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2006/08/23
分類: 體育運動 : 

作者: David (4:26 am)
I started playing tennis when I was a little boy and the by the time I was 20, I have reached the peak of my tennis "career", as I was ranked 32 in the state of Maryland and elected as USTA Maryland all star… which is really… not much of an achievement.

I always have this little agenda of trying to live my dream thru my kids since before the day they were born (only if they are willing of course). So, I started training Ariel when she was two. Earlier this year, she was able to hit the ball across the net with her forehand swing and now she is 4 and can consistently "spin" tennis balls with both forehand and backhand over the net from the service line. I feel so proud of her and her daily tennis training is becoming the exercise I look forward to everyday now! She loves to play and if she continues to love tennis this way, I may really actualize my dream.
2006/08/09
分類: 我的一天 : 

作者: David (1:12 am)
As www.English.com.tw growing faster than ever, we are getting more and more noticeable by our potential partners and just recently, within last week, I have received emails from 3 high profile vendors expressed their interests of becoming an www.English.com.tw partner! They are EF, EnglishTown and ChinaPost. I hope, with these new partnerships, ECT can provide better service, more information, and useful knowledge to our members!

I highly encourage our members to visit their sites to see what they have to offer and consider them for their service/product over their competitor as they are partners of www.English.com.tw and doing good deed in supporting of www.English.com.tw to provide better service, information, knowledge to you for free.


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2006/08/08
分類: 溫馨家事 : 

作者: David (10:52 am)
My sister got married on 7/30, the wedding was beautiful! It was on a cruise, was out of Annapolis harbour into Chesapeake bay...

When she told me that I will be doing her wedding toast few months back, I thought that she was only joking till the moment I got called up to stand in front of all guests and to perform the toast on her wedding day. I was absolutly unprepared, nervous as hell and on a boat that I have no where to hide. So I walked up to the front and said...

"few weeks back when Angela (my sister) told me that I'll be doing this, I thought she was only joking... well, I guess she wasn't joking after all and I really don't know what to say... so, I am just going to speak from my heart... I know my sister when the day she was born and I have always loved her as she is my little and only sister. I know William (now my brother in law) for few years now and I know him as a great guy. We all know great things always happen to great people and we are witness one of the example today... anyway, enough said and I am not going to bore you with a long speech as I know we all want to drink and part so hold up your glass now and let's make a toast to the great couple... here are some lines I got from a movie that I want to use and it's suppose to be funny, okay? It's something goes like... Life is long... and marriage makes it even longer... so drink up! It'll make it all go a hell allot faster... To the great couple!"

It's just like above, word by word as recorded by a camcorder! I have no idea how I pulled it off but I guess I did a ok job. What do you think?
2006/08/08
分類: 心情小站 : 

作者: David (4:49 am)
早就想架個站來寫寫創設 English.com.tw 的經過,把架設 English.com.tw 的過程以一步一腳印的方式記錄下來和大家分享並給自己留個紀念,正好手上有這麼二個不錯,有主題性且簡短好記,又合適的網域名稱 Note.com.tw 和 Note.tw ,心動不如行動,架站給我一個人用和架站給百萬個人用都是一樣的,就這樣網路上就又多出了這一個部落格網站。
2005/07/06
分類: 未分類 : 

作者: David (10:26 am)
Hello all,

To begin, I want to first apologize for this long email. I just want to touch base with all of you and bring everyone into one email chain.

Most of you already know that I have just been through one of the biggest events of my life, the birth of my second baby, and bringing my family back to the States from Taiwan. That is the reason why you have not seen me on English.com.tw as frequently as before.

Now with everything settling down, and my gaining some free time, I want to write you this email and say thank you! Your efforts and support are what kept English.com.tw growing and allowed me to spend more time with my family: Ellen and I want to say thank you!

