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Life being a little tough right now

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Opinion

Let’s just say that life is being a pain in the butt for me right now. I have probably the most controversial decision that I have ever made in my life. Whatever decision I make now will have an impact on my life later on in the future. I really want to obtain a degree in computer science or even at least to have some sort of degree. At this point, anything will do. – An English teaching degree would probably be ideal seeing as it’s likely the best job a foreigner could obtain in a foreign country. This is because my girlfriend is Korean and I’m thinking that perhaps one day I’ll be able to live in Korea with her and I could possibly teach English. I haven’t even completed university and she has. Although she is 26,...

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Had an operation on my leg last week!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012 in Health, Life, Opinion

As you can see from the x-ray image below, I had a small operation on my leg, and the operation occurred on the 23rd of May, on my right ankle. The operation took place at Changhua Christian Hospital, the surgery was good and it wasn’t too expensive. However, it was just minor surgery; essentially they pulled out the titanium screw in my leg that I had in there for around 4 years after braking my ankle playing football. They said that it might lessen the pain when I walk, but I got the idea they were just going on a hunch, or it was actually as if they were following procedure as the screw had to come out anyway. So, I’m not sure if I’m fully cured of anymore pain, but what I do know is that when I walk now I...

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Checkup at the 803 hospital

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Opinion, Travel

Today, I was busy and missed my Mandarin classes and instead went for a military checkup at a military hospital called “803 hospital” when translated into English from Mandarin. It was kind of weird as I was the only westerner signing up for the required military service, although little did those around me know that I am in-fact Taiwanese.  I had a group of women soldiers who helped me and I think took a keen interest in me; let’s just say. For example, I had this one women who was infatuated with talking to me in Mandarin. While others were talking behind my back saying things like “he is so cute” etc. It was a funny experience for sure. However they were very helpful and beautiful too! 😀 Plus, they taught me a few words which I would likely...

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Feeling not too bad now…

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Opinion

It was not so long ago, I suffered greatly when I started learning Mandarin (Chinese) and it caused me to lose interest. However for some reason today, I gained a lot of interest in the language and I was also thinking of learning other languages perhaps in the future. – Once I have grasped Mandarin to the extent which I believe is sufficient enough. Right now, I don’t know why I feel bad. It could be because I’m missing my girlfriend, I’m scared of my future or for any amount of other reasons.  I just have this bad feeling inside of me. I’ll be eating with my friends tonight for dinner, so hopefully I’ll become more relaxed. I just wish things could be more the way I wanted it in life and more in the direction I want to...

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What have I been up to this week?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 in Opinion

To put it lightly, not very much. As previously stated in another blog post, it was Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year as Taiwanese people would prefer you to say, so I stayed around my parents apartment for most of the time. We visited my cousins, uncles and other relatives on one occasion and celebrated Lunar New Year. However, mostly in the week, my parents and I stayed at home– and I of course enjoyed my mothers great cooking; plus I didn’t really spend much. (So I saved a bit of money in that sense) My relationship with my girlfriend is still strong, we speak to each other almost everyday for a few hours and that still doesn’t satisfy me. 😀 Not seeing her face, holding her hand and not being able to talk to her is very...

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Damn I wish I had money

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Opinion

I wish I had money that I could spend. I would branch out more on my online websites and do a lot more online and be more active on the business side of things. I could go on holiday’s, live in a nice apartment by myself and be more independent. – I wish that was me. Perhaps one day it will be me. I would love to be financially secure on my own without having to use my parents money or my own money that I saved while I was working in the UK. I hope to perhaps get a decent paid job in Taichung or Taipei. I have already tried working as an English teacher, but I didn’t like that job one bit. Although the pay was decent, it wasn’t my thing. I could probably still get this type...

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Posted by on Aug 12, 2011 in Health, Opinion

I just want to post "bleh" since I have a really large migraine right now.   I have been phoning back and forth to the legalisation office (Foreign Commonwealth Office) to get small details that I am filling in to get 2 documents legalised. It will cost me £60 for both of these documents to be legalised. The cost of sending the documents I am not sure of yet. But the headache begins here. I need to then get the FCO to send the documents after they have been legalised and stamped to the Taipei Representative Office. I haven't done much posting before, so I am not exactly sure how to do all this perfectly without screwing anything up. I think I am doing things right, but there is always that feeling you are sending of documents which you'll never receive back, because...

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Chinese is hard

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in Opinion

I wish Chinese was so much easier to learn. I find it so difficult. I am currently probably the lowest grade student in the language course itself. I try and dedicate time for studying, but it appears to me that others can easily understand the language without any problems.   I understand bopomofo, which is like abcdefghijklmopqrstuvwxyz, except much harder, since you have to remember what they look like and some of them aren't straight forward like English. I'm failing at class. I have recently managed to get 2 language exchange partners.  I hope they can help me.   If anything, the next language I want to learn is Korean. That would be so awesome if I could and since there are no tones in Korean, like there is in Chinese, I won't have to worry too much about saying...

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Nearly reached my weight loss goal

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011 in Health, Opinion

In accordance to my BMI, I originally calculated I needed to lose around 11kg, which is 24.4 pounds and around 1.72 stones for my fellow British readers. I have already lost 7 kg which means to reach my target I need to lose another 4 kg. I am quite proud I have lost that amount of weight in such a short time. I have been doing daily exercise, eating more healthy and going out with friends a lot more and really burning those calories.   At one point I thought I was stuck at 90 kg's. (I am 6"2, so 85 kg is around the right weight for me, which means large size t-shirts will be able to fit me soon enough) However since I have been going to the gym nearly on a daily routine, lifting weights on my legs,...

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Fun times

Posted by on Jul 2, 2011 in Opinion, Photography

I have probably had my most enjoyable times in Taiwan recently. When I first arrived it was purely sitting around doing nothing and waiting for something to happen. But since I have been enrolled into a language course, I have made friends we have gone out and it has been fun. Learning Chinese has been difficult, but I just need to practice more which I’m finding hard to do with so many distractions such as the internet and going out frequently now. But I have also picked up a few words here and there and I now know how to order my favorite food if I want it. Ordering drinks is a bit of an experience though, you always get a smirk from the cashier or worker who can recognize your foreign accent. It is funny when a cute girl is serving me...

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