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  The sons and daughters of the mega-rich of Asia and the Middle East are going to class to learn how to manage the family wealth.





  Cries of "buy" and "sell" ring out in the chandeliered ballroom of the Shangri-la Hotel here. Young men and women gather in several huddles, frenetically bargaining. They are surrounded by banks of computers blinking incessant changes in currency exchange rates.

  "They just bought from us - er, no, we just bought from them," one perplexed young man tells a colleague.

  The confusion is understandable. The young man and the other twentysomethings in the room are having their first experience with currency trading. Some are raking in big profits; others slipping deeper and deeper into loss.

  Fortunately for the losers, it is only a simulation, part of a training exercise arranged by Citigroup Private Bank.

  And, in reality, even losses of tens of thousands of dollars would not make much of a dent in the personal holdings of this group: They are the sons and daughters of the mega-rich of Asia and the Middle East, going to class to learn how to manage the family wealth.

  Over the course of a week, 60 participants, several of them the offspring of billionaires, gain insights to help prepare for the day they inherit the family fortune. They learn a little about capital markets, hear lectures on planning to succeed their parents in the business and, of course, try their hand at money-market trading, with mixed results.

  The program is designed to make rich families think more actively about how to pass on businesses and wealth and reduce the risk of the next generation"s blowing its inheritance.

  "I think it"s very important for us to protect the legacy of our families," said Abdul Al Romaizan, the 24-year-old scion of a Saudi family whose empire spans jewelry, real estate, construction and car-components businesses in the Gulf countries.

  All those in the course with him in Singapore are "in the same boat," he said. "The challenge is not only to follow our family"s footsteps but take things to the next level."

  It is a challenge that many children fail. Studies by researchers in the United States show that there is a lot of truth to the adage that the first generation makes the wealth and the second generation loses it. One recent investigation of 335 management transitions in U.S. family firms showed sharply lower performance when the chief executive"s job went to a descendant of the founder rather than to an outside professional.

  Managing the transfer of family businesses and wealth is an issue of growing significance in Asia, where financial analysts and bankers say that, over the next decade, a large number of companies will pass from their now elderly founders to the second generation.

  At some companies in the region, like Hyundai and SK Group in South Korea, that transition has already occurred.

  Across more than 27 countries, families control an average of more than 53 percent of publicly traded companies with market capitalization of more than $500 million, according to a 1999 study that a team of U.S. researchers published in The Journal of Finance.

  In Asia, however, the percentage is much higher. Nearly two-thirds of companies in the region are family owned, many of them created during the growth spurt enjoyed by Asia"s economies since the 1960s. A high proportion of the firms are still controlled by the people who started them.


  Friendship is a kind of human relations. It is a human instinct to make friends.When in trouble, we need friends to offer us help, support and encouragement. With success achieved, we also need friends to share our joys. Friendship is also one of the greatest pleasures that we can enjoy. It implies loyalty, cordiality, sympathy, affection,and readiness to help. No man can make the most of his life without carefully and conscientiously striving to win the right kind of friends as he goes along.

  Knowing how valuable friendship is, we should be very careful in making friends. Real friends are those who have good character, superior ability and kindness of heart. Real friends can share all our sorrows and double all our joys.While making friends, we should take care to select those who have such fine qualities. Then we should treat our friends with courtesy, be careful not to interfere unreasonably with them,and not to ridicule their proceedings. We should forgive their failures and do our best to help them. In short, when we have established friendship, we ought to cherish and treasure it by means of words and deeds. Only thus, can we develop real friendship and keep the sacred lamp of friendship burning all our life.



  The whole life is to experience the experience of lovelorn, because the love of love is to make you find better.


  This is the time to dress uniforms thought and trust, but a long time, gradually we don't have any affection for security, the distance of each other on such a day defeat to reality, everyone's experience is a good example of twists and turns, repeat the history.


