About homeijun

Hello! My name is Mei-Jung Ho but everyone calls me Stephanie or Steph. I am from Taiwan. I am going to graduate this end of August. This is one of my last courses that I am taking in MSU. My major is Economics. Why I am taking this course is because having better knowledge of social media would be benefit for my future career. I am interested in the fields of marketing and event coordinating, and would like to work in those areas.

A Whole New Dinosaur Park

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After waiting for years, the new movie finally came out to the big screen after the disappointment of the last Jurassic Park 3 on June 12, 2015. Even though this is another Jurassic Park series movie, don’t be tempted to watch the three previous Jurassic Park movies if you haven’t watched yet or have ready forgotten the stories. This one, Jurassic World, might turn out to be your favorite one without comparison with the previous three movies. From what I have heard, most of my friends said Jurassic Park 1 is classic and their favorite one. But for me, I don’t really have a preference. I like all of the Jurassic Park series movies.

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After 22 years’ failure of Jurassic Park, the new park, as know as Jurassic World, is taken by new corporation and open for business. The new park is located on an off-shore island near Costa Rica with high technology operated system and luxury resort. Tons of tourists come to the park to have closer-look experience with dinosaurs. Since the visiting guest amount largely increased, the park wants to open up a new attraction with a more teeth and more dangerous genetically-modified dinosaur called Indonimus Rex. The park plunges into chaos when Indonimus Rex breaks loose from the cage and runs rampant in the park.

I won’t spoil all the storylines of the movie to those who haven’t watched yet. You have to go watch the movie and figure out the rest of the movie by yourself. Please don’t ask me that “is it worthy to watch the 3D version or not?” because I watched the normal version without 3D effect. But I think Jurassic World will be a massive hit.

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What I like about Jurassic Park is the relationship between 4 raptors ( Blue, Charlie, Delta, Echo) and Owen Grady ( the alpha and the trainer of those 4 raptors). It is pretty amazing that the raptors would follow Owen’s orders. In the previous Jurassic Park 3, raptors were shown as very intelligent and have quick movement. They were the dangerous dinosaurs but now they turn to the good one. This is pretty interested to me.

Anyway, everyone should take some time and go watch Jurassic World if you haven’t done so.

Duan Wu Jie Dragon Boat Festival

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The past Saturday (6/20/2015) was one of the biggest festival, Dragon Boat Festival, in Asia. I totally forgot about it until one of my friend in Taiwan called and told that they were having a long weekend. Then I realized, this is my first time have to celebrate this holiday by myself.

Dragon Boat Festival is also known as the DuanWu Festival in Chinese-speaking countries in Asia. It is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar. This is a traditional holiday that commemorate the life and death of a Chinese famous poet Qu Yuan(Chu Yuan).

How we celebrate this festival are where families make and eat rice dumplings (zongzi), drink special wine (xionghuangjiu), and race dragon boat. People can figure out Dragon Boat Festival is coming when you see rice dumplings (zongzi) are selling in any Chinese markets. Some family will get together and make rice dumplings together, which is kind of like Thanksgiving in USA.

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Each families have their own rice dumplings’ recipes. In Taiwan, we have Northern and Southern style dumplings. How the dumplings are cooked is the biggest difference. Northern style dumplings have more angular grained rice because you fried everything first before you wrap it. Southern style dumplings have more sticky rice with light flavored, and also you steam it till well cooked.