11/29/2006

Balance and Trust

I'm in a lab. that the postdoc can't even balance the rotor of the centrifuge, and I'm in a lab. building that although I'm wearing a photo student ID, I've still been bag-checked more than 5 times in the past 3 months when I leave the building for my class or for the day. Not when I walk in, they don't care what I bring in, but they do care what I bring out, in case I stuff the ultra centrifuge or the mini-prep kit in my backpack, I'm sure.

It sounds weird, but I guess that's how it is, I'll always be the yellow skin foreigner with accents here, most people will still ask me how the weather is in China ? Or Taiwan, Thailand, Macao, and Hong Kong won't be too much different in any sense to anyone. I've been asked many questions, besides above, besides bag-checked, such as if Chinese were in WWII (my grandpa fought 8 years for that and 3 of his family members die from it); does Taiwan need to pay tax to China; why Chinese never EVOLVED to use forks ?

I've tried, for a while, I think both China and Taiwan should grant me as a culture ambassador. But I've come to realize that no one ask me to do so. I'm just a fool myself who tried to fool myself.

11/28/2006

9th Thanxgiving ~

Post Thanksgiving, Pre Xmas, if you will.
It's a time for especially Americans to prepare for the holidays and the new year. A little bit similar to the post New Year, pre Chinese New Year time in Taiwan.

My mom thinks it's not really a benevolence to have all these holidays, because it will just make people with less feel even worse.

As for me, the older I get, the less spirits I have for these holidays. Well, the Chinese New Year is still fun with all the food, but even that I don't feel too much necessary to wear brand new clothes for the first day in the Chinese New Year according to the traditions. Probably in this aspect I grew into an adult, -- it's just nice to have some days off.

The funny thing is that, we always have our Xmas tree set up from the Xmas to the Chinese New Year during my growing up years back home in Taiwan. And here I am in the US, as a foreigner and as a constant traveler, family and home are terms half earth away, rental apartments and visa jobs are neither words for even temporary relieves, Xmas trees are equivalent to wishes: better not to have them.

According to the story of the Pandora's box, when it was accidentally opened and all these negativities coming out to the human world, but one thing left, hope. Hope is maybe a more moderate word than wish, but I still can't say that since my reality costs too much to spend any on those words. I don't think I lost the ability to dream, but I think I lost the ability to believe dreams, and make them true.

11/11/2006

Made in Taiwan !

I'm made in Taiwan also !

11/07/2006

between thinking and dreaming ~

Has again been awhile to do something on my blog.
Too busy, too lazy, too happy and/or too sad is neither way to write.

When reality becomes unbearable, imagination took over and brains re-prioritized. In the twilight zone of consciousness, fractions of the past start to collect, I start to remember things I like, people I love, dreams I want, feelings I need, and everything almost like in the past lives.

I think my mind is sorting and analyzing, without my knowledge. But I can feel it's important; a 31 years old unmarried woman living in a foreign country as a foreigner for more than 8 years; things learned: many, lessons learned: better never been here in the US; questioning the meanings and existances.

Once heard a saying: it's not the length of life that is important, but the width.
Why ? Shouldn't it be the depth ? Shouldn't it be all dimensions ? Even dimensions beyond our recognizing.

Life is important, and the importance is life.

10/10/2006

中華民國生日快樂!

上次小綠綠學妹們要求陳水扁不要再亂說什麼用北一女門口交錢,不要髒了北一女門口;我今天要說,陳水扁一家請不要髒了台灣,不要髒了中華民國!

今天是國慶,中華民國95歲生日,中華民國是中國人有史以來第一個完全民主自由自治正統的地方。我從小一直以身為在台灣長大的中國女生為榮,來到美國後更是每天都在想“好加在”,要是當時投胎時投到其他任何地方,我都不願意。我覺得,台灣是全世界最好的地方,我以台灣為榮!

今天,這個全世界最好的地方,卻要讓這全世界最無恥最齷齪的一家人予取予求,為什麼?

