Saturday, July 30, 2011

Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss

This is my grandmother and great grandmother. I'm not sure how old they were in this photo, I will have to ask my mom. But this is how I remember them. They took such good care of themselves, always looking their best, hair permed and nails painted. I almost never saw them in sweatpants. 

My great grandmother, whom we called Ouma Suzie ("Ouma" is Afrikaans for grandmother), passed away when I was in elementary school, I think I was 9 or 10 years old. But I remember her very well. She and my grandmother lived in the same town as us, and we were at their house most of the time, because they had cable TV, the best video games and a drawer full of candy.

My grandmother, whom we called Ouma Nonnie (her real name was Noreen),was a terrific cook and her house was always clean and organized. She loved playing video games and was the best at Tetris. She held the high score for as long as I can remember. Sadly, Ouma Nonnie passed away last year after being very sick, and in a special home, for 12 years.

I miss them everyday, and I wish they could see us all now and what we've been up to. They would've loved that we are traveling and seeing the world and I know they would be proud of us. I also know that if they were still here, they would have had Wii and the latest games, and probably the high scores as well.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile

I love everything about this photo. It brings back so many wonderful memories of when I went to the USA to meet The Boyfriend's family for the first time. Here he is with his brother's dog, Rosie. She is the sweetest dog I've ever met. We have this theory that there's an actual person living inside of her, you can see it in her eyes. She knows things.

I went there in December 2009. The Boyfriend and I spent an incredible week in New York City, then we flew down to North Carolina where his family lives. They were so welcoming and I felt at home the moment I met them. They are just good southern people, easygoing and hilarious. I had an amazing time there. Not only was it my first time in NYC and North Carolina, it was also my first time in snow! I was the crazy South African girl running around outside when it started snowing.

I'm smiling now, because I can't wait to go back there again. Luckily I don't have to wait for long. Our tickets are booked and I'm ready to start packing. We're on our way to North Carolina in two weeks. This time it's summer and I can just imagine how beautiful it's going to be. Rosie, I know you're secretly reading this. I can't wait to see y'all and give you a big hug!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of

Just looking at this picture, I get goosebumps, and not in a good way. Like so many people out there, I am terrified of spiders, I can't even go to sleep in a room if I know, or sometimes even just think, there's one hiding somewhere. I'm also scared of most reptiles, especially lizards and snakes. It's not that I'm scared of what they will do to me, but I'm horrified by the thought of what I will feel if they were to come in contact with my skin. Aaaah! 

My mother is the only person I know that is not afraid of these things. She's the one that catches the spiders and other creepy crawlies, while the rest of us are standing on chairs or running in the opposite direction. She loves the frogs and lizards in her garden for crying out loud! I judge her.

Okay, so I know the fears that I have are common fears, and also mostly rational. But there are people out there with some very irrational fears. Did you know there is a phobia called Arachibutyrophobia? It is the fear of having peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. Huh?! Say what? Why would someone be scared of that? I guess that's why a phobia is described as an irrational fear, because that doesn't sound scary to me, in fact, it sounds freakin' delicious.

Also, I learned about a phobia called Consecotaleophobia. Can you guess what that is? It is in fact the fear of chopsticks. Yes, you heard me. Chopsticks! Now, when I think about it, I might of had a slight case of Consecotaleophobia when I first came to Taiwan, because I had no clue how to use it. But really, the only thing that would scare me about chopsticks now is if there was a spider sitting on it, and I was very hungry.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member

From left to right: Dad, Lynette, Mom, Werner, me, Morne
As you’ve probably noticed, this is a photo of my whole family, not just a family member. The reason for this is quite simple; if I feature just one family member, I will NEVER hear the end of it.

I’m lucky to have a big family and we are extremely close, although we live thousands of kilometers apart. We love to laugh and have fun, and do some really silly things to make this happen. Of course, I can’t really tell you, because most of it is just too embarrassing to share with the world.

My oldest brother, Werner, has been working on cruise ships for… too long. He has been everywhere! My younger brother, Morne, also works on a cruise ship, as a photographer. He is engaged to Yelena, she’s from Ukraine. Only recently have my brothers been able to work on the same ships, and judging by their photos on Facebook, they’ve been having a little too much fun.

