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20.9.13

OH TAIPEI! MOON FEST & FRIENDS! *little Update*

Long time no posting!
I'm currently posting from Taipei Taipei!

Getting used to life here in Taipei hasn't been easy for me, I'm going through the "need to settle down phase", previous to this I have always been a freelancing designer/ Student. Studying was my focus and since, studies are "over" I am officially on my own! I'm staying with my mum at the moment since I haven't found my own apartment yet, and lets just say it hasn't been "easy"!

I'm so used to living overseas and suddenly you are back living with your parent, in a "foreign environment" (culturally)  and you feel like a little kid again. Don't get me wrong, I love my family but there comes a time  when you need to find your own path in life, it's a healthy process of growing up, and proving to yourself that you can survive on your own.

Anyways I wanted to let you guys know this month hasn't been the easiest for me, lots of ups and downs that's why I haven't been posting. The good news is! I'm starting to feel much better now, might be moving out early next month and start working for a talent agency, currently I am helping a friend teach a group of 20, 11 year old girls about design :)

I'll be back doing more projects in no time!  Which I'll post about as time rolls on, things are so crazy here and I never know whats in store the next day!

My boyfriend is visiting Taipei for the first time, we haven't done too many crazy things but we got to enjoy some couple time :) We have been designing a cafe together and working everyday.

Thursday was Moon Festival in Taiwan we call it "Jeong Chio Jie" (My Pinyin is not the proper Pinyin just a little fyi!). There are a few versions to the story but I'll go with the more romantic one :)

In the ancient past, there was a hero named [Hou] Yi who was excellent at shooting. His wife was Chang'e. One year, the ten suns rose in the sky together, causing great disaster to people. Yi shot down nine of the suns and left only one to provide light. An immortal admired Yi and sent him the elixir of immortality. Yi did not want to leave Chang'e and be immortal without her, so he let Chang'e keep the elixir. But Feng Meng, one of his apprentices, knew this secret. So, on the fifteenth of August in the lunar calendar, when Yi went hunting, Feng Meng broke into Yi's house and forced Chang'e to give the elixir to him. Chang'e refused to do so. Instead, she swallowed it and flew into the sky. Since she loved her husband very much and hoped to live nearby, she chose the moon for her residence. When Yi came back and learned what had happened, he felt so sad that he displayed the fruits and cakes Chang'e liked in the yard and gave sacrifices to his wife. People soon learned about these activities, and since they also were sympathetic to Chang'e they participated in these sacrifices with Yi.- wikipedia

Traditionally moon cakes are consumed during this celebration but in Taiwan the moon festival is not complete without a bbq. Family and friends gather during this day, you can see coworkers outside of their office bbqing together. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a friends housewarming eating pineapple cakes! Then I eventually got to have a proper bbq with another group of friends! :)

A very lovely day indeed!

This is the photo which best represents that day :)


No matter what hardships you are going through, struggles and pain,  know that there are always good people who are there to make things a little easier for you, don't forget to have fun and laugh, go out and breathe some fresh air. You will get through your pain, a little at a time, eventually you will feel good again! Don't give up!

Ann
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