Merry Christmas

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2011 / 12 / 23
Dear friends, family members and blog readers

Merry Christmas! I wish your Christmas will be filled with a lot of peace & happiness.

I am heading to China. It will be an adventure trip, but I will be fine.  I will definetely have a happy time!

So, write to you once I am back :) Nobu

My dream, failure and success

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2011 / 12 / 19

 “I would like to speak Chinese as a native speaker!” That had been my dream since 2006, when I started to learn Chinese from scratch again. At that time I decided not to give up. No matter how difficult it would be.
When I was a teenager I learnt Chinese for few semesters, but stopped after a while, because there was not any intermediate class in Germany, because there was not a good teacher, because I did not have time. Because, because, because. Nowadays, it sounds for me like an excuse and I really cannot remember why I did not continue to learn Chinese, although I love this language so much! I am pretty sure there would be plenty of ways to keep on learning Chinese, even without a class or a good teacher.

5 years passed, I CAN communicate, discuss, but I am unsatisfied as I still could not reach my target, my dream to speak native Chinese. I felt disappointed.

Then one day I met Forrest, a Chinese. We talked about dreams. I talked about my dream and failure. He asked me “Nobu, how long did you learn German?” I was counting and then answered “Well, in school I had been learning German for around 13 years. Why do you ask?” He continued “Same as me, I had been learning Chinese for more than 10 years. AND I had Chinese class every day!” I still did not get his point, thus I was just listening to him. “Even for me – I am Chinese -, it is not an easy task. I spent more than 10 years learning this language. How can a foreigner like you master Chinese within 5 years?!“  I was not sure whether it was a provocation. “Nobu, may I emphasize one more thing, you can NEVER reach the Chinese native level…” I wanted to interrupt him and say something, but he did not let me, instead he said a bit louder. “… because you are not Chinese!” I could not say anything any more. That’s true, I am not Chinese.

But… should I be Chinese in order to be able to speak native Chinese?

“Listen Nobu, you need to think about what is your strength. It is not native Chinese, but the Chinese you have archived up to now. You can write, read and speak! Not so many foreigners can do that.” Our conversation actually ended here.

I was thinking about our conversation. And I realized something. Something I may do wrong. Did I set up a too big dream? Is this the reason, why I always feel unhappy about my Chinese progress?

Yeah, it could be.

Therefore I changed my dream. I want to give myself a chance. Should I be wrong, I can always change back to my original dream. Now my dream is “to be able to speak Chinese fluently” and I have set up my action steps clearly:
1) Learn vocabularies every day with an example sentence.
2) Use the learned vacubularies in my daily life.
3) Don’t be afraid of doing mistakes. Just talk!
4) Improve my listening comprehension.
5) Improve my pronounciation.
In this frame, I also have changed my study plan. I can feel the little progress every day, which fullfill me with so much happiness.

Next time I will not talk about my dream and failure, but about my dream and a lot of little success.

Panda on tour: Nobu meets Panda

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2011 / 12 / 15

During the biking tour last weekend in NT, nice photos of a panda had been taken, which I would like to share with you. Have you ever seen a panda in Hong Kong? Me neither!

1) Panda meets another Panda!
2) Panda enjoys sunset.

A great deal?!

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2011 / 12 / 15

At the beginning I thought these prices are a mistake, but it seems not. There are quite a lot of price tags in this design. However, when I see these tags, I do not want to buy.. What about you?

Gift of the sun

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2011 / 12 / 14

This time (on last Sunday) I was watching the sunset from a crowded place, a bridge above a highway full of cars and busses. People were passing by quickly, some of them probably rushing home for dinner after work, or some of them rushing home as the temperature dropped down to 12 degrees, which was quite cold compared to the usual weather condition of HKG. The pedestrian bridge was vibrating whenever a bus or truck passed by. It was indeed not a place of “peace”. Nevertheless I chose this place to watch the moment of the sun saying good night to the whole world.
I was standing in the middle of the crowd, leaning at the grey cold rail. Actually the color had already started to peel off.  Today’s sunset should be at 5:39pm. Before I came I checked schedule on the internet. Nobody cared about me. I watched at my clock on my mobile phone. I looked up. In front of me was nothing special except the highway and a construction area far away from me. In few minutes the sun would go down. I waited with a huge smile. I felt excited and happy at the same time.
At the beginning the sun light was dazzling me. Then bit by bit the color of the sky started to change from blue to yellow, orange and red. It was just few minutes, but I felt like watching the sunset for a longer time. I love this moment of the sun. It is so easing! Today it was special just because I used to enjoy the sunset from a nicer venue like sea or special designed viewpoint. But today I was standing on a simple bridge.
Finally the sun was hidden behind the construction area, and the city has been left in darkness. I was going to leave the area.. and I was surprised. Just next to me, there were an old local couple taking photos of the sunset and them. They hold their hands and smiled at me. And then I realized that there were more persons around me they stopped to watch the sunset. On my left hand side there was a student boy, taking photos of the sunset as well. He smiled at me and left the bridge. I smiled back to all of them. I had the feeling the sunset not only left darkness, but also a bit of happiness, because we have been all connected with the sun for few minutes.
Thank you and good night, dear sun!
But, hello Nobu!
My day had just started. I was heading to my next destination: a Christmas market.

Other sunsets: Kowloon, Okinawa

Milchbroetchen mit Rosinen

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2011 / 12 / 06

In Germany I loved to eat milk bun with raisin “Milchbroetchen mit Rosinen”. The bun itself is not that sweet, but because of the sweet and soft raisins in between eating them was always very joyful. It was a good balance. Somehow these days I am missing this bun.

It is very difficult to find this kind of bread in HKG. Firstly because usually the bun itself is very sweet, secondly the texture is different. The bread is often very chewy. Further on, it seems local people do not eat raisin bread so much. I hardly find it.

However, a bakery close to my working place is currently offering milk buns with raisin and other berries. This bun is amazingly huge and also heavy. Why? From the outside it does not look THAT heavy … Well, after some bites I found it out:

Look at that! There is a LAYER FULL of raisins, cranberries, nuts and white sesame! No wonder why it was so heavy! It was even very heavy in my stomach. As I was spoiled with Germany style bread, I sincerely wished they mixed the ingredients much better, so it would be not located in one place.

During my next stay in Germany, I am going to eat a lot of milk buns with raisins. Please wait for me, because I am coming very soon!!!

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