陳水扁唯一的用處是可以捐個血做研究用,因為生物中最骯髒齷齪最卑鄙無恥的基因他都有,還是絕對顯性遺傳!一家子連姻親都是。不知道是物以類聚還是遺傳兼傳染病。

台灣是我的家,我是台灣人,永遠都是台灣人。祝福中華民國生日快樂!早日甩掉陳水扁這不要臉的一家!

9/30/2006

碧海情天

不知道有沒有看過或是記不記得一齣大約十五年前的電視連續劇:「碧海情天」?
楊佩佩製作,葉童、劉松仁主演。一個不尋常的官家女子岳瑛,跟一個小山賊天養的故事。

記得當時,我唸高二,北一女的課業重,說看連續劇會不好意思,但是大家還是看,升旗回來前後一路上討論。之後還寫信給葉童,她也很有誠意的隔段時間就回一張有著她照片的卡片,一定是黑白個性照,一樣有著小愛心的簽名。後來出國,也就沒下文了。

我的心一如碧海情天,從未變。光陰似箭,人事已非,僅以這歌詞,紀念逝去的一些歲月。

碧海情天

唱:萬芳/詞:廖瑩如/曲:李宗盛

一直在承諾天 別讓真的心改變
就讓完美的誓言 守著你我的一份情
不癡不怨 等著你給我一片天
怕是要的情 要的心 你不給
要是你懂得海 飄盪還是為靠岸
命運狂妄的註定 卻讓你我共這一生
不厭不倦 望穿了每個日日夜夜
盼望風停雨停過後 你會想起我
就像是海天沒有邊 請記得我唯一的願
不想情深是怨還是願 儘管只能在夢裡纏綿
就像海天般的相連 寧願活在你的思念
才知情深是怨還是願 誰負心留給世界去爭辯
我不再以為誓言需要天 流轉的人世你一定暸解
只是與你相守這個願 不改變

情天不老老凡人
人生如戲戲如歌


9/19/2006

《2008過後》(書摘)-- 中國時報連結

《2008過後》(書摘)

藉由一段家族漂蕩在動盪時局裡的故事,
深刻地描寫了在大時代下小人物的痛苦;
家族新人逃難離散,朝北往南、各自一方,
手足之情被迫徹底決裂,
夫妻之愛僅存於軍艦上的短暫團聚,
而迎向黎明,則是完全不可知的未來……

在2008過後,
所有的亂象、對立、分裂、惶惑,
譜成台灣人的悲歡狂想曲,
而命運的答案,即將揭曉……?


2008的未來 現在已在發酵!
95.9.19【作者李鋅銅-中時郭至楨】
2008對所有台灣人都是一個敏感的數字,在這一年台灣與大陸都要發生許多事情。對於2008的未來,大家都非常關心。自己從小就生長在特殊的環境中,父親是大陸來台的老兵,母親是二二八的受難家屬,自己因此對於台灣藍綠對立的體會非常深。短期看來,藍綠的對決似乎沒有消除的跡象,讓人非常擔憂!...

文/李鋅銅(更多詳細內容,請看《2008過後》(三采文化提供)

第一章 2009.02.26 逃難大塞車
2009.1.1,台灣一分為二。
原訂續留台灣共和國的范輝安一家人,
在中共動武期限前,決定轉往台灣聯邦,
途中卻與共和國軍人發生衝突……。


車過了東港,范輝安的眼神不停地向左望,幾年前他曾來過這裡。

在記憶中,只要過了一座高架橋,再向左彎,就是一條寬敞平坦的大道。大道兩側除了少見的幾棟二、三層樓房,多數都是有一樓平房。有餐廳,也有休息站,還可看到許多賣海產的大招牌。

多年以前,只要被兒子帶著到墾丁,或是台東,這條路總是必經之路,一路上來來往往的人車,熱鬧得很;尤其是每到周末假日,或是東港的大拜拜,這裡少有不塞車的,在一面面廣告招牌旁的停車場上,大小車輛常停得滿滿的。從停車場向餐廳望去,一桌桌的食客,有的低頭猛吃,有的抬頭拿酒猛乾,此起彼落,一個比一個動作大;要不然就是斜躺在椅子上,或伸懶腰,或是手掌在肚皮上轉圈磨蹭;再不然就是張著河馬般的大口,用牙籤進進出出地剔牙,一副酒足飯飽模樣。

