Tales from Taiwan #1: Wandering the Streets of Taichung City

With hopes of keeping my memories of Taiwan alive and always fresh, I decided to write about them one by one, little by little. I will tell a story every weekend (I promise that I will do my very best to have time for it) relaying my adventures in that small but lovely country.

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When you’re quite new in a city and you don’t have any idea what’s in store of you, it’s best to just keep an open mind and an adventurous heart and let the bus take you wherever.

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My Teeth of Wisdom

A few days ago, a thought occurred to me and made me wonder if all the wisdom of a person could possibly be kept in those four extra teeth that will emerge from a person’s mouth. We call it wisdom teeth though I do not know why. Having them does not seem to make anybody wiser at all. In fact, it proved to be a nuisance to some people whose jaws seem to be unable to carry all that teeth without the risk of harming the other teeth that had been there first. What if it was taken out then? Would it mean that the person loses all his wisdom? What if though, by doing so would bring about the release of all the wisdom a man may have been keeping in these four teeth and giving it the freedom to enter man’s consciousness thus making him a wiser man in the end? It was a funny thought but a thought which I liked all the same for it sounds like a beginning of a good story.

My story however, for now, threads on the waters of reality rather than fiction. I had been earnestly thinking on when I will have the strength to write about it but I do now. After days of much rest (as required by the doctor,) I am finally able to narrate what happened to my wisdom teeth.

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The summer that was

My summer is officially over and sometimes I think that I didn’t even feel it at all given that I had no vacation of any sort. All I had were those rare moments that I got to spend time at home doing what I wanted which could be whatever pops into my head. There were also weekends where I got to hit the malls with my family which was really a nice break from everything. Other than that, I was pretty busy this summer but I didn’t really mind all that. I may not have been able to to go to the beach or gone off to somewhere exciting and beautiful but life still remains beautiful all the same.

What has become of my summer then? Here’s a rundown:

(c) S. Buyco

The last weeks of my second JTA semesterAfter coming back from Taiwan, my final semester as a third year student began and as summer said hello, my second semester waved its goodbye leaving tears in my eyes for more reasons than one. Continue reading “The summer that was”

10 Things I Miss about Taiwan

It all seems so distant now. Then again, it’s only been five months since I got back here in the Philippines. The memories become fresh and vivid once again whenever I take a look at all my photos – glimpses of my journey in Taiwan. I miss that lovely country – a place where I had done many firsts, seen many things, and experienced life in many ways. With all the things, places, and people I have become fond of, it has been a challenge to think of the top 10 things that I truly miss about Taiwan. However, when I recall of things past, these things are what keeps recurring in my memory.

Night markets are very popular in Taiwan. Each city (that I know) has more than one. I lived in Taichung and I was able to visit all four night markets while I was there. The first one was the Providence Night Market, a name my JTA-mates and I invented because it’s just beside our university of the same name. It’s the smallest compared to the others I’ve been to but it’s convenient and sells cheap but yummy food and nice stuff. The other night markets we went to were Dong Hai, Feng Chia, and Yi Zhong. These three are quite far, the last being the farthest. They’re also bigger and if not careful, I could have gotten lost especially since I’m not a fluent speaker of Mandarin. The choices though, are more diverse and my friends and I had a better shopping and food-tripping experience.

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Perhaps not to be is to be without your being

Perhaps not to be is to be without your being,
without your going, that cuts noon light
like a blue flower, without your passing
later through fog and stones,
without the torch you lift in your hand
that others may not see as golden,
that perhaps no one believed blossomed
the glowing origin of the rose,
without, in the end, your being, your coming
suddenly, inspiringly, to know my life,
blaze of the rose-tree, wheat of the breeze:
and it follows that I am, because you are:
it follows from ‘you are’, that I am, and we:
and, because of love, you will, I will,
We will, come to be.

– Pablo Neruda