My younger sister, Lynette, has been a flight attendant for Emirates for almost three years. She was promoted to business class recently, and I’m so proud of her. She’s living the life in Dubai, U.A.E. We love to visit her there, and we also love the discount that we get when flying with Emirates.

My dad, Leon, and my mom, Suzette, live in South Africa with our two dogs. They are semi-retired, love gardening and enjoy traveling. They also have the very tiring job of keeping up with all of their children. Luckily they have email, Skype and Facebook as tools in their quest to know where we are in the world, what we’re doing, with whom, and for how long.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you

This is my dog, Jenny. She's a French Poodle and lives with my parents in South Africa. Just to be clear, I don't consider my dog to be a "thing". In fact, it's the opposite, I think of her as my 16-year old baby princess. She means the world to me!

This photo basically sums up our bond. Since I can remember, Jenny would follow me everywhere around the house. She slept on my bed with me, and if I got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, she would get up, too, and sit in the bathroom with me. Sometimes she would even try to jump on my lap.

My family and friends knew that they couldn't come near me if she was in the room, because she would try to protect me and bite them. She has bitten most of my friends, and once she bit my dad when he tried to take the TV remote from me. (Serves him right!)

Jenny is very old now, and almost completely blind and deaf. I miss her so much since I've been living abroad and it breaks my heart that I can't explain to her where I am. Our Skype dates have gotten fewer and fewer because she can't see or hear me anymore. But every time I go back home and pick her up she starts shaking, because she knows it's her mommy. 

Luckily I know she's in good hands now. My parents also treat her like a baby; she gets carried around everywhere, they feed her special food, buy her little doggy shirts, and they talk to her like she's one of their children. Well, I guess she really is one of their children.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Day 25 - A picture of your day

A picture of my day?! Just one? How is that even possible? Unless you are in a jail cell, staring at the wall, that's the only time you will see the same image for an entire day. I'm probably thinking about it too much, which is normal for me. 

So this is the image that I will be seeing for most of my day today. You guessed right, it is my desk at work. At the moment, the students are on their summer break, so that means no teaching for me right now. I'm planning for next semester and getting things done before I go on vacation. 

Hmm, let me see what I should explain in this picture. I don't have a lot of crap on my desk, because I'm a very neat person, and extremely organized. (The Boyfriend seems to think I have a slight case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when it comes to organizing. I just think it's good sense.)

For breakfast I had an iced coffee and a sandwich from the little breakfast shop outside of the school. Usually I have cereal and yogurt, but I didn't go to the supermarket this weekend, so no yogurt. On the left of my computer screen you'll see a little pig thingy (!?!) It's soft and that's what I keep my cell phone in. Only in Taiwan. To the left of that is my ever present lip balm. 

Well, that's about it. I hope your "view" is  more exciting or interesting than mine today. I will change it up a bit after 3pm though, that's when I get off work, go to the gym, go to the supermarket, do laundry, watch an episode of Sex and the City, eat dinner, do the dishes, take a shower, read a bit and go to sleep. And that's Monday.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change

How many times have you woken up on a Monday morning, cursing the day and wishing that it was still weekend? I have! Many times. In fact, basically every single Monday morning since I’ve been punching the clock.

I’m a firm believer in the 3-day weekend. Who on earth decided that the weekend should only be 2 days short? And for some, only 1 day! Yes, I know, we have to work to make money, to buy stuff, and keep the economy going and blah blah blah. But really, think about it. We only live once! We live on this amazing planet with so many things to do and see. But we can’t really enjoy it if we have to work all the time, now can we?

Just imagine; no Sunday night blues or blue Mondays. You know how excited people get before a long weekend? Now imagine people being excited like that every week. It would be wonderful. I think people will work harder because they have to finish their work before the weekend, people will be more rested, be more positive in general, and have more time to spend with family and friends, which by the way, is the most important thing in the world.

