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I returned to Amsterdam with a surprisingly pleasant feeling of nostalgia when I dealt with a series of airport customs investigation (because I forget to bring my residence permit), walking home in the dark through icy paths with heavy luggage, and finally saw my roommates. I thought I hate this place because of all the inconvenience and troubles it has always brought me. Well, this trip makes me believe I am gradually getting used to it though I still complain a lot ;p  

Yesterday I had a great meeting with my thesis supervisor and other group mates. Our first panel discussion was productive, in my view, that I have a stronger faith to complete my Master's thesis because I am not fighting alone. Exchanging critical reviews as a group definitely helps more than the completion of the thesis itself, it is the process of communication and interaction that I enjoy and learn the most.

My short trip back to Taiwan is rewarding. I feel myself recharged after meeting close friends and spending some quality time with families. Amsterdam remains snowy, but I see a beautiful silver world and can't wait to walk out to meet my lovely friends for a bowl of soup at school :))

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(pic taken this morning through my window)

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Four months later, I am back in Taipei for a short visit. Homesick. The only reason explains everything: families, friends, and foods. I call them Yufen's 3Fs! ;p

The most visible change is the physical conditions. My nose and throat became itchy right after arriving in the airport probably because of the particles in the damp air. Taiwan is really taiwan. I can tell just by smelling it. It's a smell of home.

And there are more new shopping malls and replacement of shops around my neighborhood, the XinYi/East area. The most shocking look to me was the abandoned old United Daily News building. the press is now moving to another location.

What has not changed is the nearly-psycho news coverage! In fact, they seem even more rampant in reporting non-stop gossip news about celebrities and those rich families who dominate the top of the wealth on this land. Who's daughter is getting married, who is cyring, whose mom has passed away, who bought a gorgeous house to his wife, who is dating the son of xxx big corporates...COME ON!! What's wrong with the reporters here?!! I definitely don't doubt that news industries are the criminals which forge a fault mentality of materialism, money-priority marriage life, and hierarchical values in Taiwan. They together with simple-minded Taiwanese made our society stagnated.

My habit to go to the Eslite Bookstore has not changed :) I spent a delightful night there browsing piles of book about Foucault, Deleuze, Virilio, and Zizek. Taking my first step into in the 'Humanities and Culture' section in Eslite in my life, I know what Amsterdam has changed me, though the bookstore remains the same.

 

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新年快樂! After counting down my Happy New Year with a bunch of crazy Dutch late last night, I felt so inspired and energetic to work on my recent photos for producing a video. A very quick production while file compression and format for uploading actually cost most of my time. At the end, I cannot present the best video quality because of the Web site restriction. (If you are in Facebook check it out there! the video quality would be much better.)    

Anyway, I invite you to lay back a bit and hope you may find the video enjoyable. If you are reading my blog, have a great new year to you! :)

 

Note on my first Christmas and New Year experience in Amsterdam--

荷蘭的新年很不一樣啊! 可以說是整個城市都淪陷了. 就像台灣的中秋節是家家戶戶烤肉, 阿姆斯特丹這邊可是人人放煙火! 不是仙女棒那種喔, 是真的五光十射的飛天煙火. 12月31號一大早就有砲聲, 成天不斷的轟聲響. 接近快倒數時, 大家三五好友成群結隊就拿著酒杯, 香檳開始往街上移動, 圍在一起放煙火. 我去了外頭走了一趟, 實在是很危險, 到處都是酒鬼跟亂飛的炮. 跟寧靜的聖誕夜比起來是一大對比! 聖誕節那天晚上我們不小心排隊進了Westerkerk教堂, 跟著一千多人在神聖寧靜的氛圍中唱著荷蘭的聖誕歌...我當時還想說荷蘭人怎麼可以這樣地安靜有教養呀? 果真...跨年的時候就恢復本性!        

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