Monday, December 15, 2008
What do you plan on doing? Please share!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
- The Nutcracker Ballet www.houstonballet.org
- Lights in the Heights http://www.woodland-heights.org/events/lith/default.htm
- Yuletide at Bayou Bend http://www.mfah.org/bayoubend/home.asp?par1=1&par2=1&par3=1&par4=1&par5=1&par6=1&par7=¤tPage=
- S.H.A.P.E. Kwanzaa Celebration http://www.shape.org/Kwanzaa.asp
- Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens http://www.moodygardens.com/Seasonal_Fun/Festival_of_Lights/
- Jewish Community Center's Bagel Ball http://www.jcchouston.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Jewish%20Singles%20%26%20Young%20Adults&category=Young%20Adults&PHPSESSID=ce0b9a365640543e8da0e9cc47142ddf
- Season of Sharing: Ramadan http://www.cmhouston.org/en/cev/371
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States and Canada, and springs from the harvest festivals of years past. In the United States, the holiday celebrates the assistance the Native Americans gave early English settlers after the first harvest of 1621. The Wampanoag tribe taught the pilgrims how to grow local crops (corn) and live off the bounty of the new land.
The holiday, as known in modern times, is a day to give thanks and celebrate with family and friends.
As an international student, you may be a long way from home and unable to gather with family. There are many things you can still do you celebrate the holiday, such as:
- Cook with friends http://www.recipezaar.com/ http://www.foodnetwork.com/
- Eat out at a restaurant (my choice) http://www.crackerbarrel.com/ http://www.lubys.com/ , http://houston.citysearch.com/roundup/38070/
- Order the meal http://www.bostonmarket.com/home , http://www.lubys.com/ , http://www.crackerbarrel.com/ grocery stores
- Volunteer you time http://www.volunteermatch.org/
You may have heard people talk about 'Black Friday'..but what is it? It is the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day in the United States. Where does the name come from? Retailers typically used red ink in ledgers to show shortfalls and black ink to denote profit. The Friday after Thanksgiving was typically the day retailers made huge profits and could use black ink. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping)
Look for the ads in the newspaper on Thanksgiving and you may be able to score some deals. Black Friday ads are also listed online: http://www.blackfriday.info/
Monday, November 17, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
How to stay healthy:
- Wash your hands frequently and often
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Consider a flu shot
- Get plenty of rest
- Manage stress
How to recover if you catch a bug:
- Know the difference between a cold and the flu http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Get plenty of rest
- See a doctor if you are experiencing flu symptoms or your cold gets worse after a few days.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Ornaments, trees, gifts, wreaths, wrapping paper galore! But Halloween and Thanksgiving aren't even here yet....
Do you have any highly commercialized holidays in your country? Do you think holidays are too commercialized in the United States?
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Here are some tips for cutting spending and doing more with less:
Prepare meals at home. Buy groceries and turn on the Food Network! Experiment with different cooking techniques and styles, and go easy on pricey ingredients.
Buy in bulk. Have a friend with a Costco or Sam's Club card? Tag along and stock up on items you use regularly. Be wary of buying perishable items that you may not use before the expiration date.
Comparison shop online. Did you fall in love with a pair of expensive shoes at Macy's but cannot afford them? Carry a pad and pencil with you and write down the brand, style, and sku of the item you are interested in. Hop on the computer and comparison shop at home! You would be surprised the deals and steals you can find on the Internet! If you are going to purchase an item online, make sure to look for coupon codes first!
Websites to try:
Plan your purchase! The end of summer is the best time to buy a discounted swimsuit, a jacket at the end of winter, etc. Black Friday is usually the best time to buy electronics http://www.blackfriday.info/.
Hit the outlets! Outlets can be a great place to snag some deals. Check out the outlet malls in the Houston area and don't forget to get a coupon book from customer service:
Frequent the yard sale or flea market in your area. You will be surprised what people are selling or giving away! Don't forget resale or consignment stores.
Scan online classified ads for great deals.
Look for student discounts! Some movie theaters, museums, and stores have student discounts!
Share some of your tips and tricks with me!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Halloween is a fascinating holiday, with Celtic, Christian, and Pagan roots http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween. In the United States, the holiday was not introduced until the 19th century and the commercial mayhem did not begin until the 20th century.
If you like to be spooked, check out haunted houses: http://houston.citysearch.com/roundup/38068.
Are you dressing up for Halloween? What will you be? I am not sure what I will be yet!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Miller Theater, In Hermann Park, 100 Concert Drive
"A showcase of the cultural riches China has to offer in history, dance and music, featuring Dance of Asian America and special guest artists from the Shanghai Dance Company. 8:00 p.m."
Indo-American Association Concert - The Ultimate String Jugalbandi
Wortham Center, 501 Texas
"Featuring Sitar Maestro Ustad Shujaat Khan, Sarode Maestro Pandit Tejendra Majumdar, and Tabla Maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. 8:00 p.m."
Houston Farm and Ranch Club
"Enjoy a feast of sight, sound and wonderful tastes. Share the heritage, culture and the romance of Italy. Rain or shine, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. SAT and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. SUN."
Asian American Festival
Downtown, In Front of City Hall
"Annual festival at Hermann Square, in front of City Hall, fromm 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both days. Featuring free entertainment, delectable cuisine, and international Asian arts."
