So excited for summer 2014! A bunch of my friends are going in be in Taiwan this summer as well. Let me know if you’re in the area! I can’t wait to be back in the island of night markets, stinky tofu, and beautiful scenic views.
一万个舍不得 | 庄心妍,祁隆
d’awww, two of the most influential people in my life.
i like to tell my friends how my parents met. it just goes to show that fate does really work in weird ways.
my father’s personality back in the days was composed of a
little bit (okay) a lot of arrogance and confidence. you could tell the way he was by the way he stood in his old photos..posing like he was a big hotshot and jutting out his chest like an alpha gorilla terrorizing the jungle. my mother, on the other hand, was soft-spoken, patient, and studious. she was a young teacher at that time, often wearing long skirts and pinning up her hair in an elegant bun.
before they had met, my dad was entered in a dating TV show by my aunt and my mother had actually saw him on TV. my dad said the only reason why he obliged to go on TV was for the free fruit baskets—as expected hahaha. but anyways, she told me that when she saw him on TV, she thought to herself, “Jeez, he’s so full of himself.”
anyways, my mother was teaching at the same school my father’s sister was teaching at. by coincidence, my father was sending a package to my aunt and happened to see my mother in passing. he said his jaw dropped and he ran over to my aunt, asking her who she was and how he could get a date with her. my aunt laughed in his face and said, “you have no chance.”
hahahaa poor dad, but he went back to the school often and finally mustered the courage to ask her out. on first dates, guys normally take them out to a nice cande-lit dinner or someplace romantic by the waterfront or some scenic view. on the first date, my dad took my mom to a shabby street vendor stall and they ate on the stair steps hahahaa. so romantic! but yup, my dad did a pretty damn good job of wooing my mother because they got married, wrapped up their lives, moved to america, and out popped my sis and i.
i think the reason why i have such high standards for love is because of my parents. they’ve both molded each other so well and stuck through the roughest times because they knew divorce should never be an option. they may be growing older as time passes, but they’re still kids at heart. i would sometimes catch them slow dancing in the living room with no music. they’ve both instilled goodness and compassionate virtues in our household and i hope to better myself so i can be as wise as them one day. they’ve really showed my sister and i what true is love. i am forever indebted to my parents.
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡) at Jinsha River. This is located north of Lijiang City, Yunnan in southwestern China.