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I still remember how fantastic it is to be a child: believing in the good of others; trying to do “bad” things without getting caught; not worrying about what others might think about me; caring less about everything, etc. Everything looks more exciting and prettier in children’s eyes. At this stage of life, one of the things that made me feel excited was when my dad gave me a ride around our village on his bike. I loved feeling the breeze on my face and it ruffling through my hair; I loved leaning my head on dad’s back; I loved the feeling of being protected and safe. A child falls in love with the simplest things in life.
During my adolescence, well besides schoolwork, I was mostly dealing with two things: anxiety and social relations. I was constantly bothered by anxiety. I worried about anything, such as my self-image; how I felt like I was held and controlled like a prisoner by my parents; what college should I go to, etc. Trust me, there were always countless things to worry and being anxious about. As I was becoming more and more outgoing, friends were what I valued most. I became a lot more confident with myself as I found out friends actually saw the strengths in me that I didn’t even know I had. They gave me the courage to slay the demons that made me feel afraid and uncertain towards things.
At this stage of life, I am constantly searching for autonomy, and getting to know and understand more about myself. I’ve realized that every decision I make is going to have an impact on my life. I’ve started to see flaws and cruel reality in this world, and something the society doesn’t want us to see. Everything is getting more realistic; time is flying by faster and faster, yet many things are still unsure.
When I try to see into the future, it’s like trying to look into a heavy fog. I see nothing when I reach out my hands. Things are happening and ending so fast, and I’m still uncertain if I’m ready for what’s coming next. But hopefully, the fog will disappear, and I will find the light that guides me through.
This is the first time I got in touch with Japanese culture in my second grade in elementary school. I can’t remember why I was chosen to perform this in front of many people in our school’s anniversary, but I am very sure that I afraid of standing in the stage not only at that time but also today. The teacher who stands in the background of photo is my favorite in my studying life. She is very friendly and taught me a lot. At that time, we’re all very ignorant, and the purpose we went to school is play with peers.
During my senior high school, we considered friends is the most important thing in the world and it is still have a same gesture, “ya” when taking a picture. But nowadays, every student in adolescence has their own smartphone and update information very fast. These two photos are famous and spread in Taiwan.
This gesture comes from Korean drama and is very popular nowadays. Swag means swagger, like a very confident and have own style hip hop models. It symbolizes that a person is very awesome.
This gesture also comes from Korea. It is very kawaii and means that if I like you, I will “frame” you.
This picture was taken in teacher’s day when we were a freshman. Time flies, it was two years ago and I still remember what’s going on that day. Yesterday, we had a meeting and rehearsal for a long time in school dorm because we want to give Wayne an impressing teacher’s day.
Be a flight attendant? A housewife? An office lady or an English teacher? I still don’t have idea about my future and afraid I will be lost in this world. Since nowadays people don’t have the proficiency in a particular line and low salary paid in Taiwan, many people in our generation might confused about their future job.
This yellowish picture was taken by my dad in my graduation ceremony of kindergarten. I am the shortest one in the middle. At that time, I was an innocent girl and even a tiny thing can make me happy. I remember the life in kindergarten is carefree and without worries; the only things that I would worry is that I could not play toys or play with my friends. There is no any pressure from studying at that time. Then, I went to elementary school, and I started nervous because I felt strange to the new environment and new classmates, but I was familiar with my classmates before long. This period of time is very precious to me because I met a lot of friends and we still keep in touch until now.
The man in the middle is my junior high school teacher who is very strict but I am greatly benefited from him. The girl on the left is my best friend since junior high school. The picture was taken when I was in the third grade of junior high school after a celebration for students graduating in the current year. Almost every graduate prepared a performance to make up a show. Therefore, my friend and I decided to sing a song, but I felt very nervous because I had never stand in front of a lot of people, not to mention singing in front of them. However, I changed my mind after she encouraged me to take courage so in the end, I conquered the fear and finished the performance. I can’t describe how much a sense of achievement I had after the show. I always remember that day even few years passed.
