Name: Nie QiuXiang
Chinese zodiac sign: Pig
Education: I studied trade and economics at the Southwest University of Science and Technology. I chose this major because I like economics. I think I am business savvy.
Profession: I’m a copywriter in an advertisement company, mainly for real estate projects. Advertising has two sides; a creative side and a commercial side, which may conflict with each other sometimes. I’m most interested in the creative side. But I cannot always have it my way, the client decides.
When you are at home, what is your favorite activity? What do you enjoy the most?
I have a tent at home, which I bought last year for traveling to Inner Mongolia, But when I arrived it was raining all the time and I could not set-up my tent in the mud. The tent has never been used outside and now I use it at home.
I often set up the tent in my room and lie down quietly inside. It helps me to find inspiration for ideas and I also use it when I don’t want to talk to other people. I’ll mount a little flashlight to the tent’s frame. I turn off the light in the room and turn on the flashlight. The faint light calms me down. Apart from finding inspiration for creative ideas, I also like to spend time in the tent thinking of what I should do in the future.
In my spare time, I like sleeping. What I enjoy most at home is to relax myself in every possible way and do what I like.
Now, I’m into photography. I got interested when I worked with some photographers in 2009 for a magazine. Then I bought myself a camera. My favorite subject is architecture, both modern places and places that are full of history.
Traveling is another favorite activity. I traveled for almost 12 months last year. Every month I went to a different place, sometimes for work and sometimes for pleasure.
Name three of your daily routine activities:
I once changed the layout of my room more than 10 times in a week. I’ll change the position of things and furniture when I can’t think of ideas and feel bored. Several days ago, I got a project about coastal housing. I needed to write something but failed. I changed the room layout again and then I got my inspiration. My leader praised me for my work and said I could become a full-time partner in the company.
I often travel around Beijing by bus. My boyfriend is studying abroad and I have few friends here, so I’m alone. I get on a bus and go to places without any purpose.
Cooking also gives me great pleasure. I like to cook for others, but these days no one comes to eat with me. I’m all alone and sometimes feel pathetic. I’ve got some very close friends, but one of them went to France, one moved to postgraduate school and one fell in love.
Sometimes, I’ll go traveling with people I get to know through the internet.
What is your favorite food?
Oh, too many. I like all kinds of Sichuan food. What I like to eat and cook most are diced chicken with chili and pepper, and “Coca-Cola chicken wings”.
How much money do you spend on food per day?
Less than 10 RMB. I eat breakfast at home and bring my lunch to the company. As for supper, I often buy some noodles and cook them myself. Those noodles cost me only half a Yuan.
Where is your hometown? (if not Beijing: do you miss your hometown? if so, what do you miss most?)
My hometown is Guangyuan, Sichuan, where the famous Jianmenguan pass is located (the well-known Chinese poet Li Bai wrote a poem about the complicated and dangerous landscape of this place). Both my parents work outside of my hometown, my mother in Beijing and my father in Xiamen. My mother and I often get together in Beijing.
I miss home most when eating. I’m not a person who often gets homesick, because I’ve been independent since I was very young. I go back to my hometown once a year.
What is your most precious childhood memory?
In spring, I climbed almond trees and slept on a branch. Sometimes, I climbed trees for picking fruits.
I was more like an adult when I was a kid, but now I have become more like a kid. I was the type of child all adults like. I studied well, and I was polite and docile. Now I am more rebellious and not that obedient. People don’t understand me. They all think the proper thing to do is to find a stable job. In Chinese tradition, a woman should not travel a lot outside her hometown.
What are the three most important things in life for you?
Advertising comes first. In the beginning, I hated advertising and thought it was deceptive. Later, after seeing my work on billboards, on TV, in newspapers and in magazines, I experienced a feeling of achievement.
Friends, travelling and writing are also as important to me.
What are, according to you, the values that one needs to live up to in life?
I think people should follow their ideals. No matter how difficult it is, I’ll stick to it and try my best to make it come true. I`m not telling you about my ideal, it is a secret.
Every year I’ll summarize my life with a little project. With a little book, a set of postcards with photos and poems, or with a compilation of advertising works.
Would you say you are a) happy b) somewhat happy c) somewhat unhappy d) unhappy
I think I’m happy, at least for now. I enjoy the present state of my life very much.
What do you expect will the future bring for you?
I want to create my own brand. It’s not a company, but something conceptual, which integrates life, work and ideals. I’ve a clear plan about it and I know exactly what I’m going to do with it. Currently I’m working on that.
What is your religion?
I don’t have a religion. I believe in myself.
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