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blogging the bits in my life
my INTRO.ZUOHAN, 06121988
23yrold boy with a 40yrold intellect
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Friday, July 08, 2011
i love my family!
although it was so tiring the past week when my family was here,
now that they leave I feel that emptiness.
No worries, its gonna be two weeks when I see them.
Though I am very certain I will be seriously missing all of taiwan then. =(
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
after 2 weeks, it is time...
Operation 60 begins today.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Week 11 - Hectic but fulfilling weekend!
The week started off slow, as lessons progressed and mid term quizzes results were released. It was honestly a no-brainer for all three papers, probably due to the fact that we just needed to pass them.
That said, I did put in much effort preparing for the English Reporting paper, since I didn't want to let my group mates down. After all, the grades did matter to them.
On Thursday, lion brought me to 南機場夜市 and boy, food there were awesome. The highlight was definitely the papaya milkshake, which tasted velvety smooth, creamy and rich. Not forgetting the cute store owner and her generous antics.
The good food (and the bad shaved ice unfortunately..)
Right before 南機場 though, I had really good and affordable 小龍抱 which was located at a relatively unknown area (near 小南門). The food there was amazing, and I'm seriously not exaggerating. Definitely returning there and it was fantastic recommendation by mr. lion.
Saturday was body combat lesson as usual, and it was hilarious when I eventually realized my serious demeanor was mistaken as a sign of infuriation. No wonder both of them stayed away from me until I sparked off conversation with them.
福美姊 brought me to 天母, which apparently is an 'high-end' district filled with expats. She treated me to dinner, which was mainly Shanghai-nese cuisine. The food tasted unique, but lean towards a more exorbitant pricing.
Thereafter, we had palatable and indulgently satisfying ice cream at Bigtom. The must-try: Red Wine Ice Cream and warm delectable brownie with rich wine drizzled over.
On Sunday I headed to 新竹 with the rest, and fortunately, it was breezy and perfect for cycling. Char and me completed 34km, and we instantly felt lighter after the ride. Thereafter we had Singaporean food, strongly recommended by our fellow 新竹-ers, but it was not THAT appetizing though. Instead, it made us crave for more Singaporean food.
Monday was spent KTVing at 新居點 and once again, I ate a bunch while packed loads of raisins back home. Perfect for snacking... at zero cost. :P
breakfast by lion
All in all, while the weekend was packed with activities, it was a blast. And fulfilling!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Charmaine's birthday surprise
... a SUCCESS. XD
Yanlan and me were totally stressed out trying to figure how to genuinely surprise Ms. 炒麵 especially since she is very observant. We had to think a step ahead of her for the whole of yesterday, and our conversations had to be totally subtle.
But it was all worth it when we saw how touched she was. XD
The video will be up (on facebook probably tagging the relevant people) and big props to those who contributed their personal messages!
Dilemma dilemma dilemma. I am not doing anything extraordinary, yet its reaping bountiful results.
How how how?
Monday, April 25, 2011
Star Awards 2011 Best Actress-Rui En =D
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Week 10 - Activities Galore!
We had three mid terms this week, and I'm not going to lie - I did not felt a lil bit of stress and neither did I put in much effort preparing for them.
Hooray to S/U-able mods during exchange! =D
The Pets Society is having a rush of activities, and I attended their first meeting yesterday. It was heartwarming to know they are indeed motivated to help out these stray dogs, and I am glad to be part of this team.
Which also means Tuesday will be a total killer. But gonna love it! :)
I had been thinking if I should do some filming for adverts or MTVs in Taiwan, but loaning of equipments here is an absolute hindrance. I should look around for motivation (like competitions etc.) so that I actually do them. And to build up my portfolio if I want to apply for an internship in PR in Taiwan. :)
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Week 9 - An uneventful week
Fallen very ill again this week but at least i'm finally recovering.
Well I have to after religiously taking medicine hoping to remedy the annoying sickness before KTV tomorrow!
Nothing particularly interesting happened this week, got to meet up with a friend from 台大 after delaying our meetups since the first week.
Experienced body combat, and while it was just through several online video clips, it surely pumped Charmaine and me up. Its going to be body combat thrice a week from now on~
Three mid terms next week, time to prep and do some work! =)
Friday, April 15, 2011
The amount of spam in my tagboard is frustrating! Any advice on that?
Thursday, April 14, 2011
thanks J, and to you.
Im glad that I have these friends who truly care about me,
and thank you J for understanding what my frustrations were.
