Chinese Lantern Festival 2009

October 3, 2009 § 4 Comments

My article on the Lantern Festival.



Rio 2016: The First Olympics in South America

October 3, 2009 § 5 Comments

Rio deserves this victory. The US will definitely get another chance, but this is Brazil’s time to shine.


Beyond Boundaries

October 3, 2009 § 9 Comments

One of the main purposes of my blog is to showcase the beauty of multiculturalism. This is partly due to the fact that I am fluent (supposedly) in several languages. It is hard to master that many languages without becoming immersed in the unique cultures that accompany them.

In my spare time, I translate and proofread documents for law offices. I work mostly with people who apply for K-1 Fiancé Visa. According to the laws, applicants and their fiancés have to provide detailed accounts of their relationships. What most interesting is the varying length of the documents. Some submit 20-30 pages detailing their relationships; others submit merely a page or even less than that (yah for me!). Here is an excerpt of one of my recent works. I found this one quite touching.


I, hereby, affirm that the following statements on the relationship between Ms. TTB and I are true.

I migrated to the United States with my parents in 1985. I am currently residing in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout my time living in the United States, I always long for opportunities to return to my native land to visit my siblings and relatives who are living in the country. I made my first return trip to (blank) in 2004. During the visit, I was able to rekindle kinship ties with many of my siblings and relatives. I left for the United States after one month. It was not until October 2006 when I finally had another opportunity to return to (blank).

In my second visit, I stayed at my older brother HDT’s residence. During one gathering, my nephew jokingly suggested that I should look for a (blank) date. In a chance meeting, my nephew introduced me to one of his friends named TTB. We fell in love with each other at first sight. Our love bond became even stronger after we got to know more about each other. She and I spent a lot of time together traveling to many vacation spots and scenic places. Unfortunately, I soon had to leave TTB and returned to the U.S. We managed to maintain our distant relationship through phone calls and other mediums.

I returned to (blank) with my father in April 9, 2007 determined to take the relationship to another level. TTB was ecstatic about my return. She personally greeted me at the airport, holding a beautiful flower bouquet on her hand. When she saw me at the airport terminal, she showered me with kisses and tears; it was a moment I would never forget. We were able to spend some really quality time together; it was the happiest time in our lives.

Roughly one week after the memorable reunion at the airport, we finally came to an inevitable conclusion. With the consent of both families, we got engaged on April 18, 2007 in a ceremony witnessed by our families and friends. The engagement was a huge stepping stone for both TTB and I. We spent several days after the engagement visiting old friends and traveling to different vacation spots. We stayed for a considerable length at the residence of a relative named PVB. I returned to the United States shortly after.

TTB and I continued to further nurture our profound love through phone calls and letters. However, we both soon realized the need for us to be together and share life joys side by side. Less than one year after my last visit to (blank), I decided to make another return to the place of longing. There were two unique reasons for my visit. One was to celebrate the traditional New Year with family and friends. Another was to reunite with TTB and spend some quality time with her.

During my visit, TTB and I did some sightseeing around (blank); we stayed at the (blank) Garden hotel for the trip. The two of us also traveled to the countryside to enjoy the beautiful scenery there. I returned to the United States not too long after. On June 12, 2008, TTB was interviewed by the Office of the U.S. Consulate General. However, we were notified shortly afterwards that more documents and evidences of the relationship are needed to finalize her application for a K-1 Fiancé Visa.

I ask the Consulate General to reassess the application so TTB and I can finally be together.


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