LIFE IN THE CITY
Life in the city is full of activity. Early in the morning hundreds of people rush out of their homes in the manner ants do when their nest is broken.
Soon the streets are full of traffic. Shops and offices open, students flock to their schools and the days's work begin. The city now throb with activity, and it is full of noise. Hundreds of sight-seers, tourists and others visit many places of interest in the city while businessmen from various parts of the world arrive to transact bussiness.
Then towards evening, the offices and day schools begin to close. Many of the shops too close. There is now a rush for buses and other means of transport. Everyone seems to be in a hurry to reach home. As a result of the rush, many accidents occur. One who has not been to the city before finds it hard to move about at this time. Soon, however, there is almost no activity in several parts of the city. These parts are usually the business centres.
With the coming of night, another kind of activity begins. The streets are now full of colourful lights. The air ia cooler and life becomes more leisurely. People now seek entertainment. Many visit the cinemas, parks and clubs, while other remain indoors to watch television or listion to the radio. Some visit friends andrelatives and some spand their time reading books and magazines. Those are interested in politics discuss the latest political developments. At the same time, hundreds of ctimes are committed. Thieves and robbers who wait for the coming of night become active, and misfortune descends upon many. For the greed of a few, many are killed, and some live in constant fear. To bring criminals to justice, the officers of the law are always on the move.
Workers and others who seek advancement in their careers attend educational institutions which are open till late in the night. Hundreds of the sit for various examinations every year. The facilities and opportunities that the peole in the city have to futher their studies and increase their knowlegde of human affairs are indeed many. As a result, the people of the city are usually better informed than those of the village, where even a newpaper is sometimes difficult to ger.
The city could, therefore, be descried as a place of ceaseless activity. Here, the drama of life is enacted every day.
LIVING IN A MULTI-RACIAL COMMUNITY
Living a community, where there are people of various races, could be a rewarding and an exciting experience. Such a community is like a small world with man types and races of people it.
Everyone, young or old, enjoys listening to stories about people in other lands. We read books and newspapers to learn about the habits, customs and beliefs of people who do not belong to our race, but when we live in a community composed of many races, we have the opportunity to meet and talk with people of various races. We can learn about their customs and beliefs directly from them. In this way, we have a better understanding of their ways of life. For example, in Singapore and Malaysia which are known as, multiracial countries Malays, Chinese, Indians and others have lived together for several decades. They have learnt a lot about the cultures of one another, more than what they could have learnt by reading books or newspapers. By living together, they have also absorbed many of the habits of one another to their common benefit.
Further, living in a multi-racial community teaches us how to respect the views and beliefs of people of other races. We learn to be tolereant and to undestand and appreciate the peculiarities of those who are not of out race. In this way, we learn to live in peace and harmony with foreigners whose aways of life are different from ours in several respects. We become less suspicious of strangers and foreigners.
The relationship that develops among the people from common understanding in a multi-racial community, makes life in such a comunity very exciting. Any celebration of any race becomes a celebration of all the other races. Thus, these is a lot of fund and excitement during every celebration. In this way, better understanding is promoted among the peoples of the world. Through each of the races of the people in a multical-racial community, we come to know about their respective countries. For example, through the Chinese and the Indians in Malaysia or Singapore we have come to know much about Chian and India. As a result, we have a better understanding of the peoples of China and India as a whole.
It could therefore be said that life in a multi-racial community teaches us many useful lessons in human relations.
* race (n): chủng tộc, giống người
* belief (n): sự tín ngưỡng
* compose (v): gồm, bao gồm
* multi-racial (a): đa chủng tộc, nhiều chủng tộc
* decade (n): thập niên
* absorb (v): hấp thu
* peculiarity (n): tính chất riêng biệt
* in peace and harmony with: trong hòa thuận và hài hòa với
* Promote (v): nâng cao, phát triển
* As a whole: nói chung, toàn bộ
A VISIT TO A FAMOUS CITY
A few months ago my father and I visited Singapore, one of the most famous cities in Asia.
Singapore, a small island, lies at the southern and of West Malaysia. Along and narrow piece of land joins Singapore with Johore Bahru, the southern-most town of West Malaysia. Singapore is now an indepentdent sate.
The city of Singapore is extremely beatiful. It is well known for its centres of bussiness and other activities. There are many palces of interest such as the Tiger Balm Garden, the Botanical Gardens and Raffles Museum. There are also many important centres of learing such as, the University of Singapore, Science Centre, the Nanyang University anf the Poly-technic. Being a famous city, hundreeds of people come every day from various parts of the world to do business or to enjoy the sights of the city. Singapore therefore has large and beautiful airport and its harbours are full of ships.
There are many night schools where people who cannot go to the day schools fore some reason or other can continue their students. And, the goverment of Singapore is still doing its best to make further improvements in the city for the benifit of the people.
During my stay in Singapore, I went out evety day with my father to see the beautiful and interesting places and things in the city. One day we went to the Tiger Balm Garden where I saw several statues of people, animals and other strange creatures beautifully made and kept. The sea near this garden makes this a pleasant place to visit. We spent almost hald of the day at this place.
Another day we visited the museum where I saw hundreds of curious things preserved for scholars and others. It was indeed an education to see all those things. There is so much to learn here that every visit by any person is sure to add to his knowledge.
I also visited some of the harbours and saw the large ships anchored there. The sight of the ships aroused a desire in me to cross the oceans and go round the world. I was indeed deeply impressed by the activities at the harbour.
Then every night, I went round the town and visited some of the parks and other places of interest. The numerous lights and the constant stream of traffic kept the city altive. I visited a few of the cinemas as well. In short, I enjoys every moment of my stay in the famous city of Singapore.
- places of interest: những khu vực trọng điểm
- strange creatures (n): những sinh vật lạ
- curious (a): kỳ lạ
- anchore (v): neo lại
- arouse a desire: gợi lên sự khao khát
- impress (v): gây ấn tượng
- numerous lights: nhiều ánh đèn
- scholar (n): thành phần tri thức
- to be deeply impressed by: cảm kích sâu sắc vì lòng tốt của ai