The five girls besides me are my friends in senior high school. They each have different personalities which made my school days every interesting. Some of them are a little bit potent but thoughtful to life. Some of them look like very quiet when the first time I met her but actually her thoughts always makes me feel interesting. Although the life in senior high school was stressful because there were many exams and classes were waiting for us, we still can find some fun in our daily life, such as playing tricks on someone or chatting some interesting things. Without them, I couldn’t imagine that how boring my school life would be.
Socrates, Greek Philosopher, said “Knowing thyself is the height of wisdom.”
Until now, I always think that realize myself is very difficult, and I hope that in the future, I can understand myself more and know what to do, such as finding a job I like and not just for the pay or setting a goal to achieve.
We all have memories we hold on to and a lot of mine take the form of books that I love. Let’s sit back and relive the carefree days when all we knew was to enjoy life 🙂
It is a challenge for me to dye my hair without hairdresser. I introduce the coloring product that I use and the process of dyeing the hair step by step. If you are interested in changing hair color, it would not so difficult for you to try it! Let’s enjoy my video!
The Prince Who Turns Into a Frog (2005 TV series)
Number of Episodes: 30
Channel: Taiwan Television (TTV)
Time: 5 June – 16 October 2005
Official Website: https://www.ttv.com.tw/drama/2005/wawawa/will.htm
Main Casts: Ming Dao (Shan Jun Hao/ Dang Ou)
Joe Chen (Ye Tian Yu)
Sam Wang (Xu Zi Qian)
Joyce Chao (Fan Yun Xi)
Ye Tian Yu
Tian Yu lives with her step family in a poor village. She does heavy work such as carrying gas tanks to help her stepmother run a store. The financial problem of her family makes her become a person who always manages to make quick money. In her mind, money is very important so she even has dreamed of marring a rich guy. Although she looks like a rush fraud, she is actually a very caring and kind girl.
Shan Jun Hao/ Dangou
Jun Hao is the arrogant and coldhearted CEO of a large hotel chain. He dislikes bowing down and search for help no matter what happened. His inhumane and serious management sets a number of enemies for him. In fact, he still has a nice side of personality which Dangou represents.
Xu Zi Qian
Zi Qian has totally different personality from Jun Hao’s. He is much more easygoing than Jun Hao. When he was child, he was taken in Shan family after a tragedy planned by Jun Hao’s father. He often feel inferior to Jun Hao.
Fan Yun Xi
Yun Xin was adopted by Shan family because her mother abandoned her when she was an infant. She has been raised to be perfect wife for Jun Hao. For her, getting married to him is her dream.
Jun Hao is going to get married with her fiancée, Yun Xi; however, he gets involved into a car accident unfortunately. Tian Yu who thought it was her fault was scared of being arrested so she takes unconscious Jun Hao back home. After Jun Hao is awake, she find that he has lost his memory. Tian Yu gives him an identity “Dang Ou.” Just after they start to have feeling for each other, Zi Qian find Jun Hao doesn’t die and ask Tian Yu return him back. Dang Ou forced to leave Tian Yu, but he keeps searching for Tian Yu. At that time, he gets hit again and forgets what he experienced in Guan Mei village. Tian Yu can’t get over this romance so she tries hard to recall Jun Hao of the day with her. She finally get him back successful, but problem along with it. After some truth is revealed, Zi Qian’ s hate and Yun Xi’s mental problem are thorny for them. Hopefully, they deal with it and everyone get their happiness at the end.
The Prince Who Turns Into a Frog is a drama that can help girl enjoy the fantasy of falling in love with dream guy. Ming Dao elaborates his roll well because he distinctly portraies two roles who has far different personality. When he is Jun Hao, he successfully acted as spoiled and ruthless heir; while, he shows the sincerity and kindness when he is Dang Hao. No wonder he goes viral around Taiwan and wins a huge number of girl’s heart after this drama comes out.