  My mother is a very clever girl, what is what my grandmother said at least, he is very hard, when the mother school grades are excellent, but for a grandma came from her brother's brother to go home, the mother left school at 15, to maintain the uncle weaving factory inside the work school. The young mother, at that time ignorant, because the grandmother beside mother and uncle want to get together, what all don't understand the mother so uncle gave five years of youth, after school uncle, uncle to say what you think, with close relatives can not reason together, refused he raised more than 20 years of mother's thought, but in need of help the mother to go to school, but the selfish accepted me to pay for his mother. Okay, wait until the mother was, the better father, father is an honest man, because not tall, the family was poor, the old five year old mother, father and mother are pragmatic, in order to let the children have a better life, we will raise the bear bitter hardships sisters, father perennial wandering in a foreign country. In order to make more money, let the home become better.


  Anyway, that my uncle, the first is to urban hukou, and a general appearance of the girls engaged, met a beautiful and Hukou aunt, resolutely abandoned his fiancee, married aunt thought with old grandmother lived a happy life, but because of a body disease, God deprived young life, the beautiful aunt took my little brother remarried, after a divorce, is also a desolate life.


  In this fragile history of love, mother is happy, at least no matter what life meets, father is his pillar. There are two baby woman her intimate jacket. Remember that a high moment, Chinese teacher said, parents are the most difficult, there are old here are small, back lying in his mother's arms, the mother asked the mother, her smiling face flower, happily said: "I am very happy, love my husband and two baby my daughter, the body is also very good." Mother's life is hard and happy.


  In fact, I am a person just like mother, in my ignorant youth, have let me pay the youth, when both sides parents in his undergraduate are met, are quite love, but in the morning he told his mother of success, clear that do not agree with our marriage, all of a sudden, it is fun, a bolt from the blue, rhetoric is the fortune teller said I wasn't good for him, we talked in this statement are not three years, but after the examination came out, people are selfish, but he is also wavering don't know what to do.


  Although I understand his wavering, but is not able to forgive, I pay the youth for you, this is just the time length to that school dress, but the reality is you swing to let me disappointed, I want very simple, at least when I need you to I am a shoulder, the entire incident, I did a little bit wrong, but your mother said that, your mother crying when, at least your father patted the shoulder, then I do, where are you?


  Who is perhaps that we, in the memory of youth, of our friends the sustenance of campus love blessing, but in this graduation season, wisteria flowers of the season, say goodbye.


  I do not know how to face the future life, dear, you appear, so that my entire youth, are you always silently behind me, hold on, remember you and I said a word, I love the song "until finally you" Okay, I didn't give up.


  All the lovelorn is for the better.


  To those who are like me for love, to pay the whole youth.




  Suppose you have everything; a good job, good health, good reputation, good relationships and lot of money to spend. But still there is something missing from your life. Guess what? The LOVE. It is not something which you should ignore. Life without love is just like body without soul.

  Love gives meaning to life as without love life is meaningless. Lucky is the person who gets love and keeps the flames of love burning for ever. It is not a matter of days or months. Love is for life and life is for love.

  Short term love encounters are not helpful at all. Be sincere with your body and soul. Indulge in serious life long loving relationship and live a healthy, happy and joyful life.

  It is easy to fell in love but difficult to keep the flames of love burning. Before indulging in serious long term love relationships be sure that the person you love is also sincere with you. A selfish person can make your life miserable. If this is the case with you then try to get rid of that person as soon as possible.

  Most people do not give importance to their love life as they give importance to their professional life. In most cases, people sacrifice their love life at the cost of their profession. This is a bad choice which ruins the whole life. A sensible balance between the two is necessary in order to enjoy life in its entirety. Do not deprive yourself of the love you need.

  People part their ways after living together for years and years. Though this looks strange but is the obvious result of ignoring the genuine complaints and grievances of the other. Sometimes a sincere apology, gentle touch, or a friendly kiss is enough to put your love life on track. However, when deep differences develop between the two then professional consultation is necessary. Do everything to bring back love to your life, if it is lost.

