F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

This Saturday, I finally finished all ten seasons of Friends!! I started watching Friends after I came to America, because my sister loved it and she said it helped her a lot on learning English. At first, I thought it is an average tv show, because it’s just a story about the everyday life of  few people who live together. However, as I watch more episodes, I realize this isn;t just a tv show about friendship, but there is also elements of love, family, and life choice.

None of the characters in Friends is a secret agent or has supernatural power; they are all ordinary people: Monica is a chef, Rachel is a manager at Ralph Lauren, Joey is an infamous actor, and etc. However, all of them taught me a different life lesson. Rachel was born in a rich family and was forced to marry an old man. She knows won’t be able to live in a luxurious life anymore if she ditches the wedding, but she still it because that’s not the life that she wants. When Rachel just moved to live with her best friend, Monica, none of Monica’s friends likes her, because she was a typical spoiled girl who is bossy and could not take care of herself. However, Rachel didn’t “surrender” to her parents. Instead, she started to send hundred of applications and got her first job as a waitress. Then, she used her talent in fashion and became a secretary of a fashion manager. After that, she worked hard and got promoted to different positions. I respect people like Rachel, because they never gave up. Once they find one thing that they are passionate about, they just kept doing it and work toward their goals no matter what other people say.

Friends isn’t just a simple TV show. It brought me laughter, warmth, and most important of all, it taught me many valuable life lessons.

Love Actually

Whenever people ask me “What is your favorite movie”, my answer has always been “Love Actually”!

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I was in eighth grade when I watch”Love Actually” for the first time. This romantic comedy is written and directed by Richard Curtis, who also wrote “Four Weddings  and a Funeral” and “Notting Hill”. It talks about nine different love stories including people who are looking for love and couples who are already in love. I enjoyed it a lot because the whole movie was full of laughter and warmth. After that, I would watched “Love Actually” every year during Christmas season and I felt differently every time. The first time when I watched it, I think it is very funny and sweet. Like Colin(a characters in the film), I hoped that I could find true love someday too.  The second time when I watched it, I cried. I sympathized with people who love others, but could not be with them . The most recent time when I watched it, I was amazed by how powerful and different love could be.

If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

— PRIME MINISTER DAVID

The quote above is my favorite line in “Love Actually”. I’ve never believed in true love, because I’ve seen so many unsuccessful marriages. However, this movie made me believe in love again. Sometimes, it will make people cry and feel heartbroken, but it also has the power to make people laugh and get through the hardest time of their lives.

Chengdu, Home

LA rained for three days in a row and it reminded me of my hometown, Chengdu. I lived there for thirteen years and moved to LA when I was in 8th grade. It has all of my childhood memories and many people that I love.

Families

Most young people might find family dinner very boring, because they have to sit there and listen to their grandparents talking about things that happened forty years ago. However, that is actually my favorite part of going back to Chengdu. The time that I spent with my family is always joyful and worth treasuring, because they know everything about me, so I could be my true self in front of them. They know what type of person I am, what I am passionate about, and what my weaknesses are. In addition, after I went abroad, I realize how powerful family is.  Friends could turn against each other and lovers could break up, but families will always be there.

Food

Chengdu is known for its spicy food and snack food. My favorite is hot pot and glutinous rice cake! There are a lot of Chinese restaurants in LA too, but none of them has the same taste with the dishes in Chengdu.

Friends

To be honest, I actually don’t have a lot of friends in Chengdu, because I only went to elementary school and one year of middle school there. I’m closest with my elementary school friends. There are seven of us and we have known each other for over ten years. Before I left Chengdu, we spent every New Year’s eve together and that was one of my best memory in Chengdu. Whenever I need help, they would always be there for me like my family. I always think that I’m such a lucky person who gets to have these great friends.

Think Like A Freak

Think Like A Freak by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt was recommended my friend Becky and she said it was one of the most interesting book she has ever read, so I immediately bought it on Amazon.

Before writing Think Like A Freak, Dubner and Levitt have already written few books, such as, Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics. They all express the same idea: think about things from a different point of view from everyone else.

This book uses simple and fun facts or experiments to help readers to understand important life lessons. For example, the authors suggest that it is okay to quit. Most of time, we were told that we should not quit, because quitting means failure and no one wants to admit that he or she is a looser. However, quitting should not be considered as a total loss. The authors did an experiment with people which would ask them to decide their future with a coin toss. After two months, they would ask these people to check in and see whether quitting made them happier or less happy. As a result, most of people actually became happier after quitting, such as breaking up with a boyfriend/girlfriend and quitting a job.

If you are looking for a fun but also meaningful book, I truly recommend you to read it!

Adele- 25

Same with many other people, I first fell in love with Adele’s voice in her second album, 21. Her singing has the power to calm me down and I have definitely listened to “Rolling in the deep”, “Turning Table”, and “One And Only” more than a hundred times. This album helped her win six grammy awards, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance.

However, after having a huge success on her music career, she decided to get married and have kids. After five years, she finally made a comeback with her new album, 25. I was thrilled. I knew she would not let me down. Her new album was a huge success too. “Hello” definitely became a big hit. In the first three week when it just came out, I could hear it whenever I turn on the radio. I’m going to keep supporting Adele and “Attending an Adele’s concert” is going to be one of the top things on my bucket list!

17!!

 

I’m finally seventeen! I spent my birthday this year in NHSI(National High School Institute), a summer program that concentrates on film in Northwestern University. In NHSI, students have to make a short film every week and my birthday was close to the due date of final project, so I didn’t really have time to celebrate my birthday. However, I was still really happy.

I’ve always liked birthdays, not because I get to be the center of the attention, but because it could remind me of how many people support and care about me . After moving to U.S., I barely spent my birthday with my families or friends in China. However, they never forget to buy a gift or say “happy birthday” to me. Some of them even wait until midnight in order to be the first few who congrats me. In addition, some people that I am not that close with would also congrats me and it gives us a chance to catch up a little.

Time flies by so fast. I’m now only one year away from being an adult. This means that I need to be more mature and independent, but it also shows that I will have the opportunity to experience new things. I hope the best for my senior year and I’m so excited for college!

Christine Wu

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These painting were made by Chritine Wu.  She is currently having her solo exhibition at Thingspace gallery in Los Angeles.

I really like her art works, because of her unique ways to portrait women. She describes herself as a fine art oil painter who capture the vulnerability of self discovery while exploring the tangibility of memories. She also use mix media. In the picture above, she used photo transfer, golf leave, and ink.