Hmmm, hard question. There aren't a huge number of places that I want to go to and haven't been to.Still, that doesn't mean there aren't places I want to go to.
1. Canada - Got a brief trip lined up to see family there soon, but I certainly would like to go for a trip to the north in winter to see the aurora again. 2. Sweden/Finland - I've done Norway twice and also been to Iceland, but never got around to going to Sweden or Finland. I totally want to sit in one of those saunas 3. New Zealand - The nearest neighbour to my home country. It's a travesty that I still haven't been there yet 4. Antarctica - Having seen the Aurora Borealis, I need to see the Aurora Australis 5. Haven't really got a 5th in mind just yet. I suppose I could say China. I've been there a few times but it's such a varied country. Perhaps Tibet? Mongolia?
Pretty much any thread that Livingforhistory starts is basically using a small subset of data and applying it to a generalised population. I.E. the minuscule subset of people that he knows and sees is somehow representative of the whole. Once delivered, he just sits back and watches the thread dissolve into a pretty mess.
Can't say I've been much to the US. I live in Sydney, Aus (not Canada) and while there are some instances of racism, on the whole people are largely tolerant. You'll see all sorts of couples. While Asian guy, white girl couples aren't as common as white guy asian girl, it's definitely beginning to balance out. To the point that, back in the day, it would be something to be a bit taken aback by now it's just another sign of change.
My parents both felt that I had the right temperament to be a doctor, the usual Asian parents thing again, except I always felt that my interest lay in engineering / science. Only problem was that I am a horrible student, because I hate the thought of studying just to pass exams. I study to learn especially if it interests me. Naturally, I disappointed both of them in doing really ordinarily in my final high school exam to get into university. It didn't really affect me too much because at the time I still hadn't worked out what I wanted to do. Despite that setback early on in my life, the career I did end up in resulted in my working in Europe for 6 years and for a string of large international companies. I'm now working in Operations which is a far cry from my early years. I'm good at what I do and I have the chance to mold the operations that I manage in to the way that I like. It's rare to get that level of free reign. No matter how much you think you may have disappointed yourself or your parents, sometimes you just have to realise that maybe you were just not meant to be whatever it was your parents expected you to be. You can only do your best and just push along. At times, the right sort of opportunity will appear and those will trigger a leap forward in your life. Knowing how to recognise those when they come and jumping on them is what experience teaches you and no amount of money will ever be able to buy you that
Simple point. Friendship is based on trust. Without it, how can you be friends? Next time she lies, just drop the bomb on her. Tell her you know that she's lying. She can wriggle out after the fact but when you catch her red handed there's nowhere to run