Something Happened

Something happened few days ago. I would no longer elaborate but it is still haunting me in my sleep. The night when it happened, I was crying in bed thinking all about the what if's in the world. But thank God nothing happened. For some precautionary measures, I was advised to get a C.t. scan and some x-rays. I'm still grateful there are people I can run to when I need help, I love my Wenshan friends and ate/s so much.

The whole incident made me enter Wanfang Hospital for the first time in two years. I was handed a slip before doing the scan and my friend Isa burst into laughter when I showed her the slip.  Maybe they were referring to "accessories" when they meant "decoration." Anyhow, the scans are clear. The doctor gave me some gels for the pain. The hospital process here is pretty neat, the scan results are sent to the doctor using a computer program, so we need not wait for the scan results.

"Please take off decorations." :)

My friend was correct when she said that no matter how careful we are, there will always something that can happen to us. Unfortunately to me, I was all alone in my room. What if I get a pet? I never had a pet. I cant even take good care of myself, let alone a pet? Who am I kidding? I murdered two tiny fishes in my old residence last year when I overfed and gave them a cap-full of food instead of 'just a few pinches.' But I saw this big adorable furry creature in the church community's place and I fell in love instantly. Should I consider?

Love me?

In other news, Mr. President appeared in one of Taiwan's daily paper yesterday. Reports said PNoy has found his Seoul mate, and that the Philippines and South Korea are now having warmer ties. I laughed so hard when I read this caption on an AP photo.

Nice PR eh, Grace Lee?

I have a press pass for the International Book Fair in Taipei World Trade Center but the tamad in me is hindering me to go. Plus it's raining again and it's cold outside. Might consider going tomorrow because the forecast says we'll be seeing a bit of Mr. Sun. Yay, 12 more days until I feel them powdery white sand between my toes and a good dose of sunshine :)



Temple and Wishes

It was such a beautiful day last Friday. After a cold and wet week the sun has finally peeked through the clouds. My colleagues and I have planned to visit one of the biggest temples here in Taipei in time for the CNY. We spent the whole Friday morning together before going to work. Bonded over philly cheese steak sandwiches in Ximending (there's this restaurant called Cheese David- or something like that- they serve no non-sense philly cheese steak and fries!) and took the MRT to Xingtian Temple 行天宮.
This temple is just a 5-10 min. walk from my place.

It was the God of Wealth's birthday so you probably know what we've wished and prayed for. We got this card (picture below) from the registration area- yes temples here are fancy like that. Before you say your wishes and prayers, you say your name in your head, together with your birthday and address (I don't quite understand the logic behind this) and then feel free to wish for whatever you want in dear life.

"平安" means peace in English.

Speaking of wishes, one of our layout artists celebrated her birthday last Sunday. We surprised her with a birthday cake and she was so touched she was crying while saying her birthday wishes. I realized I have grown acquainted with their culture and they have already adopted me as one of them. I will never trade my colleagues for anything.

阿秀姐 and her yummy taro cake.