I wonder who would disagree with me on this. I guess there will be arguments like “what about schools and education?” Well, with parents being at home more, maybe they can play a bigger part in their child's education. I believe children learn more from their friends, family and life experiences than in school anyway. Oops, did Teacher Liesl just say that out loud?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book

I must say, I was skeptical about reading the first Harry Potter book. Any time the masses make a big fuss about a movie or a book, I'm kind of put off by it, and refuse to get sucked into the frenzy. I was 14 when I finally gave in and read my first Harry Potter book. It was translated in Afrikaans, "Harry Potter en die Towenaar se steen", and I could not put it down once I started reading. Finally I understood why people where so crazy about it. And just like that, I was sucked in.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this fantasy novel, because it's not usually the genre that I like to read. I tried to read "The Lord of the Rings" earlier that year, and couldn't finish it. I just didn't enjoy it. Okay, okay! I can just hear your gasps of disbelief and see your frowns of indignation, which I get every time I tell someone about this. I also get that reaction when I tell someone about my disinterest in "The Chronicles of Narnia" series. Get over it, I just don't like it okay!

After reading the final Harry Potter book,  I tried to think which book I enjoyed the most. But it's hard to say. The story definitely got a little darker towards the end, but I really did like each book a lot. I'm actually thinking about reading the whole series again. If you haven't read these books yet, and you enjoyed the movies, you should definitely read it, as it's far better than the movies. I know people always say this, but it really is true about this series. I promise!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at

I've made my peace with my non existent math skills. I had to pass it in high school to get into university, and I did... barely. But I don't need it anymore, that's what my trusty calculator is for. And when I say I can't draw, I'm not just being modest. My drawing skills stopped "developing" when I was in grade 4. I still draw the exact same way I did when I was 10. Oh well, nothing I can do about that, I don't think it's something you can learn. I can color in the lines though, does that count?

Now I'm getting to things that I can actually work on to be better. I'm horrible at remembering people's names. I know many people have this problem, so you will know how awkward it is when you run into someone and they know your name and you don't remember theirs! Ah! So I checked online and there are actually a lot of tricks on how to improve this. All I need to do is practice, and I can avoid the usual situation: "Hi, nice to see you again! This is my boyfriend, Daniel, and this is... uhm... this is...." and I wait for the person to introduce themselves. Awkward!

The most important thing that I wish I was better at, is saving money. The moment my salary gets transferred into my account, I start listing the things that I want to buy that month. It seems like there's always something I "need", and it's very hard for me to put money away. Why save money for "one day" when I can use it this weekend to buy that handbag that will make me very happy right now? Don't get me wrong, I'm not a complete idiot when it comes to money, I did read Rich Dad Poor Dad. Can I just blame my inability to save money on my math skills? Probably not. But I'm going to anyway.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget

To this day, this movie scares the bejesus out of me. I was about 17 when I saw it, and I remember not being able to sleep alone in my room for about a week... okay, maybe two weeks... okay, I had to sleep on the floor next to my parents' bed. 

The Exorcist is rightfully labelled "the most terrifying movie of all time". Usually I enjoy watching thriller and horror movies, but this movie was just on another level for me. I wish I could forget it, because naturally I think about it when I'm in my apartment by myself.

I'm sure most of you have also seen this movie, and maybe you also wish that you never did? The image of the possessed girl crawling backwards down the stairs and her yelling in that demon voice will forever haunt me.

But what can I do? Just when I think I've forgotten this horror of a movie, they remake it or there's a sequel or it's on TV. I guess I'll never be able to escape the memory. Maybe you haven't seen it? If so, don't! It's too late for me, but save yourself! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel

Crystal clear water, palm trees and a bungalow on the water? Yes, please! There are many places that I still want to travel to, but Tahiti would be my ultimate vacation spot. The Boyfriend and I have even talked about it as our dream honeymoon destination. And we say "dream", because a vacation to French Polynesia will cost us an arm and a leg.

I'm all about beach vacations, and I know there are many beautiful islands around the world. I just feel there's something special about Tahiti. It's hard to explain how beautiful it is in words, so below is a video to show you the island paradise that is Bora Bora.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Day 19 - A picture of a letter

For the past 3 years I've been an English teacher in Taiwan. During this time, I've taught in an elementary school, a senior high school, and I've tutored adults and children. I'm currently teaching at an elementary school in Taipei City, and I absolutely love it.

