An observation of queuing culture in Taiwan
We are two days into the Year of the Sheep and personally I believe it is too early to be thinking cynical thoughts, but ‘sheep’ does bring to mind a certain social behavior that has been the butt joke of both traditional and social media in Taiwan.
The Big Issue is a magazine that originates from London, England. Apart from publishing news that emphasizes social value, such as environmental issues, humanitarian and so on, the magazines are also sold by homeless people, helping these homeless people fend for themselves.
Kaohsiung Part I
News of Tan Mei Typhoon approaching Taiwan was all over the headlines in August of 2013. Yet, after a brief planning session during an afternoon date at a coffee shop with my best friend, we still hitched on our backpacks, hopped onto the High Speed Rail train the next day and hurtled ourselves to Kaohsiung at around 300 miles per hour.
Within 18 hours, I was in Kaohsiung. Tan Mei Typhoon had just swept into northern Taiwan. Our plan was to backpack in Kaohsiung and Peng-Hu. We stayed in both Kaoshiung and Peng-Hu for two and a half days, making it a trip of five days in total.
→ Fiction assignment written for Memory and Place Literature class, 2013/5/19
“You’re too stressed out.”
“Stop overthinking everything.”
“If you can’t understand what my job means to me, we’ll never get through this.”
“I can’t always be your happy sun, even I have my emotional moods!”
“If you don’t open up to me, I’ll disown you for good!”
I stare at their backs. I could not see their faces.
→Submitted to P.S Magazine of FuJen Catholic University English Department
Memories Taken in the Fog
Mt. Qixing, the highest mountain in Taipei City, stands at one thousand one hundred and twenty feet. Located in Yangmingshan National Park, Qixing Mountain is known for its fields of silvergrass. Our impression of what we know of Qixing Mountain is often derived from our textbooks, the Internet, books, and so on. Seldom have we actually seen the scenery with our own eyes. Such was also my initial impression before I went hiking up Qixing with FuJen’s Hiking Club, however all it took was a one-day trip and the descent from the peak to Menghuan Pond that changed my perspective forever more.