Friday, February 26, 2016

Auscultating : Holy Matrimony

Marriage have been a tradition to tie two person, traditionally a man and woman together as an official ritual that they will forever be as one until death do them apart.

However, how holy have past marriages in histories were?

1- Princes and princesses married because they had to foster ties between countries to prevent war. Holy perhaps.

2- People from influential families with businesses married they children to foster better trading relationships. Holy, for who?

3- A guy who couldn't hold his lust back married with the lady he trampled physically. Holy, really?

Today, we constantly say that we should be together and be married to the person we hold dear most. How far out possible would that be?

Watching the "Little Nyonya", we had 2 distinct examples in ladies fighting for their marriages.

a- Yue Niang, who have been a fighter to begin with; beat all odds and managed to only marry the man she knew she loved, Paul.

b- Yu Zhu, who have been nothing but a Malacca sweetheart from the dawn of the series; wished to fight like Yue Niang whom she looked up to, only to succumb to her familial responsibilities and married the man who trampled her before and after marriage.

Now what about us? Will we choose to marry the people whom we only see dear in our eyes?

Or would be be subjected to familial, peer or social obligations to marry someone else whom we had to marry, just because the reasons of which everyone else but ourselves pin on us?

Yue Niang defied everyone, got hurt and scalded herself throughout her struggle to liberty; and she had what she wanted despite all odd.

Yu Zhu, although the nicest darling of all time; in the end gave in to fate because she had to be the catalyst for the incompetence her brother and father pulled off in business.

Which route would you pick for your own? Be mindful that we can always speak what we want right now; when the situation is subjugated by everything else but ourselves, will you struggle?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Auscultating : Back home

Taiwan was extremely fun, and plenty of adventures attained as well!

I didn't do any research for the whole trip this time round, because the 8 days of symposium plus 7 days of post-symposium traveling was all covered. All I needed was to pack and go.

There are quite a few number of Firsts this time round in Taiwan for me:

1- My first trip to Taiwan itself

2- My first International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA) Symposium

3- My first time meeting an European students dominated program

4- My first time bunking in with 7 other different boys
5- My first time falling sick in a foreign country(heck I was fine 2 months straight in Thailand and Japan)

6- My first time seeing a doctor in a foreign country
7- My first time drinking liquor from over 15 different countries and not getting drunk

8- My first time experiencing undying cold
9- My first time going around a whole country within 7 days in a bus

10- My first time experiencing earthquake
11- My first time extending my airplane ticket just to stay 2 more days
12- My first time sleeping at 3 am for 4 consecutive days

13- My first time trying so hard to squeeze sing-able Karaoke songs for Europeans in a Taiwan K-box
14- My first time being in a white shirt party.

Quite the crazy first times encountered in a foreign country isn't it?

But there are stuffs which are recurrent like,

Another Thai came in through the social media again. But I'm pretty sure this Thai is just trying luck in hitting random people, as people I know actually asked if I knew this person adding everyone else.

Despite numerous attempts, I'm glad this Thai stopped the game as of today.

CNY has been crazy, food and getting fat. I'm trying my best to control though.

On the other hand, I can't help to realize I've been getting a little close with a teacher figure. Maybe I'm over thinking and this figure is just being nice. But maybe it isn't.

Likewise, the date I had before slowly dwindled; probably because I'm showing a lack of interest. So and so when I talked about the date with some of my Taiwanese friends during a midnight sharing session it seemed to me like now its just not the right time for me to date, or think about long term.

So, the Thai, the figure, the date.

No no no, Japan and PhD come first.

I'll post official posts about Taiwan soon.