  In order to make the journey of life more exciting and enjoyable, you need a loving and caring person with whom you can share your values, dreams, fantasies, joys and jokes. In difficult times of anxiety, sorrow, distress or loss of near and dear ones this person should stand firm besides you and console you in every possible manner.

  Love your life and love the person who is in your life. Keep the flames of love burning to live a great, great love life.

  Discuss this article with your loved one and carefully listen what he/she says. This can give you a clue of his/her inner sentiments and the depth of love for you. Also avail this opportunity to renew your love life with a new passion and commitment.


  The story goes that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.话说两个好朋友正在穿越一个沙漠。途中他们忽然争吵了起来,其中一个一巴掌扇在另外一个人的脸上。

  The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, he wrote in the sand: "Today my best friend slapped me in the face."被扇的那个人受了伤害,但他一句话也没有说,只是在沙子上写道:“今天我最要好的朋友打了我一个耳光。”

  They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.他们继续走下去,后来发现了一片绿洲,他们于是决定洗个澡。先前被打的那个人这时不小心陷入了泥潭里面,差点被淹死了,幸运的是他的`朋友把他给救了出来。

  After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: "Today my best friend saved my life."他苏醒过来后,立刻在一块石头上写道:“今天我最要好的朋友救了我一命。”

  The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now you write on a stone. Why?"扇过他耳光又救过他性命的朋友于是问他说:“我打了你之后你在沙子上写字,而现在你却在石头上写,为什么呢?”

  The other friend replied: "When someone hurts us we should write it down in the sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in a stone where no wind can ever erase it."写字的那个人回答说:“当我们被别人伤害了之后,我们应该把它写在沙子上,那样,宽容的风就很快就会将其抹去,但当我们受到别人的帮助之后,我们必须将它刻在石头上,那样,风就不会轻易把它磨灭。”

  Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in the stone.学会将你所受到的伤害写在沙子上,把别人给你的帮助记在石头上。

  They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire life to forget them.人们常说,发掘一个特别的人需要一分钟,欣赏一个人需要一个小时,爱上一个人需要一整天,但忘记一个人却需要你一生的时间。

  Send this phrase to the people you'll never forget. It's a short message to let them know that you'll never forget them.将这句话发给你永远不会忘怀的人吧,让他们知道你将永远把他们放在心上。


  I've been as active as I can, landing a job that promotes activity, hiking whenever possible, and going on runs around parks. I can honestly say it's the happiest I've been in a while, if not ever, and to think that it's only been a month makes me even happier. Who knows what the next few years will bring.



  It seems that hip-hop music is ubiqrutous these days, from popular radio to TV commercials. Whatever your opinion of hip-hop music may be, there is no denying it has impacted pop culture around the world, and shows no signs of slowing down.


  Hip-hop brings with it its own unique terminology. Rap is the literal action of speaking over a beat. Hip-hop is both a kind of music and a culture, which includes four main elements: emceeing , deejaying , breaking , and graffih art . Along with these are other distinctive. aspects ofhip-hop culture such as language and fashion.

  嘻哈风带来了一些专有术语: 说唱乐 是指配合节奏念文字的`动作。 嘻哈 既是一种音乐,同时也是一种文化,嘻哈文化包含4大要素 MC (随节奏说唱)、 DJ (转动唱片及混音)、 霹雳舞 (一种特技般的舞蹈),和 涂鸦艺术_o除此之外嘻哈文化还有其他一些特殊


  Hip-hop has its roots in the African traditions of percussion and oral storytelling. Its modernorigins, however, can be found in New York Citys crime-ridden South Bronx in the early 1970s. Fed up with the insipid disco of the times, youth who were short on money but rich in ingenuity created a new, dynamic art form: verbally competing and chronfcling life in the ghetto by rapping poetry over a beat.


  There is one word that is on the lips of Americans, day and night: “Sorry.”

  One time as I was walking on the street, a young man ran by hurriedly, brushing against my handbag. Even as he continued on his way, he turned back and said “sorry” to me. Even in a rush, he didn’t forget to apologize. One day, after I bought a mango, the salesman was giving me the change, but I wasn’t ready for it and a coin dropped to the ground. “I’m sorry,” he said while bending down to pick it up. I was puzzled—why would he apologize when it is my fault?