范輝安從不曾在這條路上任何一家餐廳吃飯,因為這裡是東港,不遠處就是女兒范海英的婆家;因此,只要經過東港,十之八九都是到親家看女兒。有的時候,即使被兒子女兒開車帶著出遊經過這裡,若不到親家走一趟坐坐,一旦被親家知道,是說不過去的;如果只是到親家小坐,又堅持不吃飯,那也很奇怪。所以,只要是在東港吃飯,一定是在親家,從不曾在這條大路上停留。

........

http://news.chinatimes.com/Chinatimes/Moment/newfocus-index/0,3687,9509190361+0+0+115723+0,00.html#

9/15/2006

9/15 圍城之戰 禁止阿扁裝死行為


9/15 圍城之戰 禁止阿扁裝死行為

如果您人在台北 9/15又有空 懇請您務必前往
如果您人不在台北 有MSN 懇請您在暱稱前面加上(N) 會出現倒扁手勢
如果您有朋友在台北 跟我們意志相同 懇請您將這份精神 發揚光大
讓我們寫下台灣民主運動史最壯麗的一夜

9/06/2006

Why am I here ?

Why am I here ? That's really a good question. (You know that professors/teachers always say this when they don't know how or what to answer, and they need a term to catch the falling weight of the question.)

Actually I ask myself the same question everyday, "why am I here ?"; I tried to ask myself quietly because of the fact that I'm still here.

But being pointed out by someone else, especially someone I don't know, a fellow reader for my trivial blog (glad someone reads it), then it is not quiet any more.

I can not run away from this question, but I just don't know what to do now.

9/01/2006

Impeaching ! and I'm not peaching !

If there is an award for shameless, such as the Nobel Prize in Shamelessness, I am sure our President Chen of Taiwan will win it consecutively until forever.
Although I don't know how many people in Taiwan will recognize him as the "President".

I've been wondering why he is not in the Guinness' Record book for the most shameless organic creature in the universe and beyond? Then I've learned that the first requirement to be in the Gunnies Record book is the record should be "breakable", that means someone or something needs to be able to beat this record in the future. That's why! Since I'm sure no one can be as low as him and possibly break President Chen's shameless recordS, therefore he can't create another joke out of himself.

8/26/2006

3 requirements and 1 bonus feature to fit in New York

3 requirements to be a New Yorker:
1. (I've talked about this before in Chinese in my blog.) Let go of all the sanitation standards, if you can't tolerate filth, you can't be in New York.
2. Being rude and accept rudeness, otherwise you can't even take any public transportation, which is almost essential in a city with the most angry drivers and the inconvenient parking.
3. Indifference. Being indifferent is one of the trade marks of New Yorkers, there are too many things and people around to drop your jaw, but you don't want to hurt your jaw. And like any other trade marks of New Yorkers, they are so proud of it, and you don't know why they are so proud of it.

So, if you have these 3 basic requirements and the preference of vanity as an add-on bonus, you won't feel as bad as I am being in New York.

And one small trick, testing your friends to see if they like New York City or not, (preferably they've never really live there long); it's not 100 %, but a not bad indicator for vain or not.

8/25/2006

move, move, move !

There is a Chinese saying: 3 house movings equal to 1 house burning.

I moved most of my things to the storage unit in the middle of June, and moved out of my cute Blueberry apartment days later; moved to the nightmare apartment on the Madison Avenue in New York city just last week, and I'm going to move back to NJ in 3 weeks.

I've come to realize this year is thrilling months ago, but didn't expect it to be so unsettling. I've tried hard to catch on to the wave of changes, but apparently I've gone too far.

I've thrown away lots of things from my previous apartment, in fact, 12 pieces of furniture and lamps, and other non-solid items. There are things disappearing into thin air during all these chaotic moveS (picked up by "innocent" bystanders ...). I am still living out of my 2 suitcases traveling with me to Taiwan and back to the US, first time in my life to realize people don't need too much to live on.

