Monday, August 11, 2008

Window ♦ 窗口 ♦ Das Fenster

This is not about the Windows operating system but the normal window at home.

The windows in Germany are mostly this type:

can be opened widely. And also slightly opened. During winter, you want some air ventilation but don't want to waste the heater energy, use this one~

Of course can be closed tightly also. The handle pointing downwards is closed tightly.

Handle pointing sidewards, the window can be opened widely.

Handle pointing upwards, the window can be opened slightly incline.

Outside that one is "blind". It's to block the sunshine. And with wholes so that won't be too stuffy.

A special phenomenon on the window is that it open inwards but not outwards~ what is the reason?

One of the answer is to keep the building looks nicer without the window flipping outwards.

The second answer is because of safety reason. When the building is on fire, you might need to open the window to get some fresh air. According to the statistic, most of the people die in fire not because of burning but lack of oxygen. But if the window need to flip outwards to open, you might have difficulty because the air pressure inside is lower than outside. That's the reason why the window is flipping inwards.

The third reason is that you can clean the window easily.

Of course it has also disadvantage. You must free the space in order to flip inward and waste some space inside.

Thursday, August 7, 2008






Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Socket and Plug ♦ 插座与插头 ♦ Die Steckdose und der Stecker

Electricity standards are different all over the world. Let me introduce the standard in Germany/Europe.
Voltage: 230V Frequency: 50Hz
电压: 230伏特 频率: 50赫兹
Want to know how those Electrical terms called in German?
Voltage 电压Spannung
Current 电流Strom
Resistance 电阻Widerstand
Capacitor 电容器Kondensator
Inductor 电感元件Spule (means Coil)
Power 功率Leistung

In German, everything has a gender. Either Masculine (der), Feminine (die) or Neuter (das) gender. The Socket and Plug have also gender. Socket is Feminine (die Steckdose) and Plug is Masculine (der Stecker). Do you know why? I'm sure you know...:P
德语语法里,任何东西都有“性别”。男的用Der,女的用Die,而中性用Das。插座和插头也不例外。插座是女的(die Steckdose)而插头是男的(der Stecker)。你知道为什么吗?我想你应该知道。。。:P

The best thing I like the Europe socket design is that they can plug in 2 ways~ the second way is used when you don't want the cable to go down so fast. For example a hot pan is under the socket.

Information for the students:

If you want to buy an adapter, please be careful on the design. Choose the left one, the right one is what i bought and cannot be used.

Or you can also do it like this. Buy an extension and change the plug on your own~ the Plug cost about 2 euro only.

Inside is something like this, red/brown one is Live line, blue one is Neutral/Null line and green one is earth line.

If you have really really no idea how to change the plug, you can buy the traveler adapter. Cost me about 20 euro.

Of course the strange thing about German socket and i think it is disadvantage.
1) They have no on/off switch on the socket. Maybe they think all the electronic stuffs should have their own switch, don't need to have an extra one on the socket~
2) They don't have a fuse inside the plug. Maybe they want the thing spoil faster so that you can buy a new one and help the economy~ just kidding...:P

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Waste separation system ♦ 垃圾分类 ♦ Mülltrennungsystem

Waste separation plays an important roll in environmental issue, as a leader of a whole world - European countries of course must be a good model of other countries. In my opinion, Germany has done quite well on this part.

This is a typical garbage collecting container in a hostel. Green boxes are for paper, white boxes are for glasses. The black plastic bag suppose to be yellow is called "Gelbe Sack", it's for plastic bags and packaging bags. And the bio and rest waste are in another bag.
这个是在宿舍里典型的垃圾箱。青色盒子放纸张,白色放玻璃。黑色胶袋应该是黄色的,叫做"Gelbe Sack",是用来装塑胶袋或包装纸。当然还有剩余的垃圾和有机的垃圾在另一个袋子。

Yellow bag - "Gelbe Sack"
黄胶袋 - "Gelbe Sack"

This is taken at train station. Green is for glass, yellow is for packaging, blue is for paper and red is for others.

