To paraphrase Nietzshe, “human maturity, is to have captured the playfulness one had as a child at play.” So according to Nietzshe, if one didn't fully capture the entity of playfulness of being a child at play, then wouldn't it be more difficult, if at all possible, to reach full maturity?
2013/3/8, 1 Comment
Not only is this my first year at university but also my first year of living abroad. Although having traveled to various destinations around the world, I have never encountered a place quite like Taiwan, or Taichung City in specific.
I was riding in a taxi about a week ago, and the driver told me that Chinese New Year had never been more festive in Taiwan than this year. Just before the nine-day break, a lot of my friends posted pictures of themselves hanging up Spring Couplets that they had written on their doorways.
So I've been married into Taiwan for almost three years now, and there are still a lot of things that I'm learning and experiencing. The highly anticipated Chinese New Year is very much like Christmas in the States, where everyone travels in for a family gathering; and then soon enough — Lantern Festival.
For the vacation before my Taiwanese one, I went to Tokyo with high expectations. Somehow, I ended up being extremely disappointed — I felt that Hong Kong was far more impressive. That's also why I didn't have much expectation for Taiwan. After all, Taiwan didn't seem that exciting of a place to visit, and I believed there were cooler more exciting places to go for vacation (like Tokyo).
Unlike other prestigious tourist attractions in Taipei, such as Shilin Night Market, Taipei 101, Ximending, and the National Palace Museum, Nanyang Street may have an understated reputation.
I now hardly think of home. No offense meant to my motherland, because I deeply love my country, but it's true, I rarely get homesick here.
I've lived here for two years and seen many strange things worth writing home about, but despite the political parades, sometimes unidentifiable foods and amazing temples, one of the most interesting things is what happens when the Lunar New Year rolls around.
Taipei's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is the quintessence of cleanliness and comfort. In addition, it is safe, unfailingly punctual, and people line up in an orderly fashion before boarding trains.
2013/1/29, 46 Comments