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Rain, rain go away ...


LittleBuddhaTW

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I don't remember the last sunny day we had here in Taipei. It's been raining pretty much non-stop for a while now, and while it's good (we've had water shortages the past couple of summers), it's not helpful to my mood.

 

I'm leaning more and more towards moving back to the States this summer. The benefits seem to far outweigh staying here in Taiwan, even if I were to get into the Ph.D. program. For example, foreign professors here don't qualify for pensions, foreigners can't get loans for cars or homes, and the price of housing is even more expensive than in the US (because land is at such a premium here ... Taiwan is the second most densely populated country on Earth).

 

The drawback to moving back, though, is the logistics (and cost) of getting all of my stuff shipped back to the States, including my cats (who I would never think of giving away -- they go where I go), plus I'd most likely have to live with my parents for a month or two when I first get back, something I haven't done in ten years. I'm not looking forward to that, but I'll need to wait until I have a job before I can have a place of my own, not really because of the money, but so I can live in reasonaby close proximity to where I'll be working. I'm so used to living on my own, that I'm dreading the thought of having to live in my parents' house again ... even though I'm 28, they still tend to treat me like I'm a teenager ... one of the problems of being an only child, I suppose. They know I'm gay and all, so that's not a problem, but they just nag me about really annoying things. Plus, all my friends from high school have moved away, so I'll be lonely for a while, and it'll be kind of hard to start dating or anything while living with my parents and doing the whole job search thing. There are tons of jobs that require Chinese language ability, so I'm not worried about finding work ... I just don't like going on a bunch of interviews, and I'd like to find someone that I'll enjoy and that has a good salary, good benefits (although nothing can beat the nationalized health insurance they have here in Taiwan), and will be exciting. I have a good idea about what I'd really like to do, but that's not something I'm going to share ... hehe :funny:

 

Anyway, I've received the final edit of Chapter 8 from Kitty, so it should be posted on my website on Wedneday evening, then a day or so later on GayAuthors and Nifty. I had forgotten a lot of what I had written in this chapter until I went through the revisions that Kitty sent me, and after re-reading it, I think it's a pretty good chapter. It's not as long as Chapter 7, but it's not short either. So far, the only "short" chapter (as in under 45 KB) is Chapter 11. I'll probably start working on Chapter 13 this week, too.

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Hello David,

 

All I want to say is I wish you good luck for whatever decision you make.

 

All the best,

 

Colin:-)

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It does take a big push of energy to make a long distance move. And of course the cats have to go with you!! :o:2thumbs: . I've always told my cats "wherever I go, you have to go, too", so last year they found themselves in the back seat of my car during our cross-country move.

 

As to living with your folks again, it's only for a couple of months. Personally, I can put up with a lot knowing it's temporary. Although ... living with the parents *yikes* ... it's nice to be able to go home when you've had enough :D .

 

Kitty

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Hey LB!

 

Sorry to hear about the possible move: I know all too well what a headache they can be!

 

Just a suggestion: If you need to relocate and either don't want to stay with your folks, or want to look in a different area, you might try short duration "suite" type apartments, which rent by the week or month. That's what I've used when relocating to new areas, to give me time to get to know the area before house hunting.

 

BTW, I'm really enjoying your story, it's great!

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Oh, ugh. A move. Those are never fun. Have you spent much time back in the states? It may not be as you remember it, especially day to day living. We tend to romanticize the past, or at least I know I do. And of course the kitties come with you... But if Taipei isn't working out, then you shouldn't stay there either.

 

Hmm, I imagine you'd be working as a translator for the government? That's got to be even less fun than writing a masters thesis. Hopefully a job won't interfere with your writing. That'd be upsetting for all your fans.

 

//shadows

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Hmm, I imagine you'd be working as a translator for the government? That's got to be even less fun than writing a masters thesis. Hopefully a job won't interfere with your writing. That'd be upsetting for all your fans.

 

//shadows

 

 

I agree with you, but LittleBuddhaTW must consider the "realistic" factors. Although he seems to like the research thing more, I totally understand his decision.

 

Since I read this blog, I have had an option for him, but I have considered if I shall suggest him or not. I am very much afraid that if I told him about it, it would influence his mind again. Therefore, I could choose to step aside. Moreover, I think he might have thought about that option on his own.

 

Since I heard of this news, I have been kind of sad even though we don't know each other. :(

 

All the best to you, LittleBuddhaTW

 

Colin

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Hmm, I imagine you'd be working as a translator for the government? That's got to be even less fun than writing a masters thesis. Hopefully a job won't interfere with your writing. That'd be upsetting for all your fans.

 

Good God no, I could never stand working as a translator ... I'm thinking something more along the lines of analysis ... like political or foreign media analysis. That would still involve research, and I've always been interested in Taiwanese politics ... it's certainly never dull, with Taiwanese legislators throwing things at each other during legislative sessions, coming dressed in Tae-kwon-do uniforms or police riot gear, and politicians who contradict themselves every day (even worse than they do in the US!) The whole dynamic in the Taiwan-China-US relationship is changing, and could change big-time in 2008 when Taiwan holds its next presidential election, so it's a very exciting time.

 

As for the story(ies), that's about the only fun thing I have in my life, so I don't think I'll stop writing anytime soon, otherwise I might be lynched.

 

:blink:

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....... I've always been interested in Taiwanese politics ... it's certainly never dull, with Taiwanese legislators throwing things at each other during legislative sessions, coming dressed in Tae-kwon-do uniforms or police riot gear, and politicians who contradict themselves every day ........

 

:blink:

 

 

 

The taiwanese politics is very interesting indeed.

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