This garbage centre is outside the hostel, you have to throw is out here when the garbage is full. White is for rest waste, blue is for paper. (the colour is a bit confusing, the best is know how to read the word)

Here is to collect glasses, it even separates white(transparent), green or brown bottles.

This is for you to put old bags or shoes or clothes or so on. It's for charity. Those things will send to poor people. Nice huh?

This mark means that you need to pay 25 cents for the bottle, we called it "Pfand". But if you put the empty bottle in a machine, print out a receipt, you can take the money back. This is also means they use money to force you not to simply throw the bottle, it's also a way. For normal beer bottle has this system too, but less money, only 8 cents.

The bottles are pressed flat and send back to factory.

And one more thing, here we don't encourage to use plastic bag. You need to pay 6 cents for plastic bags. Let you think twice and better use green bag~~

Saturday, December 29, 2007


A funny version of Disney...someone changed them to Cantonese and it's damn funny....i can't stop laughing~~~

Snow White

Beuty and the Beast

Sleeping Beuty



Toy Story

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Girl of My Dreams Part 2

Interested to know about this lady?


HIS dilemma was timeless. Only the means of resolving it reflects our times. She took his breath, and his words, away. And by the time he had found them, she was gone.

"The whole ride I was psyching myself up to it. She was writing on this little notepad. Perfect line. I am going to ask her what she was writing about," was how Patrick Moberg related his story of a dreamgirl - a Melbourne girl - who made fleeting eye contact, before walking out of his life.

Actually, she walked out of a subway carriage on the number five line - in that busy time when the crowd surges through the doors like a rip-tide. He, a 21 year-old Brooklyn webpage designer, was wrong-sided.

"We, like, half made eye contact a few times," he said "Right as the train stopped she got up and, like, everyone else rushed in between us. We made eye contact, really solid eye contact . . . and, right when the words were going to leave my mouth, she was off the train."

That is his story as told to a friend and posted on the internet.

He could have surrendered his dignity and chased her through the crowd, although that oh-so-casual line about what she had been writing may have needed some reworking.

Or he could have let it go. Or, as it happened, he could create a webpage dedicated to finding her in a city of 8 million people.

He called it nygirlofmy He included a drawing of her, with her blue tights and blue gym shorts and red cheeks, and a drawing of himself labelled: tall; skinny; not insane. And he included his mobile phone number.

In less than 48 hours, Brooklyn boy had found his dreamgirl. He had some help. A story about his search ran in the New York Post. It became a typing point on other websites, and finally a co-worker of Camille Hayton's made the link.

It was the flower in her hair and the rosy cheeks that caused her co-worker to identify Ms Hayton, formerly of Kew, as the muse in this internet love match.

She is identified as an intern at, which now reports a timeline of the encounter, and the pursuit of Ms Hayton by what the site variously calls her "stalker" and a "subway skirt chaser".

When not attending to her duties at the magazine, she is a 22-year-old aspiring actress who is thought to have been engaged as an extra in the filming of the feature Sex and the City.

The couple, however, have yet to meet. Still, this may be a refreshing diversion for Ms Hayton. Friends have claimed that her New York home burnt to the ground just weeks ago.

Meanwhile, she is believed to have agreed to tell her story to a television show.

He, for his part, is withdrawing from scrutiny. A recorded message on his phone declares he has found his dream girl and that "the website totally worked". But he does not think he will update the website further, and he said he is unlikely to do any interviews.

He does not want to become some gimmicky story. This, he said, is an authentic thing.

Asked by his unseen friend in the website interview if he was ready to meet the dream girl he replied: "Yeah . . . (pause of several seconds) . . . hopefully."

He told the New York Post they were meeting for coffee this weekend. No pressure. Just 8 million people waiting on the outcome.

The Girl of My Dreams

This story happened in New york. It seems like story of message in a bottle.

Find out what happened next. Here