It will be the 7th time I move, in the little bit more than 8 years I've been here. Like being a foreigner for 8 years is not enough, there are always many uncertainties and "surprises" on the way. But it's ok, my home is in Taiwan, not any good or bad apartment I've been to here.

8/23/2006

New York, New York

Flew back to the US on the 13th, in the peak time of "no liquid on board", when I am still wondering if I can put "flying 15 hours without cleansers and moisturizers" on my resume, I've already moved to NYC just last week.

I was so relaxed and rested in Taiwan, that I couldn't even think and/or worry about my new student life in New York city. And soon, I've learned that this year is even funnier than I already thought.

The apartment, although it's on the corner of Madison Avenue and east 98th street, 1 block away from the Central Park, is a total nightmare. It's a third floor walk-up, with less than 3 meter in width (although it's a 2 bedroom-apt.), and tilted sloped floor (if you drop something, it will roll to the other side of the apartment), not to mention 5 long, office size windows facing my future lab., and oh, the emergency room entrance, the bus stop and the breakfast vendor who shows up before 3 am, also featuring rent-control neighbor who is gray haired yet lives with his parents.

So, apparently the Mount Sinai housing people are better an advertiser than a housing provider; I was finally allowed to see my apartment after I signed the contract and started the lease; but I just moved in, didn't even bother to unpack, and decided to move out. But again, here comes another expertise of the Sinai housing people, they didn't even ask me any question and I can tell they are very good at accepting tenants' vacating.

So, as crazy as it sounds, I'm moving back to NJ. I thought I hate commuting, but I still underestimated my dislikeness of New York.

Wow, and I thought this year is already very much fun.

7/31/2006

July 31

Time flies. Feel like in a blink, it's July 31, my 8th year anniversary of going to US. And this time it's also the first time in 8 year I spent my July 31 in Taiwan.

Just like life itself, in a blink I'm 31, and look back, I don't know if I made right choices. I am who I am, and I am where I am. I can't change anything in the past, and I can't foresee anything in the future. I've always been a true to myself person, and I thank all my friends for letting me be who I am.

2006 has been very exciting, to a thrilling level. I am going back to school in a new place. Let's see, what life brings us.

7/29/2006

Sleeplessness in Taipei ~

Sleepless. Not because I can't, but because I don't want to. Not only because I'm counting down my vacation days at home, but also I feel I need to stay awake to think through things.

While last year my biggest recreation and fun came from the panda webcams, this year is really ... thrilling. I think if life is like a giant amusement theme park, then I'm either at the roller coaster or the mirror house (or both ?). Maybe the first time in my life that things change faster than my planning.

I did try to sleep and let my dreams tell me. But my wishes and desires are so strong that they drive and cover everything.

Sleep or not, I need to feel sober and clear, solid and strong.

7/16/2006

My Taiwan: part 2 (part 1 is in Chinese)

Coming back home in the summer, first time in 7 years; staying for so long, first time in ... as long as I became a forever traveler.

35 degree C. Summer in Taiwan is hot and humid, with occasional typhoons as surprises. Well, surprise may not be the correct word, since there is always too much forecasts than reality, but I guess it's better than the other way around.

Taiwan is a relatively small country, yet with oversized press, media amplifying every single thing happening on this island called "Formosa", "beautiful island" in Portuguese. Journalism is like any other thing in Taiwan, over-zealous, yet amazingly alive. Recently our president Chen and his fanily are investigated for scandals and corruptions; I think US president G. W. Bush will be very happy to know there is another president in the world with lower approving rate than him, and additional much higher impeaching rate.

In a way, Taiwan is somewhat strange yet familiar for me. It's like an automatic family that produces certain new members every certain time, but I don't know the new members so well. Older generations still work hard, when younger generations are still smart; but girls, boys are like their peers in our neighboring countries: Japan, Korea and China, only cares about making money to pursue brand names and cosmetic surgeries.