Although the love between Jun Hao and Tien Yu is dreamy for audience, this drama shows more realistic side through memory loss. After Jun Hao lose his memory, he becomes normal people, and have a romance love with Tien Yu. As he is Dang Hao, the love with Tien Yu gets closer to our life. This drama also depicts one of merit of true love. Love can change people. When Jun Hao becomes Dang Hao, he brought out his nice side of personality, which makes him be complete. Staying with Tien Yu, he learns to treat people well. He finally gets rid of his bad trait for Tien Yu. As for Tien Yu, she isn’t like a gold digger when she is in love with Dang Hao. Even though she knows that he isn’t rich guy who she dreams of getting married with, she was deeply attracted by him and gives up unrealistic dream. Many men say girl doesn’t pursue love but money. However, we can tell that girls still are willing to give up everything for who is right one through her personality change.
Fated to Love You (2008 TV series)
Number of Episodes: 24
Channel: Taiwan Television (TTV)
Time: 16 March – 24 August 2008
Official Website: https://www.ttv.com.tw/drama08/destinylove/story.htm
Main Casts: Joe Chen (Chen Xin Yi / Elaine),
Ethan Juan (Ji Cun Xi)
Baron Chen (Dylan / Dai Jian Ren)
Bianca Bai (Anna / Shi An Na / Dai Xin Yi)
Chen Xin Yi
Xin Yi, a common name in Taiwan, was born and raised in working class family. Working as an unfashionable office lady in a law firm, her coworkers usually sent unwanted task to her. Instead of refusal, she chooses to accept. This kind of girl was described as sticky note girl who is helpful but unnecessary and therefore easy to throw away.
Ji Cun Xi
Ji Cun Xi, a wealthy sole heir soap and cleaning product company. For him, business is business. Most of time, he is proud and hard to close because of his family background. Sometimes, he will act like a child in front of his acquaintance.
Dylan was adopted by priest when he was a child. His humble upbringing doesn’t make him feel inferior; however, he become a humorous and optimistic CEO of art auction finally. He is interested in exploring things that looks plain but potential.
Anna is a beautiful and confident ballet dancer. In her mind, her dream is always top priority.
On account of an accident, Xin Yi and Cun Xi have one night stand on a love cruise. Unfortunately, Xin Yi later finds out that she is pregnant. Cun Xi’s grandmother forces them to get married to have a son to carry on the family name. At first, Cun Xi treats Xin Yi very badly and he even asks her to divorce with him right after giving birth to child. However, he falls for her as time goes on. When they are ready to start their romance, Anna suddenly comes back to him. Everything is back to beginning; Xin Yi end up leaving Cun Xi owing to a car accident which cause an abortion. Although he makes a decision to find Xin Yi, she had already gone on a journey to become better. After many years, they reacquaint each other and actually fall in love.
Fated to Love You is a classic idol drama in Taiwan. It holds record for the highest average single-episode rating. Romantic love and personal development are two main themes in this drama. Both are explored well and inspirational. The actors and actresses success in portraying their characters. Their amazing acting can make audiences immerse in their story. Sometimes you feel real connection between them; therefore, you will get a lot of laughs and tears throughout the story.
What is true love defined by this drama? No matter how many obstacles get in the way of true love, breaking through them always turns out to be the only path to step on. Although their love is a little bit dramatic, it delivers the value of love to audience. In every relationship, people should put enough effort into it; otherwise, it would not work. Cun Xi doesn’t understand to treasure Xin Yi, so he needs to make a lot of effort to chase her back. Therefore, we shouldn’t behave like him, because it perhaps would not be lucky to get back together like them. Furthermore, we should learn to love ourselves more and not to sacrifice a lot for wrong person. Xin Yi had been stoop to compromise for love, but what she get is the bad treatment from Cun Xi. This unhealthy relationship would not last longer.
I consider the growth and development of Xin Yi inspire me the most. Her successful change can encourage many normal girls to become better through their self-effort. Xin Yi is a doormat at start. She dares not to refuse other’s request so she often tires herself out in different aspect of life. This kind of girls deserves to be loved because they want to feel valued. They feel like beg for love. Fortunately, Xin Yi gets assistance and moral support from her benefactor, Dylan. After moving to Shanghai, she tries to restart her life and get over the past. She finds that she has gift for art so she get her confidence back. Finally, she win back not only her romance but also career. Through her personal development, we can know that everyone has possibility to build their ideal life.