I've received many adorable letters from students during my time here, and by adorable I mean very sweet, mostly misspelled and often incomprehensible. This one was the latest, and was still lying on my desk this morning. I think all the English teachers got the same letter, and I suspect that their Taiwanese homeroom teacher wrote the original.

As it's the end of the semester and also the end of the school year, I received this letter from the grade 6 class last month, inviting me to their graduation. Please note that I am not in charge of teaching grammar. I'm only here for conversational purposes. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity

"It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them" - Alex Karras

Most people, no matter how they present themselves to the world, have their share of insecurities. How can we not be insecure when there are so many areas in our lives that we have doubts about?

I have many insecurities; physical, emotional, financial and also in my relationships. I wish I could be more secure about my appearance, because you know how us girls can obsess about that. Actually, guys obsess about that, too. Sometimes I doubt if I'm being the best girlfriend that I can be, or if I should be saving more money, or if I'm spending enough quality time with my friends.

I know that sometimes I put too much pressure on myself to be better. I don't know if that's always a good thing, but I guess your insecurities can also be your motivator. We can't always physically do something about it, so how do we deal with it? We can choose to overlook it, embrace it, or make the most of it? Luckily, sometimes we can do something about it.

For example, I've always been very insecure about my teeth, among a thousand other things. They're not perfect, and I know it shouldn't be that big of a deal, but I've always wanted straight, white teeth. It's usually the first thing I notice on photos of myself. So I decided, at the age of 25, to get braces. I know it's a little unorthodox to be a "brace face" at my age, but I've always wanted it, and I made my appointment for September 10th.

Actually, I believe that insecurities are a blessing in disguise. If we were totally secure about ourselves and our lives, we wouldn't be driven to be better, and maybe even not reach our full potential. 

So, if you are really insecure about something and it's possible to do something about it, stop making excuses and do something. For the other nine hundred and ninety nine insecurities, I guess I should try to embrace it and make peace with the fact that I can't do anything about it.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

This is obviously not a picture, but a video. I saw it about 2 months ago, and it had a huge impact on me. It was made for Pink Dot 2011 in Singapore. Before I moved to Taiwan, I didn't really know much about the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community. I wasn't exposed to it in my life back in South Africa, and I just didn't think about it that much. 

Things changed here in Taiwan. Suddenly I had many gay friends and I learned all about the struggles that most of them have had throughout their lives because of their sexual orientation. It broke my heart every time someone told me of how they were bullied, or the nerve wracking experience they had when having to come out to family and friends.

I just don't understand why some people can't accept the LGBT community. Who are we to judge who someone can love or not, or how they want to live their life? I mean, I didn't wake up one day and decided that I like boys. It just happened, and it was easy for me because I'm a girl and that's how it's "supposed" to be. But what if you are a boy and realize that you like other boys? It's not a choice. Why would anyone make that choice knowing that most of society will reject that decision. 

After watching this video, I just realized that I need to do more to support my gay friends, and stand up for them. I hope when watching this video, or reading this post, that people can open their minds and their hearts. Everyone deserves the right to love, and be loved, no matter what.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you

This is such a tough one for me. There are so many inspiring people in the world, and I get inspired by them in different areas and aspects of my life. I can't choose just one person, it's impossible.

Family members, friends, acquaintances and even strangers on the street inspire me. Whenever I see someone with a physical disability, I get inspired to be more thankful that I can use all my limbs. Whenever I meet a person that has such a positive outlook on life, in spite of their circumstance, I feel inspired to be more grateful and change my outlook. When I see a person that has obviously gone through many hardships in their life, and still try to make the best of their situation, I am inspired to live the best life that I can. This list can go on and on. 

I think everyone has something special and unique about them, and has the potential to be an inspiration to others. The best we can do is to live our lives in such a way that others will be inspired by us.

The bottom line is, I think anyone can be inspiring. Just open your eyes and look at the people in your daily life. They don't have to be a rocket scientist or a billionaire or a freedom fighter. Anyone that makes you want to be a better person, it doesn't matter in which area or aspect of your life, is an inspiration.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die

I really want to go on a cruise, but not just any old cruise. Before I die, I want to go on a cruise around the world. I did some research, and most world cruises are about 100 days long, and you will visit about 30 countries. Awesome, right? Well, here comes the bad news. A cruise like this will set you back about $25 000. Per person! Which means that I will have to start saving for this!