Taiwan is forever my home; after 8 years being in the States, I am truly amazed by how remarkable my home country, Taiwan, is. I wish, it will forever be the best, and we all realize that.

6/23/2006

slow down ~

I've never had so slow pace for my vacation back home. This first week I've visited the Chinese medicine doctor, Western medicine doctor, and tried Acupressure. Besides that, I've been to one of the night markets and one of my favorite hot pot restaurants in such warm weather.

I don't know if I exhausted myself too much in the first part of this year, I feel much tired and much easy to get tired; therefore I just try to rest and relax, restore and rejuvenate.

So, in a way, my first "vacation" in 8 years.

6/22/2006

doctors, doctors

3 minutes. In 3 minutes my doctor in Taiwan solved the "puzzle" that a bunch of Cornell doctors tried for 3 months.
This famous doctor in Taiwan equipped with a sonogram machine right next to him in the exam room, and he personally did sonogram to every patient during the chekup; a procedure patients will need to negotiate with insurance companies and schedule the appointments by themselves in US.

Western medicine is practiced in a different way in Taiwan, due to insurances, due to people. But I think for all the patients everywhere, being treated and cured will always be the first priority.

6/20/2006

back home again ~

After 4 months and 4 days, I'm on my way back home again.
These 4 months are almost like a series of drama, many things happened, and everything happened so fast, that I can only do the best I can to go along with it; and once things happened, it will be never the same again.

I'm glad I'm home to restore myself after these crazy 4 months, I need to find the balance and the peace within myself.

6/08/2006

吳姊姊的迴響!

之前有人問吳姊姊的書,目前皇冠重新出版整套「吳姊姊講歷史故事」,如果有興趣的人可以參考看看。

6/06/2006

time for changes

I can't believe I didn't say anything in my blog for almost 3 months now. It has been chaotic and busy 3 months, lots of things happened, happening, and may happen.
I've been sick and interviewed, suddenly everything is changing in my life.

"Be careful of what you wish for ~" is an old English saying; in a way it's true, after complaining about nothing ever changed for 3 years, now that everything needs to change at the same time and related to one and another.

If it's time for changes, will I be prepared and ready ?

3/16/2006

civilization & barbarism, illness & wellbeing ...

When I was in the senior high school, there were 4 of us very good friends, one of us immigrated to the US after one year in our school. I still remember that the rest, 3, of us were reading Pam's letters from US, Pam said that she was going to be more "civilized" to fit in in the US. We never really knew what did she mean by being "more civilized". I still don't know. Now that I myself have been in the US for almost 8 years, I still don't know what does that mean, it is more "civilized" here ?

I'm recently being physically ill for a while, and the whole experience makes me wonder what is civilized. I am a biologist working at a top hospital; there might be the best, newest technologies in the US, but the whole health system makes none of these is public available or accessible. Any basic medical assistance needs to be considered if it is covered by the insurance policy. Patients need to do everything by themselves, check with the insurance companies, make all the appointments, get tests done and get medications ... and in between, there is lots of waiting time, basically, patients will be dead or cured before any meaningful and effective diagnoses and treatments arrived. Literally I've been culture-shock everyday by the barbaric civilization of the medical system in the US. I think it's beyond my imagination -ly brutal and barbaric, I can't imagine being seriously sick and being here.

3/01/2006

三月 March

三月了。正在思考要不要大張旗鼓的宣傳一下我的月份。三月是好的,新的一年剛開始沒多久,春天又將到來,人們充滿希望。天氣依然在變化,但是是正向的。

March. Not sure if I'm going to advertise "my month" again as usual, but I am reminding everyone : it's March, and it's my month. March is good, it's not too far away from the beginning of the year, and it's going to be spring soon, everyone is full of hopes. The weather is still changing, but it's going to be better.

Calculating Time

Found an interesting website.

http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html

One can calculate the exact time duration in between two dates. So, one can know how long he or sho has been on this planet, or how long he or she has been wasting time on something (and/or someone ?).

Found this website on the 2771 days of my being here in US, that equals to 7 years, 7 months and 1 day. Interesting combination. I guess everything happens for a reason.