The disappointment is inevitable, but i suppose its no longer important.
After finally talking it out with J, I realize what is affecting me.
In every relationship, I truly commit emotionally. That is the biggest difference from my dates.
I know that when I look back, I can embrace those experiences and know that I have learnt something from it.
However, as I look back this relationship, I realized it cannot be said the same. And it is the first.
I have been too occupied trying to manage a LDR, helping the individual experience the best relationship possible, but in the process, I forgot I needed to feel the love too.
Admittedly, I lost the feeling several weeks back, but I chose to put it off my mind. I figured it might be because I do not get to see the person, and there was a possibility that it was just a passing phase.
The optimism was extinguished when you chose to run away from the problem. It still remains incomprehensible why you want me to spell out those silent thoughts and feel affected and despaired thereafter.
But I do appreciate that you made a decision, and at least I am certain you can better focus on your schoolwork.
Finally, sorry if this wasn't a pleasant first relationship for you, but I do hope on your side you have good memories that could be taken away, albeit the little time together. :)
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Week 8 - Arrival of Andrew/Aloy & Kaoshiung
The past two weeks were really hectic, and I didnt have much time to sit down and blog.
(Edit in: I forgot about my adventure to 烏來 right before I met my brothers! 烏來 is really a nice place to just lay back and relax, enjoy the fresh non-polluted air and famous 溫泉蛋. Those eggs are really a must try, they are of an exotic taste and totally irresistible. Unfortunately I did not op for the 美人湯 this visit, but I will definitely head back there again!)
Basically, it started off with the arrival of Aloysius and Andrew to Taipei, and I was really elated to see them given them it has been a long time since we caught up. Moreover, Andrew specially flew down from Shanghai to Taipei first before heading back to Singapore.
Brought them to Danshui that weekend, and as usual the place was brimmed with people! But I finally caught the sunset at 漁人碼頭 and boy, it was really gorgeous. Made a trip down to 永康牛肉面 but it was a disappointment, because I tasted a much cheaper and better alternative than it. Went clubbing for both nights, and that sure got me really exhausted.
Next highlight was 高雄, and it was a memorable trip. We cycled around the city for that two days, toured all the scenic and touristy hangouts and night markets, and i conclude that I do love the serenity and calmness in the city. Not forgetting the sunny and bright weather!
Places that I visited:
1. Cijin Island
2. 漁人碼頭 and 香蕉碼頭
5. 六和夜市 and 南華夜市
6. Dream City Shopping Centre
Most memorable food tasted should be 婆婆冰, the shaved ice was just absolutely fantastic! Runner up goes to 木瓜牛奶, it tasted so velvety, smooth and the proportion was well done. Totally changed my opinion on papaya milkshakes.
Unfortunately, the only setback of this trip was the overnight train back. The seats were comfortable, but it was just not our "thing". We ended up all falling sick, with me finally getting my first fever in Taipei. For that Wednesday when I returned, I basically had zero appetite (the very first time, given I always develop this ravenous appetite when I am sick), and forced down a cup of 墾丁冰茶 as the only meal for the day.
Thereafter was the arrival of Maxel while the rest travelled to 台中. So far, I have only joined them to 士林夜市 and went to 陽明山 to 看夜景. The latter was a breathtaking experience, to enjoy the strong chilly breeze while having an amazing spectacle laid in front of you.
Photos will be up soon! :)
Friday, April 01, 2011
Day 45 - 舍我杯
Everything is progressing well, and some mind-bogging issues are seemingly resolved. WHEEE!
We supported Samuel for his singing competition, and we were treated to a concert full of excellent and powerful singers. Never expected the contestants were so strong, and Samuel put up a good fight, given he was suffering from a block nose, inflamed throat and hell lot of nerves. But I am proud that we screamed our lungs out for him, and made an awesome looking board (which potentially could be reused.)
Went to Wan Hua Night Market, and I was fooled by 康熙 about the peanut ice cream roll, because it tasted ordinarily disappointing. But 獅子's recommendation of the dried 米粉 that tasted SUPERB. i actually finished a small bowl by myself, an exceptionally rare occurrence. :)
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Day 39 - 44: Way overdued SORRY!
Ok a span of five days of not blogging, but I will try my best to recall all the interesting places within this short span on time! (No in chronological order oops! :P)
Foremost, Samuel got into the finals of his singing competition! All thanks to my awesome recommendation of singing something WITHIN his comfort zone, i.e. Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours". Admittedly, most of the male contestants were fairly weak, but many girls on the other hand were outstanding!