  Another time, I stepped on a man’s foot in an escalator, at the same time, we both said “sorry”. I thought it interesting, was it really necessary for him to apologize? Later on, an American friend explained to me that according to the American mentality, the escalators a public place, and everyone should be able to stand in it. After someone occupies a position in the elevator, making it difficult for someone else to find a place to stand, isn’t it necessary to express an apology?

  If you go to the movies and the tickets happen to be sold out, the ticket seller will say: “Sorry, the tickets are sold out.” Whenever one of your hopes goes unfulfilled, an American will say “sorry” as a sign of sympathy.

  During my stay in America, I often came across situations in which I was supposed to say “sorry”. Gradually, I realized that when friction occurs in daily life, Americans don’t care much about who is responsible; If someone is troubled, a “sorry” is always necessary. When this happens, even if the other person is hurt, the “sorry” cools tempers and human generosity is displayed. Perhaps this is why I never saw anyone quarreling on the buses, subways or streets of America.


  Humour and charm are a surprisingly powerful combination as a means of ascent in life.


  I have met a number of entrepreneurs who have built fortunes on the back of their wit and general popularity -and not much else. They disarm us with self-deprecation, we enjoy their company-so why wouldn't we want to do business with them? Of course, it all has to be done well; sycophancy and flat jokes do not weave the same spell. 我遇见过许多凭借风趣机智和好人缘白手起家的企业家。他们谦和自敛,让我们生不起气来。我们与他们相处愉快一一所以我们为什么不与他们做生意呢?当然,这里面必须讲求技巧。一味溜颈拍马,开一些干巴巴的玩笑,不会产生同样的魔力。

  The British feel that some light relief amid the drudgery is essential for existence to be tolerable. It seems to be a cornerstone of our psychology and

  culture. In London, to say someone has no sense of humour is to condemn them

  utterly. Many important meetings I attend start with a little friendly banter to break the ice, a ritual to remind us that we are all human-rather than simply robots of commerce. 英国人认为,人生在世,就得苦中作乐。这似乎是我们心理学和文化的一条基本原则。在伦敦,说一个人缺乏幽默感,等于是说他一无是处。我出席的许多重要会议,都以一些善意的玩笑开场,以此打破沉默。这种惯例提醒我们,我们都是凡人,而不完全是商业机器。

  I am sure foreigners must think our levity is baffling. My defence is that Brits

  subscribe to Horace's view: "A jest often decides matters of importance more effectively and happily than seriousness."


  Some years ago, a partner of mine practised what I called "management by

  laughter". He motivated and inspired by making the atmosphere at work fun, rather than the bullying and intimidation common in many workplaces. 几年前,我的一位合伙人实行我所说的“欢笑管理”。他鼓舞和激励士气的方法,是营造充满乐趣的工作氛围,不同于许多工作场所常见的威逼和胁迫的氛围。


  In these litigious, politically correct times, the perils of making cheap gags can be considerable. Recently, I attended a dinner at a trade conference. The speaker was a well-known executive who told a number of jokes in poor taste, some at the expense of influential figures in the room. Just as a vulgar best man's speech at a wedding can strike the wrong note, so I sensed as we chatted after the speech that the jibes would not be swiftly forgotten. 在这种动辄法庭上见、政治上正确的时代,讲低级笑话可能会相当危险。我最近出席了一个贸易会议举办的'晚宴,席间一位颇有名气的高管发表了演讲。他讲了许多低级趣味的笑话,有些还是取笑在座的显要人物。演讲后我们在闲聊时,我感觉到,他的那些话不会被很快忘记,这与婚礼上伴郎讲话粗俗不合时宜一样。