But a girl can dream. I can just imagine waking up every morning in my ocean view room, with a balcony no less, looking out the window to see in which port we are that day. Wouldn't it be great to be in a new country every other day?

I think this might be one of the best ways for me to see as much of the world as I can in a short time. It's also something you can do at any age. This means that I have plenty of time to save up the money for that voyage. It will probably take me about 40 years to save that amount of money, so I'll have enough, just in time for my retirement vacation.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

Daniel a.k.a The Boyfriend
On April 3rd 2009, this handsome man walked into my life. I was sitting on a sidewalk in Taipei with my friends, having a beer after the Oasis concert. Our mutual friends introduced us, and we all decided to go to a pub together. We were quite a large group of people, and had to take many taxis to get everyone there. Somehow I ended up in a taxi with him. I remember being very impressed with his Mandarin, as he was telling the taxi driver where to take us, and his knowledge of the selection of beers and ciders they have at the pub. We got to the pub, we got drinks, played Jenga, and the rest is history.

I haven't been able to get rid of him since, and we are happily living together in Taipei City. I'm not going to list all the things that I love about him, and why he is such an amazing person, and why I can't imagine my life without him, because you might throw up in your mouth a little bit. 

I will only say that he's my best friend and the love of my life. I thank God every day for bringing this loyal, hilarious, sweet, trustworthy, silly, loving person into my life. I also pray that he will be in my life forever, and that we get to grow old together.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist

15 years ago, this would have been a no brainer. I was a Spice Girls fanatic! I had the CDs, the movie, the perfume, the posters, the dance moves, and unfortunately, the shoes. Laugh all you want, but I like to think that that’s when I learned about “girl power” and being an independent woman. Since then, I’ve never had a favorite artist or band again.

I have a wide selection of music on my iPod, which ranges from classical to alternative rock. I believe there’s a time and a place for all genres. But I do have a fondness of commercial pop and hip hop. The Boyfriend always laughs at me because I listen to the latest Top 10 on the Billboard Chart. Well, sorry I’m not cool enough because I don’t listen to bands that no one has ever heard of.

Really, I can’t think of only one favorite artist or band. So, to solve this problem, I turned to my iPod’s “Top 25 Most Played” songs to see what I listen to a lot. I know this is probably going to be utterly humiliating, and please keep in mind that I mostly listen to music while working out. So here are the top 10 most played songs on my iPod at the moment:

10.  LMFAO – I’m in Miami trick
9.   Lil Wayne ft Nicki Minaj – Knockout
8.   Chris Brown – I can transform ya
7.   Enrique Iglesias ft Pitbull – I like it
6.   Lady Gaga – Born this way
5.   Britney Spears – Hold it against me
4.   Black Eyed Peas – The time (Dirty Bit)
3.   Kesha – Blow
2.   Rihanna ft Britney Spears – S&M
1.   Katy Perry – Firework

Not too bad, I think. Obviously, this is my workout jam. And before you judge me, how about you check out your “Top 25 Most Played” playlist on your iPod? You might be surprised and/or embarrassed.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Day 12 - A picture of something you love

This picture absolutely melts my heart. How can it not? There's no way you can look at this teddy bear and not make one of those aaaaaw or ooooooh sounds out loud. It's not a secret that I love dogs. And especially lately, I've been totally obsessed with the Goldendoodle and Labradoodle breeds. I mean, just look at this one in the picture! Aaaaaaw!

I often joke that I love dogs more than I love most people. Yeah I know what you're thinking; at least a person won't drool on your favorite clothes. Which is true of course, unless you count those times that you are on the subway sitting next to a person, whom had just finished a 12 hour shift at work, taking a nap on your shoulder and unable to control their saliva. (This has actually happened to me, twice. True story.)

