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Tianjin to Edmonton

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Exploring Wild Alberta and Aboriginal Culture

2010-3-9 3:31:33 阅读59 评论4 92010/03 Mar9

On February 11th, Audrey took me to Royal Alberta Museum. Wild Alberta and Aboriginal Culture are my favorite galleries.

The moment we entered Wild Alberta, I couldn’t help breaking into exclamations. I was thrilled to see so many wild animals I had never seen before. It was amazing that the dioramas of the animals and their habitats looked so vivid and lifelike. It was at that moment that I felt words’ inadequacy. “Amazing, wonderful, interesting”… such words burst out of my tongue, but all of them were that inadequate for such wonders. It seemed as if we were riding in a Time Machine, passing through boreal, prairies, parklands, mountains and water zones of Alberta and enjoying a feast for the eyes. Of all the animals, the Moose impressed me most. It is the largest member of the deer family in the world. In Alberta, Moose can grow up to 2 m tall and can weigh more than 500 kg despite their modest diet of small plants and the twigs and bark of trees. (See the picture 2.)

Then the wheel of history drove us back to the Aboriginal tribes of ancient times. The Aboriginal people were living a self-sufficient life. The First Nations survived by fishing and hunting the buffalo (See picture 3), which provided them with food, clothing and tools; the Inuit--- by hunting seals, whales and other polar animals; and the Metis (another group of aboriginal people who emerged when French fur traders married Indian women) ---by the fur trade. Looking at those dioramas, I can’t help imagining what I was doing if I were one of the members of the, say, First Nations. Maybe I was making clothes with the buffalo fur, snuggling up by a fire in a camp. Then, could I get any chance to explore the panorama of Wild Alberta?

With this question on my mind and a smile on my face, we finished our visit of this part.


Exploring Wild Alberta and Aboriginal Culture - xfy76 - Tianjin to EdmontonExploring Wild Alberta and Aboriginal Culture - xfy76 - Tianjin to EdmontonExploring Wild Alberta and Aboriginal Culture - xfy76 - Tianjin to EdmontonExploring Wild Alberta and Aboriginal Culture - xfy76 - Tianjin to Edmonton

作者  | 2010-3-9 3:31:33 | 阅读(59) |评论(4) | 阅读全文>>

My First Visit to a Chinese Restaurant

2010-2-19 8:17:36 阅读289 评论6 192010/02 Feb19

My First Visit to a Chinese Restaurant - xfy76 - Tianjin to Edmonton
On January 28th, Betty met me at 11:30 at AU-E (Athabasca University-Edmonton) and drove me to Dynasty Century Palace ---maybe the largest Chinese restaurant in Edmonton. 

The food is called Dim Sum, and the Mandarin translation is Dian Xin (点心). The most interesting thing is that Cantonese Dim Sum is different from Dian Xin of other parts of China. In other parts of China, Dian Xin refers to sweet foods, such as cookies, cakes, pies, crispy balls … But Cantonese Dim Sum includes far more varieties of food than those. Besides sweet foods, it also includes many kinds of salty food, especially dumplings.

What is special about the restaurant is that they don’t have a menu for diners to order. Each waitress has a trolley full of all kinds of dim sum. And she pushes it to every table and let diners choose whatever they want. Almost all the managers and the waitresses are from southern China--- Guangdong or Hong Kong. They speak Cantonese and a little bit English, but not Mandarin. Since I don’t understand Cantonese at all, English is much easier than Cantonese for me. To be honest, I’m always afraid to speak with Cantonese people who can’t speak English or whose English is very poor.  It’s very difficult for us to understand each other.

Betty’s parents are from the south of China, so she speaks both Cantonese and English. She knows much about Chinese culture, especially eating culture. She spoke Cantonese to the waitresses and English to me. She ordered the foods and introduced them to me. They were really of good quality. I enjoyed them very much.

I have never tasted Cantonese Dim Sum back in China. Now I come to Canada to taste Cantonese food and learn a little bit Cantonese. What’s more, a lady born in Canada acted as the Cantonese-English translator for me. It is really funny, isn’t it?


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Trying out the Bus System

2010-2-6 9:31:03 阅读53 评论5 62010/02 Feb6

On the day I arrived, Veronica B. gave me a booklet called ETS RIDE GUIDE, introducing the transportation services of Edmonton. By reading that booklet, I find that adult ticket packs (at $21 for 10 tickets) is the best for me because I don't have to go to the office every day. To be honest, I think the bus fares are expensive. But I like the idea of transfers, which means that one ticket allows me to transfer in any direction within 90 minutes. 

After studying the transfer rules and the bus schedules for a few days, I went to T&T Supermarket by bus on Saturday, January 16.  That was my first shopping experience on my own. (Veronica drove me there on Monday).  It took me about 30 minutes to get there. West Edmonton Mall was so big that I couldn’t find my way to T& T at first. After asking lots of people, I got it. There were all kinds of Chinese food and the prices were good. I did my shopping as quickly as possible and went aboard a bus before the transfer expiry time. It was interesting.  Everything went well except for the moment when I should get off the bus because Mr. Bus Driver didn’t stop. I felt worried and ran to him, saying aloud, “I want to get off!”  He smiled to me and let me get off at the next stop. Fortunately, it’s not far from the previous one.

Later, I got to know why he didn’t stop where I should get off:  because I didn’t press the red button to request stop. I didn’t know that since no one had told me about it.  I had thought that if I stood up and moved to the door, the driver would know I want to get off. This is the case in China. But here, it’s completely different. Another adventure!


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My Banking Experience in Edmonton

2010-2-6 9:28:25 阅读45 评论4 62010/02 Feb6

I have been considering saving my money in a bank, but many banks are not open at weekends. It’s very different from that in China, where every bank is open at weekends and even on holidays. On Monday and Tuesday, I was busy with meeting lots of people. And then on Wednesday, January 13, I was free, so I went to TD Canada Trust. But I had a problem. The financial manager was a giant and I had to look up to speak to him. Hey, this was not the key problem. The key problem was that I didn’t have two ID documents to have an account. They could be a passport, a work permit, a student ID card, a Canadian driving license, or a Visa Card with a bank of Canada etc.. But I had only one---my passport. I showed him a Visa card with Bank of China. But he told me that was not acceptable. So, I had to leave disappointed. But I didn’t want to give up. I didn’t believe that I had no way to save my money.


Then I entered Bank of Montreal, which was less than 5 minutes’ walk from TD Canada Trust. There I met a young and handsome financial services manager. And …. guess what? He was from Hong Kong. Although he couldn’t speak Mandarin, and we communicated in English, I was happy to meet a person from China. He told me that my Visa Card with Bank of China was acceptable. He was very warmhearted and helped me choose a suitable plan for me. Then I got my Primary Chequing account with the Practical Plan. I made it! It was like an adventure, wasn’t it?

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