  Some one once said: "Brains, integrity and force may be all very well, but what you need today is charm." This is the age of celebrity, even in the boardroom, and none of us is impervious to the presence of those legendary characters when they switch on the full blast of their glittering personality. Perhaps it is their reputation, perhaps their smile, perhaps their brilliance with words-or possibly their rapt attention. 曾有人说:“拥有才智、诚实和力量固然不错,但当今你需要的是魅力。” 这是一个名人的时代,即使在董事会也是如此。那些鼎鼎大名的人物一旦全力展现他们迷人的个性或者是名声、或者是微笑、或者是口才,又或者是专注的神情,投入能够抵御。

  I am often struck how often young children utter the phrase "Look at me!" They want appreciation, and fundamentally not much changes, even when we are 50. Genuine approval from the boss can taste better than anything-even a pay rise. 小孩子常常会说“看我的!”,对此我常常感到惊讶。他们想要得到赞赏。这一点在长大后基本上也不会改变,即使到了50岁。老板真心的称赞比什么——甚至加薪,都更让人觉得受用。

  Are charm and a sense of humour acquired traits? They certainly improve with effort and practice. Ronald Reagan used his years in showbiz to hone his performance skills before succeeding in politics. 魅力和幽默感能够后天培养吗?努力练习肯定会有作用。罗纳德·里根早年在演艺界干过,练得一身表演才能,后来才进入政界,成就了一番事业。

  I have sat with stand-up comics before they go on stage. The most brilliant appear almost nonchalant, rather than rehearsed or anxious, and their acts are mostly learnt word-perfect yet appear spontaneous. 我曾经在一些笑星登台前与他们坐在一起。最出色的笑星出场前几乎都显得若无其事,既没有背台词,也没有焦虑不安。他们表演的内容基本上都是事先背下来的,但却显得像是即兴发挥。

  So it is with outstanding business leaders who persuade their teams to laugh and try harder: they apply themselves assiduously to the task. Most world-class chief executives possess charisma-really a captivating blend of charm and wit. And, believe me, they graft at it far more than they admit. 杰出的企业领导能够让他的团队既开心又卖力工作:他们自己会勤于工作。世界级的首席执行官大多魅力非凡——这实际上是吸引力和风趣机智的迷人组合。另外,请相信我,他们花费在这上面的心力,远远超过他们所承认的。


  He was 11 and went fishing every chance he got from the dock at his family's cabin.


  On the day before the bass season opened, he and his father were fishing early in the evening.


  Then he tied on a small silver lure and practiced casting.


  When his peapole doubled over, he knew something huge was on the other end.


  His father watched with admiration as the boy skillfully worked the fish alongside the dock.


  Finally, he lifted the exhausted fish from the water.


  It was the largest one he had ever seen, but is was a bass.


  The father lit a match and looked at his watch. It was 10 P.M.----two hours before the season opened.


  He looked at the fish, then at the boy.


  "You'll have to put it back, son." he said.


  "Dad!" cried the boy.


  "There will be other fish," said his father.


  "Not as big as this one," cried the boy.


  He looked around the lake. No others were anywhere around in the moonlight.


  He looked again at his father. Even though no one had seen them, nor could anyone ever know what time he caught the fish, the boy could tell by the clarity of his father's voice that the decision was not negotiable.


  He slowly worked the hook out of the lip of the huge bass and lowered it into the black water.


  The boy suspected that he would never again see such a great fish.


  That was 34 years ago. Today, the boy is a successful architect in New York City. He takes his own son and daughters fishing from the same dock.


  And he was right. He has never again caught such a magnificent fish as the one he landed that night long ago.


  But he does see that same fish---again and again---every time he comes up against a question of ethics.


  For, as his father taught him, ethics are simple matters of right and wrong. It is only the practice of ethics that is difficult.


  Do we do right when no one is looking? Do we refuse to cut corners to get the design in on time? Or refuse to trade stocks based on information that we know we aren't supposed to have?


  We would if we were taught to put the fish back when we were young. For we would have learned the truth.


  The decision to do right lives fresh and fragrant in our memory.


  It is a story we will proudly tell our friends and grandchildren. Not about how we had a chance to beat the system and took it,but about how we did the right thing and were forever strengthened.




  Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set; and surely virtue is best, in a body that is comely ,though not of delicate features; and that hath rather dignity of presence, than beauty of aspect.

  Neither is it almost seen, that very beautiful persons are otherwise of great virtue; as if nature were rather busy, not to err, than in labor to produce excellency. And therefore they prove accomplished, but not of great spirit; and study rather behavior, than virtue.

  But this holds not always: for Augustus Caesar, Titus Vespasianus, Philip le Belle of France, Edward the Fourth of England, Alcibiades of Athens, Ismael the Sophy of Persia, were all high and great spirits; and yet the most beautiful men of their times.

  In beauty, that of favor, is more than that of color; and that of decent and gracious motion, more than that of favor. That is the best part of beauty, which a picture cannot express; no, nor the first sight of the life. There is no excellent beauty, that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

  A man cannot tell whether Apelles, or Albert Durer, were the more trifler; whereof the one, would make a personage by geometrical proportions; the other, by taking the best parts out of divers faces, to make one excellent. Such personages, I think, would please nobody, but the painter that made them.

  Not but I think a painter may make a better face than ever was; but he must do it by a kind of felicity (as a musician that maketh an excellent air in music), and not by rule. A man shall see faces, that if you examine them part by part, you shall find never a good; and yet altogether do well. If it be true that the principal part of beauty is in decent motion, certainly it is no marvel, though persons in years seem many times more amiable; pulchrorum autumnus pulcher; for no youth can be comely but by pardon, and considering the youth, as to make up the comeliness. Beauty is as summer fruits,) which are easy to corrupt, and cannot last; and for the most part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance; but yet certainly again, if it light well, it maketh virtue shine,and vices blush.









  On beauty

  Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide? And how shall you speak of her except she be the 1)weaver of your speech?

  The 2)aggrieved and the 3)injured say, "Beauty is kind and gentle. Like a young mother half-shy of her own 4)glory she walks among us."

  And the 5)passionate say, "Nay, beauty is a thing of 6)might and 7)dread. Like the 8)tempest she shakes the earth beneath us and the sky above us."

  The tired and the 9)weary say, "Beauty is of soft 10)whisperings. She speaks in our spirit. Her voice 11)yields to our silences like a 12)faint light that 13)quivers 14)in fear of the shadow."

  But the 15)restless say, "We have heard her shouting among the mountains, and with her cries came the sound of hoofs, and the beating of wings and the 16)roaring of lions."

  At night the watchmen of the city say, "Beauty shall rise with the dawn from the east."

  And at 17)noon-time the 18)toilers and the 19)wayfarers say, "We have seen her leaning over the earth from the windows of the sunset."

  In winter say the 20)snow-bound, "She shall come with the spring leaping upon the hills."

  And in the summer heat the 21)reapers say, "We have seen her dancing with the autumn leaves, and we saw a drift of snow in her hair."

  All these things have you said of beauty, yet in truth you spoke not of her but of needs unsatisfied, and beauty is not a need but an 22)ecstasy. It is not a mouth 23)thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth, but rather a heart 24)enflamed and a soul 25)enchanted. It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear, but rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears. It is not the 26)sap within the 27)furrowed 28)bark, nor a wing attached to a 29)claw, but rather a garden for ever in bloom and a flock of angels for ever in flight.

  Beauty is life when life 30)unveils her holy face.

