spirit. On the wall, you will also see a blackboard where you can leave a message or just sign your name. You will also see magazines, novels, comic books, and toys on the shelves around the restaurant, so you will never get bored when you eat there.
      The menus at “Let’s go to school” are created to look like elementary school textbooks. Inside the front cover, you can see the rules of this restaurant. They are different from the rules of elementary school.  At “Let’s go to school,” they won’t say things like, “DO NOT PLAY in class” or, “NO TALKING is allowed during class” as in elementary school.  On the contrary, you can chat as much as you want, and you can have a lot of fun at “Let’s go to school.”  “Let’s go to school” sells meals, vegetarian meals, deserts, and drinks, and if you order a dish, they will offer you a free drink. The most interesting thing is that they have special names for each meal. For example, “Naughty Boy’s Rice(混蛋的燴飯),” which is rice served with preserved eggs, salted eggs, and scrambled eggs on top.

"Naughty Boy's Rice"

      At “Let’s go to school,” each meal is prepared separately, so the food is hot and fresh. Their dishes look colorful and taste good, and they are not too salty or too sweat. The waiters at “Let’s go to school” are very sincere, and you will feel like an honored guest in this restaurant.
      “Let’s go to school” also has some special offers. If you wear your school uniform there, you will get a special treat such as a free drink. Sometimes, they will give you a quiz on common sense, and if you get full marks, you will receive a special gift. Maybe you can take the challenge next time!
      Eating at a restaurant is not only about the food; the atmosphere is very important, too. “Let’s go to school” is a special restaurant which offers both delicious food and entertainment. It is a good place where you can entertain your friends if they come to visit you. It is also a good place for you to relax by yourself. “Let’s go to school” is really worth a try.

Activities Not to Miss !

Marian Li
What do you do in your free time? As a college student, you can go out singing, go out to enjoy the night scenes, or go to some popular places to have fun in your free time. However, these activities take a lot of time. Moreover, you cannot go by yourself; otherwise, you will be danger. Now I’m going to tell you about a better choice.  You will not worry about these things, and you will also have fun in your free time.
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In the afternoon and at night on weekdays, the activities held by the General Education Center on the tenth floor in the Ren Tan Building are great ways to spend your free time. These activities are separated into two basic kinds- General Education Salon activities and art activities.
If you are a curious person, you had better not miss General Education Salon’s activities because there is so much variety to the activities. These activities include presentations about travel, music, history and other special subjects. By attending these activities, you will learn something that you will never learn from your text books. Take the subject of travel for example. Speakers share their personal experiences, and they can also help you plan for your trip. From their presentations, you can also learn about other countries without going abroad. If you want some relief from tiredness and stress, the musical activities are the best choice. You can enjoy the music and learn about its history. If you think that learning history is boring, you really must attend the history activities. You will learn about history in a way that will make a deep impression on you.

On the other hand, if you are interested in formal performances, you should attend the General Education Center’s literature and art activities. Literature and art activities are formal performances, but they are free. These performances cover three areas: drama, music and movies. Moreover, the hosts of the performances are directors, actors or musicians. If you want to ask them some questions or learn more from their experiences face to face, just attend the performances at Qi Yuan Hall in Ren Yan Building.
You can do anything you want to do in your free time. Attending General Education Center activities can broaden your mind and enrich your knowledge, so it is your best choice. To learn more, just go to the tenth floor of Ren Yan Building today and pick up your schedule of activities.

Challenge Yourself !

Ray Yen
Next month, Feng Chia University will hold a running race. I think running is a good way to challenge myself, so I will be participating.  How about you?  Are you ready for a challenge? There are 4.5-, 7-, and 10-kilometer races. If you are a beginner, the 4.5-km race would be the best choice. You can participate in the 7-km race the second time, and the 10-km race is for advanced runners, not new hands.
       Making decisions is the first step to challenging yourself. You have to take action, not just think about it. When you make up your mind, you have to make sure of everything in advance. You have to know the date, distance, and time. Moreover, you need to know how to prepare for the race. I would like to share some useful tips from my PE teacher. The most important thing is to never give up; if you give up, your effort will have been in vain.
Here are four more tips for you before you begin the race. First, train yourself in different ways. Many people think it is enough to practice running long distances, but they are wrong. You also need to practice running uphill, downhill, and short distances. Second, don’t eat meat three days before the race. When your body needs energy, meat is transformed into energy more slowly than vegetables and starches. Third, sleep well before the race so that your body won’t feel tired. Fourth, don’t eat or drink too much before the race; if you do, you will feel uncomfortable while you run.
During the race, there are two secrets. First, run fast in the beginning. If you do this, you won’t be blocked by slower runners, or need to spend more power overtaking slower runners later. Second, run at your own pace. You have to make sure you have enough energy to finish the race.
After the race, you have to watch out for two things, as well. First, don’t stop right away. Your body is still working hard, so you have to walk a while and take deep breathes. Second, don’t drink too much water. If you drink over 300 cc in half an hour, you will feel uncomfortable.

Again, the most importance thing is that you never give up. You have to believe you can do it. When you feel tired or uncomfortable, you have to keep on. The more steps you take, the closer you are to the finished line.
With these useful tips and firm belief in yourself, you can challenge yourself in the running race. Challenging yourself not only gives you a stronger body, but also makes your confidence stronger. Also, if you perform well in the race, you can get a prize! Don’t hesitate; let’s run in the race and challenge ourselves together!

Ultimate Frisbee!

Victor Chen
        In Taiwan, when we mention sports, what do you think of?  It’s basketball, right?  I think every Taiwanese student has played basketball for a long time.  Do you still want to play it for another ten years?  Basketball is out of fashion now.  I want to introduce you to a new sport, Ultimate Frisbee.  Although Frisbee already has thirty years of history in the US, we have only played it for a few years in Taiwan.  Now, thanks to the Kaohsiung World Games, Frisbee has been successfully brought to Kaohsiung’s citizens and is now well known in Kaohsiung.
        You may wonder if it will be hard to learn Ultimate Frisbee because you have never played a similar sport.  I have a couple of reasons why you don’t need to worry.  First, I have to say that Ultimate Frisbee is the easiest sport I have ever learned, and I would like to recommend it to girls who like athletics.  Ultimate Frisbee is similar to many sports.  The way to score points is like American football, and the strategy is like soccer.  When you are holding the Frisbee, you can’t move your pivot foot, just like one of the basic rules in basketball.  That doesn’t sound hard, does it?  Also, using different strategies to win is a great feeling.  If you like a strategic game or a sport such as soccer that requires team chemistry, you will love this sport.
        The most important thing is that FCU has an Ultimate Frisbee club!  In fact, as far as I know, there are only two places where we can play Ultimate Frisbee in central Taiwan, and we are lucky enough to be one of them.  About ten years ago, there were a couple of foreigners putting up flyers downtown, looking for people to join an Ultimate Frisbee club.  That was the beginning.  After that, the club grew and finally the club found a good place to play – FCU.  We still work hard and want this club to keep going and to get better and better.
        In conclusion, if you want to try this new sport or if you just want more information, you can join us at the FCU soccer field every Wednesday from 8:30 to 11:00 pm.  We hope to see you there!