The Comparison Between the Prince Who Turns into a Frog and Fated to Love You
The Prince Who Turns into a Frog and Fated to Love You are typical Taiwanese idol drama types.
Typical Taiwanese idol drama materials:
Protagonists: male leads are tall, handsome, and rich; female leads are ordinary and poor.
In the Prince Who Turns into a Frog, male lead(Shan Jun Hao/Dang ou) is the heir and the General Manager of a large hotel chain, and female lead(Ye Tian Yu) is a rustic; in Fated to Love You, male lead(Ji Cun xi) is the heir and the Chief Executive Officer of a company, and female lead(Chen Xin Yi) is an office worker. By the way, male leads’ personalities are bad, while female leads’ are good.
Plots: the protagonists fall in love, and then separate for some reasons, and later fall in love again.
Firstly, the leads meet by chance (in the Prince Who Turns into a Frog, the male lead happens to meet the female lead who is about to drown; in Fated to Love You, the leads accidentally spend a night together and have sex). After the accident, they feel annoyed with each other at first, and then, they are gradually attracted to each other. When their relationship is going great, they are separated by some reasons (in the Prince Who Turns into a Frog, the male lead recalls his memories after a car accident, and backs to his original life; in Fated to Love You, the female lead goes to Shanghai because of the second female lead). Then, they meet again (in the Prince Who Turns into a Frog, the leads meet in a board meeting; in Fated to Love You, the leads meet in Shanghai). After a period, their relationship begins to restore, and finally, they are together again.
Relationships: 2 men and 2 women
The male lead has a girlfriend or fiancée(the second female lead) whose status is in line with the male lead, and basically all the qualities are better than the female lead, while the female lead has a male friend(the second male lead) who is a really nice person, and later likes the female lead. In brief, the second leads’ existences are to help determine love between the leads.
Typical idol drama materials: funny supporting characters and names
Both idol dramas have funny supporting characters, and it happens to be the people around the female lead (in the Prince Who Turns into a Frog, Tian Yu’s family and the residents of Guan Mei village; in Fated to Love You, Xin Yi’s family and the residents of Ginger Island). Also, some supporting characters have funny names (in the Prince Who Turns into a Frog, Dangou (茼蒿), Tong Hua Shun (童花順); in Fated to Love You, Wu Liu Liu (烏陸陸), Wu Qi Qi (烏柒柒), Hao Zheng Chang (郝正常).
The differences between the Prince who turns into a frog and Fated to love you
Compared to Chen Xin Yi, the character of Ye Tian Yu is much more independent and stronger. She is energetic and outgoing, and never shrinked back when facing Sang Jun Hao. Chen Xin Yi is different from her; she is shy, timid, and has no courage to say no to Ji Cun Xi. She even has a nickname, sticky note girl, which means someone who is helpful but easy to throw away.
Both families of Sang Jun Hao and Ji Cun Xi are rich, but the ways they treat Ye Tian Yu and Chen Xin Yi are quite different. Sang’s family dislikes Ye Tian Yu and try everything to separate her from Sang Jun Hao; they are like the typical mean wealthy family who look down on the poor. Unlike Sang’s, Ji Cun Xi’s grandmother likes Chen Xin Yu very much; she accepts Chen Xin Yu as daughter-in-law at the beginning.
The development of relationship between leads
In the first half of story in the prince who turns into a frog, Sang Jun Hao loses his memories as a CEO of company, so his relationship with Ye Tian Yu is more equal; however, when Sang Jun Hao takes back memories, he become the absolute dominant one.
At the beginning of the story, Ji Cun Xi is like Sang Jun Hao who is dominant, but after Chen Xin Yu has miscarriage and leaves Ji Cun Xi, she becomes a confident and successful businesswoman; therefore, their relationship is no longer unequal.
The development of two relationships are opposite; one is from equal to unequal, and the other one is from unequal to equal.
