The Interview in the Guangzhou US Embassy

Was late the morning when I headed to Guangzhou US Embassy.

Every single freaking time, it was like this. Whenever I tried to do something new, emergency happened.

The bus I took to Guangzhou met a severe traffic jam. It was jam-packed for 6 or 8 kilometers at the start of highway, which completely stalled my schedule.

I was really nervous at the time. It was raining outside, and cars were driving slow. I called the agent from my travel agency and explained the situation to him. He said, if I couldn’t make it till 1:30 pm, it’s over and I need to retake another interview possibly. ...READ MORE

About Fakery

Chinese have this tendency that they always try to circumvent something, by using typical or special methods, shortcuts, to get what they want.

This probably has to do with how the country’s political system works, that many existing restrictions have been limiting people for decades. People have their wants, and the wants need to be fulfilled, so they think about “different” ways to acquire the things they want. ...READ MORE

Talk Like TED, a Few Tips for a Better Presentation by Carmine Gallo

Talk Like TED is a book all about public presentation, and especially, TED presentations.

In this book, Carmine Gallo pointed out a few tips for how one can improve his/her public speaking skills. However, Gallo did not delve deeper onto the concepts and issues he talked about in the book. So, overall, the book seems to be aimed at the general public rather than avid readers/learners. As I had a hard time contemplating what the actual techniques the book had talked about. ...READ MORE

How to Tell a Joke

As I am not really a professional in this field of study, I’ve only understood some concepts of humor.

Jokes have millions of forms, and millions of stories. A nicely delivered joke has multiple factors to actually trigger the laugh from audience.

Twist, unexpectedness, incongruence, and many other elements constitute a good laugh for audience.

However, to actually understand humor, or jokes, is actually pretty hard. As not everyone would get the joke and not everyone would laugh on a joke. People have different tastes. ...READ MORE