So, what now ? It's time for ~ ?

2/20/2006

吳姊姊講歷史故事

親愛的朋友,

不知道您有沒有看過"吳姊姊講歷史故事"這套書?

我從小讀這套書長大,這幾年因緣際會認識了作者吳涵碧姊姊,
吳姊姊希望我幫他收集一些讀者的迴響,
所以您如果有唸過這套書,麻煩您留一句話作為迴響,
直接寄給我就可以,我收集給吳姊姊,
希望大小讀者跟我一起義務相助,讓這套平凡中見偉大的書長長久久!

謝謝!

馬嘉

2/14/2006

又來到美國~

又再度來到美國。迎接我的是世紀大風雪。在西雅圖轉機時,長榮地勤是一問三不知,等到我又要重新登機時,才知道紐華克機場(紐約三大機場之一)關閉,有可能得在西雅圖過夜。當時心裡只擔心行李中冷凍冷藏的部分,從台北到西雅圖因為飛機又吵又滿完全沒睡的我,只想就轉頭飛回台北。後來雖然遲誤,依然在半夜一點半又到了冰雪滿地的紐澤西。後來知道,我傍晚六點二十剛上飛機,中正機場七點就大火;而我的航班如果早一點或是晚一點,都有可能進不了美東這個暴風雪之區。不知道算不算是幸運,不過真的也是很巧。
又再度來到美國,每次的來回,好像生命的輪迴;在美國時,覺得之前在台灣的日子像是上輩子;又再度到了美國之後,覺得之前在美國的日子是上輩子。半夜想到電腦忘記關,起來關電腦時,發現大家都在MSN上,就心裡很納悶:怎麼大家都半夜不睡覺啊?還在想說是不是因為是情人節的原因,很久以後才恍然大悟!啊!台灣是白天啊!去年回美時,就被朋友說半個心沒回來,這次大概是整個心都沒回來。

back to us ...

Back to NJ, US. My flight was pretty eventful, in a sense. I left Taiwan CKS airport at 6:20 pm on Feb. 12 local time, then the airport was closed due to the biggest fire in 27 years for 3 hours since 7 pm. I learned how big the snow storm was and the Newark airport was closed at my stop in Seattle, re-entered my plane without knowing if we were going to fly out that day. Finally I made it to NJ, but it was already 1:30 am. The biggest fire and the biggest snow storm, what a day I chose to fly !

2/10/2006

the Chef behind the movie "eat, drink, men and women"




The real chef behind the movie "eat, drink, men and women" is my dad's friend, and Chef Chang is also the chef for the President in Taiwan. We had dinner at one of his restaurant today, it was absolutely delicious ! His cooking style actually fuses solid traditional Chinese cooking trainings and all sorts of international flvors together, just like Taiwan, blened well with old traditions and new cultures. As the pictures of food that day ... well, once the food was on the table, everyone was busy eating, espcially me; I realized that I should have taken pictures much later after we ate and packed some extra food as gifts from the chef.

2/06/2006

Taipei 101


Taipei 101, the tallest building in the world. It's simply too tall so you can see it almost from every corner in Taipei. It has light shows, this one on it shows 2006 and the word "Spring" in Chinese, which symbolizes the Chinese New Year.

2/05/2006

Bus in Taipei


Most of the time I take subways and my dad's car to travel around in Taipei, but I was going somewhere only the bus can reach the other day, so I took the chance to take the bus and found that there are LCD TVs in the bus ! Actually, for the long distance-cross cities buses, most of them are equipped with large individual arm-chairs with personal TV which you can watch TV or play games. oh, and they provide water and snacks.

my godsons and their moms


From left to right, Mei, Mei's second son (my first godson), Ruth, and Ruth's first son (my second godson). Both Mei and Ruth are my college classmates.

The College Reunion 2006



It's been 9 years after our college graduation, and thanks to Mei, we still get together from time to time and more and more "affiliated" alumni join us.

