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2007/04/14
分類: 體育運動 : 

作者: mayflower (8:21 pm)
Internet scams' definitions:

Phishing (pronounced “fishing”): Fraudulent emails that request or initiate a scam to get sensitive personal information. (網路釣客)

Spoof Site: Fraudulent sites – usually linked from a phishing email – that look like well-known websites. (欺詐的網站)

More at "Do be careful and don't fall for it ..."
http://mayflower.english.tw/post/6/570
and "A Free Lunch ..."
http://mayflower.english.tw/post/6/158

小心, 小心!!!
2007/02/21
分類: 體育運動 : 

作者: mayflower (7:45 am)
"Does your skin need a shrink?" This is a news headline on MSNBC Health dated on Feb. 12, 2007. When I first read this headline, I thought it must be some sort of skin tightening method or work. Anyway, this article caught my attention and I would like to know what it was all about and what it got to do with our skin and a shrink.

...

More at:
http://mayflower.english.tw/post/6/243
2006/12/29
分類: 旅遊紀錄 : 

作者: mayflower (7:36 am)
This holiday season, my husband and I took the kids to the famous city, Las Vegas, for our vacation. It was the second time that we spent our vacation there. One of my friends asked me, “Why do you go to Las Vegas for your vacation? You don’t gamble or even play the slot machines. Besides Las Vegas seems not a nice place for kids…” My answer to her was, “Las Vegas is a pretty city, and it has several famous hotels/buildings. These buildings are very unique and exotic. You don’t need to like gambling or watch the shows in Las Vegas. You can just spend your day/time in strolling along the streets or touring inside each building. Or you may have a nice buffet in those hotels. It is really great.”….

Anyway, we went to Las Vegas as planned. We arrived in Las Vegas around 4 or 5 pm on December 17 and checked in the hotel, Circus Circus. Circus Circus is a nice place for kids to stay because there are free circus acts and arcade games located on the midway at Circus Circus. It even has an adventure dome, an indoor theme park, for big and little kids when their parents are in the casino playing the slot machines. Because we went to Las Vegas before Christmas, the rate of a two-bed (two queen-size beds) room was only $29.95 + tax, and it was a good deal. We spent our first night at Circus Circus, played some games, watched one or two free circus acts on the midway, and then went back to our room for rest because we would start our Las Vegas tour from the next day. : )

There are many famous buildings/hotels in Las Vegas that I like very much, such as New York New York, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Excalibur, Treasure Island, Mirage, Bellagio, Aladdin, the Fashion Show Mall, M&M store and Coca-cola. All these buildings are located on the Las Vegas Strip, which is also called The Strip or The Boulevard. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas_Strip) The Strip is very pedestrian-friendly, or you may take the tourist trolley traveling up and down The Strip. The fare of trolley is $2.00 for a one-way ride and $5.00 for the entire day.

Each building/hotel has its own unique attraction. Luxor is a pyramid-like hotel, and all its interior decorations and design are very Egyptian. However, the rate of its room is about USD350 +/per night. Very expensive! You may take the “tram” from Luxor to Mandalay Bay or Excalibur, and it is a free ride. There is also a tram ride between Treasure Island and Mirage. In Mandalay Bay you may visit “Shark Reef”, an aquarium, and it’s like journeying through the ancient sunken temple with many oceanic wildlife including sharks, exotic fish, sea turtles and much more. Excalibur is the mythical sword of King Arthur; so, you may imagine that Excalibur is a castle-like hotel.

Treasure Island, one of my favorite places, has a great Japanese style buffet, and it also has the most well-known and free outdoor show “the Sirens of TI.” We also watched a show called “Mystere”, Cirque Du Soleil (a circus act), at Treasure Island. We didn’t plan to watch the show but when we were touring TI and saw many people waiting in line for the performance; we kind of made a quick decision to purchase tickets and join the line. The ticket cost about $75 + tax/per person. It was not very cheap but it was really a great show and worth the price. : ) Another attraction is the Fountains (水舞) at Bellagio. It is really spectacular. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellagio_%28hotel_and_casino%29) The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, a newly opened casino hotel, is a Venice-themed hotel and casino, and it has an extensive indoor retail mall called The Grand Canal Shoppes. In addition to the lake in front of the casino, canals on the second floor of building, in the shopping mall, are used to provide motorized gondola rides. Of course, you have to pay for the rides.

There are so many to write and to tell. I only wrote down what impresses me. You may surf Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Venetian) for more information about these famous casino hotels and their attractions. Just like I said, you don’t really need to gamble or play the slot machines to have fun in Las Vegas because there are lots of things to see and do in Las Vegas.


