Auld Lang Syne

We often sing the song “Auld Lang Syne” at the New Year’s countdown show when the clock strikes twelve. Why?Even Billy Crystal asked Meg Ryan in the movie “When Harry Met Sally.” “Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots poem set to the tune of a traditional folk song. The song’s title may be translated[…]

Bala’s age

This question is quite interesting. How many ways are there to solve it? “When Kok Hwa’s age was twice Bala’s age, Mike’s age was 30. When Mike’s age was twice Kok Hwa’s age, Bala’s age was 21. Given that Mike was the oldest among the three persons, find Bala’s age when Mike was 62 years[…]


We often see this floral display during the Christmas season. Do you know what they are called? They are called poinsettia. (pronounced POIN- ser- dear) \pȯin-ˈse-tē-ə, ÷pȯint-, ÷-ˈse-tə\ In Mexico, it is known as “La Flor de Noche Buena”, which translates into the “Christmas Eve Flower.” How did it become associated with the festival? In[…]

Happy Winter Solstice!

Happy Dongzhi (Winter Solstice) Festival! Have you eaten your 湯圓? Do you know why it is called 冬至? If you understand Chinese, the words literally mean “the arrival of winter.” Why do we eat 湯圓? The balls of glutinous rice represents reunion. When I was a kid, I remembered having both sweet and salty 湯圓.[…]


We’re starting classes!

Dear friends, We have decided to start classes for Primary School children. We saw your comments and learned what you want and don’t want. Parents don’t want a cram school for their kids. What children need now is a place where they can have fun, start enjoying what they learn and still improve their grades.[…]

The Beauty of Chinese

Some students complain about how difficult the Chinese language is. I think the beauty of the language overshadows all reasons why one shouldn’t learn Mandarin. Here’s a good example. This is an English poem. You say that you love rain, but you open your umbrella when it rains. You say that you love the sun,[…]