It smells of dog fur and cat litter. It smells of books and computers. It smells of salad dressing, yogurt, baking bread, olive oil and fried fish. It also smells of dust, because my wife and I believe in living more than in cleaning. It is nice to get away from home once in a while, but it is also nice to come back. One reason is that home smells like home. It smells familiar. It smells like us. Spiders are carnivores who as a genus feed on everything from flies to rats. Many of them catch their prey with webs of great complexity and beauty.
Spider webs are so common that we often hardly notice them. They hang in corners and stretch between trees or fence posts. Most of them are difficult to see unless they get wet or dusty. When we do see them, we wonder that so small a creature with so small a brain could so accurately weave such an intricate pattern of threads running back and forth like the spokes of a wheel.
Few people can recreate in pencil, paint or string even the most basic design found in the most commonplace of works. Spider webs are the snowflakes of the animal world. People age and their looks change, but we often remember them as they used to be. When I think of my mother, I see her as she was when I was a boy. She was a beauty. She had wavy, dark brown hair and hazel eyes. Her face was a slightly rectangular oval, which made her look both gentle and strong. She had high, arching eyebrows and a triangular, slightly turned up nose.
Her chin was smooth and feminine. She was not very tall, about five feet six inches, but she was slim and graceful, so I never thought of her as short compared to other adults. She was proud to be a woman and always wore feminine clothing.
Her eyes and smile also radiated pride in who and what she was. Like many North American women, she has become overweight and age has blurred the clean lines of youth, but whenever I look at my mother, I still see the young, attractive woman I grew up adoring. Most of the coast of Taiwan is covered with busy industrial cities. The country is small and has to work hard to maintain a good standard of living. However, the Taiwanese play just as hard as they work, and one of their favorite places to play is Kenting.
Kenting National Park is on the south coast, between the mountains and the sea. There are gentle, green slopes to climb and hike, and long, sandy beaches to lie on. The warm Pacific waters wash soothingly against the sand and rocks. The warm Pacific breezes smell of rest and adventure, not seaweed and ships. The shops, restaurants and hotels that line the main road offer something for every taste and budget. The town of Kenting features one of the longest and most festive night markets on the island.
Kenting is a favorite with both locals and foreigners. Nearly everyone who lives on or visits the island goes there at least twice. Kaohsiung City is the second most important city in Taiwan. It has a major port and is home to one-and-a-half million people. Kaohsiung is both beautiful and ugly.
The city lies on the southwest coast of the main island of Taiwan. Most of the land in and around the city is more or less flat, but there are two small mountains near the sea. Both mountains are green with trees. Looked at from either mountain, the city looks like nothing but buildings with a few trees here and there, but actually there are many parks all over the city. Some are very small. Some are very big. All of the parks have trees and flowers in them.
There are many, many buildings in the city and many of them are quite tall. Two of them are very tall. The old storey Changgu Tower looks like a Japanese robot. The new storey Taimaru Tower looks like a blue rocket about to take off. The Lover River winds through the city like a dirty and smelly snake. Slowly the river and other parts of the city are being cleaned up and made very pleasant. Kaohsiung is a busy, modern city with its eyesores and bad odors, but it is also a changing city with more and more parks and interesting architecture.
I am happy and proud to live there. My cram school English teacher is very different from all my other teachers. He does not look or sound like them. He is a foreigner. He speaks English with a North American accent. He speaks Chinese with a foreign accent. He has a big nose and blue eyes. He has wavy, dark brown hair and white skin. Garbage trucks are important. Garbage trucks are easy to recognize. We can hear a garbage truck coming, because it plays a special song.
We can see when it is coming, because it is bright yellow. We can smell when it has come, because it smells like rotten garbage. The back of the garbage truck is round at the top, because of a machine called a crusher that squeezes all the garbage together to make it fit in the truck. No other truck sounds, looks or smells like a garbage truck. People are happy when it come and happy when it goes. Tropical fruit is probably the most attractive in the world. It is colorful, fragrant and tasty.
