【S】Home, after 5 years | Taiwan, March 2017

Where do I even begin? I know I tend to say this after every trip, but my recent trip back to Taiwan was truly one of the best. Maybe there wasn’t the excitement of seeing the panoramic volcanic view in Santorini, being surrounded by fairy-tale castles in Prague, or sipping (chugging?) mezcal on a beach in Tulum, this trip left me feeling more centered – I might even say, it helped clarify some questions I’ve been pondering on and is guiding me towards a direction I want to go for my near future.

Sounds unreal? I would argue that’s the power of being “home”. As a TCK (Third Culture Kid, a term used to refer to people raised in a culture other than their parents’ for a significant part of their life) who has lived in various countries and attended schools with people from 50+ different countries, for the longest time I have come to accept that “where are you from” is not an easy question to answer and that I won’t feel 100% fit-in in any culture. Although this sentiment still rings true (for which I feel grateful for and it has hugely shaped who I am today), I can confidently say that I feel much closer to and proud of my Taiwanese heritage. After all, this is where I was born and spent all my childhood years in.

My hopes and dreams for the future as a kindergarten graduate (on slide 3) is seriously everything. 😂 May I always find simple happiness and be fearlessly confident👻… And thank you Nora, for always being by my side. 👯🎂🎉🎈. . "I hope I will remember my teachers and classmates. I want to be "elevator lady". (Pretty ladies who greet and help press floor buttons in elevators in department stores…very ambitious, I know. And yes, that's a profession in Taiwan.) I hope I can be as beautiful as now when I grow up. I hope I will be lively and cute forever. I hope I can be teacher. I don't want to be sick ever. And I hope I won't get married and won't grow up!" . . #26 #birthdaywishes #yearbook #downthememorylane #childhooddream

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Anyways, I guess I can go on and on about how touched or enlightened I’ve felt on this trip, but for the most part, this trip was so endearing because I got to visit places I frequented as a kid, eat food that brought back my childhood memories, and look through piles of albums that mom neatly created and organized throughout the years.

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【S】Thank you! (yes, you, you, &you♥ ♥ ♥ )

If there’s one thing I did quite a lot in this holiday, that would be going back and looking at my stuff from before…by this I mean, checking my history on Facebook, my old albums, chat histories, and I even stumbled upon Plurk a few days ago and saw all the funny stuff we wrote about before… 😛 My favorite was seeing my post about how excited I was about UW 🙂

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【S】”The Ads that Bring us Back to Childhood…”

Recent research shows that “the ability of the average consumer to even remember advertising 24 hours later is at the lowest level in the history of business.” In another word, due to too much exposure of ads, we barely remember any ads we see after a day or so. But out of all these ads, are there some that still stick to your mind after a decade?

To me, it would be the two snacks commercials that I watched when I still lived in Taiwan with my family: Hsia Wei Hsian (shrimp chips) and Kuai-Kuai (corn snack). I guess it is true when people say food is emotional and is the best way to bring back memory, because clearly food ads is all that I can remember of. Continue reading