And for getting into the finals, Samuel treated us to KTV! Initially I thought it was pretty expensive (given that we had to pay 320NT = $15) for four hours, but I realized it was totally worth it, since we could take HEAPS AND HEAPS of food.. for FREE! We probably settled our lunch and an early dinner there. LAUGHS.
Next, we joined the NCCU peeps to floral expo, and I was surprised for a early weekday morning it was still swamped with people. Took many photos, enjoyed the beautiful spectacle of flowers and avoided all the pavillions (which were actually the main highlights) because the queues were ridiculously long.
I had the chance to pop down to an American warehouse, Costco located at Nei Hu. Gigantic and being an outlet mall, it was packed with items at affordable pricings. Had a good dinner with some Taiwan friends over dinner and the food from Costco was actually decent. :)
Brought the girls to club on Saturday, and we were all shocked that entry was ridiculously overpriced... for them. But they were bombarded with loads of free drinks, which basically consisted of taiwan beer and barcardi that tasted like awfully sweetened lemonade. Surprise of the night was a group of dancers sashaying to a medley of chinese dance remix. And they were seriously good.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
revelation 1, 2 and 3 within a span of few days.
its time to be tough.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Day 36 - 38 - Lessons from Tuesday to Thursday
Loving the colours as well as the film directing lesson.
The latter was REALLY productive and fun today. :)
Learning about visual elements within a film was like relieving the memories of GV12, but to a greater depth. This is one aspect of film I thoroughly enjoy.
On a contrasting note,
I should keep in mind what Charmaine told me,
"to remain ambivalent and to meditate in serenity"
Day 35 - Onward to 九份 and 基隆！
九份 was indeed a touristy location, but we were fortunate that it was not as packed as described by the locals, probably because it was a Monday.
We tried a variety of food, most of which are simple but unique. Not forgetting the dried cuttlefish there was affordable and really palatable.
If you love appreciating tea, this place is for you. It is populated by many tea joints which offer you a breathtaking view of the surroundings while sipping hot calming tea. Perfect for a chilly day! :)
Due to the haze, we couldn't visit many areas as planned, but we got to sea a peculiar 陰陽海，where the sea is mixed with large amount of sulphur thus giving off that intense yellowish brown shade.
We headed to 基隆 next, and hangout at a coffee joint until it was time to visit the local night market. We were given a list of food to sample by our taiwan exchange coordinator, though most of the food turn out to be really disappointing. The three must-tries include shaved ice, chocolate 雞蛋餅 and 一口吃香腸！
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Day 32-34 - Roaming the streets of Taipei.. again.
The past few days were spent revisiting the same few places again, since Taipei is indeed very tiny.
Let me do a recollection of the places we went to
Friday - 五分鋪 and 饒河夜市
Nothing unusual, other than the fact I was literally traipsing around with Charmaine while the rest were busy shopping for clothes. Nothing I needed to buy, so I pretty much came down to came food.
Saturday - 寧夏夜市
A notable mention of a discovery I made some time back,
there's this bakery right beside 中山捷運站 exit, and it sells fantastic mochi. The guys LOVED my recommendation, and basically we were mochi-lovers converts.
Support Samuel who was singing for a school competition, and we cheered our lungs out for him. He definitely made an impression (update: he got into the semis! whee!) with his emotive rendition of 如果沒有你.
寧夏夜市 is one night market i will recommend because the range of unique food offered.
1. Oyster Omelette - like (*^$!(*^%&*%^*&% SUPER delectable!
2. 鴨血湯 - Sounds grotesque, but its actually really good!
3. Oyster Soup - Pretty good!
4. Beancurd - Nothing can beat the one at 平溪 or 公館, but its still good!
We queued for the 蛋黃玉餅, though it was really nothing exceptional. It was fortunately a pretty short wait for a weekend, probably because it was rainy.
We ended the day playing Monopoly deal and Daidee, and the losers had to eat 雞屁股. Adventurous huh? Admittedly, it was not as bad as we thought, though Siyuan was obviously very traumatized by the taste of it!
Day 34 - 公館
Didnt do much for the day, went to Lattea at 公館 to meet a friend, followed by dinner at this Italian spaghetti joint which was relatively cheap for the amount of noodles offered. Though not exactly the ideal dinner hangout for carbo-haters like Char and me.
end of muses, rants & complaints.