I know all of you enjoy spending your spare time on English.com.tw, helping out others and asking for nothing in return. However, I still want to do something for you. The least I can do is to recognize you on English.com.tw where you spend your valuable time helping others. So, in the next few weeks I will update the “About Us“ page (http://english.com.tw/modules/about/index.php), and I am asking you to send me one or two paragraphs of your personal biography in Chinese to be put on the “About Us” page. Include details that you wish others to know about you. And if you are interested in managing the English.com.tw beyond what you already do, I will be more than glad to open English.com.tw up to you in other respects, such as newsletter operation, etc and I will provide more detail on this in my next email.

With all that said, I want to share with you what you have helped to accomplish in the past few months, what’s new in terms of English.com.tw and the Taiwanese media, what new features are being planned for English.com.tw, and where English.com.tw is headed.

First, accomplishments: At this point, with no cash flow (or negative cash flow); our accomplishments can only be measured by our daily traffic, member base, and our popularity. In terms of traffic, our daily average IP traffic is now about 1,900 (1,900 unique machines/IP used to connect to English.com.tw every 24 hours period), and our member base is growing by an average of 30 new members per day, which doubles what we had a quarter ago! If this growth stays on a linear path, we will see our 10,000th member by the end of the third quarter of 2005! For a startup website, this is pretty impressive. I did some SEOs (Search Engine Optimizations), which helped us to be listed on top of some well known search engines, therefore if you search on Google or Yahoo with some English related keywords (in Chinese), you can’t avoid stumbling into English.com.tw! I drove in the users, and you helped to keep them here. Together, we are creating THE Taiwan English portal. We have no competitors that come close to matching us.

As to our relationship with the media, I was interviewed by some of the well known Taiwanese magazines while I was there last month and one of which, 講義 (http://magazines.sina.com.tw/betterlife/contents/20050705/index.html) has already decided to publish its article about me in their July or August issue. During the interview with 講義, I mentioned English.com.tw repeatedly in hope that they would write more about English.com.tw. Also during these interviews, I met quite a few reporters and am trying to become good friends with them. They agreed to pass on our information to their reporter friends and see if they can help us generate more publicity for English.com.tw.

New functionality: I still plan to add A/V (audio/visual) chat capabilities for English.com.tw, although I am just not sure about its timeline. Besides A/V chat, I have lined up the following services to be added: 1. English version of user interface on English.com.tw [Vic says: Very important, if you want to attract other native English speakers like myself], 2. Classified section, and 3. English.com.tw newsletter function. I plan to put in the English user interface capability and classified section before the third quarter of this year and, depending on resources (time and cash), A/V chat and the newsletter may go in before the end of this year. Please let me know what you think about this.

Last but not least, our vision. I was often asked during my interviews: How do I position English.com.tw and where is it headed? Here is what I said to them. English.com.tw is a p2p (peer to peer) dot com and a media company. The p2p definition here is different than p2p definition defined by Napster. By p2p, I mean peers helping peers. English.com.tw provides a platform on the Internet for people to interact with one another in the interest of improving their English! It’s just a forum, a BBS, a chat room and a group of nice people formed into an English online community. The concept is simple yet powerful. Our traffic is golden for English-related product/service providers to advertise to, and our member base has the highest density of targeted customers that they can’t afford to miss. The name, English.com.tw provides us with large advantage, and I do plan to leverage it and turn English.com.tw into the English portal website in Taiwan and an online media company. After all, how difficult is it to remember the name English.com.tw?

Once again, I hope you see what you have helped accomplish in the past few months, and I want you to know that I really appreciate your efforts. Once English.com.tw starts to have a positive cash flow, I will make sure that I thank you in a more meaningful way. Before that, just know that you are doing good deeds by helping others.

Once again, thank you!