In the video I interviewed some of my friends how they felt about their exchange experiences in Hradec Kralove. Let’s have a look at their reactions first 🙂
Hradec Králové(HK) is a city known for the best quality of living in the Czech Republic. The city is situated in the northern part of Czech Republic and the population is around 100,000. Walking on the street you can see many lovely and old people smiling at you. They may probably say Dobrý den to you, which means hello in the formal way. People in HK are keen on watching ice hockey games. The one represents HK is called Mountfield. Watching ice hockey games and cheering for their own team shows connection and affection to their hometown.
The pace of life is slow here and people enjoy the tranquility of a laid-back life. Having a beer or coffee after work is their way to enjoy life. The food and drink price is low so everything is affordable if you don’t feel like cooking everyday.
Mushroom hunting is also one of the biggest events for people to enjoy here. All you need to bring is a knife, a basket and a field guide with you. Be aware of the poisonous mushrooms! Those look beautiful and with the stripes are probably inedible. The color of edible mushrooms are usually brown or dark brown and you can feel its smooth by touching. It’s really hard to recognise the edible mushrooms; even a mushroom hunter can misunderstand it sometimes. However, it is still a lot of fun to pick up mushrooms in a forest with friends even we barely can find an edible mushroom.
Whenever you have a chance, you should seize the opportunity and go for it.
It’s been a long time that the group of us (Rex, Ben, Ace) haven’t go for a trip away from Ping Tung. The last time we went out together were more than 6 months ago in Hua Lian and Tai Tung. Since Michael’s blog project gave us this opportunity to get along together again. We decided to went on a trip to Tai Nan “the city of food”, which is also hometown of one of the member: Rex.
In this trip, we have two extra special guests: Eason and Jayson, both from the same department of ours. We will be focusing more on food and famous places. We distribute our work among each person to make work easier and allow us to focus more on our own part. Rex will be our food critic; who talk and give review on what we consume that day. Ben as the expert of archeology; examine? Nope, just recording the best parts of the places that we will go. Ace as the lazy follower; who follow around and not doing anything (not really). And lastly, the two special guests as our photographer.
If you talk about Tainan, the first thing that you think about must be the food. There are so many delicious foods in Tainan, and I will tell you which is the most delicious food store that I recommend in Tainan city.
First is the breakfast. If you talk about the breakfast, what will show up in your mind? The sandwich or the burger? In Tainan, we don’t eat those thing as the breakfast, we eat beef soup and minced pork rice. It is cool, right? But there are so many beef soup store, which one is the most delicious? I think is Wun Chang beef soup which located in Anping. It is a 30 years old shop, and I think is the only beef soup shop that open 24 hours. So, it’s not only for breakfast, if you are hungry at midnight, you can go to eat it as well.
The soup use Chinese medicine to cook, so it smells very good. And all his beef are from the cow which kill on day. It is very fresh.
Just by food can never fulfill our desire, the best way to fill up our trip when our stomach are full is to hang around in Tai Nan. Wandering around with no target just looks like some soulless body, there must be some famous places which are worth going.
Tainan is a city which combines modern and history. It is known for historical buildings and streets. Also, food in Tainan is traditional and unique. Many tourists go to Tainan for tasting food. In this post, we’re going to introduce different features in Tainan.
First, Anping Fort is a historical building in Tainan. It was a fortress built by Dutch from 1624 to 1634. The government set Anping Fort as a first-grade historical building. Even though Anping Fort was almost destroyed during Dutch period, we can still feel the history around this building. When you see Anping Fort, you must notice the white observation deck. It is built by Japanese instead of Dutch; however, people can observe the whole Anping through it.
This wall exists for about 400 years, and this is a only part of original Anping Fort.Around Anping Fort, we can wander the Anping street for a while. There are a lot of venders selling foods and toys. If you have a trip to Tainan, Anping is a place you have to visit and enjoy.
After the old school, old people place of Anping. We need some energy for the young! For people who doesn’t seem to be interested in any of the historical buildings, it’s time to refresh and blow up their mind with a huge shocking moving machine (not anymore) after their yawn.
Just like the fort, it is also in Anping, and it is not like Anping Fort is a historical building. However, this is meaningful to Taiwan, it is TEYANG Destroyer.