Mangoes come in many sizes and colors. Some are bright green, some are bright yellow, some are bright orange and some are bright red. Some are even all four colors at once. That is just the skin. The flesh is usually bright yellow or orange. You can smell a ripe mango several meters away.
It smells like a delicious edible flower. It is smooth and just slightly soft in the hand. When you peel it, the juice drips like sweet, sticky nectar down your fingers and forearms to your elbows. When you bite into the mango, your mouth explodes with fruity sugar. The mango is the king of fruit for many reasons. It is a garden of color, aroma and flavor. Kaohsiung City has many parks.
The newest one is Weiwuying Metropolitan Park. It is a large and interesting park. It is called Weiwuying, because the place where it was built used to be an army barracks. The grounds of the barracks were long and wide, so the park is also long and wide. I think it must be nearly a kilometer long and only slightly less wide. The barracks had many big, old banyan trees and they are all still there as well as many younger, smaller trees. In the middle of the park there is a huge pond with a powerful fountain.
All around the park there are structures like bridges, lookout towers, exercise equipment and sandboxes. Long, winding paths criss-cross the park from end to end and side to side. At night you can hear frogs and cicadas croaking and singing to each other. Weiwuying Metropolitan Park is a great place for a jog, a stroll or a bike ride. I often take my family there on Sunday evenings.
A lot of people know me, because I have taught English in many places over many years. However, very few people know me well. There is a lot more to me than meets the eye. To most people, I probably look like a typical European adult male. I am not very tall, but am also not very short. I am not fat, but I am also not thin. I suppose you could say I am slightly below average height for a twenty-first century Caucasian man and that I have a slim, wiry build.
Beneath my ordinary appearance, however, I have many extraordinary talents and accomplishments. I am good at music, languages, thinking and writing. I sing and play guitar and have written a hundred or more songs, many of which I have recorded.
As an English teacher, I am always trying to better understand how people learn languages. I have developed many models, paradigms, tools and techniques to help me teach better. Someday I plan to be a published author. I have already written or begun writing over forty different novels and short stories. I have more ideas for stories than I have time to write.
My imagination is full of people, places and situations that do not exist. Most people who look at me probably see nothing special. People who know me well see a talented person with a powerful mind. In most parts of the world, the sun goes down every evening. After an often thrilling sunset, the sky turns black. The blackness reveals many things that are hidden by the light of day.
The use of effective adjectives is important, but so is your choice of adverbs, verbs, and even nouns. Try looking over your sentences to find places where a different word would convey your impression more precisely or vividly. Using a thesaurus can help you find alternative word choices. Overuse of a thesaurus can result in ridiculous sentences like this one:. On Sunday afternoons I like to spend my time in the garden behind my house.
The garden is narrow but long, a corridor of green extending from the back of the house, and I sit on a lawn chair at the far end to read and relax. I am in my small peaceful paradise: the shade of the tree, the feel of the grass on my feet, the gentle activity of the fish in the pond beside me.
My cat crosses the garden nimbly and leaps onto the fence to survey it from above. From his perch he can watch over his little kingdom and keep an eye on the neighbours. With that, I am left alone with the fish, whose whole world is the pond by my feet. The fish explore the pond every day as if for the first time, prodding and inspecting every stone. I sometimes feel the same about sitting here in the garden; I know the place better than anyone, but whenever I return I still feel compelled to pay attention to all its details and novelties—a new bird perched in the tree, the growth of the grass, and the movement of the insects it shelters….
Sitting out in the garden, I feel serene. I feel at home. And yet I always feel there is more to discover. The bounds of my garden may be small, but there is a whole world contained within it, and it is one I will never get tired of inhabiting. The key difference is that a narrative essay is designed to tell a complete story, while a descriptive essay is meant to convey an intense description of a particular place, object, or concept.
Narrative and descriptive essays both allow you to write more personally and creatively than other kinds of essays , and similar writing skills can apply to both. Have a language expert improve your writing. Check your paper for plagiarism in 10 minutes. Do the check. Generate your APA citations for free! APA Citation Generator. Home Knowledge Base Essay How to write a descriptive essay.
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