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Part 1 Collect things
1.Do you collect things?
I used to collect sneakers, I was a sneaker head, had a whole bunch of Jordan shoes. Somehow over the years, I kinda have lost my interest in sneakers probably because I realized it was all just a waste of money, then I sold all the sneakers I owned. Now, I don’t collect anything. I practice minimalism in life and I really embrace this philosophy, I try to live with less and avoid collecting. I just believe collecting creates wants, and wants lead to overspending. I’ve learned my lesson.
2.Are there any things you keep from childhood?
If we are talking about material things, then there’s none, it’s been so many years, I have lost all of them. I do have some photos from my childhood on my phone, so at least I know what I looked like when I was little. But they don’t really remind me of anything specific, like when that photo was taken, what occasion it was for, what I was doing at the time. The memory is just very vague. I’m just not like most people, I don’t feel it’s that important for me to remember my childhood. I tend to focus more on living in the now.
3.Would you keep old things for a long time? Why?
No, I don’t. I dump things when I’m done with them. Because if you keep a lot of old things, they clutter up your house, you may be like “oh, I hate to throw them away, I may use them in the future.” No, you won’t. All these old things end up collecting dust. And when you move home, it’s a big hassle to pack up these old things and carry them around. You will question yourself, like why do I have to keep them in the first place? Take this from someone who has moved 3 times in the last 2 years, between different cities.
4.Where do you usually keep things you collect?
As much as I said I try to live with less, it’s not like I can live with nothing. I do have a few things, and since I like a minimalistic look of my home, I try to hide everything, so the house looks clean and the space is bigger. I have these white plastic boxes I bought from Ikea, I divide my things into categories and put them in these boxes and hide the boxes in the closets or cupboards. It is very satisfying for me to do this. Basically, it’s out of sight, out of mind.
sneaker head 鞋迷
have learned sb’s lesson 学到教训了
practice minimalism 践行极简主义
live in the now 活在当下
clutter up 弄的乱七八糟（v）
collect dust （被）闲置（v）
out of sight, out of mind 眼不见，心不烦
Part 1 Watch
1.Do you wear a watch?
Yes, I do. I wear a Junghans mechanical watch which I really love, Junghans a German watch maker, they make quality, functional watches with expert craftsmanship. What I love about my Junghans watch is its Bauhaus design, crisp clean, with no frills. I’m always drawn to such designs. Now I’m not really that into watches and I don’t know much about them, but when I was looking for a timepiece that I’d feel comfortable wearing to my workplace or other formal occasions, my Junghans watch really caught my eye, I just knew it would look good on my wrist.
2.Have you ever got a watch as a gift?
My Junghans watch is actually a birthday gift from my wife a couple years ago, we were dating at the time, she wanted to get me something really nice. I must have mentioned to her my interest in that watch at one point. So she went and bought it for me, I was thrilled to receive the gift. Last year, she got me another watch, an Apple watch, she was like, you need to have this watch to track your workouts, like counting how many calories you burn and your heart rate and stuff. She had a point but I’m not really a fan of Apple watches, I don’t really wear it.
3.Why do some people wear expensive watches?
Rich people wear expensive watches because they can afford them. Simple as that. Here in China, we have this catchphrase that goes “poor people flaunt their rides, rich people collect watches.” So collecting and wearing outrageously expensive watches is a way to show off wealth and social status for the filthy rich. To think that a small item like a watch sometimes costs a whopping one million dollars, it’s really hard to wrap your head around it. Then again, luxury watches in a way are like artwork, the value goes up over time, so maybe rich people are right about spending exorbitant amounts of money on them.
4.Do you think it is important for you to wear a watch? Why ?
When I was younger, I didn’t feel like I needed to wear a watch, I didn’t want anything on my wrist. As I got older, the idea of wearing a watch kinda grew on me. Mostly it’s nice to use a watch to accessorize for guys, since I don’t wear any jewelry. A nice watch makes you look classy when wearing a suit and tie or any other outfit, it shows you care about style. It is a fashion statement, it looks sophisticated, I mean I really think wearing a watch is part of being a grown man.
be drawn to 被吸引
crisp clean 特别干净
with no frills 没有虚饰
filthy rich 超级有钱的
wrap your head around sth 理解某事
a whopping 大量的
apply oneself 用功