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Two entries in two days ... Wow!


LittleBuddhaTW

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I don't think I've ever written two blog entries in as many days ... but it probably has to due with the fact that I'm procrastinating for a few more minutes before I get back to my translation project ... ugh!!!

 

I was up at 4 a.m. this morning, after getting to sleep at around 1:30 a.m., and it's now 5:00 a.m. as I'm writing this ... while listening to the "Brokeback Mountain" soundtrack which I bought yesterday (along with Billy Joel's "Millenium Concert" and the latest Eurythmics greatest hits collection -- which has two new songs, by the way).

 

Anywho, I jumped through all of the stupid little hoops yesterday to get that stupid form so I could pick up my scholarship money next month, but when I got to the Office of International Scholarly Exchanges to actually pick up the form, they informed me that I no longer needed to do any of that stuff (even though they harrassed me last week via e-mail like three times to come into the office to do it). I was about ready to drop kick all those stupid giggling office girls yesterday. GRRRRR!!!!

 

I also had to sit in the office at the Graduate Institute for Taiwanese Literature for like an hour until my graduate advisor got out of a meeting ... fortunately, there was a really HOT student-worker there, and my eyes were totally glued to his ass every time he had to get up and go answer the telephone. He was sooo gorgeous. There are definitely some really hot boys here, and that'll be the one downside of leaving Taiwan. I just have to keep reminding myself that most of them are incredibly immature and way too closeted to have a serious relationship with. At any rate, I finally got to give the final draft of my thesis to my advisor (after she told me I looked like I'd put on weight ... :blink: ) It really annoys me sometimes how Taiwanese are so direct when it comes to things like telling you you look fatter, or pointing out that you have a pimple on your face, or asking you how much money you make ... but when it comes to other things, they're just so vague, or tell you what they think you want to hear, while meaning something entirely different (like how the Taiwanese president basically pulled a fast one on the U.S. regarding the 'abolition' of the National Unification Council).

 

I finally finished the first draft of "Seeking Nirvana" and sent it off to Kitty, although I told her that SOOTB still takes precedence. So I don't know how long it will take to get it back (and we always go through two revisions to make sure we catch everything). The story is quite long, about 75KB, which translates to about thirty pages or so (I'm just guess-timating). I haven't received the first set of revisions for Ch. 9 back yet, so I'm not sure when it'll be posted ... I'm hoping it will be ready by the middle of next week, but no promises. And the only thing I'll say is that you'll get to see a lot more of Cody starting in Ch. 9. The character of his mom is loosely based on someone I actually knew ... and yes, people like that do exist! haha :lmao:

 

Anyway, back to my translating ... the most boring work in the whole world ... **sigh**

 

BTW, Dan's comment in my last blog totally made my day! hehe

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It really annoys me sometimes how Taiwanese are so direct when it comes to things like telling you you look fatter, or pointing out that you have a pimple on your face, or asking you how much money you make ...

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From my point of view, your advisor must treat you like a very close friend so she directly pointed what she wanted to say. If you are a close/best friend of your friends in Taiwan, it is necessary to point out the disadvantages of your friends. If your friends cannot accept what you say, that means they do not treat you as a close friend as you do to them. Therefore, from this point, your Taiwanese friends will ask about your salary, but if you don't think they are your close friends, just give them a very vague answer.

 

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but when it comes to other things, they're just so vague, or tell you what they think you want to hear, while meaning something entirely different

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I really don't get your point here so I cannot provide my exact viewpoint. However, I guess that your friends want to point out something which is quite painful to you(something more painful than you look fatter). So they cannot just directly tell you what they want to say. They are afraid that you will get hurt. Moreover, Taiwanese will tell you what they thnk you want to hear because they think they know you(this means they treat you as a close friend), but if you don't agree with them, just ignore what they say in silence.

 

Cultures are the complicated things wherever you are.

 

All the best,

 

Colin

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Hey David!

 

At any rate, I finally got to give the final draft of my thesis to my advisor (after she told me I looked like I'd put on weight ... blink.gif )

My gosh! That seems rude to me too. You should have responded in kind. With a, "thanks you too!", or maybe, "yep, and you're looking a little tired yourself; is that a new wrinkle I detect?" :boy:

 

I finally finished the first draft of "Seeking Nirvana" and sent it off to Kitty, although I told her that SOOTB still takes precedence. So I don't know how long it will take to get it back (and we always go through two revisions to make sure we catch everything).

Aww! Isn't Kitty teriffic! :2thumbs:

 

I'm so glad to hear that we'll get to read Seeking Nirvana soon :)

And the only thing I'll say is that you'll get to see a lot more of Cody starting in Ch. 9. The character of his mom is loosely based on someone I actually knew ... and yes, people like that do exist! haha lmaosmiley.gif

 

That sounds fun! I'm looking forward to it! :D

 

Have a great day and take care,

Kevin

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