A dab hand:
To describe someone who is really good at cooking, we can say that he is a dab hand at cooking.
I feel so embarrassed to be an American, learning that so many American corporations gutlessly succumbing to Chinese for the money. “It’s more than a little ludicrous for everyone from Ted Cruz to Beto O’Rourke to suddenly hand the NBA and the Rockets the tab for American toadying to authoritarians in Beijing. (Shelly Jenkins, Washington Post, "Don’t be mad at the NBA. Hundreds of U.S. companies have sold out to China’s regime", 7 Oct. 2019)
Indeed, all these American corporations bowing obsequiously at China are nothing but lickspittles. The title should not be “Don’t be mad at the NBA”. It should be “Get mad at the NBA and all those toadies who cannot wait to curry favor with the Chinese” instead.
柯文哲的政治精算 Ko Wen-je's political calculation
I kept thinking about what the best word would be to describe 柯文哲. He doesn’t look like a fence-sitter (牆頭草) to me. A fence-sitter is someone who does not make decisions or take sides because he or she doesn’t want to offend either side. He definitely is NOT that type of person. He has his own agenda from the start. He is very good at manipulating people and giving the false appearance of being honest or sincere. You can definitely call him phony, double-faced, or a back-stabber or a double-dealer who practices the work to people's disadvantage behind their backs. Then I found the world “political chameleon”. Wow! That’s the perfect word to depict him. A political chameleon (政治變色龍) is a person who changes their opinions or behavior according to the situation.
The phrase “rose-colored/rose-tinted glasses/spectacles” is used to describe an optimistic, cheerful way of looking at things.
When one looks through rose-colored glasses, things may look rosy but far from the truth. He might be too optimistic, looking only on the bright side. In reality, things might be worse than one can imagine.
I recently stumbled on an article regarding fate. There is no such thing as a coincidence in this world, only the inevitable. 世上沒有偶然,只是必然
However, philosophy isn’t a subject I want to dwell upon. What I want to bring up here is the phrase “when stars align”. It might seem a quantum leap to jump from inevitability to star alignment. Anyway, they are all somewhat related to fate. When will the stars align? The actual answer is probably “Never”, not even once in a blue moon. When stars align, it would be highly unlikely, unexpected and impossible. So, it must be fate if the stars align.命運使然
I am gradually getting back to blogging, though not fully engaged. I started reviewing some of my old articles and added some more comments and more information on why I wrote them. Maybe I can regain the fun of blogging again and do more.
Oh, it happens to be New Year's Day. I will write something for the occasion.
I was just talking to a friend about the difference between Eastern and Western education. Eastern education system tends to provide a more passive way of learning where students are hand
2 1/2 years have passed since my last entry on this blog. I am sorry to keep you waiting. It has been hard without much motivation to write. Anyway, since I like to whine, I will talk about whining.
發牢騷 - Whine
Is it good to whine? Sometimes, it is good to whine to get things off your chest, so you can be done with it and not get bogged down. However, constant whining gets you nowhere and is unconstructive. Instead of fixing issues, you are wasting your time whining.
過河拆橋 - 每日一辭(英)
Better print out this news. Just in case you have the need in the future.
I don't know why "Dismantle the bridge after crossing it" (過河拆橋) came to my mind. Maybe because I don't trust that Ministry of Foreign Affair would really honor this for civilians.
Chinese Communist, KMT government and Ma are all masters in the art of obscurantism to achieve such ultimate control of their people.
What is “Obscurantism”? It is an art to deliberately restrict knowledge (withhold knowledge from the public) and deliberate vagueness in an attempt to obscure the facts.