- Dave
2005/01/28
分類: 心情小站 : 

作者: David (11:34 pm)
It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

This quote was first shown to me by my colleague, Bruce Provok, back when I was 20 and was working at Northrop Grumman. Ever since, I have always tried to live by this quote. For people who have tried and failed, this quote provides the meaning of your failure…

It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again;… In the last few years of my life, I have done things that people think are stupid, meaningless, or just pure waste of time. And I admitted, I have failed many times but I have also have successes big time. I tried to start up one company after another and failed most of times and I learned from each failure.

if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…. I was a co-founder of a start up company that burned USD$ 45 million dollars in 3 years and many other much smaller ones that suffered the same fade, I am not proud of that but I am never afraid to do it again.

People who watching me from the side lines, keep telling me that it's not going to work, the idea will never fly, you will lose your time and money, etc. Well, this is what I will say to them…I am in the arena and I am playing the game, you win sometime, you lose sometime, it's just nature of the game! Every time I lose, I learn something and unlike people who is just watching, I know about the triumph of high achievement! Everyone knows the no risk no gain phase but who is really out there and taking the risk?

This quote from Roosevelt is really great and I have always loved it. I hope you can read it not just with your eyes but your heart.


p.-s. Can some one help to try to translate the quote into Chinese?

2005/01/20
分類: 留學心情 : 

作者: David (4:48 am)
Chicago is known for its wind and cold temperature. It was late October when I arrived and temperature was of course started to drop. Hence, the out door air conditioning. It was a new beginning for me and it was a major turning point of my life. Within the first week of my arrival, I started to go to school, the Lake Zurich Junior High School, I was scared and frighten at the first but a week after, I started to love it like never before! I was able to immediately felt the differences of the education system between US and Taiwan and the major differences are:

1. Unlike teachers in Taiwan, teachers here don't bash and humiliate students, they encourage them.

2. Unlike schools in Taiwan, I was not been punished for what you can't do, I was rewarded for what I can do the best.

3. Unlike schools in Taiwan, I didn't go school from 9am ~ 9pm, I only went to school from 8am ~ 3pm.

4. Unlike schools in Taiwan, I didn't have to memorize things any more, everything here are explained with logical reasons, I was encouraged to think and have my own thought.

5. Unlike schools in Taiwan, I actually liked to go to school and got a balanced between school and life. I enjoyed my life very much and loved every moment of it.

The dark cloud started to fad away and the sun shine was starting to return back to my life. It was a whole new world and it was beautiful. Oh… and by the way, I was very surprised when I saw squirrels running around the school campus! That is something you don't see on school campus in Taiwan!

Of course, everything has its pro and con. Nothing is perfect. Just when I thought the bad time is over and good time is to come, I started to face other great challenges in life during my teenage years and I will not blog about it in this article, that will be the part III , but the challenges combined with the fact that I live on this land of opportunities gave me the chance to react well and to improve myself. I am been giving the chance to constantly exploring myself and learning my capabilities.

When I graduated from the high school, I received two metals and one certificate: a metal for been the United Stated Tennis Association Maryland all-star tennis player awarded by US Congress Senator from Maryland, Paul Sarbanes, a metal for the good academic standing (GPA above 3.5) and a certificate from Bill Clinton, who is at the time, the President of United States of America for the great academic achievement! Would I be able to achieve all these if I was to stayed in Taiwan?
2005/01/18
分類: 我的一天 : 

作者: David (4:20 am)
Before I was 10, I lived with my grand parents in a what was once a beautiful town called sh-chi and unlike today, the town was truly beautiful and peaceful. There is literally a river in front of where I lived and mountains behind it. It was beautiful. I spent much time swim in the river and play in the farm and mountain. I lived in what someone would called a perfect little world and my childhood was nothing but full of happiness. I was truly blessed.

Things started to change when I started to attend the elementary school. It was like dark cloud moved in on a beautiful sun shining day. I did poorly in school and I was always the last one in my class. I didn't know what I was doing and I hate the school. It makes no sense to me. I was told to memorize thing without reasons. Just memorize it and you will do well on exam, everyone was said to me. I soon became a problematic students. My grandma receive phone calls from school consistently and teachers always humiliate me in front of the whole class. I lost all interest in learning in school. I was constantly told that I will fail thru out my life.

