Lily Rong Cong's

perfect little world

My website has moved to lily.gebweb.net. This website is no longer updated.

June 4, 2008

I found a Cantonese song on youtube and translated it as below. Since it's my first translation effort, please bear with the inevitable awkwardness.

My dream and your dream
In the Yellow River they grow
Five thousand years of countless wishes
With the torrent they flow

In the dream, happiness surges
From the dream, bitterness gushes
Have we seen again the Tang government's grace?
Citizens' torments it flushes

* That day China made a big stride
The world stunned by the lion's roar
The dragon let out its true self
Into the future did it soar

Every Chinese wants happiness
And to leave their smile along the Yellow River
Five thousand years of countless dreams in China
The substance has been the same since ever*

(Repeat **)

Only if every Chinese took action
Would I have freedom and satisfaction

February 24, 2008

I just found out that I lied in the last entry: September 20, 2007 was the last day of the three-day long Uniform Final Exam (UFE) yet I said I was ready for the exam. I think I wrote it before the exam and posted it after. One of my photo albums gives glimpse of my UFE experience from September to December. I then celebrated (before the results were released) with a trip to the beautiful British Columbia and a trip back to my hometown.

What is sad: I read only one book in the last year, The Godfather, on the flight to Norway during Christmas.

What is outrageous: Flickr keeps only the most recent 200 pictures on a free account, which I had. So I happily moved all my pictures to picasa, a free and integrated photo editor and web album program by Google. You'll notice that the photos page takes you to my picasa web album.

What is missing: My wisdom...teeth. All four were taken out two weeks ago with considerable blood and pain.

What is still there: You, my lovely friend.

September 20, 2007

New site launched!

After almost half a year of silence, I finally got around to revamping my website. With help from Geir, the site is now done in a more pro way: coded with html instead of made up using FrontPage, with separate English and Chinese sites, easily accessible by clicking on the buttons at the top of each page.

So what happened since last time? Let's see... I became a Master of Acounting (isn't that cool? :P), moved to Waterloo from Cambridge, and has prepared for my Uniform Final Exam for more than a month and is almost ready now. You may visit the "Photos" page for a glimpse of the recent events, or visit the 3D version of the "perfect little world" for full details.

March 23, 2007

It ended up better than I expected. And by "better", I mean a bit more interesting and a lot busier. Not that I mind the busyness; I just miss the feeling of dreading over challenging problems and the excitement of solving one.

"It's really not too bad." And that sounds bad.

I know the goal I'm working towards. But I'm not terribly motivated and interested if the goal is not something I want badly. A lot of people in the same boat are like this. And that is interesting.

Meanwhile, I did go to Norway again and this time to a more Norwegian part of it. I did do well and enjoy at least one thing academic-related - my finance course. I feel better now.

January 4, 2007

Two days into the Master of Accountancy program, something seems to be missing - oh, math courses! For the first time in my student life, I'm not taking any math courses during a school term. Will I appreciate the break, or will I be bored of the unchallenging accounting stuff? Or maybe the tedious work is so much that I don't have time to take a break or feel bored, or feel anything at all. It's accounting, what do you think?

October 3, 2006

Hey, two new quotes added from Antonia Porchia's Voices. I first read this aphorism book three years ago. After that, whenever I go to the Dana Porter Library (on the University of Waterloo campus), I go to the 9th floor to study (or not study) because that's where Voices is, which I read when I need a break from study and out of which I get something new every time.

Today, I read again about Antonia Porchia himself, who, according to one of his close friends, "never wore a shirt" (but did wear a "pajama jacket in the summer" and a "thicker jacket...in the winter").

He also had to sell the house his brother left him and get a smaller one so that he could live on the difference, but kept all the paintings given by his friends as gifts, some of whom the most influential contemporary artists in Argentina.

And the same person, was described as being able to have "boundless attention" when he listened to others and to "create a depth in his companions".

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I can't give out more before you read it yourself. There's just so much about this little book. I'm an official Porchia fan now!

August 31, 2006

I returned home without a work laptop - my eight-month work term officially ended. A full year of school starts on September 11, 2006. Meanwhile I get to look back at the past eight months .

July 8, 2006

I was told again that I should update my website more often. To that, I ask, "How can I be expected to be a good website-updater if, at the same time, I need to be a good auditor, a good treasurer, a good student, a good daughter, a good sister, a good girlfriend, and a good friend?" Consequently, the website is put to the bottom of my list, except when important events can be most effectively communicated to the mass through this website, such as my first trip to the United States of America.

April 20, 2006

I've been asked a lot if I like auditing better that it's my second work term doing it. I don't want to show my rage and I don't want to lie, so I say "I hate it less" =/= (not equal to sign) I like it better. Maybe that's why four months flew by - because I felt nothing; I was sleeping the whole time, no feeling, no dreams. Except for the moments where I enjoyed playing squash with my friends, joking with my colleagues, reading some great books, and most of all, talking to Geir and spending a week with him recently. Decisions will be made to escape this no-feeling state - in-depth discussion at a later date.

As usual, I'm not going to be disappointing - ta-la!

January 14, 2006

I redesigned the quotes page and deleted some that don't touch me as much anymore.

I'm proud of myself for having finished reading Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore since I've been told that it takes a very special kind of person to read Murakami's books, not to mention enjoying them, which I did. I wonder why I didn't happen to be the very special kind of person that likes accounting.

January 8, 2006

It might be a little too late to celebrate my website's first birthday now, but may not be too late yet to give you some update on my New Year's Norwegian trip. And hopefully through the pictures, you can feel some of the excitement I felt.