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Travelling hasn’t always been easy. During the Renaissance period, sea travel thrived due to the rapid development of foreign trade. But travelers were usually merchants, students, pilgrims and soldiers, and the purposes of traveling were monotone. Short distance destinations were reached on foot or by carriages. With the emergence of vehicles like steamboats and trains,… Continue reading SONG ABOUT TRAVELING

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During the 18th-century people were drawn to human anatomy.  Human bodies were viewed as machines due to the emergence of modern science. Therefore, the idea of changing and reanimating the human body flourished. In the groundbreaking novel Frankenstein, Victor, the crazy scientist, created a monster with human body parts. He regarded himself as “God,” but… Continue reading THE REMAINS OF THE DAY

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The Encyclopedia was written in the age of Enlightenment. It’s a systematic dictionary of the sciences, arts, and crafts. I haven't read it, but I'm sure it doesn't tell you how to renew a relationship. In The Scientist, Chris Martin tries to relate his emotions to science, but in vain. Running in circles Chasing… Continue reading THE SCIENTIST



I’m sometimes kept awake by a sense of emptiness that even music cannot chase away. It has come to my attention that life is never going to be the way I want it to be, and I will be forever searching and unsatisfied. Under some circumstances the things I desire will never be mine. However,… Continue reading TOMBOY

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New York is arid as always, and sunny. Shanghai, however, has reached the time of the year when you get mosquito bites instead of hickeys on your neck. I have jetlag despite my already messed up sleeping schedule, and an unpleasant back pain because I was not a skillful sleeper on the airplane. I'm wearing… Continue reading HOME