It didn't take long befor my parents to step in and moved me back with them in Tao Yuan when I was 10. My parents sent me to cram school and pushed me hard. It was the dark age of my life. I still don't know what I was doing. I went to school everyday from 8:30 ~ 4:30 and after that, I still had to go to cram school from 6:00 pm ~ 9:00 pm. To save my parents face, I managed to push myself into the top 10 of my class but I was not happy. I had no idea what my life is about. I had a clear direction (which is to study) but I was lost. This dark age of my life went on for 5 years. I guess my mother must have saw the problems in Taiwanese education system and made her mind to send me to America, that decision of her have fundamentally changed my life.

I landed in Chicago on 10/20/1990. The O'Hare airport was expanding and the airplane didn't duck against a terminal We had to went out side of the airplane and walk down on a stair into a bus. Here is the story I always told my friends about, when I step out of that 747, I was immediately impressive by the advance of American technology and this was exactly what I said to myself: Oh my GOD, America has OUTDOOR air conditioning technology! How can they do it? As it turn out, it was just the weather. October is still warm or even maybe hot in Taiwan but in Chicago, it is about time to snow. Before that point of my life, my view of the world is just Taiwan and everywhere is just like Taiwan. After that point, my perspective started to change and I was starting to open my eyes.




2005/01/09
分類: 未分類 : 

作者: David (8:39 am)
This morning when I read news on Chinatimes.com.tw, there are allot news regarding to 英檢. Do you know why so many people (approx. 120,000 people) took 英檢? What has happened to Taiwanese people, have them gone mad? What's up with this 英檢 maniac? Well, I think I have the answers for all these questions.

Taiwan entered WTO few years back and from that point on, Taiwanese people was no longer just competing among themselves and from that point on, Taiwan has entered the competition with countries all around world. Let’s not go too far around the world, just ask yourself this one question: Can you compete not just with your classmates, your colleagues, but people from mainland China who is at your age? Can you win? The rule of “survival of fittest” has just sounded whole lot bitter. So, what does WTO has anything to do with 英檢?

As matter of fact, it has absolutely everything to do with英檢! Let’s me explain to you why: Every business man knows, if you have a business that provides goods/services, you need to sell your goods/service, to make transactions, and ultimately to make money. Can you sell something if you can’t not communicate or negotiate deals effectively? No! You can’t run a successful business if you can’t communicate effectively and guess what, US is the world’s largest consumer, US consumes 80% of world’s resource and US is an English speaking country. If you can’t communicate with this Consumer (U.S.) effectively, you will lose your business to someone else who can!

Now you may be asking: what I care, I don’t do business with anyone in US. That, my friends, is the attitude will make you lose your job at your middle age and you will be sorry because of this attitude! Mark my words! Look at the big picture: who are you working for and who is your company working for? The food chain is linked and economies are related. Any idea why when U.S. goes into depression, the rest of world follows? If you don’t know why, let me know, I will BLOG an article to explain it to you. I really hope you know why.

Taiwan is a very small country with not much of nature resource compare to China, we not only need to work hard but we also need to work smart. One of the biggest resources of China is their labor power, if we can't out work them, we need to out smart them. I have went to China and I been Shanghai, and trust me, they are catching up with us. English is one way to out smart them. High English literacy will transform Taiwan into some sort of service hub or the switch between China and western country and only with high English literacy will we be able to better compete. So, my friends, it’s time to start learning English!

Taiwan passing... Taiwan nothing...

BLOG for http://English.com.tw by David…

2005/01/09
分類: 未分類 : 

作者: David (6:13 am)
Hello Everyone,

Welcome to English.com.tw blog center. Guess what, if you are a memeber of English.com.tw, you can blog! Blog in English or in Chinese, blog about everything and anything, blog about your work, your family, your love, your school, your teacher... you can blog just about anything!

Let's blog!
2005/01/09
分類: 未分類 : 

作者: David (6:00 am)
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