Today I’m going to see Spencer, Stephanie, and Josh (her boyfriend). Totally psyched! I also just woke up and my older guy cousin just came back from a friend’s house. He was in Thailand for a few days so I haven’t seen him until now. It was kind of awkward when he walked into the room because I was laying on the bed and playing with my phone, and you know guys only walk around in their underwear. Speaking of which, my girl cousin (one of his sisters) steals his boxers and uses it to sleep and wear around the house. Sooo funny! Anyway, going to treat the cousins that came from the states to some delicious udon noodles at a restaurant called Hoshina. This place is GODLY. ALL of it is handmade (you can watch them make it) and it’s vegetarian, which means for the most part I can eat it! XD Later today I’m going to the AID summer program. Half excited and half worried I won’t make friends LOL.
It’s true. I have had internet for the past three days and it’s been great in terms of using it for skyping and Google talking. In terms of emailing, doing constructive work, and blogging…not so much! And then I think about a more effective way to update…I am going to do my best and make videos. So much easier than uploading tons of photos. I hope it works!
Anyway, Taiwan remains to be awesome. I’m still suffering a great deal from my eczema and crazy short hair (I’m so sad). It’s so hard to feel good about yourself when you can’t even recognize your face in the mirror.
I haven’t updated for some time and I am quite sorry about that! It is seriously almost impossible for me to get internet for free. There is a lot of WiFi available for sure, but almost all of them are password protected…and I try really hard to guess using the most common passwords but it’s not that simple as I would have hoped!
I am terribly suffering from severe eczema right now. My body is fine but it’s mainly my face and neck (as it has been for the past four years). Every single person that has encountered me on the street, in a mall, or at a restaurant will ask: “Is that an allergy reaction?” I’m glad no one has asked “Is someone abusing you?” That’d be an awkward question to answer if it was true, LOL.
I’ve been staying in Hsinchu for most of the trip so far, but for three days I went to Taipei and stayed in Taoyuan with my mom’s cousin’s daughter’s family. The main point of the trip was to see a traditional medicine doctor to see what they would recommend or give me to slowly cure my eczema. The treatment plan is basically to completely change the inside of my body. The doctor said I should have been doing this the first day I ever had eczema, but of course living in America with the adapted American-Chinese diet was a part of my family’s nature. The treatment now involves completely avoiding the following foods: spicy food, fried food, mango, lychee and other fruits that make you inflamed, seafood, food with any kind of sauce, cold food (includes ice cream and cold beverages etc), hot food…
And then on top of that madness, I have to eat this small packet of powder with each meal and it tastes NASTY (as traditional Chinese medicine usually is…very bitter). It’s hard to eat because I can’t put it with water first. I have to put it in my mouth and then have water go inside.
Anyway, I basically can’t enjoy the greatest foods out there unless I want to suffer and hide at home like a recluse (which is okay with me sometimes but most of the time I have to get out). The sun is really strong here too so I always have to wear a giant hat outside, haha! Well it’s not that big but this one time my aunt gave me a huge sombrero-sized hat. It was so funny and from France! xD
So the two days where I was living in Taoyuan were the worst. I thought it’d be really fun because my mom’s cousin’s daughter has two kids (one boy who is three years old and one girl who is one years old). Well, to my awful surprise, they’re the worst kids imaginable and I HATE THEM.
Just look at them. The boy is eating from a sugar packet for coffee using a chopstick. He ate four of those!!! His grandma (my mom’s cousin/my aunt) was fine with it but I know I wouldn’t be if that was my kid. Maybe upon first glance just because they’re kids you’re like “OH HOW CUTE.” The second that little boy saw me he was already planning his long list of abuse to take on me. It was literally five minutes, and he started telling me these things (keep in mind he’s three):
- He said he was going to drive a crane and pick me up with it and then toss me over a cliff.
- I was eating some bread over a plate and he said he was going to break that plate in half an cut me with it.
- He brought a picture book with a train on it, and told me he was going to drive that train and run me over.
- I FINALLY got to use internet at their house (they use dial-up omg) and he came in saying “Ah yi (aunt), I’m going to shut your computer off!” And I’m like “No. Please don’t.” And I’m trying to pull him away and I think he’s going to stop, until his mom comes in and asks “What’s going on?” And he pushes the power button and the computer shuts off right when I’m about to check my email…
Okay this is enough updates. He did more cruel things to me but my eyes are fried from typing so much. More later (hopefully). I’ll try to upload more pictures!
They’re freaking insane. Boys see you and want to find the best way to physically torture you with trains and glass and throw sharp objects at your face. Girls just cry all the time, especially if you’re not her mother or grandmother. Someone save me.
I’m in Taipei right now at National Yang-Ming University with my mom’s cousin’s daughter. This place is so beautiful! Too bad I can’t go out much to hike the mountains…might get swept away by the intense rain. Never been to Taiwan during typhoon season. It’s exciting and scary! XD