  1) weaver n. 编织者,织工

  2) aggrieved a. 苦恼的,悲伤的 the aggrieved指苦恼的人,悲伤的人

  3) injured a. 受伤的,受损害的 the injured指受伤的人,受损害的人

  4) glory n. 荣誉,光荣

  5) passionate a. 热情的 the passionate指充满热情的人

  6) might n. 力量,威力

  7) dread n. 惧怕,担心

  8) tempest n. 暴风雨

  9) weary a. 疲倦的 the weary指疲倦的人

  10) whispering n. 耳语

  11) yield to 屈服于,屈从于

  12) faint a. 微弱的',模糊的

  13) quiver v. 颤抖

  14) in fear of 对……惧怕,担忧

  15) restless a. 不能安静的 the restless指好动的人

  16) roaring n. 咆哮,呼喊

  17) noon-time n. 正午,白昼

  18) toiler n. 辛劳者

  19) wayfarer n. 旅人,徒步旅行者

  20) snow-bound a. 被大雪困阻的 the snowbound指被大雪困阻的人

  21) reaper n. 收割者

  22) ecstasy n. 入迷

  23) thirsting a. 口渴的

  24) enflame v. 燃烧

  25) enchant v. 施魔法,使迷惑

  26) sap n. 树液

  27) furrowed a. 有犁沟的,有皱纹的

  28) bark n. 树皮

  29) claw n. 爪

  30) unveil v. 揭开,除去面纱














  I want to fall in love in 20xx.


  I want to fall head over heels this year. By the very end of it, I want to be bursting at the seams of all my scars with a love burning happily in my heart.


  I want the authentic feeling that surpasses dreaming -- a love that is true and never fleeting. I want this for myself as well as for you. I'd like it for the world, if possible.


  I want to be every fear I've ever held in the darkest parts of my heart transformed into the purest desire for truth. I want to feel the magic of love singing my soul to sleep.



  I want to fall in love before I fall for you.


  So I would like to fall in love many times this year, so that I may know how extraordinary you are when you appear.


  I must fall in love this year so I can understand the magnitude of what you will be -- of what you will mean to me, and I to you.


  That's how I want to fall in love in 20xx. I want to know love before I know you. I want to feel its essence and understand its woes. I want to fall in love this way so that I am full of so much love to hand to you, and I am waiting patiently for the day when I can give it all to you.



  Not even as I shook and trembled uncontrollably in the trenches, did I forget your face. I would sit huddled into the wet mud, terrified, as the hails of bullets and mortars crashed down around me. I would clutch my rifle tightly to my heart, and think again of that very first day we met. I would cry out in fear, as the noise of war beat down around me. But, as I thought of you and saw you smiling back at me, everything around me would be become silent, and I would be with you again for a few precious moments, far from the death and destruction. It would not be until I opened my eyes once again, that I would see and hear the carnage of the war around me.


  I cannot tell you how strong my love for you was back then, when I returned to you on leave in the September, feeling battered, bruised and fragile. We held each other so tight I thought we would burst. I asked you to marry me the very same day and I whooped with joy when you looked deep into my eyes and said "yes" to being my bride.



  It was a sunny Sunday when I was alone at home chatting with my friends on line. My room was a mess cause I seldom cleaned it up since my wife left me. I had nothing eatable or drinkable at home, so I decided to go out to buy some stuff for myself! God was not with me, cause I had only 50 Yuan in my pocket!

  It so happened that the girl I was talking to on line lives just next to a Carrefour store in Tiexi District, and she said she could help me if I had no sufficient money. I did not take her words seriously but I thought it was not bad to have a girl accompany me while shopping. I needed someone to talk with anyway!

  So I drove all the way from Dadong District to the store. She asked me to wait for her in front of an optic shop. I was so curious to see what this girl looked like until I saw a girl coming to me. She was all in black, with a pair of sunglasses on her forehead. She has big eyes and pretty long eyelashes! And she is quite a tall girl!

  It was like a blind date, though we had been talking to each other on line for moths. We talked about anything we were interested in while shopping. I told her I wanted to buy a bottle a shampoo, so she recommended one brand called Liushen to me. Frankly, I never like the smell of it! It smells so awful that it still lies in my bathroom now!

  When talked about love and marriage, she said she would never let her man suffer from anything. I looked at her, as if I had never seen her before. The confidence she had was different from the others’. This girl is special, I thought when I was on my way home!

  I was a heart-broken man, so I did not dare to get myself involved into any mess related to love for the moment. That sunny girl should deserve someone must better than me. I know I would be her helpful big brother, giving her all kinds of help I can.

  I, hereby, wanna give all my best wishes to her!