FunDesign 瘋設計

Just wanted to promote a television series about Taiwanese Design called Fun Design (on TVBS as well as on YouTube): http://www.fundesign.tv/

They do a lot of videos related to Taiwanese design, art and interior design. 

Link to Taiwanese YouTube series: FunDesign

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Taiwanese trade higher pay and secure jobs for slower lifestyle

Taiwanese trade higher pay and secure jobs for slower lifestyle

The flight to rural regions mirrors a trend that began a decade ago in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Last year some 157,000 people left Taipei, the island’s biggest city and major job market.

Never Look Back (永遠不回頭)

永遠不回頭 | Never Look Back (English Translation)

在天色破曉之前                                                                                                    Before the crack of dawn,
我想要爬上山巔仰望星辰                                                                                          I want to climb the top of the mountain and look up toward the stars.
向時間祈求永遠                                                                                                     and pray that time will last forever.
當月光送走今夜                                                                                                 When the moon comes tonight,
我想要躍入海面找尋起點                                                                                              I want to leap toward the seas to search for a beginning,
看誓言可會改變                                                                                                              and watch our oaths change.
年輕的淚水不會白流                                                                                                       The tears of youth will never be white
痛苦和驕傲這一生都要擁有                                                                                           Pain in pride are always a part of life.
年輕的心靈還會顫抖                                                                                                     The mind of the youth may shiver,
再大的風雨我和你也要向前衝                                                                                          but the next storm, you and I will go forward!

Chorus:
永遠不回頭 不管天有多高                                                                                                 I will never look back, no matter how tall the skies are,
憂傷和寂寞 感動和快樂                                                                                          Sadness and loneliness, moving and happiness
都在我心中                                                                                                                     They’re all a part of my heart.
永遠不回頭 不管路有多長                                                                                                    I will never look back, no matter how long the road is,
黑暗試探我 烈火燃燒我                                                                                                    The sound of darkness on me, and the flames burning me,
都要去接受 永遠不回頭                                                                                                               I accept it all, so I’ll never look back.

當月光送走今夜                                                                                                 When the moon comes tonight,
我想要躍入海面找尋起點                                                                                              I want to leap toward the seas to search for a beginning,
看誓言可會改變                                                                                                              and watch our oaths change.
年輕的淚水不會白流                                                                                                       The tears of youth will never be white
痛苦和驕傲這一生都要擁有                                                                                           Pain in pride are always a part of life.
年輕的心靈還會顫抖                                                                                                     The mind of the youth may shiver,
再大的風雨我和你也要向前衝                                                                                          but the next storm, you and I will go forward!

Chorus:

永遠不回頭 不管天有多高                                                                                                 I will never look back, no matter how tall the skies are,
憂傷和寂寞 感動和快樂                                                                                          Sadness and loneliness, moving and happiness
都在我心中                                                                                                                     They’re all a part of my heart.
永遠不回頭 不管路有多長                                                                                                    I will never look back, no matter how long the road is,
黑暗試探我 烈火燃燒我                                                                                                    The sound of darkness on me, and the flames burning me,
都要去接受 永遠不回頭                                                                                                               I accept it all, so I’ll never look back.

Why Taiwan?

Misses walking down this alleyway

This is is a question I get asked a lot. I really can’t provide a simple answer for this question; I’m going to focus more on the personal growth, because I’ve fallen so in love with the island so much that I’ve developed a strong attachment to the place.

While my answers are simple, I feel like they make up a big chunk of what makes a meaningful life to me.

Language growth:

I really want to get to know the people, the culture, and to be able to comfortably read, write, speak, Chinese so that I can make friends who offer me different perspectives of the world. I want to be able to read and write, as well as translate comfortably, the music/art/design/literature/television/culture of Taiwan so I can share this to the rest of the world. I absolutely missed using Mandarin everyday, and want to continue using it on a day to day basis. To me, language growth is a big criteria of what makes a meaningful life because you learn to challenge your own assumptions about how you see the world through interacting with a different culture.

Food:

Taiwan’s snacking culture (and vegetarian culture!) is so amazing. I want to bring some of that back into the US, because I think this really helps contribute to the slow-paced lifestyle: there’s so much to eat and so many places to just sit down, relax, and food is a big part of that.

I’ve heard a lot about how Taiwanese vegetarian food is so amazing (compared to the US). I’ve considered wanting to become vegetarian, but the options here are not so great. Living in Taiwan, if I can eat lots of vegetarian food, I think I will easily be convinced to become vegetarian.

Nature:

A big part of living a healthy lifestyle for oneself and for the planet is understanding one’s connection to nature. Taiwan is known for it’s beautiful, and easy proximity to nature! Once people have a very strong connection to nature, they will begin to have a greater appreciation of how to manage their natural resources and how to simplify their lives. It’s very refreshing: more cities in the United States need this stronger appreciation of nature.

On moving abroad and representing my own home

There’s something that’s hard for me to realize, as I am figuring out my future directions abroad.

There’s a lot to be proud of, being from the San Francisco Bay Area.

The very open, liberal feeling you get, in terms of ideas and innovation. Silicon Valley. Multiculturalism. UC Berkeley (I still plan to be connected to my college and my major after college, albeit still trying to figure this out) & Stanford. The amount of start-up culture that’s growing here and technology. The food. The weather. The air quality. The amount of activities that take place here!

It’s going to hit me once I’m abroad, where what was what I was really used to and familiar with, and took for granted in the Bay Area, won’t be with me when I’m abroad.

When people abroad ask me where I’m from, and I tell them the San Francisco Bay Area, they immediately get excited.

In some ways, being abroad makes me realize how much I should value my home, which has so many resources and amenities.

I won’t go too in detail about why I want to go to Taiwan after graduation (it would be a very lengthy post I’ll save for later), but one big reason for me is to really experience a different culture, learn a language, and make friends to really get a different perspective of the world. We tend to forget this alot as a lot of us have this American-centric perspective.

Too many times, from experience (and this is true when I talk to close friends about Taiwan), it is too easy to make assumptions about foreign countries without actually visiting them.

In some ways, when people really admire where I am from and the values/innovative ideas that come out of the Bay Area, I smile. I realize: wow, there is so much at home I’ve taken for granted.

And when I tell others in Taiwan about how much I love the country, they also smile too.

This is what true cultural bridges, cultural exchange should be about.

I want to bring a piece of Taiwan back to the United States the same way many around the world want to experience the innovative culture of The Bay Area.

In some ways, the unpredictability of my life is beautiful. How long will I be in Taiwan? How long will I be in the US? How often will I be between the two countries? etc. etc.