Life of P

When the pimples crept back onto my face, I know I, whether I like it or not, am reconnected to the environment in which I grew up ; when I can’t help feeling depressed several hours before returning to the military base, I know I have embarked on my real journal as a soldier, which everybody is not very happy to be.

I was drafted on February 20. Absurdly, I was “lucky“ enough to be suspected of having TB and thus led a four-stars-general-like life for a month— at the cost of being injected with antibiotics for seven days in the hospital prior to my quarantine, though. Well, that wasn’t too bad considering that the Ministry of Defense paid my medical bill because I am a soldier; that my insurance company reimburse me again for the same bill because I am sick. So I ended up earning 250 dollars in the end. Leisure time and extra money, what else can a soldier ask for?

It’s widely known that one’s brain would swiftly regress to the same level as that of humanoid during the army. After all, you would only be thought to be bumptious (too proud of yourself) if you think one plus one is two. The catastrophe hasn’t happened to me yet so far because I have been working very hard to drive the vessel against the current. Again, I should give the TB credit for it. I ‘ve wracked up a list of book I read during this month: The Great Brain, Life of Pi, The Great Gatsby, Emma, What Your First Grader Needs to Know, and several essays about personal philosophies from remarkable men and women. Some of them are read only briefly. But that’s enough for me. Again, what else can you expect from a soldier?

Oh, push ups, I hear you asking. That’s right. Not a single day goes by that I forgot my responsibilities as a soldier to protect my great country from invasion. So after self-training day after day, I can now do push-ups up to 50 times per time. Well, what can you expect from a solider, a Taiwanese soldier?

All of these seem to come to an end. Several hours later, I will return to the place where birds or whatever animals don’t even condescend to laying their drops. Well, I know this sentence is a cliché, but isn’t this is just the very thing you could expect from my life?

Well dear readers, that’ all for now. See you next time.

Tibetan Issues update

3月20日
Tibetan Issues
I am sorry that I don't mean to make this blog look like a political forum. I've focused my attention to Tibetan protests recently and I've tried to collect information from different media and personal blogs. What I am really shocked to see is how prejudiced the view of western media is. It seems that they tried all their best to explain the whole situation by accusing the Chinese government of "invading" and ruining Tibet, and even spreading the idea of "free Tibet"!?

Please do a research about Chinese history before spreading this kind of ignorant ideas. If you are too lazy to do this, then watch this Video instead: http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=x9QNKB34cJo

Although I am not in Tibet now, I can tell, from those videos uploaded on youtube and those blogs contributed by witnesses, that the protest is not peaceful and many Chinese and other ethnic groups have been attacked by protesters. As a country, should Chinese police stand out and protect innocent citizens? I don't know why western media explains everything against China. Now I know one can't fully trust any media, because any media is somehow misleading people for their own interest. You have to find out the truth by yourself! http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=uSQnK5FcKas

Here is a video made by an Australian visitor in Tibet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kvVEgge97I

This is a blog that I recommend people to read: http://kadfly.blogspot.com/

The reason why I am so into this issue is that I've been to Tibet before and I respect Tibetan culture and religion very much. I was really touched when I saw Tibetan people living peacefully with other ethnic groups as well as preserving their own culture. China spends millions of dollars each year to build schools, roads, hospitals and other infrastructures in Tibet and numerous Chinese including Han, Muslim, and people from other minorities also devote themselves to support Tibetan construction and education! They love Tibet as Tibetans do!

China also have a lot of policies to protect people from other ethnic groups including Tibetans. For example, a Tibetan family may have three children, whereas a Han Chinese family can only have one child. The college or university admission standards are lower for Tibetan students than for Han students. I don't understand why those western media dare to say China treat Tibetans badly. If you don't believe me, please go to Tibet and have a look at the truth by yourself!!

Stuff White People Like

Check out this website. It's a very funny blog.
http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com/
Here is an article, which was mentioned in sounds like Canada, about why most white people want their children to be multilingual. See what kind of language they would choose and why.
http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com/2008/02/28/78-multilingual-children/

There are always ways of saving money.

I found a link to THE Economist, which cost over 180 NT dollars if you purchase one at booksotres.

What's going on?

It's almost half a month since I have been to Calgary. I am quite satisfied with my new home in Calgary.

I love Calgary. Tall buildings, crowded C-train stations, fast-paced life styles...everything is reminding me that I am in a big city, which is awsome. When I become one of the crowd as I always dreamed of, I feel that I need to find my passion and destination. I definitely don't wanna lose the value of my whole life in such a rush. Sometimes, I do need to stop, look around and ask "what's going on?"

What's Up? sung by 4 non-blondes
Twenty - five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination
And I realized quickly when I knew I should
That the world was made up of this brotherhood of man
For whatever that means
And so I cry sometimes
When I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What's in my head
And I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream at the top of my lungs
What's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what's going on?
Ooh, ooh ooh
And I try, oh my god do I tryI try all the time, in this institution
And I pray, oh my god do I prayI pray every single day
For a revolution
And so I cry sometimes
When I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What's in my head
And I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream at the top of my lungs
What's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey heyI said hey, what's going on?
Twenty - five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination

Conversations between a guy and a gel

I heard an interesting program from the radio today. That's about how girls and guys think differently. Here are some tips I could still remember.

When a woman says something, she means something else. If you can't response properly, you will lose point.

When a woman says "I am sorry." She is expecting you to apologize, too. So instead of accepting the apology, you should say "I am sorry, too."

When she asks "Do I look fat?" Never say yes! She will be extremely angry if you say so. What she is expecting is "I love you no matter how you look like."

If she says "I am leaving now" in a party, she is challeging you "who is more important, your friends or me?" A wise and considerate guy would say "please stay longer.."

When she says "I am fine." What she really means is "I am angry. It is your job to find out why." She will be touched if you gently say "are you upset?"