TEYANG Destroyer is originally United States Navy’s Gearing-class(基靈級)destroyer and launched in 1945. It went to the Vietnam War and Korean War and has the honor to receive Battle the Star medal. Then, in 1977, TEYANG Destroyer started to maintain the Taiwan sea area security. In 2005, it was decommissioned in Kaohsiung Harbor. Nowadays, TEYANG Destroyer becomes a scenic spot with many historical meanings.
In TEYANG Destroyer, people can experience how sailor lived in it. All things are preserved very well, so people can see the entire appearance of TEYANG Destroyer. People can see the deck, forts, and the captain’s room. When I entered the captain’s room, I felt like I’m a captain of TEYANG Destroyer. There is something special I see. There is a space behind the apron remake into a bar. People can take a rest at the bar and enjoy the view. TEYANG Destroyer is also known for its apron. It is a popular spot for taking photo.
people can experience the flag semaphore
In conclusion, TEYANG Destroyer is a meaningful and historical place. Because it opens for public recent years, and it is only decommissioned worship as scenic spot, a lot of people visit it. In addition, Eternal Golden Castle is beside it, so you can also take a look/ If you go to visit Anping, TEYANG Destroyer is also a place you have to visit.
After visiting a couple of places, it is time for food again! We cannot stop ourselves from getting food after walking so much. That means, we are going to get more food before proceeding our trip! And it is time for our tour guide: Rex the food king to drive us to the food paradise.
It’s lunch time. In my childhood, my grandfather always brought me to a small shop which was selling Fried Eel noodles. It is so delicious. Since that time, I started to fall in love with Eel. Although Eel is not good looking and I think is little scary, it the taste of it is like heaven. So, I think if you come to Tainan, the must to do thing is eating the Eel.
But there are so many fried Eel noodles shop in Tainan, which is most delicious?
I think is a 40 years old shop which near the Dong Men circle. It called Ching Fu Eel shop. It open since 10 at morning until 12 at midnight. So, you can eat it anytime if you want. I think that is also the big advantage of Tainan, in 24 hours a day, if you are hungry, there must a food shop waiting for you.
And this was our lunch at the day. Looks delicious, right?
Let’s go some where else after filling ourselves. A walk in the park would be a nice place. But since we want to make this a meaningful trip, another worth mentioned place must be our only aim.
As the last stop of the trip before dinner, we’re going to introduce Confucian Temple. Tainan Confucian Temple was built in 1665, and it was the first Confucian Temple in Taiwan; therefore, it was named as Quan Tai Shou Xue(全臺首學)
When we entered the Confucian Temple, we saw Ming-Lun Hall(明倫堂) on the left side. Ming-Lun Hall is a place for instructors to offer lectures and cultivate intellectuals. If visitors want to take a rest in Confucian Temple, there are many seats offered to sit. In the Ming-Lun Hall, there is a wall written Zhao Meng Fu’s Great Learning.
After passing the Ming-Lun Hall, we saw the outside gate of Ta-Cheng Hall (大成殿). Ta-Cheng Hall is the main building and housing mortuary tablet of Confucian, and his disciples.
Since the sun is tuning down his light, it is not a good idea to travel further. Apart from scare of getting lost in the city, we guess that most of the places are close by the time we reach. It was a hard decision to make for what to eat as dinner, all of us have different opinion. Our final decision comforts everyone and there is nothing to complain about.
For the dinner. We went to Hua Yuan night market. It’s not only the biggest night market in Tainan, but also the biggest it in Taiwan. So, basically it sells everything. The food, clothes, shoes……, anything you can think about. But it only open at 18:00 to 2:00 on every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. At that day, we had the steak meal and some snake in it. Because there were too many people, we didn’t take the pictures.
By the way, when talking about the snake in Tainan, Anping Dao Hua must on your list. It’s not too sweet and it’s Dao Hua is very soft. And in Tainan, there are more and more creation snake shop opened, like Winnie Pooh’s ice cream.
It’s very cute, isn’t it?
Tainan is a really good place for your vacation. But some people said that it is very dangerous. Do you know why? Because you will fat 3 more kilograms when you stay here for three days. Hahaha, just kidding. Hope everyone can enjoy your vacation have fun in Tainan.