2/03/2006

The MaJong game during the Chinese New Year


The Chinese New Year is all about family reunion, eating and ... gambling. Every year, this is the only time I get to play the MaJong game with my grandmoms and the rest of the family. So, once I get to refresh my skills of it, then I'm on my way back to US. Actually I can only say I know a bit more than half of the whole game, I can play, but my grandmoms do the counting and calculation parts so fast that I never get to learn it.

1/29/2006

Chinese New Year !




Happy Chinese New Year !
This year, grandmoms, dad, mom, me, my uncle, my cousin Jimmy, and my godfather's family celebrated the Chinese New Year together. It was much fun to have 11 persons on the table all together with lots of traditional food. Everyone ate a lot, drank a lot, and had a lot of fun.

1/28/2006

uncle is back, too ~


My uncle is back from Canada, too, for the Chinese New Year. He arrived on Sunday, so my mom had a home dinner hot pot party for him and my cousin, Jimmy.
Unfortunately, I nearly passed out due to my jetlag and busy schedule after taking this one picture. I even didn't get to the point to eat my dinner that day.

1/26/2006

first dinner ~

I know, I know, I've said that I'll try very hard to post my updates on the blog ... I've been so busy in my vacation, it's almost been more hectic than my normal working life ...
and so many unexpected things happened, like my card reader doesn't work ... anyway, finally I've put several things together to share with you some of my time here.

Here are some pictures of my first dinner in Taiwan.

1. Jeromy's mom and my mom
2. Dad is talking about something excitedly

1/21/2006

Taipei, Taiwan

I'm in Taipei, Taiwan now, safe and sound.
The trip started with me, myself and my forever tonsil inflammation, so I equipped with all different kinds of possible over the counter medications and relievers: tablets, cough syrup, cough drops, even local anesthetic strips and throat patches. During my 19hr flight, I just tried to fileter myself with water and vitamins, amazingly I feel much better after the flight(not a common thing to say after a 19hr flight ...).
And since my arrival, it's always a busy schedule with my "vacation", busy meeting people and busy eating. Taipei is just the way I remember for winter -- rainy and cloudy, the only thing different is that I don't feel the cold any more here after being trained all these years in US.
Just want to report my arrival and I think I really need to go my bed now since I've not been in a bed for days ...

1/05/2006

紐約的髒亂

紐約市是我去過最髒亂的地方。要是紐約市的緯度比現在低一點,大概是個瘟疫滿佈的地方。
當紐約人的第一步就是必須不怕髒,必須視而不見一切,而可以到處都能坐臥跑跳,擺放東西。
去紐約玩一下或許可以,或是如果閣下進出都是豪華加長大禮車也罷(不過總要下車吧?),如我每天使用地鐵公車的通勤一族,總是看到紐約真實的一面。

滿地早已被採的黑黑的口香糖不說,我每天還要小心地面上剛被吐出還冒著熱氣的痰,還有空中飛翔的鴿子。真的看過鴿子群起飛舞的,就知道真的不像在電視電影上看的浪漫。地鐵的軌道像是垃圾場,每天都看到等車時對著軌道清喉嚨清鼻子的紐約客,上車後更是很多人清理口袋背包裡垃圾的時候,直接丟在車裡,反正車廂是每天用漂白水清洗的。就是因為用漂白水清洗,唸生物的可能知道我說的味道,所以整個地鐵瀰漫著被漂白水漂過的細胞死亡味。不過這已經算是地鐵裡的好味道了,隨著列車進場時颳起的風中夾雜的尿臊味才是更糟,不過我發現紐約客依然一副無動於衷的樣子,總是一付很驕傲於紐約市的樣子。

紐約客更是無視於地面的各種情況,等著過馬路時,通常都是把隨身物品放在電線桿啦等號誌下,就是那種狗狗尿尿最髒的地方。然後你就看我一臉快昏倒的樣子,可是人家紐約客綠燈一亮又把東西貼身背著就走啦。不是每個人都能進公用女廁(比如說你是男的或是發誓不用公用廁所的人),我這通勤一族有時當然得硬著頭皮用,就看紐約名媛淑女一身名牌的進來,什麼名貴的包包都可以直接放在公廁的地上,什麼皮毛大衣還可以就搭在上面(也就是一半也在公廁地上),然後也是我不知道要驚訝於公廁的髒還是他們的勇敢下,紐約淑女又把衣物貼身穿戴上又走啦!這件事我跟非美國的外國朋友討論過,果然大家都對這件事很想不清楚。