Luckily, The Boyfriend is a fellow dog lover, so we sidestepped the "cat or dog?" fight in the future. But... he really wants a Great Dane, and even though I love all dogs, I'm not sure if it's even legal to have a small horse in an apartment here in Taiwan.

That's why I hope I can convince him that an oh-so-cute-cuddly-teddy-bear-of-a-dog would be the best option for us. Come on, just look at that face. Aaaaaaw!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Day 11 - A picture of something you hate

You might be confused by this picture. It's supposed to be about something I hate, but I'm smiling. Well, let me explain. This photo was taken the first time I left South Africa for Taiwan. I was so excited at the time that I didn't even think about having to say goodbye to my family and friends. I was just so ready to start my adventure. It was relatively easy to say goodbye, and I got on that plane without a single tear. I remember thinking to myself why people always made such a big deal about saying goodbye at the airport.

Unfortunately, it all went downhill from there. It got harder and harder for me to say goodbye every time I went home. I knew how much I was going to miss them all. I cried more and more with each airport goodbye, and I hated it.

The first time I had to say goodbye to The Boyfriend at the airport was a disaster. We had only been together for four months, and I was heading back to South Africa.  We didn't know when we would see each other again, and I was totally overwhelmed with having to say goodbye to the love of my life. The situation would have been better if I wasn't the world's ugliest crier. I didn't have that perfect tear rolling down my face, which he could gently wipe away. Oh no, I was a mess, and not even a hot one. I could hardly speak, tears and snot all over my face and red, bloodshot eyes. It could not have been more horrible. Especially when I had to go through immigration, and the officer looked at my face, very concerned, and asked me if I was okay.

Luckily, we did see each other again. But I can't say that the airport goodbyes have gotten any better. I still cry when I have to say goodbye to him at the airport, even when I know I'll see him in four days. Pathetic? Yes. Avoidable? Nope. I wish I could be less dramatic, but it's uncontrollable. 

I really really hate saying goodbye at an airport. Unless I'm going somewhere amazing like Thailand. Which is where I will be going today, for a week. I will continue my "30 Day of Reflection" posts when I return. I know I will miss blogging for a week, I've been enjoying it so much. Thanks for everyone that's been reading and sending me messages about my posts, it means so much to me. Okay, goodbye then! I promise myself I wasn't going to cry...

Friday, July 1, 2011

Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most ****** up things with

When I copied this "30 Days of Reflection" list from my friend's Facebook, Day 10 caught my eye immediately because of the ******* in the sentence. Well, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what that word is supposed to be. And Mom, if you don't know what it is, it's the forbidden "f" word. I really don't like that word, even though I must, shamefully, admit that I do utter it sometimes. Whether it's under my breath, in a text or when yelling at the damn, ******* computer.

So I thought, if the word is left out, doesn't it actually mean that I can change it to whatever I think it could, or should, be? Maybe not, but I'm going to change it anyway. Okay, so I'm officially replacing "******* up" with "unforgettable". (I know The Parentals are just beaming with pride right now.) Thus, this is a picture of the person I've done the most unforgettable things with.

Meet my friend, Riana. In January 2008, we packed up our lives and got on an airplane to Taiwan to start our adventure. Taiwan is the total opposite of South Africa. Everything we saw and heard was new to us. Our first month was especially full of unforgettable moments. The first time we smelled Stinky Tofu, went to a KTV, and we learned to drive a scooter (Taiwan style; which is different from regular scooter driving. It involves wearing out the horn before the brakes.)

During our first 6 months in Taiwan, we also traveled to Hong Kong. We went up the Peak Tram and out on a junk boat, and we went to Disney Land. Which, by the way, really is the most magical place on Earth. It was especially memorable to me because I ate everything I could lay my hands on, and got very sick that night.

Then of course, the most unforgettable thing we did, was going to Thailand for the first time. Bangkok was kind of scary, but the shopping was great! The islands are absolutely gorgeous, and no post card can do it justice. I love the memory of us riding on an elephant in Koh Samui.

I really think that the time that Riana and I got to spend together in Taiwan, was the time of my most unforgettable experiences. Although I've done many wonderful things since then, nothing can really top that first time Stinky Tofu experience; now THAT was truly an unforgettable, and actually a little ******** up experience.


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