17. April 2010 19:02
I didn't write lately. Again. I guess I do this when I'm not in a very good mood, and have been in a not-so-good mood quite often lately.
Still ought to write something, so I'll just dump this short chat I had with a previous classmate from KaiNan. Mind you I'm using a bit of experimental Chinese and very simple English. I just saw he was online (on facebook, woah!) and thought: Damn I really miss this guy for some reason. Those days were wacky days, and although I didn't really feel exactly satisfied with the way things was with the school, it was a nice time where I got to try a very wacky way of life. I kind of miss wacky.
Anyway, it's short:
|23:43 Sander||Onion! 很久看不見.|
|23:48 蔥||HI (long)? time no se|
|23:48 Sander||Oh. Good.|
|23:50 Sander||I often think about you (你們) Kainan students. Because I never really said goodbye.|
|23:55 蔥||Also good|
|00:21 Sander||do you have test soon?|
|00:27Sander||oh, that's good|
In my school we have tests so people are very busy. Even I have test now.
|00:30蔥||You must examine?|
but only for some of the classes
|00:33蔥||Cannot be very difficult?|
|00:33Sander||no, I don't think so.|
Because I will just take some tests in English.
|00:57蔥||That refuels! I must sleep|
If you don't understand half of what I am saying, then you can try and use a translator. Should even the English be nonsense, then perhaps translating it into Chinese and back again will yield better results? I highly doubt so, though. This guy really works hard for learning English and he's really mr. nice guy to the fullest extend I can imagine. With more people like him, I'm pretty sure everyone would be a little happier. There should be lots of those here, actually. Too bad society doesn't give a damn about such peoples qualities.
21. March 2010 19:51
Now what is going on here? There weren't nearly as many people here when I visited one week ago.
Place is Taoyuan and this picture was taken exactly at 9:51 pm on Friday 19th of March. Two days from now.
People are making a lot of noise around the place, blowing up stuff, playing drums, gongs and whatever. They also burn lots of ghost money and incence. If you want to find out where it's on, you won't have much trouble.More...
22. February 2010 20:28
Ya. I'm not dead. And what an awfully boring title this post has, don't you think?
Since last time I wrote it has become Year of The Tiger. Or year 99 in Taiwan. It's Chinese new year and I've been celebrating it with doing lots of stuff and being all depressed while doing it. Not that the Chinese New Year is depressing. Not in any way. Except that it's usually rainy and cold, from which this New Year didn't make the slighest deviation. Loneliness, that's what you get for not socializing with the other exchange students.
But ya, I'm not dead so whatever. Lets see if I remember anything from the activities.
Oh yeah. I could start out with the red envelopes called 紅包 (Hong2Bao1 - red bag). During the Chinese New Year, which lasts for a few days after the Chinese "New Years Eve", people will be giving out these. The norm is that "adult" family members give out Hongbao to kids and the elderly. Also, companies will usually give away some envelopes to their employees. You'll also see famous people giving away Hongbao to actor kids on television shows during these times.More...
7. September 2009 17:28
Today, agon (means grandpa) invited me to another big dinner with a lot of rotary members. This time was very exciting as there were an even bigger list of dishes being served as well as redwine, vodka and karaoke (although, this was no birthday so I have yet to see the people drinking themselves pissed or dancing on the tables.)
The karaoke champ shows who's the man. Amazingly enough, the old men around here are the most hardcore at karaoke.
Azn's taken teh picshurz with an famous from titanixx.
During this evening I took very many pictures with a lot of people. This reminds me that rotarys estimation that I will meet about 1000 people during my exchange trip is dead wrong. Because I'm meeting like many times more than 3 new people every day, which is the average you have to meet in order to reach 1000 in a year.
For ages asia has been plagued by a peculiar and extremely contagious disease that make people hands stuck with the pointing- and middlefinger out. Luckily I only got an infection in my left hand so that I can still write this blog.
I didn't take too many pictures of the food, and the few I took showed out to be not really too good.
When this plate got on the table, I had already stuffed myself the last bit with peking duck, so I thought this was desert, (I think this was the 10th dish or something like that,) but actually it was not sweet at all. It is some sort of meat and mushrooms in a sauce with of course some soy in. Perhaps the sauce that the peking duck was cooked in because it was rather fat. It tasted really good but unfortunately, I had already eaten a lot of other really good food so I didn't eat much of this. Perhaps someday soon I will know what it was.