我有沒有在街上看過老鼠?有,很多次,大的小的BABY的都看過,公園裡,路上,地鐵月台,地鐵鐵軌上都看過!有一次火車坐錯在紐華克(NEWARK,沒錯這是紐澤西)轉車,看到鐵軌理無數的小生物跑來跑去,我原本以為是蟑螂(因為數目很多又很小),後來仔細一看才知道全是老鼠!近來紐約除了鼠患外,還有臭蟲,不過當然啦,紐約客說這都是因為"第三世界"的移民帶來的。

不知道是第幾世界來的我,是沒看過更髒亂的地方就是了。

1/04/2006

布希總統跟美國人的地理

平常除了自家方圓百哩外一概不知的美國人,最近把地理從伊拉克延伸到伊朗。當然啦,不是因為伊拉克念熟了,隨便抓個美國人問問:伊拉克是屬於哪一洲?絕對大部分都答不出來的。這就是為什麼前年底發生在印度洋的南亞大海嘯時,每個美國友人都很擔心遠在太平洋的我 ...

布希總統跟美國媒體突然關心起伊朗,其實是為了如果要打伊朗而鋪路。基本上,美國雖然不是"我的一票投總統",但是真的選出了一個非常代表美國大眾(幾使只多一個不到的百分點,也是大眾)的布希總統。布希總統每天跟我們陳水扁總統一樣很忙的把一些東西妖魔化,布希總統每天告訴他轄下神的子民:外面有多恐怖,只要踏出美國,就都是不文明的地方;世界上跟蝙蝠俠蜘蛛人漫畫一樣只有兩種人:美國人跟恐怖份子,每個美國人就好像額頭上刺了個會發亮的美國國旗一樣,走到哪都有恐怖份子虎視眈眈 ...

美國的新聞通常是這樣播的:先播地域性的,就佔了大概九成的新聞時間;比如說我在紐澤西,新聞就會把紐澤西紐約的新聞播一播,了不起談點康州跟賓州;誰家門口的聖誕節裝飾被偷都比什麼中國發神州,南韓實驗造假,德國溜冰場倒塌重要;然後主播就會說我們現在來看看紐澤西紐約以外的地方,然後就會看到電視以幾近跑馬燈速度把美國其他各州的大新聞跟世界各國更大的新聞混在一起一次報導,剩下的時間還要報通常不太準的氣象,以及最最重要的新聞_體育新聞,體育新聞中包含的其他各州絕對比一般新聞多多了。而且國際新聞中最重要的就是那個在伊拉克傷亡的軍官士兵是紐約紐澤西人,然後新聞就把他老家照照。

然後美國人就很高興了,今天他們伸張了正義還學了地理。伊朗總統的名字很長很難念,如果美國真的把地理課延伸到伊朗,以布希總統演說時記人名地名的情況,大概是唯一笑得出來的笑話。

1/02/2006

新年快樂!2006

新的一年。當中國人的好處之一是,我們有兩個新年,所以有兩次自新的機會。
小時候(哇,我可以懷舊了~),想說那我西元2000年結婚好了,因為那時我25歲,好像差不多。結果就跟大家當時都擔心的Y2K一樣,什麼也沒發生。後來擔心進入2005時會不會因為變成30歲而昏到,也並沒有,反而覺得如入無罣礙之地。結果2006,31歲,居然覺得更好,似乎更能駕馭「熟女」的自如。或者只是我一直都蠻阿Q的。?
新年新希望是:Be Happy, Be Healthy ! 因為這真的最重要,而且絕對比聽起來有點陳腔濫調的難做。我希望,每天都充實快樂,做我真正心之嚮往!
希望大家也有一個自己想要的新的一年!