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
I lost some oak trees and sections of fence. After my power was restored, I volunteered at a POD in The Woodlands. I loaded cars with ice, MREs, water, and hot meals. A good deal of the folks were dealing with no power and water, but some were unable to live in their homes due to damage. I am very proud of the people in this community. I have seen generosity, patience, sacrifice, and kindness from almost everyone I have come across.
In my community, businesses and schools are opening and grocery stores are stocking shelves. A little normalcy is definitely welcome. Checking email, cooking, and doing laundry are things I took for granted and I applaud their return.
At the same time, having a candlelit dinner with friends, enjoying conversation, and reading were wonderful ways to pass the time (when we weren't cleaning the yard). The activities made me realize that we all need to take a break from our hectic lives, enjoy simple things, and realize we are lucky to be alive.
Please feel free to send me stories and pictures of your experience.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Want a heads up on a professor? Check out http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/
Some reviews will give you an idea about teaching style, methods, exams, etc.
In the past, I used this website to choose professors and learn their teaching styles.
Friday, September 5, 2008
What did you think? Will it be the elephant or the donkey?
If you are an international student, what do you think of the political system in the United States?
Confused about the symbolism of the elephant and donkey? Read more:
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
How can we tell?
For K-12: frantic parents in school supply aisles at retailers, clogged roadways in school zones, and tax-free weekend.
For College students: busy bookstores, registration rush, busy phone lines, and nerves!
How do I cope with the madness? I bought my books on Amazon.com, registered online, sent emails to my professors, and tried to calm my nerves with breathing exercises. Minus the breathing exercises, I solved all of my problems on the Internet. If only I could figure out how to use Blackboard...
How do you cope?
Monday, August 18, 2008
I have been totally blown away by the achievements of Michael Phelps http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/17/sports/OLYPHELPS.php?WT.mc_id=glob_mrktg_lnk1&WT.mc_ev=click .
Are there any events you are keeping your eye on?
Certain Olympic events are more popular in the United States and are given more media attention (basketball, Track and Field, Swimming). Are there any events that are comparably more popular in your home country and given more media attention?
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
How did you do? Did you lose power? Experience any flooding?
Monday, August 4, 2008
What does that mean for Texas? Rain, rain, glorious rain. My last blog consisted of my gripes regarding my parched lawn and perhaps it will get some relief. If the rain is plentiful, please pay attention to flash flood warnings and avoid areas prone to flooding.
Are you prepared for a storm? Make sure you have plenty of drinking water, food, and batteries. Be prepared in the event of a power outage.
In the meantime, try to count how many times Scorpion's "Rock You Like A Hurricane" is played on the radio. Let me know how many times you hear it!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Students from cooler locales may find this weather overwhelming and find it harder to acclimate. Here are some tips:
- Refrain from physical activity during peak hours.
- If you must be outside, try to schedule activities in the early morning or late evening.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Park in shaded areas.
- Avoid heavy meals. Try eating smaller meals more frequently.
- Wear light-weight clothing and avoid dark colors.
- Keep yourself hydrated, even when you are not thirsty.
FYI: The Public Utility Commission of Texas has issued a yellow alert for electricity conservation.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Check out the SciGuy if you have not read his blogs already. He works for the Houston Chronicle and writes very informed articles on projected hurricanes.
Are you prepared for hurricane season? Read the City of Houston Disaster Preparedness Guide and find out.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Anyone try any of these things?
Monday, June 30, 2008
It appears the trend is so widespread that the government will be implementing control measures to regulate instructors and training courses. For example, professional teachers will be required to have 600 hours of courses under their belt buckles.
Does your home country have a Country-Western trend or sub-culture? I have heard of such trends existing in Australia, The United kingdom, Brazil, Japan, etc.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Here are ways Americans are coping:
- Moving closer to work/school http://promo.realestate.yahoo.com/one-way-to-handle-gas-prices:-move.html
- Hypermiling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypermiling)
- Buying a fuel-efficient vehicle
- Using scooters, bicycles, etc.
- Utilizing public transportation
- Driving less http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/18/driving.cutbacks/index.html?eref=rss_topstories
How are you dealing with fuel prices? Do you think the Houston area needs improved access to public transportation? Please tell me about the transportation options in your home country.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
A great deal can go into being a wedding, even for the guests! A friend of mine attended an out-of-town wedding and had to schedule time off from work, book a flight, reserve a room, rent a car, board her dog, buy a dress, halt her mail, and purchase something off the wedding registry before everything was sold out. Whew!
Does anyone plan to attend a wedding this summer? Care to share?
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
How safe is the food in your home country? Do you think the United States needs to tighten food safety restrictions?
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Check out this interesting article I found on PBS!
It discusses influences on modern American English:
- Regional accents/slang
- Popular music and media
As an international student, what do you think of American English? Give me your perspective. If you are learning English as a second language, how have you been challenged by slang, etc.?
Friday, May 30, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
LSCS students in the Philippines! An exciting service learning program. Check out the blog: http://wwwappskc.nhmccd.edu:8080/blogs/fac1/
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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Friday, May 2, 2008
What do you think of this article? How will you (or someone you know) be affected if the fees are raised?
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
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Friday, April 4, 2008
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