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後記:

剛從 Las Vegas 渡假回來的第一天, 因為冰箱空空, 所以全家到附近的中餐館吃飯. 在餐館裡, 剛好聽到服務生們正在討論聖誕節假期要到 Las Vegas 玩, 順便試一試手氣. 我想: 大部份的人到 Las Vegas 都會到 casino 玩一玩, 試手氣, 因為 Las Vegas 畢竟是世界有名的 "賭城"; 像我們這樣 "醉翁之意不在酒" 的遊客雖有, 但應該不多吧!
2006/12/11
分類: 我的一天 : 

作者: mayflower (11:03 pm)
Yesterday, my husband and I with kids went for shopping. We went to an electronic store to look for cell phone cases and notebook PC. We stayed at the notebook PC section for a while to study their functions, specifications and prices. Then, a salesperson came and asked us,
Salesperson: “What brings you in?”
I replied: “Oh, I just take a look at the notebook.” (I was surprised what he just said to me.)
Salesperson: “You’re just browsing around. Let me know if you need any help.”

When we stepped out of the store, my husband and I were discussing about what that young salesperson had said.

My husband said, ‘that salesperson just said to me “What brings you in?” and it sounded like “什麼風把你吹來?” in Chinese.’

I replied, ‘Yeah, he said the same thing to me. Usually, they just ask the customers whether they need help or not. When that salesperson asked me “What brings you in?” I didn’t know what and how to answer. It sounds weird to me because I always think that we say, “What brings you here/in?” to friends whom we haven’t seen for a while.’ : )
2006/11/18
分類: 愛情故事 : 

作者: mayflower (6:56 pm)
這是 Yahoo!新聞的頭版, 不是我的愛情故事ㄡ!

TomKat ties knot

Cruise, Holmes set to tie the knot in Italy
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise wed in lavish Italian ceremony.

Actor Tom Cruise arrives at Castello Odescalchi for his wedding to Katie Holmes in the Italian lakeside town of Bracciano on November 18, 2006. Cruise and Holmes have chosen the 15th century castle just outside of Rome as the location for their celebrity wedding. (Dario Pignatelli/Reuters)

當我讀到: ties knot 時, 突然想到中文的 "結緣", "結情緣", 而原來英文也是這樣說!!! :)
2006/11/16
分類: 我的一天 : 

作者: mayflower (12:30 am)
I got a note from my daughter's school regarding the school rule for tardiness.

The note said:

引文:
** TARDIES **
3rd unexcused tardy = LUNCH DETENTION
5th unexcused tardy = AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION
.......


The "tardy" on this note was a noun and a plural form, tardies, and the teacher also wrote "She has only two tardies" in the e-mail for me. I'm kind of puzzled because all I know is "tardy" is an adjective and tardiness is a noun.

I looked for the word, "tardy", in my "Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English" and other online dictionaries, and all these dictionaries didn't have this information of "tardy being a noun.", and the dictionary showed that "tardy" is an adjective and tardiness is its noun. Still no answer to my question. Therefore, I posted my question in an English Forum and finally got my answer.

Someone has answered my post and she wrote:
引文:

Get a subcription to this dictionary.

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tar·dy

Function:noun
Inflected Form(s):-es
Etymology:tardy, adjective

: an instance of being tardy (as for class)

http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com
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I double checked the Merriam-Webster's sister web site, http://www.m-w.com/ (and key in the word "tardy"), and really found the info that she has posted. I always think that Lognman Dictionary is a good dictionary, but it seems that the dictionary needs an update.
2006/10/05
分類: 心情小站 : 

作者: mayflower (3:13 am)
I drive my kids to schools and pick them up from schools everyday. Every time, when we are on our way home, we may see some people crossing the street outside of the designed crosswalk or intersection. My kids would cry out, “That guy is J-walking, and it’s very dangerous.” And that’s how I learned the word, J-walking.

J-walking, also called Jaywalking, is a term used to describe when a pedestrian illegally crosses the street without regard to traffic statutes. In common use, the term generally refers to someone crossing a major street outside of a designated crosswalk or intersection. (You may refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J-walk for more detail.)


中文的意思即為: 任意穿越街道.
2006/10/01
分類: 心情小站 : 

作者: mayflower (11:53 pm)
以前唸研究所時, 因為是唸商學院所以 reports and presentations 特別多, 再加上其他作業, 週末假日都不太有時間玩. 唉! 真可憐. 不過, 也因為那兩年密集的訓練, 寫報告與作 presentations 的功力增進不少.

台灣學生寫英文報告大多是: 重點式, 兩三句話把重點帶到就結束. 而這些老美同學可不得了, 你覺得兩句話就夠了, 他們卻可以將你的兩句話, 延伸至 4 或 5 句而成為一大段, 讓我們不得不佩服他們的 “掰功”. 雖然, 有時會覺得他們太 “畫蛇添足”, 但是老師們都很買帳. 所以, 我們這批台灣學生就學著點. 也因此, 為了增加自己的英文寫作能力, 每遇老師說報告可以 2 or 3 人一起做時, 我和另一位同為台灣來的同學找一位老美同學一起寫作業, 我們找答案, 她則負責文字部份. 在大家合作下, 成績不錯. 不過, 重點是: 從這位老美同學身上, 我也學會如何由一句重點, 擴展為一段小短文, 對日後自己寫作及報告上幫助不少.

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